Learn to Play Kirtan!

  • Ratna Ling Retreat Center Ratna Ling Retreat Center
  • 35755 Hauser Bridge Rd. Cazadero, CA 95421 United States
  • Oct 7 - 10, 2019 (4 days)
  • $748.00 - For 1 guest in a private queen room in a 2-room cottage. We choose your roommate. $1,047.00 - For 1 guest in exclusive 2-room cottage. $674.00 - Per Person for 2 guests in a private 2-room cottage.

About This Event

Calling all lovers of devotional music and chanting! This 4-day bhakti immersion is your chance to learn how to play and sing songs on the harmonium and kartal hand cymbals!  Our special guest teacher Paramananda Das from New York will share his experience of the bhakti tradition, his gurus, his path of punk rock, and his asana practice.   Don’t miss out on this special celebration of music, yoga, love, and expression! 

Please bring your own harmonium or percussion instrument to be in full participation.

*If you’d like to purchase harmoniums, kartals, or mrdangas, we recommend that you purchase through:

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Monday

3:00-4:00  Check-in

4:30-5:30       Yoga 

5:30-6:30      Dinner

6:45-8:00      Opening Circle

 

Tuesday      

7:30-8:00      Morning Devotions

8:00-8:55      Breakfast & Seva

9:00-10:15    The Bhakti Path

10:30-12:00  Songs on Harmonium

12:15-1:00      Lunch

1:00-4:30      Quiet time, bodywork and massage by appointment

4:30-5:30      Yoga 

5:30-6:30      Dinner

7:00-9:00      Lila & Kirtan

 

Wednesday

7:30-8:00       Morning Devotions

8:00-8:55       Breakfast & Seva

9:00-10:15      Songs on Harmonium

10:30-12:00    Intro to Kartals 

12:15-1:00       Lunch

1:00-4:30        Quiet time, bodywork and massage by appointment

4:30-5:30        Yoga

5:30-6:30        Dinner

7:00-9:00       Lila & Kirtan

 

Thursday

7:30-8:00      Morning Devotions

8:00-9:00      Yoga

9:00-10:00    Closing Circle

10:00-11:00   Brunch

11:00               Checkout

 

MORNING DEVOTIONS

Together and individually, we start our mornings with japa meditation, silent or soft chanting of mantra repetitions with the use of a rosary (mala). This practice allows the mind to ground into a transcendental sound vibration that can bring peace and flow. We then move into invocation songs that call on our teachers and allow us to give thanks for our path and our life.

 

THE BHAKTI PATH

This session will explore the meaning of bhakti and the lifestyle and practices of a bhakti yogi. Why do we chant, sing, and dance? Who is Krishna? Why eat vegetarian?  What are the benefits of these practices?

 

SONGS ON HARMONIUM

Learn to sing a song while playing the harmonium! Basic chords and keyboard playing will be taught.

 

INTRO TO KARTALS & MRDANGA

Learn basic rhythm techniques on hand cymbals and drums–while singing!

 

YOGA

These yoga classes are designed for all levels, incorporating breathing, stretching, and fluid movements.  The postures and techniques help to stabilize and calm the nervous system, strengthen muscles, and tone the organs, bringing more ease and circulation throughout the body. You can expect to feel more relaxed, aware, and stronger from this yoga practice.

 

LILA & KIRTAN

A standard satsang (spiritual gathering) in which we hear the pastimes of Krishna and other deities and sing the names of the Divine. Here we can transcend time and space and touch into a place of magic, wonder, and bliss. 

“A beautiful and serene retreat center. The setting is breath-taking. The food is delicious and the accommodations are clean, comfortable and exquisitely designed. A wonderful getaway to truly relax and escape from it all.” – Beth Berlin-Stephens, a Google review

Venue Highlights

Three miles from the beautiful Sonoma coast. Organic, vegetarian meals. 120 acres of redwoods, canyons, reservoirs, and wildlife. Sacred architecture timber cottages and communal spaces. Featured stupas, gardens, and temple empowered by Tibetan Buddhist Lama Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche.

Accommodations

14 guest cottages on 120 acres of property. Each spacious, quiet cottage has 2 private rooms, with high ceilings and a deck with a view. Cottages include jet tubs (or ADA shower), towels, deluxe linens, refrigerator, tea kettle, coffee/tea, kitchen sink/counter, diningware, dining table, and living room with a stove fireplace. Free wifi available and a landline telephone.

Guests can choose to have an exclusive cottage for ONE person; a private room for ONE person in a SHARED cottage; or a cottage for TWO people. Any additional guest after TWO is $100 per person per night. Meals and classes included.

Amenities

  • Air Conditioning in Rooms
  • Free Wifi
  • Spa
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga Studio
  • House-Keeping

Menu Types

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

Menu/Cuisine

All of our meals are organic and vegetarian, made with love and care.

We provide homemade yogurt and granola for breakfast. Lunches and dinners always include salads or salad bar. Each meal is self-served on a buffet table.

Directions

San Francisco International and Oakland International airports are approximately three hours south of Ratna Ling by car. Alaska Airlines flies to and from Sonoma County Airport in Santa Rosa which is approximately 1.5 hours from Ratna Ling by car. Unfortunately, there are no shuttles that bring you directly to Ratna Ling, so it is best to rent a car or email us to support in coordinating a carpool with fellow retreatants.

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