Qigong and Conscious Aging. What's the connection? Everything! For to age consciously, we must learn to really live and experience in our 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.
All of these shows are free to download so that you may have them on hand to listen to when you are ready to listen. They are all podcasts.
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.
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.
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 years. The 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 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 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.
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.
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.
We all deal with change, which is the only constant. The artist Madelin Coit deals with “the environment in flux” as the direct subject of her work. Her multimedia career embraces oil painting, drawings, prints, sculpture, writing, video, performance and neon.
Joe Illick is Artistic director of Performance Santa Fe as well as Music Director and Principal Conductor of Fort Worth Opera, a post he has held since 2002. From 1984-1986, Illick served as House Conductor at the Weiner Kammeroper in Vienna.
Marty’s Meals opened its doors in Santa Fe in June 2013, and is one of the most integrity-full purveyors of extremely high-quality, locally-prepared, vet-approved pet meals. The store also provides valuable information and free programs on the care and treatment of our most valued friends.Sandy Bosben founded Marty’s in 2010 in San Francisco, after adopting her rescue, Marty, who had some physical problems which Sandy chose to solve nutritionally. As well as the nutritional philosophy behind Marty’s Meals, the mission of the company is a triple bottom line; Sustainable, ethical sourcing, aggressive minimal waste operations, and supporting regional growers and ranchers, as well as education of pet owners on holistic health, nutrition, and care.
Dr. Laurie Moore is an intuitive reader, coach, certified animal communicator, and hypnotherapist. She uses her intuitive gifts as animal and human reader to offer clarity and assistance with life passages, relationships, and personal and business problems.. She calls herself a HEART telepath. For two decades she has assisted people and animals to transform their lives, and communicate in evolved and fulfilling ways. She has taught in Europe, around the US and all over the Hawaiian Islands. Author of The Cat’s Reincarnation: Transformative Encounters with Animals and Healing and Awakening the Heart: Animal Wisdom for Humans.
Lipbone is a one-man orchestra, unplugged and unexpected. A dude in a small-brimmed hat who plays the guitar and harmonica, sings, and does at least 3 different instruments with his mouth. Trombone is best, but trumpet and percussion run a close second. His sound is a combination of jazz, blues, funk, maybe some ragtime; it is always the right tempo, the right beat to make your body absolutely have to move. He improvises like mad and interacts with the energy on the dance floor.
Santa fe is a growing theater community, and has been in dire need of theatrical venues. One of our most beloved and relatively new venues is Teatro Paraguas on the burgeoning south side of town.
Teatro Paraguas began in 2004 with an original staged tribute to Pablo Neruda and his poetry in honor of the 100th anniversary of his birth. A group of 12 artists and actors of various nationalities came together and performed a number of his poems in Spanish at el museo cultural. The group quickly realized that Santa Fe (and northern NM) had no theatre company dedicated to presenting Hispanic/Latino theater. Since its inception, TP has produced 50 plays, including several world premieres and 17 plays by 10 New Mexico playwrights. Here to talk with us about Teatro Paraguas is it’s artistic director and co-founder, Argos MacCallum.
Argos MacCallum moved to Santa Fe in 1967, and graduated with honors from Santa Fe Prep (on scholarship) in 1969. Since then he has worked as a carpenter, plasterer, cabinet shop owner/manager, orchardist, and ranch manager. He has worked with many Santa Fe theatre companies as an actor, director, and theatre technician. Argos spent 9 years on the Board of Directors of the Santa Fe Playhouse (four as president), and worked on dozens of productions in various capacities. He also served on the Wise Fool New Mexico board. In 2004 Argos helped establish Teatro Paraguas, a company dedicated to producing contemporary and classic Hispanic/Latino plays in English.
Of all of the “isms”…racism, sexism, ageism is the only ism that is a prejudice against our own future selves, and has the dubious distinction of being the only ism related to a universal condition. It takes root in denial of the fact that we are going to grow old.
This Chair Rocks: a Manifesto Against Ageism by Ashton Applewhite is a call to arms not just for older people, but for society as a whole, to see ageing as an empowered, perhaps wisdom stage of life, rather than a decline. PUSH Back! Applewhite says, “reject the old/young binary. Reaching out over divisions of race and class as well as age, and acknowledging our shared humanity, is a radical act.” This book is full of stuff that is "hidden in plain sight." Rather than to embrace the term "ageless" t is far better to think of ourselves as "agefull,"
the accretion of alll of our decades. As Annie Lamott says reviewing the book, "we contain all of the ages we have ever been."
