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Chant Camp


  • Supersoul Farm 365 Schillings Crossing Road Canaan, NY, 12029 United States (map)

CALLING ALL KIRTAN ENTHUSIASTS!

Join us at Supersoul Farm for our first official event this Memorial Day weekend: Chant Camp! 

Learn the art of kirtan, how to play harmonium, hand cymbals & the clay drum. Learn how to lead a kirtan as well as new melodies, songs, and mantras. 

A yoga retreat with music classes and kirtan going on all day!

CHANT CAMP: KIRTAN SCHOOL

Do you love kirtan? Would you like to learn how to lead kirtan? Perhaps play the instruments or learn classical songs and new mantras or melodies? Perhaps you never had a good resource where you could study systematically from teachers who have been doing this stuff for years. This yoga retreat was designed for you!

Chant Camp is a weekend-long kirtan school hosted by international kirtan master Gaura Vani and yoga teacher, story-teller and kirtan-leader Raghunath where you will learn how to play the instruments of kirtan -- mrdanga (clay drum), kartals (hand cymbals), and harmonium -- learn new songs, and practice leading. Whatever your level, we will break into groups and go through these instruments and the art of kirtan for your joy and education -- to bring you to the next level of skill and depth in this world of sound meditation.  

We will also talk about the authors and legends behind some of these songs (bhajans), hand out chant pamphlets, learn about structuring a kirtan, and most of all, we will immerse ourselves in these sacred sounds all day long -- like a school where you can take different classes during the course of the day only to break for sumptuous vegan/vegetarian meals cooked with love and devotion. Saturday night we will host a public kirtan for Gaura Vani and Raghunath and erupt into ecstatic song and dance. We'll have daily yoga classes, build bonfires, and basically be singing all day long. Students are encouraged to bring their own harmoniums, kartals or drums. We will also have a limited number to borrow or sell.

This will be our inaugural event at the new Supersoul Farm: Center for Inspired Living located in upstate NY, 2.5 hours from NYC and Boston.

Space is limited so register ASAP.  Camping spots available, and commuters are welcome.

Please email Alexandra at foundationforinspiredliving@gmail.com for financial assistance, limited partial scholarships are available.

PROGRAM DETAILS

Memorial Day Weekend - arrive Friday 5/26 from 4pm on, depart Monday 5/29 afternoon 2pm
Friday opening program - 6pm
Daily yoga classes
All-day music lessons
Evening satsangs + bonfires
Saturday Evening Maha Community Kirtan
Lovingly cooked and offered vegetarian / vegan meals
Dorm accommodations in the Yogi House with shared bathrooms and bunk beds
One Private Queen Bed cottage available for a couple (bathroom in adjacent Yogi House)
SOLD OUT - One Private King Bedroom in the yogi house available for a couple (or 2 single beds for two guests)
*Optional picnic and pond swim on Monday afternoon
 

ABOUT THE PRESENTERS

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 began studying sacred Indian music at the age of six in the ancient temple town of Vrindavan at a traditional Gurukula school. He continues to share the magic he received and performs at festivals like Lollapalooza, Floyd Fest, Beloved, Bhakti Fest and Wanderlust, as well as eclectic venues like private homes, theatres, temples, and yoga studios. 

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.

 

Raghunath has been transforming people's lives since he was a teenager, when he got into yoga and clean, healthy living. As the lead singer and songwriter of two internationally-acclaimed bands that toured the world in the punk/hardcore music community his music, while abrasive, was filled with positive uplifting and spiritual lyrics that transformed tens of thousands of fans' lives espousing vegetarianism, karma, positive mental attitude and a drug-free life. At 22, he went to India and where he lived in a Krishna Bhakti ashram, taking vows of a monk. Over the course of his6 years as a monk, he studied sacred literature, music, cooking and the deeper facets of yogic culture. Considered a teacher's teacher, Raghunath is a gifted speaker and educator of self-transformation & spirituality. He travels internationally, leading teacher trainings, annual sold-out pilgrimages to India, and has been living the life of a yogi for 28 years. Presently, he's married with 5 children and is co-creating Supersoul Farm, an educational center in Canaan NY, with his wife Brij Cappo.