Join us for our 16th 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. This year’s Ecstatic Chant is dedicated to our beloved teacher Ram Dass.
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.
MORE WAYS TO CHANT
Special Labor Day Chant Session
This special Labor Day Ecstatic Chant takes place on Monday, September 7, from 2:30 p.m. to midnight, and includes performances by Krishna Das, Deva Premal & Miten, Jai Uttal, and Manose. Note: a discount is available to those who also attend the full Ecstatic Chant weekend. Learn more
Heart Practice of Chanting
Bringing Chanting Into the Practice of Living
Tuesday, September 8
Join Krishna Das and Nina Rao 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 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|
|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.
This workshop is by application only. Please submit your materials according to the directions on this page.
Regrettably, this workshop has been cancelled.
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
Stay With Us
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).
3 nights commuter fee
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.
See our Cancellation Policy.
Certificate of Attendance : $25