BE LOVE: 11hr Bhakti Immersion
October 2015 SCHEDULE
We reserve the right to change the schedule without prior notice
10:15am: Morning Welcome Yoga Asana
with Rev. Padma Devi
11:20am: Durga Puja
(ceremonial honouring of the aspect of creation / the universe / ourselves that is courage and protection)
12pm onwards: KIRTAN with Babaji Temple Singers (Harisudha, Durga Das & Tabla Tom), Giles Bryant & The Perpetual Choirs, Nikki Slade, Sivani Mata, Sussex Amma Sangha and Tim Chalice actual order to be announced later
In-between Kirtan Yoga Stretches with Sarah McCaskey
12:30pm – 2:30pm: Lunch with LoveGift Vegan
we will not be breaking for lunch, you can get food anytime during these two hours
3pm - 7pm: Kids Magic Carpet with Clairey–Fairey
4pm onwards: Afternoon Sweets by Maitri Shakti Kumari and Be Love Chai Shop
7:25pm: Raffle Draw
8:30pm: World Peace Closing Ceremony
We are honoured to have a beautiful team of Kirtan singers from various traditions joining us for the day,
as well as an inspiring yogini, and culinary magicians serving up vegetarian lunch and chai shop treats:
Babaji Temple Singers:
Harisudha & Durga Das
Harisudha and Durga Das have been devotees of Sri Haidakhand Baba for over 30 years. They have three children, and have raised their family on the teachings of Sri Babaji, in truth, simplicity and love.
They have inspired many people on their spiritual path through taking a mobile ‘temple tent’ around festivals across the U.K. and holding pujas and chanting sessions regularly, and through the example of their daily lives. They are also long time friends of the Goma family and have joined them in tours and concerts over the years.
KIDS MAGIC CARPET
Claire's playful spirit has been caring for children for over 22 years, working as a registered childminder in Maidenhead and as a private nanny in London. She completed the Yoga for Children teacher training 8years ago and has been sharing yoga with various age groups around London since then.
Giles Bryant & The Perpetual Choirs
Giles Bryant is a devotional singer, musician and yoga teacher who gives concerts and workshops around the world. The joy-filled songs inspired by the world’s sacred traditions take audiences into deep peace and bliss. Giles found evidence of ancient perpetual choir circles in Britain, Egypt, India and other countries where people gathered in groups to maintain continual chants to bring harmony to people, communities and the world. This ancient practice of using sound for healing is returning as more people realise, as Paramahansa Yogananda did, “Sound or vibration is the most powerful force in the universe”.
To help bring about a return of these perpetual singing circles Giles started a collective of healing musicians called The Perpetual Choirs. They play concerts at festivals, yoga centres, temples, hospitals, special needs centres, schools and sacred sites. The Perpetual Choirs have headlined the London Yoga Show - the biggest yoga event in Europe.
In 2012, after 4 year of recording, the first Perpetual Choirs album was released featuring hundreds of singers and musicians from around the world. Craig Pruess (multi million-selling producer of Sacred Chants of Shiva/Mother Divine etc), produced and arranged the epic world fusion track “Jai Ganga” (see the video from Varanasi – www.youtube.com/watch?v=agThaBZbvD8 ). Giles has spent the last 2 years travelling and recording the next album, One World, and is keen to collaborate with people who share in this vision.
Acknowledging you are what you eat...*LoveGift Vegan* chef Matanah with over 15 years experience as a Vegan nutritionist, creates food for healing, nourishing and sharing the energy of love. Her work in the community gives insight into healthy eating through workshops, popup restaurants, events catering and specialist food creation including live food, desserts, special dietary requirements and celebratory fun foods.
Matanah recently opened the LoveGift Vegan cafe #108 Brockley Rise, London, SE23 1NH.
"Preparing food sourced from Mother Earth, one must be enabled with the intention to transfer love into the food which will be used as a healing, joyfilled and delicious Gift."
Sussex Amma Sangha
The Sussex Amma Sangha hold monthly satsangs in Brighton and Lewes. Inspired by the love and teachings of Amma, they come together to do spiritual practices, to sing and meditate, and celebrate our connection with the Divine. Bhakti yoga - the love of God - is the foundation of our spiritual path.
