• $748.00 – For 1 guest in a private queen room in a 2-room cottage. We choose your roommate.
  • $1,047.00 – For 1 guest in exclusive 2-room cottage.
  • $674.00 – Per Person for 2 guests in a private 2-room cottage.
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Learn to Play Kirtan!

With Paramananda Das

October 7 - 10, 2019

Calling all lovers of devotional music and chanting! This 4-day bhakti immersion is your chance to learn how to play and sing songs on the harmonium and kartal hand cymbals!  Our special guest teacher Paramananda Das from New York will share his experience of the bhakti tradition, his gurus, his path of punk rock, and his asana practice.   Don’t miss out on this special celebration of music, yoga, love, and expression! 

Please bring your own harmonium or percussion instrument to be in full participation.

*If you’d like to purchase harmoniums, kartals, or mrdangas, we recommend that you purchase through:

https://olddelhimusic.com/   Please call or email for a discount code!!

https://www.musiciansmallusa.com/

http://www.krishnaculture.com/category/musical-instruments.html

 

Monday

3:00-4:00  Check-in

4:30-5:30       Yoga 

5:30-6:30      Dinner

6:45-8:00      Opening Circle

 

Tuesday      

7:30-8:00      Morning Devotions

8:00-8:45      Breakfast

9:00-10:15    The Bhakti Path

10:30-12:00  Songs on Harmonium

12:15-1:00      Lunch

1:00-4:30      Quiet time, bodywork and massage by appointment

4:30-5:30      Yoga 

5:30-6:30      Dinner

7:00-9:00      Lila & Kirtan

 

Wednesday

7:30-8:00       Morning Devotions

8:00-8:45       Breakfast

9:00-10:15      Songs on Harmonium

10:30-12:00   Intro to Kartals 

12:15-1:00       Lunch

1:00-4:30        Quiet time, bodywork and massage by appointment

4:30-5:30        Yoga

5:30-6:30        Dinner

7:00-9:00       Lila & Kirtan

 

Thursday

7:30-8:00      Morning Devotions

8:00-9:00      Yoga

9:00-10:00    Closing Circle

10:00-11:00   Brunch

11:00               Checkout

 

MORNING DEVOTIONS

Together and individually, we start our mornings with japa meditation, silent or soft chanting of mantra repetitions with the use of a rosary (mala). This practice allows the mind to ground into a transcendental sound vibration that can bring peace and flow. We then move into invocation songs that call on our teachers and allow us to give thanks for our path and our life.

 

THE BHAKTI PATH

This session will explore the meaning of bhakti and the lifestyle and practices of a bhakti yogi. Why do we chant, sing, and dance? Who is Krishna? Why eat vegetarian?  What are the benefits of these practices?

 

SONGS ON HARMONIUM

Learn to sing a song while playing the harmonium! Basic chords and keyboard playing will be taught.

 

INTRO TO KARTALS & MRDANGA

Learn basic rhythm techniques on hand cymbals and drums–while singing!

 

YOGA

These yoga classes are designed for all levels, incorporating breathing, stretching, and fluid movements.  The postures and techniques help to stabilize and calm the nervous system, strengthen muscles, and tone the organs, bringing more ease and circulation throughout the body. You can expect to feel more relaxed, aware, and stronger from this yoga practice.

 

LILA & KIRTAN

A standard satsang (spiritual gathering) in which we hear the pastimes of Krishna and other deities and sing the names of the Divine. Here we can transcend time and space and touch into a place of magic, wonder, and bliss. 

Facilitator

Paramananda Das
Paramananda (@thehardcoreyogi) is a punk guitarist turned yogi from the hardcore scene of NYC, where he spent his youth playing blaring rebel anthems in bands such as Youth of Today, Judge and Shelter. Taking inspiration from the motivational messages of alternative music, he went on to deeply study asana, meditation, kirtan and bhakti yoga for years at ashrams all over India and America. In the spirit of wanting to give back what he had learned,…
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