Join Brenda, Fabio and Julia for this unique experience: a 10 day Yoga & Chant Retreat at the beautiful Vérité Guest House in the International Community of Auroville.

Each day includes yoga with Julia and Fabio, chanting with Brenda, 3 delicious organic, vegetarian meals, plus the infinite possibilities that India has to offer!


Dive deeply into this heart expanding journey of body, spirit and song!


Take advantage of this special opportunity to deepen your yoga practice while enjoying a holiday in yoga’s motherland!


We will practice traditional hatha yoga (asana and pranayama) each morning and evening, and you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the Bhakti Yoga practice of Kirtan chant each day – all the while connecting with like-hearted people from around of the world and discovering more about the multifaceted realm of yoga and the secrets of India.


Everything is wonderfully green this time of year in South India, with the temperatures still pleasant at around 24-32 ° C. It is the best time of year to travel to the south of India.


The community of Auroville is described as “a project, a living experiment and a spiritual society… the purpose of Auroville is to realize human unity” It is a multi-national community, populated with many artists and innovators. For more information visit:


Small group, maximum number of participants: 15


There is plenty of free time for optional excursions such as:

Visiting the Auroville community and it’s projects; visits to and Anugama MeditationMusic at the Matrimandir; shopping, holistic treatments and enjoying time at the beach; visiting the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, sight-seeing and shopping in the charming town of Pondicherry; trips to the holy city Tiruvannamalai or to the “rock carvings” in Mahabalipuram (Mamallapuram).


We can also decide spontaneously to take small separate day tours with an Auroville resident to various Indian temples in surrounding villages

(any costs associated with the activities above are not included in the retreat fee).


Accommodation / Food

We will be staying at “Vérité”, an idyllic eco-community guest-house which is surrounded by greenery, in cozy single, twin or double rooms, enjoying delicious organic, vegetarian meals.


Your investment:

899 € ($1,200 USD) for the first 6 registrants

999 € ($1,340 USD) until the end of September, 2013

1099 € ($1,470 USD) after October 1, 2013

(Applies per person in a double / double / single, excluding arrival and visa)


Retreat Includes:

2 yoga classes daily and one chanting session

11 nights accommodation in a twin / double / single room (rooms are assigned on a “first come, first serve” basis according to when you register)

3 organic, vegetarian meals daily

Sheets, towels, laundry, internet, bike rental, free use of the “Guest Lounge” with Kitchenette


Retreat does not include:

Cost of participation in other activities in Auroville (such as a day tour, various holistic treatments, etc.)

Food on excursions

Taxi for excursions to Pondicherry and surrounding area

Arrival (flight, visa, taxi to and from the airport)



An open heart and an open mind!

A willingness to engage in the unexpected – India is full of surprises 🙂

Our teaching style will allow everyone to have their individual skills nurtured accordingly, whether you’re a beginner or have been doing yoga and/or chanting for some time.

We focus on attending to each participant’s individual needs.


Retreat Facilitators:

Fabio Giaccone & Julia Deutscher

Fabio & Julia, founders of the Ananda Yoga Zentrum, Germany are celebrated Yoga teachers who have spent much time traveling through India discovering it’s secrets and sharing their discoveries far and wide with students at teacher trainings, classes and retreats throughout Germany, Italy and India, with Auroville being their beloved second home.

Brenda McMorrow

Devotional Chant Artist Brenda McMorrow travels worldwide sharing her deep devotion to the celebration of our true beings through the joyous Bhakti Yoga practice of Kirtan. Brenda is invited to share her music at chant at festivals, workshops, retreats and concerts across North America, Europe and Asia. Auroville is where, years ago, Brenda first began delving deeply into the beauty of Kirtan.

More Information and registrations:

Euro Registrations:

Ananda Yoga Zentrum – Kempten, Germany

U.S./CAD Dollar Registrations:

Brenda McMorrow



Everywhere we turn in India there are fascinating sights



One of the Yoga Halls at Verite


The community in Auroville and surrounding area is so warm and inviting!

P1160242“Quiet Beach” nearby to Auroville – bring your one piece swim suit : – )

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3 delicious, organic, vegetarian meals daily!


one of the rooms at Verite

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50-hr Cross-Disciplinary Chanting Immersion With

Brenda McMorrow, B.Ed, RYT

This training is an elective 50 hour course within the DevaTree School of Yoga 500 hour Yoga Teacher Training.  It is also open to participants who are not working towards their 500 hours and who are interested in an in-depth chanting immersion.

At its most basic and universal level, Bhakti can be defined as an expression of love or devotion. Anyone who has experienced the spontaneous heart-expanding effects of chant understands that the Bhakti Bhav (mood) is a sweet, pure and expansive feeling not easily described in words. Like our physical yoga practice, devotional chanting has the power to create healing shifts in the body, mind and Spirit. Acting like a tuning fork for the entire system, chanting can help us clear blocked energy and open us up to the Universal frequency of compassion, expansion, trust, and love.

