October: Concert, Yoga, Tai Chi

Although La Sala has hosted events and activities during renovations, the largest activity has been the work of remaking the interior to suit the planned uses for the space. Now, with our studio space ready – floor laid, walls up, ceiling installed (and all the insulation under and behind those parts) – and a bathroom functioning, we’re ready to open the doors to much more activity.

We’re hosting Taos Soundscapes with their concert, Autumnal Bliss; an offering of chamber music selected for the season, performed by Jacquelyn Helin, Piano; Emily Aquin, Violin and Rebecca Carón, Cello.

Concert ~ October 12 at 3:00 pm
Program
Igor Stravinsky’s Suite Italienne for Violin and Piano
PianoPiazzolla’s Otoño Porteño (Autumn), for Piano Trio
Brahms’ Piano Trio in C Major, Op. 87

Tickets are $20.00, and proceeds go to Taos Soundscapes,a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing inspiring musical performances to the communities of Northern New Mexico. You may purchase online www.taossoundscapes.com, or call 505-363-0265, or purchase at the door.

Thank you, OCHO

Yoga Sala classes will move to La Sala after almost two years growing at OCHO, a wonderful period of incubation. If you’re local, you know this is a short move down the road. Yoga Sala originated out of OCHO and its existence is thanks to the gracious owners who made this beautiful space available. Thanks in particular to Barrie Andrews for her generosity and support.

Yoga Sala is adding classes and teachers


After taking a 3-year hiatus from instructing weekly yoga classes in Questa and Taos, Carrie Leven is back with a class for Service Veterans. She is introducing a free monthly class beginning this Saturday, Oct 12, from 9:30 – 10:45 am. Practicing mindfulness, movement, and meditation has been shown to reduce the effects of stress and build resiliency, and this class will focus on methods for dealing with stress. Thisfree classis open to military veterans, gold star families, First Responders, Peace Corps veterans, and civil servants. Contact Carrie, carrieleven@gmail.com or 575-586-1480, to determine if this class is a fit for you and yours.

We’re glad to introduce Michael Graney. Having begun his practice of yoga as an augmentation to outdoor sports in the early ’80’s Mike has gradually become a dedicated student of both Yoga and Tai Chi. He has instructed various forms of both disciplines since 2007 and has worked as a substance-abuse counselor and professional guide for most of his adult life. He’s relocated to Sunshine Valley from New Zealand where he lived for some years. Mike will be offering both yoga and introductory Tai Chi / Qi Gong classes and welcomes the chance to meet everyone this month.

Four classes with Mike:

October 13, Sunday evening, 5:00 – 6:00 pm
Free – Community Class, Restorative Yoga, Mike

October 14, Monday evening, 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Free – Tai Chi/Qi Gong for nervous system health, Mike

October 23, Wednesday morning, 8:00 – 9:00 am
By donation – Introduction to Tai Chi 10 Form, Mike

October 28, Monday morning, 8:00 – 9:00 am
By donation – Yoga Vinyasa/Flow class, Mike

Weekly classes
We will hold our weekly classes in addition to our special classes with Carrie Leven and Mike Graney. These continue with Lou, Willow and Gaea and the only change is that Lou’s Restore and Meditate class will shift to Wednesday evening and be offered as a 1-hour class from 5:30-6:30.

La Sala kickstarter success

These last four weeks have been full and exciting as we ran our Kickstarter funding campaign and you all contributed. What an exciting success! We’re swiftly moving forward.

Drywall is going up presently and will be professionally finished. Then the ceiling wood (already white-washed) will be hung, along with lighting. Then we’ll paint. It’s even exciting to select the right color (a warm white).

drywall installation, week of Aug 19, 2019

The final piece for the yoga room is professional sanding and sealing of the hardwood floor. This job is scheduled for early September. We really hope this means yoga will happen in the Sala by mid-September. Stay tuned!

White oak hardwood floor laid over insulated sub-floor in late July

Thank you for your help and positive thoughts,

Gaea . . and a bunch of hard-working folks

Dia de los Muertos 2018 in photos

We celebrated Day of the Dead on November 2, hosting music, art making and a feast. We thought you might enjoy reflecting on the evening through these photographs, courtesy of Nova Photography. They beautifully capture the spirit of the night.

“Sometimes I’m overwhelmed when I think of how many people have ever been on this planet and the tiny fraction of them that are actually remembered to this day. Even two, three generations down the road, it’s easy to start forgetting. So memory has a spiritual dimension in that way to me….My grandmother who I was deeply close to, I remember her deeply every day. And when I go, probably no one’s going to remember her in that way again. So for the next few decades, her memory is still, in a sense, life after death.”
~ Dario Robleto 

The essence of Dia de los Muertos is to honor loved ones with celebration and meaningful actions. The act of remembering may bring joy and healing. Day of the Dead has spread across the world and this celebration in Questa was our 4th annual.

Much gratitude! We look forward to hosting this special gathering in 2019.

Questa Chamber Music Concert Featuring Odin Rathnam, Nov 29

Questa Chamber Music Series Featuring Odin Rathnam – FUNDRAISER CONCERT FOR LA SALA – Thursday, November 29, 7pm

Odin Rathnam

Join us for this special “sneak preview” concert on November 29 at La Sala. $10 suggested donation at the door, children under 12 and students are free. Proceeds will help fund the continuing renovation of this new Questa venue.

