Fall Foliage Kirtan & Yoga Retreat w/ Kirtan Soul Revival & Devadas – October 16-18, 2015

Pumpkin Hollow Retreat w/ KSR & Devadas

Fall Foliage Kirtan & Yoga Retreat
w/ Kirtan Soul Revival & Devadas
October 16-18, 2015
Pumpkin Hollow Retreat Center in Craryville, NY
only 2 1/2 hours drive from Boston & NYC and accessible via public transportation from NYC

Looking for a special way to bring in autumn?

Join KSR & Devadas for a deliciously toasty, heart opening, body warming, soul stirring, vocal cord tingling, love-filled time chanting, flowing, meditating, exploring and of course eating! What better way to welcome the change of seasons than relaxing in a beautiful setting with beautiful sounds of nature and beautiful friends. Enjoy a weekend of kirtan (call and response devotional music), all-levels yoga with live music, chant/music workshops, delicious vegetarian food, and rejuvenating time in the woods during foliage season. Space is limited so register now to hold your spot!

WEEKEND SCHEDULE (approx)

Friday

4-6pm Arrive, settle in & explore

6pm Opening circle

6:30pm Dinner

8pm Kirtan

Saturday

6:30-7:45am Morning Archana – chanting the Lalita sahasranam & meditation

8:30-9:30am Breakfast

10am-12pm Yoga Class w/ Live Music

12:30-1:30pm Lunch

4:30-6pm Chanting Workshop

6pm Dinner

7:30pm Kirtan

Sunday

6:30-7:45am Morning Archana – chanting the Lalita sahasranam & meditation

8-9:30am Breakfast

9:30-11am Yoga Class w/ Live Music

11:30am-1pm Chanting Workshop

1-2pm Lunch

2pm Closing Circle & Departure (people can hang out, as long as their rooms are emptied out)

$425 (if you sign up with a friend you both get $50 off!)  Email kirtansoulrevival@gmail.com to register.  Payments can be made via PayPal to kirtansoulrevival@gmail.com. Price includes shared housing, delicious vegetarian meals and daily yoga, music workshops & kirtan. Single rooms available via special request at additional cost.

Nestled amidst the Berkshire and Taconic Mountains, Pumpkin Hollow Retreat Center covers 130 acres of open fields, lush forests, colorful flower beds, and an abundant vegetable garden nourished by the crystal clear Taconic Stream. The stream flows through the Hollow, past the campfire grove and swimming hole, the garden and the meditation center, then rushes over a waterfall and out through the base of a deep hemlock-lined gorge.  Across the stream, a network of nature trails connects to the labyrinth, healer’s sanctuary, peace prayer pole, and meditation walk.

Pumpkin Hollow Retreat Center is located 125 miles north of New York City.  Just a 2-1/2 hour trip by car or take the Metro North and a group van (for a small additional fee- we will help make arrangements). www.pumpkinhollow.org

Kirtan Soul Revival (KSR) is New York City’s funkiest devotional mantra music experience. They use traditional Sanskrit mantras, original music, spirituals and music from around the world to create a unique, dynamic sound that merges funk, rock, rhythm and blues, world grooves, and chants. Lush three-part harmonies add fullness and depth to their sound. Kirtan is a celebration of spirit through the chanting of sacred names. KSR invites their audiences to participate fully through call-and-response chanting. Through KSR’s simple presentation, even non-singers can easily experience the joy of being surrounded by harmony in a space that encourages improvisation and exploration. The Kirtan Soul Revival experience invites participants to open their hearts to Spirit and to life!

KSR has led kirtans and chant workshops in and around New York City (including Integral Yoga Institute, Jivamukti Yoga and Laughing Lotus Yoga Center). They have toured successfully both the east and west coast multiple times and have played at Kripalu, and festivals such as Wanderlust, BhaktiFest, Ahimsa Yoga & Music Festival, VerMantra, and Berwick Yoga Festival in Nova Scotia. They have recorded with Krishna Das, The Hanumen, Prema Hara and Devadas. KSR’s chant workshops have been offered to groups as large as 120 people. They also teach heart-centered yoga classes infusing flowing vinyasa and breath-centered movement with live music, chanting, and storytelling.  w ww.kirtansoulrevival.com

Devadas is a kirtaniya, composer and songwriter hailing from Brooklyn, New York who began singing as a teenager, performing on street corners in his hometown of Portland, Maine. After moving to New York City, he had the good fortune to meet his Guru, Mata Amritanandamayi Devi (Amma), and under Her inspiration has been leading kirtans at satsangs, yoga studios, meditation centers and temples all over New York, the U.S. and India.

In 2013, Devadas made his Mantralogy debut with Brooklyn Mellows, an homage to the late great kirtaniya Aindra Das, which features a collection of musicians and singers from the vibrant New York City kirtan scene and beyond, including Anjula Saraswati Prasad, Terrence Pompey, Nina Rao, Mark Gorman, Genevieve Walker and others.  He’s also released “Bhajans”, an album of traditional chants as well as three albums of original devotional compositions, “Ocean – Songs for Amma”, “Shine Shine On” and “Milton’s Glen,” working with luminaries such as Krishna Das and Wah along the way. As a composer, he’s collaborated with indie rocker J Mascis to score the soundtrack to the feature documentary One Track Heart / The Story of Krishna Das and as a producer, worked with Nina Rao on her 2013 release Antarayaami – Knower of All Hearts.  He’s also regularly produced sacred music events to benefit his Guru’s Embracing the World humanitarian charities, and along with fellow chant artists Gaura Vani, Jahnavi Harrison and Dave Stringer, is working with the Call and Response Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing kirtan and sacred music to under-served groups of people.  www.devadasmusic.com