Join me for Summer Kirtan Camp 2015!
Did I tell you how awesome Summer Kirtan Camp at Harbin Hot Springs was? I just can’t remember if I ever got around to it…. But this morning, looking out my window at the mist shrouded rolling hills of West Marin, I recalled the indelible image of happy, well-soaked campers emerging from the forest laden with harmoniums, drums and cymbals, singing the holy names, and gathering for our Gala Kirtan session on the second to last day of camp. In particular, I’ll never forget the kids’ Kirtan band singing “Sita Ram” to the tune of “Mission Impossible,” or the ever inspiring (and slightly amusing) chorus of 40 harmoniums playing “SA RE GA MA PA DHA NI SA,” the notes of the Indian scale.
For me, every Kirtan Camp is another opportunity to dive deeper into devotion, to remember anew what a beginner I am, and to feel, once again, the grace of my Guru. In addition to all that, what an amazing thing it is to see the Bhakti family grow and expand, to see how our “campers” have gone out to their own communities and shared the wonders of God’s names with their friends, families, students, and, in some cases, concert audiences. So please check out our Summer Camp at Harbin Hot Springs, July 2015, for a life changing experience that you will never forget….
Lots of love,
ANNUAL RESIDENTIAL SUMMER BHAKTI KIRTAN CAMP!
Special Price Before Dec 25
Jai Uttal and co-teachers Daniel Paul and Nubia Teixeira
This training is for those who aspire to lead Kirtan; those who wish to enhance their Yoga teaching with chanting; and those who simply wish to immerse themselves in the vast ocean of Bhakti.
In this workshop we will share some of the many tools that we use in our Bhakti practices. Our hope is that everyone will leave this retreat with the inner experience and knowledge that we are all able to dive into this world of devotion and sing and share our hearts with others.
Subjects to be covered:
Kirtan – As the essential practice of Bhakti, Kirtan will be the main focus of this training.
Bhakti Yoga – Understanding the path of Bhakti as a journey of surrender and offering of one’s entire being to the the Divine will.
Mantras – Experiencing the invocational power of the ancient Sanskrit syllables and names in ecstatic song and silent contemplation.
Gods and Goddesses – An exploration of the energies embodied by the different deities of Hinduism.
Ramayana – Studying and reciting the multi-leveled epic adventures of Ram, Sita and Hanuman; and how this story relates to our daily lives.
Saints – Reflecting upon the lives of some of the saints of modern India, particularly Neem Karoli Baba.
Vocal Training – Opening the voice and learning to love the sound that comes from our bodies.
Rhythm – Beginning to understand the rhythms associated with Kirtan.
Learning Harmonium – Gaining a beginning understanding of the rudiments of harmonium for accompanying Kirtans.
Hatha Yoga classes will be offered daily by Nubia Teixeira.
~~~~~~~~~~ Hari Om ~~~~~~~~~~
Where: Harbin Hot Springs
Early Christmas Bird Price: $1,500.00 IF PAID IN FULL BY 12-25-14
Early Bird Price: $1,800.00 IF PAID IN FULL BY 04-25 -15
Price: $2,050.00 AFTER 04-25-15
Camping (bring your own camp supplies for sleeping dorm or tent) + using Harbin Facilities for 5 nights – 6 days
3 daily meals + snacks
2 daily Bhakti/Kirtan 2hrs sessions with Jai Uttal & Daniel Paul
1 daily rhythm session with Daniel Paul
1 daily Bhakti- Hatha Yoga with Nubia Teixeira
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