Krishna DasHeart of Devotion
Join Krishna Das, the "chant master of American yoga", for an intimate afternoon of stories & discussions on the Path, chanting and an opportunity for Q&A. No experience is required and all are welcome. Krishna Das has several chant CD and books for sale at this venue.
Radhanath SwamiSpecial Guest—Author of The Journey Home
Through near-death encounters, apprenticeships with advanced yogis, and years of travel along the pilgrim's path, Radhanath Swami eventually reaches the inner sanctum of India's mystic culture and finds the love he has been seeking. It is a tale told with rare candor, immersing the reader in a journey that is at once engaging, humorous and heartwarming.
Ram DassExclusive DVD
Ram Dass first went to India in 1967. He was still Dr. Richard Alpert, an already eminent Harvard psychologist and psychedelic pioneer with Dr. Timothy Leary. He had continued his psychedelic research until that fateful Eastern trip in 1967, when he traveled to India. In India, he met his guru, Neem Karoli Baba, affectionatelyknown as Maharajji, who gave Ram Dass his name, which means "servant of God." Everything changed then - his intense dharmic life started, and he became a pivotal influence on a culture that has reverberated with the words "Be Here Now" ever since. Ram Dass's spirit has been a guiding light for three generations, carrying along millions on the journey, helping free them from their bonds as he has worked his way through his own.
Phil GoldbergThe Beatles’ Yoga: Let it Be
The Beatles changed the world spiritually as well as musically. Their journey to India legitimized meditation, introduced words like mantra, guru and ashram, and opened the floodgates for yogic teachings to spread, within you without you, and across the universe. Join Phil Goldberg, author of the award-winning American Veda, and ace musicians led by Emmy nominated bhakti rock artist Joey Lugassy for a magical mystery tour of the Beatles’ mind-blowing, world-changing trip from the set of "Help!" to the banks of the Ganges to "My Sweet Lord." With audios, videos and live music, we will illuminate the Fab Four’s spiritual story and celebrate them as ambassadors of India’s timeless wisdom and creators of unforgettable songs.
Chris ChappleMindfulness and Yoga Sādhana: The Brahma Vihāra
Yoga transforms body and mind, purifying karmas and clarifying the realm of the senses. Patañjali, in Yoga Sūtra I:33, suggests that we cultivate friendliness toward those who are happy, compassion for the suffering, gladness for the good, and equanimity when facing negativity. In this workshop we will move and chant with the aim of cultivating these meditative intentions.
Christopher Key Chapple is Doshi Professor of Indic and Comparative Theology and Director of the Master of Arts in Yoga Studies at Loyola Marymount University.
Paul HeussenstammMandalas as Psychic Maps
Paul Heussenstamm’s inherent artistic abilities and unique focus are reflections of his parent's influence as both were deeply involved in art and spirituality. Paul’s natural evolution into becoming an accomplished painter of spiritual imagery began at age 35 after growing a successful surf business. His first art class expanded into a consuming passion that resulted in a change of profession along with a resounding new perspective on life. Paul explains, “A new voice had come into being, and I merely began listening and responding to this growing call of the soul.” The major turning point in his art career came during a workshop when he spontaneously created a Mandala, an ancient sacred pattern. Over time he came to understand the Mandala as a psychic map and a symbol of wholeness that can center us through difficult times. “All of reality has a pattern, and the patterns are ours to understand if we have the courage and insight to open up and look. All we seek—peace, love, health, happiness, all that is real—can be ours through this understanding.
Dr. Manoj & Jyothi ChalamSymbolism of Ganesha, Shiva, Hanuman & Goddesses and their Relevance today
Using statues to illustrate, Manoj will relate the symbolism of these deities to archetypes within us. Through their myths, we'll uncover hidden symbolisms and learn the four ways to work with them as part of your spiritual practice. Manoj will help you to find your personal archetype or Ishtadevata. Discover how working with your archetypes can profoundly shift you, especially during moments of life transitions, and how these ancient teachings have practical relevance to your life, bringing peace of mind and uncovering our underlying common spirit.
The Joy of Chanting - by Jyothi Chalam
We will explore the spiritual meaning and significance of chanting through both Vedic chants and Kirtans.
Snatam KaurLiving in Divinity: A Yoga and Chanting Workshop
We are not alone, we are never alone. The Divine hand of God is always there; we just have to reach for it. Snatam Kaur will share through her own life experience as a a touring musician and Kundalini Yoga Teacher, specific mantras to connect us into the Divine energy that is naturally within us. With live music from Todd Boston and Ramesh Kannan in addition to an energetic and fun yoga set, come enjoy, celebrate, and experience your own connection to the Divine.
