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Fall Ecstatic Chant Description & Price

September 2-5, 2016
Fall Ecstatic Chant
The Yoga of Voice

Course 4303-656/Tuition $395

Join us for our 12th 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.

Program ends Monday at 12:30 p.m. Performers are subject to change. Ram Dass will appear via live video stream.

Performers (see the complete list of performers)

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 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.

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).

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.

The Hanumen is a kirtan band comprised of John de Kadt, Purusartha Dasa, Gaura Vani, and Benjy Wertheimer. These diverse artists present a unique experience of world music, mystic poetry, and mantra chanting—a musical journey to the deepest part of the soul.

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.

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

Nawang Khechog, author of Awakening Kindness, was a monk for 11 years and a hermit meditator for four years, personally sponsored and guided by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. A Grammy-nominated musician, he has recorded and performed around the world.

Pir Shabda Kahn began his root training in 1969 under the guidance of the great American Sufi Master, Murshid Samuel Lewis. Since 2001, Shabda serves as the Pir (lineage holder) of the Sufi Ruhaniat International, the Sufi lineage tracing back though Murshid Samuel Lewis and Pir-o-Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan.

Daniel Paul, a composer and Fulbright award-winning tabla drummer, has played a lifetime of world music with many diverse artists who share his love for the sacred music of India. He has contributed to many diverse projects using his rare melodic drum set and has released three of his own CDs Rhythms of Paradise, Between Two Worlds, and Elephant Prayers.

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.

Nepalese Indian flute (bansuri) maestro Manose has spent the past 10 years touring the world and recording chart-topping albums with Deva Premal and Miten. As well as collaborating with artists as diverse as Grammy-nominated Jai Uttal and bluegrass musician Peter Rowan, Manose has released multiple solo CDs, including Dyhana Aman: Meditation of No Mind.

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.

Radhanath Swami is a spiritual leader who has been practicing bhakti yoga for nearly 40 years. 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.

More Ways to Chant

Special Labor Day Chant Session
September 5
This special Labor Day Ecstatic Chant takes place on Monday, September 5, from 2:30 p.m. to midnight, and includes performances by Krishna Das, Jai Uttal, and Ram Dass (via live streamed video).
Tuition for this one-day program is $75 for those who participated in the weekend Fall Ecstatic Chant, and $125 for others (plus accommodations and/or commuter charges). To take advantage of the special $75 rate, please call Omega at 877.944.2002 to register.

Heart Practice of Chanting
Bringing Chanting Into the Practice of Living
September 6
Join Krishna Das for this one-day chanting retreat and devotional practice. This is a special opportunity to study with one of the foremost devotional singers in the world.