Experience the benefits of mantra repetition as applied to chanting and meditation, and learn common Sanskrit & yogic chants and their meanings. Participants will gain insight into traditional deities, stories, myths and practices, and their application to our modern lives.

Learn about the typical instruments used for Kirtan, and explore the possibilities of creative chant composition at your own comfort level.

No musical ability and/or training is required for this program, as all students will have opportunities to nurture their own unique chanting voice in a supportive atmosphere of like-hearted others.

Brenda’s personal stories, humor and revelations from her own path and worldwide travels light up these two weekends of brilliant Bhakti bliss!



The schedule includes two 3-day weekends: November 22-24 and December 6-8, 2013



$925 CAD + tax


For more information and to register, go to:



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Click on the image above to watch “Carthweel Galaxy”, from the album “Love Abounds”



Cartwheel Galaxy Solar System!

I’ve been slow at posting photos from my most recent Kirtan journey throughout North America and Europe. However, I somehow think this photo captures it all quite well (taken my dear friend and videographer of my new video for “Cartwheel Galaxy” which was being filmed while he took this!)



Retreat w/ Adam Bauer

Shanti Retreat

Wolfe Island, ON


AUGUST 16-18

Yoga Fest Michigan

Vanderbilt, MI



Bhakti Fest

Joshua Tree, CA



Two Dog

Seattle, WA



Pranafest w/ John de Kadt

Ashland, OR



Unitarian Church

Kelowna, B.C.



Korea Yoga Conference w/ John de Kadt

Seoul, South Korea



Mudita Yoga

Salt Lake City, Utah



7 Centers Yoga

Sedona, AZ



Gilbert Yoga

Phoenix, AZ



Dragon Rising

Santa Fe, NM



High Desert Yoga

Albuquerque, NM



Samadhi Yoga

Denver, CO



Yoga Sanctuary, College St.,

Toronto, ON



Location TBA

Guelph, ON


November 17

Aeolian Hall

London, ON


November 21–December 8, 2013 (2 three day weekends) 

Bhakti Heart Fire: The Yoga of  Spirit and Song

50-hr Cross-Disciplinary Chanting Immersion With Brenda McMorrow, B.Ed, RYT

London, ON


February 1-10, 2014

The Joy of Being – Yoga and Chant Retreat

Auroville, South India



Recent 2013 Events:

Saturday, FEBRUARY 23

Yogaville Satsang

Live Streamed  (click here to watch)

Satchidananda Ashram

Yogaville, VA

Featuring Narada Wise


Wednesday, MARCH 6

BE Yoga 

Live Music Yoga Class taught by Anna Inferrera

Milan, Italy

With Emy Berti



Friday, MARCH 8

Volkshaus Zurich

Zurich, Switzerland

Featuring Italian Kirtan Artist Emy Berti


Saturday, MARCH 9

Ananda Yoga Zentrum

Kempten, Germany

Featuring Italian Kirtan Artist Emy Berti


Thursday, MARCH 14


Linz, Austria

Featuring Italian Kirtan Artist Emy Berti


Friday, MARCH 15

Vienna, Austria

Featuring Italian Kirtan Artist Emy Berti


Saturday, MARCH 16

Wellness Yoga

Prague, Czech Republic

Featuring Italian Kirtan Artist Emy Berti


Sunday, MARCH 17

Osho Meditation Studio

Berlin, Germany

Featuring Italian Kirtan Artist Emy Berti


Friday, MARCH 22

Yogazentrum Heidelberg

Heidelberg, Germany

Featuring Italian Kirtan Artist Emy Berti


Saturday, MARCH 23

Namaste Yoga Festival

Munich, Germany

Featuring Italian Kirtan Artist Emy Berti


Thursday, MARCH 28

 Janet Stone Live Music Yoga Class – Yoga Tree

San Francisco, CA



Friday, MARCH 29

House Kirtan

Sebastapol, CA


Friday,  MARCH 29

Pleasure Point Yoga

Santa Cruz, CA


Saturday, APRIL 6

Shanta Shala

San Francisco, CA


Friday,  APRIL 12

 Yoga Now

Chicago, IL


Saturday,  APRIL 13

The Powers of One

Roanoke, IN


Sunday, APRIL 14

Harmony in Life

Toledo, OH


Wednesday,  APRIL  17


Lennox, MA


Saturday, APRIL 20

Vital Life Center

Plainville, CT

with Adam Bauer, Charlie Braun and Charlie Shew


Friday,   APRIL  26

Roots To Wings

with John de Kadt

Byfield, MA


Saturday,  APRIL  27

Center Space

with John de Kadt

Bozrah, CT


Sunday,  APRIL  28

St. John’s Episcolpal Church

with John de Kadt

Southampton, Long Island, NY


Thursday,  MAY 2

Compass Rose Yoga

with John de Kadt

Oqunquit, ME


Friday,  MAY 3

Portland New Church

with John de Kadt

Portland, ME


Saturday,  MAY 4

9 a.m.

