Here’s what people are saying about True Nature:
Dave and Alana -
This place is like paradise. It’s worth coming for the nature alone: so many birds, and their song a constant backdrop to everything else. This time of year, so many baby animals, both wild and domestic. And then you get the treatments, too, which are healing beyond words. I hope I can take a piece of it with me.
Alana and Dave,
Thanks for your unfailing generosity these last two days in your haven.
And thank you especially for letting us share some of your many talents, with which you nourished us in such a positive and soothing manner. You have exceeded our expectations. We feel rejuvenated. We shall not forget.
Vaya Con Dios - Elizabet
Auf Wiederscchen - Helmut
Thank you Dave and Alana for such a peaceful, relaxing and delightful weekend. We both enjoyed the body treatments, food was delicious, and your surroundings picturesque. This weekend was one of the best because you both were a part of it.
R and Y
Alana and Dave,
Thank you for all you do. Thank you for providing a place of peace and tranquility. Most of all, thank you for listening and honoring me.
All the best,
I only visited once, and it’s impacted my life in a huge way! Being there was such a profound experience for me! I still use Alana's nighttime yoga moves to help me sleep, I put a lot more things on my oatmeal now and we both eat oatmeal on a weekly basis! And one of my mantra's is "Body Comfortable" and I meditate on a weekly basis too!
Also, I decided to not return to my stressful job at the newspaper after the baby and I'm going to work part time doing what I enjoy: graphic design and working for a non-profit. I felt it was really important for my well-being to be happy and at peace and not work at a job that only drained my positive energy.
It really meant a lot for me to message you before the baby and tell you how much I really LOVED coming to Millersburg and that you both really do make a difference in bettering people's lives.
Thank you for everything and hopefully one day I will find you again! We have big plans in the next few years with a little one and a possible relocation. So once we get settled, I will be back!
Emily S., Salem, Indiana
So back to reality… already encounters with negative people, places, and things, but I have got to tell you both that I am finding a huge and I mean huge improvement with my ability to find my "happy place" :) All I have to do is think of my stay with you two, and it is so much easier for me to be mindful and let these negative things just brush over me. My experiences with you have become my focal point to begin meditations. From the bottom of my heart thank you for allowing me to stay in your home and spend time with you. I will never forget it… and will be back again when my seed needs some more watering! :)
Thanks again for all that you and Dave have done for me. I only wish I were closer so I could take your classes and get treatments. There is a magical feeling there. I instantly relaxed the minute I got there. That does not happen too often. Both you and Dave have such a calming effect that is good for the mind, body and soul.
Just wanted to send a quick thank you for the wonderful time we had this past Sat. afternoon at Howard Moody’s playshop!!! What a hoot to get folks of all ages together and have that much fun!
Howard is great and so full of life, what a blessing to have gotten to know him along with our other new friends. We were 'high' in the silliness all weekend. At any rate, thanks again for a wonderful time.
Smiles and Laughter,
What a joy! Thanks to you both for a lovely, restorative weekend.
How restful and replenishing.
Blessings to you,
Thank you so much for having me here. This has been a very meaningful and enlightening experience. I’ve learned so much about new tools and new friends. Your knowledge and generosity has been a joyful process.
I look forward to implementing new ideas and activities in to my life and have to have a better well-being. We shall see each other again.
I need some pasta! LOL…Just kidding!!! Everything was great, and I plan to come every season to enjoy your home, friendship and great outdoors.
p.s. And brush up on skills I’ve learned!
Just what I needed after Christmas! We are so grateful for the peace and serenity that you’ve poured out on us. Thank you.
Your beautiful spirits and energy make True Nature so inviting. Best wishes for your future!
When I typed “Yoga Retreat Ohio” into Google, True Nature was exactly what I’d hope to find. Georgia and I truly need our weekend retreat, to replenish our souls and dream our next adventure - while being present, of course.
T and G
Beautiful setting, Beautiful experience.
Thank you for the gift of peace and practices that helped me be in the moment and focus on my proposal. True Nature provided the perfect setting for mindfulness and personal rejuvenation.
Thank you both for a wonderful and relaxing visit. Much needed and much appreciated.
Thank you so much for your hospitality, your wisdom and your serenity. I am a calmer and happier person for having stayed here. You both have amazing gifts that I was fortunate to receive. I will be back!
