Election Night Dream

debra-dreamDebra Carroll, recently published in the Fall 2016 issue of our Four Winds Journal, has shared this wonderful vision with us.

We All Want Peace And Prosperity…

What’s more, we know how to achieve it.

Peace starts within each of us.

True abundance arises from knowing we all are interconnected by boundless love and compassion.

Please join Debra Carroll in keeping a vigil on this perilous night.

She calls on all the merciful goddesses of every tradition to guide us in taking care of one another, the children of humankind, and Earth, who truly is our Mother, from whence we have emerged and evolved.

Help us to avoid a descent into fascism, which devalues human life.

Help us to realize we must pull together as a family, lending strength to each other to give up the nightmare of addiction to oil and other non-renewable technologies, by creative, loving means.  This addiction is destroying families, entire populations and landscapes in drilling, fracking and warfare.

We call on the feminine, nurturing spirit in all of us to help us find another dream.  May this dream be created

In Beauty.

Relax and Enjoy!

Longboat KeyOctober is 3 weeks old already!  The lovely Indian Summer afternoons are shorter and the nights grow colder.  In every way– climate change, America’s political turmoil, global unrest, even our own personal lives– the Winds of Change are blowing through us.  It’s a highly charged, intense time.

It’s also a perfect time to take a break from all this upheaval, to snuggle in with something good to read– and you won’t find a better choice than Four Winds Journal’s fascinating articles, inspiring poetry, and beautiful art work.

Check out Dr. Joshua Conzo’s introduction to the benefits of Functional Medicine, Amy Clark’s poetic trilogy “Book of Changes,” or Debra Carroll’s fascinating article on Shamanic Waking, Lucid Dreaming.  Dream of walking barefoot in white sand with Linda Hunsaker on Longboat Key,  or investigating Ken Hall’s Shaman’s Cave.  shamans-cave

And if you’d like more good reading or to be updated on ways to join us in creating positive local and global change, join our email list.  We’ll keep you in the loop!

#holistic medicine # naturepoetry  #dreamresearch  #lookseecreate  #shaman

Four Winds Journal Is Here!

Four Winds Journal Cover Prototypes (2)Orenda Healing International is excited to announce the launch of the inaugural issue of our Four Winds Journal – open access. Winds of Change are all around us and it is a fitting theme for this, our first issue. The healing that we experience ourselves and facilitate in others is fundamental to creating far-reaching and positive change. It is our hope that this journal, and the community it embodies, will act as a healing balm to the effects of our current social, environmental, and political climate on the world.  We invite you to explore art, fiction, poetry, and scholarly articles about practices and trends in various alternative healing traditions, and take a healing moment for yourself today.

South by South Lawn


Join President Obama and an all-star cast of innovative thinkers and activists on the South Lawn today– all day panels, music, conversations and more on how to help make life on our little planet more equitable, sustainable, and beneficial to all beings.

If we can imagine it, we can do it!

Santa Fe Indian Market

IMG_3806Santa Fe, capital city of the Land of Enchantment and OHI’s home base, celebrates our rich cultural diversity in many ways.  Perhaps the most fascinating is Indian Market, which supports native North American and Canadian artists, performers, and filmmakers and attracts buyers from around the world.  This year’s 95th Annual Indian Market, sponsored by Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA), was particularly exciting.

Tourists and locals enjoyed gorgeous early fall weather this past weekend while meandering through a forest of booths  displaying truly gorgeous pieces of jewelry, weavings, sculptures, and pottery.


An increasingly popular event is the Native Cinema Showcase, featuring films by mature and upcoming native filmmakers, which really outdid itself this year.  Our favorites were Ma (Director Samoan, filmed in NZ), Rez Cars, First Contact (Directors Kiowa/Choctaw/Osage, in Mohiks with English subtitles), and Other (Directors Comanche, Pawnee/Shawnee).  Sundance trains and sponsors many of these young filmmakers, and their work is outstanding.

For Native Americans themselves, though, Indian Market seems not just a venue for displaying their skills and craftsmanship, but a cherished opportunity to gather with distant family members and friends, catch up on what’s happened in the past year, and laugh at the antics of the little ones in each family.



Join our Resource Directory!

camping-friends-mountains-16590474Wouldn’t you love being recognized for the vital work you do in the world while enjoying membership in a lively interactive international community?

OHI is delighted to offer Healing Arts practitioners, educators, and researchers 6 months’ free listing in our new Regional Resource Directory!  At the end of 6 months you may continue your listing at the low rate of $20 US a year, with substantial savings for 2- and 3-year listings.

As an added bonus, authors and artists contributing to our Four Winds Journal  will receive a full year’s free listing in the Directory.

Contact us at journal@orenda-arts.org for more information or to request a listing.


Ready to Publish?

downloadDear Friends,

We’d like to tell you about Orenda Healing International’s expanded focus and programs.  

Orenda Healing International (OHI) is a 501.c.3 nonprofit organization, founded in Santa Fe, NM, in 1992.  We originally focused on designing and sponsoring arts-based community service programs in New Mexico, Northern California, and Oregon. However we have recently expanded our mission to support research and education in the fast-growing field of alternative healing.

