Retreats

  • Contentment - 2 bedroom apartment with living/dining room, kitchen, and bath – $2,870.00
  • Premium Queen with en suite bath – $2,520.00
  • Serene Queen – $2,035.00
  • Comfy Full – $1,880.00
  • Cozy Twin – $1,868.00
  • Hostel-style Lodging – $1,459.00
  • Pet-Friendly Room – $1,960.00
  • (All prices include $795.00 base amount)

The Heart of Kirtan

With Benjy and Heather Wertheimer

July 13 - 21, 2019

Shantala kirtan picThe practice of kirtan is infused with love.  It is a powerful doorway into the lifelong practice of transforming ourselves into loving human beings, bringing us into greater union with the Beloved that dwells inside us and beyond.  In a very unique and personal way, we have the possibility through chanting to touch the deepest, most tender parts of being human and the sacred pulse of the universe.

This kirtan intensive offers a deepening experience of devotion, presenting kirtan as a loving spiritual practice of transformation (sadhana).  It is designed for those who want to expand their lives to include more chanting or wish to move in the direction of learning to lead kirtan.   For all levels of musical or kirtan experience.

The intensive includes:
•    Deepening experience with the practice of sacred chant
•    Eastern and Western vocal technique
•    Instruction in one or more areas of focus:
harmonium, guitar/bass, percussion, and voice
•    Common mantras, their meanings, usage, and correct pronunciation
•    Understanding bhakti (devotion) and how it connects to the other paths of yoga
•    Study and discussion of philosophy through the Bhakti Sutras
•    Introduction to japa practice (recitation of mantra)
•    How to create a sacred mood in kirtan (bhava) and channel emotional energy
•    Learning to chant the Hanuman Chalisa
•    Cultivating a home practice
•    Foundational skills for learning to lead kirtan if desired
•    Sequencing and working skillfully with the energetic dimension of kirtan
•    How to start composing and arranging chants
•    You will have the opportunity to make your own personal offerings in a supportive group setting

Staff
Benjy Wertheimer: Kirtan, mantra, percussion instruction, Eastern vocal instruction
Heather Wertheimer: Kirtan, mantra, group process
Sean Frenette: Guitar/bass & vocal instruction, group instrumentalist and vocalist
Special guest instructors TBA

Leader

Benjy and Heather Wertheimer
Benjy and Heather Wertheimer have been leading kirtan (sacred chanting) worldwide since 2001 as the duo Shantala. They are known for their special gift of bringing the audience into a vast and loving experience through their unique blend of exquisite voices with instruments of India and the West. Together they…
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