Stephen and Ondrea Levine Authors, Teachers
Stephen and Ondrea Levine counseled the dying and grieving for more than 30 years. In that time, creating guided meditations that are used in many countries by physicians and healing groups,while publishing a half dozen books that have been widely referred to as “ground breaking pioneer works” they now are actively involved in “practicing what we preach” as aging effects one and cancer the other.
“We find Camille’s work with the ill and her remarkable commitment of time and energy to educate and touch the hearts of so many with wisdom and mercy a considerable gift to us all. We thank her, and bow to her, in gratitude.” www.warmrocktapes.com
Larry Dossey MD, Author
The impact of Dr. Dossey’s work has been remarkable. Before his book Healing Words was published in 1993, only three U.S. medical schools had courses devoted to exploring the role of religious practice and prayer in health; currently, nearly 80 medical schools have instituted such courses, many of which utilize Dr. Dossey’s works as textbooks. In his 1989 book Recovering the Soul, he introduced the concept of “nonlocal mind” — mind unconfined to the brain and body, mind spread infinitely throughout space and time. Since then, “nonlocal mind” has been adopted by many leading scientists as an emerging image of consciousness. Dr. Dossey’s ever-deepening explication of nonlocal mind provides a legitimate foundation for the merging of spirit and medicine. The ramifications of such a union are radical and call for no less than the reinvention of medicine. www.dosseydossey.com
Barbara Dossey PhD, RN, Author
Dr. Dossey is the award-winning International Co-Director of the Nightingale Initiative for Global Health (NIGH) and Director of Holistic Nursing Consultants in Santa Fe. An internationally recognized pioneer in the holistic nursing movement, Dr. Dossey is an eight-time recipient of the prestigious American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award and received the 2003 Archon Award from Sigma Theta Tau International as a leader in global health. She helped spearhead the Nightingale Declaration Campaign (NDC) to declare 2010-2020: UN Decade for a Healthy World. www.dosseydossey.com
Roshi Joan Halifax PhD, Founder & Director of UPAYA
A medical anthropologist and world leader in innovative end-of-life care, Roshi Joan Halifax has pioneered her work with the dying for forty years. Dr. Halifax is a former Honorary Research Fellow at Harvard University, a recipient of a National Science Foundation Fellowship, and has taught at numerous universities and medical centers around the world on care of the dying. She is a former faculty member of the University of Miami School of Medicine’s Pediatrics and Psychiatry departments, a former researcher at the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center, and was on the faculty of the New School of Social Research in New York City. www.upaya.org
Scott Eberle MD Author, School of Lost Borders
Dr. Scott Eberle is a physician specializing in end-of-life care, an experienced teacher and author, and medical director of Hospice of Petaluma in Petaluma, California. Having first learned the science of medicine at U.C. San Francisco medical school, he then learned the art of medicine from countless people living and dying with AIDS. He survived this difficult time by regularly seeking sanctuary, either in monasteries or in the natural world, completing more than a hundred retreats during a fifteen-year period. Scott recently ended his 16-career as an AIDS specialist so he could focus his medical practice on end-of-life care, and to further develop the experiential curriculum that he has co-created with Meredith Little called “The Practice of Living and Dying.” Scott’s new book is called “The Final Crossing: Learning to Die in Order to Live.” In it he writes, “So now I am a physician who specializes in supporting life transitions. I am a hospice doctor who sits with the dying in their homes, and I am a rite-of-passage guide who sits with ‘the dying’ out in the desert.” www.schooloflostborders.com
Meredith Little Author, School of Lost Borders
Meredith and her husband, Steven Foster, co-founded Rites of Passage Inc. in 1977 and The School of Lost Borders in 1981 – pioneering the methods and dynamics of modern pan-cultural passage rites in the wilderness, and “field therapy”. The essence of their work is captured in articles, chapters, an award-winning documentary film, and books that include: The Book of the Vision Quest, The Roaring of the Sacred River, The Four Shields: The Initiatory Seasons of Human Nature, and Lost Borders: Coming of Age in the Wilderness. Since Steven’s death in 2003, she continues both nationally and internationally to guide and train others in this work. Along with Dr. Scott Eberle, she has also co-founded a new arm of Lost Borders entitled “The Practice of Living and Dying”. In this partnership with Scott, she hopes to crack open the taboos surrounding Death, and help restore dying to its natural place in the cycles of living. She is also director of Lost Borders International and owner of Lost Borders Press. www.schooloflostborders.com
John Monroe Cassel Hospice Chaplain
John Monroe-Cassel, MDiv, MAT, has been exploring the landscape of the heart and the languages of the Spirit all his life. He has been engaged in myriad creative expressions of ministry, education, the arts, healthcare and family life for many years and has marveled at it all. John holds two graduate degrees in divinity and education, enjoys playing piano, has a well-developed appetite, enjoys a good cigar, is human companion to several pets, gets a major kick out of his wife and daughter and cannot get enough laughter and joy–but keeps trying!
Denys Cope RN, Life Transitions Coach
A a nurse for over forty years and a hospice nurse for more thantwenty, currently specializes as a consultant to health care professionals, end-of-life coach, and a health care manager. An educator as well, she lectures nationally and presents workshops for hospices, hospitals, and the general public.
Denys has been involved with a great many people during their last days, and is known for her compassion, strength, and wisdom in guiding the dying and their loved ones through what most people believe is the last, most difficult experience of life. She has found that within the dying process are lessons for living life more fully.
