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.



Marney Makridakis / Author / "Hop, Skip, Jump"

Marney Makridakis is the founder of Artella Land, an online creative community, which has been inspiring artists, writers and creative spirits, and supporting them in following their dreams, since 2002.

Her book, Hop, Skip, Jump: 75 Ways to Playfully Manifest a Meaningful Life, focuses on how to positively blend work and play together in a new route to joy-filled success. The techniques in this text guide the reader to be more playful and productive as they move through three vital processes of the manifestation process: dreaming (hop), experimenting (skip), and taking action (jump).

Timothy McLaughlin / Poet / Spoken word artist

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.

In this interview, i ask Tim what makes a song a medicine song.  Hisresponse is "it is whispered up from the water or land to rekindle a dialogue between ancestral and contemporary man." He is a master of the magic of language.

Stephen Karcher / I Ching Master / "Total I Ching: Myths for Change"

Dr. Stephen Karcher is an internationally recognised scholar ,intellectual, translator and initiated diviner who has taught and lectured on the I Ching and Tijing all over the world. His book, Total I Ching; Myths for change Is Karcher’s Taoist version of the I Ching, rather than the more familiar Confucion version.

Ramona Ausubel / Author / "No One Is Here Except All Of Us"

Ramona Ausubel is an author, teacher and lecturer whose work has appeared in “The New Yorker,” the “Green Mountains Review” and “The Paris Review”

No One is Here Except All Of Us is about Jewish Romanian families feeling the pressures of impending war in 1939. At the suggestion of an eleven-year-old girl and mysterious stranger, the villagers decide to reinvent the world. History and time are forgotten, jobs, husbands and children are reassigned. 

Listen to Ausbel's 2012 interview here.
Listen to Ausbel's 2013 interview here.

Wayne Muller / Author / "A Life of Doing, Being, and Having Enough"

Wayne Muller is an executive leadership mentor, therapist, minister, community advocate, consultant, public speaker, and bestselling author. He is the founder of Bread for the Journey, an organization that empowers people who are passionate about improving their community, one financial gift at a time. 

Muller's book, A Life of Being, Having, and Doing Enough, offers healing for the perpetually stressed. It teaches that by learning compassion and mercy for ourselves and by recognizing what is most profoundly true about who we are and what we need, we can gain the self-acceptance, so that whatever we choose to do, in this moment, it is wholly enough.

Dr. Stanley Hordes / Author / "To The End of the Earth: A History of Crypto-Jews of New Mexico"

Stanley Hordes was appointed as the New Mexico State Historian in the 1980s. He began work in Santa Fe and immediately received visitors in search of family records regarding the history of Sephardic Judaism in New Mexico.

In To the End of the Earth: A History of the Crypto-Jews of New Mexico, Hordes explores the story of crypto-Jews and the tenuous preservation of Jewish rituals and traditions in Mexico and New Mexico over the past five hundred years.

Tom Pinkson / Author / "Shamanic Wisdom of the Huichols"

Dr. Tom Pinkson has studied indigenous wisdom ways across the world while keeping up with western psychology, wellness practices, brain sciences, and quantum physics, which he has used to help people wake up, remember and live from the truth of who and what they are. He developed a wilderness treatment program for heroin addicts in the early 1970s, helped begin the first at-home Hospice program in the US, worked with children and adults facing life-threatening illnesses, as well as leading vision quests and creating meaningful rites of passage ceremonies at various stages of life. Pinkson has authored a number of books including: Fruitful Aging: Finding the Gold in the Golden Years, and founded the non-profit organization WAKAN, which is committed to restoring the sacred in daily life.

McKenzie Magee / Author / "A Guide for Midlife"

McKenzie Magee is a counsellor, award-winning author, teacher and facilitator of psycho-spiritual integration. She conducts her professional practice at Higher Ground Inc. where she counsels and guides clients in their personal growth and life purpose through holistic healing practices, astrology, transpersonal psychology, and Eastern Western spiritual traditions.

Her book, A Guide for Midlife: Navigating the Six Universal Crises, guides the reader through the six passages of midlife: Authenticity, Power, Clarity, Stature, Balance, Beliefs, and Contribution. Drawing from the “life is timing” cycles of the astrological birth chart, she leads you on your midlife journey.

