EVENTS – LONDON | Art to Healing Kirtan
ART TO HEALING
Music As Medicine
with Sivani Mata and The Shakti Soul Family
Saturday 16 May 2020 | Doors 18:30
for 19:00 – 21:00
at The Life Centre, Islington,
1 Britannia Row, London, N1 8QH
You are invited to join us for an evening exploration of Kirtan.
This month our Kirtan is in aid of the charity Art to Healing during their Yoga for Freedom week – a week of yoga events dedicated to ending child sex slavery. Art to Healing offer tailor-designed, evidence-based psychosocial therapeutic programs, education and professional development to allow for women and girls to repair, recover and return to a life free from sex slavery, exploitation and sexual abuse. All the money from this month's Kirtan will be donated directly to this project to support this vital work.
Kirtan is a deep dive into the heart through co-created song. It is a conversation with that inner place in each one of us that is ever unified with everything in creation; it is a practice of communion with all that is. In our gathered community we mainly sing together in the ancient powerful language of Sanskrit. Each Kirtan repeats simple mantras which invoke a trance-like state within, as well as evoking the spirit of Bhakti: the mood of love.
Sivani Mata plays the harmonium, leading each Kirtan accompanied by our Shakti Soul Family: musicians who support with heartfelt instrumentation and rootsy rhythms as a foundation for our practice. Every time our Kirtan is unique, as everyone in the space adds their voice, and in doing so contributes their special spice to flavour the collective soup we brew together. All are invited to be at home here to express the truth of themselves, through these songs of freedom. We co-create healing sounds, music as medicine, kindling the process of transformation which can move through us as ecstatic or cathartic dancing, sweet tears, deep peaceful stillness, the warmth of an inner joy, or other expressions.
We end our evening together with a moment to greet those gathered and to share in the sweet taste of prasadam: a home-made treat that has soaked up the energy of our practice together (it is always gluten free, vegan and refined sugar free).
All are welcome, no experience necessary
Investment: £12 earlybird, £16 full price, Children age 16yrs and under £Free – PRE BOOKING RECOMMENDED to book in advance call 0207 704 0919 or go to www.thelifecentre.com – If you have never been to The Life Centre before, you will need to register for a free account (click here and "create account" at top left) with them to book this session. If booking for more than one person please book on the phone not on the website.
A 20% discount is available to senior citizens, registered unemployed and full time students. Available to purchase in centre or on the phone only (not online) proof of status is required.
Please arrive for 6:30pm to allow time to sign in and settle before we start at 7pm
Details of our regular London Kirtan upcoming dates here
Drawing of Ardhanārīśvara by Sivani Mata Francis
The Life Centre Islington,
1 Britannia Row, London, N1 8QH
Britannia Row is situated just off Essex Road in the heart of Islington. The nearest transport links are Essex Road (Overground) which is 5 minutes’ walk, Angel (Northern Line) which is 10 minutes’ walk, and Highbury & Islington (Victoria Line and Overground) which is 10-15 minutes’ walk. King’s Cross is only 10 minutes by bus on routes 73 and 476. Old Street is 15 minutes by bus on route 271.
The Life Centre Islington is a few yards down Britannia Row from its junction with Essex Road. Essex Road is on many major bus routes, including routes 38, 56, 73, 271, 341 and 476.
There is some parking available on Britannia Row and surrounding streets. Some is pay&display and some residents only, all are free after 6pm on weekdays, after 1:30pm on Saturday and all of Sunday.
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