Join us for our 13th 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 all-night Saturday session—we explore a variety of chants and chanting styles, interspersed with rejuvenating sessions of meditation, yoga, and story sharing.
Scholarships: The available scholarships have been awarded. If you choose to submit an application, you will be placed on a waitlist. See Holistic Studies application at eomega.org/scholarships.
Program ends Monday at 12:30 p.m. Performers are subject to change. Ram Dass will appear via live video stream.
MORE WAYS TO CHANT
Special Labor Day Chant Session
This special Labor Day Ecstatic Chant takes place on Monday, September 4, from 2:30 p.m. to midnight, and includes performances by Krishna Das, Deva Premal & Miten, Jai Uttal, and Manose.
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
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.
Please note this course has a special schedule and ends Monday at 12:30 p.m.:
|4:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.||Check In (Rooms available after 5:00 p.m.)|
|7:30 p.m.–7:50 p.m.||Welcome & Orientation|
|8:00 p.m.–12:30 a.m. (Saturday)||Workshop|
|8:00 a.m.–8:45 a.m.||Commuter check-in (if not checked-in the previous evening)|
|2:15 p.m.–5:15 p.m.||Workshop|
|8:00 p.m.–5:30 a.m. (Sunday)||Workshop|
|2:15 p.m.–5:15 p.m.||Workshop|
|8:00 p.m.–1:30 a.m. (Monday)||Workshop|
|9:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m||Workshop|
|Noon–1:00 p.m.||Check Out|
The above schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the faculty. Faculty are also subject to change.
Omega’s Children's Program will not be available during the Saturday and Sunday evening overnight chant sessions. Contact Omega registration at 877.944.2002 for details.
Dining Hall Hours (Dinner is included on arrival day):
Breakfast: 7:00 a.m.–8:45 a.m.
Lunch: Noon–2:00 p.m.
Dinner: 6:00 p.m.–7:15 p.m.
Daily Open Classes in meditation, yoga, tai chi, or movement (subject to availability):
7:00–8:00 a.m., 12:15–1:00 p.m., 5:30–6:15 p.m., 5:30–6:30 p.m.
Meet the Teachers
Grammy-nominee Krishna Das is one of the foremost devotional singers in the w ...
Deva Premal and Miten employ ancient mantras, rich harmonies ...
Jai Uttal is a Grammy-nominated singer a ...
Steve Gorn has produced many CDs, including Rasika and Luminous ...
Nepalese Indian flute (bansuri) maestro Manose has sp ...
Wah! has been making music for the yoga world for more than 25 years. She ble ...
Radhanath Swami is a spiritual leader who has been practicing bhakti yoga for ...
The Hanumen is a kirtan band comprised of John de Kadt, Purusartha Dasa, Gaur ...
Ram Dass (live via streaming video) has been a trusted guide to Omega and tho ...
Donna De Lory is a singer and songwriter whose music is a beautiful hybrid of ...
Parvathy Baul is a practitioner, performer, and teacher of the Baul tradition fr ...
Nawang Khechog, author of Awakening Kindness, was a monk for 11 year ...
Daniel Paul, a composer and Fulbright award-winning tabla drummer, has played ...
Tuition & Fees
We are no longer taking online registrations for this workshop.
Tuition covers your workshop costs and time spent in class with the faculty. Please see Stay With Us below for accommodation choices—which include meals and other amenities for those who wish to stay with us. Or see Commute for those who will not be staying on campus overnight.
Accommodations cover your room, all meals, and use of amenities and facilities—which includes optional classes, evening performances, sampler classes (during the week), the lake, walking trails, parking, and all other guest services. A list of local hotels and inns is available for those who wish to stay off-campus and commute (see Commute below).
Omega reserves the right to cancel a program at any time. If Omega cancels a program, you will receive a full refund. Some programs may have special cancellation policies; see individual workshop descriptions or the more detailed Omega Cancellations & Refund Policies page.
Refunds are available (less a $50 processing fee) up to eight days before your program or stay.
Nonrefundable credit toward a future Omega program or stay (less a $50 processing fee) is available if you give notice between seven and one day(s) before your program or stay. Credit may be applied to any Omega program or stay for one year following date of issue.
No credit or refund is available if you cancel on the arrival day; if you do not show up; or if you leave an event early for any reason. No refund will be available if you attend a program and are dissatisfied with its presentation or content.
Omega reserves the right to cancel a program at any time. If Omega cancels a program, you will receive a full refund. Some programs may have special cancellation policies; see individual workshop descriptions.
For more cancellation policies, see individual workshops or the more detailed Omega Cancellations & Refund Policies page.
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