Live Music Yoga Class

At Om Yoga

with John de Kadt

Concord, NH


Saturday, MAY 4

Burlington Yoga Conference

with John de Kadt

Burlington, VT


Sunday, MAY 5

Shri Yoga

with John de Kadt

Montreal, PQ


Tuesday, MAY 7

Kalyana Yoga Shala

with John de Kadt

Ottawa, ON


Wednesday, MAY 8

Ohana Wellness Centre

with John de Kadt

Callander, ON


Thursday, MAY 9

Paletta Lakefront Park and Mansion


with John de Kadt

Burlington, ON


Friday, MAY 10

Radiant Joy Yoga

with John de Kadt

Uxbride, ON


Saturday, MAY 11 (day)

The Rhythm and Song of Our Hearts Workshop

with John de Kadt and Katie Campbell

Fusion Movement Studio

Cambridge, ON


Saturday, MAY 11 (evening)

Body To Bliss Yoga

with John de Kadt

Woodbridge, ON


Sunday MAY 26

Spring Awakes

Guelph, ON


Saturday/Sunday JUNE  1/2

Goddess Intoxication Workshop

Cleveland, OH


Sunday,  JUNE  2

Yoga Place

North Canton, OH

with Narada Wise


Saturday, June 22

Mind and Body Fest 2013

Waterloo, ON

JULY 5-7

Bhakti Fest Midwest

Madison, WI


JULY 12-14

Bliss Beat Festival



JULY 26-28

Hillside Festival

Guelph, ON

Emy Berti  and Brenda will be providing the music while Anna Inferrera teaches!

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Dear Friends, Wow, what an amazing album fundraising campaign this has been! We raised over $19,000 towards the albums creation and I am so very grateful! Folks are still wondering how they can get involved and here is how:

All the perks that are listed on my indiegogo site are still available and all you need to do is send an e-mail to: and we will give you the information about how to contribute!

All money raised will go towards the costs of promoting the new album (Publicists, Music Videos, Touring etc.)

Here is a lovely letter written by some wonderful supporters:

We’ve been blessed, (and blissed!), by Brenda McMorrow and her music, and consider our contribution to her next CD as an investment in the development of “sacred humans”  who inhabit this Earth.
We invite others to consider the Indiegogo campaign as an opportunity to co-create a sound current that will inspire, nourish and bless individuals and communities in our ripening age.
Your gift will enable the Beauty of Brenda’s music to create the change we all wish to see in the world, and ask that you allow your giving to be whole-hearted, enthusiastic, and generous.
Thank you, and shine on!

Momentum Group Inc,
London, Canada



Some short peeks into new songs that are being considered for the new album! 

(filmed during Bhakti Bliss at Kripalu this past 

New Year’s Eve)

Maha Lakshmi - Help support the Creation of Brenda McMorrow's new album!

Maha Lakshmi

Brenda McMorrow at Kripalu - Ganapati


…and please enjoy the video my latest Single release from White Swan Records!

Hanuman Chalisa (Windblown Version) 

by Brenda McMorrow (Official Music Video)

More about the Indiegogo Fundraising Campaign!

Brenda McMorrow's Indiegogo Album Fundraiser

Brenda McMorrow’s Indiegogo Album Fundraiser

We are living in truly transformational times. The concept of “crowd funding”, in which groups of people come together to bring something they love into being, is remarkable and one of the new ways of creating art, inspiration and social change.

If you would love to get involved, there are a variety of levels of support that you can take part in, with special gifts for you associated with each one! (All the support levels will receive a download on the day of contribution for my brand new “Hanuman Chalisa” single!)

The healing, uplifting, transformative effect of Kirtan music is powerful and just what the world needs right now!

Any way in which you can share this campaign with friends (through e-mail, Facebook, Twitter etc.) would be wonderful!  Your participation in bringing more of this music into being is deeply appreciated!

Campaign Website:

As always, thank you..

Bright Star

Brenda’s Web-SiteBright Star Live Events




I’m revelling in the blessings that are abounding, like having the opportunity to sing with two magical inspirations on my devotional music path – Snatam Kaur and David Newman!ImageIn Boulder, Co, February 2, 2013 with Philippo Franchini, Snatam Kaur, Brenda McMorrow, Emy Berti, David Newman and Ramesh KannanImageSinging “Long Time Sun” with Snatam Kaur. Pure Bliss.

Devotional Singer-Songwriter Brenda McMorrow Raps the Hanuman Chalisa, Acoustic-Style

McMorrow’s inspired interpretation of the epic verse offers a fresh take on this integral piece of Hindu mythology.