Internationally renowned virtuoso violinist Odin Rathnam returns to the Taos area after his sold-out solo violin concert at the Harwood Museum one year ago. Rathnam presents a “sneak preview” concert Thursday, November 29, 7 pm, at La Sala, 2331 Hwy 522, Questa (on the south side of the village). La Sala is a new space in Questa in the midst of renovation; it will be home to a yoga, music and expressive arts.

Fingers crossed: A guest artist, Canadian cellist Morag Northey, who will be presenting her one-woman show,”17,” at the TCA on Nov. 30, may also perform with Odin at La Sala.

The full concert, “Odin Rathnam & Friends,” will be offered on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 7 pm at the First Presbyterian Church of Taos, and will include Morag Northey on cello and two local musician friends – Martha Shepp on piano, and Suzanne Schwartz on viola. The program will include works by Piazzolla, Bach, Mozart, Gliere, and Saint-Saens.

Download a poster to share, here.

The Questa Chamber Music Series is a program of the Questa Creative Council.

Day of the Dead, Nov 2, 2018

Celebrate Dia de los Muertos with us! November 2, 4-7 pm, we host music, art making and a feast: posole, prune pies, hot chocolate, pan de muerto, and more! Bring a dish to share, perhaps a favorite of someone being remembered. Participants can bring photos of loved ones or objects to add to a community altar. The Questa Stories Project will be present and available to record community members’ remembrances of loved-ones, if families choose to share (QuestaStories.org).

There will be much to do and feast upon, and music to enjoy. Michael Rael will play into the evening starting around feast time, about 5:30pm. A key aspect of the evening will be art making and sharing in a supportive and festive environment. Participants can make sugar skulls, paper marigolds, and other art; supplies and instructions are provided.

The essence of Dia de los Muertos is to honor loved ones with celebration and meaningful actions. This ritual offers a container for feelings of sorrow at the death of our beloveds. And by treating the eventuality with honesty and even humor, we recognize we are all sojourners; some are simply further ahead.

This collaborative event is coordinated by Gaea McGahee (LaSalaQuesta.com) and Claire Coté (LeapSite.org) with help from Dava McGahee (DavaCulturalLegacy.com), and many from Questa and surrounding communities.

October 30: “Coco” Community Film Showing

See the film, “Coco,” Tuesday, October 30, 5 – 7 pm.

All are invited to see the film “Coco” on Tuesday, October 30, 5-7 pm. Coco is an award-winning animated Disney/Pixar film focused on Day of the Dead and the connection between history and healing, family and community. Learn more about the film HERE.

LEAP and La Sala will host this community film showing.

LEAP is Land, Experience and Art of Place, an artist-run organization that creates arts and educational events and opportunities reflecting the natural and cultural ecology of Questa and surrounding communities. La Sala is a space in Questa, growing to serve as a home for movements, like  yoga, plus music and more!

This collaborative event is coordinated by Gaea McGahee (LaSalaQuesta.com) and Claire Coté (LeapSite.org) with help from Dava McGahee (DavaCulturalLegacy.com), and many from Questa and surrounding communities. For more information Contact us call (575) 224-2102.
Volunteers are welcomed!

November 2: Annual Dia de los Muertos Celebration in Questa

Celebrate Day of the Dead, feast and altar-making, Friday, November 2, 4 – 7 pm, FREE!

For background and event details, read our Press Release information below:

Dia de los Muertos is an enduring tradition to remember loved ones. It originated in Mesoamerica as a blend of Spanish, Aztec, and ancient traditions. Today, it is celebrated worldwide. LEAP and La Sala will host the 4th annual celebration in Questa.

LEAP is Land, Experience and Art of Place, an artist-run organization that creates arts and educational events and opportunities reflecting the natural and cultural ecology of Questa and surrounding communities. La Sala is a space in Questa, growing to serve as a home for movements, like  yoga, plus music and more!

Celebrate Dia de los Muertos on November 2, 4-7 pm with music, art making and a feast: posole, prune pies, hot chocolate, pan de muerto, and more! Bring a dish to share, perhaps a favorite of someone being remembered. Participants can bring photos of loved ones or objects to add to a community altar. The Questa Stories Project will be present and available to record community members’ remembrances of loved-ones, if families choose to share (QuestaStories.org).

There will be much to do and feast upon, and music to enjoy. A key aspect of the evening will be art making and sharing in a supportive and festive environment. Participants can make sugar skulls, paper marigolds, and other art; supplies and instruction are provided.

The essence of Dia de los Muertos is to honor loved ones with celebration and meaningful actions. This ritual offers a container for feelings of sorrow at the death of our beloveds. And by treating the eventuality with honesty and even humor, we recognize we are all sojourners; some are simply further ahead. There are few set parameters, besides food, music, bright colors, and active remembering; this may explain why Day of the Dead has spread across the world.

This collaborative event is coordinated by Gaea McGahee (LaSalaQuesta.com) and Claire Coté (LeapSite.org) with help from Dava McGahee (DavaCulturalLegacy.com), and many from Questa and surrounding communities. For more information contact us or call (575) 224-2102.
Volunteers are welcome!