Join expert teacher, yogic storyteller, and inspiring internationally celebrated artist & musician Gaura Vani for a VERY special immersive weekend of kirtan, singing, story and Bhakti!
July 27th CHANT, SONG, MUSIC, & RHYTHM: a Kirtan Intensive w/ Gaura Vani 1pm - 7:30pm
A journey into the mystical, blissful world of Mantra Music. Learn and/or refine your ability to lead others in kirtan, play basic rhythm, and dive deep into the sonic universe of ancient India! Perfect for both beginners and those with experience playing kirtan, singing and chanting.
All are welcome to attend this special workshop on the application of sacred sound with Gaura Vani, an international kirtan artist, filmmaker, musician, and activist. Gaura was raised in the Bhakti yoga tradition from birth and is an engaging storyteller, teacher, and leader.
July 28th SIMPLE PRACTICES FOR A HAPPY LIFE: A Bhakti Wisdom Immersion w/ Gaura Vani 1-6:30pm
All are welcome to attend this special workshop on embodying bhakti with Gaura Vani, an international kirtan artist, filmmaker, musician, and activist. Gaura was raised in the Bhakti yoga tradition from birth and is an engaging storyteller and teacher. He'll share music and folk-songs from ancient India, well-loved stories on dharma, living one's path and introduce us to the more than 5000 year old practice of connecting to Radha and Krishna, the "Divine Couple."
Bhakti is a living practice of softening the heart through daily acts of humility, love and devotion. Sometimes our hearts become chapped and dry from what it takes to make our way in this world. We are often encouraged to be harder, stronger, more driven; and we begin to lose our connection with our Sacred Heart. Bhakti invites us into an awareness of the deep and personal relationship with the divine in every thing we do and everyone we meet.
Imbibe some essentials of Bhakti and begin to bring this ancient intention-based practice into your life in practical ways. You will have the opportunity to weave together and embody these Bhakti teachings with kirtan, call and response chanting.
Take both days as a retreat for only $195 or take a single day immersion for $108 each
*Friday night Kirtan is also included in the admission price when taking both workshops together!
ABOUT GAURA VANI:
Gaura Vani was given the gift of devotional song from birth, raised with the music of the temple, taught to sing and play beautiful instruments, and dance for love and for God. He shares, “I am one of a group of children called gurukulis or those raised in the village of the guru. Even as children, we were aware that though it felt like we were partying when we played music, we were in the physical presence of God himself, who danced with us.” Gaura Vani travels the world sharing the mystical experience of kirtan and leading devotional music retreats.
Gaura Vani is a multi-disciplinary artist - fluent in music, film and visual arts. He is most known for his Mantra Music performances. Gaura Vani's events are unifying and transporting - a mix of participatory rhythm and song, story and dance. He has traveled in Africa, the Americas, Europe, Asia and Australia performing both as a solo artist and with his sacred music ensembles “The Hanumen” and “Juggernauts”.
Gaura Vani is also a co-founder of Chant4Change a mantra-music festival that takes place in Washington, DC on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. He lives in suburban DC with his wife, 3 kids and a ferret.