Vijali Hamilton was a nun for ten years in the Vedanta tradition, but left to embrace spirit in the whole of life. She has dedicated her life as a peacemaker. Vijali collaborates with diversified communities around the globe, utilizing her skills as a sculptor, filmmaker, poet, musician, and author to further this mission. Vijali started her World Wheel Project in 1986, circling the planet as she works with the arts in her quest for world peace. She has opened the World Wheel Center 30 minutes south of Santa Fe, for spiritual/creative retreats and the first Sunday of the month Meditation Gatherings for World Peace. This land and Center is about the essence of all religions and the essence of truth and does not represent any one tradition. www.worldwheel.org
Stephen Young returns to continue his extraordinary story of having had multiple near death experiences and how they have transformed his life. He states, “Everyone, and for good reason, wants to know what happens when you die? What no one ever talks about is once you know, what do you do then? What kind of life do you live now?” Mr. Young will address these questions and any others you may have.
Stephen Young is a Santa Fe resident where he and his wife own the iconic retail store, Doodlet’s. Prior to moving to the Land of Enchantment, he founded a Dallas-based real estate development and investment company before serving as the Executive Director of a nonprofit health organization. He states, “My only authority for speaking about the nature of life, death and what happens after that is having died and lived to tell about it. Hopefully, that is enough.”
Susan Straight has been part of The Celebration community since its inception. Susan has been a non-profit director for over 20 years working both in New Mexico and internationally, most particularly for the past 8 years in China. Her talk, Passionate Non-attachment, will look at the major shifts in her life as she approaches her 70th birthday this year. She has followed the inner teachings of Sufism for 23 years.
Dr. Ann Filemyr, Ph.D. is an educator, poet and facilitator of both personal and organizational transformation. For two decades, she served as the apprentice of the late Keewaydinoquay, an Ojibwe herbal medicine woman, and learned to lead traditional ceremonies, including stories, songs, prayers, plant medicines and healing ceremonies that support right relations between all living beings. She has had a distinguished career in higher education and is currently Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean at Southwestern College. She has published six books of poetry, most recently, Love Enough.
The season of Spring is an invitation for renewal and rebirth. How do we re-align ourselves with the energizing power of love and our individual passion for living? This talk will promote some key ideas for ways to re-engage with loving life, embracing its challenges, and moving into Spring with a new spring in our step.
Dianne is a long time ‘Celebration-ista’ who has served the community in many capacities over many years. She has produced the weekly online and print Gazettes for many years, has served on council a number of times, as well as various and sundry other things. The spring equinox is a very special time of year for Dianne. Energetically it’s all about renewal, and personally it’s Dianne’s birth date, which she has always enjoyed. Dianne reserves the Sunday closest to the equinox and her birthday every year to do her talk at The Celebration. This year, for personal reasons, she had to move it to the 29th but hey, that’s close enough!
Over twenty years ago a hundred year old cottonwood tree in Colorado shared its profound and humorous advice with Ilan Shamir. In his unique drumming and storytelling style, he will share with us the beauty and wisdom of this old tree and how we can go beyond our perceived limitations to manifest a life of creativity and prosperity.
After tiring of the corporate world of inventing candy for Willy Wonka and marketing for 7UP during the wildly successful “UNCOLA” days of the early 1970’s, Ilan Shamir turned his talents to nature. After a 40 day solo on foot across Iceland to walk away from a life that no longer fit him, he created the “Advice from Nature” series found in most national parks and thousands of stores around the country. Ilan is also a writer, silk artist and creator of the “Poetry in Motion” truck seen around Santa Fe. His websites are www.ilanshamir.com and www.yourtruenature.com
John Bishop has lived in Santa Fe for nearly thirty years and has attended The Celebration for over twenty years. He has a twenty year old company based in Portland, Oregon that specializes in nanotechnology with focused ion beam technology, making parts for the semiconductor, diamond and archival industries. He is the founder of The MASTERS Program at Santa Fe Community College, an early college charter high school. He is involved in community service through Rotary International and Coming Home Connection.
For the past 30 years, Joan Sotkin has been examining alternative ways of dealing with life on many different levels. Joan does not define success as merely making a lot of money or having social or career status. She has searched for something deeper and more meaningful and learned to integrate what she discovered into her business and personal life. Her website, www.ProsperityPlace.com, is her contribution to those of you who want to experience the “more” of life while creating satisfying and prosperous lives and businesses.
George Cohen was so impressed with the power of the principles presented by Michael Singer’s book The Untethered Soul that he felt moved to share them. These principles are seen as essential in the process of the freeing of the soul. George will explore the means for accomplishing this worthwhile task.
George M. Cohen worked as an educator for over 40 years. During that time he trained students, school staff, corporate employees and parents in Communication, Conflict Management, Leadership and other topics. Since coming to Santa Fe, Mr. Cohen has worked at the State Penitentiary conducting classes in Anger Management. His interest in spiritual principles has led him to study A Course in Miracles for more than 8 years. He has been an active member of The Celebration for over nine years..
Doug Webb is an Awakening Coach, and guides people into deeper states of consciousness in which they can directly experience the Self, not as mind, experience or even spirituality, but as that which precedes all. It is easy to release held feeling, beliefs and trauma from such a state, and Doug is highly skilled at facilitating these Moments of Awakening.
Doug is also a visionary artist whose work looks at the fabric of Human Experience with the multi-layered essence of our perceptions, thoughts, feelings and archetypes acting as clues to our Being. His path has been one of Awakening and portraying that Awakening in images, writings, and music, all serving the Radiant Core of the Universe.
And last but not least, Doug is a singer/songwriter/guitar player extraordinaire. We see him (almost) every week in The Celebration Band.