Author and activist Ashton Applewhite has been recognized by the New York Times, National Public Radio, and the American Society on Aging as an expert on ageism. She blogs at This Chair Rocks, speaks widely, has written for Harper’s and Playboy, and is the voice of Yo, Is This Ageist? Ashton’s work is a call to wake up to the ageism in and around us, embrace a more accurate and positive view of growing older, and push back against the forces that frame it as decline.
Vijali Hamilton has dedicated her life as a peacemaker. Beginning in 1986, when she became inspired by a dream and was prompted to embark upon a quest for global peace, artist Vijali Hamilton traveled from one country to another, leaving behind magnificent environmental stone sculptures as a gift to the communities in which she lived. Over one thousand of her artworks are in museums, public places, and private collections. She gives seminars and retreats on meditation and the creative process, internationally and at her World Wheel Center Retreat outside of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Vijali spent ten years as a monastic member of the Vedanta convent in Santa Barbara.
As Vijali collaborates with diversified communities, she utilizes her skills as a filmmaker, sculptor, musician, teacher and author to further her quest for world peace. Her journey ranged from India, Tibet, China, Siberia, Japan and the Middle East, to Senegal, Native North America, and the Andes and Amazonian region of Ecuador and continues on today and into the future. Her journey is shown in her recent feature film Wheel of the World, One Woman’s Creative Journey for Global Peace”.
In a world that is almost entirely outer-directed and distinctively not self-reflective, it is important and refreshing that The Academy for the Love of Learning has created a home in Santa Fe. The spirit of exploration and self-discovery is at the core of the Academy’s mission: Learning as a practice for awakening. As we “wake up”, our view of life is transformed, and we no longer see ourselves or our world in quite the same way.
Holotropic Breathwork, created by Stanislar Grof, is a method that can evoke this sort of transformational experience. It offers a way to experience one’s self through perspectives that are uncommon is our everyday awareness. It invites discovery and exploration of our internal territory – unfamiliar aspects and parts of ourselves – in a way that is new, fresh, and inviting of new insight, awareness, and possibility. Marianne Murray, highly trained by Grof, speaks with me about the work.
The first words of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” are: “If music be the food of love, play on.” That tells us something about two of the themes in the multi-layered play, music and love. The amazing NYC-based Ducdame’ Ensemble, in one of their visits to Santa Fe, are presenting two Shakespeare plays, one, the gender-bending “Twelfth Night” and “Merchant of Venice”. “Twelfth Night”, offered as Meow Wolf, and “Merchant of Venice” at Santa Fe High School.
Ducdame Ensemble members were trained at and hold Master’s degrees in Classical Acting from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), a graduate school offering holistic classical training combining Alexander Technique, Laban, Clowning, and Improv.
Ranier Wood is an artist. She calls her art serious “reclamantion work”, as she paints beautiful paintings of women’s vulvas, each one unique and different.
Her work is both political and rememdial, as she acts as a catalyst for excavation of some of the more painful memories that a woman holds in the most vulnerable place in her body.
This is from Ranier’s website, vulvere’.org. Return to reverence. Vulveré is an art project dedicated to women’s most intimate geographies. It is about the wild inner parts in all of us; the stardust at the center of our souls.
The dark, the soft, the wet, the raw.
Vulveré is not eroticizing, commodifying, or civilizing a woman’s genitals. It’s about PUSSY as a metaphor and access point to the deepest, wildest, raw parts of ourselves. It’s about witnessing that in women, interpreting it visually, and then sharing it with the world saying: “You see this? THIS is sacred. This is DIVINE.”
Nina Simons is an award-winning social entrepreneur, teacher, speaker, author, and visionary thinker. In 1990, she and her husband and partner Kenny Ausubel founded Bioneers, an innovative nonprofit organization that highlights breakthrough solutions for restoring people and planet. The subtitle for Bioneers is "Revolution from the Heart of Nature" Prior to that, she joined Seeds of Change as it’s marketing director, and was subsequently promoted to President, helping to grow the company as a national brand in a mere 5 years.
Nina’s current work focuses on writing, speaking and teaching about the importance of leadership, diversity, nature, systems thinking and restoring the feminine in us all.
She is the co-creator of the Cultivating Women’s Leadership residential trainings and co-edited the anthology, "Moonrise: The Power of Women Leading from the Heart."
In this interview, nina talks about women, nature, and social change. she says we are in a time of massive re-invention, and need to look at what leadership really looks like. Nina trusts her body's information, as it never lies. She suggests "befriending vulnerability" and says that "women tend to more relational thinking, and when crisis occurs, they "tend and befriend". She asks how we can reclaim the validity of our emotional lives? She talks about the "demonization" of the feminine, suggests seeking diversity in all it's forms, and says that "relationships are a function of rupture and repair."