We are thrilled to announce that the renowned teacher and Kirtan singer Krishna Das will be joining us for two very special events this June, both taking place in the Griffith Conference Centre, Griffith College, South Circular Road, Dublin 8.
By Aisling Cronin
Attention, all fans of devotional chanting – or all those who want to try their hand at this amazing
art, while raising money for two great charities and having a lot of fun along the way. The Bhakti
Festival Dublin will be taking place on Saturday October 21st 2017, from 12 to 8 p.m., in the
Irishtown Gospel Hall, Ringsend, Dublin 4. It promises to be a joyful celebration of devotional
singing and sacred music that will leave attendees with a spring in their step and a renewed
appreciation of their own creative potential. The festival organisers include renowned devotional
singing teachers Yasia, Felicity Ananada and Jack Harrison, as well as the Chanting and Chai collaborative group, who will all be present on the day.
We caught up with Yasia to find out more.
Is this your first time holding the Bhakti Festival?
Yes, this is the first time we’re doing the festival. It is an experimental thing for us this year,
among a few of us who already know each other well – to see how it goes – and we are hoping
to expand on it in future. Chanting is non-denominational, and it’s such a brilliant way for people
to experience upliftment and connect to their hearts without having to be religious. There are
lots of different groups doing this work in Dublin – who come from lots of different cultures as
well – and we’re planning to include a much larger variety of these groups in future years. The
whole day is a full fundraiser for the two charities who have chosen to support.
Can you tell us a bit about Kolkata Sanved and Epilepsy Ireland, the charities you will be
Over 40,000 people in Ireland have epilepsy, and this figure does not include children under the
age of five. Epilepsy Ireland provides courses, programmes and educational support for these
people and their families. Kolkata Sanved supports the survivors of sex trafficking in India
through dance and music therapy. There is stunning footage about them on YouTube, and their
work is truly incredible: how they help survivors to reintegrate into their families and
communities, and heal from their trauma.
What can festival attendees expect?
Well, the day is based on a traditional form of continuous chanting in India called sapta, which is when they have chants that last for days and days. Obviously we’re not going to be singing for days
and days – we’re going from twelve to eight in the evening! The way this will work is, each of us
will lead an hour and a half or so of chanting, then there will be a bit of meditation in between,
and then once we have finished our slot, we’ll move out of the way and the next group can
come in. People can come and go throughout the day. There will be a little stall there where
snacks and tea will be available. There’s also a brasserie across the road where people can go
if they get hungry after all the singing and want a meal! We will end the day with a meditation.
The Bhakti Festival Dublin will take place on Saturday October 21st 2017, from 12 to 8 p.m., in
the Irishtown Gospel Hall, Ringsend, Dublin 4. To access the festival’s Facebook page, click
here. Tickets are available now through this Eventbrite link. You can also email the organisers
To learn more about Yasia’s work, visit yasia.org.
By Alison McEvoy
As the first sound emerged from Deva on the night of her concert in Dublin, I felt my body respond
with shivers of delight. It was as if I were shaking off some of life’s dust which had gathered around me. Each note vibrated with a palpable out-pouring of emotion, devotion and love. My body, my face, broke open into a smile that lasted even after I’d laid my head on my pillow, at the end of the
Magical, mythical and memorable, the stage perched Deva, Miten, Manose and musical crew under
the arch of a beautiful, Arabic doorway. As the night went on we entered further and deeper…into
the magic and immersed ourselves in the ancient memories stirred by the music and chants. We were no longer ‘audience’ and they ‘performers’ – we were fellow travellers, fellow seekers, fellow divine beings. We chanted together, meditated through mantra together, sang harmonies, greeted each other and gazed into the eyes of as many seated around us as possible. Towards the end of the night, as many as could gathered round the stage, some crying, others laughing, couples embracing; everyone swaying, absorbed and touched, each in our own way, by this beautiful invitation we had been given – to be ourselves, to be present, to be as One.
At Mitens’ song All is Welcome here, my friend beside me broke into tears. To arrive as we were, some from work, from home, from fray, from quarrel….and to find ourselves graced with joy, laughter, togetherness and with an explicit welcome for all of who we are and what we carry, was powerful. In that moment of acceptance was relief, joy and freedom.
This is more than just a concert – if you’d like it to be. You may come to tap your foot, hum, sing and
have an enjoyable night, but chances are it will be much more, than that.
Last few hours to join the competition for two tickets to give away for Deva & Miten’s concert September 22nd, 2017 at the RDS in Dublin. Just follow us on Facebook or Twitter, share this post and tag us to let us know!
We wanted to share the original interview with Paul and these two amazing souls! Check it out below and follow us on SoundCloud!
Date: May 27 – Time: 2:00pm – Location: Woodlock Hall, All Hallows College, Grace Park Rd, Drumcondra, Co. Dublin, Ireland
Simrit Kaur – Global Unity Tour 2017
Supreme Sound Workshop & Songs Of Resilliance Concert
Workshop & Concert – €55 + €3.78 booking fee
Workshop / Concert Only – €30 + €2.39 booking fee
Age 3 – 13 Workshop & Concert – €15 + €1.56 booking fee
Age 3 – 13 Workshop / Concert Only – €10 + €1.28 booking fee
Age 0 – 3 – FREE
Tickets are on the door the day of the event will be priced at €65 for Workshop & Concert and €35 for Workshop or Concert.