She believes that dying is the last, most important event in our life, and offers lectures and workshops to raise awareness of this extraordinary process, as well as other related topics. www.denyscope.com
Glenys Carl Author, President of Coming Home Connection
Glenys has been involved in end-of-life issues, hospice and long term in-home care for adults and children in Santa Fe for the past fifteen years. Born in Wales, she was a pioneer caregiver working with Santa Fe’s first AIDS patients in the early and mid 1990′s. She has also worked extensively with patients with Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s Disease and with patients suffering from paralysis and severe head injury.
Glenys is also the author of HOLD MY HAND, an autobiographical account published by Pan Macmillan that chronicles her efforts to care for her son Scott after he was attacked and left for dead, badly head injured and in coma. Her courageous efforts organizing and training over four hundred volunteers to care for her son over a four year period was the beginning of her work as a caregiver and became the subject of an episode of 60 MINUTES in Australia. www.glenyscarl.com
Henry Rothschild Hospice Nurse
Ten years before retiring from the State of New Mexico as an attorney, Henry was deeply moved by his brother’s experience with terminal cancer. It was then that he decided to become a hopisce nurse and serve the dying after retirement. Henry’s other brother, Tom, received a terminal cancer diagonsis during the filming of SOLACE. As a friend and colleague of Camille’s he shared personal journey as Tom’s caregiver for the film.
Camille Adair Producer, Director
Camille Adair brings with her more than twenty years of experience in the healing arts, workshop facilitation, hospice and healthcare.
She is an active member of the hospice and palliative healthcare community, having served as a hospice nurse, educator and professional consultant. Camille is a pioneer in the field of sustainable healthcare, integrating medicine with the intimacy of the human experience.
Camille hosted an international podcast show ”A Lifelong Practice.” She is in the process of creating a Solace-based podcast/blog and online writing groups. She continues to vision and manifest projects that serve communities and individuals in art of transitioning throughout the life cycle. Please stay tuned for additional film projects . . .
Grant Taylor Producer, Editor
After studying photography at Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, Grant moved to NYC where he taught still photography at Parsons School of Design and National Academy of Art. In 1994 he moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico to begin his own video production company, SunCloud Productions. He was editor for the documentary “American Waitress, new mexico”, and was director of photography and editor for the documentary “Darren Vigil Gray, Counterclockwise”, both of which have been shown on the Sundance Channel. More recently, he was producer, director of photography and editor for the newly released “Cinderellas of Santa Fe.” Some of his freelance clients in the field of videography include HGTV, PopSci.com and Warren Miller Entertainment.
Dorie Hagler Still Photographer
Since 1995, Dorie’s photographs have been published in Sports Illustrated, The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Denver Post, The Albuquerque Journal, Spirituality and Health Magazine, Wedding Pages Magazine, Aboriginal Voices and Mothering Magazine.
“What I enjoy most about photography is that people offer me the privilege of documenting their story. Along with my camera I am welcomed into people’s homes, workplaces, kitchens, weddings, births, funerals — giving me the opportunity to witness and honor the intimacies of life. The resulting pictures become a cherished part of my client’s visual history.” www.doriehagler.com
Jennifer Esperanza Still Photographer
Jennifer Esperanza is known for her sensual and natural photography. Work published in Mothering Magazine, Allure, Santa Fe Trend and others.
“Living & working in Santa Fe, New Mexico is a trip. Photographers in New Mexico are often expected to shoot in a “Southwestern Style.” The magic of this place is not shown in stereotypes. Very little in the national media is true when referring to Santa Fe, New Mexico. Many people don’t even know that New Mexico is a state. The truth here is too wild to put into a box.” www.jenniferesperanza.com
Classically trained, Ashana graduated with a degree in vocal studies from the prestigious Mannes College of Music in New York City, and for years performed as soloist and ensemble member in New York’s early music scene. Moving from ancient to contemporary, she immersed herself in theater, jazz, pop and children’s music as performer, recording artist, songwriter and teacher. Her debut CD, All Is Forgiven, co-written and produced by world music artist Thomas Barquee, is a testament to the power of this journey. In the hands of these two outstanding musicians, sacred vocal music and crystal sound come together, enfolding the listener in a transcendent experience of the Divine.
“For me, singing is a life path, a spiritual journey that has led to the very core of my being,” says Ashana. “My work with music, voice and sound has brought me to ever-deepening levels of authenticity, compassion and self-acceptance.”an experience of peace and well-being. www.ashanamusic.com
Char Rothschild, Round Mountain Music, the elder of the two brothers, gives new life to the word multi-instrumentalist. In the course of a live performance, he plays trumpet, guitar, banjo, dobro, accordion, Irish whistle, gaida (Bulgarian bagpipes) and saz (a type of Turkish lute). In recordings he will often add ney (Turkish flute), clarinet, trombone, percussion, and more. Behind each of these instruments is a story and often a journey. He has played in Tokyo with the Old Moscow Circus, toured Australia with the Afro-funk band Panjea, recorded with Latif Bolat, and performed with countless other projects regionally. He is also a gifted songwriter and accompanist who has written music for many theatrical productions. Char graduated with a BFA in Contemporary Music from the College of Santa Fe. www.roundmountainmusic.com
Robby Rothschild, Round Mountain Music, the younger of the two, plays cajon (Peruvian/flamenco box drum), djembe, bouzouki, mandolin, kora (West African harp), as well as singing. He began playing piano and drums at an age of eight, and has never been the same since. As a percussionist, he has been deeply influenced by the rhythms of West Africa. He has studied djembe in Mali and the United States, and has toured and recorded internationally with Kip Winger, Panjea, and Ottmar Liebert. Robby is a talented composer – his places of study include the New England Conservatory of Music, the College of Santa Fe’s Contemporary Music Program, and the University of New Mexico, where he is completing a Master’s in Composition. www.roundmountainmusic.com
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