Awakening to the Heart 

 A Mountain Sanctuary for Heart-Centered Community Gatherings & Events

             Located in the White Mountains of New Hampshire                  

Community Kirtan



All are Welcome

This is a Family Friendly Event!

Donations gratefully accepted


Cynthia, Audrey and Shana regularly co-lead our Community Kirtans






Community Kirtan is a devotional practice and expression of heart connection with healing sounds of sacred music,  mantras
and soulful chanting, which creates a sense of unity.



Kirtan has roots from the Bhakti Yoga tradition—the Yoga of Love and Devotion.
This tradition began centuries ago in India, as a spiritual practice & a way to connect with the Divine.  
As a result, many of our chants are in Sanskrit that call to Deities & the Divine that resides within us. 

At our Community Kirtan, we include songs & chants from a variety of spiritual & wisdom traditions.
Vibrations of ancient mantras & sacred music create a powerful energy of renewal and transformation. 

What to Expect:

  • You will be guided by the chant leader and often invited to chant in a call & response singing of mantras & other devotional music. Each chant is followed by a short period of meditative silence.

  • Kirtan is an opportunity to get in touch with your heart, connect with others, to feel free and joyful! Don’t worry about having to learn all the words - just listen and repeat what you hear.

  • There are many ways to participate. You are invited to do any of the following—chant, sing, move or dance, or be silent—all while soaking in heart-opening sounds & healing vibrations of Kirtan.

-  It is important to know that Kirtan is not a concert, even though it usually has musicians and lead singers/chanters. We gather in community with reverence and create a sacred space for one another. It is a simple and joyful way to be fully in the present moment, with each other, with music, chanting & singing—an experience of heart-felt unity.


Do you have some musical experience 

or would like to offer something to our Community Kirtan?

Please contact Cynthia for any questions

  • if you want to Lead a Chant or become a regular Musician for Community Kirtan
  • if you would like to be a Guest Kirtan Wallah for a special event
  • if you have any interest in learning how to play harmonium

learning how to sing chants and how to lead chants

    Cynthia Scrimshaw                               Audrey Drake                               Shana Aisenberg