Events

NYC - Kirtan with Nina Rao
Oct
26
7:00 PM19:00

NYC - Kirtan with Nina Rao

Life in Motion Yoga
2744 Broadway
New York NY 10025

Join Nina and friends - Tom on drums and Brad on guitar - for an evening of chanting.
As always no experience is necessary. Chants sheets are provided. We looking forward to seeing you!

Ticket Price:
Suggestion cash donation $20 (or within your best budget)
Email: UWSKirtan@gmail.com with any questions.

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Ojai, Ca - 6th Ram Dass Legacy Immersion Retreat
Oct
31
to Nov 3

Ojai, Ca - 6th Ram Dass Legacy Immersion Retreat

Camp Arnez
155 Sulphur Mountain Road,
Ventura, CA 93001

This 4-day retreat we will dive deeper into the teachings of Ram Dass and look at the practices that help us "Become Love"

Sessions include:
- Exclusive Ram Dass archival lectures and will be available for Q&A sessions via Zoom.
- Dharma Talks will be led by Lama Surya
- Nightly Kirtan & Chant Workshop will be led by Nina Rao
Ramayana workshop with Raghu Markus
Hatha Yoga & Pranayama will be led by Saraswati Markus

Hosted by Hanuman Gardens at Camp Arnaz, this retreat is now located at Camp Arnaz, 10 minutes from the former location.

Our retreats grew beyond the capacity of Hanuman Gardens! We are honored to have the HG team continue to work with LSRF to execute the retreats with the same grace, love, and devotion.

Vegetarian (Includes Vegan/Gluten Free/Raw) Meals are prepared lovingly by Food Harmonics.

VISIT CAMP ARNAZ FOR DETAILS (Link in Comments below)
OR
Contact Hanuman Gardens: email info@hanumangardens.com

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Hanuman Chalisas with Krishna Das & Friends {Free Event}
Nov
9
12:00 PM12:00

Hanuman Chalisas with Krishna Das & Friends {Free Event}

Church of St Paul and St Andrew
86 Street @ West End Avenue
New York, NY 10024

FREE EVENT presented by Kirtan Wallah Foundation
This is a FREE offering but please reserve your spot in advance via the ticket link by Fri 11/8 11:30pm. You will receive an email confirmation from Eventbrite which you should print out or have ready to show on your mobile device to be scanned as your ticket for entry. NO paper tickets will be mailed.
Once checked-in you will receive a wristband for entry into the event
It’s a General Admission event. Please arrive early at the venue to check your name on the Will Call list. The Will Call table will be open from 4pm onwards. Join the ticket holders line early for best seats.
Ticketholders line begins around 11:00am. Doors open at 11:30am.
Note that tickets are NON-REFUNDABLE.
Questions? Please email: sarina@krishnadas.com

Remarks:
General admission seating is in wooden pews on main level and balconies. Limited floor seating is available near the stage – bring your own pillow/blanket.

About Kirtan Wallah Foundation:

Kirtan Wallah Foundation is dedicated to spreading the teachings of Neem Karoli Baba, a great Spiritual Teacher of India. Neem Karoli Baba taught Service to God by serving Humanity. His teachings can be summed up by his saying, “Love Everyone. Serve Everyone. Remember God.”
By “Remember God,” he was referring to the practice of the repetition of the Divine Names of God. This is an ancient spiritual practice. In India it is called “Kirtan”, which means singing and chanting the Divine Names. A “Wallah” is someone who performs an action. In this case, Kirtan Wallah refers to someone who sings Kirtan.
Neem Karoli Baba initiated Krishna Das into this ancient practice, and for the last 20 years he has been traveling all over the world, sharing it with tens of thousands of people in over 20 countries.
Kirtan (chanting) is a meditation technique that quiets the mind, opens the heart and brings us back to our true Selves. More information and foundation updates are available on the website.

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Phoenicia, NY: Heart as Wide as the World Retreat
Nov
14
to Nov 17

Phoenicia, NY: Heart as Wide as the World Retreat

Heart as Wide as the World: Heart practices of the Buddhist and Bhakti Paths with Krishna Das, Sharon Salzberg, Lily Cushman & Nina Rao

Both the Bhakti and Buddhist paths tell us that we all have the same capacity for compassion and for peace. A life of connection and authenticity can come completely alive for us, even now when the world is in greater turmoil than ever before. We can discover that our hearts are indeed, wide enough to embrace the whole world of experience. This discovery offers us extraordinary freedom and happiness. The poet Rainer Maria Rilke beautifully describes this way of living as:

I live my life in widening circles
that reach out across the ocean
I may not ever complete the last one
But I give myself to it.’


As we give ourselves to the practices of chanting, mindfulness and lovingkindness meditation, our habitual patterns of attachment and separation are seen for what they are: painful and unnecessary. Through these practices we can begin to live in a way that is commensurate with our extraordinary potential– the potential of being truly awake. We ourselves can live with the unbounded heart of the Buddha.

