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Sign up for my online course, Awakening Bhakti, beginning March 1

Hi friends,

Well, we have eleven days until the launching of my first online course, Awakening Bhakti on March 1. Jessica Durivage, who has created the online “university” Where Is My Guru and who is hosting me, suggested that we do an Instagram Challenge called “Seeds of Bhakti” to create more awareness about the course. I was, as usual, a bit skeptical and not so into the concept of a “challenge.” But I went along with Jess and gave it a try. WOW! The pictures and deeply personal posts that our participants shared were beyond inspiring. I was so moved by this challenge and I only hope that what I share in the online course will be as profound. I always find in our Kirtan Camps that EVERYONE who attends has so much to share, and that we all become the teachers AND the students. I hope and trust that this will also be the case online.

Last week, Kasey Luber (BigHappyDay) came over and filmed a five episode version of me (re)telling the Ramayana — the story of God’s journey on Earth as Rama; Goddess’s journey as Sita; and Lord Shiva, the ultimate devotee’s journey as the Monkey God Hanuman. It’s a tale of passion, longing, divine love, war, and, ultimately, the victory of good over evil. It’s the story of the AVATAR, and His LILA, or cosmic play. These episodes are some of the many perks and gifts that will be sent midweek to all the course participants. I think you’ll really enjoy them. So if you’re interested check out WhereIsMyGuru.com and sign up soon…..

Anyway, that’s it for now. I’m going back into Ben’s recording studio today to record horns for my upcoming album ROOTS, ROCK, RAMA. Remember Peter Apfelbaum and Jeff Cressman from The Pagan Love Orchestra? They’re the horn section!!!!! I can’t wait.

Love you all and hope to see you online!!!!!!

Jay Jay Sita Ram!!! Jay Jay Hanuman!!!

Love and peace,

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Awakening Bhakti: my first online course!

Dear friends,

Well, it’s 2016, and I want to wish you all every blessing for the coming year. I hope and pray that it can be a year of peace and sanity in this crazy world. Sometimes I feel like we’re in ancient times, the era in which Ravana and his demons were taking over the world. During those dark years, the yogis and yoginis were deeply committed to their various sadhanas as a way to keep the demons at bay, and to do their best to protect all that was good in the world. Finally, Lord Rama appeared to enact his divine ‘lila’, his mission to rid the universe of evil and usher in a golden age of light. This reminds me of something my Indian mother once said to me: “Practice and wait for grace!” As we sing, meditate, dance, and help each other in small and big ways, we are like the yogis of old doing our little bit for world peace and healing. Let’s double and triple our devotion and deep intentions in this New Year!!!!

My family and I just returned from a totally wonderful Kirtan-Bhakti Camp in Costa Rica. Wow, what a place to retreat, practice yoga, chant God’s names, swim and surf. The nature there is so beyond beautiful. Every evening our whole group was able to dive into the warm, balmy ocean and watch the sun set! The kirtans with Visvambhar were ecstatic and the yoga classes with Nubia were completely healing. And our little tribe of aspiring Bhaktas was so sweet and full of heart…. Plus watching Ezra surf, I’m speechless seeing how wonderfully our boy is growing in the atmosphere of devotion.

I have a lot of projects bubbling in the new year. I’ve been keeping it under wraps, but my new album is progressing beautifully. I have more songs than can ever fit on a CD and I’m so thrilled with the contributions of my great musical brothers. Ben Leinbach, Jose Neto, Gaura Vani, Mark Gorman, Seve Postell, Dave Allen, Peter Apfelbaum, Vish of the Mayapuris, new friends in the Mumbai recording scene (viva Bollywood!). The list goes on…. And my musical sisters will come later. Many of the songs are the ones you’ve been hearing for several years at all the yoga and kirtan festivals, plus a few completely new ones. Rock, Reggae, Samba, Indian Raga; they’re all in the stew. Stay tuned.

