Challenge, adversity, grief and disappointment—these unwelcome guests all play a unique role in our development. The blessing sleeps next to the wound—but only if we are really paying attention. Victor will share his own journey towards conscious empowered masculinity, and some of the tools he has found useful along the way.
David has experienced a wide variety of fathering experiences in his lifetime, from having a father, being a father, foster father and step-father, being a grandfather and great-grandfather, and a few variations along the way. He will share his observations concerning this sacred trust and a few of the questions and answers that have occurred to him throughout his journey.
Lee Valentine speaks on his learning to listen without judgement, an ability that he lacked as a child and as a young person, since that capacity was not to be found in his parents’ household.
Lee Valentine uses his middle name, “Lee”, but always signs his name in full, “William Lee Valentine”. He has lived in Santa Fe for eighteen years, and has attended the Celebration for the last several. He has written a book on personal recovery — that is, on the effort to recover from personal problems, or from emotional illness. He is trying to self-publish this book, “Out of the Labyrinth.” The book grew out of his own efforts to recover from a childhood that appeared to leave him in a hopeless state as a purported adult, though he did marry and has two grown children.
Is it possible to have a Forever Love? What is the difference between a Soul Mate, a Life Partner and a Friend? Are these all different kinds of love? ChrisTina believes that life gives us the opportunity to explore these questions and find the answers for ourselves. She is a death Doula and a Life Cycle Celebrant. It was her curiosity about life and her love for stories that guided her to this work. She enjoys hearing about significant events in people’s lives and how couples met. She has been profoundly changed by many of the life stories that have been shared with her at the end of life. She believes that there are special stories that can guide and teach us significant things about our lives. ChrisTina is a Native New Mexican and has a deep connection to Santa Fe and her ancestors. Learn more about her at heartscrossing.com
Saul grew up in an inner-city ghetto area of Brooklyn, NY. He wanted proof, or manifestation, of something that could convince him that there was more to life than what his initial experiences were. This led him on a journey which eventually brought him to read “There is a River”, the biography of Edgar Cayce by Thomas Sugrue, and then “The Magic of Findhorn” by Paul Hawken. This set in motion a series of events that eventually showed him that he was a spiritual healer.
I invite you to come play with me in the Divine. While I never know what I will say ahead of time, I believe that bringing light to the shadow is a timely and necessary discussion for us all.
Harriette was a major part of The Celebration for many years, and has been a wonderful guide and teacher for even longer. Her exuberant personality and wise insights have helped many. We are always delighted to have her as a speaker.
The experience of grief is different for each of us. And different for each passing. Through the journey of the Dark Nights of the Soul after her husband’s unexpected death, Carol will talk of insights and information on grief that she’s learned along the way.
Rev Carol Glover began her exploration of Life and Spirit at 21 years old after the traumatic murder of a cousin the year before. “Why am I alive?” was the key question. “To be happy.” was the first answer and that’s hummed along with her life for 50 years. Seeking deeper answers led Carol to Shamanic studies. After years as a student, she became a teacher, healer and channel, traveling across the U.S. and to Europe to teach. 19 years ago, she met Steve Quinlan. Their recognition of each other’s Spirit in the moment they met, became the foundation for their relationship. A widow for 2 years, she is finding her way back to Joy, The Essence of Life.
Kristine’s talk will explore this age of Consciousness and the lessons of Mindfulness as it is unfolding in her life. Kristine has been a guest speaker at the Celebration many times before. She is always grateful for the opportunity to share in such a welcoming community.
In 1974 she became a Certified Spiritual Consultant with the Inner Peace Movement, an International Spiritual Education Program that opened her mind to the mystical answers she was seeking. Her life mission is to mentor others to a life of awakening, awareness, joy and inner peace. Her website is www.KristineLBaker.com.
Kathy, Louise and Rita will share about how most of us experience emotional difficulties within families, as well as personally, when dealing with the challenges around death or major health issues. How do you cope?
Joan Sotkin is a long-time member of The Celebration who, at 77, still runs her own business and is getting healthier every year. She now enjoys the advantages of having learned many life lessons and how to live a satisfying life in a rapidly changing world.