Awakening to the Heart 

 A Mountain Sanctuary for Heart-Centered Community Gatherings & Events

             Located in the White Mountains of New Hampshire                  




Kirtan

Connecting Hearts with Sacred Chants & Music

- Come Sing, Dance and Experience the Joy of Kirtan -

All are Welcome!


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Kirtan is the Ecstatic, Meditative Call & Response Devotional Singing of the Divine Names from  Hindu Tradition. 

It’s a wonderful way to quiet the mind and open the heart, to remember the sacred within and around us, and to connect with community.  All are welcome to this easily accessible spiritual practice of singing names and mantras with traditional and contemporary melodies. Participants are invited to sit comfortably, sing as though no one is listening, clap their hands, and dance or move if they wish.

Kirtan is a simple yet powerful and direct way to connect with self, spirit, source, and community.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  ~ Kalidasa

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Kalidasa Kirtan

with Kaveri Dasi & Shana Aisenberg


Sunday, July 21, 2:00-3:30pm

$20-$30 Requested donation   


We were grateful to have Kirtan with Kalidasa and Friends share a special kirtan with us last fall, and are so excited they will be joining us again this summer! All are welcome to this spiritual practice of call and response singing of mantras with traditional and contemporary melodies.


Kalidasa (Joseph Getter) leads kirtan with his voice, harmonium, bamboo flutes and hand drums. He is a kirtan wallah, creative world musician, composer and teacher, with decades of experience in kirtan, Javanese gamelan of Indonesia, Carnatic classical music of southern India, experimental music, drumming Jazz, as well as music for yoga, theater, dance, sound healing, and the circus arts. 

Kaveri Dasi provides support on the mridanga (a traditional clay-bodied drum of India) and also as vocalist. She is a Vaishnava and member of the Bhakta Bhandav organization. 

Shana Aisenberg is an accomplished musician and teacher who masterfully complements and supports kirtan with the exquisite sounds of her fiddle. 


facebook.com/KalidasaKirtan


Community Kirtan!

Sunday, August 11, 2:00-3:30pm 

$20 Suggested donation (or as able) 

    

Click here for more information.  
(upcoming dates: Aug 11, Oct 20 )                      



          

                                  




Amala & Bhavani Kirtan

Devotional Singing & Sound Journey

Sunday, Aug 18, 4:00-6:00pm

$20 Suggested donation (or as able)  


Join us in welcoming this new kirtan group from Salem, New Hampshire!  Come chant and melt into “the Bhav” with devotional singing and the journey of sound.

  

JoAnne Sevigny (Amala) & Jennifer Charland (Bhavani) co-lead kirtan with vocals & harmonium, Dan Saccardo on drums, & Joshua Charland creating sound scape.


joykaruna.com  /  journeyomyoga.com 



Shanti Kirtan

with Todd Glacy, Helena Nash,
Marni Prince & Jason Prince


Saturday, Aug 24, 4:30-6:30pm

$20-$30 Requested donation 


We are so happy to have Shanti Kirtan join us for the first time this summer! 


“Shanti means Peace. Only by creating peace within our own mind and helping others to do the same can we hope to achieve peace in this world.” Geshe Kelsang Gyatso 


Kirtan is a practice of community singing that helps to focus and quiet the mind, open the heart, establish connection and cultivate inner peace. The members of Shanti Kirtan offer a contemporary version of this ancient practice by partnering with retreat centers, yoga studios and a wide variety of spiritual and wellness focused communities and organizations throughout New England (and beyond). We offer a safe, welcoming, and inclusive opportunity for all people to come together in conscious co-creative community and experience the joy, peace and connection that can arise through the sharing of music, movement, sound and stillness. 


Shanti Kirtan originated in Maine. Its members, Rev Todd Glacy, Helena Nash, Marni Prince and Jason Prince, collectively have 30+ years of experience bringing sacred music to venues throughout New England and beyond for healing and spiritual and emotional connection. 


shantikirtan.com 




Kirtan Bliss
Mantra Music & Heart Song Experience                                                                        

with Gina & Gershone                                            


        Sunday, September 29, 4:30-6:00pm

$20-$40 Requested donation

 

We love hosting Gershone and Gina each fall through Awakening to the Heart at our sanctuary. What a kindhearted, joy-filled and energetic duo they are; which manifests fully into their offerings. An experience not to miss…


Together Gershone and Gina weave a tapestry of sound, love, and wisdom. Come as you are - sit and receive, or chant and move with us! 