Tony Simons | Author: "The Integrity Dividend" / Firewalking Coach

Tony Simons is a teacher, firewalking instructor, author and seminar leader. Simons is a Professor at Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration where he teaches organizational behavior, negotiation and leadership. He has spoken and trained executives in negotiation skills and leadership at Northwester University’s Kellogg School, Cornell University and in seminars across the US and Europe.

Simons’ book The Integrity Dividend: Leading by the Power of Your Word, published in 2008, shows that personal integrity drives the profitability and overall success of their organization. The book is based on research, revealing the businesses led by managers of higher integrity enjoy deeper employee commitment, lower turnover, superior customer service, and substantially higher profitability.

He has been offering Firewalking workshops in Ithaca, NY, and Santa Fe, NM. Called "Life Courage Workshops", Tony says " You will become a firewalker and you will learn bone-deep that you are unstoppable. You will witness and experience incredible moments, you will deepen your connection with the people you came with, you will heal deeply, and you will have a whole lot of fun."

Noel Bennett / Artist / Author

NOËL BENNETT’S art has gained depth and definition through life experience . She lived and wove with the Navajo for eight years and later authored nine books on Navajo weaving, culture, and history. She has devoted her art training (advanced degrees from Stanford University including graduate study with Richard Diebenkorn) to encompass a variety of media and to explore cross-cultural dialogue. Her Infinite Moment series manifests the Navajo spiritual essence of hozhoji.

Noël has served on the art faculties of the College of Notre Dame and the University of New Mexico. She is a National Endowment for the Arts grant recipient.

Exhibitions include Stanford University, University of New Mexico, College of Notre Dame, Museum of Northern Arizona, Denver Museum of Natural History, and the rotunda of the New Mexico State Capitol.


Maggie Macnab / Author, Book "Decoding Design"

Maggie Macnab is a designer, author and educator. She is a lover of nature, symbols, and the human spirit. She founded Macnab Design in 1981, and her design work has received international recognition for over 30 years.

Her book, Decoding Design: Understanding and Using Symbols in Visual Communication, reveals how common symbols and shapes resonate at a gut level and can lend greater meaning to a design.. She talks about how to uncover how philosophy, math and physics influence great design. .

Steve Ryals / Author / "Drunk with Wonder"

Steve Ryals is an author, minister of the Universal Life Church, a licensed Massage Therapist and Reiki Therapist. Ryals went from homelessness and shooting drugs in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district at 17 to graduating from UC Berkeley on the Dean’s List six years later. 

In Drunk with Wonder: Awakening to the God Within, Ryals suggests that we are the heroes we've been waiting for, and that each one of us contains an infinitely precious spark of the divine. Ryals guides the reader to wisdom echoes in the great traditions of Shamanism, Eastern and Western thought, and contemporary science.

Sandra Ingerman / Shaman / Teacher / Author / "Walking in Light"

Sandra Ingerman is an award-winning author, family therapist, is a board-certified expert on traumatic stress teacher of shamanism, and is internationally-recognized for bridging ancient cross-cultural healing methods into modern culture.

Walking in Light: The Everyday Empowerment of a Shamanic Life offers a complete guide for living in a shamanic way—empowered by purpose, focus, and a deep connection to the spiritual dimensions.

We access less than 5% of what is considered reality.  Shamans work on the invisible realm, which is 95% of our reality. Shamanism is a way of life, reminding us that everything is alive with energy, and we are all connected. Ingerman is a modern Medicine Woman and has been teaching Shamanism for more than 30 years, weaving the sacred into ordinary reality.  She says that we are manifesting form with every word, thought and daydream that we have. She advocates starting each day with a prayer.

Matthew Cross, Robert Friedman M.D. / Authors "The Divine Code"

Matthew Cross is the President of Leadership Alliance, a cutting-edge consulting firm providing strategies for growth and transformation. He is also an author, international speaker, as well as developer and leader of original workshops.

Robert Friedman practiced nutritional and preventive medicine in Santa Fe, NM for 25 years before focusing on geometry and its application to health and longevity.

The Divine Code of da Vinci, Fivonacci, Einstein and You argues that the Divine Code (The Golden Mean, 3.14…) is nature’s secret success code, hardwired within everyone and woven through the Universe.