Terry will share about her personal journey of discovery and healing through Functional Medicine. She is a Cultural Historian, Author, Director of the Trust for the Art of the West, and sole proprietor of McKay Ventures, a communications firm for the Fine Arts and beyond.
Joan Sotkin is a long-term member of The Celebration who is known for her insightful understanding of the connection between money and emotions and how family-of-origin experiences affect a person’s ability to succeed in business and financially. In this talk, she shares a different way of looking at personal growth and development.
Patricia Varga believes that creativity is a spiritual experience, & that spirituality is a creative experience.
For the last decade, she has worked with cancer & chronic pain patients, their family members & healthcare providers & has witnessed the power of creativity in the healing process. Her own experience with cancer, & the experiences of others, has taught her much about grace, gratitude, compassion & the power of the creative spirit. She believes the creative process uncovers & enhances the humanity in all of us & also encourages communication from the heart in a way that touches & changes people’s lives. Creativity heals. Read more
Will Sharon spent the first 13 years of his adult life working in clinical settings, first as a teacher on the childrens ward of a psychiatric hospital and then as a therapist at the VA. He left that profession and spent a few years as an actor and then a law school student along with being a waiter and bartender to make ends meet. A chance conversation with a friend led to a 35 year career in the corporate world in IT, real estate, risk management and advertising, along with some senior titles and perks, all of which ended on his 57th birthday when, for the first time in his life, he was fired. What followed was a decade of loss and suffering that coincided with tremendous creativity and curiosity. Today he’ll talk to us about that period of “fertile misery” and his experience that led to redemption.
Ann will share a bit of her journey, from seeking love in romantic relationship to seeking love in the hills of New Mexico to settling down and realizing she is love.
Ann offers one-on-one Strong From Within coaching to women business owners who are going through major transition and identity change and who want to more deeply love, embody and express themselves. She’s a prolific writer and photographer. Feel free to visit annstrong.com/mentor-coaching-blog/.
Rand B. Lee has been killing plants since he was 8 years old. A former perennials manager at Payne’s Nursery here in Santa Fe, Rand confesses he is a certified lifelong tomato-holic and is currently tending 14 tomato plants, most of them in pots. In his talk, Rand describes his journey into gardening madness, and attempts to reveal the deep spiritual principles embodied in 100% organic compost, squash bugs, and time-release fertilizers.
A couple of years ago, Ken spoke about his “My Three Questions,” which were “How Am I?”, “Who Am I?”, and “Why Am I Here?” At that time, he focused mostly on the first one, and this talk will briefly review that question, with updates, and delve more deeply into the next two. Or not…. Ken is a long-time Celebrant, and has experienced a lot of personal change during these years. His early influences were Seth, Paramahansa Yogananda, Alan Cohen, and Ernest Holmes. Read more
Chaz shares his personal journey since the start of this year & describes the challenges, confusions & conundrums that have led to choices creating his condition. He was born & raised in the Hudson River Valley in upstate New York. His parents were both teachers. He is the second of 5 children, with 3 brothers & one sister. An extremely important experience for the family occurred when his brother Peter contracted leukemia in 1969. He watched Peter go through the medical model of treatment for the illness, which included radiation, chemo & multiple bone marrow transplants. Peter lost his hair, suffered greatly and then passed away in 1972 from the disease. This caused him to wonder if there was a better way to create & maintain health & started a lifetime pursuit in the study of natural health. He attended State University as well as the L.A. College of Chiropractic & attained a BS in Biology & a Doctor of Chiropractic degree. He has practiced Chiropractic & Nutritional Therapy at Back to Health Wellness Center here in Santa Fe since 1992. He has also been an active participant in The Celebration since 1993 as a facilitator, speaker, reader & host & has actively participated in men’s groups since 1993. In his spare time. he loves to hike, bike, camp, body surf, & enjoy rooting for the Yankees & the Jets. His website: backtohealthsantafe.com
Doug takes a look at discovering and disseminating what we came here for, because, what else is there?
Doug Webb is a Certified Awakening Coach, Artist, Musician and writer.
Marvin shares about his life’s journey and some of the experiences/miracles/blessings that happened along the way. After graduating from the University of Missouri, Marvin Boone enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. He served more than four years as a officer ending with a tour in Viet Nam. He worked for over forty years in sales and marketing of investments, residential housing and autos. Marvin was active for many years in church work. He served as a lay minister, teacher and board member. He helped found a Religious Science church in Dallas, TX and is a founding member of The Celebration. Now retired, he lives with his wife Robin near Kansas City, MO.