Sacred Fest: September 5th-7th Schedule of Events

True Nature’s Sacred Fest, September 5th-7th, is a transformational weekend full of activities for adults and children.  Mark your calendar and join us for a lively First Friday with a drum circle, African dance, puppet show and live music followed by a weekend full of kirtan (sacred chant), yoga, kid’s activities, high prana foods, tea tastings, labyrinth walks and more!  

Check out the schedule below; you’ll see that all of our events this weekend are affordable and that there is truly something for everyone.  Click here to register for any event that catches your eye so that you’re guaranteed a space.

During the Sacred Fest weekend, our talented spa therapists will be on call offering massage, facials and ayurvedic treatments in the True Nature Petit Spa.   Call the front desk to book appointments: 970.963.9900.

Finally, be sure to sign up for the Dave Stringer performance on Saturday evening as 100% of the proceeds will go to the Give Back Yoga Foundation, a non profit based on the Front Range that helps make yoga available to those who might not otherwise have the opportunity to experience the transformational benefits of this powerful practice.  Dave Stringer is also holding a really unique workshop called “Mantras and Molecules” on the healing neuroscience behind chanting on Saturday.

Dave 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’s sound marries the transcendent mysticism of traditional Indian instruments with the exuberant, groove-oriented sensibility of American gospel. His work translates the ancient traditions of kirtan and yoga into inspiring and thoroughly modern participatory theatre, open to a multiplicity of interpretations, and accessible to all. Dave and his band tour tirelessly throughout North America, Australia, Europe and Asia.  Click here to see his full bio.

Schedule of Events:

First Friday Evening 9/5: All events are free on First Friday!

5pm – Ribbon Cutting with the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce
5:15pm – Drum Circle, led by Kip Hubbard: bring your own drum and help us raise the vibrations!
5:30pm – Soozie’s Larger Than Life Puppet Show
5:45pm – African Dancers, “Ngoma,” in the Peace Garden
6-7pm – 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
7-8:30pm – Scott & Shanti Medina from Boulder present live Kirtan music in the Peace Garden Spiral, bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy!
Scott and Shanti Medina are a dynamic husband-and-wife duo from Boulder, CO sharing their love and union through their transformational sacred sound workshops, ecstatic community kirtans, and inspiring retreats.   Their very popular original and traditional chants are easy to follow offering a sweet and deep dive into the mantric sound current. Their soon to be released double-CD SoMAntra® is a unique integration of transformative somatic body intelligence practices with specific mantras designed to down regulate the limbic system and empower the innate wisdom. You can find out more about Scott and Shanti at
Saturday 9/6
8:45-10:15am – Flow Yoga class in the main studio -punch pass, membership or $15 drop in
9am – Tent Village opens: artistic, one-of-a-kind retail, high prana foods, kid’s activities
9am – Reflexology Path Guided Walk – free
10 – 10:30am – 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
10:30-12:30 – 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. Augmenting direct experience, the workshop will also feature presentations and discussions on the emerging brain science of how music influences and alters our perceptions, mind and spirit.
11am-12pm – Family/Kid’s Yoga with Shannon in the Yoga Spiral – free
11am-12pm – Taste and Discover: A Tea Presentation with Art of Tea’s Tyler Williams, tent village – $10
Explore the differences of the 5 main categories of tea that all come from the Camellia sinensis plant; white, green, oolong, black & pu-erh. We will discuss how production techniques determine what is in your cup along with comparative tastings demonstrating two styles of each type.
12-1:30pm – Labyrinth Workshop with Laura Kirk, small studio and labyrinth – $20
Come experience the joy of the labyrinth in a supported environment in this workshop led by landscape architect and labyrinth facilitator, Laura Kirk. We will explore the labyrinth as a healing and meditative tool beginning with a slide presentation of the history of the labyrinth as well as its use in modern day culture. After the presentation, Laura will lead us on a walk on the newly constructed labyrinth in the Peace Garden, initiating it with our collective energy.
1-2pm – What is Ayurveda? – with Kerry Kleisner, main studio – free
Learn about yoga’s sister science and how you can use its principles to deepen your vitality and sense of well being
1-2pm Raw Ice Cream Social  in the tent – free
2-3pm – Healing Through Aura Soma, presented by Jacqui Forster, small studio- $10
Aura Soma is a color therapy system which unites the energies of  the 3 kingdoms—plants and herbs, mineral and crystals, color and light.  It benefits us by showing where we are in our spiritual evolution, andwhat gifts we can use to help us move in the most auspicious direction in our lives.
2:30-3:30pm – Reflexology Path Workshop with Kerry Kleisner – $10
Learn about and experience the benefits of reflexology as you combine the Five Element Path with yoga, breathwork and meditation
4-5pm – Labyrinth Walk with Laura Kirk – free
4-5pm – Tai Chi and Qigong in the Spiral with Martin Finklestein – free
4:30-6pm – A Raw Food Grand Tasting, presented by Chefs David Avalos and Pam David, tent – $25
Our intention is to dispel the mystery and share the magic of raw food.  We will educate and satiate with 5 courses of raw culinary alchemy!!
7:00-9pm – An Evening of Kirtan with Dave Stringer, with opening act Chante Pejuta – choose your donation $5, $15 or $25: 100% of the  proceeds benefiting the Give Back Yoga Foundation
The Give Back Yoga Foundation is a Boulder-based national non-profit supporting certified yoga teachers of all traditions bringing yoga and mindfulness programs to underserved and under-resourced communities. Their transformational programs and trainings support populations like first responders, prisoners, at-risk youth, veterans and those suffering from negative body image and disordered eating. Give Back Yoga aims to inspire grassroots social change and community collaboration and cooperation.   GBY YouTube Link:
Sunday 9/7
8:45am-10:15am – Flow Yoga class in the main studio – punch pass, membership or $15 drop in
9am-12pm – Tent Village opens: retail, food, kid’s activities
9am – Labyrinth Walk with Laura Kirk – free
10:30am-11am – Blessing and Meditation in the Yoga Spiral with Sonny Conley – free
11am-12pm – Healing with Aura Soma + Readings with Jacqui Forster, small studio, $10
Aura Soma is a color therapy system which unites the energies of  the 3 kingdoms—plants and herbs, mineral and crystals, color and light.  It benefits us by showing where we are in our spiritual evolution, andwhat gifts we can use to help us move in the most auspicious direction in our lives.
11am-12pm – Tea Through the Ages: a Tea Presentation with Art of Tea’s Tyler Williams, tent – $10

