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It can be easy to forget the beauty of the world around us. We stop to enjoy the beauty of a sunrise, sunset, a rainbow or the beauty of a lake or a stream.
My memorable connections of specific appreciation of certain events such as experiencing a tropical rainstorm that creates numerous waterfalls on the Ko’olau mountain range of Oahu or riding in a Alpha Romeo Spyder convertible on a sunny say enjoying the ride on a windy road feeling the sun and wind across my face and enjoying the mountain air.
I believe these moments allow us to step out of ourselves, connect with the energy of the universe, feel joy and relax. It is in these times that we can breath and meditate without the day to day distractions.
My music is a reflection of my interaction with the universe and the connection with Mother Earth.
My music creates a personal connection and opens up the energy interchange that is necessary to be grounded with things that matter.
Carlton is a Spokane-based guitarist and craftsman, but his love for guitar began when he was a small boy growing up on a military base in Hawai’i. Hawai’ian music was an early influence when he first began to learn the guitar, and Hawai’ian slack-key guitar is one of the styles of music he will perform.
“Slack key” simply means that the standard guitar tuning has been altered to create an open chord making for lots of open strings being played. Hawai’ian families had their own, closely-guarded tunings that gavetheir family renditions their particular character and beauty.
Fast forward a few years, and Carlton is studying for a degree in Guitar Performance at Eastern Oregon College in La Grande, which he earned. He added jazz, classical and contemporary pieces to his repertoire. He has now been performing on guitar throughout the Pacific Northwest and also internationally, for more than 30 years.
I’m not sure when Carlton decided to build guitars, but it seems like a natural outgrowth of his love for his instrument, and his fascination with tone. Now, in addition to performing, Carlton builds beautiful classical guitars of his own design.
The classical guitar preceded the steel-string guitar which has become the standard for country music and rock, blues, etc. The classical guitar was originally strung with gut, now it has nylon for strings 1,2 and 3, and wound strings for 4,5, and 6. The fretboard is slightly wider, and the body tends to be deeper than the steel-string guitar. The instrument is from Spain, and flamenco is the style of music the Spaniards developed for guitar. Carlton plays flamenco style, with intricate picking and advanced right hand techniques for percussive effects.
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Dream Time With Yoga Nidra
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Come experience the ultimate in relaxing sound vibration and creative visualization.
Looking for rest, relaxation, a clearing or to just get away? Come journey, take an internal vacation!
This will be a very special session with sound healer Squid Sampson on handpan and didgeridoo.
Experience the power of Sound: The sound healing techniques activate each chakra, massage your subtle bodies, and are designed to resonate with the higher frequencies of consciousness as you are guided to an inner journey to amplify the vision of life in a wider scape.
Yoga Nidra means yogic sleep. A state of conscious deep sleep for extreme relaxation and subtler spiritual exploration. It is a unique marriage of science and spirit, taking your brain to the alpha state and eventually the even deeper theta wave state. It is used in helping prevent illness, retard premature aging, reduce stress, induce more restful sleep, boost the immune system, and promote healing.
Join us and bring a friend! (Unfortunately we can not allow children for this meditation experience, thank you for your understanding.)
Pre registration is not a requirement but highly advised as these events fill up fast.
When: June 3rd, 6-7:15pm (doors will be locked at 6:10pm to contain the mediation space)