Relaxing is the key word.
R and B
Everything about this retreat was what I needed - the meditation, the wildlife, the food! I can’t thank you enough. I will be back soon.
This was the most peaceful experience I have had in a long time. The nature is wonderful, the house is inviting. Dave and Alana are welcoming, kind, gentle. I will definitely be returning. I could not have asked for a better retreat.
This trip was overdue, but right in time. Your teachings have allowed me the tools to calm my spirit and reconnect with me again, after a full year of grieving my soulmate. What a blessing that you both were willing to accommodate my schedule. I can only imagine that I will return here again when I need refreshed. Until we meet again.
Bless you both,
Dear Dave and Alana,
Thank you for sharing what you love with us. You show your passion for the body and the spirit with the most gentleness, ease and grace that I have felt in a long time. We really enjoyed this time with you both. I hope to learn from you both again sometime.
Peace and love to all beings.
T and S
What a blessing. I had forgotten how to create the space to just be…Your kind, generous spirits helped me remember. Open - Clear - Unobstructed Joy and Peace.
The Art of Being Present is such a Present. As always, very much have we enjoyed your company. Such peaceful people in such a peaceful place. Truly a gift.
Dave and Sherri
Thank you for the calming unplugged respite we needed! Don’t tell our regular massage therapist, but those were the most relaxing massages we’ve ever had!
J and L
Dave and Alana,
This weekend has been a wonderful journey for us back to ourselves. Your home and company provided the perfect environment to quiet the “monkey mind” and allow us to reconnect with our true selves. Thanks to you both for opening your beautiful home to us. It was the perfect way to celebrate 10 years of marriage. We look forward to celebrating many more here!
L and K
p.s. Many scratches for Milo and Otis too!!
Alana & Dave -
Thank you so much for everything. The food was delicious. The night peaceful, the scenery beautiful, the cats in hammock entertaining…
All the best to you both. I hope to see you two again.
Alana and Dave, Thank you so much for a wonderful experience. I stumbled upon you and I am very excited to see what’s next. I plan to be back, hopefully with a few friends, but even alone. You both have created a true gift and gem in rural Ohio. It is, indeed, a retreat and gave me the realignment, grounding, relaxation and reprieve I was searching for.
Best wishes and warm gratitude,
Dave & Alana,
Thank you for a wonderful, relaxing and restorative weekend. We enjoyed the new things we learned and will take some of these ideas with us. Many blessings to you and your family.
J and J
Alana and Dave,
I never experienced before the beauty of stillness meditating and the Breema is amazing how the body tells you how to move and every movement has a beautiful and mindful name. It is magic.
Thank you so much for having me here, offering me your space and the opportunity to experience peace and quietness in this way. I hope life keeps blessing both of you with the best.
p.s. Never before thought relaxing is so awesome. Your food is delicious!!!
Dave and Alana,
We really enjoyed our stay at your very serene home: the yoga, massage, Breema, excellent food!! Snow and hills…Thanks so much for your great hospitality. We loved our retreat.
L and P
43 years ago, I came to this country!
It’s so nice to have a place like this to spend unhurried, quiet times supported by two beautiful people living and following their hearts. My husband and I had a very nice stay. And the food was delicious and nourishing.
Alana and Dave,
Wow! What a weekend!!! No Hurry. No Pause. So much to explore. Nature. YOGA. BREEMA. So rich. So deep. So delicious.
Alana, I will make your soup recipe as a recall of the weekend and its treasures.
Dave, I will practice a BREEMA principle daily to open myself to Being while I’m doing. A drop in the bucket until I fill the bucket. Then, I will start on bucket #2!
Take care. Until next time.
Alana and Dave,
Thanks for opening your home and hearts to me and helping me to heal my mind, body and soul.
Love and hugs,
Dear Alana and Dave,
The retreat was relaxing, restoring and stimulating. It feels great to leave the noise, to-do lists & should-be doings and learn & experience the practice of quiet mind. Thank you for being great teachers and hosts. I enjoyed the sessions, your home and your company. I’m leaving wanting to pursue Breema, Yoga and meditation further.
