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New Year’s Celebration & Kirtan!
January 1 @ 1:00 pm
Kirtan fuels a sense of connection, unity and happiness. It combines meditation with melody and manta- words and sounds that vibrate at the highest level of awareness. It is an effortless and exhilarating way to meditate.
Find seated meditation difficult? A singing meditation can be just the ticket. Song bypasses the thinking mind, the worried mind, and goes straight to that part of the brain where the emotions reside. The melodious meditation of Kirtan soothes the nervous system, it calms the mind without struggling to concentrate.
Expect an ecstatic and meditative practice of call and response singing from the Hindu tradition. All levels are welcome to this accessible spiritual practice of singing mantras with traditional and contemporary melodies. Come sit comfortably, sing as though no one is listening, clap your hands, and dance or move if you wish. Kirtan is a simple yet powerful and direct way to connect with self, spirit, source, and community.
$20 includes event & refreshments *Proof of vaccination required to join mask free.
About Special Guest Teacher Kalidasa Joseph Getter:
Kalidasa is a Kirtan wallah, singing with harmonium to lead this devotional practice. He is a creative world musician with decades of experience in Kirtan, Javanese gamelan of Indonesia, Carnatic classical music of India, experimental music, Jazz, and music for yoga, theater, dance, sound healing, and the circus arts. In 2020, he co-created the recording, “RELEASE. FORGIVE. A Soundscape for Dying (with Buddhist Sutras)” (available on Soundcloud and YouTube). Serving on the faculty of several music schools, he directs the Wesleyan Youth Gamelan program and is music director of the Oddfellows Playhouse Children’s Circus, both in Middletown, Connecticut. He lived in India for two years, and studied religion at Oberlin College and ethnomusicology at Wesleyan University.