Shelley is a replant rather than a transplant! She was born and raised in NM but lived on Kauai for 20 years and has replanted herself in Santa Fe for the past 15 years. She has been married to Jeremy for 18 years and she has two sons: Zeb 26, and Sam almost 15. She has delighted us many times here at The Celebration with her voice! She talks about being a recovering perfectionist, her “don’t leave home without it-attitude of gratitude,” and how making conscious choices now, based on reprogramming and/or reframing, profoundly affect how she sees, experiences and participates in her life and the world. She’s also said, “its good to have a plan, but better to be flexible!”
Master Mingtong Gu joyfully and skillfully translates the ancient teachings of Wisdom Healing Qigong for modern times. He founded The Chi Center, a beautiful 79 acre resort near Santa Fe, New Mexico, to bring Qigong wisdom to benefit others. He shares his personal story as well as the experience of working with tens of thousands of students for healing and awakening though this ancient wisdom of Qigong. He guides a simple and profound Sound Healing Meditation for emotional transformation. Master Gu explores how these ancient practices can benefit us personally and collectively at any age, including conscious aging. Read more
At one time, our distant ancestors honored the natural world as sacred. Now, it seems that many live in a way that is superficial and profane, centered primarily around work, technology, and commerce. Somehow we have lost sight of the miracle of life which surrounds us. How can we regain a feeling of awe and reverence for the beauty and power of the natural world?
Cynthia shares some of her journey moving from the notion of a God “out there” to a God within–within nature, within us even, permeating the Universe in both immense and intricate ways. How can we live in a way that honors and celebrates the Sacredness of Life? Can we begin to better protect and heal the world through our reverence and fierce love for it? Can the world be changed by loving it more? These are the questions Cynthia has been asking, feeling, and living.
Cynthia is an interfaith minister, a writer, and a lover of this world. Her passion is to help heal this planet by inspiring people to act with courage, kindness, and fierce love. You can find out more at www.cynthiagreb.com
We live in a loud and distracting world, where silence is increasingly difficult to come by. How many moments each day do you spend in total silence? The answer is probably very few. In a noisy world filled with the sounds of traffic, talking, television, social media, and piped-in music everywhere we go, silence can feel foreign and threatening. In the artificial environments created to distract, how do we go about finding and exploring Silence? ChrisTina has learned of the power of silence from some of the most unlikely teachers. Read more
As we enter a new year and a new decade, let’s give ourselves the gift of time to tend our inner fire and consider the New Story that wants to be told through us, on behalf of our individual wholeness and in praise of our beautiful world.
Gail Larsen is celebrating a birthday that is asking for a new story of elderhood and contribution. Her fascination with stories resulted in her book Transformational Speaking: If You Want to Change the World, Tell a Better Story (Random House & Brilliance Audio). She supports change artists and Holy Fools from around the world in mining their life experience to bring messages of inspiration and healing to their audiences. www.realspeaking.com
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. One of the greatest joys for her is being a part of the Celebration community and the tribe that she participates with daily. Evolving together is the code for the New Earth.
In today’s super-competitive news markets, we are bombarded with the most sensationalized negative input imaginable. More divisiveness is heavily promoted. However, there is tons of good news too. Much is right with the world, although you might not ever expect that. Noticing the good is good for our souls and for the world.
I was born in the slums of Kingston, Jamaica, in what was then a British Colony. The odds of surviving to adulthood were long & seemed unlikely. Looking back in time at the struggles & effort to stay alive remains unfathomable. However, there were lessons learned about human behavior & interaction that I could not have acquired any other way. Minor misunderstandings with my neighbors could lead to conflict & blood shed. One had to learn very early on in life how to safely navigate your surroundings & literally prepare to die or take the life of another if it meant saving one’s own. I detail the strategies I adopted not only to make it out alive, but also thrive.
Dr Dexter Russell is a licensed doctor of Naprapathic Medicine who specializes in pain management, stress relief & myofascial release therapy. He believes the real source of chronic aches & pain is a result of poor posture, inactivity, & blockages in the body’s soft tissues. Once the tension is cleared & there’s restoration of proper nerve & blood flow, healing energies travel without obstruction & the body regains function again. Sacred medicinal plants including cannabis play a significant role in Dr Russell’s approach to health & well-being. Growing up on the island of Jamaica afforded Dr Russell the unique privilege of witnessing & participating in West African spiritual practices & healing rituals.
Bruce Berlin is a retired, public sector, ethics attorney and a social change organizer. He spent a month practicing Tibetan Buddhism in Kopan Monastery, a Buddhist monastery outside of Katmandu, Nepal, in 1973. He’s studied and practiced Buddhist meditation ever since, including Zen and Vipassana. Focusing on the Buddhist principle that “we are all one,” Berlin sees his political work of trying to bring the left and the right together to find common ground as a spiritual practice. In the 1980s, he founded and directed The Trinity Forum for International Security and Conflict Resolution for that purpose. He’s the author of Breaking Big Money’s Grip on America, the founder and former president of New Mexicans for Money Out of Politics and a former U.S. Institute of Peace fellow. He lives in Santa Fe and his website is breakingbigmoneysgrip.com.
Embodied presence is the ability to be with ‘what is’ in the full range of human experience, from sadness or grief to joy and bliss. It’s the ability to be where we are, in vulnerability, alignment and truth, with the inner resources to stay in the flow of life instead of pushing against it. Embodied presence carries with it the blessing of authentic wisdom. Our ability to be present with what life brings and to have the emotional bandwidth with presence is supported by connecting with our body. This in turn empowers us in awakening our ability to heal, grow and discover the love we are, no matter what life brings.
Dr. Judy L. Scher is a transformational catalyst, a midwife of soul growth and an alchemical healer. She has been a healing practitioner for over 4 decades and a wellness chiropractor. She established the Scher Center for Well Being in Santa Fe in 1992.