Conference

Ecstatic Chant

Sep 01 - Sep 04 2017 Rhinebeck, NY
Join us for our 13th annual Ecstatic Chant retreat, one of the most popular events at Omega.

 

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.

More Information

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
September 4
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
September 5

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.

Schedule

Please note this course has a special schedule and ends Monday at 12:30 p.m.:

FRIDAY
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
 
SATURDAY
8:00 a.m.–8:45 a.m. Commuter check-in (if not checked-in the previous evening)
9:00 a.m.–Noon Workshop
2:15 p.m.–5:15 p.m. Workshop
8:00 p.m.–5:30 a.m. (Sunday) Workshop
 
SUNDAY
11:00 a.m.–Noon Workshop
2:15 p.m.–5:15 p.m. Workshop
8:00 p.m.–1:30 a.m. (Monday) Workshop
 
MONDAY
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 ...
  • Miten is well known for his collaborations with life-partner Deva ...
  • 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

Title Price

Ecstatic Chant

$ 395.00

Accommodations cover your room, Omega's overhead costs, all meals, and use of the facilities, which includes optional classes, evening performances, sampler classes (during the week), the lake, walking trails, parking, and all guest services. An off-campus referral list is available.

TYPE Rate - 3 Nights

A Double Deluxe

Shared Room With Private Bath
2 double beds. Heat. Air-conditioning. Free Wi-Fi. Wheelchair-accessible rooms available. Register with a companion, or a same gender roommate will be assigned to you.

$ 829.00

A Single Cabin Room

Private Room With Private Bath
1 queen-size bed. Heat. Ceiling fan. No air-conditioning. Free Wi-Fi.

$ 961.00

A Couples Cabin Room

Private Room With Private Bath
You must register with a companion if you choose this type of accommodation.
1 queen-size bed. Heat. Ceiling fan. No air-conditioning. Free Wi-Fi.

$ 690.00

A Double Cabin Room

Shared Room With Private Bath
2 double beds. Heat. Ceiling fan. No air-conditioning. Free Wi-Fi. Wheelchair-accessible rooms available. Register with a companion, or a same gender roommate will be assigned to you.

$ 746.00

B Single Cabin Room

Private Room With Shared Bath
1 queen bed. Bath shared with adjoining room. Heat. Ceiling fan. No air-conditioning. Free Wi-Fi. 

$ 805.00

B Single Cabin Room - Twin [not in use]

Private Room With Shared Bath
1 twin bed. Bath shared with adjoining room. Heat. Ceiling fan. No air-conditioning. Free Wi-Fi. Limited availability.

$ 0.00

B Double Cabin Room

Private Room With Shared Bath
2 twin beds. Bath shared with adjoining room. Heat. Ceiling fan. No air-conditioning. Free Wi-Fi. Register with a companion, or a same gender roommate will be assigned to you.

$ 604.00

B Couples Cabin Room

Private Room With Shared Bath
You must register with a companion if you choose this type of accommodation.
1 queen bed. Bath shared with adjoining room. Heat. Ceiling fan. No air-conditioning. Free Wi-Fi. 

$ 534.00

Dorm Single

Private Room With Shared Bath
1 twin bed. Hall bath shared by 5-to-12 guests. Heat. Air-conditioning. Free Wi-Fi. Pillow and blanket provided. You may rent sheets and towels for a small fee, or bring your own. Dorms are generally single gender, but may be coed.

$ 511.00

Tent Cabin Single

Private Room With Shared Bath
2 twin beds. Wood-framed, screened walls with canvas roof. Bathhouse nearby. No heat. No air-conditioning. Please bring your own sheets or sleeping bag, blanket, towels, and pillows. You may rent sheets, blankets, towels, and pillows for a small fee. Reserve as a private room.

$ 511.00

Tent Cabin Double

Shared Room With Shared Bath
You must register with a companion if you choose this type of accommodation.
2 twin beds. Wood-framed, screened walls with canvas roof. Bathhouse nearby. No heat. No air-conditioning. Please bring your own sheets or sleeping bag, blanket, towels, and pillows. You may rent sheets, blankets, towels, and pillows for a small fee. Register with a companion.

$ 395.00

Camping

1 pre-assigned campsite. Bathhouse nearby. Bring your own tent and all appropriate camping gear. Stoves, campfires, and recreational vehicles are not allowed on campus.

$ 330.00

The commuter fee includes the full benefits of our unique Accommodations & Meals Package, excluding the cost of accommodations. A list of local Local Hotels and Inns is available.

1 Night/Per Person Rates

Friday or Saturday Sunday-Thursday 7-Night Stay
$ 50.00 $ 35.00 $ 35.00

Continuing Education

Certificate of Attendance $ 35.00

Scholarships

Scholarship

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