In this weekend retreat, dive into the practices and teachings of the unbounded heart, led by lifelong teachers and friends, Krishna Das and Sharon Salzberg in Phoenicia, NY at the Menla Mountain Retreat Center.. Sharon and KD draw from their respective traditions of Bhakti Yoga and Buddhism for a complementary exploration of the heart as wide as the world. This immersive retreat includes periods of teaching, discussion, guided meditation, call and response chanting practice, as well as time for question and answers. The weekend also includes group chanting of the Hanuman Chalisa led by Nina Rao, and daily yoga classes led by Lily Cushman. Suitable for new or experienced practitioners.

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Maui, HI - 12th Annual “Open Your Heart in Paradise” Retreat 
Dec
4
to Dec 9

Maui, HI - 12th Annual “Open Your Heart in Paradise” Retreat 

Wednesday December 4 - Monday December 9
Napili Kai Beach Resort
Lower Honoapi'ilani Road
Napili Bay
Maui


Join Ram Dass / Krishna Das & Friends for the 12th Annual “Open Your Heart in Paradise” Retreat at the Napili Kai Beach Resort. Jack Kornfield (Spirit Rock) , Trudy Goodman (Insight LA)  & Mirabai Bush (Contemplative Practices for Higher Education )  return to lead Contemplative Practices, Meditation & Dharma Talks.

Nina Rao will offer chanting of the Hanuman Chalisa during the retreat.

Dr. Robert Svoboda will teach on the foundations of the Aghora tradition. Retreat Website with more information, pricing / accommodation options, tentative Retreat Schedule to be provided mid-May 2019.

For INFO / ON Line Registration Ram Dass / Events
Telephone: 888-663-7770
Email: retreats@ramdass.org
Website: www.ramdass.org

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Kirtan with Nina Rao + Livestream
Dec
20
8:00 PM20:00

Kirtan with Nina Rao + Livestream

Abhaya Yoga (Gowanus)
43D 9th Street, Brooklyn, New York 11215

Join us every Friday night for Kirtan at Abhaya Yoga Center (Gowanus).

Each week the kirtan is led by a different person from our chant community.

$15 suggested donation. Cash only.
No one will be turned away due to lack of funds.

Brooklyn Kirtan Collective:
Chanting brought us all together many years ago, and is what keeps us connected. This practice is our home and our refuge.
We are continuing our weekly Friday night kirtan tradition which originated in 2010 at Brooklyn Yoga School.
Follow us on Facebook: @BrooklynKirtanCollective

Kirtan is call-and-response chanting of Sanskrit mantras. Each repetition of the mantra is a way to gather our awareness and concentration and to be fully present in the moment. This is a heart practice, bringing us into contact with our own true nature. It is a beautiful and powerful way to be in community. No experience required and all are welcome.

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New Year's Dharma, Yoga, & Chanting Retreat
Dec
27
to Jan 1

New Year's Dharma, Yoga, & Chanting Retreat

Menla
375 Pantherkill Rd,
Phoenicia, New York 12464

New Year's Dharma, Yoga, & Devotional Chanting Retreat with Krishna Das, Robert A.F. Thurman and friends happening this December 27th - Jan 1st, 2020 at Menla Retreat and Dewa Spa in Phoenicia, New York!

This retreat combines Krishna Das’ bhakti and universal love teachings—descended from his guru, Maharaj Neem Karoli Baba—with Bob's teachings on mindful metta in the spirit of our annual new year’s retreat’s co-founder, Sharon Salzberg. Bob will also draw from the Indo-Tibetan non-dual wisdom and compassion tradition of the great Bodhisattvas, whose selfless love and compassion for all beings contributed in ancient India to the wondrous river of bhakti devotion and liberating joy.

On this retreat we will invoke Krishna-Radha, Sita-Ram, Lokeshvara, Tara, and Hanuman, celebrating their tireless divine efforts to save the world from needless suffering with chanting, learning, meditating, and energizing and healing the body.

We will learn together from the Bhagavad Gita, the Shrimad Bhagavatam, the Ramayana, the Metta Sutta and the Vimalakirti Sutra, among key ancient sources.

To build motivation for the coming year, we will look to the teachings of Neem Karoli Baba via Krishna Das and Ram Dass and of H. H. Dalai Lama via Bob to revitalize ourselves together to deal joyfully and successfully with the challenges of these pivotal times.

In addition to the teachings, stories, kirtans, and meditations led by KD and Bob, each day Carolyn Christie and Brooke Myers will offer pranayama and expert Iyengar yoga instruction, Nina Rao will lead Hanuman chaleesa chanting, and Paul Bloom will teach Qi Gong.

On New Year’s Eve, we will enjoy a spectacular sound healing session performed by Woodstock’s Sage Academy of Sound. Finally, two illuminating astrology classes—with master astrologer and astronomer Alexander Mallon—will help shed light on cosmic patterns we can expect in the near future, our “astrological forecast,” as we come together to let go of constricting habit-patterns and set meaningfully expansive intentions for the coming year.

Open to all levels of experience.

We encourage you to register early as space is limited!
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NYC: New Year's Day Chanting 108 Hanuman Chalisas + live stream
Jan
1
8:00 AM08:00

NYC: New Year's Day Chanting 108 Hanuman Chalisas + live stream

Tibet House
22 W 15th St
New York, NY 10011

Join our free annual group chanting of 108 Hanuman Chalisas. No experience require and word sheets are provided. You may offer bring flowers and/or vegan prasad at the altar. Chanting begins 8am and we conclude with arti and sharing of prasad around 6pm or so. For those who want to join remotely we will be livestreaming on this FB page [@NinaRaoChant].

