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/

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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

 

Magical Events in October

THU OCT 22 ~ Last Thurs Night Summer Potluck in Micheltorena Garden! 7PM

bring fun finger foods, something delicious to bake in the oven & a good friend 🙂

* we hear this potluck may have some special guests ~ please also bring musical instruments & cheer!

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SAT OCT 24 ~ Native Wildflower Seed-Bomb Making event in Micheltorena Elementary Garden in Silver Lake 10AM
with a talk by Theodore Payne on Native Plants at NOON
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SAT OCT 24 ~ Starhawk in town for “Stories For The New Era” workshop & Spiral Dance Ritual with Reclaiming LA 2PM-9PM at Fais Do Do in West LA.  “Hard to believe it’s that time of year already–when the veil is thin between the worlds, and we honor the ancestors! Come join us…” https://www.facebook.com/events/1615716085353150/  Grateful for Gaia Grove to share the opening music ~ 2PM Sat Oct 24 at Fais Do Do featuring Amy Clarke, Rene Collins, Devon Rachelle & more, then Starhawk workshop at 2:30PM … get tix in advance! http://bit.ly/1K6vh7K 
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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

Keys of Tarot & Astrology 101 ~ 4-week class in Silver Lake

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KEYS of TAROT & ASTROLOGY 101 For all levels OF EXPERIENCE MONDAYS, 10aM-NOON  *  feb 23-mar 16, 2015 Silver lake for beginners to advanced, this intimate 4-week group class series facilitated by delphinia (www.delphiniasgarden.com) in a beautiful private garden setting in silver lake covers essential core principles, basic readings, keys to unlocking amazing interpretations, individual spread & natal chart exploration, lore, mystery & magic. all will leave feeling more empowered to read both for themselves and for others

Please bring notebook, pen, mug for tea, & your own deck for exploration

MONDAYs – FEB 23, MAR 2, MAR 9, & MAR 16

9:30AM garden open for meditation

10-11AM * keys of tarot (4 weeks) * $200

11AM-12noon * astrology 101 (4 weeks) * $200

$333 for both classes

Class limited to 7 participants – 1 work/study space available Rsvp before feb 22 to: gaiagrove@gmail.com

Delphinia, also known as Amy Clarke, is a gifted musician, composer, performer, priestess, artist & intuitive who has played music since age 3, read tarot cards since age 10, & studied the cycles of the moon, planets, & the stars since age 18. She co-founded an eclectic women’s spirituality circle (which is still active) in Washington, DC, a mixed teaching circle in a Williamsburg, Brooklyn backyard, & now owns a magical garden/event space for all in Silver Lake, Los Angeles where she lives playing & co-creating music, growing community & imagining special events.

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SAVE THE DATE!

Sun MAR 22, 2015 * 2nd Annual GAIA GROVE / UNIFY “WE LOVE WATER” healing ritual, song circle & potluck

10AM – 1PM, ALL AGES – SILVER LAKE

GATHER, EGG DECORATING, & SEED PLANTING AT 10AM

SONG CIRCLE at 11AM, & POTLUCK/WHITE RABBIT at NOON ~ FAMILY FRIENDLY EVENT!

$10-30 suggested energy exchange donation per family, no one turned away for lack of funds 🙂

RVSP for address to gaiagrove@gmail.com

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 

Gaia Grove opening for Starhawk in LA at Fais Do Do Dec 7 2014

Magical day for the community ~ Sun Dec 7, 2014 Gaia Grove opening for Starhawk Climate Justice workshop hosted by Reclaiming LA & more partners ~ THANK YOU to SoCalClimate Action 350, Joyful Activist, Cross Pollinate & more!

all photos here courtesy Gaia Grove, unless credited otherwise ~ with sincere love & gratitude

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sunlight streaming into the room pre show

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Annette Conlon & Water Woman

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Magical Entry Arch by Ray Cirino (Dragon Oven)

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Annette Conlon of Nette Radio

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Hale May

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Serena the S90, Amy Clarke’s keyboard, which has toured from DC to NY to Burning Man & SXSW

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Amy Clarke (www.amyclarke.com) in picture by Lauren Green, courtesy Gaia Grove

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Amy Clarke & Starhawk (www.starhawk.org)

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Starhawk & Laurie Lovekraft of Reclaiming LA

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Dominic Beauden & Jes Minah by Stephen Readmond (https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.805876589458136&type=1)

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Amy Clarke, Laurie Lovekraft, Starhawk

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talking in breakout groups during the Climate Justice workshop

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Magical times with amazing ladies! Thank you center Spirit, spirits of the Land, and spirit of the Air! http://instagram.com/p/wVN3kwK0oY/?modal=true

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Amy & Hale after the show

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Amy Clarke & Lauren Green

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Starhawk expressing gratitude ~ featured on left in gold Jes Minah & in yellow Lauren Green

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the gathering as seen through Water Woman

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BELIEVE ~ the inscription on Amy Clarke’s keyboard

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Starhawk as seen from the Air Altar

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Devon speaking during workshop with SoCal350 Climate Action Jessica Aldridge & Jeffrey Lassanke to her left

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Amy Clarke, spoken, song & limpia invocation for Air, standing with the Air Altar

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Priestesses of Air ~ Amy Clarke (spoken/sung invocation of Air) & Solara DancingFlame (dancer of Air)

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workshop in action, all meeting and talking with others

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drumming & singing in the light ~ photo by Stephen Readmond ~ with Starhawk, Laurie Lovekraft, Amy Clarke, Ananda, Donar & all. More photos of the amazing event by Stephen Readmond are here on FB: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.805876589458136&type=1

Gaia Grove music lounge featuring Amy Clarke, Hale May & Annette Conlon of Nette Radio opening for Starhawk.