Join us for our 14th 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.
This 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
Monday, September 3
This special Labor Day Ecstatic Chant takes place on Monday, September 3, from 2:30 p.m. to midnight, and includes performances by Krishna Das, Deva Premal & Miten, Jai Uttal, Parvathy Baul, and Manose.
Tuition for this one-day program is $75 ($65 Members) for those who participated in the weekend Ecstatic Chant, and $125 ($110 Members) for others (plus accommodations and/or commuter charges). To take advantage of the special $75 ($65 Members) rate, please call Omega at 877.944.2002 to register.
Heart Practice of Chanting
Bringing Chanting Into the Practice of Living
Tuesday, September 4
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.
The Singing Body
Song & Movement in Baul Tradition
Tuesday, September 4
In this 1-day workshop, you can be part of the ancient Baul tradition of singing with body movement and dance.
Please note this course ends Monday at 12:30 p.m. and has a special schedule. The schedule below is tentative and subject to change. A detailed schedule will be available upon arrival:
|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.
Dining Hall Hours (Meals begin with dinner on arrival day and end with lunch on departure 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 world. Sharing hi ...
Deva Premal and Miten, life-partners on and off the stage, employ ancient m ...
A Grammy-nominated singer and pioneer in the world music community, Jai Uttal has led kirtan ...
Ram Dass, author of the groundbreaking classic Be Here Now, and his latest, Poli ...
Nepalese Indian flute (bansuri) maestro Manose has spent the past 10 years t ...
The Juggernauts are a mantra music collective built on the longtime friendship and collaboratio ...
C.C. White’s distinct “Soul Kirtan” performances have won her wide recognition as “The Qu ...
Rickie Byars Beckwith is music and arts director for the Agape International Spiritual Center ...
Mirabai Ceiba is a duo consisting of guitarist/singer Markus Sieber and sing ...
Parvathy Baul is a practitioner, performer, and teacher of the Baul tradition from Bengal, India. Sh ...
Steve Gorn, whose flute music for yoga and meditation has been said to “re-align the cells, ...
The Fanna-Fi-Allah Sufi Qawwali Ensemble continues to spread Sufi traditions and teachings in the ...
Tuition & Fees
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.
For more cancellation policies, see individual workshops or the more detailed Omega Cancellations & Refund Policies page.
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