For years, businesswoman, Podcaster, and author Joan Sotkin has tried to hide her healing abilities, only to emerge every once in a while to share her gifts. Now, after being convinced that it’s time for her to openly do the energy healing work with her clients, she’s ready to talk about being more open about her work.
I am an only child who has always had a vivid imagination. The summer when I was about to turn 16, two unexpected events occurred in quick succession. My father died suddenly of a heart attack, and I met my first mentor, who introduced me to the world of poetry and self-expression. Like so many gifts that have come into my life, it opened doors which connected me with others, with nature, and myself. I share how writing poetry has brought me joy and, at times, confusion. Writing sustains and surprises me.
Mary McGinnis has been writing, working, and playing in New Mexico since 1972. Blind since birth, she fell in love with mountains and desert and the scents, sounds, and tastes of New Mexico. After 35 years of counseling and advocacy, she is semi-retired with a private counseling practice. She participates in four writing groups. She is also a Certified Laughter Leader and has three full-length poetry collections and a chapbook, Breath of Willow published by Lummox Press.
One of the great aspects of being human is having the addictive self and then understanding how to make the addicted self an ally. Harriette is a gifted speaker, an evolutionist, the author of “Crimes of the Spirit” and “The Divine Bitch Handbook”, a mother, grandmother, and an all around wise woman.
As the chapters of our lives unfold, we seem to be always moving forward into new places and ways of being. But all we do, and everywhere we go, are really our life passages back home to our True Self. Christine shares about moving to Hawaii and returning home to Santa Fe, and what she discovered about life, love, and herself. She shares myth, poetry, inspiration and personal tales to help us all remember who we are at the Source, why we’re truly here in these lives, and what the true purpose is behind all of our life passages.
Christine Warren is a 42 year counselor, life coach, and national transformational teacher at Kripalu Center, where she was a founding member, as well Esalen, Omega, and Rowe Centers. Christine is the author of Navigating Change: Conscious Endings, Visionary Beginnings. www.ChristineWarrenWorkshops.com
So many of us are feeling emotionally ravaged by the all that is taking place in our country and around the world. Is there any hope at all for the future? Cynthia says yes. She speaks of the necessity of Feeding Hope in order to nurture our spirits as we navigate these troubled times. She will share some of the inventions, initiatives, and actions that help her hold onto hope, as well as some of the prophecies from various sources and traditions that speak of a time of peace beyond this great planetary change that we are in the midst of. Hope helps us to have the courage to continue. Hope is absolutely essential. Without Hope, we cannot create the future we dream of deep down in the recesses of our hearts. Cynthia Greb is an author, artist, and interfaith minister whose purpose is to help create a better world by radiating love, hope, encouragement, and inspiration. To find out more, visit her website: www.cynthiagreb.com
Michael Guzzio was born in Buffalo, NY and grew up in Las Vegas, NV. He moved to Albuquerque in 1990 to help start a local church and ministry training center where he served as a youth pastor and assistant pastor as well as an itinerant minister in the US, UK, and Mexico. Through several life changing experiences, Michael’s world view began to transform and he became interested in the Shamanic path. In 2005, Michael became an apprentice of Maestra Delia Tamez. He completed an in-depth apprenticeship in platicas, limpias, temazcales, fire guardian, 7-sacred stones, sacred songs/chants and is quite knowledgeable in earth-based rituals and ceremonies. Michael incorporates aspects of his Sicilian heritage in his healing path and Shamanic practice. Read more
What is anger and why is it so toxic? Why does anger seem to hang around, sometimes for days, weeks, months, years? Is anger actually useful? What is Awakened anger? And what can we do about it if we have some? Doug talks about how anger is dealt with from an Awakening Coaching standpoint.
Doug has been working in the field of Awakening for many years, is also a Living Essence Counselor (the forerunner of Awakening Coaching,) and writes for Lightworkers World and Spiritual Wisdom magazines. He provides a safe, confidential environment in which the deepest facets of life may be freely explored and the hidden blocks and subtle sabotages we all suffer may be found and liberated.
Our path this life has brilliant twists and turns. Some paths we walk along gracefully, meeting each challenge in curiosity and peace. On other paths we hear the roar of our inner Godzilla. Do we run for cover? Do we amp up our mantras? Or do we try to tame her? Let’s look at the in’s and out’s of how our deep spiritual patterns affect our goals.
Rev. Michelle Renee is the Founding Director of the Center for Psychic Healing. She trains intuitive healers to hear the call of their knowing and to act on it. She offers private sessions as a Clairvoyant Reader and Intuitive Bodyworker and has been in practice for 26 years. She and her son recently relocated from Cape Cod and they are thrilled to be here! Michelle loves sharing story as a Guest Minister and within story slams! She finds they are the perfect jolt to her creativity and the only ones time allows her, as a single mom and former actor, to dive into her love for storytelling.
The 13th century mystic poet Rumi speaks to living on the lip of insanity, wanting to know reasons for–and answers to– the big questions our world and our lives are asking. Gail accepted our invitation to speak in the spirit of The Celebration’s call to share our individual spiritual journeys. She reveals the personal yearnings, churnings, and learnings that are arising as she asks her big questions, many about releasing the current form of things and trusting that a deeper wisdom knows a better way.
Gail Larsen has done a lot of stuff that has created a reasonably impressive resume, but which she does not want to define her as she listens to the call of her own soul to new worlds and creative expression. She has the privilege of working with people from around the world from whom she has learned as much as she has taught.
For over 1,000 years, pilgrims have been walking the Camino de Santiago. Rather than being one single path, the Camino, or the Way of Saint James, is actually a network of pilgrimage routes across Europe which all culminate in the city of Santiago de Compostela in northern Spain. In 2018 over 300,000 people completed the Camino and in 2019 there will be even more. Why do so many people describe the Camino as an unforgettable, life-changing experience?
For many years, Virginia knew she would one day walk the Camino de Santiago. That time finally came this spring, and she completed the Camino in June. She shares some of the beauty, mystery, and blessings she received… and which continue to unfold.
Virginia is a retired hospice nurse, and as music coordinator and pianist, is delighted to have been playing music at The Celebration since 1995.