Gaia Grove Spring Full Moon Retreat

Gaia Grove is holding a full moon retreat in March 2017 on the Baja coast for all who wish to refresh souls, reawaken creativity, & be inspired by the healing magic of Gaia.

Come on a sacred journey for 3 mystical nights and 4 magical days on the cliffs of the Pacific Ocean in a retreat designed especially for creatives seeking to grow skills and practice their craft in harmony with nature. This location abounds with tidal pools, marine geysers, secret ocean caves, and more, and is known for opening channels for inspired work and healing.

This weekend of nature, writing, hiking, art, song, circles, and creativity will be at the Baja Off The Grid ocean cliff retreat (www.bajaoffthegrid.com) in La Bufadora, Mexico, just a 2 hours drive south of San Diego, outside of Ensenada. The location is near local villages for food, local artisans, and emergencies, yet remote enough to have sweeping views of the horizon and the Milky Way is usually visible at night with the naked eye. The home itself is custom-designed for spiritual gatherings & retreats, has been featured in LA Yoga magazine, and is a primarily solar-powered sanctuary surrounded by hiking trails, marine life from whales to anemones, and remarkable scenery.

We live by the sun; each evening, we gather before sundown for a group circle, activity & dinner, and morning begins with breakfast & group circle, followed by a hike. Days are free to explore in your own way, journal, sing, drum, paint, yoga etc. with an optional offering class, tarot, or astrology reading. Healthy and mostly organic, vegetarian meals are included Thursday dinner through Sunday morning. There will be a lovely balance of both private and group time, which will allow for necessary insight, sharing, and reflection.

We would like to keep this group under 8; there is also ability to drive participants to the retreat to and from Los Angeles. Please email scorpfaery@gmail.com to make sure the room you are interested in and ride space is still available before booking.

Please also feel free to ask any questions you have!  There are 5 bedrooms in the house, and single rates are for those needing an entire room for just one person ($400), while double rates are for rooms shared by two people ($600 total; or $300 per person for Sun/Moon & $700 total; or $350 per person for Mars/Venus. Guests may drive themselves or have the option to be driven roundtrip from Los Angeles for $150…

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Reservations, rates & more details: http://bit.ly/gaiagrovemarchfullmoon


This retreat will be facilitated by Gaia Grove creatrix Amy Clarke, an award-winning singer-songwriter, pianist, percussionist, performing & teaching artist, who has also facilitated moon circles, public/private rituals, and women’s circles for over a decade. She offers workshops, classes, and private consultation in music, magic, and more, with a special focus on divination and sound healing. Amy has performed solo around the country to notable acclaim, and has shared stages with a diverse collection of inspired artists including globally known author, witch & activist Starhawk, Sarah McLachlan, Indigo Girls & The Courtyard Hounds at Lilith 2010, Amrita Sen, Poe, visionary painter Amanda Sage, drummer Dave Greene (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Joe Walsh, Steve Ferrone), and at such festivals and communities such as Spirit Weavers Gathering (2016), Cross Pollinate (2013-2015, Jan 2017), Reclaiming Los Angeles (2013-2016), California Witchcamp (2016), Temple of Visions, Earth:Arts Partnership, Sacred Spaces Village at Burning Man & SD Burning Man Decom, Lightning Temple, LA Burning Man Decom, The Viper Room, The Cutting Room, Busboys & Poets (Artist of the Month), SXSW, The House of Blues Sunset Strip, the International Alchemy Conference, and many more. Amy is also a community leader who has served nearby gardens, schools, and her neighborhood council in Silver Lake, and is a priestess & percussionist in the Reclaiming tradition. She is teaching Sacred Rhythms and Spiritual Activism at Spirit Weavers next June during the Moon session and is releasing more new music in 2017.

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PS    WE WILL BE PARTNERING WITH OTHER ARTISTS, HEALERS, AND MORE IN 2017 – GAIAGROVE@GMAIL.COM for cocreation of retreats in May, June, September & beyond…

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RATES INCLUDE THE ENTIRE RETREAT;  FACILITATION, MEALS & LODGING.

