Episode #235 | Catherine Weser

“To uncover the love that is at the core of your being, is to really become courageous enough to let go of a lot of the ideas of who you think you are.” These are the words of Catherine Weser, who for 36 years has channeled an ascended master named Dwahl Khul,

In this time of great change on the planet, many voices are coming through to help us navigate the turbulent waters, much information coming through channeling, an ancient practice in which a human goes into a trance-like state, allowing another entity to speak.

Catherine Weser is an artist, author, and conscious channel who has lived in Santa Fe, NM since 1974. With decades of channeling Dwal Khul, Catherine found that allowing a full integration of this presence requires a deeper understanding of One Life. She has written a book about her experiences called “Diving Deep” and is one of seven channels selected for the Netflix special called “Angels and Aliens” a feature length documentary film.



Episode #234 | Nina Simons, Nature, Culture, & the Sacred: A Woman Listens for Leadership

What does women’s leadership look like? And how does that differ from men’s? In her latest book, Nina Simons talks about this, and much, much more. Sandra Ingerman wrote about the book: "Nina listened to the call of her soul and stepped into her role of waking women up to the need to embrace their leadership abilities."

In Nature, Culture & the Sacred; A Woman Listens for Leadership”  Simons replaces the old patriarchal leadership paradigm with a more feminine-inflected style that illustrates the interconnected nature of the challenges we face today. Braiding together essays, poetry and interviews, Simons shares inspiring stories of women around the world who are leading the way towards transformational change by cultivating vibrant movements for social and environmental justice.

Nina Simons is an award-winning social entrepreneur and international public speaker who is passionate about healing our relationship with the natural world, women’s leadership and beloved community. She is Co-founder of Bioneers and its Everywoman’s Leadership program. She brings her infectious vision of re-imagining how to live on Earth and with each other into organizations and training settings. Nina co-facilitates transformative leadership intensives on Leading through Relational Mindfulness at Esalen and elsewhere. 



Episode #233 | Marilynn Preston | “All is Well; The Art (and Science) of Personal Well-Being”

Many spiritual traditions talk about the body-mind connection, but few deliver on the way to make that vital link. In order to embody anything; movement, ideas, information, it is necessary to connect our body to our mind.

Author Marilynn Preston has written a book called “All is Well; The Art and Science of Personal Well-Being,” a timely guide to living your best life—healthy and happy, juicy and engaged.  Marilyn links body and mind to culture and politics, from eating clean to going green, from losing weight to adding muscle. An easy and delightful read, the book is made up of 40 chapters which are short, savvy, lively, opinionated, and often funny.

Marilynn Preston is a journalist, healthy lifestyle expert, Emmy Award-winning TV producer, and the author of “Energy Express” America’s longest-running syndicated fitness column.  She is an ACE-certified Fitness Trainer and certified Wellcoach.




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Episode #229 | 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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Episode #224 | 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

Episode #222 | Mantality

“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.

Episode #221 | 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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Episode #206 | Vijali Hamilton | Artist, Peacemaker

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”.

Episode #205 | Marianne Murray | Holotropic Breathwork

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.

Episode #194 | Patrick Anderson, Thomas Jaggers | Embodying the True Masculine

Patrick Anderson and Thomas Jaggers are the leaders of Embodying the True Masculine: An Exploration for Men, a workshop exploring gender roles and what it means to be a man in the 21st Century. The workshop uses sacred physical and meditation practices to ground participants deeply in their embodied experience. From this grounded place, participants are more able to carefully explore the energy of true masculinity and femininity, and the qualities of strength, sensitivity, vulnerability, beauty, intimacy, and sexuality that live innately within both men and women. 

Episode #182 | 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).

Episode #170 | Orgyen Chowang Rinpoche | Happiness Through Meditation

Orgyen Chowang Rinpoche is a master meditation teacher of the Dzochen Tradition. Rinpoche teaches that through learning how to reconnect with our true nature, we can discover the unconditional happiness that lies within us all, the very essence of who we are. He is the founder of Pristine Mind Foundation, previously known as Atiamrita.

Episode #132 | Bruce Fertman / Alexander Alliance International

Bruce Fertman is the co-founder and director of the Alexander Alliance International, created in 1982. Fertman trained as a gymnast for ten years and was a professional modern dancer for 12 years. For 16 years he apprenticed with and assisted Marjorie L. Barstow, the first person formally certified by F.M. Alexander to teach his work. Fertman combines his training in psychology, theology, Alexander Technique and dance in his practice. 


Episode #124 | 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.

Episode #117 | 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.

Episode #116 | Anna Rider | "Move to Mend"

Move to Mend is Anna’s private practice where she works somatically with individuals to move creatively and efficiently in their everyday lives. She began her practice upon leaving Laban Institute of Movement Studies in 1980 at the Sports Training Institute in NYC. At that time she started to integrate and utilize her studies in Bartenieff Fundamentals, Kinesiology, Ideokinesis, and Body Mind Centering. During the last thirty-five years she has worked with dancers, musicians, actors, athletes, people with post-traumatic injuries, those affected by Parkinson’s Disease, Cerebral Palsy and the elderly to bring awareness to their body patterns and movement choices.

Anna enjoys working with the very young to the very young at heart using the language of movement. Everyday brings renewed joy watching how people move as the most direct and persuasive means of communication.

Episode #107 | 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.