After four decades of fathering in a variety of ways, David shares some of the experiences he has had and the joy they have given him. Although officially retired from any fatherly positions, he has been a father, step-father, foster father, uncle-father and honorary father. He is quite happy and satisfied that he has passed on the positive vibes and love shown by HIS father to the next generation of Raymers.
Former Monk & current Benedictine Oblate Bill, aka Brother Bernard O’Donnell obl OSB, is a long time member of The Celebration. He has been on the staff & board of the Santa Fe Institute for Spirituality (www.sfis.org) for 30 years, the Producer/Host of “SPIRITUALITY TV” which can be found on youtube.com, and has organized men’s retreats for the last 5 years at the Benedictine Monastery in Pecos, NM. Bill is also a Ski Instructor at Ski Santa Fe.
Robert Francis Mudman Johnson has lived in Santa Fe since 1980 and has been a humanistic developmental counselor, a Teacher, an artist specializing in community collaborative Earth based sculptures (the labyrinth at Frenchies park,) a workshop leader and hopes to help us to create “a world worthy of of children’s love and respect.” Read more
When it comes to my journey of recovery from alcoholism and drug addiction, I believe first and foremost in something I learned early on: if I helped others, there was a good chance that I would stop thinking about just myself. Or said another way: to keep it, I had to give it away.
Over these last 3 decades, I have experienced many different forms of service which I will talk about briefly.
Today, my service centers on bringing forth a face and a voice of Recovery. Too often all we see is the face of active addiction. There is now a national movement to change that paradigm and talk about Recovery as well, and I work toward making that happen not only in Santa Fe, but also throughout New Mexico.
Chris volunteered as a firefighter and EMT-Basic for 11 years. She was a member of the NM Behavioral Health Planning Council, serving as Chair for 4 years. She is in long-term recovery from substance use disorders. In 2014, she co-founded Recovery Santa Fe! which is a grass-roots movement to bring forth the face and voice of people living in Recovery from addiction.
On a winter morning during a season of great stress and challenge, Tzivia Gover was startled awake by a frightening dream. On reflection she realized this dream was offering her essential information that would ultimately help her turn her life around. Although everyone dreams, too many people dismiss their dreams as meaningless or too confusing to be of value, but Tzivia has come to believe that dreams are a rich resource that each person can learn to tap into and learn from. Ever since her own dream woke her up, Gover has used dreams to guide and advise her on everything from optimal nutrition, to relationship advice, to creative direction, decision-making, and more. In addition, she has become a Certified Dream Therapist, and now works with people and groups to help them find insight, meaning, and healing from their dreams. In this talk, Gover will speak about her personal journey through dreams, her mindful approach to dreaming, and her belief that dreams can help us all heal personally—and as a global community. Read more
Catherine Scherwenka, Oneness Meditator and Advanced Trainer, spent many years living at the Oneness University in India. She is traveling worldwide, leading groups through experiences of these life-transforming teachings that heal all relationships and awaken us to our natural state ~ one of love and connectedness.
Rand Lee is a writer, performer, and psychic consultant who has lived in Northern New Mexico for nearly 30 years. “My mother, Kaye Brinker, was a professional radio actor, writer, cook, gardener, and animal healer whose legacy of light, shadow, creative brilliance, and mental illness affects me to this day. This talk is my homage to her, and to the power of all mothers to shape their children lifelong for good or ill.”
No matter what faith or spiritual belief people have, parables in the Bible have become common sayings in our culture. Sayings such as “turn the other cheek” and “go the second mile” have been completely misunderstood. Most people are shocked to learn their real intent — i.e. you shouldn’t have been hit in the first place, and you shouldn’t have gone even the first mile! Come and be surprised!
Don Eaton is a nationally acclaimed singer-songwriter, recording artist who is currently working on his 5th CD. For 16 years Don provided the music for Neale Donald Walsch’s “Conversations with God” Spiritual Retreats. Don is also the founder and director (for the last 21 years) of “Small Change” a non- profit which deals with two kinds of hunger — physical hunger and spiritual/emotional hunger. Small Change uses songs and true-life stories to inspire people to “Be the Change” the world hungers for, and to Save Small Change for low-cost, high-impact hunger relief items, such as oral re-hydration salt packets.
Barry Cooney will trace his introduction to metaphysical studies and his current mission as the Director of the Artful Soul Center. His educational background is in psychology, management and Eastern philosophy. His career has included positions as Clinical Instructor in Human Behavior at Jefferson Medical College, Visiting Research Profession of Management at UNM, and Visiting Distinguished Lecturer at Banaras Hindu University in India. In 2008 he was appointed Executive Director of UNM’s largest branch Campus in Gallup, NM. In 2016 he founded the Artful Soul Center in Santa Fe, which offers mindfulness training, experiential personal growth workshops, and life coaching.
Dr. Christina Boiano is a leading-edge chiropractor, health and wellness coach, life-time spiritual explorer and an “Old Timer” in The Celebration Community. She is the founder-director of Inner Rhythms Wellness and Santa Fe Wellness Center. Her passion is to assist people in getting healthy and leading purposeful lives, not just in eliminating their pain. She is a specialist in guiding people from surviving to thriving in their lives. Christina’s talk is inspired by the T. S. Eliot quote “We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.”