Pranafest, Northwest Tour, Free Music and Bali Retreat
Namaste everyone. What an incredible time to be alive! We have been feeling the powerful transformation that is happening on this planet to so many of our lives. Part of our journey as kirtan minstrels is to unify the tribes of people who share in the common vision of divine love and share with people how the shift really is upon us.
Special thanks to all the people who made our Cali tour so blessed and successful. We would especially like to thank Shellie White Light (hooper extraordinaire) and Ankush Vimawala (tablas) for coming on tour with us and being part of some of the best events of our lives! And it just keeps going… see below for upcoming events and past recall.
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We have some amazing upcoming events.
This first of which is Pranafest. It is the first annual Kirtan and Yoga festival in beautiful Ashland Oregon at the Jackson Wellsprings. It will be held on the full moon Sept 28th-30th and have many of your favorite Kirtan artists and Yoga teachers. As a special offering, we have 10 weekend tickets to sell at a special discount of $125 (tickets are now going for $175). This does not include camping. Reply to this email if you are interested.
Check out our website: www.jayalakshmi.net for more info and schedule. We will be performing the Kirtronica Friday night, Kirtan Saturday afternoon and a Kundalini Yoga workshop on Sunday morning.
Northwest Fall Tour: We will be touring the northwest in the Altar of Love format this Fall. Look forward to seeing you in Arcata, Salt Springs, Victoria and Vancouver BC, Eugene, Portland, Bend, Ashland and Corvallis.
We are pleased to announce that we will be part of the Synthesis 2012 Festival in Chichen Itza Mexico for the Solstice event. It is a global gathering, world music festival and spiritual celebration that will occur at the end of the Mayan Calendar on Dec 20th to 23rd this year. The Synthesis 2012 festival team is working directly with the local Mayan people and event producers in Mexico to produce this historical event. We would love to have you come join us for this incredible gathering. We will be offering kirtan, Kirtronica, yoga and of course, a cacao ceremony.
Lastly, we would love to invite you to spend March with us at our first retreat in Bali at the Shangrila Ocenaside Retreat and Spa. Join us for this one of a kind journey to the exotic land of Bali. Sing, chant, dance, awake to Kundalini Yoga, swim with the local dolphins, lay out on the most beautiful beaches, hike tropical waterfalls, visit ancient Hindu water temples, experience traditional Balinese cuisine, fire ceremonies, cacao ceremonies, gamelan and dance. Need we say more? Stay tuned for more info.
In case you are new, we currently have some free music on our bandcamp site and you will find all our music available here.
Wow, what an extraordinary three weeks we had touring the entire state of California. About five weeks ago we held an ‘Altar of Love’ weekend in Mt. Shasta. We returned home only for two weeks and were off to Nevada City for one of the most beautiful weddings we have ever been part of. It was Ananda’s dear friend Taj O’Brian being wed to Stephanie Strong. He was one of the best men and the event was held at the beautiful Ananda Village Retreat Center. We played some sweet music there and some Kirtronica at the after party/dinner at their Strong home.
We followed that by some swimming in the Yuba River, which is like swimming in an emerald jewel. We then performed at the Unconditional dance at Harbin which is always a blast. We are always well received. Following that we played to our single largest crowd in Santa Rosa at the Center for Spiritual Living. An amazing crowd of over 350 people showed to chant with us and the band. The night was amazing. It was filmed and recorded so we hope to have something out for you all in the future.
Following that we had a very sweet ‘Altar of Love Weekend’ in Santa Cruz. We were very blessed to go out to see the Humpback whales in the Monterey Bay. They greeted us with a full show. We saw a few full breeches, tail and phin slaps. The humpbacks especially are the biggest symbol for Ananda and I’s love for each other. (Especially if you heard how we got engaged with whales jumping as Ananda asked me to marry him).
Our next stop was in Santa Barbara where we were royally honored to offer kirtan at the Sacred Space. If you ever get a chance, treat yourself to a visit there. Some of the most exquisite gardens, statues, shrines, and altars you will ever see. The owners Jack and Rose are also some of the sweetest people you will ever meet. We stayed with them at their house and were swept away to exotic lands of the east.
Then of course there was Bhaktifest. Wow, best yet. Thank you Sridhar, Mukti and the amazing team who makes this festival happen. Our kirtan set went really well. Thanks to Ankush Vimala, David Watts, Sarasvati and Prajna Viera for joining us. We heard from so many people that it was just “So sweet”. In addition, we also performed Kirtronica on Saturday night which went over very well. Perhaps next year we will move that to main stage as well 😉
We would also like to thank Kia Miller, Samantha Shakti, Janet Stone, Dawn Cartwright and Saul David Raye for sharing in the magical moments together. Each workshop and class had such incredible magic, bliss and devotion. We love you!
After Bhaktifest, it was off to Nevada City for a kirtan and another dip in the Yuba. Can’t get enough of the people and that river!! Sonically it was one of the best nights of music ever and what a choir for an audience. We then drove to San Rafael for a intimate kirtan with Lakshmi Devi which we offered to our dear friend Geoffrey Gordon who just recently left his body.
Our last stop on the Cali tour was at Harbin Hotsprings where we held our ‘Altar of Love Retreat’. Of course that went amazing and we just keep falling more in love with that place. Thank you to all the beautiful souls who participated in our events there.
Tour Dates: visit our website for more details
-09/28 to 09/30 Pranafest Ashland, OR :: Jackson Wellsprings
– 10/05 to 10/07 Altar of Love Weekend Arcata Arcata :: Om Shala Yoga Studio
– 11/02 to 11/04 Altar of Love Weekend Bend Bend, OR :: Mandala Yoga
– 11/09 to 11/11 Altar of Love Weekend Portland Portland :: Awakenings Wellness Center
– 11/16 to11/18 Altar of Love Weekend Eugene Eugene :: Eugene Yoga
– 11/23 Thanksgiving Kirtan/Healing Mantra Music Ashland, OR :: Jackson Wellsprings
– 11/24 to 11/25 Thanksgiving Kirtronica and Kirtan/Healing Mantra Music Corvallis :: Live Well Studio Saturday night Kirtronica, Sunday evening Kirtan
– 12/19 to12/23 Synthesis 2012 Festival Chichen Itza :: Synthesis 2012
-2/1 to 2/3 Mystic Island Festival Maui
– 03/13 to 03/20 Altar of Love Retreat in Bali Bondalem :: Bali Shangrila Oceanside Retreat and Spa