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Ecstatic Chant

The Yoga of Voice

September 01, 2017 – September 04, 2017
Rhinebeck, NY
Krishna Das, Deva Premal, Miten, Jai Uttal... See More
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SM17-4303-219Krishna Das, Deva Premal, Miten, Jai Uttal, Wah!, The Hanumen, Donna De Lory, Parvathy Baul, Nawang Khechog, Daniel Paul, Steve Gorn, Manose, Radhanath Swami, Ram Dass,

Join us for our 13th annual Ecstatic Chant retreat, one of the most popular events at Omega. A remarkable opportunity to experience some of the Western world’s leading devotional singers, this inspiring weekend nourishes the soul with a rich tradition of musical prayer and meditation.

Known in Sanskrit as kirtan, devotional chanting awakens a longing in the heart for the experience of inner silence, boundless love, and intimate union with the divine. Emerging from Hindu traditions in India, kirtan is practiced by millions of people. The call-and-response, rhythmic quality of these unifying chants kindles an exhilarating, joyful mood and is accepted as one of the surest paths to enlightenment. In recent years, pioneering musicians and seekers have brought this magical tradition to the West.

Throughout the weekend—including an all-night Saturday session—we explore a variety of chants and chanting styles, interspersed with rejuvenating sessions of meditation, yoga, and story sharing.

Scholarships are available; see Holistic Studies application at

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Program ends Monday at 12:30 p.m. Performers are subject to change. Ram Dass will appear via live video stream.


Special Labor Day Chant Session
September 4
This special Labor Day Ecstatic Chant takes place on Monday, September 4, from 2:30 p.m. to midnight, and includes performances by Krishna Das, Deva Premal & Miten, Jai Uttal, and Manose.

Tuition for this one-day program is $75 for those who participated in the weekend Fall Ecstatic Chant, and $125 for others (plus accommodations and/or commuter charges). To take advantage of the special $75 rate, please call Omega at 877.944.2002 to register.

Heart Practice of Chanting
Bringing Chanting Into the Practice of Living
September 5

Join Krishna Das for this one-day chanting retreat and devotional practice. This is a special opportunity to study with one of the foremost devotional singers in the world.


Please note this course has a special schedule and ends Monday at 12:30 p.m.:

4:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. Check In (Rooms available after 5:00 p.m.)
7:30 p.m.–7:50 p.m. Welcome & Orientation
8:00 p.m.–12:30 a.m. (Saturday) Workshop
8:00 a.m.–8:45 a.m. Commuter check-in (if not checked-in the previous evening)
9:00 a.m.–Noon Workshop
2:15 p.m.–5:15 p.m. Workshop
8:00 p.m.–5:30 a.m. (Sunday) Workshop
11:00 a.m.–Noon Workshop
2:15 p.m.–5:15 p.m. Workshop
8:00 p.m.–1:30 a.m. (Monday) Workshop
9:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m Workshop
Noon–1:00 p.m. Check Out

The above schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the faculty. Faculty are also subject to change.

Omega’s Children's Program will not be available during the Saturday and Sunday evening overnight chant sessions. Contact Omega registration at 877.944.2002 for details.

Dining Hall Hours (Dinner is included on arrival day):
Breakfast: 7:00 a.m.–8:45 a.m.
Lunch: Noon–2:00 p.m.
Dinner: 6:00 p.m.–7:15 p.m.

Daily Open Classes in meditation, yoga, tai chi, or movement (subject to availability):
7:00–8:00 a.m., 12:15–1:00 p.m., 5:30–6:15 p.m., 5:30–6:30 p.m.


Grammy-nominee Krishna Das is one of the foremost devotional singers in the world. He has released numerous CDs, including the best-selling Pilgrim Heart and Live Ananda. He is also author of Chants of a Lifetime. Das first traveled to India in 1970, where he met Sri Neem Karoli Baba, through whom he was introduced to the practice of kirtan, or devotional chanting.

Deva Premal

Deva Premal and Miten employ ancient mantras, rich harmonies, and sensual rhythms in their music, exploring the essence of love, devotion, and consciousness. They have released a series of acclaimed CDs, including Password and Tibetan Mantras For Turbulent Times (with the Gyuto Monks).


Miten is well known for his collaborations with life-partner Deva Premal. Together they have released a series of acclaimed CDs, including Mantras for Life and their recent best-seller, Songs for the Sangha. A successful singer/songwriter in his early years, Miten toured and opened for such bands as Fleetwood Mac and Velvet Underground.

Jai Uttal is a Grammy-nominated singer and pioneer in the world music community. A student of India’s Ali Akbar Khan and master teacher Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, Uttal’s blend of Eastern and Western sound has put his music at the forefront of the world fusion movement. His many albums include Beggars and Saints, the Grammy-nominated Mondo Rama, and Bhakti Bazaar.

Wah! has been making music for the yoga world for more than 25 years. She blends a seductive, Eastern-tinged spiritual sound with a unique mix of pop, world music, ambient electronica, hip hop, and reggae. She teaches women's leadership trainings, sound healing workshops, yoga teacher trainings, and performs healing concerts in planetariums and theaters throughout the United States. Her many CDs include Love Holding Love, Savasana, and Maa. She is author of the book and CD Healing: A Vibrational Exchange.

The Hanumen

The Hanumen is a kirtan band comprised of John de Kadt, Purusartha Dasa, Gaura Vani, Vish Sheth, and Benjy Wertheimer. These diverse artists present a unique experience of world music, mystic poetry, and mantra chanting—a musical journey to the deepest part of the soul.

Donna De Lory is a singer and songwriter whose music is a beautiful hybrid of English lyrics and devotional Sanskrit mantras set to modern melodies. A longtime accompanying vocalist for Madonna, Donna De Lory has also recorded with Selena and Carole King. Her newest release is The Unchanging.

Parvathy Baul is a practitioner, performer, and teacher of the Baul tradition from Bengal, India. She is also an instrumentalist, storyteller, painter, and cofounder of Ekathara Kalari.

Nawang Khechog

Nawang Khechog, author of Awakening Kindness, was a monk for 11 years and a hermit meditator for four years, personally sponsored and guided by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. A Grammy-nominated musician, he has recorded and performed around the world.

Daniel Paul, a composer and Fulbright award-winning tabla drummer, has played a lifetime of world music with many diverse artists who share his love for the sacred music of India. He has contributed to many diverse projects using his rare melodic drum set and has released three of his own CDs Rhythms of Paradise, Between Two Worlds, and Elephant Prayers.

Steve Gorn

Steve Gorn has produced many CDs, including Rasika and Luminous Ragas. His flute music for yoga and meditation has been featured in the Academy Award-winning film, Born Into Brothels.

Nepalese Indian flute (bansuri) maestro Manose has spent the past 10 years touring the world and recording chart-topping albums with Deva Premal and Miten. As well as collaborating with artists as diverse as Grammy-nominated Jai Uttal and bluegrass musician Peter Rowan, Manose has released multiple solo CDs, including Dyhana Aman: Meditation of No Mind.

Radhanath Swami is a spiritual leader who has been practicing bhakti yoga for nearly 40 years. Author of The Journey Home: Autobiography of an American Swami, Radhanath Swami runs a number of service programs from his headquarters at Radha Gopinath Ashram in Mumbai, India.

Ram Dass

Ram Dass (in person and live via streaming video) has been a trusted guide to Omega and thousands of spiritual seekers all over the world for more than 30 years. One of America’s most beloved spiritual figures, and author of many best-selling books, including the classic Be Here Now and Polishing the Mirror, Ram Dass has made his mark on the world, giving teachings and promoting loving service.