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Claudia Coenen

July 3, 2016


Hudson, NY


Recorded by

Tashi Chodron

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This interview was recorded with Claudia Coenen took place on July 3, 2016 at her office in Hudson New York. Claudia grew up as a dancer and performed up to the age of 20. She enjoyed dancing a lot. In the interview, Claudia shared her story about being widowed at early age and going back to graduate school, meeting her current husband who owns businesses here in Hudson.  She recalls coming to Hudson with him when she first met him almost a decade ago and hanging out at Spotty Dog while writing her Master's thesis and enjoying people watching. Claudia and her husband bought a old church that has been converted into a residence.  Claudia talked about getting married in the house, with a tent pitched outside for dancing. Her brother who is a jazz musician hired couple of other musicians and the wedding ceremony was a fun one.

Claudia works in Hudson as Grief counsel.  She was interviewed on local radio in regards to her counseling people going through hard and emotional situations especially when a young person is killed suddenly in Hudson and how to deal with such situation.  Her business is called 'Karuna Project'.

In the interview, Claudia mentions about having clients who have lost someone close in recent times, who have problems with relationships, substance abuse and many others. She loves to help local people and thus enjoys her job being able to help people. She also mentioned about attending a meditation session in Hudson city with her husband's Buddhist friends who are now her good friends as well.

This interview may be of interest for those who would like to know about Hudson, New York. It may be of interest for people wanting to know about livelihood, therapy, counseling, meditation, antiques, local Hudson restaurant, commerce, economy, art, jazz, wedding and landmarks.

Interviewer Bio:
Tashi Chodron

Tashi Chodron is the founder of Voices of Tibet-Tibet Oral History Project (NY) and Himalayan Pantry Inc and also co-founder of Tibetan Oral History Project (Bay Area).  Currently, she is the Assistant manager of Himalayan Culture and Outreach Programs at Rubin Museum of Art in New York City. Consultant on Himalayan Art and Culture at Baruch Rubin Project at Baruch College, New York 2011-2017. She recently curated a program to a sold out event in Jackson Heights about Himalayan Food with Museum of Food and Drink (MOFAD). Recipient of Gold Start award from American Himalayan Foundation for tirelessly working to preserve Tibetan and Himalayan Culture.
Tashi worked as a spokesperson for Heifer Project founded by President Jimmy Carter for sustainably raising money to buy Yaks for Tibetans in Tibet. She feels very fortunate to have had this opportunity to take the OHSS 2016.

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