STRETCH GOAL IS NOW 20,000!
Yearning to Share Calm With Many More Lives!
Rapid, ardent funding of this project inspired us to expand our horizons beyond: because of you we are making this project real--and now we want to carry it's healing calm out into the world beyond.
Please see NEW REWARDS on the right. We have added rewards and reduced the pledge on our 2 upper tiers. We have also created a spectacular new video to express the heart of our collaboration.
This project is bringing to life a CD of contemplative relaxation practices designed to evoke calm, and inspire awareness. I am Kate Potter (long-time Yoga and Meditation teacher), and together with cellist and composer Dirje Childs, we are creating simple "come as you are" guided practices in stillness which you will be able to do anywhere, anytime, to bring peace to the forefront of your life.
My voice has long been known as the essence of calm from the TV series Namaste Yoga, seen on 5 continents. With your help, this CD can be created by us all, to bring benefits to absolutely everybody. In 25 years of teaching in studios, hospitals, and boardrooms, I have witnessed hundreds of lives fractured by stress. I know firsthand the power of practice, and have seen "life-altering" changes through simple practices of mindfulness and breath training.
When Dirje Childs and I met, we knew in an instant that our separate lives could sync into a greater whole by working together. Supporting students and clients has been our lives' work in separate corners of the world for many years. We were immediately drawn to the idea of blending our gifts to offer something unique, useful and elegant -- a work of art and portable tool to dial down stress and increase people's quality of life.
Four Contemplations: The Alchemy of Stillness will be 4 guided practices plus 2 extra short works as well. The Prelude will be a 3-minute practice to reset your busy day, and the Postlude, for getting to sleep at night, as bookends to the four main works. Each is an amalgam of voice and improvised cello compositions, both solo and layered.
Try now and see how easy it is to RESET AND REFRESH your life with just a few breaths.
- Prelude: Reset and Refresh. A short practice to be done in your car, on the bus, while you wait, or even as you move about your day.
- 1. Coming Home: To be done at your desk, on a cushion, or on your mat. The goal is to be at home in your body, anchored in breath.
- 2. River Journeys: This practice could be done laying down, to wash away tiredness in the body and erase effort from the mind.
- 3. A Dream Is Alive: This practice is done standing. The goal is to know your strength, and to gain strength through practice.
- 4. Savasana: This practice could be done after yoga, or on its own. The goal is deep healing rest.
- Postlude. Sleep Away Sleep: We hope you will make this your trained habit at day's end, and like a child, fall into a deep and perfect sleep.
Although we just met this March while I was teaching YOGA FOR THE CREATIVE LIFE, at Blue Rock Ranch and Studio, we feel a strong affinity that begs us to find a way to work together. Our choice to record at Blue Rock has been absolutely essential to this dream. Blue Rock Studio is not just state-of-the-art equipment and an incredible team, it is the whole "Blue Rock story": the land, the space, the feeling of family, and the support given to every artist at work. Created and artfully rendered at Blue Rock, our narration and cello compositions will assure listeners the essence of connection.
From the beginning our sights have been set on the highest quality in each area of production: sound engineering, photography, graphic design, and packaging. Every last detail will match the quality we strive for in the creation and performance of these tracks.
Our request for you to join us by pledging comes with confidence that we can bring into being a rare work of collective healing potential that will be of great benefit. Your generosity will make this possible, and sharing the campaign with others is one of the best ways you can help us. We thank you in advance for your support.
Our budget is USD$15,000 to make the CD. So why is our goal only $8,000? As you might know, with Kickstarter, if you don't make your goal in the time you set out, then you do not make even one dollar, so we are being careful. If we exceed our goal, and raise beyond $8,000, we will use all the funds to finish the production of the CD.
If there are any further funds, we can create a professional grade Electronic Press Kit to submit to conference organizers around the world. We hope to bring our combined voices on cello and word to larger events in the realms of health, wellness, music, science, spirituality, TED Talks, and more.
This interview (snippet above) by the sublime, and erudite Billy Crockett, is a conversation that Dirje and I think truly reveals the theme of our collaboration, with questions and pacing that bring us alive. The complete interview is a pledge reward, available for streaming.
Dirje and I know that with your help, we can make a CD that can be used by people everywhere as a simple, evocative way to remember how to rest, how to breathe, and how to feel a direct connection to life itself.
We bring you a cello and a practised heart. We want you to hear your own focused breath. We know you can find an absolute calm. Together with you, we are a collective force in a world which needs our care. Every donation brings us closer to our goal. Thank you for your support.
Rewards are coming to you as soon as we reach our goal. Included in the rewards section you will find many incredible gifts, and those who pledge will receive weekly updates to our ongoing story.
Rewards include NAMASTE SEASON ONE. Part One. 6 classes each with a warm up, main sequence, and cool down. NAMASTE THE FIVE ELEMENTS. 4 practices in Yoga, 5 breathing practices + practical Ayurvedic tips. NAMASTE: THE COMPLETE SEASON ONE. 13 practices, all in stunning locations, beautifully choreographed and voiced by Kate.
The SKYPE Package includes classes with Kate, and coaching sessions with Dirje. This is the perfect chance to have Kate give you personal attention. Bring questions, and plan to learn a lot in each session. Dirje Childs will give you the opportunity to gain personal clarity and develop an action plan to live a more creative life, silence negativity, and follow your heart.
The subscription to Gaiaim TV gives you access to Kate's teaching online, (among other world class teachers) as well as brilliant films and awesome documentaries.
This singing bowl is truly one of the most precious items we can give away. It has traveled with Kate for 7 years and is one of the 2 bowls you will hear on this project. The tone is exquisite, hand made from the Katmandu Valley. A portion of this pledge goes to Nepal to help with earthquake relief efforts.
This cello is specially made by Lee Connah for this event, and will be given away as one of our upper tier rewards. Femme Fatale represents a lifetime of crafting beautiful instruments made from salvaged, found, repurposed materials. Lee, a singer songwriter and artist, is an innovator with a golden heart. Watch FF video here, and pledge for her soon. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0jnYcx7DUo
Bring MeditationCelloLive with Kate Potter and Dirje Childs to your friends. For this special occasion, we will include our travel expenses and travel to you to give you our MeditationCelloLive, or YogaCelloLive event. We can make your special event a day to be remembered for a lifetime.
Risks and challenges
There are challenges big and small with an ambitious vision such as ours. My life crafting practices for individuals, for classes, and for television, and Dirje's intimate knowledge of the CD production process are serving us well for the work ahead. We have faith that, with all our experience and the continuing support of our dear, dear friends, we can find our way through and bring this once-in-a-lifetime project to fruition.
The main challenge will be timing, for there is so much to continue, so many variables to stay on top of, and schedules to hold. Should costs start to run high, goals will need to be simplified. If the schedule falls behind, we may not have finished CDs for our first big gig in Toronto. If we're not invited to many conferences then I will plant more kale! If Dirje gets sick of me saying 'release' she will give me a ping with her bow.
At the very least I will know that we did our finest work and that somewhere, someone will be finding strength in stillness, and practicing with our CDLearn about accountability on Kickstarter
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