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

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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.

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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

Ashton Applewhite / Author / "This Chair Rocks"

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. 

George & Sedena Cappannelli / Authors / AgeNation, "Do Not Go Quietly"

George and Sedena Cappannelli are award-winning authors, world class consultants, speakers, and co-founders of AgeNation, an organization bringing inspiration, engagement and solutions to "people who weren't born yesterday." Their books include:  Getting Unstuck - 10 Simple Secrets to Embracing Change & Celebrating Your Life; The Best Is Yet To Be – How to Age Wisely & Fall in Love with Your Life, Again!; 9-time award-winning, Do Not Go Quietly: A Guide to Living Consciously and Aging Wisely for People Who Weren't Born Yesterday; Say Yes to Change: 25 Keys to Making Change Work for You; and Authenticity - Simple Strategies for Greater Meaning and Purpose at Work.

Joan Borysenko - A distinguished pioneer in integrative medicine. She is a world-renowned expert in the mind/body connection. Her work has ben foundational in the health-care revolution that recognizes the role of the spiritual dimensions of life, as an integral part of health and healing.

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James Bampfield / Author / "The Discipline of Pleasure"

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James Bampfield is a philosopher and change-management consultant. He is the co-founder of Quinx, through which he has helped hundreds of people and teams in personal and organizational change inmulti-nationals, NGO’s and KMO’s.

 Bampfield's book, The Discipline of Pleasure, calls for a new approach to living, one that is centered on finding pure enjoyment in life and joy in living. Bampfield suggests that we move away from the ‘rigid truth perspective,’ towards a more personalized way of looking at the world, one that values pleasure as a means to a happier existence. 

Judith Fein, Paul Ross / Authors / "The Spoon From Minkowitz"

Judith Fein is an award-winning travel journalist and playwright. Paul Ross is a photo- journalist and Fein’s husband.

The Spoon from Minkowitz: A Bittersweet Roots Journey to Ancestral Lands explores Fein’s European roots, what the Old World was like, and what remains of the places so many of our ancestors left behind when they came to America. Fein takes the reader through graveyards, private audience with the Gypsy Baron of Moldova, meets the last Jew standing, communes with the dead, quaffs cognac with Russians, wanders among ruins, and hears the call of the ancestors driving her forward.

Madi Sato, Tim McLaughlin / We Are The One Choir

"We Are the One Choir" is a combined enterprise between husband and wife duo Madi Sato and Tim McLaughlin.

Madi Sato is an award-winning singer, songwriter, actor, teacher and sound healer. Sato performs original blends of World Music, R&B, and Jazz. She performs solo or with an ensemble from a vast repertoire of sacred and traditional music including ancient Baltic polyphonic chants, Afro-Brazilian invocations, ancient Tibetan chants among others. Sato also offers workshops in sound healing and directs the new “Santa Fe Women’s Sacred World Music Choir.”

Tim McLaughlin is a poet, spoken word artist, and teacher. He is the editor of the award-winning book “Walking on Earth and Touching the Sky: Poetry and Prose by Lakota Youth at Red Cloud Indian School” and the producer of a poetry album and documentary film both titled “Moccasins and Microphones: Modern Nature Storytelling through Performance Poetry.”

Lois Rudnick / Author / "The Suppressed Memories of Mabel Dodge Luhan"

Lois Rudnick is a professor of American studies at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

The Suppressed Memories of Mabel Dodge Luhan: Sex, Syphilis, and Psychoanalysis in the Making of Modern American Culture makes use of previously unpublished autobiographical documents of Mabel Dodge Luhan’s., a prominent figure in arts and culture in Taos in Northern New Mexico.

John Steele / Author / The Tao of Smell & Fragrance Maven

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Renowned aromatherapist, archaeologist and author John Steele talks about essential oils, plant wisdom and the world of scent. John Steele is an aromatic consultant and owner of Lifetree Aromatix, a select line of botanical essential oils and exotic floral absolutes.

John speaks in depth about our sense of smell, using oils in self-empowered first aid, how incense was the “aromatic email of early civilization” and floral/plant communication. John talks about the terroir of essential oils, why he calls Lavender the “Swiss Army Knife of Oils”

Ruby Gibson / Author / "Somatic Archaeology: Seven-Generation Healing"

Dr. Ruby Gibson is dedicated to the craft of science of historical trauma recovery among Native Peoples around Turtle Island. She developed two intergenerational trauma recovery models: Somatic Archaeology and Indigenous Brainspotting. Dr. Gibson is the Executive Director of Freedom Lodge Inc. a not-for-profit whose goal is to support the recovery of First Nations Peoples suffering from enthnocide, PTSD and residential school abuses.

My Body, My Earth: The Practice of Somatic Archaeology treats each body as an archaeological site that holds the details and wisdom of our extraordinary life stories. 

Dr. Jean Shinoda Bolen / Author / "Like a Tree" How Trees, Women and Tree People Can save the Planet"..."