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The Feminine Heart: Spiritual Writing & Chanting: Mirabai Starr
Jun
7
to Jun 11

The Feminine Heart: Spiritual Writing & Chanting: Mirabai Starr

Ghost Ranch Abiquiu and Sante Fe
11 HC 77
Abiquiu, New Mexico 87510

The Feminine Heart: Spiritual Writing and Chanting Retreat with Mirabai Starr and Nina Rao:

In this 5-day workshop, renowned “Kirtan Wali” (devotional singer) Nina Rao and Mirabai Starr, inter-spiritual author and speaker, come together to lead a 3-day immersion into the sublime waters of sacred music and transformational writing in honor of the Divine Mother. We will sing simple call-and-response chants from the Hindu & Buddhist traditions, explore the wisdom of women mystics across the spiritual landscape, respond to evocative writing prompts, and share our reflections in both small groups and the full workshop community.

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Uncovering Joy: Workshop with Molly Birkholm and Nina Rao
Oct
13
12:00 PM12:00

Uncovering Joy: Workshop with Molly Birkholm and Nina Rao

Abhaya Yoga
43D 9th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11215

True Joy is not dependent on outward conditions. True Joy is a state of being that arises from being connected to our True Nature, the part of ourselves that is untouched by anything that has ever happened in life or anything that ever will... the part of ourselves that always exists in Peace. We can create the conditions for this authentic joy to arise and grow as a constant experience that holds us throughout the changing experiences of life which can be uplifting and challenging. We will do exactly this during this workshop using kirtan (call-and-response mantra chant), breathing, yoga, yoga nidra guided meditation, and deep connection. Join Nina and Molly for this unforgettable journey into the heart of Joy.

About Molly:
Molly Birkholm is a yoga & meditation teacher trainer, speaker, advisor, show host, and author. She is the co-founder of Warriors at Ease, which has pioneered evidence-based resilience and trauma treatment programs that are used in the US military, including training more than 2000 instructors who work at more than 65 military bases and VA hospitals. Molly’s peak performance & resilience training, stress management courses, and trauma treatment programs have been used by c-suite leaders and top organizations, including the US Department of Defense, McKinsey & Company, and the Young Presidents' Organization. Molly leads programs around the world and also teaches students through her programs on The Great Courses and as the host of Women’s Empowerment Initiative on Yoga International. www.mollybirkholm.com


$60 early bird / $70 day of event.

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Online - The Embodied Love Free Online Conference
Oct
4
to Oct 6

Online - The Embodied Love Free Online Conference

ONLINE

I am so pleased to be included as a presenter in this free online event coming up Oct 4 to 6, 2019.

Devotion is a phenomenon more universal than any particular tradition, for devotion can be as varied as love itself. In the dharmic traditions, the term for devotion is bhakti.

In this free online conference, we will discover both traditional and non-traditional forms of bhakti. We will explore the ways in which devotion transforms our world, from the inside out.

Oct 4 to 6, 2019
Sign up here:
https://www.embodiedphilosophy.org/a/17738/tSca2zU2

Just as falling in love has the power to shape and renew one’s worldview, becoming a Bhakta transmutes our vision and refines our heart.

I am looking forward to being with you for this exciting online conference exploring the embodiment of devotion.

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Twentynine Palms, CA - Bhakti Fest 2019
Sep
25
to Sep 30

Twentynine Palms, CA - Bhakti Fest 2019

Roadrunner Dunes Golf 29 Palms
4733 Desert Knoll Ave, Twentynine Palms
CA 92277


The yoga & conscious music experience of a lifetime!

Nina will lead kirtan on Main Stage Saturday 1-2:15pm, and Hanuman Chalisas 8am-9am Fri+Sat+Sun in workshop hall.

Bhakti Fest is a premiere 6-day Yoga & Conscious Music Festival, offering music on two stages, a wide variety of yoga, breathwork, sound healing, spiritual and wellness workshops in a magical high desert setting at our NEW LOCATION:
Road Runner Dunes in 29 Palms, CA, which offers a beautiful desert setting with a lake for swimming, fishing, paddle boarding and aquatic yoga.

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Brooklyn, NY - Opening Night Group Kirtan!
Sep
20
8:00 PM20:00

Brooklyn, NY - Opening Night Group Kirtan!

Abhaya Yoga (Gowanus)
43D 9th Street,
Brooklyn, NY 11215

Join us for the opening night of our Friday night kirtans at Abhaya Gowanus!!! With Ambika, Nina Rao, Shyama Chapin, Devadas Labrecque, and Terrence Pompey on dholak.

$15 suggested donation. Cash only.
No one will be turned away due to lack of funds.

