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Pueblo (Anasazi) Workshop October 2016

Pueblo style flutes and the ancient ruins of Chaco Canyon
October 5 - 8, 2016 | Sign Up Early and Save Below
Santa Fe, NM
Scott August
All Levels
Anasazi (Pueblo) flute workshop with a visit to the ruins of Chaco Canyon

Learn to Play the Anasazi Flute

Explore the mystery and power of the Great Houses of Chaco Canyon while learning to play the ancient flute of the southwest with virtuoso Anasazi style flute player, Scott August.

Workshop Description
Whether you are a beginner or a more advanced player, this workshop will help you reach your Anasazi (Pueblo) flute playing goals. Get an in depth look at the techniques used to play this haunting, historic flute from master player,
Scott August.

This four day class will be held in Santa Fe, NM in October 2016 and features a day trip to Chaco Canyon, the largest collection of Ancestral Puebloan (Anasazi) ruins in the Southwest.

This workshop will cover:
  • Controlling your embouchure
  • Techniques to improve your sound and tone
  • An exploration of the Anasazi (Pueblo) flute scales
  • Controlling Your Breath
  • Special effects and idiomatic playing techniques
  • Simple steps to take your playing to the next level and getting out of ruts
  • Other End-Blown flutes: Mojave, Xiao...

This workshop features a trip to Chaco Canyon and will include:
  • Travel in comfortable, air-conditioned vans
  • A private tour of Pueblo Bonito, the largest Chaco “great house” ruin
  • A relaxing, tasty picnic lunch
  • Time to explore other ruins

The Ancestral Spirits workshop dates are October 5 - 8, 2016, in Santa Fe, NM. Reserve your place now, as space is very limited. The number of participants will be
limited to only 15 participants, and spaces will be filled on a first come first served basis.
Date and Location
  • Location:
    The Sage Inn, 725 Cerrillos Rd, Santa Fe, NM, 87505
  • Dates:
    October 5-8, 2016
    Enroll below with a $25 deposit
  • Price:
    $450 Through Sept 12, 2016: Early Registration Price Deadline Extended
    ($500 After Sept 12, 2016)
Workshop Sign Up
  • Deposit:
    2016 Anasazi (Pueblo) Flute Workshop
    Enroll Here
  • or Pay in Full:
    Payment Due By Sept 12, 2016
    Workshop price $500 after Sept 12, 2016
    Pay Balance Here
  • Extra Chaco Trips:
    $130.00 Per Extra Person
    Due with your deposit
    Pay Extra Chaco Trips Here
    Additional Chaco Canyon Trips

Ancestral Spirits 2016 Schedule

Take a look at the current schedule for the Ancestral Spirits 2016 Workshop.

Scott August improvises on an Anasazi (Pueblo) stye flute with a Pueblo Bonito, Chaco Canyon design

Chaco Canyon Photo Gallery

About Scott August
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Multi-instrumentalist Scott August is a best selling composer/producer and Native American Music Award (NAMMY) winner. His music is regularly featured on the nationally syndicated radio shows "Hearts of Space" and "Echoes" and on the the digital networks XM, Sirius, DISH and DirecTV.

August's music has received numerous awards, including the prestigious Native American Music Award (NAMMY), an Indian Summer Music Award and Zone Music Reporter (ZMR) Award In 2009, his DVD, Ancient Light, was aired on the PBS network. In addition to his recordings August is the author of three books and a informative blog.

John Diliberto of Echoes radio says "August has always been a cut or two above most native flute players... He layers guitars, keyboards and all kinds of percussion into his compositions, moving from world fusion to airy ambiences." The Los Angeles Times has called his music "shimmering and luminous."

A Look at Santa Fe, New Mexico
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Santa Fe, the oldest capitol city in the U.S.A. is a premier destination spot. Nestled at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo mountains it has attracted artists, cowboys and beauty seekers for over a hundred years. Its historic plaza, pueblo architecture, fine art galleries, museums and a unique mix of of Anglo, Hispanic and Pueblo cultures give the city its distinctive look and feel.
If you have the time, consider spending a few extra days before or after the Soaring Spirits workshop to soak up the local flavor, experience the vibrant art scene, taste the delicious New Mexican cuisine and unwind in "The City Different."