Rates for Fri/Sat/Sun eve for Private Bedroom, ocean deck or mountain balcony:

Sun or Moon Room (Ocean View, sunset, downstairs, shared balcony) -$400 single occupancy, $600 double (shared queen bed, $300 pp)

Venus or Mars Room (Mountain/partial Ocean View, sunrise, upstairs, shared balcony)- $400 single occupancy, $700 double (shared queen bed OR  1 person each on queen bed and pull out queen trundle, $350 pp)

Possibility of 1 Work/Trade – Shared Main Room/Meal Preparation/Class – please inquire

All rooms share the three house bathrooms – one downstairs with shower for Sun/Moon and two upstairs – one with shower for Venus/Mars & one general bathroom for house.  Showers with hot water are available on limited basis during the daytime only, please 🙂

https://www.facebook.com/events/212594065849115/
Reservations, rates & more details: http://bit.ly/gaiagrovemarchfullmoon

More details on rooms & pictures found here: www.bajaoffthegrid.com

Please give yourself this sacred gift to replenish your creative wells, spark your fires of expression, and prepare to emerge transformed from a weekend communing with the earth, the ocean, the sun, the stars, and your soul. Please email gaiagrove@gmail.com with questions, to express interest, and to make initial inquiries. Non-refundable deposit checks/venmo payment etc. of $250 required to reserve a space for this weekend at the edge of the earth, where the sea meets the sky, and where magic happens…

“THERE IS NOTHING NATURE CANNOT HEAL, THE MAGIC OF GAIA IS MIGHTY AND REAL” -“Into The Mystery”, Amy Clarke (c) 2016

Link to Amy Clarke’s newest song “Goddess” on CDBaby (also on iTunes & Rhapsody) ~ (written at Baja Off The Grid last year) https://www.cdbaby.com/cd/amyclarke

www.gaiagrove.org

Happy 2016! Love from Gaia…

Wishing all a peaceful, inspiring, creative, magical and fulfilling 2016.

If January has seemed like a slow start to the year, take comfort in the fact that Mercury has been in retrograde nearly the whole month (stationing direct on Jan 25), that some key themes for January 2016 have related to rebalancing, recalibrating, reflecting and RESET (Lena Stevens/Power Path), and, have always found that the new year REALLY kicks into high gear with the magical spark of Imbolc (traditional: Feb 2, actual cross quarter for 2016: Feb 4) and the New Moon/Lunar Imbolc on Feb 8, 2016 (Chinese New Year of the Red/Fire Monkey – remember, the Chinese astrological calendar doesn’t even start until then!)

So make the most of the illumination and insight the Leo Full Moon brings this weekend (Jan 23-24), pay attention to what is revealed, especially in relation to how and what you create in the world (hint: focus more on authentic expression than dramatic attention), then prepare to release whatever is no longer serving your highest purpose, vision, and self after this full moon and get ready for a refined seed vision to emerge in your mind’s eye in the next few weeks.  Make sure to “enchant the earth” ~ literally and metaphorically if possible ~ so that your foundation for the year is clean, fertile, and primed for new planting, and also nurture your seed vision with love and care over the next few weeks in preparation for spring equinox/activation.  There is still time to refocus intentions for the year ahead…

P.S. Don’t forget to take a morning in the next few weeks to awake before dawn and check out the stellar lineup of planets visible on the eastern horizon to the naked eye!

Here, I am re-dedicating myself to my lifelong musical endeavors, not only with my long-unfinished album still tugging at my wings, but an entire new project now bubbling into being and captivating my curiosity… excited to see what else comes forth from the void…

Personally, some of the greatest motivations for me this winter have been reading Elizabeth Gilbert’s BIG MAGIC (check out her Big Magic Guide here with some great exercises for you to do right away!), Heatherash Amara’s Warrior Goddess Training: Become The Woman You Are Meant To Be, the unfortunate passing of many musical icons (especially David Bowie, triggering deep reflection on mortality, magic, and creativity via Blackstar), and numerous long walks in nature, taking time to listen to the wisdom of Gaia.  After much purging/release at Samhain, and a contemplative, transitional Winter Solstice, insights and breakthroughs have been coming like lightning flashes of divine inspiration!

