Happy Valley Community Kirtan

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In collaboration with The Call and Response Foundation http://www.callandresponsefoundation.org/ Sacred Roots Healing hosts a community Kirtan twice monthly. One is a special Recovery Kirtan and the other is a community Kirtan with local and various other traveling Kirtan artists. 

The Call & Response Foundation is a nonprofit organization devoted to serving and expanding the mantra music community. The mission is to share the experience of chanting with one million people by 2020. Their vision is to raise consciousness on the planet through mantra.

IMG_3838The foundation started in 2010 with a dream… Three people who felt more vibrant, calm, and connected through kirtan, the ancient sanskrit practice of call and response chanting, decided to share the practice with as many people as possible.

Now, the staff works to connect sacred sound musicians in outreach programs like universities, prisons, psychiatric facilities, refugee communities, shelters, and more so that they can offer free conscious music to participants.

The events are by donation and a portion of your donation goes back to the call and response foundation to support these programs.

Sherrie Howard Kirtan with Mark Kelso & Nathan LaFratta at one of our community kirtans

If you love to sing, you just might love kirtan! In a traditional Indian call- and-response style that is simple to learn and easy to follow, we sing the sacred names of the Divine One. Everyone experiences kirtan in a different way.  It doesn’t have to be religious. You could almost describe it as a sing-along!   A typical kirtan is experienced with everyone sitting on the floor or in a chair. The wallah (leader) sings a mantra and the audience sings it back. As you sing, it is possible that you begin to feel a connection to each other and feel a peaceful release of stress within your body and mind. We invite you to experience this for yourself ,as we are very excited for this wonderful opportunity to connect with community and to support each others’ transformations.   Click on this link to listen to samples of  kirtan: http://newworldkirtan.com/

Recovery Kirtan

Friday November 15th 8:00pm

First of all, what is addiction? How about this definition?: ” Any behavior you continue to do despite the fact that it brings negative consequences into your life”.
— Tommy Rosen, Author of “Recovery 2.0”

OK, here’s a sampling of addictions in no special order: overeating, social media, alcohol, worrying, chaos, sex, gambling, marijuana, drama, smart phones, painkillers, anxiety, etc.

We are really excited to come together to share this event with the recovery community, friends and allies, all of whom are all invited to attend an evening of heart warming community Kirtan. Come and unplug from that which doesn’t serve you and isolates you, and fill up with the healing power of singing mantras as a group. It is a sweet community.

“Kirtan is amazing because it can carry and express and hold and nurture everything inside us…all the feelings and emotions.” – Jai Uttal.

For this recovery kirtan, Dave Russell will be joined by Holly Hartman (vocals), and Tony Silva (percussion). James Robinson (guitar) www.daverussellkirtan.com

Spiritual poet Danny Shanahan will be reading some of his own Recovery-based poems between the chants. lotusseedpoetry.com.

“Those in recovery will bring the flame of their awakening and longing to the mantras, two lights magnifying the miracle of recovery”. — Danny


We will end the evening with a short metta (lovingkindness) meditation by Jen Parmentier of Sacred Roots.


$10 to $20 suggested donation. We really appreciate your support.
Chairs and cushions available. Elevator accessible.

Also, the Refuge Recovery meeting is from 7:00 pm-8:00 pm just 2 doors down at Insight Meditation, so we invite those attendees to join us after for a full night of inspiring recovery.

A portion of your donation goes back to the Call and Response Foundation to support these programs. The Foundation is a nonprofit organization devoted to serving and expanding the mantra music community. The mission is to share the experience of chanting with one million people by 2020. Now, the staff works to connect sacred sound musicians in outreach programs like universities, prisons, psychiatric facilities, refugee communities, and shelters. callandresponsefoundation.org

Link to Facebook Event

Kalidasa Community Kirtan Friday November 23rd 7:30pm-9:00pm

Kalidasa Joseph Getter facilitates kirtan, the joyful, meditative call and response singing of the holy names from the Hindu tradition. He is a creative world musician with decades of experience in kirtan, experimental music, Jazz, Indonesian gamelan, Indian classical music, and music for yoga, theater, dance and sound healing. Serving on the faculty of several music schools, he leads the Wesleyan Youth Gamelan program and is music director of the Oddfellows Playhouse Children’s Circus. He lived in India for two years and has degrees from Oberlin College and Wesleyan University.

The Call & Response Foundation is a nonprofit organization devoted to serving and expanding the mantra music community. The mission is to share the experience of chanting with one million people by 2020. Their vision is to raise consciousness on the planet through mantra !

The foundation started in 2010 with a dream … Three people who felt more vibrant, calm, and connected through kirtan, the ancient Sanskrit practice of call and response chanting, decided to share the practice with as many people as possible !
Now, the staff works to connect sacred sound musicians in outreach programs like universities, prisons, psychiatric facilities, refugee communities, shelters, and more so that they can offer free conscious music to participants ..
The events are by donation and a portion of your donation goes back to the call and response foundation to support these programs.

Suggested Donation $10-20.
All are welcome, no one turned away for lack of funds.

Link to Facebook Event

Seven Sisters Kirtan Every 3rd Thursday 7:00PM

Please join Seven Sisters Kirtan for a night of sound healing, meditation and kirtan. There will be meditative and uplifting energetic chants, and sound healing using crystal bowls and other divine tools by Joa and Amanda. The Seven Sisters kirtan band is a group of healers, musicians and long time friends who seek to be of service to the sound current and the divine feminine energy through song. Please join us, and sometimes our musical guests/friends for an inspired evening of crystal bowl healing, kirtan and meditation. All are welcome, suggested donation $10-20 no one turned away.

Kirtan is a call and response practice from India of chanting the Divine Name to bring one into greater alignment with the Self.
We will sing, chant and meditate together, mainly in Sanskrit but no previous musical experience is required and all are welcome from any belief system. We look forward to welcoming you!

$10-20 Donation

Link to Facebook Event