Music and Chanting as a Form of Yoga

  • Song of the Morning Song of the Morning
  • 9607 Sturgeon Valley Rd., E., Vanderbilt, MI 49795
  • Aug 16 - 19, 2018 (4 days)
  • Camping - $333.00 Commuter - $228.00 Commuter + Meals - $315.00 Domes Communal Women's Dormitory - $363.00 Domes Communal Men's Dormitory - $363.00 Domes Private Twin Room - $408.00 Domes Private Bunk Room - $408.00 Domes…

About us

Program Fee: $198

Paramahansa Yogananda wrote, “Sound or vibration is the most powerful force in the universe. Music is a divine art, to be used not only for pleasure but as a path to God-realization.” With our united hearts, minds, and voices we will immerse ourselves into sacred vibration, chanting of Aum, devotional songs (traditional kirtan of India as well as the Cosmic Chants of Sri Yogananda) and also the relationship these share with silence and meditation. We will also learn how to use sacred music in daily life. But it doesn’t stop there. Our relationship with our voice is profoundly connected to our sense of self, and for most people this very awkward! The voice holds many keys to healing and soul-realization. He defined sacred chanting and kirtan as “an effective form of yoga.”

Scholarships are available for those in financial need. Please contact Amani at for more information. If you have questions about the content of this retreat, please feel free to contact Naren or Lopa at

Prices listed during the registration process will include meal and accommodation fees with the base program fee of $198.

Tentative Schedule

Thursday August 16

2:00p Arrival, Get Settled In

5:00 Supper at Main House

6:00 Orientation in Wheel House: Go Over Retreat, Introductions

7:00-7:45 Satsanga in Wheel House

8:00-9:00 Evening sadhana and sunset arati

Friday August 17

8:00-9:00am Meditation and Chanting, Wheel House

9:30 Breakfast, Main House

10:00 Personal Time

11:00 Swar Sadhana – Contemplative Chanting of Tones

12:00 Recording of Gurudeva and Kirtan, Lodge

1:00 Lunch, Main House

1:30 Personal Time

2:30 Chanting Aum

4:00 The Divine Name

5:00 Supper, Main House

7:00 Satsanga

8:00-9pm Evening sadhana and sunset arati in Wheel House

Saturday August 18

7:00-9:00am Morning Puja and Sadhana (Pranayama, Meditation), Wheel House

8:45-9:15 Kirtan

9:30 Breakfast, Main House

10:00 Personal Time

11:00 Prayer Walk

12:00 Recording of Gurudeva and Kirtan, Lodge

1:00 Lunch, Main House

1:30 Personal Time

3:00 The Voice

4:00 Rhythm

5:00 Supper, Main House

6:30-7:30 Satsanga, Wheel House

8:00 Devotional Meditation Service in Lodge

9:00 Arati in Lodge

9:30 Chanting

Sunday August 19

8:00a-9:30am Morning Sadhana (Pranayama, Meditation, Chanting), Wheel House

9:30 Light Breakfast, Wheel House

11:00-12:30 Sunday Service in Lodge led by Naren

1:00 Lunch at SOTM Main House

2:00 Closing, in Wheel House

Events in bold are open to community. Everything is subject to change!

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free

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