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Finally, Gaia Grove is holding space for a creative open house/retreat for artists, musicians, creatives, witches, healers, shamans, and all others who wish to recharge and be inspired by the beauty and healing power of Gaia Feb 11-15, 2016 at the AMAZING Baja Off The Grid home (www.bajaoffthegrid.com), perched high on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, just a 2 hours drive south of San Diego in La Bufadora, near Ensenada, Mexico. Make a date with your Muse, and spend this weekend communing with nature, the unknown, and your creative spirit. Very limited space; please email gaiagrove@gmail.com to express interest, inquire about rates, and hold space. More details forthcoming, but announcing before full moon as if you are without a current passport, LA based folks can get an expedited one via an appointment with the Federal Passport Agency in West LA if you feel called to visit this magical place 🙂

 

With Love, Music, Magic, & MUCH Inspiration :),

Gaia Grove founder & Creatrix,

Amy Clarke

www.amyclarke.com

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Soulful songstress Amy Clarke crafts powerful vocal & piano-driven music with lyrical depth, consciousness, and *magic*. Skillfully blending classical training with modern influences, she is a dynamic and compelling stage presence – whether solo acoustic, experimenting live with guest artists, or mixing effects on her synth keyboard. Her own label MAAT Music references the Egyptian goddess of truth, justice, and balance.

“beautiful, magical, original” – Mary Ishimoto Morris, The Washington Post

“full of dark, quirky and experimental sounds and complex lyrics” – Pete Harris, Indie Sounds NY

“a gifted musician with a lovely voice” – The Eclectic Collection: A Celebration of Women in Music

ARTISTRY
As a creatrix, oracle reader, and priestess of the moon, Amy brews music, healing arts, ceremony, & nature into a promising and potent alchemical blend.  While primarily a solo artist, Amy enjoys experimenting with other musicians and artists, at times producing  unique concerts and events to benefit sustainable non-profits and local organizations with her evolving collective GAIA GROVE (www.gaiagrove.org). Amy has opened for and shared stages with a diverse & inspirational collection of artists and projects including Starhawk, Poe, Amanda Sage, Occupy Love, Dave Greene (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Joe Walsh, Steve Ferrone Band), La Palabra, played an impromptu set at Lilith 2010 in Irvine, CA in the Yamaha tent, and was appointed the Nettwerk Social Media Ambassador by CEO Terry McBride for the penultimate Lilith concert in her hometown Washington, DC.

Inspired by many muses, Amy has interviewed Tori Amos, Sarah McLachlan, the Indigo Girls, and more in person on creativity, songwriting, and touring, and she has shared her own music and taught workshops on creativity, sound healing, astrology/tarot and more from major festivals (Sacred Spaces Village, Burning Man, SXSW, etc) to local collectives, schools and community gardens (primarily Micheltorena Garden in Silver Lake, Los Angeles). Amy is also a Priestess with Reclaiming, has been published in the Reclaiming Quarterly, has shared her work at the International Alchemy Conference.

DISCOGRAPHY
Since independently producing and releasing her debut After The Fall EP mostly from her laptop in Williamsburg, Brooklyn in 2006, Amy’s music has been featured on national, cable & internet TV; FM Radio, internet radio, Sirius Satellite Radio, she has been interviewed on TV & radio and local press, and performed in countless high-profile gigs in both top NY/LA/DC venues (see below) & on festival circuit (SXSW, Burning Man (twice), LA Burning Man Decom (3 times), San Diego Burning Man Decom, South Park Music Festival, Temple of Visions, Cross Pollinate, & Sacred Spaces, to name a few). Amy earned a Certificate in Electronic Music Production from SAE-NY in 2005, and has also received 5 ASCAP Plus awards for songwriting.

Amy released the single “MARY (her story)” in 2009 as a preview from her future album, and followed that up with the Winter Solstice 2012 release of “We Are The Web”. She now plans to release her full album in 2016, along with another new project.

PERFORMANCE
In New York City, Amy has performed at The Cutting Room, The Bitter End, Rockwood Music Hall, Pianos, Rose Live Music, CBGB’s 313 Gallery, Marion’s on the Bowery, Mo Pitkins House of Satisfaction, Caffe Vivaldi, The Triad, The Duplex, P.S. 122, M Shanghai Den (Williamsburg residency), BAP (Bushwick Art Project), Hope Lounge, and in events for Tree People, Direct Relief, Theatres Against War International, Planned Parenthood & Habitat for Humanity International. Amy has also starred Off-Broadway and been featured and interviewed on television, Sirius Satellite Radio, and cable. In Washington, DC, she has performed at the Studio Theatre, Georgetown University, Catholic University, The National Theatre, and from the indie underground scene of the Black Cat and The Red & The Black all the way to The White House. Amy has been selected as Artist of the Month at Busboys & Poets U St and was featured at All Souls Unitarian Church, 16th St, DC. In Los Angeles, CA she has performed at The Viper Room, Hotel Cafe, The House of Blues, Temple of Visions, The Big Art Church, LA Burning Man Decompression Festival, Playhouse, King King, The Silver Lake Picture Show, Sunset Triangle Plaza, Los Globos, Genghis Cohen, El Cid, The Derby, Tangier, The Verity Room, MethodFest Film Festival, Burbank International Film Festival, Los Angeles Convention Center, LA State Historical Park, and has opened for Starhawk three times at Fais Do Do.

