Elsie Maio | Soul Branding / Humanity, Inc.

Elsie Maio , a leading business values guru and a sustainable business consultant,  is the founder of her company Soul Branding, which takes companies through a process of spiritual awakening. Their mission is to humanize high performing companies and 'performance-ize' social-mission organizations. In the interview, she talks of the need, in this time of cultural crisis, for the artists to create the new iconography of system well-being to replace the icons of commerce.

Elsie is on a mission – to empower business to profitably align with the web of life. Ms. Maio started her career on Wall Street , and, through her public platform and real time engagement with clients, Elsie has helped usher in the sustainability movement since 1997. She has helped scores of leaders to discover emergent trends in business and society, and to commercialize that advantage. Her business management framework and toolset, The SoulBranding℠ Process, uniquely marries high performance business practices with heart-centered stakeholder empowerment.


LinkedIN @soulbrand

Twitter @soulbrand

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Zuleikha | The Storydancer Project

Zuleikha is an international performer and educator whose work inspires positive change through unique exercises, movements, and restorative self-care practices shared in an atmosphere of empathy, inclusivity and support. 

Renowned for her global work with women, children and families, “storydance” performances, innovative classes, and collaborations celebrating the poetry of Rumi, she is also the creator of Take a Minute™, an exercise program to increase vitality and resilience.

Founder and Executive Director of The Storydancer Project, an international non-profit organization based in NM that serves girls, women, children and families facing challenging life circumstances, Zuleikha is a recipient of several awards for her outstanding work in the world promoting positive personal and social change, including first place at the Indian International Palliative Care Conference. TSP offers several programs in both NM and Delhi, India.

In partnership with NM Navajo Nation, she developed the Rainbow Bridge Initiative. In Delhi, India, the Palliative Care and Community Renewal Programs, and in partnership with the Esperanza Shelter, The Domestic Violence Programs.

She appears each year in a featured role with the Rumi Concert, dancing and telling enchanting Rumi Stories.

The next Rumi concert will be at the Lensic on October 5.



Santa fe Improv | with ben taxy and robin holloway

Improvization! Making it up as you go along…
That’s life, for some of us. And that’s also a style of theater
with some basic philosophies / tenets/ lessons that also
are pretty cool life lessons.
Like “yes, and..”,
like working collaboratively,
like helping your team,
like committing fully,
like not being afraid to look bad.
Santa Fe Improv teaches and trains in the art of improvisation, a style of comedic theater where scenes and stories are created on-the-spot. Improv is essential training for comedic actors. Learning to improvise is valuable to regular people as well –

We talk with the founder, Ben Taxy and one of the instructors, Robin Holloway about how learning to do imrov makes you a better listener and team player by being more fully present.


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Nicholas Ballas

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Nicholas Ballas has been an important actor and director in Santa Fe since the Eighties, appearing with New Mexico Rep, Shakespeare in Santa Fe, and Mother Road in Albuquerque. In the mid-Eighties, he founded the New Mexico Actor’s Theater, producing many playsranging from Sam Shepard to Shakespeare, directing and acting, and teaching acting classes.

In this interview, Ballas reminisces about his acquaintance with Sam Shepard, about his connection to the Santa Fe Actor’s Lab, which he acts and directs with. He also talks about Robert Benedetti, this mentor and the founder of the NMAL.

Christa Obuchowski | "botanical perfumer"

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"Plants are my allies, friends and teachers."

Christa J. Obuchowski is a traditional naturopath, botanical perfumer, distiller, and educator. In 1994, Christa founded the AromaBotanica Institute in Santa Fe, New Mexico, offering a full-spectrum approach to healing the body, mind, and spirit through stimulating natural healing potentials. Christa is a licensed educator and massage therapist.

For the last twenty years, she has devoted herself to the art and science of blending plant extracts and healing with scent. Her great love is the creation of scent portraits for individuals using a ‘scent palette’. In recent years Christa has come to work more with raw plant materials, making plant extracts herself through processes of distillation and maceration. The CJO line of rare, exquisite fragrances includes colognes, balms, smudges, oils, hydrosols, and roll-on perfumes.