Brooklyn Kirtan Collective:
Chanting brought us all together many years ago, and is what keeps us connected. This practice is our home and our refuge.
We are continuing our weekly Friday night kirtan tradition which originated in 2010 at Brooklyn Yoga School.
Follow us on Facebook : @BrooklynKirtanCollective

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Rhinebeck, NY - Heart Practice of Chanting
Sep
3
11:00 AM11:00

Rhinebeck, NY - Heart Practice of Chanting

Omega Institute
150 Lake Dr
Rhinebeck, NY 12572

Bringing Chanting Into The Practice of Living.
Immerse yourself in a one-day chanting retreat and devotional practice led by Krishna Das and Nina Rao.

Join Krishna Das for this one-day chanting retreat and devotional practice. This is a special opportunity to study with one of the foremost devotional singers in the world.

We spend the morning exploring the spiritual path with group chanting of Hanuman Chalisas with Nina Rao. Guided by Krishna Das in the afternoon, we revel in call-and-response chanting, stories about Das’s beloved guru, Sri Neem Karoli Baba, and discussions about life, with plenty of opportunities for questions and answers.

Sharing his heart through music and chanting is the basis of Das’s devotional practice, his way of serving the divine within himself and others. In this chanting retreat, we can embark on our own devotional journey with him.

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Princeton, NJ - Peace Love Music ~ Woodstock 50th Anniversary Celebration
Aug
17
2:00 PM14:00

Princeton, NJ - Peace Love Music ~ Woodstock 50th Anniversary Celebration

301 N. Harrison Street, Bldg A, Ste 1E
(Princeton Shopping Center)
Princeton, New Jersey


Come celebrate one of the most moving moments ever...
The Woodstock Music Festival
We're going to have fun!

On August 17th this year we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of this wonderful gathering. Our founder, Sri Swami Satchidananda, actually opened the festival with an inspiring talk (you will be able to see and hear him give his talk when you come).

Come for an amazing event filled with the same energy of love and light, playfulness and joy, while being blessed with music
from 3 of the most inspiring kirtan artists...
Dalian "13-Hands"
Nina Rao
Wah!

There will also be lots of fun and games, good food, massage & reiki treatments, and much more for everyone.
You're free to come and go as you please throughout the day.

One price for the entire event
with everything included:
$65 in advance ($80 at the door)
(IYCC Members get their 40% discount.. $48 at door / $39 advance)

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Hudson, NY - Kirtan with Nina Rao
Aug
8
7:30 PM19:30

Hudson, NY - Kirtan with Nina Rao

Sadhana Center for Yoga and Meditation
403 Warren Street
Hudson, NY

Join us for an evening of call-and-response chanting accompanied by percussionists Keli Lalita, Sraddha, guitarist Brad Stoller, and bansuri flute wizard Eric Fraser. As always, no experience necessary!

Ticket available in advance and at the door: $20 | Complimentary CD with your ticket
For information and tickets -
Telephone: 518-828-1034

Email: through website
Website: sadhanayogahudson.com

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Kripalu, MA: Ocean of Chant & Mantra
Jun
21
to Jun 23

Kripalu, MA: Ocean of Chant & Mantra

Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health
57 Interlaken Road
Stockbridge, MA 01262


For everyone; no chanting experience required.

Immerse yourself in the sacred practice of chant—from the spiritual traditions of India—to quiet the mind, open the heart, and most of all, feel connected. Whether you are an experienced chanter or just beginning, come explore practices that transform you from the inside out, including

  • Japa (mantra repetition)

  • Asana practice led by Keli Lalita, connecting body and mind with breath and movement, accompanied by live chanting and music 

  • Group chanting of prayers and kirtan (call-and-response chanting of Divine Names) with the bhakti band

  • Recitation of prayers including the Hanuman Chalisa, Devi (Goddess) prayers, and Krishna bhakti tradition prayers

  • Puja (devotional offerings)

  • Optional early-morning guided meditation.

Take time out to retreat into the hridaya, the cave of your own heart, and create a sustainable personal practice that fits into your daily routine. Word sheets are provided, as well as reading and audio lists for support after the retreat. Come spend time with like-minded seekers and practice together as you strengthen your own practice and find that inner place of refuge to which you can always return.

Evening Event
Saturday, June 23, 7:30–9:30 pm
Nina Rao and Friends
Free for program participants and in-house guests; no general public tickets available.

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Chanting The Divine Names FB Livestream
May
19
10:00 AM10:00

Chanting The Divine Names FB Livestream

ONLINE EVENT
Worldwide

Tulku Sherdor, Krishna Das, Nina Rao, Keli Lalita, and Lee Mirabai Harrington will share the sacred space of the shrine room at Blazing Wisdom Institute. In this unique online event, each of them will lead a chant or two and you are welcome to join in remotely and share in the chanting. Mark you calendars to tune into TULKU SHERDOR Facebook page where the chanting will be live-streamed.
More information to follow.

DETAILS will be posted HERE soon.

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Brooklyn NY: Kirtan with Nina
May
18
7:00 PM19:00

Brooklyn NY: Kirtan with Nina

Abhaya Yoga (Gowanus)
43D 9th Street
Brooklyn NY 11215

Join Nina Rao in the ancient bhakti yoga practice of kirtan - call-and-response chanting. Bhakti is devotion - devotion to the Love that connects us all. The repetition of the Divine Names accompanied by music with a group of like-minded seekers helps each one of us to quiet the mind and open the heart. The chants are meditative and prayerful and invoke the deep space of well-being that is within each one of us. No experience is required and word sheets will be provided.