Moses & ZeinaGalactivation into the Vortex of Love. Find Your Voice and Free your soul
Kundalini Yoga and Sacred Mantra with Moses Jas Jeet Singh and Zeina Zee Love. Are you listening? Tune into your subtle awareness. Its Time to Take a Risk, No more holding back from your unique creative self. This class will rock your world and take you on a sweet journey to the Zero Point of Primal Sound and the sacred chamber of your heart. We promise it will be Sacred Safe space to be yourself and activate your highest self.
Mirabai Devi2013 Bhakti Fest Light Activation: Open into the Bhav
As we move forward into a New Era of Consciousness and all the many planetary changes that we continue to experience, it is important for us to awaken into expanded awareness, to transform negativity and suffering into bliss, to experience freedom from suffering and separation, to forgive each other and ourselves, and to love ourselves and love the Divine.
Join Mirabai for a workshop filled with the Divine Light as she guides us through an experience of transformation and miraculous healing that will culminate in a blissful state. Mirabai will give teachings, in addition to provide a guided meditation, peacemaking and forgiveness practices, a Shakti Light transmission and a special blessing for 2013. Join her to raise your consciousness and to open your heart to be filled into Divine Love
Prashanti de JagerTejas Fest
The Tejas Fest class is a rewarding readily accessible combination of Ayurveda, Yoga, Jyotisha, Mantra, Puja, and Gyana Yoga. In this class you will first learn how to analyze the specific unique medicinal quality of all forms of Yoga, with a special emphasis on Bhakti Yoga, and also the medicinal quality of all forms of practice, with a specific focus on chanting and singing. Once we know these qualities we can decide which are functional for us and which tend to be dysfunctional, and having done that, learn how to optimize your practice by amplifying its functional effects on you and attenuating the dysfunctional aspects. This will segue us into the main course of this empowering feast: awakening the profound balancing of Bhakti Yoga by learning how to fire up Tejas, the coalescing of our deep and brilliant light of awareness into a coherent cogent focused stream. The fact that Tejas is the metric used to measure the greatness of Yogis is a pretty good clue that to study and cultivate it is phenomenally important to all forms of Yoga, and especially Bhakti Yoga. The class concludes with learning epically powerful laser-like mantras that can quickly increase Tejas and practicing them together as a group.
Gopi KallayilYoga for the Busy Executive
Gopi Kallayil is the Chief Evangelist of Google+ for Brands. Earlier he worked on marketing the Company's flagship advertising product, AdWords, in the Americas and Asia Pacific. While a consultant with McKinsey & Co. prior to working with Google+, he worked on engagements helping the management teams of large corporations improve business performance and maximize revenues. He has also led large Information Technology projects for global corporations in India, China, and the US.
He is an avid yoga practitioner, triathlete, public speaker, global traveler and Burning Man devotee. He has spoken at TEDx, Renaissance Weekend, The World Peace Festival and Wisdom 2.0. He hosts a TV program on cable and YouTube called Change Makers.
Nina RaoChanting the Hanuman Chalisa
Nina Rao learned traditional chants from her grandfather in a village in south India when she was nine years old. The chants quietly stayed with her until she rediscovered chanting with Krishna Das in New York in 1996. She is Krishna Das's assistant and tours with him, playing cymbals and singing. In 2007, she recorded a track 'Nina Chalisa' on Krishna Das' CD "Flow of Grace - Chanting the Hanuman Chalisa". In January 2013, she released her own double-CD "Antarayaami - Knower of All Hearts" which includes kirtan, bhajan, and a variety of Hanuman Chalisa melodies including a duet with Krishna Das. Nina is based in Brooklyn, NY, USA with her daughter, Uma, and chants with her friends and satsang in the New York area and beyond. For more information about the CD, live chanting events, and videos visit: Click for more details.
Victoria GevoianThe 8 Key Tibetan Breaths
Executive Director of the Joshua Tree International Retreat Center and the Ding Le Mei Institute of Mentalphysics. Businesswoman and entrepreneur and founded the Alexandria Bookstores of Southern California. She has been a lecturer, visionary and student of mysticism for over 25 years. omstream.com
Stephen R. Lloyd-MoffettBhaktiology: A Spiritual Life of New World Kirtan
This session hopes to contribute to the intellectual and spiritual foundation of the New World Bhakti movement. It explores the historical roots of kirtan and how its contemporary form provides spiritual sustenance to modern soul searchers. What is the theology of Bhakti or Bhaktiology? The speaker is Dr. Stephen Lloyd-Moffett, who chairs the Religious Studies program at Cal Poly University, San Luis Obispo. His research specialty is the ascetic and mystical movements in Hinduism and Christianity.
Ramana EricksonSanskrit Pronunciation Workshop
After attending this 90 minute workshop, participants will know the structure and proper pronunciation of Sanskrit using English transliteration. In addition, they will know exactly what all those dots and slashes above and below the letters mean when Sanskrit is transliterated and will feel confident about pronouncing any Sanskrit word properly. However, this workshop is not just about the mechanics of the language. We delve into the origins and esoteric side of Sanskrit to discover why Sanskrit is so powerful, why it is used for mantras and kirtan, how the language connects all of us to the universe at large - the macrocosm contained within the microcosm.