She teaches classes on plant medicine, the art of perfume making, and self-care. Every month she holds “Aroma Hydro-soul Salons” at her studio, exploring the healing magic of Aroma hydrolates with colleagues and clients.


Lives Well Lived | Celebrating the Secrets, Wit and Wisdom of Age

A documentary Produced and Directed by Sky Bergman

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What is a life well lived? 40 people are asked this question, all aged between 75 and 100, with a total of 3000 years of experience. Their responses are documented by Director Sky Bergman in this documentary which celebrates their lives. Santa Fe’s own Ciel Bergman (no relation to the director) is one of the featured 11 people, whose life work as an important American artist is shown. Her views on life and art are clear, concise and articulate.

Dream Catcher Ranchito

The best and freshest goat cheese I ever tasted was from the Farmer's Market, fromDream Catcher Ranchito. Mary Ann Andrews is the owner / goatmistress and cheese master of Dream Catcher Ranchito, about 15 minutes from downtown Santa Fe. She was born and raised in Milwaukee, WI. growing up as a city girl with no background in animal husbandry or cheese making. In a former life, she worked in finance, as a financial planner in Kentucky, which gave her the business smarts to create this thriving business. 

Mary Ann adores her goats, and they love her back. Most are a breed called “Nubian.”She says they are “personable, loving, and very smart.” She started making goat yogurt for dogs, then realized that people would like it as well.Check out the podcast for everything you might like to know about goats.


Quinn Fontaine / Author / "Hung Like A Seahorse: A Real-Life Transgender Adventure"


Most of us are comfortable with the gender we were assigned at birth. But transsexuals have the absolute conviction of being born in the wrong body, a severe identify problem causing major suffering from early childhood on.


Quinn Fontaine is a proud TRANS guy who has a background in all things expressive [standup, sketch and improvisational comedy, installation work and found object sculpture]. Fontaine’s first-ever one person show, Learning to Stay, was selected for fellowship with The Global Center for Cultural Entrepreneurship. Fontaine’s second solo show, aptly titled Kathleen Fontaine, the Man, the Mystery! played to sold out audiences.

He has just completed his first book, Hung Like A Seahorse: A Real-Life Transgender Adventure of Tragedy, Comedy and Recovery.

Website: http://QuinnFontaine.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/inspirational.speaker.comic

Instagram: http://instagram.com/themanthemystery

Twitter: https://twitter.com/quinnfontaine1

Scott Harrison | "The Crucible"

Following their critically-acclaimed 2015 production of Death of a Salesman, Ironweed Productions is returning to the world of Arthur Miller with a production of his haunting and electrifying masterpiece, The Crucible. Directed by Ironweed Artistic Director Scott Harrison, this production promises a ride full of suspense, twists and shocking revelations. It opens on Halloween weekend, October 26th, and runs through November 12th at El Museo Cultural, Ironweed's home from 2006-2011.

Based on true events, The Crucible is a powerful reminder of the devastating consequences when fear takes root in a community.

SCOTT HARRISON (Director) is a graduate of the American Repertory Theatre Institute in Cambridge, MA. In 2002, he produced and directed his first project, The Roads to Home by Horton Foote at the 78th Street Theatre Lab in NewYork. Before founding Ironweed Productions in 2005, he directed The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler in collaboration with PeaceKeepers, a violence prevention organization serving the Eight Northern Indian Pueblos, and The Carpetbagger’s Children by Horton Foote as a company member with Theaterwork. As Artistic Director of Ironweed, he has directed productions of ‘Night, Mother, Doubt: a Parable, The Trip to Bountiful, American Buffalo, Our Town and Death of a Salesman. He has also performed in Ironweed productions of Fool for Love, True West, Rabbit Hole, Buried Child and Good People. He studied directing and acting at the Studio Theatre Conservatory in Washington, DC and has studied acting in Santa Fe with Wendy Chapin.


