JOIN JAI UTTAL ON A JOURNEY INTO THE YOGA OF THE HEART
You are invited to join Jai Uttal, legendary sacred music composer, recording artist, multi-instrumentalist, and ecstatic vocalist, for a free online class, “Homecoming, A Taste of Online Kirtan Camp” on Sunday, September 25 from 1-2:15 pm PDT, 4–5:15pm EDT (Check local time).
Let us explore the deepest chambers of our hearts, the wells bubbling with long forgotten emotions, and the little fires that need to be tended, through the ancient practices of Bhakti, or Devotional Yoga. We all know how easy it is to lose touch with that precious jewel within, but through the practices of Bhakti, particularly the singing of mantras, we can nurture the return path home. "Homecoming" can be our daily intention because it is so easy to go far away from our inner home.
A heart-opening, soul-nourishing, intimate & interactive experience with Chris Assaad.
Meet Chris, hear songs from the GOLDEN album live, along with stories about the process and inspiration behind the birthing of the record. Gather with our beautiful global community and share in the medicine of music and togetherness.
Date: Saturday, October 8th, 2022
Time: 3pm EST / 12pm PST / 8pm UK Time
Limited Replay until October 15th
REGISTER to join us and get your complimentary e-ticket to The GOLDEN Sessions Livestream plus an exclusive behind-the-scenes video of the making of the record with producer Joby Baker (Deva Premal & Miten, Alex Cuba).
GOLDEN is the newest release from singer-songwriter Chris Assaad.
His fourth studio album and without question, his most raw, potent and vulnerable offering to date. Assaad invites listeners into an exploration of transmuting our pain and suffering, our struggles and everyday challenges into Love and returning to that Golden frequency, to our connection to the Divine, to a state of Wholeness within ourselves, and Oneness with each other and All That is. Listen to the first single "Love Is Greater Than" and get a taste.
Love Is Greater Than by Chris Assaad
Chris Assaad is a multi-talented artist, singer-songwriter, wordsmith and speaker. Chris’ artist journey began with a leap several years ago to follow his heart and passion for music. Just as he began exploring his love of singing and songwriting he was suddenly faced with a rapidly progressing hereditary hearing loss condition. Nearly two years and several surgeries later, Chris’s hearing was restored and he was given a second chance, further cementing his path of a life dedicated to his artistry. He has become an inspirational voice for others to follow their creative and spiritual paths toward living a life they love.
Chris recently put the finishing touches on his upcoming album entitled GOLDEN. His most raw and vulnerable album to date was recorded in Victoria, BC in collaboration with producer Joby Baker (Deva Premal & Miten, Alex Cuba & the Wailin’ Jennys) who also produced Assaad’s LION LP. The GOLDEN album is set for release later this year and will kick off with the first single entitled “Love Is Greater Than” this summer.
Chris’ music soothes and seduces with exquisite layers of electric and acoustic guitars falling over R&B and soul-infused grooves serenaded by Chris’s richly textured emotive vocals. An up-and-coming artist within the conscious music community and wellness & transformation movement, Chris has opened up for musical artists Trevor Hall, Ayla Nereo, Michael Franti, and The Wood Brothers. He has been growing an international grassroots community, sharing his eclectic blend of soulful roots music, heart-opening songs, and stories with audiences in Canada, Australia, the US, and Europe playing clubs and festival dates from Wanderlust Whistler to The Sound Dome in Sydney.
ECSTATIC – Involving an experience of mystic self-transcendence
EMBODIMENT – The giving of human form to a spiritual idea or feeling
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If you’re ready for an the most activated dancefloor of wild & graceful movers on Earth, Embodiment is the place for you ⚡
Along with 5 hours of epic Ecstatic Dance each day with some of the best conscious Producers and DJs in the world, your body will be balanced with yoga, breath work, partner massage, sound healing, a rejuvenating Tea Temple, Ceremonial Cacao Activations, Sweat Lodge by our spring fed riverside pools, Kirtan and Live Music every night, with much much more!
We’re continuing our community enrichment services that our past few festivals initiated, by matching the musical budget supporting the artists, with an equal amount for our neighboring Mayan community in Tzununá.
See Below for past projects supported by Embodiment
Embodiment is an Ecstatically Natural Festival, designed to merge your Body, Mind & Spirit with Gaia, by staying in a grounded rhythm of movement & restoration each day.
