Saturday, December 21, 2013
5:15 pm - 9:00 pm
Booking is now closed but you can pay on the door! Please bring your own mat or contact Emma if you need to borrow one for yoga. Also please bring a cushion to sit on and a blanket to wrap around you.
Chai Tea, Mulled Wine, Festive Joy & Yogi Cheer Towards the Closing of the Year
At the White Hart Barn, Godstone
Solstice Flow Yoga 5.15-6.30pm
This flowing yoga practice will allow us to reflect and embody the significance of the Winter Solstice. This is the shortest day of the year and yields the least amount of daylight annually. The day after the winter solstice marks the beginning of lengthening days – the rebirth of the sun. This is also a time to contemplate family, friends and the unity of man. Mindful Movement and Meditative Sounds will combine to deepen our awareness and activate our internal energies bringing tranquility and gratitude.
Kirtan for Charity 7.00-9pm
All the proceeds of the Kirtan will be donated to a Lingfield based charity called ‘Bloomin’ Arts’ (registered charity: 1145645). Please Scroll down for more information
‘Kirtan’ – an ancient participatory music experience using a ‘call and response’ singing practice with enchanting, joyful, uplifting and evocative mantras and soothing bhajans to the accompaniment of instruments such as the harmonium, tabla, drums and hand cymbals
– With special guest Wallah (Kirtan Leader) Rivkah and other friends
– Please bring a cushion /yoga mat/ blanket/all three to sit on
– Children Welcome
Kirtan is a very different kind of music. Based on ancient chants, it has the ability to quiet the mind if listened to with intention. Everyone experiences kirtan differently, and it doesn’t have to be a religious experience! You can think of it as a sing-along simply for enjoyment!
A Kirtan concert is not your typical concert either. Most people sit on the floor/on floor cushions, although chairs are available. The performers are accessible, in fact there’s not much of a distinction between performers & audience. The wallah (leader) sings the mantra, and the audience sings it back. A single chant can go on for up to forty minutes. As you sing with each other you experience a deep connection with the musicians, the other audience members and yourself. And when the music stops, your mind is quiet…
For most people meditation doesn’t come easy and that’s where kirtan can offer another method. Kirtan can carry us effortlessly to a place of quiet and stillness. One of the oldest sacred music traditions of the world, the kirtan call-and- response chanting genre comes to us from India. Using ancient Sanskrit mantras, the kirtan calls upon sacred energies which serve to quiet the mind, remove obstacles, and bring us back to the centre of our being.
About the Charity ‘Bloomin’ Arts’
This is a charity which provides Performance Arts opportunities for adults with learning disabilities giving them a possibility to participate at what ever level they choose and relies on donations, sponsorship and funding grants to exist. Engaging in the Performing Arts for adults with learning disabilities both directly and indirectly can be beneficial on many levels : physical and mental health, educational, work and social : creating an inclusive and equal society. Emma has been working for this Charity for the past 2 years and is continually humbled by the creative talent, enthusiasm, generosity, warmth and commitment of it’s staff and students alike.
“I am so fortunate to be able to work at Bloomin’ Arts. The students are incredible and constantly inspire me with their steadfast ability to experiment, explore and grow. Many of the students are visually or physically impaired, some suffer from chronic shyness or anxiety but they always participate and watching them blossom is a gift and a blessing”
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Bookings are closed for this event.