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Quote startThere seems to be an instant joy and peace that occurs for people when singing this hymn in it’s many versions. It seems to have a magical effect.Quote end

Boulder, CO (PRWEB) December 27, 2012

The Hanuman Chalisa (a 40-verse Sanskrit hymn to the Monkey God, Hanuman) is an epic verse in Hindu mythology, and is one of the most widely performed pieces in the genre of kirtan (devotional “call and response” chants). While the song has been played in many different styles by many different artists, perhaps none have done it with the same charm and pure vibrant energy as Brenda McMorrow, a favorite performer in the burgeoning yoga music scene. Her take on this revered chant, titled “Hanuman Chalisa (Windblown Version),” will be released in digital single and video format on January 15th, 2013, by White Swan Records.

In recent years, McMorrow’s rich and diverse musical career, spanning folk, jazz and bluegrass, has become focused on the spiritual power of sound and, in particular kirtan. Her singer-songwriter background gives her a unique approach to these sacred chants, and has led to collaborations with such celebrated kirtan artists as Jai Uttal, David Newman and Dave Stringer, as well as Grammy-winning cellist David Darling. She has performed at the massively popular Bhakti Fest gatherings and at the Hanuman Festival in Boulder. An inexhaustible touring artist, McMorrow has shared her vibrant blend of folk-inspired melodies, world beats and Sanskrit-inspired chant on theater and festival stages across North America and large swaths of Europe. When not on the road, she resides in Guelph, Ontario. McMorrow is a featured artist onWhite Swan Records — the Colorado-based label well-known for its roster of high-profile, yoga-inspired artists like Deva Premal, Donna De Lory and MC Yogi – and with them has released two recordings (both produced by Ben Leinbach), AMEYA and LOVE ABOUNDS.

After hearing the Hanuman Chalisa performed by such notable kirtan artists as Krishna Das and David (Durga Das) Newman, McMorrow embarked on the joyful task of teaching herself the chant’s 40 verses. It was coming along slowly but sweetly, until one day, during a break in her 2011 European summer tour, she found herself rapping this “windblown” version of the song. According to McMorrow, “There seems to be an instant joy and peace that occurs for people when singing this hymn in it’s many versions. It seems to have a magical effect. I know it does for me.” But she was pleasantly surprised by the reception to her higher energy rendition. “The buzz and energy in the crowd is something to behold! Much dancing always ensues!”

After thrilling audiences with her inspired interpretation for the rest of the summer and into the fall, McMorrow took to the studio to record the track, joined by Narada Wise on percussion, keyboards, programming and harmony vocals; Philippo Franchini on acoustic and electric guitar and electric sitar; Grammy-winner Jeff Ciampa on bass, and Beth Gatchell on harmony vocals. Produced by Narada Wise at Supervolcano Studios in North Canton, Ohio, the single was mixed and mastered by Ben Leinbach at Old Bull Studios in San Anselmo, California.    

In addition to the new recording, McMorrow teamed with Robert Kingsbury, a Canadian videographer living in France, to shoot a video of the single. It was filmed at Shakti Yoga in Buffalo, New York, and features Brenda McMorrow, Narada Wise, Beth Gatchell, Liz Abbott, Robert Kingsbury and the Divine Shakti Hanuman Dancers.

Kirtan (pronounced KEER-tahn) is a practice of Bhakti Yoga (the Yoga of Devotion). It is a participatory, call and response form of singing which is expanding throughout North America as westerners discover its uplifting, healing and joyous effects. Open to participants of all religions or no religion at all, kirtan is easy to learn and all are invited to participate. The lead singer sings simple and beautiful melodies and the crowd responds either by memory or by using lyric sheets provided. Venues for these gatherings include yoga studios, performance halls, churches, private homes and outdoor festivals; anywhere people love to congregate and share heart-opening music.

It was when Brenda participated in her first kirtan, while attending a yoga workshop in 2004, that she had the profound epiphany that her musical journey was leading her to places more expansive and heart-opening than she had ever imagined. Brenda remembers: “It was a very simple chant (Om Namah Shivaya), and at the time I had no idea what it signified: all I knew was that every cell in my body started vibrating, and I felt absolute joy”. While in India soon thereafter, Brenda began combining her own songwriting with ancient Sanskrit chants – and she has been flowing with this divine wave of Bhakti energy ever since.

As for why Brenda felt so drawn to the Hanuman Chalisa, McMorrow explains that “singing to Hanuman can help us remember who we really are: One with the Divine. Hanuman is a reminder that truly all we need to do is to serve and love one another. Singing together– chanting the Divine names – encourages our hearts to open and the beauty of our true beings to shine.”

Goddess Intoxicatio Workshop in Cleveland