Mantra Sounds

Mantra is an amazing medicine for the mind. ~MC YOGI

Mantra: Sounds Into Silence, A New Documentary Exploring The Music & Social Phenomenon of Chanting & Healing.

Rock stars of kirtan Krishna DasDeva Premal & MitenSnatam KaurJai Uttal & MC YOGI and other beloved kirtan artists appear in the documentary “Mantra: Sounds Into Silence,” making its world premiere at the Rubin Museum of Art NYC, with screenings March 16th-25th, 2018. This film delves into both awareness through music and communal chant as a social phenomenon. Sharing stories of people reconnecting with their true selves through shared experience. To celebrate the world premiere of the film, the March 16th screening will be followed by a short Q&A with the filmmaker Georgia Wyss & live kirtan with Charlie Braun.

The Rubin Museum of Art is an arts & cultural hub in New York City’s vibrant Chelsea neighborhood that inspires visitors to make powerful connections between contemporary life and the art, cultures, and ideas of the Himalayas & neighboring regions including India. The Rubin provides immersive & engaging experiences that encourages personal discoveries to spark new ways of seeing the world. With an emphasis on cross-cultural connections, the art therein traverses Asia’s diverse cultures, regions, and narratives. Five gallery floors provide room for looking & learning, while innovative programming, concerts, workshops & conversations inspire dialogue that fosters personal connections with the concepts behind the art on view.

Whole Beauty

Shiva Rose Iranian-American Actress Activist & Author Of The Popular Holistic Living Haute Bohemian Blog The Local Rose & Creatrix Of Shiva Rose Skincare Products.

A decade ago, after suffering from life-threatening autoimmune disorders, Hollywood actress Shiva Rose set out to discover a more holistic way to natural health and beauty. Growing her own organic herbs and flowers; mixing creams, lotions, and tonics; and following Ayurvedic practices & creating mindful rituals, she has not only healed her life but has also become a leader, entrepreneur and activist in the world of all-natural beauty & lifestyle.

Whole Beauty: Daily Rituals & Natural Recipes for Lifelong Beauty & Wellness by Shiva Rose, April 2018.

Whole Beauty is her radiant next step, a practical, inspiring, stunningly beautiful guide to following a whole beauty practice at home. A devotee of ancient beauty practices and yet elegantly modern, Shiva advocates self-care with soothing rituals and luxurious flora-focused recipes that release inner radiance. This beautiful book is like a spa day for the soul and senses. Here is the recipe for Rose’s iconic Rose Hip facial serum, as well as 40 other recipes for masks & exfoliants, hair-care products & detoxes. She explains Ayurvedic practices, such as dry brushing and oil pulling, and home-cleansing rituals, such as smudging with burning sage; shares a dozen tonics, including Celestial Nog and Summer Lover; and offers an entire chapter on the use of essential oils, both on the body & in the home. With natural beauty solutions showing you how to tap into the full force of feminine energy, Whole Beauty is a complete guide to revitalizing your life.

Honoring The Earth, Celebrating The Body: An evening of story & ritual with Shiva Rose to celebrate the launch of her new book Whole BeautyDeepak Homebase, ABC Home NYC, April 5th, 2018. Discover daily rituals & earth-friendly recipes for lifelong beauty & wellness + take part in the creation of a nature altar in honor of Mother Earth. Tickets here

As a leading consciousness center in New York, Deepak Homebase is where audiences engage in experiences to enrich the beauty, wellness, and wisdom of our bodies, minds & planet. Convening global leaders, change-makers, and the most notable artists, authors, designers & performers to share their genius, galvanizing efforts to create a sustainable world.

Women’s History

The theme of this year’s Women’s History Month, an annual declared month that highlights the contributions of women to events in history & contemporary society which takes place in March, revives Senator Elizabeth Warren‘s phrase that became a feminist battle cry last year: Nevertheless, She Persisted. Referring to an incident with Senate Mitch McConnell who later said “Senator Warren was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless she persisted.” Feminists immediately adopted the phrase in hashtags and memes to refer to strong women who refuse to be silenced by patriarchy.

