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.

Qigong and Conscious Aging Conference August 4-6, 2017

Master Mingtong Gu and George and Sedena Cappannelli

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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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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Film / "Zen and the Art of Dying"

Broderick Fox's film, Zen and the Art of Dying, features Zenith Virago, a deathwalker practicing out of Byron Bay, Australia.

Denys Cope is a Hospice RN, professional speaker, end-of-life coach and author. She focuses on matters of death and dying, and helps her clients overcome their fears and understand the dying process. She is the author ofDying: A Natural Passage.

Gay Dillingham / Film / "Dying To Know"

Gay Dillingham is the producer and director of Dying to Know and The WIPP Trail, narrated by Robert Redford. Dillingham founded and managed two environmental technology companies, Earthstone International and Growstone.

Dying to Know is a celebration of the 1960s Harvard psychology professors Timothy Leary and Richard Alpert, who began probing the edges of consciousness through their experiments with psychedelics. Leary became an LSD guru, challenging convention, questioning authority, and as a result spawned a global counter culture movement. Alpert journeyed to the East becoming Ram Dass, a spiritual teacher for a generation. Ram Dass encourages us to ponder questions of life and death. Leary and Ram Dass collaborated on a book titled The Psychedelic Experience based on The Tibetan Book of the Dead, which explores the similarities of the psychedelic experience and the dying process.

Master Mingtong Gu / Qigong and Sound Healing

Master Mingtong Gu is an internationally recognized teacher and healer who received his training from a variety of Grand Masters in China and at the world’s largest medicineless Qigong hospital, where thousands of patients were treated with every known disease for one month, with a 95% cure rate. Master Gu is a sound healing and Qigong master. He embodies the Tao, exuding spirit, Chi, love, wisdom and humility.

The Wisdom Healing Chi center is in Galisteo, New Mexico.

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Molly Sturges / Lifesongs

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Molly Sturges is a composer, artistic director, performer and facilitator. She is the co-founder and artistic director of Littleglobe, a NM non-profit collective of artists, activists and cultural workers committed to socially-engaged participatory art, as well as the co-founder and co-director of Lifesong, an arts-in-community project that generates original music works created by elders in collaboration with professional musicians and artists, as well as youth and community choirs.

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. 

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.

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.

Michael Gelb / Author / "Brain Power: Improve Your Mind as You Age"

Michael Gelb is a professional speaker, seminar leader, executive coach and author. He is a pioneer in the field of creative thinking, executive coaching and innovative leadership.

Gelb’s book How to Think Like Leonardo helps the reader to uncover their own hidden abilities, sharpen their senses, and liberate their unique intelligence by following the example of the genius of ages, Leonardo da Vinci.

In "Grace, Play, and Power" Gelb says that the success mechanism is hard-wired into our brains. Grace (Alexander Technique) Play (Juggling) and Power (Aikido) when we bring all of our senses to recognize what we want, we need also to see the gap between what we want and where we are. Learn the art of the learnng process. Gelb describes "overseriousness as a sign of mediocrity."

Mary Lou Cook / Santa Fe Living Treasures

Mary Lou Cook was an artist, activist, minister, teacher, calligrapher and one of the founding artists at Shidoni Foundry in Tesuque, NM.

Cook was involved with the Santa Fe Children’s Museum, Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety, Habitat for Humanity, the Community Peace Forum, and was founder of the Santa Fe Living Treasures program. She passed away in October of 2013.

Sondra Ray / Author / Rebirther / Teacher

Sondra Ray is internationally recognized as a dynamic spiritual leader. She is a recognised spiritual teacher, author, rebirther, lecturer and healer with expertise in relationships.

She is also the author of 18 books about rebirthing, relationships, ideal birth, healing and holiness, as well as mental and spiritual imperatives, including Rebirthing in the New Age, and The Divine Mother's Gift.