The next project that I’m completely psyched about is my first online course, Awakening Bhakti. For years I’ve been trying to figure out how to share my music and experiences without flying all over the world. This course is perhaps a way to meet you all from my home. Join me for four interactive (yes!) sessions with a lot of midweek perks and gifts (and a few assignments…).


Dive into the vast ocean of Bhakti Yoga through singing, Japa, prayer, offering, laughing and crying. Awaken and nourish the seed of devotion within yourself in this four week online course. Share, explore and open your heart through mantra, song and Divine remembrance. The course begins March 1. Find out more and register here.

I think it’s a good time to remind you of our Summer Kirtan Camp in August with my beloved Nubia and our eternal brother, co-teacher and tabla player, Daniel Paul. This time, after our beloved Harbin Hot Springs burned down, we’re hosting a non-residential camp in Fairfax, California, just a 3 minute walk from my home. We did 10 years of non-residential Summer Kirtan Camps and, believe me, they are really wonderful.

Tuesday, August 9 – Sunday, August 14, 2016

ANNUAL NON-RESIDENTIAL SUMMER BHAKTI KIRTAN CAMP!

Jai Uttal and assistant teachers Daniel Paul and Nubia Teixeira

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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

Cancellation Policy:
Deposit of $800 is non-refundable.
50% of remainder refundable if cancellation is done by June 20.
Fee is non-refundable after June 20.

REGISTER HERE

More info: nubia@bhaktinova.com

And, of course, I have so many events coming up, both small and large, listed below.
Please join me!

Sending love and peace to you all and to everyone!
Hugs,

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Happy Love-Filled Peaceful Holidays

To all my friends and extended family:

HAPPY HAPPY LOVE-FILLED PEACEFUL HOLIDAYS. MAY THE NEW YEAR BRING GREAT BLESSINGS AND JOY TO ALL!!!

Jay Jay Radhe Shyam!!! Jay Jay Sita Ram!!!

Love,


PS. I’ll soon be heading to Costa Rica for Winter Kirtan Camp! If you’d like to join me, next chance will be at Summer Kirtan Camp in August. Find more about that here.

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Join us at our New Year’s Kirtan Camp!

Special early bird discount of $250 off if paid by Sept 1!
Rasa Lila ~ Yoga & Kirtan Camp

with Jai Uttal & Nubia Teixeira and Guest Teacher Visvambhar Sheth

New Year's Kirtan

Where: Blue Spirit
Costa Rica
Website: www.bluespiritcostarica.com
Details: Bring in the New Year in 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.

Join Nubia Teixeira and Jai Uttal for a week of Bhakti Yoga. We will explore how the body, the heart, and the mind support and complement each other in our journey towards the realm of infinite love and grace. Nubia will lead the asana and pranayama sessions, which will anchor us in our bodies and open us to the meditative practice of calling to the divine. Jai and Vish will lead us in the ancient practice of Kirtan, or chanting, the heart and soul of devotional yoga. Together they will guide us in a heart- opening adventure through breath, movement and sacred sound, blending these traditions in a deep and playful way.

More info on Nubia: www.bhaktinova.com
More info on Vish: www.mayapuris.com/about/visvambhar

Rates for Accommodations & Meals per Week (7 nights)

Platform Tent with Shared Bath-House, Queen size air mattress, linens provided
$2,050 per person single occupancy

Eco Cottage with Shared Bath-House & 2 Twin beds
$2,250 per person double occupancy only

Hermitage Twin with Private Bath & 2 Twin beds
$2,350 per person double occupancy only

Hermitage Single/ Couple w/ Private Bath & Queen size bed
$3,400 per pers single occupancy / $2,450 per person double occupancy for couples

Nature Suite with A/C, Private Bath & King or 2 Twin beds
$2,650 per person double occupancy only

Mountain View Room with A/C, Private Bath, King size bed OR 2 Twin beds
$4,050 per person single occupancy / $2,850 per person double occupancy

Ocean View Room with A/C, Private Bath, King size bed OR 2 Twin beds
$4,250 per person single occupancy / $3,050 per person double occupancy

Superior Room with A/C, Superior Ocean views, Private Bath, King size bed
$4,550 per person single occupancy / $3,250 per person double occupancy

PAYMENT
• Deposit of $800 is non-refundable to hold your spot
• Remainder due by October 1.





