True Nature Healing Arts hosts first-ever Sacred Fest |

True Nature Healing Arts hosts first-ever Sacred Fest

Sacred Fest schedule of events

Friday, Sept. 5

All events are free on First Friday

5 p.m.: Ribbon Cutting with the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities

5:15 p.m.: Drum Circle, led by Kip Hubbard: Bring your own drum and help us raise the vibrations

5:30 p.m.: Soozie’s Larger Than Life Puppet Show

5:45 p.m.: African Dancers, “Ngoma,” in the Peace Garden

6-7 p.m.: Tours of the Labyrinth and Reflexology Path, tea tastings on the North Patio, kids’ arts & crafts and high prana food tastings in the tent Village

7-8:30 p.m.: Scott & Shanti Medina from Boulder present live Kirtan music in the Peace Garden Spiral. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy!

Saturday, Sept. 6

8:45-10:15 a.m.: Flow Yoga class in the main studio

Punch pass, membership or $15 drop in

9 a.m.: Tent Village opens: artistic, one-of-a-kind retail, high prana foods, kids’ activities

9 a.m.: Reflexology Path Guided Walk — free

10-10:30 a.m.: Tour With the Owners: Experience True Nature with Eaden and Deva Shantay, and learn the stories behind the amazing art, architecture and eco-construction — free

10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Mantras and Molecules with Dave Stringer, main studio — $30

This workshop will explore the neurochemistry of ecstasy through extensive practice of the call and response form of chanting known as Kirtan.

11 a.m. to noon: Family/Kids’ Yoga with Shannon in the Yoga Spiral — free

11 a.m. to noon: Taste and Discover: A Tea Presentation with Art of Tea’s Tyler Williams, tent village — $10

Noon to 1:30 p.m.: Labyrinth Workshop with Laura Kirk, small studio and labyrinth — $20

1-2 p.m.: What is Ayurveda? — with Kerry Kleisner, main studio — free

1-2 p.m.: Raw Ice Cream Social in the tent — free

2-3 p.m.: Healing Through Aura Soma, presented by Jacqui Forster, small studio — $10

2:30-3:30 p.m.: Reflexology Path Workshop with Kerry Kleisner — $10

Learn about and experience the benefits of reflexology as you combine the pathwalk with yoga, breathwork and meditation

3-4 p.m.: “The Great Transition from the Piscean to the Aquarian Age,” a lecture with Lee Beymer, main studio — $20

4:30-6 p.m.: A Raw Food Grand Tasting, presented by Chefs David Avalos and Pam David, tent — $25

7-9 p.m.: An Evening of Kirtan with Dave Stringer, with opening act Chante Pejuta — choose your donation of $5, $15 or $25: 100 percent of the proceeds will benefit the Give Back Yoga Foundation

Sunday, Sept. 7

8:45-10:15 a.m.: Flow Yoga class in the main studio

Punch pass, membership or $15 drop in

9 a.m. to noon: Tent Village opens: retail, food, kids’ activities

9 a.m.: Labyrinth Walk with Laura Kirk — free

10:30-11 a.m.: Blessing and Meditation in the Yoga Spiral with Deva and Eaden — free

11 a.m. to noon: Healing with Aura Soma and Readings with Jacqui Forster, small studio — $10

11 a.m. to noon: Tea Through the Ages: a Tea Presentation with Art of Tea’s Tyler Williams, tent — $10

11 a.m. to noon: Family/Kids’ Yoga in the Spiral with Shannon — free

12:30-1:30 p.m.: Gong and Singing Bowl Meditation with Dave and Pam in the main studio — $10

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.

Participate in The Longevity Project

The Longevity Project is an annual campaign to help educate readers about what it takes to live a long, fulfilling life in our valley. This year Kevin shares his story of hope and celebration of life with his presentation Cracked, Not Broken as we explore the critical and relevant topic of mental health.

“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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