“National Women’s History Month is about recognizing the courage and contributions of women everywhere who are breaking down barriers, raising their voices, and fighting for what they believe in,” Warren said in a statement to TIME. “Millions of women have taken up ‘Nevertheless She Persisted’ as their rallying cry because they know that together, we can make change. We know because we are doing it.” This year’s theme serves as a reminder that lasting change often requires decades of determination.

The Gardener

The Gardener, American debut on March 28th 2018, A documentary by Sébastien Chabot about renowned plantsman and Garden Conservancy founder Frank Cabot (1925-2011) and his creation of Les Quatre Vents, his magnificent 20-acre garden in Québec. Through his own words and interviews with his family & gardening experts, the film presents Cabot’s extraordinary and inspiring vision that gave birth to one of the greatest gardens in the world.

Trailer For The Film The Gardener

The Gardener is a film that reflects upon the meaning of gardening and its impact on our lives. Shortly before his passing at the age of 86, the influential gardener and self-taught horticulturalist, revisited the creation of his private garden located in Charlevoix, on the top of Mount Murray. This English-style garden, created over three generations and maintained by himself for more than 50 years on the family estate on the St. Lawrence River, is an enchanted place of beauty and surprise, recognized throughout the world as one of the masterpieces of modern horticulture. Here Cabot’s memories and reflections, as well as those of of his family and specialists, help take a look at his artistic approach and personal philosophy.

The film is being distributed in public theaters across the United States by Gravitas Ventures. Check your local listings for showings. Following the debut in March, the Garden Conservancy will be offering a private members-only film screening April 5th 2018 at the New York School of Interior Design. Become a Garden Conservancy Member here.

The Garden Conservancy, in partnership with garden owners, gardeners, communities, horticulturists, garden designers & historians, works to preserve outstanding gardens across America. Helping new & emerging public gardens become community-based public resources by drawing upon the expertise from a network of experts in all aspects of garden design, management & restoration. They also contribute to the welfare of existing public gardens, helping them manage both natural & manmade challenges to their survival. Many of the gardens they work with are National Historic Landmarks or on the National Register of Historic Places.


Black History

The Oprah Magazine February 2018

Oprah unleashes her inner Diana Ross on the cover of this months issue of The Oprah Magazine. The Artful Blog pick for 2018 print magazine subscription. The beloved and inspiring American high priestess media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer & philanthropist is a gorgeous icon to celebrate and honor this February for Black History Month. An annual celebration of heroic contributions & monumental achievements by African Americans & a time for recognizing the central role of blacks in U.S. history.

Green Witch

The Green Witch: Your Complete Guide to The Natural Magic Of Herbs, Flowers, Essential Oils & More, by Arin Murphy-Hiscock, 2017.

At her core, the Green witch is a naturalist, an herbalist, a wise woman, and a healer. She embraces the power of nature; she draws energy from the Earth and the Universe; she relies on natural objects like stones and gems to commune with the land she lives off of; she uses plants, flowers, oils, and herbs for healing; she calls on nature for guidance; and she respects every living being no matter how small.

In The Green Witch, you will learn the way of the Green witch, from how to use herbs, plants, and flowers to make potions and oils for everyday healing as well as how crystals, gems, stones, and even twigs can help you find balance within. You’ll discover how to find harmony in Earth’s great elements and connect your soul to every living creature. This guide also contains directions for herbal blends and potions, ritual suggestions, recipes for sacred foods & information on how to listen to and commune with nature. Embrace the world of the Green witch & discover what the power of nature has in store for you. Equal parts informational and inspired. Green Goddess Gratitude Great & Small Goodread!

Winter Beauty

Elevate your mood health well-being & aesthetic Winter into Spring with these Artful Blog fabulous finds from near and afar. Who couldn’t use a beneficial beauty and beyond boost this time of year? The idea of deep rest, to replenish and renew the body mind spirit & recharge during this at-times-sluggish season is appealing, as is enhancing your beauty routine with nourishing & aromatically rich products, while adding a few essential seasonal pieces to your environment & wardrobe to refresh and organize, Artful Blog style. Comfort calm citrine calendula cream chakra curios country couture candles & more.

