I don’t know about you, but every once in a while I need to stop everything that I’m doing and take some time to look inside for new inspiration — for my devotional practice, for my life, for my music, for my relationships. Actually, I need to do this every day but, big surprise, I don’t! You know, life gets to moving so fast, the soccer ball is flying, my body is crying, my practice is dying!!!! Well, not really. Our spiritual life never “dies,” but sometimes we need to give it a bit more attention. Actually, I have to say that my family life — my wife and my not-so-little boy — and my interaction with this divine manifestation we call “the world” is just as much a part of my devotional practice as chanting Japa and singing the Holy Names. The essence of our so-called “spiritual journey” is so much bigger than we can ever really understand, but we do know that every part of our personal mandala needs to be nurtured and nourished. And we all know that it’s a lot easier to forget the internal reality than it is to forget the external one. So we go on retreats and vacations and hopefully get back in touch with ourselves and with nature and, finally, with love…
Twice a year, for the last 12 years, Nubia and I, with wonderful help from a variety of drummers and co-teachers, have been hosting Kirtan Camps. Although we give our all to the beautiful people who come, the experience is a much needed spiritual bath for us as well — a time to let go of everything external and dive into the remembrance of God, Goddess and Guru, and of the Divine relationship at the heart of our lives.
This year’s Summer Kirtan Camp is at Harbin Hot Springs in 8 days, starting on August 12th.
I realize it may be a bit late for you to make plans to come to Northern California right now, but there are still a few open spots. Pack your bags and jump on board. The Bhakti Train is leaving for parts unknown!!!!!!
ANNUAL RESIDENTIAL SUMMER BHAKTI KIRTAN CAMP!
Jai Uttal and co-teachers Daniel Paul, Nubia Teixeira, and Daniel Tucker
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.
~~~~~~~~~~ Hari Om ~~~~~~~~~~
Where: Harbin Hotsprings
BHAKTI BIRD $1,950 after March 31st.
Camping (bring your own camp supplies and tent) + using Harbin Facilities for 5 nights – 6 days
3 daily meals + snacks
2 daily Kirtan – music and practice with Jai Uttal & Daniel Paul
2 daily harmonium sessions with Daniel Tucker
1 daily rhythm session with Daniel Paul
1 daily Bhakti- Hatha Yoga with Nubia Teixeira
The last evening of the retreat will culminate with a Kirtan Gala led by the participants.
Deposit of $800.00 not refundable after July 20th. Remainder due on August 1st.
OTHER HOUSING OPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE FOR YOUR USE. YOU CAN BOOK A TENT CABIN, DORMITORY, ROOM, OR PRIVATE CABIN FOR THAT PERIOD THROUGH HARBIN. If you would like to book a different type of room at Harbin, you can reserve with Harbin. Options are here.
CANCELLATION POLICY on EARLY BIRD PRICE: Deposit of $800 is non-refundable. Fee is non-refundable after July 20th.
CANCELLATION POLICY on Bhakti Bird Price: Deposit of $800 is non-refundable – 50% of remainder refundable if cancellation is done by July 20th. Fee is non-refundable after August 1st.