Doors 2pm | Workshop 2:30pm | Concert 6:30pm
Smirit Kaur is celebrating though her 2017 European Tour that which we all have in common: the human heart, the human blood, the human voice, and the universal language of music that brings us all together.
Vocalist and songwriter Simrit Kaur is originally from Athens, Greece, later adopted into the United States and raised in South Carolina by another Greek family. Simrit was born into a lineage of beloved Greek women singers, going all the way through her great-grandmother. Drawing on the harmonic beauty of the Greek Orthodox chants she grew up adding the pulse and melodic sensibilities of West African traditions she studied intensely. Simrit and her ensemble tease out distinct facets of devotional poetry and the intimate ardors of the spirit on “Songs of Resilence”.
Her sound is hailed world wide as haunting, hypnotic, healing and majestic. Her voice communicates with so much humanity. Songs of Resilience is her fifth album released and it has topped World Music Charts. With her enchanting voice and music Simrit has established her place in the world of Kundalini and yogic music.
Songs of Resilence Global Unity Tour is kicking off in April 2017. Simrit and her ensemble will be playing older favourites as well as the newer songs. Her ensemble features Salif Bamakora on kora, Tripp Dudley on percussion, Shannon Hayden on cello and guitar and Jared May on bass guitar.
Yoga and chanting have an incredible capacity to open us in profound ways, to peel away the layers of fear and hesitation, opening us to the essence of who we are. Part of dwelling in that truth is finding our own unique way of living in service, of carrying the healing we receive from our practice out into the world. As yogis we live in an active state of compassion. We practice yoga to have the courage and strength to live with an open heart and serve others. Join Simrit Kaur and her band for an experience of Kundalini Yoga, live music and deep reflection to tap into the most genuine way for your soul to live as a healing presence.
Facebook Event Page | Monday, July 18th, 6:30pm | Eur 20/15 Concession
Location: The Buddha Bag is going NY Loft style with a hint of adventure! 5 The Grain store, Distillery Loft, Distillery Road, Drumcondra, Dublin 3 is your main clue! Just go there and lovely signs will guide you to our two beautiful souls for the evening.
Lulu and Mischka are coming to Europe to share the chants and sounds from their two albums as well as new mantras and songs. In their words: “Our hearts prayer is to touch hearts, allow all people to fill up with love, encourage through song and silence to remember your own heart’s prayer so we can support one another in the awakening of humanity to live in peace and harmony with each other and our precious planet and all beings.”
Join us on this beautiful night of chants and songs!
More about Lulu & Mischka
Lulu & Mischka, 2 souls devoted to supporting the awakening of humanity through music and stillness. The Australia based international couple comes to share their message and soulful songs with you to sing as one. Ancient mantras meet English lyrics, modern melodies fuse with magical harmonies, enriched by Lulu’s lush vocals. This couple offers a chance to join their radiant journey into the powerful practice of chanting. They believe that coming together in the magical energy of joyful heart songs brings us closer to each other, further away from separation and deeper into Truth… leaving you with peace of mind and ?lled with inner Joy. Blissful, ecstatic & meditative…. Hearts wide open.
2-Day Workshop Course with Tony Nec, Principal of the Colour of Sound Institute, at Purcell House, 5-6 December 2015
This 2-day sound therapy workshop is ideally suited for therapists, health care professionals, healers, musicians, singers and anyone who is keen to explore the power of sounds for healing, mindfulness and transformation.
- Discover how working with our voices can help you and others to:
- Create more balance and harmony
- Feel more relaxed and happy
- Have more energy and vitality
- And more
You don’t need to be a musician or singer to be effective with sound therapy, and you don’t need any prior experience of working with sounds or music or any other healing modality to join this workshop.
Topics covered will include:
- Types of sound therapy with voice work: self-healing, one-to-one therapy & group work – we will practice each of these on the workshop
- The 4 key principles for effective sound therapy with voice
- Forms of sound therapy with voice:
- Vocal toning
- Working with vowels and consonants
- Working with voice and the power of intent and imagery
- Combining voice with movement using the Taoist 6 Healing Sounds
- Techniques for assessing imbalances in a client’s energy field
- Techniques to restore balance and harmony
You’ll receive a certificate for attending which will count as a Credit in our Diploma training programme.
About Tony Nec
Tony has over 25 years experience as a therapist, coach and trainer.He runs the Colour of Sound Institute and has a busy practice in Cornwall, England.
Note that at time of publishing there were only 3 spaces left so book in soon!
Thursday 10 September 8pm, The Lantern Centre, Dublin 8
Facebook Event Page | Email firstname.lastname@example.org to book | Tickets €15/10 Concession
Ann McDonald is an Inspirational singer/composer, writer, yoga teacher and healer. Her life’s journey has been one of deep remembering, stripping back the layers to reveal the Hidden Treasures within. Sharing these gifts of voice, poetry, song ,yoga and much more to inspire and bring healing, in ways that awaken our truths and our gifts in a loving and nurturing way.
“Exploring the voice, the sounds of true connection that flows through my heart and heals and inspires has been such a gift to me, I can only be in awe and wonder at the mystery, the beauty and grace that continues to inspire.”
Join us for a journey in sound and healing.