Intoxicant-free and full of presence, we hold a sacred and safe container for our wildest and purest expressions to emerge. Our dedicated team of space holders will help maintain a silent and phone free dancefloor for us all to go as deep as possible together with the musical journeys each day.
GAIA DANCE TEMPLE
Alongside a spring-fed river is our 6000 sq. ft combination of martial-arts mats and floating wooden dancefloor underneath Avocado and Kushin trees.
Local, organic vegetarian meals + elixirs are available at our Cafe on-site, as well as three other farm-to-table Cafes less than 5 minutes walk from the Gaia.
Dragon Moon Tea Temple will be open during dances.
No alcohol, drugs, or smoking permitted on-site. No Dogs allowed anywhere inside.
Onsite Camping = $25 per person for 5 nights. Includes drinking water & showers.
Onsite Dorms = $95 for 5 nights
Early Tix available now for $155 until Oct 1
Previous Embodiments have supported hundreds of families in Tzununá & San Marcos with food distributions, roof & home renovations, sponsoring local kids to attend trade school, new beds for families that were sleeping on the ground, 8 new homes for elders & single moms in need, family gardens + fruit tree planting in landslide victims rebuilt homes, new water filters, buying kids guitars + drums for the local community music center, gifting Christmas presents to local children, and planting thousands of fruit trees in our village.
Embodiment 6 will continue our work to improve educational opportunities, organic food security, and enjoyment of life for everyone born in Tzununá.
"One of the most poignant voices currently floating about… Ayla Nero is an otherworldly artist who shares the fruits of her soul" — The Huffington Post
“[Ayla’s] relationship with the earth is imprinted in her music – expansive and intriguing.” — Billboard
Ayla Nereo is as a voice for the planet, a modern bard and beacon who dances songs directly from her soul. With lyrical poetry splashing across a canvas of sound, her music has an uncanny ability to disarm and crack open the heart, as she sings for the depth of our humanness, and for the return to our pure wonder of existence. Her lucid storytelling and magical presence onstage and off creates a force field that is palpable, joyous, deep, and utterly enchanting.
With a particular joy for bridging musical styles, Ayla’s songs seem a genre unto their own, as she weaves between vocal looping, produced beats, live drumming, orchestral string arrangements, Celtic melodies, disco rhythms, electronic soundscapes, and even dashes of hip-hop wordplay. Calling us to listen deeper, her songs are elegant masterpieces of lucid storytelling, with lyrics ringing as anthems for planetary healing, human potential, beauty, and compassion.
Though you’d never know it by witnessing her perform, Ayla grew up with an intense fear of singing. In her final year of college, songs began pouring through her, and it was only through the constant urging of those around her that she began to slowly share her music. Propelled by the songs themselves, Ayla’s journey of meeting those fears and singing through them has grown her into the powerful performer she is today, touching an ever-widening global audience with the inspiring magic of her songs.
A child schooled at home in the hills of Sonoma County, Ayla was raised on Cat Stevens, Bob Dylan, opera, classical music, traditional celtic songs, and ABBA — influences which have deeply shaped her music. Touching on both the timeless & modern, she always rides the line between genres, so that her songwriting and sound ultimately cannot be compared to anyone else.
Dancing her own songs on stage as she sings them, her movement and presence gives the audience a permission to be wild, real, vulnerable, and alive. Every performance Ayla gives is its own inspired journey; an enchanting and poignant experience that holds you by the heart and doesn’t let go.
After touring 33 cities in 6 weeks with The Polish Ambassador for the first Permaculture Action Tour, she began to create her own Herbalism Action Days to connect her fanbase with their local plant-teachers and healers, to empower communities to know what medicines and foods grow around them, and support the self-reliance of individuals to reclaim their own health care and community food systems. She is excited to weave more action days into her future touring.
Ayla released her 6th solo album, the phenomenal "By The Light of the Dark Moon", in the spring of 2019 via Jumpsuit Records. The album marks a distinct stepping-out into the world arena. Dancing between genres across each song, this album is a journey of finding light through darkness, connecting to what is currently happening in our world with many collective shadows rising to be seen and healed. “By the Light of the Dark Moon,” as Ayla shares, “speaks to what becomes visible when times get darker, whether it be within us, or as a culture, or out in the sky above.” This album is a beacon, illuminating hope, awareness, and a deep sense of wonder for all of Life. As the opening track calls forth, “We the shining forest… to the darkness bring song.” Ayla has also 2 albums with her project Wildlight (her collaboration with David Sugalski, aka The Polish Ambassador), & 3 collaboration albums.
