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Chanting to the Open Heart

Trip at a Glance

  • Locations

    Gainesville, Florida, United States

  • Activities

    Music Retreat

  • Price
    $10 USD per person
  • Duration

    2 hours

  • Departure Day(s) and Time(s)

    Periodically; check website or request a date

  • Starting Location

    Gainesville Retreat Center

  • Price Includes

    Chanting, percussion instruments, coffee and tea

  • Notes

    $5-$10 donations are gratefully accepted and child care is usually available

Highlights

  • Enjoy chanting, singing, playing instruments or just relaxing at the retreat center!
  • Hear sacred chants in Sanskrit, English, American Indian, Tibetan, Hebrew, and Hawaiian!
  • Learn many new things about yourself as you meditate!

Guide

Trip Info

Join this amazing music retreat in the beautiful Gainesville, Florida. You’ll enjoy blissful chanting and music for your spirit. No singing or musical experience is required, all you need to do is bring your voice, your instrument if desired, and your open heart. If you love music and meditation, kirtan and spirit connection, come and join us!

Chanting is a form of connection that has existed for thousands of years in many cultures worldwide. Kirtan is a well-known form of chanting to most yogis, but the practice of repeating sacred mantras as a vehicle for transformation is universal. There are sacred chants in Sanskrit, English, American Indian, Tibetan, Hebrew, and Hawaiian, to name only a few. All that is required to understand them is an open heart.

There are several forms of chanting, the most common being call-and-response. There is also a form in which the kirtan walla, or chant facilitator, guides the chants and “nudges” the increasing energy of them while everyone chants together. During your retreat, you will have the opportuntity to experience both of these amazing styles.

As you hear the chants, you will have the chance to observe what is happening to yourself. This retreat will let your true nature grow naturally within you.

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