Dawn CartwrightTantra. Love & Sexuality
During this workshop for singles and couples, we'll explore the mystical realm of Tantra as it applies to love, relationship and intimacy; bringing us into direct contact with the mysterious, yet human, experience of authentic sexuality.
Tantra is an ancient path of meditation that springs from love. The meditations and practices were born, legend has it, out of a conversation between two lovers, Shiva and Devi, some 5,000 years ago. Entwined in a lover's embrace, the two were discussing the mysteries of the universe. Awestruck by her beauty, Shiva composed 112 Sutras to describe his love; the very flowering of existence, as Devi herself.
The Sutras invite us to explore what emerges when we relax and surrender with another, slipping over the edge of fear into ecstasy. When we learn to deeply listen to the wisdom of our body, there can be a total transformation from repressed or blocked energy to free flowing authenticity and deep love in the realm of intimate connection.
Yehoshua BrillTuning In to the 3rd Ear: A Nada Yoga Experience Exploring Subtle Sound and the Subtle Body
This workshop is the exploration of the principals of yoga, tantra, and mysticism as it relates to sound and music. Using sound, breath, and movement we will learn to hear and feel our own unique inner frequencies and rhythms. Through this practice of Nada Yoga, we are able to tune into our subtle bodies and deepen our attention, awareness, and consciousness of our subtle sound, thereby creating a more harmonious balanced state of being. When we are in tune, we become open channels to the universal vibration that is the fabric of all existence.
Zach Leary (Ramana)Daily Hanuman Chalisa Recitation
Zach Leary (Ramana) is a practitioner of Bhakti yoga as taught by his Guru Neem Karoli Baba. Through the practice of kirtan he has found keys that unlock doorways that allow the soul to experience it's true nature of being eternal, full of knowledge and full of bliss. In addition to Bhakti yoga, Zach has been influenced by many different methods and traditions ranging from trans-humanism, hatha yoga, Buddhism and psychology. But above all he believes first and foremost in his Guru's teaching that "love is the strongest medicine."
The Hanuman Chalisa is a 40 verse Hindu prayer that sings the praises and glories of Hanuman who is the essence of love and devotion to God in the form of Ram. In this workshop, Zach will lead the group in the practice of singing this prayer while maintaining focus on service and devotion. Zach will also talk a little about what the Hanuman Chalisa means to him, the practice of Guru Kripa, and Bhakti.
Hand-outs with the transliteration of the words will be provided.
Michael BakerThe Resolution of True Intimacy & The Unification of the Atman
Workshop day one: The Resolution of True Intimacy Within the organic unfolding of our evolution as humans, there has been activated a disconnect with our fellow man as a direct result of the searching "outside" of ones self for satisfaction and feeling connectedness. The lack of intimacy that has resulted is a direct reflection of our inability to see clearly our true desire to connect, be loved, feel safe and know we belong. Do not miss one of Bhakti Fests greatest opportunities to connect with universal intelligence and heal from within! All levels welcome...Bring an open heart Workshop day two: Unification of the Atman- The Soul's Journey Home Come celebrate and hold the grand vision of Bhakti Fest through the unification of spirit and collective prayer for the healing of our earth as a whole . Master the self and dissolve into oneness. Due to the popularity of this workshop and very limited space available, please arrive 10 minutes early. All levels welcome. Come get involved to evolve!
Dharma DeviClarity Breathwork
Clarity Breathwork is a gentle, safe and profound tool for healing and transformation on all levels — physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. This practice is able to increase the available energy in the physical body, improve the clarity of the mind and allow a release of blocked emotional energy to gently uplift the spirit. It uses the ancient practice of circular, connected breathing that has been utilized in many cultures around the world for thousands of years, for healing and attaining higher states of consciousness. For eons of time yogis, saints and sages alike have expounded on the power and importance of the breath to bring us to greater awareness and presence.
Zat BarakaManifesting Our Lives Through Self-Initiation: A Tantric Breathwork Workshop
The power of self-initiation is a journey into empowerment, life as an exploration and conscious creation. Whether you are choosing to create an intimate relationship, step into your life purpose or create a solid spiritual practice, the power of self-initation supports you on your journey without the self-judgment. Learn to get off the emotional roller coaster that has kept you making the same mistakes.
In this workshop we will use practices that help release emotional trauma, build concentration and help us dissolve our busy judging mind. Self-initiation is an extremely powerful tool to release fear, feel a beautiful sense of being supported, and gaining more self-confidence. We will use traditional Tantric Buddhist practice to drop out of poisonous mind and have an opportunity to feel more connected and grounded.
- Bhakti Yatras