[This kirtan is part of a larger Urban Retreat:
TRANSFORMING ADVERSITY INTO THE PATH: FEEDING YOUR DEMONS® WORKSHOP with Chandra Easton.

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Kripalu, MA: Wisdom Rising Mandala Training Level 1
May
9
to May 12

Kripalu, MA: Wisdom Rising Mandala Training Level 1


Kriplau Center for Yoga and Health
PO Box 309
57 Interlaken Road
Stockbridge, MA 01262


The Five Wisdom Dakinis with Lopön Chandra Easton and Karla Jackson-Brewer
For everyone.

Experience transformation through the power of the mandala—a universal map for inner and outer balance, wholeness, and practical awakening. This training offers a journey into the Mandala of the Five Wisdom Dakinis, developed by Lama Tsultrim Allione to bring emotional transformation into alignment with the spiritual path. A template of wholeness, the mandala has as its basic structure the center and four directions, represented by five families of elements, colors, seed syllables, emotions, psychological types, and wisdoms.

This life-changing meditation retreat and celebration of the empowered feminine includes

  • Transmission of the Mandala of Five Wisdom Dakinis, midwives of the wild and wise feminine

  • The practice of Feeding Your Demons® to transform obstacles

  • Integration of the five elements through meditation

  • Yoga inspired by the mandala principle, cultivating balance through movement and embodiment

  • Chanting the five dakini seed syllables and mantras, accompanied by Nina Rao and her band

  • A special Saturday evening kirtan dedicated to the empowered feminine.

The Mandala of the Five Wisdom Dakinis transforms emotional patterns. It offers you a practical method of finding strength and clarity within while empowering you to become an effective change agent in the world. Return home rejuvenated, with the guidance you need to activate all aspects of your being, from your body to your creative life and spiritual realization.

Recommended reading Tsultrim Allione, Wisdom Rising; Feeding Your Demons; and Women of Wisdom (all available in the Kripalu Shop).

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Santa Monica, CA - Monday Nite Kirtan with Special Guest Nina Rao at BYS
Apr
29
6:30 PM18:30

Santa Monica, CA - Monday Nite Kirtan with Special Guest Nina Rao at BYS

Special Monday Nite Kirtan with Nina Rao
Monday, April 29th, 6:30pm - 8:10pm

Bhakti Yoga Shala
207 Arizona Ave, Santa Monica,
California 90401

$20 suggested donation

After almost 2 years, we are so happy to be returning to LA's favorite kirtan gathering place! With your suggested donation of $20 you will receive a CD of my second album Anubhav released in 2018.

Nina Rao learned traditional chants (bhajans) from her grandfather in a village in south India when she nine years old. The chants quietly stayed with her until she rediscovered chanting with Krishna Das in New York in 1996. Her childhood was spent living in and moving between many countries around the world and when she settled in New York her working life began in the banking world, switched to organizing and leading photographic wildlife safaris in Africa and India, and now for many years, is Krishna Das' business manager and assistant.

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Ojai, CA - An Evening of Kirtan with Nina Rao
Apr
27
5:00 PM17:00

Ojai, CA - An Evening of Kirtan with Nina Rao

Join us a for a blissful evening of kirtan with Nina Rao
Saturday, April 27th
Sattvic Indian dinner served at 5:30pm
Kirtan 7-9pm
Suggested donation at the door

Hanuman Gardens
1190 El Toro Rd., Ojai,
California 93023

Nina Rao learned traditional chants (bhajans) from her grandfather in a village in south India when she was nine years old. The chants quietly stayed with her until she rediscovered chanting with Krishna Das in New York in 1996. Her childhood was spent living in and moving between many countries around the world and when she settled in New York her working life began in the banking world, switched to organizing and leading photographic wildlife safaris in Africa and India, and now for many years, is Krishna Das' business manager and assistant.

Nina tours with Krishna Das, playing cymbals and singing with him, and was honored in 2013 to accompany him at the Grammy Awards webcast performance. In 2007, she recorded the track 'Nina Chalisa' on Krishna Das' CD"Flow of Grace - Chanting the Hanuman Chalisa". In January 2013, she released her debut album, "Antarayaami - Knower of All Hearts". The double CD includes devotional kirtan, bhajan, and a variety of Hanuman Chalisa melodies including a duet with Krishna Das. In 2018, Nina recorded released her second album “Anubhav". Nina regularly leads kirtan, chanting of the Hanuman Chalisa, and sings for yoga classes in her hometown of Brooklyn, NY and beyond

BY DONATION:
Suggested donations $40 for both workshop and kirtan
$25 for one event either workshop or kirtan. Cash only.

RSVP on Facebook event OR if you don’t use Facebook, please rsvp by emailing info@hanumangardens.com

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Ojai, CA - Hanuman Chalisa Workshop with Nina Rao
Apr
27
3:00 PM15:00

Ojai, CA - Hanuman Chalisa Workshop with Nina Rao

Hanuman Gardens
1190 El Toro Rd., Ojai,
California 93023

Nina Rao will lead us in a Hanuman Chalisa workshop from 3pm-4:30pm Saturday April 27th, 2019
Suggested donation at the door

Nina Rao learned traditional chants (bhajans) from her grandfather in a village in south India when she was nine years old. The chants quietly stayed with her until she rediscovered chanting with Krishna Das in New York in 1996. Her childhood was spent living in and moving between many countries around the world and when she settled in New York her working life began in the banking world, switched to organizing and leading photographic wildlife safaris in Africa and India, and now for many years, is Krishna Das' business manager and assistant.

