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August Spa Special!


Back to School Spa Special for Teachers
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Back to School Spa Special for Teachers

In honor of school teachers everywhere who do noble work of inspiring our future generations, we are offering 15% off all spa treatments for school teachers in August.

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First Friday Community Drum Circle


Begin your journey into First Friday's Block Party with a Community Drum
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Begin your journey into First Friday’s Block Party with a Community Drum Circle, followed by a Garden Cabaret. The fun will begin in our Yoga Spiral at 5:45 pm. This will be an open venue for sharing expression. Bring your talents and appreciation for others. Please bring your own drum.

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Dhrupad Recital : Sacred Art Music From Northern India Raga Sound Journey & Early Evening Meditation


Dhrupad is accepted to be the oldest existing form of North Indian classical music.
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Dhrupad is accepted to be the oldest existing form of North Indian classical music. Dhrupad is music which helps us understand the nature of existence and our role within it. Diving playfully between abstraction and clarity, awakening us to the multiple layers of sound and silence. The nature of Dhrupad music is spiritual and created to induce deep feelings of peace and contemplation in the listener. As the TAMPURA drone sounds, a vast canvas lay out before us, providing ground for the arrival of RAGA* – a micro-tonal mode – enchanting the mind with it’s colors, altering our notion of time, aligning our hearts with the natural laws of harmonics as we develop an intimate relationship with each note. Together we embark on a journey between earth, sky and all that lie in between, below and above, concluding our improvisational tale in poetic verse.

Lïla has been practicing the art of Dhrupad since 2009, student of Pandit Ritwik Sanyal in the Dagar Family Tradition. Originally trained as a visual artist, she received her BFA in experimental filmmaking from the University of Colorado. As an experimentalist, with a background in blues, folk and musical theater, she was drawn to the exploratory and improvisational elements of Dhrupad music, in addition to its emphasis on process — a life path to unravel the secrets of the inner voice.

Alexis chose to learn tabla from the Benares family of music for its expressive and poetic style. Student of Shubh Maharaj, he has been under rigourous training since 2005. Years later he took up the pakhawaj, under the guidance of Mohan Shyam Sharma and presently performs and teaches with both the tabla and the pakhawaj. He has accompanied various dancers of kathak and odissi, classical indian dance forms, as well as sitarists, violinists, bansuri flutists and vocalists, in France as well as in India.

Alexis and Lila have been playing music together since 2010.

Find out more here.

 

 

 

 

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The Dance of the Voice : Dhrupad Inspired Workshop


This is a workshop is for all voices, inspired by nature, respecting all natures.
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Dive into the mystery and let it be heard, without judgement. This is a workshop is for all voices, inspired by nature, respecting all natures. Tapping into the vast resources of what we are : breath – rhythm – time – space – color – season – mood – gesture – impulse – song – and sound.

DHRUPAD, is an ancient art form, living tradition of Indian classical music, which treats sound as sacred – referred to and practiced as a YOGA of SOUND, it is also a UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE that through DEEP LISTENING guides each one of us to find our VOICE – both INNER and OUTER forms – the voice that VIBRATES and HEALS, and the voice that EXPRESSES, naturally, finding its place in relation with other, among the known and the unknown, the seen and the unseen, the form and the formless.

Expect to work with : breath, vocal tone and placement, rhythm, visualization and gesture through sound. Learn a raga, a composition of sacred poetry and rhythmic cycle. Let yourself move and be moved, sing and be sung, accompanied by the tabla. All levels of musicianship welcome.

Listen to a sample here.

 

 

 

 

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Evening Satsang – Exploring the Path of Vedanta


Each gathering begins with a short meditation. A Vedanta topic is then
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Each gathering begins with a short meditation. A Vedanta topic is then offered, followed by questions and answers. Satsang is to meet in truth. Vedanta is an ancient path of knowledge revealing our true nature as limitless, non-dual, ordinary awareness. If you desire greater purpose, freedom and joy, please join us. Ongoing, no experience necessary. Topics will include: dharma, karma, moksha, yoga, awareness and enlightenment. Visit www.eadenshantay.com to learn more. You can also join us 1st & 3rd Thursdays of the month at noon, for Dharma Talk: A Vedanta Study Group, a free casual offering in the Tea Room.

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Tea Tastings and Pairings


An open invitation to the uninitiated and tea connoisseur alike
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Please join us to learn, experience and share the wonderful world of tea. This is an open invitation to the uninitiated as well as tea connoisseurs. Consider True Nature as your place for high quality, organic, loose-leaf tea with over 25 offerings. Our teas and tisanes  can be delightfully paired with delectable baked goodies from Sunshine & Moons Bakery or organic chocolates ethically sourced from around the world.

