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28 Aug 2019
Exploring creativity at AIM House

Creativity is at the core of AIM house values, with the program discovering and hoping to support any creative form that one chooses to express themselves. One of AIM House's participants takes a unique approach to self expression through the art of fire performing.

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Ari F, originally from Santa Cruz, California, has been in the AIM house community for 5 months. He first got into fire spinning while attending a juggling convention that passed through his hometown. He started without fire at first, but eventually wanted to try performing with fire because it seemed exciting.

Ari was inspired by his twin brother who had been interested in the flow arts for a few years. Ari was intrigued by the way it seemed to calm down and relax his brother in a way that he had never seen before, so with that, he picked up his own prop and started practicing. Ari’s first object was made from a piece of paracord and a tennis ball filled with sand.

When Ari is performing, he finds he is able to connect with himself in a rare way. When speaking about his love for the art, Ari says that he “loves fire performing because it is a mindfulness practice that gives me a high no substance can. When I'm flowing, I feel connected to everything and everyone around me. Fire performing is an art form... more specifically a flow art or movement art. It has allowed me to connect to my body and self by making me more aware of my movement and how my body moves. The key to flow is muscle memory and repetitive practice. I do it daily and I feel very connected to every part and every movement of my body.”

In Boulder, Ari has been lucky to find an extremely supportive group of people in the fire community that he has connected to like family. While Ari had a wonderful fire community back home in Santa Cruz, he has been able to establish a new flow community in Boulder that meets every Tuesday night at a local eatery called Thrive for a weekly “fire jam”. Ari says that it is “always a little intimidating trying to meet new friends but here in Boulder, I was welcomed in and go back to Thrive every week I can.”

Ari has opened up the AIM House to a new community of the flow arts -- even preforming at the July Family Workshop! He has encouraged staff and participants alike to broaden their horizons when it comes to creative expression and mindfulness practices, which has been a fantastic experience for all!

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20 May 2019
Spring in Boulder

Spring is here and the AIM House participants could not be more excited! You can find people in the backyard of the castle throwing the football, hiking around the flatirons, and visiting the local Boulder farmers market, which is a favorite among many.

The Boulder farmers market is a real treat, bringing in local produce and different cuisines to the community, located in the heart of Boulder. You can always find the perfect fruits and vegetables that are in season and fresh, picked from gardens within days of eating. Along with the amazing food, people sell homemade products, like soaps, pottery, and jewelry. As Mothers day and Fathers day approach, many of our participants will head over there to scope out some sweet gifts. There are also countless vendors that sell prepared food of all types, from Thai street food to classic hot dogs as well.

farmer's market collage“Best vegetables in all of Boulder!” said Chris, an AIM House participant. Right across the street from the market, people gather on blankets and sprawl out on the grass with their friends and family to enjoy the spring weather. Many people bring their guitars and hula hoops out to show off their talents and different tricks. The energy is vibrant and all around positive on Saturday mornings, as live music and delicious food are everywhere. You are bound to meet some incredible people at the farmers market- Anywhere from local farmers and CU students to aspiring artists and people that love the community of Boulder.

We are lucky to have the farmers market to understand, explore, and experience Boulder in such a unique, community driven way. The AIM House crew will be regulars this Spring and Summer!

20 Mar 2019
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AIM House Sponsors Collegiate Recovery Skiathon Summit

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