Wikipedia tells us that for the Greeks, the Muses were “inspirational goddesses of literature, science and the arts.” How could we do without her? Listening and responding to her has been an inspiration, often a demand and a challenge, and sometimes life threatening. I don’t think I could survive without her, and trust that she’ll be there when I die. Yet survival is not the question. Aren’t we here to risk it all? To make our lives a creative bonfire? I look forward to sharing the journey through poetry and story.
Pilgrimage is something that unites (not divides) all religions. Christians go to Rome or Canterbury or Jerusalem. Why? What is the purpose of such arduous travel, and what is the benefit, if any? Muslims must make the pilgrimage to Mecca once in their lifetime. Buddhists go to Sri Lanka or to other holy places. Druids used to travel, at some difficulty, to their Sun temples, like Stonehenge. Sufis make great efforts to go to the shrines of saints. With the outer journey, of course, comes the inner reason for it all, perhaps the desire for a cure for an illness or a beneficent blessing from the saint at his or her shrine. Hugh Elliot’s talk looks at all this and more.
Born in London, England, he was exposed to the teachings of G.I. Gurdjieff and J.G. Bennett at an early age, as he began to search for information that could help him understand life’s perennial questions. His parents were disciples of Gurdjieff and P.D. Ouspensky, and it is through the study of their writings that he began his search. This search has taken him all over the outer world and all through the inner world in a journey of inner and outer travel. He has spent his outer professional life in media and has published articles concerning spirituality, politics, education and travel.
Chris is a singer songwriter, therapist, coach, speaker, and developer of workshops who has released six albums in the last six years. He has worked with musicians from bands like The Eagles, Taylor Swift, James Taylor and Bob Seger. His mission is to unite and heal hearts though music.
In this presentation Chris, shares his story, one of his songs, and the powerful principles that helped him break through a deep-seated, life-long belief that writing even a single song was impossible. To learn more visit: www.ChrisChickering.com
Since the closure of Hope House at the end of the AIDS epidemic, Santa Fe has been without a free-standing hospice house. Despite a clear need, and a lot of interest in opening one, for many reasons it simply did not manifest. Frances Salles shares her personal journey into end-of-life care, how Casa Cielo came into being, and her commitment to keeping the work sacred.
Frances Salles is Executive Director of Coming Home Connection. She worked in senior care services and non-profit management in the UK, alongside opening a complimentary health center in her home town. After the death of her first husband in 2000, she relocated to Santa Fe in 2006 with her six year old son. She worked for the Israeli-Palestinian peace organization, Creativity for Peace, for seven years before joining Coming Home Connection.
For years, businesswoman, Podcaster, and author Joan Sotkin has tried to hide her healing abilities, only to emerge every once in a while to share her gifts. Now, after being convinced that it’s time for her to openly do the energy healing work with her clients, she’s ready to talk about being more open about her work.
I am an only child who has always had a vivid imagination. The summer when I was about to turn 16, two unexpected events occurred in quick succession. My father died suddenly of a heart attack, and I met my first mentor, who introduced me to the world of poetry and self-expression. Like so many gifts that have come into my life, it opened doors which connected me with others, with nature, and myself. I share how writing poetry has brought me joy and, at times, confusion. Writing sustains and surprises me.
Mary McGinnis has been writing, working, and playing in New Mexico since 1972. Blind since birth, she fell in love with mountains and desert and the scents, sounds, and tastes of New Mexico. After 35 years of counseling and advocacy, she is semi-retired with a private counseling practice. She participates in four writing groups. She is also a Certified Laughter Leader and has three full-length poetry collections and a chapbook, Breath of Willow published by Lummox Press.
One of the great aspects of being human is having the addictive self and then understanding how to make the addicted self an ally. Harriette is a gifted speaker, an evolutionist, the author of “Crimes of the Spirit” and “The Divine Bitch Handbook”, a mother, grandmother, and an all around wise woman.
As the chapters of our lives unfold, we seem to be always moving forward into new places and ways of being. But all we do, and everywhere we go, are really our life passages back home to our True Self. Christine shares about moving to Hawaii and returning home to Santa Fe, and what she discovered about life, love, and herself. She shares myth, poetry, inspiration and personal tales to help us all remember who we are at the Source, why we’re truly here in these lives, and what the true purpose is behind all of our life passages.
Christine Warren is a 42 year counselor, life coach, and national transformational teacher at Kripalu Center, where she was a founding member, as well Esalen, Omega, and Rowe Centers. Christine is the author of Navigating Change: Conscious Endings, Visionary Beginnings. www.ChristineWarrenWorkshops.com
So many of us are feeling emotionally ravaged by the all that is taking place in our country and around the world. Is there any hope at all for the future? Cynthia says yes. She speaks of the necessity of Feeding Hope in order to nurture our spirits as we navigate these troubled times. She will share some of the inventions, initiatives, and actions that help her hold onto hope, as well as some of the prophecies from various sources and traditions that speak of a time of peace beyond this great planetary change that we are in the midst of. Hope helps us to have the courage to continue. Hope is absolutely essential. Without Hope, we cannot create the future we dream of deep down in the recesses of our hearts. Cynthia Greb is an author, artist, and interfaith minister whose purpose is to help create a better world by radiating love, hope, encouragement, and inspiration. To find out more, visit her website: www.cynthiagreb.com
Michael Guzzio was born in Buffalo, NY and grew up in Las Vegas, NV. He moved to Albuquerque in 1990 to help start a local church and ministry training center where he served as a youth pastor and assistant pastor as well as an itinerant minister in the US, UK, and Mexico. Through several life changing experiences, Michael’s world view began to transform and he became interested in the Shamanic path. In 2005, Michael became an apprentice of Maestra Delia Tamez. He completed an in-depth apprenticeship in platicas, limpias, temazcales, fire guardian, 7-sacred stones, sacred songs/chants and is quite knowledgeable in earth-based rituals and ceremonies. Michael incorporates aspects of his Sicilian heritage in his healing path and Shamanic practice. Read more