Awakening to the Heart 

 A Mountain Sanctuary for Heart-Centered Community Gatherings & Events

             Located in the White Mountains of New Hampshire                  

Kirtan Workshop

Develop deeper connection with the Divine 

through personal practice & spiritual community






with Cynthia Scrimshaw, Audrey Drake & Shana Aisenberg

Saturday, June 29, 2024

$150 per person

Register by June 22 ~ Click Here 

                 Other Details

    Instruments -

  • Bring an instrument - if you are experienced playing it - such as harmonium, keyboard, guitar/stringed instrument, or percussion.

  • There will be opportunities to incorporate learning & playing chants on your instrument. Please note, this workshop is not designed for learning how to play an instrument- you will need to know basic notes/chords/rhythms for the instrument you are bringing.

  • You do not have to bring an instrument, other than yourself and your voice. You will learn in this workshop that your voice is a wonderful and powerful instrument in itself!

    Nourishment & Hydration -

  • Bring a bag lunch, beverage, & water bottle.

  • Healthy snacks, tea, & water will be provided.

    Comfort -

  • Wear loose and comfy clothing. Bring layers & warm socks or slippers.

  • There will be floor seating and chairs available, as well as yoga mats, yoga blankets, & cushions for your comfort.

  • You are not expected to sit all day. During the workshop there will be activities that include movement. You are also encouraged to get up, move around and stretch - whatever you need to take care of yourself.

Throughout this day-long workshop, you will have the opportunity to take in the healing nurturance and beauty of your surroundings, including the mountains, gardens, and the sacred space of BodhiHeart Yurt. Take this time for yourself to slow down & just be. During your breaks, you may want to take a few minutes to walk the labyrinth, or just sit outside, be quiet, listening to the sounds of nature.

                Our Intentions for this workshop

  • Relaxed, comfortable, loving and encouraging environment.

  • Practical knowledge, personal insights and experiential learning.

  • Supports you in creating or taking you deeper into your mantra practice - whether you are leading kirtan or developing your personal, home practice.

  • Includes packet of handouts and materials for you to take home.

  • You will learn at least 3 mantras and chants to sing!

                  Kirtan Workshop Schedule

10:00-10:30am    Getting settled, Logistics, Introductions

10:30-11:45am   Cynthia ~ Jai Ganesha 

  • Bhakti/Kirtan philosophy & chanting as spiritual practice
  • Getting to know Deities & how this enhances your practice
  • Creating intention & holding space for Kirtan/mantra practice 
  • Community Kirtan ~ my personal journey, challenges & joys
  • Building confidence to be a chant leader
  • Logistics of organizing a Kirtan gathering / creating community
  • Resources for learning chants & purchasing Kirtan instruments

11:45-12:00        Break

12:00-1:15pm   Shana - Sri Ram, Jai Ram 

  • Developing a personal chant practice
  • How to incorporate musical Instruments into your chant practice
  • A comparison of chanting approaches; Eastern style of melody over drone and Western styles of chordal accompaniment
  • How to add chords and harmony in chants
  • Composing your own chants 
  • Exploring issues of cultural appropriation

1:15-2:00pm        Lunch

2:00-3:15pm        Audrey - I am Peace, Aad Guray Nameh

  • The Voice Within 
  • Your Body/Your Instrument 
  • Breathing for better sound and connection 
  • Vocal Training  Exercises to open and strengthen your voice
  • Your Voice as a Divine Channel

3:15-3:30pm        Break

3:30-4:15pm        Reflections / Questions / Moving forward

4:15-5:00pm       Kirtan!