Dave and Alana,
Thank you so much for your hospitality. This weekend brought us much comfort and insight into the true purpose or “goal” behind meditation. Moving into the gap between our thoughts. Seeing them from another angle, then responding instead of reacting, has been the most important lesson. A gift we have received this weekend. This reminds me of what boxing and martial arts instructors have been trying to convey…”When facing an opponent (mind), step off on an angle to create a gap, then respond intelligently. Respond, never react.”
This sheds light on our power to navigate this life. The choice is ours.
We will meet again.
D and E
Dave & Alana,
Thank you for the wonderful stay and clearing all the cobwebs in my brain.
Dave and Alana.
It was wonderful meeting you both. The experience was fabulous, the food delicious, and the atmosphere peaceful and comfortable. (Even got to experience a Super Moon.) The energy work was also fabulous and connecting with the breath through all we did opened up new insights and connections.
We are so grateful we’ve met you two and hope to be back soon.
C and B
Thanks for my “Bliss.” It feels wonderful again!
Dave and Alana,
I wish I could tell you which part of our stay was the favorite, but it was all equally wonderful and restorative. Thank you for your hospitality and peaceful energy.
All our best,
M and E
Thank you Dave & Alana for your attentive care & nourishment. It was a treat for mind & body.
Your restorative methods will benefit us over time, as we picked up some new tricks :)
J and J
Dave and Alana,
Thank you so much for your hospitality. I enjoyed everything - the food, the treatments, the yoga, the time we spent together, the nature…
All the best to you all.
Thank you so much for the wonderful retreat. I’m filled with good energy now. I’d love to come back in the future!
This weekend was exactly what I needed to help me at this point in my life. The two of you have added to my toolbox of things that help me deal with challenges. I leave here with a better ability to stay in the moment and appreciate the present.
Thank you, Alana and Dave, for the incredibly relaxing weekend. The food, yoga, massage & Breema and company allowed me to unwind more than I have in years. I will continue to work on staying “present.”
I can’t begin to thank you both enough for the wonderful weekend. It’s so refreshing to be in a place like this, and your ability to handle cooking for my food allergies allowed me to relax and enjoy the rest of my surrounding, full of wonderful nature, massage & meditation & Breema.
What a wonderful two days. Dave and Alana, you are delightful. Thank you so much for sharing your home (very lovely), your knowledge & wisdom, Breema and the yummie food.
I pray that God will continue to bless you and your family in many ways.
Thank you for your generous hearts. And thank you for the meditations and yoga. Fantastic.
Dave and Alana,
This is now my third visit to your home and space. I feel welcomed and comfortable here, and the Breema lessons feel deeper each time. Thank you for sharing your gifts.
Much, much appreciated,
p.s. Thank you for remembering I like fruit-flavored tea!
Dave & Alana,
Thank you for opening your home to me. Thank you for giving me the time and space to heal my mind. You both are true healers and I feel blessed to experience it.
The food was 5 star!
What a great find so close to home. I felt such peace being here. It is nice to know I have a place here and look forward to taking that peace & calm home!
Dave & Alana
Thank you for helping me realize the body and mind are connected and my mind is not outside my body and vice versa. I appreciate you both for being a part of my journey. I may have just met you both today, but I feel the warmth and friendship of a lifetime in our first meeting. I also appreciate the inspiration I found for my next collage during my foot treatment. Here is a poem I wrote awhile back that I felt reminded of by the internal reflections I was able to do while in your beautiful space.
Bent but not Broken
Sad but not Depressed
Stumbled but not Down
Strong but not Invincible
Vulnerable but not Weak
Lonely but not Alone
Bend but not Broken
Rooted. Bent. Bare.
Budding. Growing. Living.
Dear Dave & Alana,
We are so grateful for these two days with you both. Thank you for opening up and sharing your beautiful, serene home and your wonderful practice with us. The mind-body practices and the massages were simply incredible. We will be returning home rejuvenated and refreshed.
We are so glad we added the yoga at the end. The meals were delicious and the outside beauty poured in your home through the windows.
Thank you both!
B & B
Alana & Dave
You have such an amazing place here - a quiet, gentle place. Both of you are so amazing, but together you’ve created something completely unique. I have enjoyed my time here. It went above my expectations. I feel relaxed, calm and more prepared to dwell in the uncomfortable. I feel more inner peace and stronger as a person. I’m also inspired to eat healthier. I already eat healthy, but this was a kick-off to eat even more healthy. Stripping away outside influences, I feel closer to my authentic self. Thank you again for the time, space, and the giving of yourselves through the healing arts. It was much needed and appreciated. Hope to see you again.