Honing her impeccable artistry & craft over the years, Ayla has developed a deeply loyal fanbase, one that has recently seen exponential growth into widening circles across the planet. After a nationwide tour supporting the album release in the spring of 2019, a full summer of notable festival appearances, a sold out appearance at Red Rocks with Nahko & Medicine for the People and Trevor Hall, a co-headlining concert with Rising Appalachia, supporting Nahko & Medicine for the People on 14 dates this past fall, and her second nationwide and European tours set for this year, Ayla’s music is reverberating from a west-coast transformational niche into larger global audiences, to inspire and uplift the hearts of humanity. Her music is currently seeing rapid and increasing growth throughout the US, Europe, as well as Canada, Australia, and dozens of other countries.
with a taste for poetry that moves the heart to open beyond its strategies of closure.
I’m a lover of elegance, the miraculous, and the ridiculous.
I have a fondness for the human voice
for its endless beauty, textures, variety,
and for the mighty resilience of the human spirit
that can be felt and heard in those perfect moments of union, of cracking
of unbearable tenderness, where you can hear how alive everything is…
These are the moments I live for.
Also ….. I love you.
Like, the big blushing kind of love.
That tickle you in the back of your rapturous heart kind of love.
That pet your head when your blue kind of love.
The curious to learn what really inspires you to wake in the middle of the night
and write poetry to the moon kind of love.
Lets keep riding the rivers of this love and life together, shall we?
From my heart
Your Rose Bard
Illness and stress run rampant in our modern world. But our bodies possess the potential to generate a subtle yet powerful protective energy called Wei Qi, or Guardian Qi, to help us deal with life’s challenges. In this workshop, renowned Qigong master, healer, author and educator Robert Peng will guide students in learning a series of Qigong exercises designed to develop their very own “protective shield” of Guardian Qi.
The workshop will focus on purifying the internal organs through a “steaming” meditation called HuoLuGong. Master Peng will also introduce students to a special practice known as the 4 Cycles, which originated from the fabled Shaolin Temple in China. Legend has it that the great spiritual master Bodhidharma, who first introduced Buddhism in China, taught the 4 Cycles to the Shaolin monks, who had fallen into ill health and physical weakness from excessive sedentary study and meditation. After practicing the 4 Cycles for some time, their bodies grew strong and their minds brighter, which in the end helped their meditation to be richer and more joyful.
Developing and sustaining Guardian Qi yields many benefits, including:
- Enhancing the immune system
- Fostering inner resilience to combat mental and emotional stress
- Increasing calm and confidence
Workshop participants can expect to come away feeling joyful and grounded—mighty with force and clear in mind
About Robert Peng
Born and raised in Hunan, China, Robert Peng was only eight years old when he began an intensive apprenticeship under the close guidance of the legendary monk Xiao Yao, an enlightened master known for his profound healing ability and martial arts skill.
At age 15, Robert endured a 100-day water fast in a small dark chamber at a secluded monastery in the remote mountains of Hunan province, which initiated a radical spiritual transformation.
Robert has trained hundreds of thousands of students all over China, Australia, the United States, and Europe. A regular presenter at the Omega Institute, Kripalu Center, Open Center, Pacific Institute of Orental Medecine and many other organizations and schools, he has evolved a unique way of teaching Qigong that people from different cultures can understand and follow. Robert is the author of The Master Key: Qigong Secrets for Vitality, Love and Wisdom, and the DVD/CD companion series, The Master Key.
The Light of Two Worlds is a unique collaboration between Danny Picard CHt and Jade Lyons.
Jade brings timeless sound and alchemical movement through frequency of his gongs and other instruments which he intuitively uses, and it merges effortlessly with Danny’s extremely unique way of toning his voice and intuitive knowing which appropriate words to use in his meditations and hypnotherapy. When these two get together, they revel in creation and joy for creating a soundscape journey which reaches the subconscious depths of truth and often help remind you what a joy it is to be alive. Believers in magic, love, and the ability to make a difference in this world through a “next level” sound experience extremely exciting for both gentlemen.
This journey will be focused on the topic “Self-Forgiveness.”
