Clare Norelle grew up in the Pacific Northwest, hiking, climbing, and enjoying the outdoors with her family. As a youth and young adult she travelled Europe as a street musician, and spent time in India, Nepal, and South America. In her early years she also experienced various forms of abuse, violence, and traumatic loss. Over time this background made her want to support other people in recovering from trauma, and to contribute towards more peace, justice, and well-being in the world.
Clare studied Mexican art, printmaking, and mural painting with Malaquias Montoya, a Chicano muralist, and earned an MEd with a focus on racial justice and multicultural community education. Later she lived in the mountains of Oaxaca Mexico with her partner and two young children. She has worked on educational research and storytelling projects with Mixtec, African American, Latinx, Hmong, immigrant, and low income white children and families. Sometimes her songs and storytelling grow out of these contexts, and are shared in them as well.
In 2002 Clare reluctantly tried yoga and, with the help of some respectful teachers, over time found it healing for the complex trauma she had been living with. In 2007 she trained to be a teacher of Hatha yoga, then later trained to teach Yin yoga, and Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY). She has used yoga in working with people of all ages, including veterans, survivors of domestic violence and abuse, and other people healing from illness, violence, and loss. She now offers TCTSY and other yoga for emotional wellness in English and Spanish, through the Dane County Comprehensive Community Services Program (CCS) for people on Medicaid, as well as group and individual sessions through other organizations and studios.
Clare enjoys and deeply appreciates children, and loves to share yoga, music, and storytelling with them. She has three adult children whom she adores, two great cats, and a food forest in her yard.
Clare has received awards for songwriting and for her work with children and families, and is a member of Northlands Storytelling Network, Yoga Alliance, the Madison Area Wellness Coalition, and Dane County Timebank.