Ecstatic Chant

The Yoga of Voice

August 29, 2014 – September 01, 2014
Rhinebeck, NY
Deva Premal, Miten, Krishna Das, Jai Uttal... See More
SM14-4303-896Deva Premal, Miten, Krishna Das, Jai Uttal, Gaura Vani, Mayapuris, David Newman (Durga Das), Vishal Vaid, C.C. White, The Fanna-Fi-Allah Sufi Qawwali Party, Manose, Steve Gorn, Daniel Paul, Radhanath Swami, Ram Dass,

Join us for our 10th 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.


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Performers are subject to change. Ram Dass will appear via live video stream. This workshop begins Friday at 7:30 p.m. and concludes Monday at 12:30 p.m. Save $50 on the Labor Day weekend Ecstatic Chant workshop when you attend Spring Ecstatic Chant. This offer cannot be combined with other discounts. 

4:00 p.m.–6:30 p.m.Check In (Rooms available after 5:00 p.m.)
7:30 p.m.–12:30 a.m. (Saturday)Workshop
9:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m.Workshop
2:15 p.m.–5:30 p.m.Workshop
7:30 p.m.–5:30 a.m. (Sunday)Workshop
11:00 a.m.–NoonWorkshop
2:15 p.m.–5:45 p.m.Workshop
7:30 p.m.–1:30 a.m. (Monday)Workshop
9:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.Workshop

There will be short breaks between each session. Omega’s Children’s Program will not be available during Saturday’s overnight chant session. Contact Omega registration at 800.944.1001 for details. The above schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the faculty.

Deva Premal

Deva Premal and Miten employ ancient mantras, rich harmonies, and sensual rhythms in their music, exploring the essence of love, devotion, and consciousness. They have released a series of acclaimed CDs, including Password and Tibetan Mantras For Turbulent Times (with the Gyuto Monks).


Deva Premal and Miten employ ancient mantras, rich harmonies, and sensual rhythms in their music, exploring the essence of love, devotion, and consciousness. They have released a series of acclaimed CDs, including Password and Tibetan Mantras For Turbulent Times (with the Gyuto Monks).

Krishna Das

Grammy-nominee Krishna Das is one of the foremost devotional singers in the world. He has released numerous CDs, including the best-selling Pilgrim Heart and, most recently, Live Ananda. He is also author of Chants of a Lifetime. Das first traveled to India in 1970, where he met Sri Neem Karoli Baba, through whom he was introduced to the practice of kirtan, or devotional chanting.

Jai Uttal

Jai Uttal is a pioneer in the world music community. A student of India’s Ali Akbar Khan and master teacher Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, Uttal’s blend of Eastern and Western sound has put his music at the forefront of the world fusion movement. His many albums include Beggars and Saints, the Grammy-nominated Mondo Rama, and Bhakti Bazaar.

Gaura Vani

As Kindred Spirits with Gaura Vani is a kirtan ensemble featuring the rich ethnic rhythms and melodies of many instrumentalists, along with a multicultural group of talented dancers and performers. Their CDs include Ten Million Moons and Nectar of Devotion.

The Mayapuris

The Mayapuris encompass a unique variety of talents that present entertaining performances of live music featuring classical Indian dances, sacred chanting, and upbeat mridunga drums. They chose to name their group after the holy village of Mayapur, where the kirtan movement was originally formed.

David Newman

David Newman (Durga Das) is a kirtan chant performer and recording artist, sacred singer-songwriter, and practitioner and educator of bhakti yoga—the yoga of love. He is also author of Merging with Grace, and founder of The Stay Strong Project and Yoga On Main in Philadelphia.

Vishal Vaid

Vishal Vaid has trained in the song form ghazal, which means “to hold conversation with the divine,” and has worked with such acclaimed musicians as Bill Laswell and Karsh Kale.

C.C. White’s distinct "Soul Kirtan" performances have earned her wide recognition as “The Queen of Soul Kirtan,”  embodied in one exotic, soulful being. White’s CD This IS Soul Kirtan! features a thrilling mixture of kirtan, soul, Southern blues, gospel, R&B, and more.

Fanna-Fi-Allah Sufi Qawwali Party

Fanna-Fi-Allah Sufi Qawwali Party aspires to bring the magic of Pakistani qawwali to the West in its traditional form, inherited directly form the grand masters. For more than 12 years, they have performed in much of the Western world as well as in Pakistan and India.


Bamboo flutist Manose collaborates with artists as diverse as Grammy-nominated Jai Uttal and bluegrass musician Peter Rowan. He has released multiple solo CDs, including Dhana Aman: Meditation of No Mind.

Steve Gorn

Steve Gorn has produced many CDs, including Rasika and Luminous Ragas. His flute music for yoga and meditation has been featured in the Academy Award-winning film, Born Into Brothels.

Radhanath Swami

Radhanath Swami is a spiritual leader who has been practicing bhakti yoga for nearly 40 years. The author of The Journey Home: Autobiography of an American Swami, Radhanath Swami runs a number of service programs from his headquarters at Radha Gopinath Ashram in Mumbai, India.

Ram Dass

Ram Dass (in person and live via streaming video) has been a trusted guide to Omega and thousands of spiritual seekers all over the world for more than 30 years. One of America’s most beloved spiritual figures, and author of many best-selling books, including the classic Be Here Now and Polishing the Mirror, Ram Dass has made his mark on the world, giving teachings and promoting loving service.