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“Mantality” is a new original play with an all male-identified cast expressing a variety of social, emotional, political and spiritual perspectives on masculinity.
–It was presented on Friday, September 29 at the Railyard Performance Center. The cast spans a diversity of ages, races and backgrounds. Tyger White directs a group of 16 men, each of whom has written his own poem, song, dance, or monologue.

Inspired by the wildly successful, sold-out show, “Fierce Feminine Rising”, performed by an all female-identified cast in April 2017, Tyger White gathered a group of passionate performers to give this one-time gift of music, dance, song, poetry, and theatre to the Santa Fe community.. The show is sponsored by New Mexico Men’s Wellness.

Qigong and Conscious Aging Conference August 4-6, 2017

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Qigong and Conscious Aging.  What's the connection?  Everything! To age consciously, we must learn to live in, experience, and listen to our bodies.  Sadly, many who age lose contact with their bodies. In this extraordinary first conference offered at the beautiful new Chi Center in Galisteo, New Mexico, Master Mingtong Gu leads qigong exercises and shares what qigong is about.  George and Sedena Cappannelli, the founders of AgeNation and Empower New Mexico, have teamed up with the Chi center to offer inspiring, informative talks by Andrew Harvey, Joan Borysenko, Judith Orloff and other luminaries, as well as a fabulous concert on Saturday night with Robert Mirabal, Consuelo Luz, Tess Yong, and Michael Kott. In this interview, we talk about conscious aging, what it means, and some of the highlights of the conference.

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Water is Life

Water is Life.  Aqua es vida.  In any language, water is life. Without it, we cannot survive. The amount of water in the human body ranges from 50-75%. Three artists will be presenting the Water is Life Festival at the beautiful Santa Fe Botanical Garden to “honor water by inspiring action for clean water.” Dancers, poets, artists, musicians will come together to present an exceptional experience about water. AND a water medicine wheel will be created, as well as a seed exchange and water stories. 

Bobbe Besold is a visual artist, educator, performer and writer who works in all media. Her primary focus is to create art for Earth’s sake by engaging and collaborating with diverse groups.  She was part of the core team that created Flash Flood in the Santa Fe River for 350.org

Hyda Maria is a Native Santa Fean with a background in education, music, storytelling and dance. She is writing and illustrating a Literacy Arts program (soon to be published).  She has taught and participated in water ceremonies, dances, and songs to honor, cleanse, and renew our waters. 

A social practice artist, poet and scholar, Alicia Rencountre- DaSilva has worked with museum institutions, community programs in public schools, and with educational institutions in Santa Fe and in Rapid City, South Dakota.

Pat Gorman / Roots & Branches / 5-Element Qigong

As a senior teacher and Legacy Holder with the School of Tai Chi Chuan for over 40 years and a 5-element Worseley acupuncturist for 30 years, Pat initiated and developed the Qigong practice called "Roots & Branches" with Gerrie Sporkan, another Worseley acupuncturist and Tai Chi Legacy Holder from Holland.

Pat assisted Patrick Watson, Senior Student and appointed successor of Professor Cheng, to found the international School of Tai Chi Chuan and the Tai Chi Foundation. She participated in setting up a Tai Chi apprentice program that has produced more than 500 Tai Chi teachers worldwide.

Currently she is teaching Qigong, Medical Qi Gong, lecturing on Chinese philosophy and specializing in the treatment of autoimmune issues, depression and the treatment of children.

Barbara Bentree / Singer / Filmmaker "My Choice"

Years ago, it was expected that if you were a woman, after marriage you were expected to have children. What an assumption!  Clearly a woman’s body is her own, and society pressure is no longer relevant.The rate of women who are childless by choice has increased 100%

Over the past 45 yearsThe singer and entertainer Barbara Bentree has made a documentary called My Choice, a filmed conversation between 5 women ranging in age between mid-40’s to mid 60’s, all of whom made the choice not to have children. In very candid interviews, they explore the surprising reasons why they made their decision. My Choice provides a forum for discussing the role of women on the planet, and reinforces why a woman’s right to choose is so important.