"Touch the country [of New Mexico] and you will never be the same again." —D.H. Lawrence, c. 1917

Have a question about the Ancestral Spirits workshop or visiting Santa Fe?
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The Sage Inn Santa Fe: The Official Hotel for Ancestral Spirits

Sage InnThe Ancestral Spirits workshop will be held at the Sage Inn Santa Fe, the official hotel for Santa Fe Flute School workshops. The Sage Inn is close to the historic plaza and walking distance to many restaurants and shops and they have an hourly shuttle to the plaza. The Santa Fe Flute School is working with the Sage Inn to offer participants of the Ancestral Spirits workshop a special rate on lodging. Stay tuned for details.

Workshop Photos
The 2015 Ancestral Spirits workshops were a great success!
Here are some photos from both of them and our visits to Chaco Canyon.
Workshop #1 | Workshop #2

Workshop #1 Photos

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Ancestral Spirits 2015 Workshop #1

“Everything about this worksop was first-rate! Scott's knowledge of the material and his method of instruction is second to none and one simply cannot find a better venue anywhere for learning to play either the Native American style flute or the Pueblo style (Anasazi) flute in a very non-judgemental, fun and structured way!” -Mark N., UT
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“This was one of the best flute schools that I have ever attended. Scott's style of teaching and patient coaching helped everyone so much.” -Ellen B., FL
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Scott August demonstrates how to mic a Pueblo style flute and use "canyon" echo

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Therese plays with a backing track

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Tom plays with a backing track

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Marcia plays with a backing track

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Ancestral Spirits 2015 workshop #1 at Pueblo Bonito

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Ancestral Spirits 2015 workshop #1 Graduation Dinner

Workshop #2 Photos

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Ancestral Spirits 2015 workshop #2 in Chaco Canyon

“What a magical time spent at the school and Chaco! Being at such a reverent place was only enhanced by Scott's knowledge of the Pueblo style flute and the thought that went into organizing the class. Truly awe inspiring. Thanks for such an inspirational time.” -Sharon H., CA
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Jeanne and John play a NAF + Anasazi duet

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Georgia and John play a NAF + Anasazi duet

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Bill and Scott play a NAF + Anasazi duet

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Bill plays his Painted flute at Chetro Ketl

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Ancestral Spirits 2015 workshop #2 Graduation Dinner

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Pueblo Bonito, the largest Great House in Chaco Canyon and where 8 flutes were found.

Looking to buy a Pueblo/Anasazi style flute?
Scott August shows you what he looks for and avoids
when buying an End-blown Pueblo style flute

Student Workshop Comments

Read what students are saying about workshops with Scott August

“Pure and simple, at the heart of the Santa Fe Flute School is Scott August. Scott’s passion for music and the Native American Flute is contagious and motivating! Scott promotes a positive and supportive non-threatening environment. Scott’s passion for music and his individualized one-on-one approach with students is at the heart of this experience.”
-Tom K., Colorado

Ancestral Spirits 2015 Schedule

Ancestral Spirits ScheduleTake a look at the current schedule for the Ancestral Spirits 2015 Workshop.
* Flutes not included. If you need a flute we can help you get one.
* Cancel before June 22, 2016 you will receive a full refund of your payment.
* Cancel between June 23, 2016 and July 20, 2016 you will receive a refund of your payment minus your $25 deposit.
* Cancel between July 21, 2016 and August 24, 2016 you will receive a refund of your payment minus a $50 cancellation fee.
* Cancel after August 24, 2016 you will receive a refund of your payment minus a $100 cancellation fee.
* Balance must be paid on or before August 24 for $450 workshop fee. Balances paid after August 24, 2016 will be based on $500 workshop fee.
* The school requests participants sign a liability waver for school participation.
* Santa Fe is located at an elevation of 7,000'. If you have any problems with altitude please talk to your health care professional before booking the workshop.