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
Linda Brown’s talk will be based on her fourth published book, Speaking to a Star: Hearing Inner Voices, about how it feels to have been hearing Voices for 35 years and the personal upset that this can cause when one’s upper hearing channels suddenly pop open. It explores the wonderful Spiritual Gift that this phenomenon really is.
Linda says: “I’m a happy, foot-loose Gypsy, of an age (77.5) when others are sinking instead of swimming. Having completed two year-long, solo treks around the world and spent another year as an expat in South America – Uruguay, Peru & Ecuador – living only on my Social Security – I’m in the States to publish and promote my new book and to line up a contract for a Reality TV Show about my traveling life.” Anyone interested in more information can go to her website, www.heyboomers.com
Vijali Hamilton was a nun for ten years in the Vedanta tradition, but left to embrace spirit in the whole of life. She has dedicated her life as a peacemaker. Vijali collaborates with diversified communities around the globe, utilizing her skills as a sculptor, filmmaker, poet, musician, and author to further this mission. Vijali started her World Wheel Project in 1986, circling the planet as she works with the arts in her quest for world peace. She has opened the World Wheel Center 30 minutes south of Santa Fe, for spiritual/creative retreats and the first Sunday of the month Meditation Gatherings for World Peace. This land and Center is about the essence of all religions and the essence of truth and does not represent any one tradition. www.worldwheel.org
Stephen Young returns to continue his extraordinary story of having had multiple near death experiences and how they have transformed his life. He states, “Everyone, and for good reason, wants to know what happens when you die? What no one ever talks about is once you know, what do you do then? What kind of life do you live now?” Mr. Young will address these questions and any others you may have.
Stephen Young is a Santa Fe resident where he and his wife own the iconic retail store, Doodlet’s. Prior to moving to the Land of Enchantment, he founded a Dallas-based real estate development and investment company before serving as the Executive Director of a nonprofit health organization. He states, “My only authority for speaking about the nature of life, death and what happens after that is having died and lived to tell about it. Hopefully, that is enough.”