How to View or order Clair's new art clothing line

Hi again everyone,

In  true scatter-brained fashion, I neglected, in my earlier post, to make clear how to see all the pieces available in the new clothing line and to clarify,  THESE ARE NOT JUST YOGA CLOTHES :)

You can see the full line of  Clair's "art to wear" by clicking HERE .

                                                 "Meditate" Stretchy Fitted Skirt in Clair's new clothing line

                                                 "Meditate" Stretchy Fitted Skirt in Clair's new clothing line

I have received MANY wonderful emails (and orders) responding to these new products - Thanks to all of you for your support of this new venture!

Love and Light, 

Clair

Some thoughts on Complexity and the Mind

The world is a complex place, have you noticed?  Nothing new in that, but this election season, the social climate in our world today,  and this article I just read by some scientists working on GMOs, have me pondering.  There are so many sides, so many angles, and so many perspectives to look at our own AND the worlds'  issues. It's easy to take a side and run with it without really being well and accurately informed and staying well and accurately informed as new information becomes available. It can feel very overwhelming to me, hence the temptation to just take a position and then back it up with all kinds of info that is floating around the internet, not always checking its validity. The GMO issue, like so many things we judge, judge each other and our political leaders for, can be far more complex than Facebook posts and comments might have us believe...which is, I know,  an inconvenient Truth. 

 

The article I read is just an example...it didn't change my mind about GMOs but it gave me a fuller perspective. There are people trying to reduce suffering and help nourish those in need... and then there are people trying to fill their pockets and become richer...I knew that, but the article went into detail about the complexities on the science that I don't, I confess,  always take the time to read.  Sometimes there just aren't clearcut easy answers...the mind would prefer that there are, that's why it latches on to a "position" so fervently.  It likes to feel certain, in this way, it grasps for a sense (albeit a false one) of safety.

Knowing this about the nature of the mind, can I challenge myself to stay even more open, to live in the questions, the "not knowing"?  Can I endeavor to keep my heart and mind even more open to my own suffering and ignorance and the same in others?   Can I  be even more aware when the mind is doing its' self-righteous clamp-down?  Can I keep loving instead? Not in some forced way, but rather by staying connected to a deeper place within? Beyond the static of opinion and reason?  Can I keep listening... even more?

xo, Clair

The Hanumen come to Philadelphia

Join us for a special event!

THE HANUMEN

THE NEW LEAF CLUB

1225 Montrose Avenue
Rosemont, PA 19010

JULY 11th  7pm

 

 

We are so excited for The Hanumen to finally come to Philadelphia to offer one of their beautiful evenings of kirtan. The Hanumen create a soulful and ecstatic celebration of Naada Yoga (the yoga of sacred sound and vibration) and Bhakti Yoga (the yoga of love and devotion in complete surrender) with an array of unique instruments from around the globe. Sita & The Hanumen will deliver a powerful, mesmerizing musical community event of chanting, world rhythm, poignant stories and mystic poetry. $15 pre day of event $25 at the door. For pre-sale tix check or cash ONLY no Credit Cards for this event blezyogi@gmail.com or 610-324-3139

BAND MEMBERS:

GAURA VANI was born into an American Hare Krishna family and left the US at age six for a gurukula (temple school) in the holy city of Vrindavan, India. He studied ancient Sanskrit and Bengali prayers, learned to play traditional instruments and sing sacred music. He tours internationally offering Kirtan. Gaura's album Ten Million Moons has become a popular choice for bhaktas and yogi's around the world.

http://www.gauravani.com/

BENJY WERTHEIMER is an award-winning musician, composer, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist (playing tabla, congas, percussion, esraj, guitar, and keyboards). He has studied Indian classical music for over 20 years with some of the greatest masters of that tradition. He now tours and records regularly with such artists as Krishna Das and Deva Premal. Benjy has a wide selection of CD's for relaxation, yoga and meditation. http://www.benjymusic.com/

 

JOHN de KADT is a percussionist and spoken word artist who has played ethnic and hand percussion instruments for almost 30 years. John tours nationaly and has performed on NBC and PBS. His two CD's Rhythms Of The Infinite, released Internationally by Sounds True this September and his previous CD, This Rhythm Is Not Mine have both have received excellent reviews. http://www.johndekadt.com/

Giving Birth

Growing something takes time, patience, and nurturing.  Whether it's a garden, a piece of art, music or a child, you must devote yourself to it if you are to truly give your heart to its' care.  It becomes more and more a part of you, and you of it,  as you share yourself and travel the long road of "becoming" together.  And then, in perfect timing, that "something" is ready--it knows when, it lets YOU know it's time.   And at that point, it makes its way into the world.