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2-Day Only Kirtan Camp Sale and New Jai Video

For two days only, we’re offering a special sale price on our Annual Summer Bhakti Yoga Kirtan Camp. Register before 11:59pm PDT on Tuesday, June 16 to save $250.

REGISTER HERE

Our Summer Kirtan Camp at Harbin Hot Springs this July is the perfect summer vacation — chanting, camping, soaking, asana-ing, dancing, hiking, eating, sharing, learning…… What could be better? And bring your kids!!!! Last year’s Kids Kirtan band was a highlight!

Enjoy this beautiful video of Jai talking about Chanting through the rough times in life.

See you there!!!!

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Don’t miss the Early Bird Pricing for Summer Kirtan Camp!

Hey there, Yogi and Yogini friends,

Are you looking for the perfect summer vacation? Come to our Annual Summer Bhakti Yoga Kirtan Camp at Harbin Hot Springs this July. Chanting, camping, soaking, asana-ing, dancing, hiking, eating, sharing, learning…… What could be better? And bring your kids!!!! Last year’s Kids Kirtan band was a highlight!

Our Early Bird Pricing is available through April 25, so don’t wait to register!

Tuesday, July 21 – Sunday, July 26, 2015

ANNUAL RESIDENTIAL SUMMER BHAKTI KIRTAN CAMP!

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 ~~~~~~~~~~

Harbin Conference Center Harbin Garden Harbin Pool Harbin Spring Pool

Where: Harbin Hot Springs
Middletown, CA
Website: http://www.harbin.org
Price:
Early Bird Price: $1,800.00 IF PAID IN FULL BY 04-25-15
Price: $2,050.00 AFTER 04-25-15

REGISTER HERE

RETREAT INCLUDES:
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

More info: nubia@bhaktinova.com

See you there!!!!

Lots of love,

P.S. I’ve joined the world of Instagram!!! Follow me @jaiuttal if you’re on there!!

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Events across the West Coast & Texas, plus news from our Kirtan Camps

Greetings friends,

Happy 2015!
I hope the year has had a magnificent beginning for all of you!

I have so much to share with you all, but I have to keep this short. Who has time to read long emails or Facebook posts? I certainly don’t.

Our Bhakti Kirtan Camp in Costa Rica was total bliss this year. The Kirtans were off the charts, as were the Yoga classes with Nubia, the surfing, Visvambar’s drumming and singing, the sunsets and the sunrises. (Ok, I didn’t actually see the sunrises, but I was told they were awesome….). We made a ‘practice’ of swimming in the warm ocean every evening during sunset. I can’t begin to tell you how this affected our hearts and minds. I’d never really done this and I’m missing it already. If you’re thinking about coming next year, sign up soon and get the ‘early bird’ discount. I haven’t mentioned this before, but Blue Spirit, where we hold the retreat, is a wonderful place for families. Although we don’t provide childcare or a kids’ program, the scene is very kid-friendly (with parental supervision). Ezra has so much fun there!

And speaking of ecstatic, family-friendly Kirtan events, our summer camp at Harbin Hot Springs is already beginning to sell out. This camp has a slightly different tone than the winter camps because I give Harmonium and Indian music lessons on top of everything else. But don’t think it gets too intellectual; the fun, the community, the communion, the yoga, and the wonderful music and singing are sublime. To say nothing of the incredible Hot Springs…..

Check my schedule for upcoming events. Even though I’m gradually cutting down my travel, I look at my schedule and it seems like I’m going everywhere this coming year. Barcelona, Australia, possibly South America….. I’m even visiting the Midwest in June.