Do you keep "looping" with repeated behaviors? Is guilt your secret enemy? What about judgement? Perfectionism? Holding on to anger? Are you angry with yourself? Regrets?
Do you speak to people in your mind? Or do you just plain want to take a deep breath and start new?
Forgiveness is one of those "ideas" that many people talk about but really do not know how to apply.
We will guide you in a transmission on the topic of forgiveness.
Then you will be lead you through a hypnotherapy session that will include 3 different powerful forgiveness processesViolet Flame, Ho’oponopono, and Self-Compassion. These practices are great when just repeated with the voice, but when this is integrated into the subconscious mind, a person could expect to feel free, energized and with a sense of being “reset.”
This topic has been important to both Danny and Jade. The benefits of repatterning your way into knowing how much you matter to all of creation will leave you feeling freer than ever before.
Danny Picard has dedicated his life to understanding why he was so sensitive. At times, he gave up and drifted into years of addiction. He learned that he had to change some things. He then realized he had the ability to create valuable tools to overcome addictions on his own. Danny is a Certified Hypnotherapist through NGH, Usui Reiki Master, Lightarian Reiki Master, Master Metatronia Therapist, NLP Practitioner, Spiritual Mentor, Embodiment Coach, Motivational Speaker, Heart Wizard, long-term meditator of 25 years, and soon to-be author. Danny is a true wizard with a vibrant smile and a very joyful, healing demeanor and energy. Danny loves speaking on the alchemy of forgiveness, the ascended master realm, and the power of mankind’s potential within the heart and most of all, how to get there. After all, truth is within the heart, not in the mind. TheEpicHuman.com
Two years in the making, Krishna Das and Jai Uttal’s phenomenal live performance on Sept. 4, 2022, at Omega’s Ecstatic Chant was well worth the wait! Omega has made the replay available for a limited time: Access the recording in HD video and high-fidelity audio as many times as you like through November 5th.
Get lost in the music, the power of community, and strengthen your connection to a higher power.
About the Artists
Layering traditional kirtan with instantly accessible melodies and modern instrumentation, Krishna Das has been called yoga’s “rock star.” With a remarkably soulful voice that touches the deepest chord in even the most casual listener, Krishna Das ” known to friends, family, and fans as simply KD ” has taken the call-and-response chanting out of yoga centers and into concert halls, becoming a worldwide icon and the best-selling western chant artist of all time. His album ‘Live Ananda’ (released January 2012) was nominated for a Grammy in the Best New Age album category.
Jai Uttal, Grammy-nominated sacred music composer, recording artist, multi-instrumentalist, and ecstatic vocalist, combines influences from India with influences from American rock and jazz, creating a stimulating and exotic multi-cultural fusion that is truly world spirit music.
Having traveled extensively in India, where he met many great saints and singers, Bhakti Yoga became his personal path. Jai has been leading, teaching, and performing kirtan around the world for close to 50 years, creating a safe environment for people to open their hearts and voices.
One Planet Peace Forum (OPPF) is presenting its 3rd annual free virtual gathering to contribute to a culture of peace. Hosted on Zoom by Unity Earth and anchoring Peace Week 2022, with the International Day of Peace (Sept. 21) in the middle, this event allows peacebuilders everywhere to have focused time with world-renowned peace ambassadors offering their visions for a peaceful future.
Funded by grants from United Religions Initiative (URI) and the Maine Humanities Council, One Planet Peace Forum was created as an annual event to offer a universal platform for people of all spiritual and secular expressions to co-create solutions to humanity’s most challenging issues.
With a holistic approach to peace making, following upon the peace movement, nuclear disarmament, civil rights, and social, racial, economic, and environmental justice, all of which are critical components of and stepping-stones toward world peace, OPPF invites people from all backgrounds to gather to reflect on how we can build bridges that will unite the human family.
The program takes place from 2-4:30 pm ET Saturday, September 24th, and consists of short keynote talks followed by a moderated dialogue, punctuated with contemplative interludes of reflective music.
