The Path of Kirtan This workshop explores the ancient practices of singing, devotional chant, and rhythm. It is an immersion in the luminous ocean of music through voice, mantra, devotion, movement, and meditation. The Path of Kirtan creates a sacred space for safe and playful exploration in a group setting. Participants can then journey together to more clearly and deeply connect with the divine Presence. You will enjoy this workshop if you wish to: • open your voice more fully as a sacred instrument • deepen your experience of chanting and devotion (bhakti yoga) • playfully explore the body as a vehicle for rhythm • create a joyful experience of music and spirit in community with others Opening the voice includes a voyage through vocal practices from both Eastern and Western musical traditions. In many Eastern cultures, the practice of music is approached as a spiritual practice, as the yoga of sound, and that is how it is presented in this workshop.
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 create music with beauty, passion, and reverence. Heather and Benjy have released five beautiful and well-loved albums of sacred chant musince 2003, including Living Waters, Jaya, LIVE in love, Sri, and The Love Window. Shantala has performed and recorded internationally with such sacred music luminaries as Krishna Das, Deva Premal & Miten, and Jai Uttal. They were named as one of the top Kirtan “Wallahs to Watch” by Yoga + Joyful Living Magazine. Kirtan is a celebration of spirit through the chanting of sacred names, carrying the audience into a state of heightened awareness, bliss, and devotion. The audience is invited to participate fully through call-and-response chanting, dance, and meditation