Magic Organic Apothecary Green Bath Potion & Balm

Fall in love with award-winning, artful artisan Magic Organic Apothecary, skincare products made in England, inspired by old herbal folklore with a sprinkling of magic! Therapeutic green bottled beauties that combine organic Yarrow with other herbal extracts & botanical oils to help nourish & invigorate the body mind spirit to improve well-being. Cult-classics include a multi-purpose beauty balm: The Green Balm, a decadent daily cleansing ritual, and some might say a miracle with all its weird & wonderful uses + healing powers. And a Green Bath Potion with refreshing Peppermint, detoxifying Fennel, relaxing Fir Needle & Birch to ease achy muscles & soften the skin. MOA spell for feeling balanced: Pour capful into the bath. Immerse in water, breathe in & let the natural essential oils clear the mind & lift your mood = magic!

Ursa Major Golden Hour Recovery Cream

Elevate your Winter skincare game with Ursa Major’s Super Natural hydration boost plus fast-absorbing Golden Hour Recovery Cream. An Artful Blog absolute favorite for its unisex qualities, healing Sunflower, Calendula & Sea Buckhorn properties + aromatics of Neroli, Sandalwood & a touch of sour Rose anchored with fresh-soaked Earth. Crafted by a great Green & grounded grooming line free of synthetic chemicals and toxins out of Vermont, with a brand ethos that comes from a desire to live a healthy, active, stress-free natural life close to the land. A stand out cream and brand in an increasingly crowded field for its philosophy, simplicity, efficacy, clean packaging & quality.

Sundari Neem Hand & Chamomile Eye Oil

Ayurveda teaches that the balancing of mind, body and spirit will ultimately lead to peace, harmony and lasting beauty, as will picking up Sundari’s stellar new floral citrus Neem Hand Oil & best-selling Chamomile Eye Oil. Positively potent travel-friendly essential oil aromatic botanical treats to quench thirsty skin. Skin is instantly relieved upon contact while the essential oils soak deep into the dermis to boost natural repair and defense processes. Sundari encompasses a complete line of Ayurvedic luxury spa treatments with worldwide distribution, that will help you discover truly healthy skin & encourage you to find your own sense of well-being.

Gülsha Rose Perfecting & Regenerative Elixirs

Discover distinctly divine & luxurious Rosa Damascena flower oil potions that are highly effective skin-enhancing elixirs for day & night. Formulated by French skincare experts & made in the Isparta region of Turkey famous for its Roses, using traditional techniques handed down through generations, with only a limited number of bottles being produced each year. It takes approximately 4000 kilograms of Roses, hand-picked before the sunrise, to produce just one kilo of pure Rose oil in an incredibly labor-intensive process. Gülsha perfectly distills this fragrant skin-loving essence & combines it with other powerfully healing & protective seed oils to nourish dehydrated skin with vital nutrients to restore radiance.

L.L. Bean Upworthy Down Jacket & Hunter Boots

Stay warm dry & stylishly seasonal in these Loden Green rural landscape classic wares. Artful Blog favorites for Gray Green rugged riding style perfection. L.L. Bean, the quintessential American company based in Maine known for its iconic boots and catalog, plus clothes & gear designed for getting out there, with cutting-edge technology for staying safe & warm. Whose motto is the outside is inside everything they make. At some point the typical New Englander stops letting the weather ruin another pair of boots and picks up a pair of Hunter boots. Then wonders how they ever did without them! Founded in 1856, Hunter is a British heritage brand renowned for its iconic original boot, and Royal Appointment to HM The Queen & HRH The Duke of Edinburgh. The brand has a rich history of innovation and continues to forge designs that shield pioneers from the elements and bleakest of landscapes.

Dooney & Bourke Florentine Collection 

Dooney & Burke = vintage vibes Florentine gift to self or other that will stand the test of time. Inspired by America’s rich history in leather goods, ranging from mail pouches to saddle bags & early military gear, Dooney & Bourke known for its New England roots and heritage, designs & crafts instant classics with the perfect union of timeless American style, the highest regard for the finest raw materials & time-honored techniques of old world craftsman. The Florentine Collection with Vacchetta leather, matte Gold hardware & micro-suede detailing, has the look & feel of fine saddlery leather, and develops an even richer patina with time and use. The Artful Blog’s favorite pieces rich with enduring style, timeless versatility & effortless functionality.