Nina tours with Krishna Das, playing cymbals and singing with him, and was honored in 2013 to accompany him at the Grammy Awards webcast performance. In 2007, she recorded the track 'Nina Chalisa' on Krishna Das' CD"Flow of Grace - Chanting the Hanuman Chalisa". In January 2013, she released her debut album, "Antarayaami - Knower of All Hearts". The double CD includes devotional kirtan, bhajan, and a variety of Hanuman Chalisa melodies including a duet with Krishna Das. In 2018, Nina recorded released her second album “Anubhav". Nina regularly leads kirtan, chanting of the Hanuman Chalisa, and sings for yoga classes in her hometown of Brooklyn, NY and beyond.

BY DONATION:
Suggested donations $40 for both workshop and kirtan
$25 for one event either workshop or kirtan. Cash only.

RSVP on Facebook event OR if you don’t use Facebook, please rsvp by emailing info@hanumangardens.com

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NYC - WILD MERCY: The Wisdom of the Feminine, an evening of teachings
Apr
23
7:00 PM19:00

NYC - WILD MERCY: The Wisdom of the Feminine, an evening of teachings

Deepak Homebase"
on the mezzanine at ABC Home
888 Broadway
New York, NY 10003

WILD MERCY: The Wisdom of the Feminine, an evening of teachings with Mirabai Starr.
Nina will start the evening with an invocation chant.

As the fierce and tender voice of the feminine rises again, we are gifted with renewed access to the women mystics and wisdom beings across the spiritual traditions, such as, Teresa of Avila, Julian of Norwich, Mary Magdalene, the Shekinah, Rabia, Fatima, Tara, Quan Yin, Kali, and indigenous Mother goddesses. In this gathering we engage in contemplative readings from the mystics, group reflections, inter-spiritual chanting and silent sitting, weaving these luminous elements into a basket of awakened community.

About the book, Wild Mercy: Living the Fierce & Tender Wisdom of the Women Mystics:
The feminine mystic is one who gathers the pain of the world into her arms and transmutes it with “wild mercy”—a merging of fierce courage with the unstoppable forces of forgiveness, compassion, and love. And she is needed now more than ever. “Women across cultural boundaries are rising with our echoing yes in response to the collective call to step up and repair the broken world,” writes Mirabai Starr. “We are rooting ourselves in our resounding no in the face of injustice to our fellow human beings and our Mother Earth.” With Wild Mercy, Starr inspires you to awaken your own inner mystic as you immerse yourself in the guidance of sages such as Teresa of Ávila, Mary Magdalene, Hildegard of Bingen, the ecstatic poet Mirabai, and the Sufi saint Rabia Basri; join with the archetypal energies of figures like Kuan Yin, Tara, Kali, Sophia, and the Shekinah; and find the light to guide your own journey of spiritual awakening and service in the world.

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Nassau, Bahamas: Ocean of Chant with Nina Rao
Apr
10
to Apr 12

Nassau, Bahamas: Ocean of Chant with Nina Rao

Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat
Paradise Island
Nassau, Bahamas

Imagine floating quietly in an ocean of soft vibrations and lapping waters. As you drift into peace and bliss, you feel yourself cradled by the divine ocean and carried safely home.
Like being held by the waves of a serene ocean, chanting the names of the Divine reveals your effortless ability to quieten your mind and open your heart. It brings you home to your truest self, the part within you that dwells in stillness and grace. Repeating the names of the Divine not only steadies the mind, but also allows thoughts to fall away as you become more heart-focused.
Relax into spiritual chanting with a special emphasis on the Divine Feminine and the Hanuman Chalisa. No musical experience is required for you to experience this tranquil atmosphere of devotion. Allow your spirit gently to awaken … and let the healing begin.
Offered as 2 satsangs and 2 workshops (subject to change)

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Brooklyn, NY: In Honor of Sri Siddhi Ma: Chant, Prayers, and Prasad
Apr
7
6:00 PM18:00

Brooklyn, NY: In Honor of Sri Siddhi Ma: Chant, Prayers, and Prasad

Abhaya Yoga Gowanus
43D 9th Street
Brooklyn 11215

Our beloved Sri Siddhi Ma didn't like a lot of fuss made about Her but we'd like to honor Her in a simple way on the anniversary of her birth/appearance with a little bhajan and bhojan. This day is celebrated as per the Hindu calendar of Chaitra Navratri, the sacred 9-night festival in the spring.

