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September 4, 2014
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True Nature Healing Arts hosts first-ever Sacred Fest

True Nature is hosting Carbondale’s first-ever Sacred Fest from September 5-7 commemorating its official grand opening celebration. True Nature offers a world-class, inspirational environment featuring a yoga studio, petit spa, high prana food kitchen and boutique and peace garden. Sacred Fest is a transformational weekend full of activities for adults and children, including a free, lively First Friday featuring a drum circle, African dance, puppet show and live music followed by a weekend full of Kirtan (call and response chant ), yoga, kids’ activities, high prana foods, tea tastings, labyrinth and reflexology walks and more.

Friday night begins with a ribbon cutting at 5 p.m. at True Nature, followed by a drum circle, African dance, a life-size puppet show and live music. Free appetizer samples from True Nature’s Raw Food Bar will be featured along with a tent village for kids with face painting.

Saturday’s highlights include an Art of Tea presentation and the Raw Food Grand Tasting, along with a concert by Dave Stringer. Stringer has been widely profiled in publications all over the world as one of the most innovative artists of the new Kirtan movement. Kirtan is an ecstasy-inducing, call-and-response form of mantra chanting that is currently undergoing a worldwide renaissance. Stringer and his band tour tirelessly throughout North America, Australia, Europe and Asia.

All proceeds from Stringer’s concert will go to the Give Back Yoga Foundation, a nonprofit based on the Front Range that helps make yoga available to those who might not otherwise have the opportunity to experience it. Stringer is also holding a workshop on Saturday called “Mantras and Molecules” on the healing neuroscience behind chanting.

True Nature is the vision of Eaden and Deva Shantay, who are active owners and teachers. For the last three decades, Eaden has explored Western therapies, Native American spirituality, Eastern contemplative traditions and yoga philosophy. Music has always been an important part of Eaden’s life, and he loves to share sacred chant both in yoga classes and as part of True Nature’s annual yoga teacher training. Deva is an intuitive energy guide and yoga therapist. She trained in Hatha yoga and Integrative Yoga Therapy but has also studied Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Anusara and Iyengar styles of yoga. She facilitates the teacher training program at True Nature Healing Arts, teaches at the studio regularly and conducts intuitive energy sessions for private clients.

“Our vision is supporting individuals and the community in connecting more deeply to the true nature of self—light, love, joy and infinite possibility,” said Eaden Shantay. “We wanted to bring yoga, meditation, Kirtan, massage, intuitive therapy and other modalities of awakening all into one place.“

True Nature has been a vibrant part of Carbondale’s healing arts, music and sustainable food community since 2007. Sacred Fest will showcase its 2014 expansion at the new location on Third Street and Colorado. True Nature’s design incorporates Feng Shui principles, eco-friendly materials, solar panels, local artisan crafts and architectural antiquities from Kashmir, Afghanistan, India, Pakistan and Morocco—all creating spaces that transcend time.

Throughout the Sacred Fest weekend, True Nature’s talented spa therapists will be on call offering massages, facials and ayurvedic treatments in the True Nature Petit Spa. Guests are encouraged to call to book appointments in advance at 970-963-9900.

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The Post Independent Updated Sep 5, 2014 05:36AM Published Sep 12, 2014 09:47AM Copyright 2014 The Post Independent. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.