Tim, after many years experimenting with voice and sound healing, did his first workshop with Naked Voice teacher Chloe Goodchild in 2005. This was a hugely transformative experience, followed in 2006 by the release of his first CD, Planting Peace, running regular chanting groups and a life-changing trip to India. Since then Tim has trained extensively with Chloe and has been witness to the incredible power of the voice and chanting.
Tim leads regular kirtan in Bristol, Bath and the South West and feels very blessed to have the opportunity to share this wonderful practice. In 2012, Tim released a beautiful album Devotional Heart featuring Tabla Tom and is currently recording the follow-up. Tim also leads Bhajan Babies, introducing the calming, nourishing practice of chanting to new parents and babies.
KIRTAN, Epic Sound and Tabla Rhythms
Tom started singing kirtan at the Shivananda Yoga Centre in Putney with a Hare Krishna group in 1993. In 1996 he had the great blessing of meeting Gopal Hari and Ambika from the Babaji band ‘Goma‘. For many years he toured with them across the UK and Europe, and learnt that Bhakti practice is about the heart and that music is merely a tool to express devotion to the Highest Self and Guru.
Tom’s Guru is Sri Haidakhand Baba, who emphasised the practice of mantra and karma yoga (selfless service) as the simplest and best way to a meaningful life.
Tom has also been blessed to support kirtan wallahs (mantra singers) and yoga teachers from other spiritual lineages like Krishna Das, Bhagavan Das, Jaya Lakshmi, Shiva Rea and many other lovely souls from India and the UK. All share the same spirit of humility, love of their Guru, and cosmic connection to the divine through chanting simple mantras as their regular practice.
“This practice has changed my life. I want to share it with anyone who wants to integrate this energy into their daily lives.”
Maitri Shakti Kumari
Maitri is an Ayurvedic Vegetarian and Vegan Chef, her passion is to combine healthy, gluten and sugar free food. She has changed her way to see nutrition since 2006 when her journey with yoga, meditation and conscious life style began.
Maitri follows an Ayurvedic diet and lifestyle, which means being in tune with the body and elements, selecting the food that she enjoys most and help her system to function at its best. The integration of spices, activated nuts and seeds, gluten free grains and total absence of sugar.
Maitri will be preparing delicious treats for our Be LOVE afternoon Sweets and Chai Shop.
Nikki is one of the leading western global pioneers in the field of voice, chanting and sound work since 1990. She was inspired by the power of sound through the sacred chants of Eastern traditions. Nikki is the founder of Free the Inner Voice and Chemistry at Work and she has inspired corporate groups including Deutshce Bank to chant. She is the resident kirtan leader at Triyoga in London. Nikki has recorded three highly acclaimed CDs: Nectarine, Monsoon, Soundscape and her most recent double album kirtan release Epiphany.
Nikki’s cutting-edge approach to working with the voice has also been experienced at Wandsworth Prison , The Priory Hospital in London and Start 2 Stop where she has impacted the recovery of hundreds of addicts for over a decade.
Rev. Padma Devi
Rev. Padma is a much-loved teacher by all who have had the opportunity to work with her. Practising yoga since the age of 19, she met her guru, Sri Swami Satchidananda in 1991 and has lived as his devoted student ever since.
Padma offers her service to all as an Integral Yoga Minister, Integral Yoga Teacher Trainer and as an international yoga and spiritual teacher - leading retreats, giving satsang, training yoga teachers and performing ceremonies of blessing such as weddings, baby blessings, house blessings, celebrations of life, pujas, sacred name giving and sacred mantra initiation.
10 years ago Rev. Padma visited Sri Lanka soon after the tsunami and set up an educational charity for the very poorest children there. The demand for the charity's services is growing and expanding and Padma devotes herself to supporting and fundraising for the children and widows in Sri Lanka.
Sivani Mata is a student of Bhakti Yoga (the yoga of love and devotion). She organised the UK's first ever Bhakti Music Festival (in August 2011) and the Be Love: Bhakti Immersions which have brought devotional musical practices from various traditions together as one, in the spirit of universal love and devotion. She leads Kirtan, Shakti Dance, Women's Yoga and Yoga Nidra in London & around the UK. Her practice has been influenced by many teachers and traditions, and she is highly grateful for the people who have inspired her to live in trust and bhakti spirit in all aspects of life. Sivani feels incredibly blessed to have found this divine practice and be able to share it with others.