There are many ways to be involved in Orenda’s work, depending upon your particular interest.  While the following paragraphs contain highlighted links that will take you to various areas of our website so that you can explore at leisure, one of the most exciting bits of news is the upcoming launch of our online journal.

If you’re a writer or an artist and have a scholarly paper, short story, poem, or visual art work you would like to share, our online publication, Four Winds Journal, is currently accepting submissions for the Fall issue, with the theme of “Winds of Change.”  The new deadline for submissions is September 15, 2016.

If you’re a researcher, we will be posting RFPs for relevant research proposals  in Spring 2017.  There is no deadline for research proposals– we review proposals on an ongoing basis.

If you’re an alternative healing practitioner, we offer online courses, tutorials, and webinars.  Please submit your idea for a course via email to orenda@orenda-arts.org and we will schedule a meeting to discuss it with you.

If you’re not engaged in any of the areas mentioned, but wish to support our mission because you share our values, you may make a financial donation or donate some of your time and energy to help with any of our main programs.

Finally, if you’re busy but intrigued and would like to be kept updated on OHI programs and activities, you may join our email list or contact us directly to tell us about your main area of interest.

Whatever level of involvement appeals, you are warmly welcomed to the OHI community.

Many blessings from all of us at Orenda Healing International!

Peace in the Heart

Peace in the HeartThere are no words to express the sadness that we feel for those in Orlando whose hopeful, bright lives were so brutally cut short, and for their loved ones, whose loss is too great to bear.

It is said that anger and hatred are really masks for fear.  Perhaps this is true– certainly in these troubled times there are people who believe there is much to fear, and some argue for excusing the vicious behavior of fearful people.  Based on that belief, a case could be made not just for individuals but for the violent behavior of organizations and even entire countries.

But to paraphrase the words of Chief Dan George:

We fear what we do not understand.  We hate what we fear.  And what we hate, we destroy.

So let us try our utmost to understand others– especially those who are different from ourselves.  Let us not fear the difference.  And when we encounter the cruelty of those who do fear difference, let us remember that behind every angry, hurtful mask is a spirit struggling to break free from the darkness of delusion and return home to the Peace in the Heart.

The New Green Revolution



Today is May 18, 2016.  Normally in Northern New Mexico this is prime “fire time.”  Hot, dry, windy– perfect weather for all sorts of little emergencies.  Most of our fires, unlike the autumn fires in California, happen now– or used to.  But not this year.

I keep trying to put away the winter clothes and join the determined (and hardier) shorts and T-shirts crowd, but it’s much too chilly and very wet!  We’ve had unprecedented weeks of rain– a storm every few days.  While human Santa Feans are grumbling about the lousy Spring, our local plants are thrilled and positively leaping out of the ground! Trees have shot up at least three feet since last Fall.  Every conceivable high desert plant has put out flowers.  Wild grasses are waist-high.  Weeds– well, weeds are another matter.  But as a neighbor said this morning, why not let those weird green things you haven’t seen before stay put in case they make flowers too?

Thinking about this phenomenon, I realize it’s been sneaking up on us for the past several years, accelerating since 2014.  Right along with the unnerving reports of climate change and its dire consequences, Pachamama has been mounting her own defense.  Dry places are getting wetter.  Wet places are drying up.  The seas (polluted by human carelessness) are rising, thanks to Arctic ice melt, and as this happens, more water droplets become part of Earth’s atmosphere and create different weather patterns– violent storms being one of them.  As the planet’s weather changes, her inhabitants are forced to change with her.

One such change is a major diaspora– a relocation of populations from where they may have lived for thousands of years to new locations.  This is happening everywhere, but it is particularly noticeable here in Santa Fe where for so many decades the three major groups have been non-native Whites (or Anglos, as we call them here), Native Americans, and Hispanics– descendants of Spanish Europeans.   A fragile balance existed among Anglos who had the most money, Native Americans who stewarded the land and waterways, and Hispanics who ran the government according to ancient tradition.  Now, however, Northern New Mexico’s citizens include North Africans as well as Afro-Americans, Tibetans, Vietnamese, Chinese, Mexicans, Salvadorans, Peruvians, Germans, French, Italians, Indians, Syrians, and (due to harsher East Coast and Midwestern winters and the rising cost of living on the West Coast)  a steadily growing group of out-of-state Americans.  Different languages are heard around town.  Differently-dressed patrons stand in line for coffee at Starbucks, Ohori, or Downtown Subscription.  Different foods are appearing in the grocery stores, and in different menus in new and exotic restaurants.  Even die-hard afficionados of the ubiquitous green chile have to admit that our local cuisine is expanding.

The result of all this?  Ah, Pachamama is a clever mother!  She knows that the more of us humans are thrown into the pot and stirred into a nice, richly-flavored stew, the less likely we are to misunderstand and fight each other, and the more peaceful and less competitive the planet’s citizens, the healthier the planet will be.

So today, instead of grumbling about how cold and grey it is outside and how we wish it were hot and dry so we could plant our tomatoes in comfort, Let’s celebrate the cool morning, the grey skies, and the veritable jungle of green that is crowding around our kitchen windows.   Let’s celebrate the wisdom of Pachamama, Earth Mother, and her New Green Revolution!