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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!

Joyful Angel
Welcome table at Cheerful Strength
Cheerful Strength studio space
Cheerful Strength studio space

Our Studio:

Our new studio space is located near the village of Cold Spring, New York, on Route 9 in the Philipstown Square  #111.  We have a bright, flexible space that offers a friendly environment for yoga and movement classes, craft workshops, meetings, live music, and performances.

The studio is fully wheelchair accessible, and there is ample parking in the front and back of the building.

When our schedule allows, the studio can be rented for private parties, rehearsals, band practice, staff training, and meetings. If you are interested in renting the studio please complete our space request form. Feel free to contact us if you have questions about using the Cheerful Strength studio.

Hilary Oak

Our Team:

Hilary Oak – Owner & Guide

Hilary leads dance, movement, and meditation classes, craft workshops, and business skills training. She also manages the scheduling and studio logistics for Cheerful Strength.

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  ~ C0-host and Technical / Moral Support

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

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 Allied Roof Vents in Newburgh, NY.

Tem Noon- Percussion
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