David La Chapelle, nationally known author, teacher and healer, passed away on July 21 at the age of 56, due to cancer. David co-founded Wellspring Partners in Health, Boulder's first holistic medical clinic. He became widely known in Boulder in the 1980's for his profound spiritual/psychological work with individuals and groups, including teaching at Naropa Institute and September School.

David taught nationally, including leading hundreds of wilderness retreats. He was an initiate of eastern spiritual traditions and of John Fire Lame Deer, Lakota Medicine Man. David's spiritual insights, unique healing abilities, and deep caring for his clients and students created a profound legacy of three decades of service. He was also a gifted artist and the author of many books.

David is survived by his devoted companion, Ananda Foley. A memorial service will be held in Allenspark on Sept. 12th. Donations for David's remaining medical expenses may be sent to Ananda Foley, P.O. Box 542, Silverton, CO 81433.