Dr. Jean Shinoda Bolen is an author, Jungian Analyst,  teacher, and activist. She is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, a recipient of the Institute for Health and Healing’s Pioneers in Art, Science, and the Soul of Healing Award. Bolen has written many books about the archetypal psychology for women and men in the development of spirituality. These include The Tao of Psychology; Goddesses in Everywoman; Urgent Message from Mother; and Moving Towards the Millionth Circle and Artemis: The Indomitable Spirit in Everywoman.

Barbara Dossey / Florence Nightengale Scholar, Holistic Nursing

Barbara Dossey is an educator, author, consultant and researcher focused on expanding the domain of traditional nursing by integrating holistic nursing into the health profession and in the daily lives of lay people. Dossey articulates how healing is promoted by the relationship of body, mind, and spirit. Her books include Florence Nightingale: Mystic, Visionary, Healer; Nurse Coaching: Integrative Approaches for Health and Wellbeing, and Holistic Nursing: A Handbook for Practice.

Charles Eisenstein / Author / "The Ascent of Humanity"

Charles Eisenstein is an author and public speaker. He has written The Ascent of Humanity: Civilization and the Human Sense of SelfSacred Economics: Money, Gift and Society in the Age of TransitionThe Yoga of Eating: Transcending Diets and Dogma to Nourish and Natural Self, and The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible. Eisenstein feels there is a “Next Step” about to happen in the world, his own work, and beyond.

Kim Rosen / Poet / "Saved by a Poem"

Kim Rosen is a poet and lecturer, as well as the leader of workshops, retreats and Poetry Concerts. In 2012 Rosen founded the Poetry Depths Mystery School, and the Safe House Education (SHE) College Fund to help Maasai girls an opportunity to go to college.

Saved by a Poem addresses the nature of poetry and the importance of speaking poetry aloud. On the back cover of the book is a CD, with poems read by various artists.

Lauren Camp / Poet / Artist

Lauren Camp is a poet, artist, teacher, and author. She is the author of three books, including One Hundred Hungers, which won the Dorset Prize and was named a finalist for the 2017 Arab American Book Award. Other literary honors include the Margaret Randall Poetry Prize, the Anna Davidson Rosenberg Award, and a Black Earth Institute Fellowship. She is a staff writer for Poets Reading the News and the producer/host of “Audio Saucepan” on Santa Fe Public Radio KSFR, a program that interweaves music with contemporary poetry. www.laurencamp.com
 

Glenys Carl / Author / "Hold My Hand: A Mother's Journey"

Glenys Carl is a hospice nurse, author and clothing designer. She is the author of Hold My Hand: A Mother’s Journey, which tells the story of how Carl worked to help rehabilitate her son Scott after he suffered a traumatic head injury. 

Carl is also the founder of Coming Home Connection, a Santa Fe-based organization that provides free in-home care and personal support to vulnerable populations, including the elderly, the uninsured, low-income adults, children, military veterans, and those who have fallen through the gaps in the healthcare delivery system.

Celeste Yacaboni / Author / "How Do You Pray?"

Celeste Yacoboni is an ordained Minister of Walking Prayer. Her work focuses on guiding and supporting people through transitions by creating a space for awareness, presence and inspiration, which integrates body, mind, spirit and emotion. Yacoboni facilitates healing and wholeness through Massage Therapy, Chi Nei Tsang, Qigong, Women’s Breast Health, Plant Essences, the Hawaiian practice of Ho’oponopono, Spiritual Direction and the inquiry “How do you pray?” She is the author of the book How Do You Pray? Inspiring Responses from Religious Leaders, Spiritual Guides, Healers, Activists and Other Lovers of Humanity.

In order to answer the question “how do you pray?” Yacoboni reached out to leading spiritual, shamanic, scientific teachers, guides, and activists for responses.  

Barbara Bonfigli / Author / "Cafe Tempest: Adventures on a Small Greek Island"

Barbara Bonfigli is an author, travel writer and theatrical producer. While living in London in the 1980s and 90s Bonfigli co-founded “ShowPeople Ltd.” Which produced Ian McKellen Acting Shakespeare, Blues in the Night and Barbara Cook: Wait ‘Till You See Her, the latter two of which received Olivier Award nominations. Bonfigli’s book Café Tempest: Adventures on a Small Greek Island, published in 2010, is a witty, evocative novel that is said to do for Greece what A Year in Provence did for France. 

Joy Harjo / Mvskoke Poet

Joy Harjo is a Mvskoke poet, musician, activist, and author. Harjo’s poetry, books and plays include themes such as defining self, the arts, justice, among others. Harjo uses the oral tradition and believes the “written text is fixed orality.” Harjo was awarded the National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowships in 1978, 1998, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writers Circle of the Americas in 1995.

Dana Ullman / Author / "The Homeopathic Revolution"

Dana Ullman is an author, publisher, journalist, practitioner, and proponent in the field of homeopathy. Ullman is the author of The Homeopathic Revolution: Why Famous People and Cultural Heroes Choose Homeopathy, which hails the benefits of homeopathy as a medical treatment which has been practiced for centuries and is the preferred method of treatment of the Royal Family of England.