Satya Jewelry Chakra Collection

Satya means “truth” in Sanskrit, and that sentiment beautifully inspires the New York-based designer yogini jewelry line of the same name, handcrafted for the modern & fearless woman in mind. Offering necklaces, bracelets, malas and earrings with symbols & semi-precious gemstones within specialty collections such as: Mandala -that embodies the divine spirit of this age-old art form, and Chakra -that delivers powerful messaging, mantras & inspiration to tap into empowerment. This year The Artful Blog choose Citrine & Yellow Jade as its empowering crystal allies for 2018. Both Solar Plexus Chakra stones -or Manipura, which governs health, self-worth & energy. The solar plexus chakra is located right above the naval, and honors the life force, self-esteem & confidence. Manipura infuses the body with energy, balance & strength. In wearing these stones, you are supported to blossom in your growing spirituality, with inner peace, joy & happiness.

Farmhouse Pottery Candles & Match Striker

Farmhouse Pottery, Vermont based artisanal potters offering unique one-of-a-kind handmade pottery, décor & gifts. With original shapes brought back from another time when storage was done with handcrafted vessels. Rooted in traditional American pottery styling, basic in design, with many purposes for the home and entertaining, Farmhouse Pottery vessels are household essentials, that bring pleasure to everyday utility. Nothing celebrates seasonal nostalgia & the Winter Solstice –The Artful Blog’s second favorite season, with simple sophistication better than Farmhouse’s carefully crafted candles. With woodsy notes of Balsam Fir, Cedar & Sandalwood oils inspired by Vermont’s rural landscape, preserved natural beauty & seasonal change.

Edens Garden Single & Synergy Blend Essential Oils

While there are a lot of essential oil companies these days, only a few brands manage to get the real seal of approval when it comes to being utterly trustworthy & favored by their customers. Known for having an amazing variety of therapeutic-grade essential oils as well as beautiful gift sets & beneficial carrier oils, it comes as no surprise that Edens Garden is considered one of the best in terms of quality, price-point, selection & service. The expert aromatherapist crafted & curated collection of synergy blends are particularly noteworthy remedies, also included are 18 thoughtful OK For Kids blends, prompting everything from calm to sleep to joy. Edens Garden seasonal diffuser blend recipe: 4 Drops of Cedarwood + 4 Drops of Pine. The Artful Blog loves to drop this blend atop the woodstove this time of year for scentsational seasonal ambiance!

Alicia Adams Alpaca Baby Alpaca Throw

A 100% Baby Alpaca Handmade Throw that is softer than cashmere is just sublime. Alpaca is one of the world’s most luxurious fabrics, cherished the world over, not only for its scarcity but also for its natural attributes, its fineness, durability, and hypoallergenic & lightweight qualities. Adams’s gorgeous accessories suit any season, a swoon-worthy collection of hand-spun sweaters, blankets, robes & accessories perfect for stepping up your Winter wardrobe or gift-giving. The Artful Blog finds the throws especially comforting, perfect for Winter into Spring evenings by the fire. Alicia Adams Alpaca raises & manages its own herd of over 200 Suri Alpacas at The Artful Blog’s favorite family farm in New York’s Hudson Valley.

Pema Chödrön 2018 Engagement Calendar

Get organized 2018 old school style with the Pema Chödrön: Awakening The Heart Weekly Engagement Calendar. A perennial Artful Blog essential that features quotes from Chödrön’s Book: Living Beautifully With Uncertainty & Change. Designed to help us cultivate compassion, courage & awareness within the challenges of daily life through mindfulness & eastern philosophy. Beloved Buddhist teacher, author, nun & mother, Pema Chödrön has inspired millions of people from around the world who have been touched by her example & message of practicing peace in these turbulent times. Purchase of this beautiful engagement calendar each year supports The Pema Chodron Foundation which is dedicated to preserving & sharing Pema’s inspiration & teachings in order that they might help us all awaken wisdom & compassion in ourselves & the world around us.