Kirtan is a simple and meditative traditional sadhana (spiritual practice.) The practice itself involves repetitive call and response singing between a leader and a group, where what is being sung back and forth is mantra, sacred names, or names of God. Kirtan is said to awaken bhakti, a kind of reverential and loving devotion within the heart. In India, kirtan is given great importance as a sadhana that is suitable and accessible to all, particularly in this modern age, and this devotional singing can be heard and experienced in a myriad of forms and places. Kirtans with Krishna Das require no previous experience. All are welcome. KD is usually accompanied by a few expert musicians, and his kirtans generally last approximately two to three hours. Watch this video: Krishna Das – Chanting in the Early Days.
Krishna Das workshops are intimate forums providing the opportunity to dive deeper into the path through satsang (spiritual association.) KD’s workshops typically last three to four hours and include a relatively minimal amount of chanting. KD often uses these forums to discuss the practice of kirtan, to share stories of Maharajji, to share life lessons, and to discuss the importance of integrating spiritual practices into our daily lives. Some workshops are done in collaboration with like-minded teachers. There is generally plenty of time for questions and answers. Watch this video: Why join a workshop?
Workshops are approximately 3-4 hours of call-and-response chanting, talks about the spiritual path, and a forum for questions and answers. Some workshops are done in collaboration with like-minded teachers. They are like mini retreats. While there is chanting, most of the time is spent in question and answer discussions. You can participate or simply listen in.
Kirtans are approximately 2 1/2 hours of chanting or devotional singing. Chanting is primarily call-and-response. In this type of singing, Krishna Das will sing a line and the audience will sing it back. No prior experience is required! These sessions are primarily chanting with short talks and stories from KD. There are no Q&A sessions at kirtan events.
Retreats with Krishna Das are rare opportunities to deeply immerse ourselves in sadhana (spiritual practice) and spiritual company for longer periods of time. KD’s retreats usually last between two and seven days, and generally feature evening kirtans with KD and his band, daily workshops including question and answer sessions, Hanuman Chalisa practice, and often include sessions or collaborations with like-minded hatha yoga instructors or meditation teachers. Retreats are offered at an assortment of locations at varying times throughout the year. Watch this video: Krishna Das Talks About Chanting as a Practice and on Retreat
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No, there is nothing to join. You are free to come and listen to the singing or you can join in if you like. You are free to come and go as you please during our events.
Tickets are NON-REFUNDABLE. If you are unable to attend an event, you are welcome to give your ticket to a friend.
Seating is General Admission, unless otherwise noted. It is always best to check the details of each event on our Events page for complete details. We often do mostly floor seating, with limited chair seating. Please bring a cushion to sit on for your comfort.
We ask that if you bring small children, that you sit toward toward the back of the room to allow them space to move around and talk if they have to. no ticket necessary for the child under 7.
Workshops are not open to children twelve and under due to the quiet atmosphere and the subjects of discussion during the workshop.
Unless otherwise noted, for General Admission venues children under seven are admitted free with adult(s). No ticket necessary for the child.
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Please email Nina Rao, Krishna Das’ assistant for information about booking KD. She can be reached at Nina@KrishnaDas.com