Alana & Dave
Thank you for a beautiful and centering experience. It had been a long time - too long ! - since my last retreat and you have helped me to remember what it is that I treasure about the process.
Thank you for the gift of Self-Breema and Breema, but more than that, thank you for the gift of your presence. You have the gift of hospitality and I have been so well cared for over these two days.
Now that I have found my way here, I am sure to find my way back. In the interim, blessings on you and your home.
(And the Pumpkin Collard Green Soup is marvelous!)
Alana & Dave,
Thank you very much for a wonderful experience. I really enjoyed the quietness and calming environment you created. You are both very inspiring, and you truly radiate peace and love.
I cannot wait to come back with my husband.
This has been an “awesome” experience. The two of you compliment one another so well…I pray I too have what the two of you do.
This location, your home, the warm, calm, loving energy. Thank you! Thank you!
God willing, we will be back here with our new friends.
God’s blessings now and always.
Light & Laughter,
Thank you both so very very much. My heart is @ peace, my mind is almost there. I will continue to practice & make this a large part of daily activity. Striving for every moment, every inch, every breath to be exactly as it should be.
Amazing weekend. Thanks Alana & Dave.
Dave & Alana -
My heart is filled with love, gratitude and appreciation for your love, support, knowledge, patience, flexibility & wisdom. I have enjoyed a beautiful journey deeper into myself - a self inquiry holding space for all that is…
My heart wishes for both of you to continue in your journey - May you be blessed with joy, love, laughter, peace & abundance.
Dave & Alana,
Thanks so much for bringing me back into touch with some great gifts I forgot I have. I hope you touch many more people with your gifts.
Alana & Dave
Thank you for teaching me that life can be quiet and I don’t need the noise to be happy. I appreciate you allowing me to do nothing, hard as it was…
V & B
Dear Dave & Alana,
I cannot thank you enough for this amazing experience. It is one thing to have a relaxing few days away from the stress of grad school - but it is entirely another thing to also learn so much about seeing the beauty in all things. I am leaving here renewed and refreshed thanks to you both. I will take what I have learned here and carry it with me daily. Words cannot express my gratitude, but I hope somehow it finds a way to come across. Hope to see you again :)
This is what I learned from this weekend, a truth that is vibrating from me so naturally as I walk in meditation:
I am a body breathing
A heart beating.
I am pure love existing.
I am not what I think I am. I am not what others think of me. I am not personality, not ego. I am my body and the deepest me is existence. I am a love radiator.
I dug ten feet
& hated the shovel.
I dug ten more &
hated the hard ground.
For the next ten,
I pretended to dig.
While others dug the next 30,
I piled dirt on my head.
The last 30 I dug without
and hit a well.
I think this experience was my first time really meditating. It was great to learn the guidelines, but I ended up breaking most of them. I felt your love, peace and acceptance in your energy and in the food. You made me feel like a princess - worthy of all the good in the world, but with no extra.
Thank you for opening a whole new path - or helping me do so myself. I’m a little slow, but I do learn.
Thank you so much for being an amazing model of these teachings.
I am astounded by the graciousness of Alana & Dave to make it their life’s work of opening up their home as they do.
The love & passion is felt & seen in everything they do. The food was wonderful & the property beautiful.
Many thanks for sharing your passion -
Just to really relax & become “aware” gave me just what I needed.
The retreat was just what I needed to relax and refocus. I had a great time! The massage was really great and I'm glad I got to join the yoga class. And the food was so simple and delicious - perfect!
Terra M., Akron, OH
What a blessing to have a safe, nurturing and affordable holistic retreat center right here in the heart of Ohio and in such a peaceful natural setting. I have stayed with Dave and Alana twice now, once with my husband and the second time with my daughter.
I am amazed at the consistent quality of care and attention I received both times, especially the wonderful treatments and Breema classes. Dave and Alana were able to accommodate our dietary needs of being gluten-free with very nutritious, creative and artistically presented meals that tasted fantastic!
