About Us


Our Purpose:

Cheerful Strength provides opportunities for growth in consciousness and community through educational, artistic, spiritual, social, and practical interactions.

We welcome people of all ages and abilities – from infants to elders, beginners to experts!


Our Studio:

Unfortunately, we have had to close our studio due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Watch for pop-up events around the community when it is safe to do so.


Our Team:

Hilary Oak – Owner & Guide

Hilary manages Cheerful Strength. She leads private guidance sessions, dance, movement, and meditation classes, craft workshops, and business skills training.

For more than 40 years she has worked with theatre companies, arts organizations, and non-profit groups. Hilary has served as Executive Director for the St. Lawrence County Arts Council, as a project manager for the Potsdam Humane Society, and as costume designer and shop supervisor for the NY Renaissance Festival, St. Lawrence University, and Crane School of Music.

Tem Noon  ~ Co-host and Technical / Moral Support

Tem is a musician, percussionist,  and phenomenologist (inquire within for more details). He plays tabla with the Clear Light Ensemble, and with Kirtan groups at Omega Institute and the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors – CoSM.  He is also the IT Director for a factory in Newburgh, NY.

Tem leads our Drum Circles and hosts the Monday Open Mic. He also facilitates philosophical discussions and other presentations. He manages various moving parts for Cheerful Strength, including our ever-expanding website!

Tem Noon portrait