Amy is grateful for the loving support of many wonderful friends, family, and community members. “Love is the way” ~

http://www.amyclarke.com/

http://www.youtube.com/scorpfaery
http://www.myspace.com/amyclarke

http://www.reverbnation.com/amyclarke
http://www.facebook.com/pages/AmyClarkeMusic
http://www.twitter.com/amyclarke
http://www.instagram.com/scorpfaery

www.gaiagrove.org

 

Summer Solstice “Welcome The Sun” Concert 2015, Silver Lake (part of Make Music LA)

Summer Solstice morning concert “Welcome The Sun” ~ Make Music Silver Lake (part of Make Music LA) June 21, 2015

Photo blog below ~ huge thanks to Kamini Natarajan, Saheb Singh, Amy Clarke, Ian McCulloch of Stonefeather, Renee Dawson, Ella Mira & Shivali, Ralph (on Djembe), Brit Rodriguez, the Lollipop Girls, Mooney Starr, Joyeur, Alan Ishii, Miguel Elliott of Living Earth Structures on percussion, Chris Cooley & Dave Alvarado of Mefisto, all of the musicians who joined us to co-create music, all of the neighbors who came to listen, Julie & Mornings & Nights Cafe for the electricity, Karina Andrade & Stephanie Andrade for extra photos and support, Pine & Crane, Yummy.com, Sunset Triangle Plaza, Genelle LeVin, Mark Hummer & the Silver Lake Improvement Association, Jeff Wayne, the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council, Gaia Grove, Charles Herman-Wurmfeld, Dorsay Dujon of Make Music LA, everyone who helped make the Plaza a reality & our beloved street piano Georgia, still rocking the plaza a year and a day after she was delivered here last year for the 2014 Make Music Silver Lake concert!

More pics & video coming soon.  Stay tuned…  instagram.com/gaiagrove  twitter.com/gaiagrove

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Sunset Triangle Plaza (aka Polka Dot Plaza) at sunrise on Summer Solstice morning, ready for the concert…

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Kamini Natarajan & Saheb Singh opening the concert with beautiful classical kirtan ~

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local Ralph on percussion joining Kamini & Saheb, while Ella Mira & Shivali ring the bells for the sun

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Amy Clarke on vocals, piano, keyboards & percussion (Gaia Grove) with Ian McCulloch (Stonefeather)

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sultry ukelele diva Brit Rodriguez joins the mix as musicians all play together in lovely collaboration

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new friends Ella Mira & Shivali enjoying the music

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the amazing Renee Dawson singing soulful, jazzy standards & bluesy originals
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simply sweet summer songs of The Lollipop Girls, local Mooney Starr on guitar

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more local magic from power pop Silver Lake band Joyeur

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Motion of the Ocean ~ Ian McCulloch of Stonefeather solo, later joined by Amy Clarke & Miguel Elliott on drums

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eclectic Alan Ishii rocking the loop pedal and later the piano too

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Silver Lake locals David Alvarado & Chris Cooley of Mefisto making a hot day COOL

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after the joyous co-creation and celebration of the day in community, Amy plays solo acoustic in the sun

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THANK YOU TO ALL for making it happen.  Special Silver Lake Gaia Grove house concert/garden party coming soon … get on the list to make sure you get the invite – send email to gaiagrove@gmail.com, subject line: MUSIC

More pics & video coming soon.  Stay tuned…  instagram.com/gaiagrove  twitter.com/gaiagrove

Full Moon Music – tues pm Silver Lake Farmer’s Market – Next Event Tues May 5 from 5-8pm

Tues Mar 31 ~ BEST ‪#‎fullmoonmusic‬ in Sunset Triangle Plaza yet!  Thank you, all you fabulous musicians, collaborators, healers, visionaries, artists, dreamers, parents, children, free spirits and more. What a night! Keeps getting better and better. Gratitude to all who made this fabulous evening possible ~ looking forward the next gathering (with extended hours) Tues May 5 (5/5/15) starting at 5PM ~ please email gaiagrove@gmail.com to get involved, share music, art, poetry, songs…the lineup is already filling up, as we keep growing every month!