*Pairings will be offered every third Thursday of each month

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Dharma Talk, A Vedanta Study Group


Vedanta is the ancient path of knowledge leading to moksha or freedom.
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Exploring purpose, freedom and contentment. Vedanta is the ancient path of knowledge leading to moksha or freedom. We’ll begin with chapter 1 “What Do You Want?” from the Essence of Enlightenment by James Swartz. Copies available at TNHA, Amazon or Shiningworld.com. No experience necessary, just a burning desire for freedom. While the process unfolds sequentially, you can join anytime as we’ll continue to cycle through the teachings – going deeper and deeper into understanding. Guided by Eaden Shantay. Email eaden@truenatureheals.com w/ questions. No fee.

 

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Self-Realization Fellowship Meditation Circle


The Roaring Fork Meditation Circle meets from 10 to 11am on the second Sunday of February and March and the first Sunday for each month after and is open to all interested people.
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 The Roaring Fork Meditation Circle of The Self-Realization Fellowship meets from 10 to 11am the first Sunday of each month after at True Nature and is open to all interested people.   For more information please contact Sarah at Srumery@sopris.net.

 

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Acupuncture at True Nature


Private Sessions with Annie are now available on Monday afternoons!
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At True Nature we offer both private acupuncture sessions and “community” acupuncture.

Annie Van Druten is now offering private acupuncture at True Nature.  This gives Annie the opportunity to have a time-intesive treatment with her patients while offering other modalities in addition to acupuncture including cupping, gua sha and dietary counseling.

What is cupping?  This ancient art has been utilized by healers all over the world.  It’s a suction technique designed to pull toxin build-up and muscle spasm from the body’s deeper tissue to the surface of the skin.  The cells of the body use oxygen and give off carbons dioxide; when the energy is blocked, the cell waste or carbon dioxide gets blocked.  This is called acid or toxin build-up.  Physical pain implies a blockage in the flow of energy through a particular area.  When toxins or cell waste stagnate in the muscles or joints, it can be very difficult for the body to get rid of this waste, causing further blockage and discomfort.  Utilizing cupping techniques we are able, by vacuum or suction, to pull the blockage out of the deeper tissue and move it to the skin’s surface.  Once on the surface, it is much easier for the body to eliminate toxins through the superficial blood supply or capillary system.
What is Gua Sha?  Gua Sha is a healing technique of East Asian medicine.  Gua sha is defined as instrument-assisted unidirectional press-stroking of a lubricated area of the body surface to intentionally create transitory therapeutic petechiae called ‘sha’ representing extravasation of blood in the subcutis. Raising sha removes blood stagnation considered pathogenic in traditional East Asian medicine. Modern research shows the transitory therapeutic petechiae produce an anti inflammatory and immune protective effect that persists for days following a single Gua sha treatment accounting for the immediate relief that patients feel from pain, stiffness, fever, chill, cough, wheeze, nausea and vomiting etc, and why Gua sha is effective in acute and chronic internal organ disorders including liver inflammation in hepatitis.

What is Community Acupuncture?

Community Acupuncture has a vision of serving the community by providing acupuncture services at an affordable rate.  We believe strongly in acupuncture’s place in healthcare and we want it to be affordable for everyone.  Acupuncture’s potential as a viable healing modality cannot be fully realized if it’s inaccessible to most people, so we decided to create a way to make that happen.

Some of the more common ailments treatable with acupuncture include anxiety, arthritis, allergies, low back pain, digestive problems, headaches, insomnia, menopause, PMS, stress, chronic pain and injuries, sciatica.

 True Nature offers acupuncture on a sliding scale of $30-$50 per visit (plus a one-time $10 consultation fee for the first appointment).  Annie’s clients decide what they pay based on what they can afford; no proof of income necessary.  We want people to be able to come in often enough to get better and stay healthy.  We recognize that everyone’s situation is different, and our primary goal is to make acupuncture available as often as needed, for as long as needed.  Also, the quality or length of the treatment will never depend on how much you pay.

Expect the first time consult to take about 30 minutes, 15 minute consults for return clients.  After your consult, indulge in a supported savasana/relaxation pose in the yoga studio while the gently applied needles work their magic.

Annie Van Druten, licensed acupuncturist since 2008, is a graduate of the Swedish Institute School of Acupuncture in NYC she studied Classical Chinese Medicine under the tutelage of Jeffrey C. Yuen, internationally renowned Master of Chinese Medicine and 88th generation Taoist Priest.  She has since continued her education with a year-long course in Chinese dietary therapy.
Community Acupuncture Fee:  New Client Fee $10, Sliding scale for appointments: $30-$50
Private Session, new client: $120 – During the month of July, Annie is waiving the initial consultation fee – a savings of $30
Private Session, return client: $95
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