We have all had various experiences in our life of our elders and those living with disabilities. For some of us, our families, friends and community gathered around to support and honor our elders and those living with disabilities. For others of us, they were swept away or put to the side and became The Forgotten. Gretchen & Dee will discuss some of their life experiences with aging family members and family members with disabilities and how it has shaped them. They will also discuss some newer thoughts and practices we all can integrate into our lives to support those we know living with disabilities or facing the challenges of aging. Read more
Levi talks about how his spiritual journey and love of Tai Chi and Kabbalah led to the publication of his book, Living Wisely, an inspirational guide that provides keys to live a wise and balanced life.
Levi blends his intimate knowledge of Tai Chi Chuan and Kabbalah to create a unique, uplifting spiritual voice. A teacher of Tai Chi and Kabbalah, he is the co-creator of Sulam Chi: A Dance of Life, a movement form that integrates the energies of Tai Chi and Kabbalah’s mystical Tree of Life. Levi is also a singer-songwriter, writer and inspirational speaker. His CD, Take a New Road, is a joyous celebration of the inner journey toward freedom. He is a featured blogger on The Huffington Post. For more information about Levi and his work visit: www.levibenshmuel.com
Deb Heikes dreamed of being on stage from the time she was three. She had no idea this would manifest 45 years later as a one woman show about her family of origin. The title was “The White Trash Monologue.” The process of putting her family stories on paper (1 ½ years of writing, rewriting, and editing), endless hours of learning the art of embodying the characters, and laying it out in all its rawness on stage in 2010 brought Deb to a new love, appreciation, and understanding of her family. What came after the show estranged Deb from her family. Come join her in her journey from disconnection and heartache to a life changing soul transformation with her mother, age 80 and her father, age 90. Read more
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” 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 from Thanksgiving until Easter.
Circle Works! is a new movement of peaceful and compassionate gatherings that truly make a difference. A lot of people are frustrated with their usual experience of talking and sharing in groups. Some don’t feel heard, some don’t know how to listen carefully. Transformative Circle Conversations are about the importance of authentic dialogue. It helps couples, families, students, community groups, organizations and teams have the meaningful conversations they need to have. Circle Work conversations can help us re-connect and make a difference in our communities.
Gila Joy Pascale is the Co-Founder of Circle Works! Santa Fe, Circle Practitioner and Circle Seeder, Retired Psychotherapist, Facilitator for Artist Circles in New Mexico.
Elaine Casquarelli, M.A., LMHC, Circle Work Consultant, Co-Founder of Circle Works! Santa Fe
At age 40, having accomplished his professional goals, Bernard embarked on a radically new path, following his guidance and becoming a psychic. For over forty years he has counseled thousands in the US and Canada and given many transformational workshops. He arrived in Santa Fe nine years ago after his guidance sent him to New Mexico from Vancouver.
He has directly experienced the Source and sees everyone as GOD—a particularly controversial view forty years ago. Last November, after a long decline in his vitality, he expected to pass over (die) and made all preparations, including making a coffin. The prospect of dying held no fear. He gave away or sold many of his possessions. In November his energy suddenly recovered and he had to rethink his new life. Read more
Virginia Gilstrap has been the music director for The Celebration for many years. I don’t know if I would be able to list here all the ways in which she is awesome and serves this community with grace and beauty.
She states: “We in the western world tend to see dying as something fearful, even horrific, and certainly something to be kept at a distance. This kind of denial and avoidance can be painful, and can actually put a damper on how fully we allow ourselves to live.” Virginia will speak about some of the depth, beauty, and tenderness available to us through our shared humanity with people at the end of life. She will share personal experiences and lessons learned over the past 20 years of being a hospice nurse in Santa Fe.
Nout Galand was born French 45 years ago and spent the first 34 in the Old World, getting an education in Political Science and Law, traveling extensively in even older lands and starting a life-long passionate process of self-understanding and healing. After experimenting professionally in her field, honing intellectual skills, she gave in to the need to live what would feel like a more meaningful life; she turned her full attention to spirituality and trained in the healing arts, in France and Canada. Upon arrival in the United States, she went through a complete transformation, a Re-Creation of self, brought about by the experience of physical hard work. Read more
Brother Dybowski will talk about his wondering youth, showing how he applied his curiosity to join the Christian Brothers, and how he continued their work at the College of Santa Fe for 44 years. The talk will be autobiographical, with some history of the Brothers’ work here in Santa Fe since 1859.
Brother Brian states: “In high school in Texas, the Christian Brothers taught me with such verve that I joined them, and have served as a teacher in grade school, high school and university. I taught Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Math, and Religion for 5 years, then taught Math at the College of Santa Fe. I earned Ph.D.’s in Philosophy and Psychology and taught those subjects at CSF. Serving as Chair of Social Sciences, I established a Psychology program. On sabbaticals, I earned MAs in Scripture and Spirituality. So my private wonderings expanded into public amazement in academia”.
Dr. Fairbrother is recently retired from Academy Health in Washington, DC. She is now a consultant and continues to hold Adjunct Professor positions at the George Washington University and the University of New Mexico.She is an experienced health services researcher and evaluator, whose work has emphasized access to and quality of care, especially for vulnerable populations. She has led numerous research projects, including projects on quality of care for children in Medicaid, use of technology and registries, and physician payment. One of her recent projects involves writing on the poorer health care outcomes in the United States compared with our peer nations and implications for changes needed in our system. She is excited about moving to Santa Fe and continuing her consulting work in health care policy in a new venue. Read more