There are very few consumable goods that have enjoyed the success of tea. Most experts agree we have been steeping Camellia sinensis in hot water for about 5000 years. Globally tea is now the second most consumed beverage, only surpassed by water. Join us for a quick 60 minutes to discuss some of the fun highlights of the history of tea.
11am – 12pm – Family, Kid’s Yoga in the Spiral with Shannon – free
12:30pm-1:30pm – Gong and Singing Bowl Meditation with Dave & Pam in the main studio – $10
PARKING:  There is ample, free public parking surrounding True Nature.  In particular, there is a huge parking lot half a block away on Colorado Ave.  Please do not park in the American Legion lot right across the street!
Coming in from out of town?  Here’s where to stay in Carbondale:

Located downtown and right next door to True Nature:

1BR/1BA loft apartment with: full amenities plus washer/dryer, king deluxe tempur-pedic mattress, covered patio and gas grill.
Competitive rates, VIP short stays and concierge services: call Evan at 970.366.2532 or visit

Avalanche Ranch books up very fast, it’s located 15 minutes from True Nature and includes its own hot springs pool: 970.963.2846

Bed & Breakfasts:

Ambience Inn B&B, just a block away from True Nature in historic downtown Carbondale!  800-350-1515
Euclid House B&B, also downtown: 970.963.4946


Comfort Inn & Suites 800-473-5980
Days Inn Carbondale 970-963-9111

Camping?  KOA Crystal River Resort is about 10-15 minutes from True Nature; they have RV and Tent Sites located right along the river. RV sites have electric and water, picnic tables, fire pits and grills. On site dump station plus mobile dump station for extended stay. All the campsites have a firepit and picnic table. A bathhouse is located between the RV and Tent area. Out of a total of 15 total tent sites, 7 are located along the river. A firepit, picnic table and bath house are available for each camp site.