Katrina Koehler has been working with grieving children, teenagers and their families for the last 17 years at Gerard’s House, a Santa Fe nonprofit that creates safe places for grieving youth where healing happens through acceptance and peer support. Over the past eight years, Gerard’s House has turned its focus to the city’s most vulnerable grieving youth—kids who have immigrated from war-torn and impoverished regions, kids who are homeless, kids who are in foster care, kids who have been suspended from or dropped out of school, and kids who have attempted suicide. Services include 30 weekly peer grief support groups, a mobile unit, suicide-prevention programs, individual sessions, and support for parents/caregivers, all free of charge and bilingual for youth ages 3 – 21 who have experienced life-changing loss, such as the death of a parent or other loved one.
When reviewing the past year, Christina realized it was a year full of changes in how she looks at and experiences life. In her talk, she will be sharing some of her shifts with us.
Dr. Christina Boiano is a chiropractor of nearly 30 years, spiritual explorer for more than 40 years, and a long time Celebrant. She loves to change and grow in her life and health and to support others to do the same. In her work she collaborates with her patients to create individually tailored care to meet their health, wellness, and life goals. She is known for her gentle techniques that create dramatic change from the inside out.
“Everything that we do in life is a result of practice, whether we realize it or not.”
“Practice doesn’t make perfect, practice leads to mastery.”
Rick Bastine shares insights that he has gained along the way on his life journey.
Harriette King’s talk is the result of the collective group energy present at the service.
David is a long-time member of The Celebration and a dedicated player of the game of table tennis. Throughout his life, he has slowly improved his skills at playing the game as well as many spiritual practices that have made him feel more connected to all life and to whatever it is that exists beyond physical life. He has discovered that these spiritual practices can be applied to all aspects of his daily endeavors, including his work, gardening, listening to music, watching movies, being of service to The Celebration and the Santa Fe Table Tennis Club and playing the game of “ping pong”. In all of these, the key word is JOY!
Wow, 2017, what a year! How was your year? Today marks that imaginary line between the past and the future unknown. Kristine explores the idea of Quantum Leaping to a New Life in this New Year by the power of creativity and being. Using tips from Bert Goldman and Conscious Language founder Robert Tennyson Stevens, Kristine will explore the excitement of the possibilities of what can be created in 2018. Kristine Baker’s real passion is encouraging herself and others to enjoy life by realizing the inner source of life’s expression and developing intuition and Inner Guidance. An Ordained Non-Denominational Minister and Laughter Yoga Teacher, she offers Spiritual Mentoring, a type of counseling to help you find your own answers and have more fun in life. www.KristineLBaker.com
ChrisTina 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. ChrisTina believes there are special stories that can guide and teach us significant things about life. It is through story that we find that we are each a significant part of a bigger story.
ChrisTina is Native New Mexican and is deeply connected to Santa Fe. This connection has given her opportunity to commune with her ancestral heritage and serve others from a place of silence and knowingness. More info on her website www.heartscrossing.
Wendy’s talk is based on her recent experiences of: being knocked off her feet; getting off the ground; asking for and accepting help both professionally and from friends; learning how to speak up for herself and others and having transformational experiences during and after surgery.
Wendy’s passion for holistic health and wellness began with her own desire to heal from certain health conditions. With success, she then desired to share this wonderful approach of self-care. She worked diligently through the doctorate program at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine, graduating in 1999. She studied modern western medical sciences, conventional and holistic diagnosis, and natural therapeutics. She especially loves applying our holistic approach in clinic and watching patients benefit. Read more
Stephen Lorenzen shares his journey from childhood, through a very long adolescence, including military service, marriage for nine years and into the beginnings of AA Recovery, continuing with his quest for the truth and everything in between until the present time.
Shelly Felt was selected by the Board of Directors as the new Executive Director of Youth Shelters and Family Services (YSFS) in April 2017. YSFS serves more than 1,000 young people ages 10-24 every year and is the only agency in Santa Fe that focuses on providing safe and stable housing for young people. The agency’s goal is to end youth homelessness. When named ED, Shelly had been working with the organization as Director of Finance since July 1, 2015, so she was able to step into the new role with a robust knowledge of the YSFS programs. She is a CPA and has been working with local not-for-profits since she and her family moved to Santa Fe in 2002.
She will be talking about the agency’s programs, including Street Outreach and a new program, Cold Weather Shelter (CWS), which will provide emergency shelter to young people ages 18-21 during the winter months.