Dive deeper into the power of music as you fine tune and enhance your skills as a kirtanist, receiving constructive feedback and guidance.
“Kirtan is a very powerful way of accessing the depths of your being and tasting a drop of the pure self, but what is more beautiful is that you share that experience with the group through the energetic expression of your voice… and we all can feel that.”
An immersion in kirtan and chanting where you will have the opportunity to expand and practice your kirtan skills with a group.
This course is for both, those who are able to reasonably and confidently lead kirtan in a small group and anyone wishing to expand their knowledge of the practice of kirtan.
There will be the opportunity to fine tune your skills either as a kirtanist and/or as part of a group supporting the kirtan. There will be a certain amount of space for advanced participants to lead kirtans and to receive constructive feedback and support from the group.
Detailed feedback and guidance may be offered from the instructors on energy work, rhythm, vocals, working with musicians, microphones and the many other aspects that go towards being able to confidently lead and/or participate in kirtan with any sized group.
Kiwi-born kirtan king, Chakradhyan, knows how to sing from the heart. Better yet, he wants to teach us all how to do it! Watch a video interview with Chakradhyan here.
Many well-known kirtanists begin as musicians and later develop into kirtan artists. It is thus a rare quality to discover a kirtanist who originates from a yoga tradition and then merges this love of yoga with music.
Classically trained in the yogic arts at the Bihar School of Yoga in India, Chakradhyan’s experience draws upon a knowledge of the yoga’s of Mantra, Nada (energy vibration) and Bhakti (devotion).
Blending these traditions with his own artistry he has developed a moving and unique kirtan style that weaves Satyananda Yoga kirtan with elements of folk rock. His raw and emotive kirtans engage group participation and allow an honest expression of joy, opening participants to access the rare and essential magic of kirtan, known as ‘bhava’.
In 2009 Chakradhyan established the Chantyoga Kirtan School. He runs the Chant and Chai Cartel and Mantra Dance nights in Melbourne, and is the co-organiser of the Melbourne Chant Fest, Kindred Spirit Festival and the Return of the Sun Festival.
Chakradhyan has over 15 years dedicated experience in yoga, mantra and meditation practice. His experience spans the globe and includes 5 years living and teaching in Satyananda yoga ashrams in Australia, India and New Zealand.
‘Kirtan is very beneficial for everyone. It creates a release or expression of the emotions. The emotions get so caught up within the body and they need to be expressed. One way of expressing it is through catharsis. Through anger, through crying, through laughter, through all these different emotional expressions but a very gentle way of expressing emotions is through singing.’ ~ Chakradhyan
Also join the Music Workshop – Kirtan for Beginnerswith Chakradhyan on 10th of January.
These workshops run before and after our signature event Nurturing Positivity on 11th – 14th January. For more info and SPECIAL FULL WEEKEND PRICE click here.
Art and Science of Kirtan: NZ$95
Package deal: Both workshops NZ$170
includes lunch and program
Non-refundable deposit of 20% of total payment required to hold your place.
Locals discount available.
Optional stay for dinner at 6:30pm. (KOHA)
Registration at 9am.