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Special thanks to Mornings Nights Cafe, Pine & Crane, Story & Clark, Georgia the street piano, the Silver Lake Tuesday Afternoon Farmer’s Market Silver Lake, Los Angeles , the Silver Lake Improvement Association, the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council, Amy Clarke, Charles Herman-Wurmfeld, Renee Dawson, Richie Rich, Rene Collins, Charlie Becker, Lauren Green, Ryan Bersten, Wilma & Ethel Jewelry, the face painting team & balloon art vendors, and all who come together to make this fun, healthy & sustainable community event possible.

Support your local farmer’s market! Come to the Plaza every Tuesday afternoon & Saturday morning in Silver Lake 🙂

See you at the next #fullmoonmusic on 5/5/15 at 5PM!  Get involved ~ gaiagrove@gmail.com

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Music & Creativity Lessons: Piano, Voice, Percussion, Songwriting, & More

(Piano/Keyboard/Voice/Drum/Percussion/
Singing/Songwriting/Theory/Creativity/
Composition/Melody/Harmony/Rhythm)

CUSTOMIZED, INDIVIDUALLY-TAILORED music sessions
that fit your (or your children’s) unique creativity, skill and gifts

LOCATION: your home or my studio (Silver Lake)

INSTRUMENTS: Piano, Synth Keyboards, Voice, Drums (Hand), Percussion

SUBJECTS: Piano/Voice Technique, Theory, Composition, Harmony, Rhythm, Lyrics, Songwriting

YOUR MUSE/TEACHER/GUIDE: Over 30 years experience, including professional performance as an innovative award-winning singer-songwriter pianist & keyboardist, 15 years experience in one-on-one lessons & private consultations with adults, 13 years hosting both public & private moon circles, ceremonies, rituals & full moon concerts, 3 years experience teaching/working with children from ages 2-12 including at LAUSD school & with private preschool children

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REFERENCES: Available upon request, including those from some top musicians, film directors, musical directors, songwriters & producers as well as non-music professionals who have enjoyed creative sessions

COST: $40-60 per hour, sliding scale*

www.amyclarke.com
www.youtube.com/scorpfaery
www.reverbnation.com/amyclarke

Georgetown University Media & Entertainment Alliance: http://www.gema-hoyas.org/phil.cfm

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Please contact with any questions and to arrange your first session – gaiagrove@gmail.com

Your musical and creative gifts are waiting to be nurtured, encouraged, and developed!

Gaia Grove ~ Silver Lake, CA

GAIA GROVE, Silver Lake, CA: In addition to the art, music, magic and more that already is offered in this lovely space via musician/mystic Amy Clarke (oracle readings, astrology, circles, classes, lessons, etc) this beautiful private garden located in Silver Lake at the border of Echo Park in Los Angeles, CA is also available for rental, film/TV shoots, classes, writing, events, and other creative imaginings. Please contact gaiagrove @ gmail.com with inquiries! IMG_6023IMG_6857 IMG_7003 IMG_7083 Magic happens here ~ In addition to the garden, two lovely pianos are available for playing, writing, recording from both outside the house next to the garden and inside the house in the sunny music room, along with space to seat up to 30 indoors and 50 outdoors comfortably. photo(81) Link to outdoor piano pic:  http://instagram.com/p/jhddvQK0mb/?modal=true 

chance meetings at the garden

the other day in Silver Lake, I walked down Sunset Blvd to explore both the Micheltorena Elementary School & Community Garden http://micheltorena.org/garden/ and its future planned expansion site in a mostly vacant lot across the street.  just as I arrived, a striking orange butterfly appeared ~ dancing in front of my view, unfurling its wings, spinning in a circle ~ and then landed right in front of me. the butterfly spread its wings wide, almost daring me to capture its beauty, color, magic ~

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there is much inspiration, creativity, and possibility here ~