Awakening Bhakti: A Celebration of Divine and Human Love
Jai Uttal and friends
When: 2-5pm Where: Mountain Yoga
2071 Antioch Court, Suite 100
Oakland, CA Tickets: $45 before 5/14; $55 after. Register here. Website:www.m-yoga.org Details: Bhakti Yoga is the yogic path of love. Of relationship. In Bhakti Yoga the practitioner develops his/her personal relationship the Divine — be that Spirit, God or Goddess. It is a relationship that includes all the moods and hues of the human heart. The journey on Bhakti path uses our emotions as fuel to reconnect us with the Divine and, in so doing, to finding healing and wholeness within ourselves. The primary practice of Bhakti Yoga is the singing of simple devotional chants from the heart, or kirtan. Through kirtan we explore, express and share the deepest caverns of our souls and ultimately find the eternal spring of love.
World-renowned kirtan artist Jai Uttal invites you to bring your hearts, voices, questions and deep intentions, for an extraordinary afternoon of devotional song. “Together we will rekindle the romance that has no beginning or end,” promises Jai, “the love affair with the greatest lover of all, who lives forever inside of our hearts.
Jack Kornfield, Noah Levine, Debra Chamberlin-Taylor, Jai Uttal, Ram Dass
When: 3:30pm Where: Spirit Rock Meditation Center
5000 Sir Francis Drake Blvd
Woodacre, CA Tickets: Sliding Scale $0 – $108. Register here. Website:www.spiritrock.org Details: With bows of honor, gratitude and love we say goodbye to a great teacher and friend – Stephen Levine.
Through stories, chants, poetry and video we will honor and remember his extraordinary life and his wonderful contributions to our world. With profound wisdom, compassion and humor Stephen helped, and continues to help, tens of thousands of people live and die more consciously.
We hope you can join us as we celebrate his life. This celebration includes chanting with Jai Uttal. Ram Dass will join the event from Maui via live video feed. Stephen’s widow, Ondrea Levine, will speak along with Spirit Rock teachers whose lives have been touched by Stephen.
Light refreshments will be served. Advanced registration required.
Awakening Bhakti: A Weekend of Ecstatic Chanting, Storytelling, & Remembrance
Where: Yogaville – Satchidanada Ashram
108 Yogaville Way
Buckingham, VA Website:www.yogaville.org Tickets: Register here. Details: with Jai Uttal and Dharma Deva Das with Hatha Yoga and Presentations by Sw. Asokananda and Sw. Vidyananda
For those who love, practice, or are simply curious about Kirtan (chanting the songs of ancient India), this weekend will fuel your soul and renew your spirit. Through stories, songs and mantras we will dive deeply into the heart of devotional yoga and awaken the romance that has no beginning or end, the love affair with the greatest lover of all, who lives forever inside of our hearts. No experience is needed, for in Bhakti we are all beginners, asking Spirit to guide us home.
Bhakti Yoga is the path of personal relationship with Spirit, with God, with Goddess; it’s a relationship that includes all the flavors and moods of the human heart. In the journey of Bhakti your emotions become the fuel to reconnect you with the Divine and help you to find healing and wholeness within yourself. Through singing Kirtan you can explore, express, and share the deepest caverns of your soul—and ultimately find an eternal spring of love.
When: 8pm Where: Subud Hall
Sebastopol, CA Tickets: $22 in advance, $30 at the door. Register here. Details: Advance tickets sold May 1-June 2 at Milk & Honey: 123 Main St, Sebastopol, 707-824-1155
Mantra – Sounds Into Silence Screening & Kirtan Concert
Jai Uttal and friends
When: 1pm Where: Illuminate Film Festival
Sedona, AZ Tickets: Buy festival passes here. Website:www.illuminatefestival.com Details: Come be inspired. Tap into your heart at the third annual ILLUMINATE Film Festival, where people like you will gather to play, laugh and cry as we watch with wonder our 25 mind-stretching films in gorgeous Sedona, Arizona, June 1-5. Together, let’s help create mankind’s greatest leap to awakened consciousness – through cinema.
Enjoy FIVE DAYS of life-affirming, evocative and engaging films. Ponder your existence, experience radical transformation, and meet trailblazers in the emerging genre of conscious cinema.
Start with our fabulous Launch Party and movie under the stars. Then hit the red carpet for the gala screenings of Maya Angelou And Still I Rise and Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru. Don’t miss the hilarious Love, Sweat and Tears followed by the presentation of our FIRST EVER Conscious Visionary Award to Michael Bernard Beckwith.
Be the first to see – and hear the buzz about – the Festival’s ten world premieres and sneak peeks with appearances by renowned healer Teal Swan and kirtan sensation Jai Uttal.
Deepen your sacred journey with films featuring luminaries Thich Nhat Hanh, Oprah Winfrey, Russell Simmons, Nassim Haramein and Moby, as well as film favorites Morgan Freeman, Joaquin Phoenix and Joan Rivers.
We’re not just cinema! ILLUMINATE will also share with you more than 50 expert practitioners, healers, performers, musicians and new thought leaders. We offer Reel Healing “View and Do” post-screening events that encourage audiences to more deeply integrate a movie’s message into their lives. Last but not least, we connect you with the world’s film industry leaders in our Conscious Film Convergence, where we focus on increasing the quality, quantity and availability of conscious cinema worldwide.