6pm-7:30pm Recitation of Devi prayers, chanting, kirtan
7:30pm-8:30pm mini bhandara (feast of offered food) of simple vegetarian savory foods, fruits, sweets (you are welcome to contribute)

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NYC:  H. H. Dalai Lama’s “Force for Good” Continuation – Krishna Das and Robert Thurman
Mar
6
to Mar 27

NYC: H. H. Dalai Lama’s “Force for Good” Continuation – Krishna Das and Robert Thurman

Tibet House
22 West 15th Street 
New York, NY 10011 


MARCH 6 | 20 |27
A continuation of our long-term, usually wednesday evening program to further H. H. the Dalai Lama’s contemporary world initiatives, from His Holiness’ American Institute of Buddhist Studies and Mind and Life science dialogues (Mind Science and Universe in a Single Atom) and His creation of Abhidharma 2.0 through the “Science for Monks” programs, his “secular ethics” (Ethics for the New Millennium and Beyond Religion), His nonviolent approach to conflict resolution, including His Nobel Peace Laureate activities to seek dialogue and a win-win reconciliation with China in the face of the ongoing ethnicidal policies in Tibet (Freedom in Exile and Man of Peace: The Illustrated Life Story of the Dalai Lama of Tibet), along with his emphasis on positive activism (A New Reality: Charter of Universal Responsibility), and finally,  His opening up the study of the esoteric Tantras through his 34 Kalachakra Grand Initiations (The Kalachakra Initiation, Tantra in Tibet, and other such works). The “root texts” for this spring will be passages from works of His Holiness and selections from various Buddhist works in English translation. Some readings will be available for purchase, others provided online to enrollees. Though the course can be considered as a whole, it is usually taken in units, or even single events, one by one.

Faculty: Dr. David Kittay, Krishna Das, Robert Thurman, Dr. Mark Epstein, Dr. Isa Gucciardi, Dr. Tom Yarnall, and occasional guest teachers.

Event schedule: February 1, 13, 27, March 6, March 20, 27: March 22-23: April 9, 16, 19-20, 23; May 23-28, 28-29; June all at Menla.

UNIT 2

Hindu Buddhist Paths of Devotion: Cherishing Divine Wisdom and Compassion Through Chanting and Mantra.
Krishna Das and Robert Thurman

In these three sessions, we will chant together, mantra together, teach and discuss wisdom and love and compassion in the tradition of Krishna Das’ Guru, Neem Karoli Baba, and HH the Dalai Lama, and have a great time, invoking Noble Tara, Shri Devi, Krishna/Radha and Manjushri/Sarasvati, covering the Guru-disciple relationship and its permutations, all kinds of mental and physical yogas, mind-concentration and heart transformation, bhakti and Tantra, etc., and basically enjoy the beautiful Dharmas of India and Tibet. Krishna Das’s longtime assistant and accompanist, Nina Rao, will lead a chant or two.

Wednesdays, March 6, 20, 27; 7-9PM

REGISTRATION:
To attend in-person: General:$25/Members:$22.50 for each session  |  Series (March 6, 20 & 27): General:$70/Members:$63     CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

To join via webcast: $7 for each session  |  Series (March 6, 20 & 27): $20 (no member discount)
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


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Bahamas:  Yoga of Chant Retreat with Krishna Das
Feb
22
to Feb 25

Bahamas: Yoga of Chant Retreat with Krishna Das

Sivananda Ashram
Nassau, Bahamas

Nourish your heart, inspire your mind, and uplift your spirit through chant, music, and devotion. Krishna Das shares the heart of his spiritual practice through his concerts and workshops, using the power and joy of chanting to lead you into your inner heart space. Join one of the foremost devotional singers in the world for evening kirtan concerts and afternoon workshops with musical prayer and teachings on Bhakti Yoga, the yoga of devotion.
As a special treat, Nina Rao will share her rendition of the Hanuman Chalisa.

This annual event at the ashram always sells out — be sure to register early.
Schedule
Friday
8:00–10:00pm Concert with Krishna Das
Saturday
12:00–2:00pm Workshop with Krishna Das
Evening satsang concert with Krishna Das
Sunday
12:00–2:00pm Workshop with Krishna Das
2:00–4:00pm Workshop with Nina Rao (Hanuman Chalisa)
8:00–10:00pm Concert with Krishna Das

Please note this event is SOLD OUT. Contact the ashram directly for accommodation suggestions and options.

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Garrison, NY: Trust in the Heart Retreat with Krishna Das & Friends
Feb
7
to Feb 9

Garrison, NY: Trust in the Heart Retreat with Krishna Das & Friends

Garrison Institute

Join Krishna Das for a weekend retreat of yoga, chanting and devotional heart-opening practices. This is a wonderful opportunity to spend time with a group of dedicated seekers and immerse yourself in practices, teachings, and discussions. The retreat program consists of evening kirtans and afternoon workshops. Kirtans are approximately 2.5 hours of call-and-response chanting with musical accompaniment and workshops are approximately 3-4 hours of call-and-response chanting, talks about the spiritual path, and a forum for questions and answers. There is the option of registering for 3 nights (Thursday evening to Sunday morning) or 2 nights (Friday evening to Sunday morning).
 
On one day, Krishna Das will be joined by Lama Surya Das, who will share his experiences as a Buddhist teacher and his experience with Maharaj-ji Neem Karoli Baba’s darshan. 
 