What is Mantra Music & Heart Song Experience?

“Mantra is ancient vibrational technology to shift into a greater resonance with Reality, to clear the mind and open the heart. Recited, chanted, or sung, it’s a yoga practice much, much older than practicing asanas, and found in spiritual traditions worldwide. Our offering honors and includes elements of traditional kirtan, infused with modern musical inspiration of beat and melody, with prayerful English and Hebrew lyrics woven into the songs in an embrace of all spiritual traditions. Add the collective energy of a group gathering, and you have an experience that takes you beyond yourself into communion, realness, and elevation, as well as contributes positive, loving vibration to the world all around.”


Gershone and Gina are a dynamic duo that bring a unique sound to their high energy mantra music, sharing the power of mantra as medicine with ecstatic devotion. Fusing elements of traditional kirtan with improv trance, rockin’ grooves, with sweet harmonies and deep spaces that move energy and uplift the heart in the collective experience of Bhakti Yoga. 


gershonemusic.com 



Carrie Grossman Kirtan

with Danny Solomon,
Owen Landis & Ezra Landis


       Saturday, October 5, 6:30-8pm

 $20-$40 Requested donation


Awakening to the Heart is delighted to welcome Carrie Grossman to our sanctuary for a heart-expanding evening of Kirtan in the intimate and cozy setting of BodhiHeart Yurt. For millennia, seekers have used chanting to kindle the light within. Drawing on this rich tradition, Carrie will guide us into into the heart through sacred music, mantra, and meditation. Come release your burdens and immerse yourself in Bhakti—the yoga of love. 


Carrie will be joined by the brilliant Ezra Landis on guitar, Owen Landis on drums, and Danny Solomon on bass. All are welcome.










Carrie Grossman (Dayashila) is a devotional singer, composer, writer, and lifelong student of the mystical traditions. For over 20 years, she has studied the art of sacred sound, guiding people into the sublime realms of the heart through her concerts, workshops & retreats. You can find her acclaimed albums—Soma-Bandhu, The Ram Sessions, Homeward, & Pranam—on all digital & streaming platforms, & on the popular meditation app Insight Timer.


carriegmusic.com 




Adam Bauer Kirtan & Satsang

with Danny Solomon, Owen Landis, 

Ezra Landis & Kalia Kellogg

 

Sunday, November 3, 6:00-8pm      

(please make a note: Daylight Savings time changes on this date)

 $20-$40 Requested donation


Kirtan and Satsang with sacred chant artist Adam Bauer is a deep immersion in Bhakti—the yoga of devotion, a blissful union of hearts and voices carried on a current of music and love. With his warm baritone voice and sonorous harmonium accompaniment, Adam leads his chanting sessions with a gentle, grounded energy, guiding participants to profound levels of conscious awareness.


Kirtan is the joyous call-and-response practice of making music and chanting mantra together, letting sound and community be our medicine. One of the foundational practices on the path of Bhakti, chanting is a grounded, inspiring and effective awareness practice. When we chant together, we naturally feel better: more connected with each other, more at peace with ourselves and the world.


Satsang is when we gather together as truth seekers in community, cultivating a remembrance of spirit and devotion as we all navigate our paths through this crazy, beautiful world. Sometimes satsang involves singing, story telling or readings from inspiring devotional texts, sometimes just diving deep into silence or conversations that explore and enliven our connection with Life and all its multidimensional radiance.


Adam will be joined by Danny Solomon on bass, Owen Landis on drums,
Ezra Landis on guitar and Kalia Kellogg on vocals. What a dynamic and brilliant combination of heart energy, musical talent and sacred sound that will fill our yurt!


This is a special event you will want to put in your calendar!


Adam Bauer travels the globe sharing the heart-expanding beauty of kirtan, healing touch, the I Ching, and transformational conversation. Adam spent years playing bass with kirtan pioneer Krishna Das, and later with Bhakti Yoga legend Shyamdas, both of whom nourished his love of sacred sound and the yoga of devotion. He has released three critically-acclaimed records: Shyam Lila debuted on  Mantralogy Records in 2014, Wonderville was released in 2017, and Return to the Sacred in 2020. Adam sings & offers workshops, programs & coaching sessions worldwide, enchanting and inspiring listeners with his deep, soulful voice and presence wherever he goes.


iamadambauer.com