Co-produced by Good of the Whole and the Connection Field, the program consists of short keynote talks followed by a moderated dialogue, with Dr. Julie Krull, host of All Things Connected, as emcee, and Tami Briggs, harpist, offering contemplative interludes of reflective music. Presenters include:
• Dr. Anita Sanchez, Author, Consultant, Trainer, Speaker, and Weaver of Indigenous Wisdom and Modern Science
• Dr. Shamini Jain, Author, Clinical Psychologist, and Founder and CEO of Consciousness and Healing Initiative (CHI)
• Rabbi Rami Shapiro, Award-Winning Author, Co-Director of One River Foundation, and Contributing Editor at Spirituality and Health magazine.
• Dr. Hoda Mahmoudi, Author, Researcher, Sociologist, and The Baha’i Chair for World Peace at the University of Maryland
• Yuka Saionji Matsuura, Deputy Chairperson of Goi Peace Foundation, and Byakko Shinko Kai, a spiritual organization dedicated to world peace.
Full bios of all the presenters and the full program are available on the website.
One Planet Peace Forum is committed to bringing people of all backgrounds together to experience unity in diversity and take action steps that cultivate harmony and peace across traditions. OPPF shares the perspective of the Parliament of the World’s Religions, as stated in their Declaration, A Global Ethic, “We consider humankind our family. We commit ourselves to a culture of non-violence, justice, and peace. To make a just and peaceful world, we must first change the consciousness of individuals."
All are invited to contribute toward making this online gathering a lasting contribution to global harmony. Please join us; as OPPF is a volunteer-run peace building nonprofit, sustained by donations and small grants, we hope you will consider making a donation of whatever you are able to on the website:
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"Peia’s voice soars like the wind
as she sings a love letter to our Earth
and an ode to humanity."
~ Huffington Post ~
Please join us on Wednesday, September 28th for Peia’s "To The Well" Concert and Film Release in the beautiful Sanctuary at the Ashland First United Methodist Church.
This is going to be a special night not to be missed as Peia will be returning from Europe for her first Ashland concert in several years. The night will include Peia’s usual amazing concert as well as her gorgeous new film "To The Well" that features some stunning images of Peia’s ancestral lands as well as her deeply beautiful and inspiring songs that come from the deep well of her ancestral lineage. Peia will be joined by Andrew Finn Magill on fiddle.
“I could sing in over 20 languages yet I knew not a single song from my family nor one word from their ancestral language. I lacked true north and something in me remained searching and rootless.”
With equal parts thirst, gratitude, and the kind of urgent, grief-soaked willingness to peer into a deep well after long pilgrimage, Peia stood on the west coast of County Kerry, Ireland and held the songs of her ancestors in her mouth like so much bread after generations of famine. The result of years of study, this is the tale of finding the source of an erased origin: a holy well of songs still as alive and vibrant as the good green hills, as sturdy as the standing stones.
It is said culture can be forgotten in but two generations. Every modern person in the so-called west suffers from the legacies of colonization: a sense of separation from place-based lifeways that erupt from the land itself, manifesting in the forms of dance, foods, rituals, ceremonies, folk arts — and song.
Amnesia is a hallmark of our species,
but so is remembering.
And to remember, we must listen deeply.
For Peia’s "To The Well" Film Release and Concert Tour, we invite you to come and to drink deeply from an ancient shared source. While we are all descendants of lands that gave shape and sound to our cultures, we also need courage to confront what is reflected in the water. To go to the well is to take the long road back to ourselves. It is not an endeavor to do alone: this kind of healing happens in community. For this journey, we will accompany you with some new and favorite songs, yes, but also a viewing of the short film followed by some Q&A from the audience.“An engaging and immersive collection of
traditional songs from across the globe…
will appeal to anyone….”
~ FRoots ~
Peia Luzzi is an American born song collector, writer and multi-instrumentalist based in the mountains of Appalachia. Like water from a deep well, she draws inspiration from her ancestral roots of Irish and Old World European folk music. Peia’s voice dances nimbly from Child Ballads and 17th century Gaelic laments, to Waulking Songs, and Bulgarian mountain calls. She has traveled and studied extensively over the past 10 years to reconnect with her own ancestral song tradition. Uncovering melodies wrinkled and wise with time, while taking care to honor their language and stories, Peia brings a piece of herself to each song she carries.
Her live performances are often described as timeless and transcendent, as she transports audiences through hypnotic rhythms & soaring ethereal vocals.
Along with song gathering & writing songs that speak to the heart of our present experience, Peia’s passion lies in guiding others to discover their own authentic voice & expression.
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Peia ~ "On Raglan Road" (Live at Fremont Abbey)