Caitlin P., Cleveland, OH
My three-day, two-night retreat at True Nature was exactly what I needed to relax and reset after a long, hectic year of transitions. I had never taken a retreat before and didn't know exactly what to expect; Dave and Alana were gracious hosts and guides. Besides the wonderful scheduled yoga and bodywork sessions (I love my first experience of Breema), they fed me delicious food, shared favorite walking routes in the beautiful farmland and woods surrounding their home, and took time to share Self-Breema and mediation tools and information about yoga and other holistic training that I could take with me after I left.
Spending time watching cows on the green hill behind the house, meditating in my room, and sharing space with such joy-filled, peaceful spirits reminded me about the importance of focusing on my own wellness and left me feeling re-energized. Thanks Dave and Alana, I can't wait to come back and visit soon!
- Jess D., Detroit, MI
I had the opportunity to visit True Nature and partake of some of the services as a birthday gift from a friend. I received a Breema treatment from David followed by a one on one yoga session from Alana.
Although I was only there for one morning, time seemed to stand still. I left feeling overwhelmingly peaceful, calm, refreshed, and rejuvenated. I felt quite "at home" with these caring and competent practitioners of the healing arts.
Cyndi R., Clinton, OH
Through Dave Pratt’s workshops I experience Breema as a wonderful, creative merging of self-care and movement meditation that leaves me feeling a deep sense of peace. Thank you, David, for your insight and commitment to bringing this work to the Midwest! Your powerful, peaceful presence as a teacher and practicer of Breema inspires me. I use Breema as a simple tool/practice to celebrate my life more fully embodied!
Anita F., LMT, Dayton, OH
My experience at True Nature was nurturing to my body and my spirit. While staying at True Nature we had delightful vegetarian food, an insightful and wonderfully experiential Breema class, and were surrounded by the beauty of the Retreat Center's natural loveliness. I look forward to returning, so I can experience more of Alana and Dave's offerings at True Nature.
Sherri C, LMT, Dayton, OH
I highly recommend visiting True Nature to anyone who is seeking greater clarity, calmness, and/or wisdom in their lives. The delicious vegetarian lunch that was prepared by Alana and Arthur nourished and comforted the physical body while the Breema body work that Dave facilitated nourished the emotional and spiritual which resulted in a tremendous sense of peace and well-being.
Sandra E., Mogadore, OH
I loved my experience in Soto Zen. I am going through some life changes, job loss, family issues and wanted to meditate and still my mind, body and soul. It is so peaceful and beautiful here in the heart of Amish Country. Dave and Alana served a wonderful vegetarian lunch and I had Breema Bodywork. It's a serene and welcoming experience I highly recommend. They offer many different classes and events to fit your needs.
Helen G, Canton, OH
True Nature is truly beautiful. There is a quietude in Holmes County, Ohio that weaves its way into this simple beauty - the physical setting, Dave and Alana's lovingly appointed home, and Dave and Alana themselves, whose individual gifts complement each other as they are shared with a gracious and loving openness. A visit to True Nature will quietly fill your senses and gently renew your spirit.
Rosemary R., New Philadelphia, OH
I have gone to quite a few massage therapists over the years, and have found Dave Pratt to be the most versatile and effective around. He is everything a good practitioner should be; a great listener, patient, and compassionate. Please remember with all practitioners it is important to be clear and thorough about your health challenges and communicate how you feel the treatments are going. Help them to better help you.
Zed C., Berlin, OH
Firstly, I want to thank the two of you for sharing your beautiful house with our group for our recent retreat. I think I could have laid in your hammock for hours and have been very satisfied with just that. I am especially fond of yoga and enjoyed Alana's presentation and then yoga class. I truly enjoyed the lunch and friendly conversation as well.
It was just wonderful and very invigorating. There is still buzz about it around our yoga class as Dorsey is planning a second retreat to your place for our group. I hope that our enthusiasm will rub off on other members of our class so that more/different people will attend and be refreshed.
Thanks for caring.
Gary D., Alliance, OH
I have had massage, Breema & Reiki treatments from Dave Pratt for over a decade. He is very intuitive & a healing facilitator. Alana teaches yoga and prepares delicious wholesome vegetarian meals. She has a soft gentle, spirit that calms your soul. Together they provide a peaceful sanctuary in the heart of the beautiful rolling hills of Holmes County near Millersburg.
John C., Wooster, OH