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What is your Heart Stone?

Published by Christina on September 17, 2013, in Career Advice, Case Studies, Recent Projects

What is your heart stone?

For the past seven years I have had the absolute pleasure of attending a very special event, Trails & Vistas. As an experienced marketer, I still have difficulty explaining the event. Those of you that have attended Trails & Vistas often say the same when you leave the trail, all you know is that you are encouraged to “let go” of daily life and “check-in” to nature.

This year’s journey included a special devotion to heart stones. Every attendee was invited to open a vessel, look at the heart shaped stone inside that’s settled in the sand. Then everyone looked even further as each heart had a very small colored stone inside. We were asked to remember the color of this tiny stone, close our eyes and hold the heart stone close to our own heart.

We all received different colors and for different reasons, none of which I can explain. As we closed our eyes and held our individual stone to our heart, the definition of the color of the stone was read aloud – the silence was deafening.

Purple means protection and purification, blue means mood uplifting, orange means courage and vitality, yellow means optimism, green means prosperity, pink means love and gentleness. As the colors continued to be read, I was surrounded by tears, smiles and a whirlwind of emotion. When my color was read aloud, I immediately knew it WAS the right stone for me and I’m confident I wasn’t alone.

As we proceeded, I was excited and exhilarated and I couldn’t wait to share the color of my stone to my husband. When we shared our different colors and their individual meaning, they each made perfect sense in our life as it is today.

I wouldn’t say it changed me or even made me a different person, quite honestly, it was the contrary. The experience reminded me of exactly who I am, and I intend to stay like this.

Please remember, all well-intended efforts start from the heart… so why not allow them to end with your heart as well?

edited by: Maura Connor

Sunshine Tahoe Donates $10,000 To Tahoe Truckee’s Trails & Vistas

Published by Christina on April 25, 2013, in Charitable Giving, General, Recent Projects

 

I am so proud to honor the creativity and sheer sense of wonder in Trails & Vistas’ annual art hikes. To recognize and support Nancy Tieken Lopez’ imagination and incredible talent, Sunshine Tahoe has donated $10,000 for Trails & Vistas 10th anniversary. Trails & Vistas’ art hikes blend world-class artistic expression with walking in nature.  Following the public art hikes, local third grade students have the opportunity to experience Trails & Vistas field trips in Donner Park.

10TH ANNIVERSARY ART HIKES & CONCERT

On Sept. 7 & 8, 2013 people from around the country will hike along the Pacific Crest Trail on Donner Summit and experience award-winning live music, dance, storytelling, sculpture and painting. The theme for Trails & Vistas 10th anniversary art hikes is “Reflections.” More than 30 participating artists will perform aside stunning alpine lakes and breathtaking vistas. The guided art hikes will be offered every 15 minutes from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Advance purchase is highly recommended the event has sold out every year! Tickets cost $30 for adults and  $10 for children.

In addition to the art hikes, a 10th anniversary concert will take place at the Truckee Regional Park Amphitheatre from 6 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7. Performers include double-neck guitarist Ian Ethan Case from Boston, MA, Reno Taiko Tsurunokai, a Japanese drum group from Reno, NV and the forty-piece San Jose State Symphony Orchestra plus an opening act by Ann Licater, a world flutist from Los Angeles. Artist Susie Alexander from Truckee will paint while the orchestra plays and a ballerina from Inner Rhythms will be painted on stage – both performance art pieces are highly anticipated. General admission tickets are $20, but when combines with art hike tickets they are 50 percent off.

After four incredibly successful years running Truckee’s Historical Haunted Tour, a fundraising event conceived, created and produced by Sunshine Tahoe, the October 2013 Tour, has been cancelled. In lieu of the event, Sunshine Tahoe, the founder and producer of the Tour, is donating $10,000 to Trails & Vistas.

“The purpose of Trails & Vistas is to reestablish bonds between individuals and others and individuals and nature. Putting art in this context changes the experience and the audience. We are so grateful for Sunshine Tahoe’s past and ongoing support,” says Nancy Tieken Lopez, Trails & Vistas founder and executive director. “Christina’s valuable contributions – both in expertise, her time and financial support – will undoubtedly culminate in the long term success and ongoing growth of Trails & Vistas.”

ABOUT TRAILS & VISTAS

Trails & Vistas is a non-profit organization that seeks to create experiences of art in nature that inspires environmental awareness. Partnered with Truckee Donner Land Trust, Inner Rhythms Dance Theatre and the KidZone Children’s Museum, Trails & Vistas and the partnering organizations believe the annual art hikes strengthens the ties between the Land Trust and arts organizations in the Lake Tahoe Truckee region and also increases participants’ commitment to building a stronger community and environmental stewardship through creative expression. In addition to art hikes, the organization’s programs include Helping the Wild and contributing an original painting to the 20 mile museum created by the Donner Summit Historical Society. Learn more at trailsandvistas.org.

Edited by: Maura