I am happy to announce that after almost 3 years, my 7th Album--"Clair Oaks 7" has been born!

AND we have a free song download for you (that is NOT on the album) HERE!

Order CDs now at www.clairoaks.com in our shop.  Downloads at www.clairoaks.bandcamp.com

Order CDs now at www.clairoaks.com in our shop.  Downloads at www.clairoaks.bandcamp.com

May this be a morning of innocent beginning, 
When the gift within you slips clear
Of the sticky web of the personal… 
A morning when you become a pure vessel
For what wants to ascend from silence… 
John O’Donahue
(from p 17 “To Bless the Space Between Us”) 

If you are interested in more information about the album read on!


This album is a beautiful collection of Clair's original music, with some English, some Sanskrit lyrics. It includes 2 Leonard Cohen (one of Clair's favorite artists) cover songs as well as a beautiful Rumi poem, set to a lovely melody inspired by beloved kirtan artist, Sean Johnson's Unity. There are a few other surprises as well! Clair is joined by an array of fine musicians and singers: Elijah Tucker, EJ Simpson, Jay Popky, Susan Graves, Michelle Armour, Angela Armour, Akie Bermiss, Greg Glassman, Bob Cozzolino, David Matthew Brown, Ian Boccio, Brenda McMorrow, Benjy Wertheimer, John DeKadt, Emy Berti and more
(see song credits). 

"Chanting for me, is a musical shout out to the fact that we are all LOVE, made of LOVE, that LOVE is the answer, whatever the question. If we as humans, could experience the reality of this, how might we change the world we live in... I love to chant as a way to access and celebrate that.   This whole album is a shout out and an expression of that LOVE" - Clair

Official release date: February 14, 2016 

Recorded at Generous Music Studios, Brooklyn, NY & Vassar Farm Studios, Swarthmore, PA.

Produced by Clair Oaks and Elijah Tucker.

Engineered by Elijah Tucker.

Mixed by Ben Leinbach Music. 
Mastered by Stevin McNamara. 
Cover Art by Clair Oaks. Cover Design by Ariel Nelson and Clair Oaks. 

With deep gratitude and appreciation for the following souls who made this record possible:  

Hand to heart gratitude to my guides and teachers, with special acknowledgement to Adyashanti. 

Giant thank yous to Elijah Tucker, my first born, my engineer, lead musician and my crazy, wonderful, cohort on this project. To Caleb Oaks, my sweet second born -You both bring me joy beyond measure. 

To my dear friends and talented band members,  Susan Graves, Bob Cozzolino, EJ Simpson, Jay Popky, Michelle and Angela Armour. 
To all the other beyond talented musicians on the album (listed in the song credits on the album). 

To all the generous donors (193 of you!) who helped make this record, and those who offered their time and talents to create perks, performances for the campaign video, Susan Graves, Miranda Graves, Erica Taxin Bleznak, JoAnn Morrell, Lorri Primavera and more—you know who you are! 

With a special shout-out to my parents, Bettie and Tom Deen, my sisters and personal cheerleaders, Becky Tai and Robin Carnes. 

To Brenda McMorrow and David Newman for your support and friendship, for my inclusion in your bands, and for your kind guidance regarding the campaign. 

To Ariel Nelson for her mad design skills and her kind heart.   

To Suchitra Davenport, Jan Detrich, Jeanne Feeney, Martha Perkins, JoAnn Morrell, Erica Taxin Bleznak and Julie Pogachefsky, for friendships that have helped me grow as an artist and a human being.   

To Flora Bowley my painting mentor, who opened up a whole new world. 

