SATURDAY 4th APRIL
After a lot of careful thought and deliberation, we have decided that the only right thing to do in view of the current situation, is to postpone the Bhakti Basics' Spring Kirtan Fest on April 4th.
Bhakti is about service, and it is our responsibility to look after each other and not expose anyone to potential danger.
I spoke to the people at the venue today and we have agreed to re-arrange to a new date on
Saturday 14th November,
and we hope that you will all be able to join us then.
As you can imagine, a considerable amount of money has already been spent in preparation and promotion, so we would be really grateful if those of you who have booked for this would be happy to transfer your ticket to the new date.
If however, you have booked, and are unable to make it in November, it has been suggested that we all bear some of the responsibility so that no one is seriously out of pocket due to circumstances beyond their control. If you do require a refund, it would be enormously appreciated if you would accept 75% of your ticket price, please let me know if this is acceptable to you.
Whether or not you are able to join us in November, please let me know.
In the meantime, keep chanting, show your devotion by helping and supporting those who need your help just now, and know that all things pass, so keep focusing on what is eternal and real and keep well.
If anyone has any questions, please don't hesitate to ask..
Love and Blessings,
We are all one in spirit.
Following the success of our
Diwali Kirtan Festival
in October 2019
we are pleased to announce that we wiil be holding a
Spring Kirtan Fest
On Saturday 4th April 2020
Once again we will be enjoying 12 hours of Kirtan, Satsang and Puja
Bringing together Kirtan leaders from various parts of Wales (and beyond) in a joyous day of devotion and service.
Early-Bird tickets, priced at £35 are available now.
Full price tickets will be £45 per person.
As for our last event, there will be a number of discounted tickets available in exchange for some Karma Yoga Seva - help in the kitchen, preparing, serving and washing up. If you wish to offer your services for this, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The ticket price includes two hot vegan meals and free tea and coffee throughout the day.
We are pleased to be holding the
Spring Kirtan Fest
on the beautiful Gower Peninsula
at Pennard Parish Hall, Vennaway Lane,
Pennard, SA3 2EA.
The Parish Hall has a much larger Kitchen than our previous venue, which should make things a lot easier for everyone, and has a large car-park opposite the hall, behind St Mary's Church.
You can book your tickets for this event by clicking on the "Add To Cart" button below.
Your E ticket will be sent to you along with acknowledgment of payment.
Introducing our Kirtan leaders for the Bhakti Basics' Spring Kirtan Fest on Saturday April 4th.
Vaishnavi first dropped into mantra through training as a Kundalini Yoga teacher in 1999 and connected deeply with the bhakti (devotional) tradition through meeting Amma in 2005. Immersing deeply in the practice for a number of years while living in a large Indian ashram, she was privileged to be one of the few Westerners to lead kirtan in the Temple. Back in the UK, she has trained with Rajeswar Bhattacharya - the foremost singer of Tagore raga - and untrained with Chloe Goodchild of The Naked Voice.
Vaishnavi holds sacred songbaths, shares kirtan and offers one-to-ones, workshops and retreats in kirtan, sacred sound and voicework. She loves collaboration and, as well as being one half of sacred mantra duo EARTH with Amy Bisazza, she regularly chants with other like-hearted bhaktas and yogis.
Tim has been playing music for over 30 years. After a spiritual awakening and some years experimenting with different kinds of voice and sound-healing, he did his first workshop with Chloe Goodchild, founder of The Naked Boice in 2005. This transformative experience crystallised in 2006 with the release of his first CD “Planting Peace”, starting regular chanting groups and a life-changing trip to India. Since then Tim has worked extensively with ChloNaked Voice Facilitator and been witness to the incredible power of the voice and chanting in particular. Tim is a regular at UK Bhakti Festivals and Yoga Gatherings, and in 2012 released a kirtan CD, “Devotional Heart”, produced by Tabla Tom. The follow up, “Give it All Away For Love” was released in 2016.
“Tim sings his devotional chants straight from the heart. His voice has a rare quality of authenticity. With him it’s all about the soul, but his music is great too, lyrical, uplifting and inspiring” – Ranchor Prime, author and publisher.
Louise discovered yoga in her 20’s and quickly recognised spiritual connection as a powerful antidote to the stresses of modern life. She fell in love with the yogic life and began teaching others in 2007. Simultaneously, she attended the first of many retreats with Zen master, Thich Nhat Hanh (Thay), whose teachings on engaged Buddhism, mindfulness and the heart of compassion continue to inform her life and work. Aside from the wild teachings of mother nature herself, Thay remains Louise’s greatest spiritual teacher and it was in his presence that she first realised the profound joy of devotional singing.
Since 2013, Louise has led regular kirtan in south west Wales and at various UK festivals and events. She released her first album, Calling from Within, in 2016 and has been humbled and delighted by feedback from many people, praising the positive impacts of the music: “Your album has got me through a dark fortnight - thank you for your amazing voice and beautiful soul. Everyone should have a copy of 'Calling from within'. In fact it should be prescribed on the NHS!”.
Further recording is currently on hold for Louise, who is immersed in studying for a Masters in psychotherapy. However, singing kirtan remains a kind of homecoming for her. She is particularly interested in the healing capacity of chanting and voice work and experiences devotional singing as a means of welcoming all parts of the self into the expansive field of the heart. She remains fascinated by the seemingly endless capacity of the wounded heart to change and blossom through the healing power of the authentic voice.
For more information: www.blueskyoga.co.uk/cd.html
£35 Early Bird tickets available now
Once all the Early bird tickets are taken, the full ticket price will be £45