IMG_4876On January 31st I’ll be leading Kirtan at Open Secret Bookstore in San Rafael, California. All of the proceeds from this event will go to the Ali Akbar College of Music and to the Ali Akbar Khan Archives, to help continue the teachings of the master of masters, Ali Akbar Khan. There are so many incredible and heartbreaking needs in the world today, so you may ask ‘why do a benefit for a music school’? Well, Khansahib used to say that music was food for the soul, and our souls are all so hungry. Personally, I would say that 99.9% of my musical life is due to the teachings of Ali Akbar Khan. Even when I play Brazilian music on my guitar, or sing Reggae Kirtan, the focus and reverence for each note that was drilled into us day after day guides my hands and voice. Khansahib gave us so much. All he wanted was to share the ancient gift of his music. Whether he was grumpy or sweet, he and his divine music were a gift to the universe. Once he told the class that we were not only destroying his father’s music, we were ‘destroying the entire 16th century’! There was a stunned silence in the room followed by a few giggles that quickly exploded into laughter. Such was his dry humor. And such was his fierce teaching. I don’t think Khansahib had much interest in kirtan. Probably the sound of a room full of people singing mostly out of tune would have been hard on his super microscopic sensibilities. But nonetheless, he was deeply devoted to music as a spiritual path, and always encouraged us to sing from a heart filled with love and humility. Actually, I never would have sung at all if it wasn’t for Khansahib. He insisted that all of his students learn singing as well as instrumental music. My debt of gratitude to Ustad Ali Akbar Khan can never be repaid……

I’ll be accompanied by Vijay Krishna on Mridanga, Prajna Vieira singing response vocals, and Radhanath Das on Kartals. 

Oh yeah, one more thing. Just in case you missed it, I released two CDs last year: Return to Shiva Station and Lifeline: The Essential Jai Uttal and Ben Leinbach Collection. Please pick them up, enjoy, and buy some for your friends!!!!

I guess that’s enough for now.
Sending love and peace to all,

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Thank You and Happy Holidays!

Dear friends,

Wow, what a year! Ups, downs, and arounds, hopefully growing and learning from it all.
My family and I are leaving for Costa Rica in a few days for our annual Winter Kirtan Camp but before we go I want to express to you all a VERY BIG THANK YOU! Thank you for your support of my music and work over all these many years. And thank you for the never ending stream of love and caring I receive in the form of emails, notes, smiles….. And of course, thank you for your voices and dances whenever and wherever I perform.

So, whatever you celebrate over these holiday weeks, may your celebration be filled with light and joy. And whatever you’re wishing for, may it come to you. And may all beings on this planet and all planets in all the universes know love and be free from suffering. Amen Om!!!!!
Love and peace,

P.S. I’m looking forward to celebrating with you Bay Area folks at my Reggae Samba Kirtan Holiday Dance Party on Saturday! More details here.

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Summer Kirtan Camp 2015 & Holiday Sale

Join me for Summer Kirtan Camp 2015!

Hey everybody,

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,

Tuesday, July 21 – Sunday, July 26, 2015

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 ~~~~~~~~~~

Harbin Conference Center Harbin Garden Harbin Pool Harbin Spring Pool

Where: Harbin Hot Springs
Middletown, CA
Website: http://www.harbin.org
Price:
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

RETREAT INCLUDES:
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

More info: nubia@bhaktinova.com

Holiday Sale: 20% Off New Albums & Shirts

In time for the holidays, I’m offering 20% off my 2014 albums Lifeline: The Essential Jai Uttal and Ben Leinbach Collection and Return to Shiva Station, including a special bundle of both albums for $19.98, as well as 20% off all t-shirts in my online store. Place your order before December 15 for US delivery in time for Christmas.

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“Return to Shiva Station” Album Release Party in San Francisco on October 30

Bay Area friends, come celebrate and sing with me the songs from Return to Shiva Station on Thursday at 8pm! For the album release party, I’ll be playing with a full band at Yoshi’s San Francisco.

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Tix: http://www.yoshis.com/sanfrancisco/livemusic/artist/show/4502

Here’s a sample from the album, “Hari Guna Gao” acoustic.

Hope you can join me!

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