When: 9am-3pm Where: International House
2299 Piedmont Ave
Berkeley, CA 94720 Tickets: FREE Admission, but need to REGISTER here. Details: Perform Yoga, meditate, sing, dance, play with hundreds of others, experience Dharmic living, discuss spirituality – enrich yourself with all of these – all in one place.
A grand festival to be attended by thousands of Dharma followers of all ethnicities across the East Bay.
* Vedic Chanting
* Yoga for all levels with leading Yoga teachers
* Vinyasa Flow Yoga with well known Yoga teachers
* Yoga Therapy sessions with trained Yogic healers
* Lectures on Sustained living
* Lectures on living with Nature by Native American Elders and Community Leaders
* Lectures on Yoga Philosophy
Kirtan by Jai Uttal
When: 6pm, 8:30pm Where: One World Theatre
7701 Bee Caves Road
Austin, TX Tickets: $45-$100. Register here. Website:www.oneworldtheatre.org Details: Challenge yourself to explore new techniques and learn philosophies from three different yoga disciplines at this unique event. All levels are welcome to choose two classes out of the six we are offering as well as enjoy a light vegetarian dinner that includes a talk with world class instructors. Afterwards, the evening extends into a kirtan hosted by Jai Uttal.
Where: Omshanti Yoga Studio
Barcelona, Spain Tickets: Register here. Website:www.barcelonayogaconference.cat Details: 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 Kirtan Camp at Omshanti Yoga Studio, right after the Barcelona Yoga Conference, for a life changing experience that you will never forget….
Let’s bring a wave of prayer and song with the joy-filled and healing practices of chanting and Yoga! We will deeply explore these ancient devotional expressions, weaving together our hearts and voices in celebration and invocation of the Divine.
Bhakti Yoga is the path of personal relationship with Spirit, with God, with Goddess; a relationship that includes all the flavors and moods of the human heart. In the journey of Bhakti our emotions become the fuel to reconnect us with the Divine and, in so doing, to find healing and wholeness within ourselves.
When: 1pm Where: Namaste Berkeley
2820 7th St
Berkeley, CA Tickets: $15 per person. Register here. Website:www.ilovenamaste.com Details: The world of wide eyed, childlike wonder that is so essential to the path of Bhakti is not always that easily attainable to us highly educated, ‘spiritual’ adults. But as you mommies and daddies know, we can let our kids help us! Come to Namaste for an afternoon of “Kiddie Kirtan,” heartfelt and simple Indian chanting for the little ones of all ages. Of course the drums, shakers and front row seats are reserved for the kids, but well behaved parents and older brothers and sisters are welcome as well! See you there!! Sign up early, our last Kiddie Kirtan filled up fast!
Jai Uttal and assistant teachers Daniel Paul and Nubia Teixeira
Our 13th Summer Kirtan Camp will be held at Roco Fairfax, a beautiful dance/performing arts studio that will become JAI’S HOUSE OF BHAKTI for this week in August.
You will enjoy good company while dedicating hours of singing kirtan and learning the skills to share this ancient practice with others.
About the training:
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: Roco Fairfax Studio
56 Bolinas Road
Fairfax, CA 94930 Price:
Non refundable deposit of: $800.00
Early Bird Price: $1,250.00 if paid in full by March 20, 2016
Regular Price: $1,400.00 after March 20, 2016
Deposit of $800 is non-refundable.
50% of remainder refundable if cancellation is done by June 20.
Fee is non-refundable after June 20.
Jai Uttal, Miten, Krishna Das, Deva Premal, and many more
Where: Omega Institute
150 Lake Dr
Rhinebeck, NY Tickets: Register here. Website:www.eomega.org Details: Join us for our 12th annual Ecstatic Chant retreat, one of the most popular events at Omega. A remarkable opportunity to experience some of the Western world’s leading devotional singers, this inspiring weekend nourishes the soul with a rich tradition of musical prayer and meditation.
Known in Sanskrit as kirtan, devotional chanting awakens a longing in the heart for the experience of inner silence, boundless love, and intimate union with the divine. Emerging from Hindu traditions in India, kirtan is practiced by millions of people. The call-and-response, rhythmic quality of these unifying chants kindles an exhilarating, joyful mood and is accepted as one of the surest paths to enlightenment. In recent years, pioneering musicians and seekers have brought this magical tradition to the West.
Throughout the weekend—including an extraordinary all-night Saturday session—we explore a variety of chants and chanting styles, interspersed with rejuvenating sessions of meditation, yoga, and story sharing.
Where: Sayulita, Mexico Price: Varies by accommodation. Register here. Website:www.internationalyoga.com Details: Come join Jai and Nubia in paradise for an ecstatic heart-filled holiday retreat, an inner journey of devotional exploration, powerful emotions and deep practice. Through singing, dancing, breathing, asana, stunning nature and many more surprises let us journey together in our endless quest for spirit to the infinite land of love. On your moments free relax in your personal cabaña hand-built of all natural materials complete with private bath, outdoor showers and exceptional views of the ocean and jungle canopy. Dine on exquisite meals designed to recalibrate your body while sitting in the exquisite open air dining room. Lounge by the pool, adventure to the beach or nap hours away in a comfortable hammock – this week will truly be a way to recalibrate and set intentions for the New Year!