JOEY WILSON / Singer Songwriter / Consultant

Joey Wilson is an organizational consultant, designer, tinkerer and singer / songwriter. In 1984, Joey's father, Larry Wilson, in what he would later describe as a failed attempt at retirement, purchased a 2000-acre ranch along the Pecos River.

They would christen it The Pecos River Learning Center - a 2000-acre classroom and a learning space so large that it couldn’t hold a small idea. The center became an experiential learning facility where individuals could reinvent themselves, and, in turn, the organizations for which they worked. And the center of that center was a huge and terrifying ropes course.
For Joey, the family business was like a graduate course in organizational development and would later cofound CultureLogic, a consulting firm that continues to help organizations optimize their culture.

With one foot firmly planted in the business world, his other lifelong passion is music and songwriting, a craft he has been tweaking for over 30 years. He says this balance between business and art is what has allowed him to keep his heart engaged in both.

Jim Smith / Land Artist

Jim Smith is a true Renaissance man. He is a land artist in the tradition of Andy Goldsworthy, a lighting designer, a creator of unique structures in the land, where people can experience themselves in spaces that are esthetically sensual and inspiring. He calls himself a “spatialist;”…one who creates outdoor spaces that invite wonder and delight.

Jim lived for 20 years as a nomad, resourcefully navigating life artfully. Living out of a camper with an enviable free form, low overhead existence, he was able to travel the world.

He built the world’s largest voluntary habitat, a cave for Mexican freetail bats called a Chiroptorium, which has been occupied by 400,000 bats. In 1980, Jim received a building arts grant from the NEA to create an Iris Window. He shared his lighting design expertise with a Japanese “living treasure’, at a royal cremation ceremony in Bali, with a juice parlor in Medellin, Columbia, and on Orcas Island in the San Juans.


Jake and Hannah Eagle / "Conscious Language"

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There are many ways of coming home to ourselves.  Yoga,  meditation, qigong and tai chi and dozens more. When we recognize and acknowledge that we are the center of our reality, and that we see our story from only our perspective, we can live more consciously by changing the way we think and the way we speak. Language can be used to raise or lower our consciousness.

Jake and Hannah Eagle, who founded and co-lead “live conscious” retreats, suggest that when we consciously use our language, which shapes the meaning of our experience, we live from the inside out. And when we do this in a group, silently witnessed by others, our experience of taking full responsibility for shaping our lives is validated exponentially.

Hannah Eagle has been a classical homeopath for 20 years with a private practice in Santa Fe. She now works with her husband, Jake Eagle, teaching courses and retreats called Live Conscious.

Jake Eagle has been a licensed psychotherapist for the past 25 years, but he now refers to what he does as Conscious Mentoring. In 2010 he wrote an award winning book called ReRight  Your Life. 

Currently, Jake and Hannah teach their Live Conscious retreats and courses to people around the world—in New Mexico, Mexico, Hawaii and Japan. 






Voyce Durling-Jones | Hoshindo / "The Medicine of the Bee"

Hoshindo is the medicine of the bee, it is bee therapy. First there was the bee, and then there was the acupuncture needle. Though Bee venom therapy first evolved in China about 5000 years ago, it was Japan who created Hoshindo..refining bee venom therapy into its present, elegant, painless technique. Hoshindo uses bee sting taps for a variety of different conditions, offering anti-inflammatory and auto-immune healing.

Voyce Durling-Jones, a Hoshindo sensei, was the first foreigner to be trained in Hoshindo in Japan, and to pass the national Hoshin examinations for certification. She is the lineage holder and founder of the Hoshindo Healing Arts Institute in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She began her practice of HoShin 20 years ago.

Everything you want to know about bees; their biology, healing properties, relationships.