It is with a heavy heart that I send this newsletter today. I recently found out that as of November 30th, I will no longer be in my current studio space at 216 Broadway. My landlord is in the process of selling the building and I was unfortunately not able to come to an agreement with the new incoming landlord on my lease terms. I feel quite sad and unsettled with these turn of events. I have been in the building for close to ten years and along with my brother Mark of ecce gallery, have worked hard to bring energy and a stronger sense of community to the spaces that we’ve inhabited there.
My sweet dad suffered from Lewy Body Dementia and as his condition worsened over this past year, I experienced stress, concern and grief on an almost daily basis. After he passed away in late August I felt a strong need to ground myself, to find some normalcy in my life again. But that is obviously not what the universe has planned for me! I am typically not one to hide under the covers when things get hard (though I have to admit lately I have wanted to). I tend to get stubborn and at times angry about the way things are, especially if I feel there’s been an injustice. I am digging in now to find the deeper meaning as to why things have unfolded in this way for me and why now. I have had only a few weeks to process that I am having to leave my space. I do not know where I’m going yet. I do not know when I will be able to re-open.
What I do I know is that I am trying to remain hopeful. One of the last things my dad said to me was to never give up. I am choosing to see this as an opportunity, rather than a defeat or another loss. I am choosing to feel grateful for the years that I’ve had there, for the opportunity to practice and teach in such a beautiful, light filled space. And I am choosing to believe that what makes a space, a studio, a home is not where it is or what it looks like, but rather the people and love that is grown and nurtured in it. Nothing is this world lasts forever. Not the emotions that rise up in us, not the spaces that we occupy, not the people that we love so dearly.
So….I hope that all of you will join me in my new space (wherever that ends up being) and I hope you will be patient during this transition. I will send updates as I know more. I will honor all punch cards that you’ve purchased and extend the expiration dates to reflect any time where classes are not being offered. If you prefer to have a refund for any cards purchased please let me know. I will keep you all in my thoughts as I move forward. I feel unbelievably grateful and humbled by your support and love.
I would like to hold one last Song Circle Gathering + Community Potluck on Sunday November 19th at 4pm in our current space. I hope you will join me as we come together to sing, share food and honor the space that we’ve shared for these past few years. Donations and non-perishable food items will be collected for the Dorothy Day Food Pantry.
Change is so uncomfortable. But change can be good. Sometimes we just have to make it so.
With much love and gratitude in my heart,