To the wonderful fans of my art and music—thank you for letting me into your hearts and souls. 

With special thanks to Bettie Deen, Sam and Rose Deen, Susanne Koltai, Peter Sladowski, Marcia Wagner, Mindie Hung, Nancy Nowak, Marketa Irglova, Chinmayi Celina Sochaczewska and the Svaroopa Yoga Community. 

To Jodie Brown from The School in Rose Valley for help with the kids choir on “Now.” To the Bhakti Community, for supporting my music - thank you for listening!   

And last--but most, to Rob Oaks, my darling husband and greatest fan.

Remember, whatever the question...

Thank you, 

xo, Clair
 

Campaign Update - 6 DAYS

Dear Ones, 

6 days remaining...

A new thank you gift and some truly wonderful perks still to be claimed...

Here, we have a little mini calendar with pictures of my paintings adorning each month.  This can be yours for a $40 donation (includes shipping to wherever you'd like it to be sent!) 

In addition to simply: 

Pre-purchasing the album as a download ($10) or

CD ($20 includes shipping), which is a great way to support the campaign...

We have the following thank YOUs (See the campaign page - perks on right of page,  for more details).

LOCAL SPECIAL-while they last: Until the end of the campaign, we have FRESH PERSIMMONS from my back yard:  For $1 per persimmon: Make your donation and arrange a time with me to come pick up your delicious persimmons which will include instructions!

And from these generous souls, for a donation of: 

$150:  Astrology Reading with master Astrologer, Jan Detrich (this can be applied to any service with Jan, no expiration date)

$130: Body Talk Session with Laura Chalfant

$120: Sound Healing session with Tibetan Bowls with Dani Pogachefsky

$108: Elijah will record on your album  - calling all musicians!

$108: Yoga Therapy Session, Reiki Session, Shiatsu session in Swarthmore PA (Wellness on Park)

$95:  All of my previous albums + the new one mailed to you!

$70: Sleep and Anxiety solutions consult with Robin Carnes (my sister!)

$60: Yoga therapy with Victoria Fanning

$60: Tea recipe with 2 cds from me!

$50: One set of Art Cards are still waiting to be claimed

We also have some special Thank Yous for your donations of $500 or more - see the campaign page for these - including a private concert and a wonderful Explore your Creativity session with me. 

Crowdfunding is amazing because it allows artists, musicians and others to create community around a shared inspiration, project, or need.  It opens us to opportunities to come together and help each other realize our dreams and visions and offer our unique gifts to the world.  People helping people--anything that inspires that is a beautiful thing and, in my view, the wave of the future.  

 

Thanks again for all you have already done - we are in the home stretch, Let's see what we can do together. Thank You! xo, Clair

 

 

 

 

 

Update on Fundraising Campaign

Dear Ones, 

Our dear Earth's daylight diminishes a bit more each day, as we head towards the Winter Solstice in December.  While we navigate our path with less light, can we allow the darkness to encourage us to focus inside more?  A time to consider, to take stock and ask ourselves if we are fully living the life we wish to live?

This has been quite a busy season for me, still, I have been pondering these questions.  I hope you are doing the same, and I hope that if you find you are not, that you muster the courage and wisdom to adjust your course so that you are truly answering your souls calling,  whatever form that takes. 

As we approach the last week of our campaign, I am taking stock and considering if there is more I can do to participate fully in my life.  Can I be more present day to day with my loved ones and with anyone who I come in contact with daily, can I be more present with myself?  Can I stay present amidst all the activity of the campaign and live the knowing that,  all is as it is,  and see the perfection in that? 

I am told that the middle of these campaigns do often slow down and then surge in the final week of the campaign.  I am trusting  that this one will follow a similar path (campaign ends November 17)!  With your help - I know it will. 

 

We still have some wonderful thank you gifts for donors and I hope you'll encourage friends and family to possibly join you and  take a (or another) look and maybe even do some holiday shopping on our perks page.

Blessings on your week and thank you again for your donations, for sharing the campaign and for your support.  You. Guys. Rock. 

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/help-finish-clair-oaks-s-7th-album/x/2391453#/story

xo, Clair