Group chanting of Hanuman Chalisas with Nina Rao is also included in the program. This is an opportunity for beginners and experienced chanters to chant this 40-verse prayer in praise of Hanuman as a group. The prayer is from the Hindu tradition, wherein Hanuman is invoked as the very breath of the Divine – our own Divine nature. Many believe that chanting this prayer gives us the strength to get through difficult times with compassion and grace. Word sheets will be provided. No experience necessary. 
 
There will be some extended chanting sessions included in the daytime programs over the weekend.
 
Yoga classes with instructor Jill Ganassi will be scheduled into the weekend.

PLEASE NOTE: There are two options for this retreat. If you wish to attend the full retreat from Thursday to Sunday, please register for the full price rooms to reserve your space. 

If you wish to attend from Friday to Sunday, please register for the the partial retreat. 


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New York City: Chanting 108 Hanuman Chalisas and Livestream
Jan
1
8:00 AM08:00

New York City: Chanting 108 Hanuman Chalisas and Livestream

Tibet House
22 West 15th Street
New York, NY 10011

Start the year with the annual group chant of 108 Hanuman Chalisas. It is a free event and no experience is required. Chant sheets are provided and please bring vegan prasad if you would like to offer.

Livestream own January 1, 2019 will be on: https://www.facebook.com/ambikachant/

To see photos from January 1, 2018 day of chanting:
https://www.facebook.com/pg/NinaRaoChant/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10154934698766854

To see video of January 1, 2018 livestream: 
https://www.facebook.com/NinaRaoChant/videos/10154931433651854/

To see photos from January 1, 2017 day of chanting: https://www.facebook.com/pg/NinaRaoChant/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10153990318231854

To see video of January 1, 2017 livestream: https://www.facebook.com/NinaRaoChant/videos/vb.352200306853/10153990147366854/?type=2&theater

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Rishikesh, India: Kirtan in Benefit of Ganga Prem Hospice
Dec
30
2:00 PM14:00

Rishikesh, India: Kirtan in Benefit of Ganga Prem Hospice

Swami Swatantranand Ashram
Sheesham Jadhi (Near Dayananda Ashram) 
Rishikesh, Uttarakhand 249201 
India

Join us once again for this benefit event in support of Ganga Prem Hospice Rishikesh, India.
Krishna Das will perform live at Swami Swatantranand Ashram on Dec 30 at 2pm local time.
For ticket information please contact Alan via email at:
alann912@gmail.com
OR
For additional details call :
+91 9760753808

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Brooklyn, NY: Kirtan with Nina (An Immersion Into the Heart)
Dec
8
7:00 PM19:00

Brooklyn, NY: Kirtan with Nina (An Immersion Into the Heart)

Join Nina Rao in the ancient bhakti yoga practice of kirtan - call-and-response chanting. Bhakti is devotion - devotion to the Love that connects us all. The repetition of the Divine Names accompanied by music with a group of like-minded seekers helps each one of us to quiet the mind and open the heart. The chants are meditative and prayerful and invoke the deep space of well-being that is within each one of us. No experience is required and word sheets will be provided.

This kirtan is part of a larger Urban Retreat:
An Immersion Into the Heart

Join Bill Mahony and Kenny Graham as they co-teach and skillfully weave their teachings into a fabric of full experience; bhakti philosophy, energetic & yin asana, meditation, and kirtan.

Discussions and practices in this urban retreat will focus on some of the characteristics and possibilities of a yogic life illumined and supported by spiritual love. It will be a full and inspiring weekend woven with various threads. Bill Mahony will lead us in reflecting together on selected passages from the Bhakti Sutra in a spirit of satsang as well as share stories of Krishna, who is understood to be an embodiment of divine love.

Kenny Graham offers a form and flow vinyasa and Yin Bhakti infused yoga retreat weekend exploring seeing our bodies and minds as they really are in relation to our world and our yoga. At a deeper level, direct personal experience will lead us to the center of the Heart. Right Intent for the practice must come from the heart and involves recognizing the equality of all life and compassion for all that life, beginning with yourself.

SCHEDULE
FRIDAY DEC 7 4PM-8:45PM (includes snack and dinner)
SATURDAY DEC 8 8am-9pm (includes lunch and dinner)
7-9pm Kirtan with Nina Rao
SUNDAY DEC 9 8am-5pm (includes lrunch and dinner)

PRICING
*FIRST 5 REGISTRANTS RECEIVE $100 OFF the EARLY BIRD
Redeem Here

$520 early bird (ends 1 month prior)
$650 regular pricing
https://abhayayoga.com/events/urban-retreat-immersion-heart/

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Maui, HI - 2018 'Open Your Heart In Paradise' Retreat
Nov
28
to Dec 4

Maui, HI - 2018 'Open Your Heart In Paradise' Retreat

UPDATE:
waitlist application here: 
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2018OYHIPwaitlist

Due to Overwhelming Response
All Registration Options Are Currently Sold Out
Wait List Applications Will Begin Monday July 2
Check Back Here for Wait List Application Link
Mahalo

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 12:00 PM –
Monday, December 03, 2018 12:00 PM (Hawaii Time)
Napili Kai Beach Resort @ Napili Bay
5900 Lower Honoapiilani Rd
Lahaina, Hawaii 96761
United States


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