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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!

 

Dates:

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

 

Cost:

$925 CAD + tax

 

For more information and to register, go to: http://devatree.com/calendar/event/137/

 

 

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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!)

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.

As I traipsed around Canada, U.S. and Italy this summer, the wonderful company  prAna  kept me very well outfitted. Many thanks to this Conscious and Uber Cool company for their support!!

Today, August 12 is the last day of their “Garage Sale” so check it out. If you’ve missed it, don’t worry, their new fall collection is sure to be Amazing!!

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Feeling a little sassy in that Quinn Dress with Narada Wise and Michael Plasha in Erie, PA

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Simone Maxi Dress – perfect for a glorious HOT day of Kirtan at Bhakti Fest in Madison, WI!

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Loving my Mikayla top in Madison, WI and Alessandria, Italy

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Blissing out in my fav Chai T at Bliss Beat Festival, Alessandria, Italy

Robert Kingsbury and I took a road trip to CT to visit the divine David Darling and shoot footage for our upcoming video for “Sri Ma”, one of the tracks on the White Swan Records release “Love Abounds”

There is always a lot of JOY when I’m with David!!

Post-filming bliss with David and Robert!

I will be returning from a beautiful summer of festivals and relaxation in Europe and am so looking forward to a trip to the West!

Sept. 8-11 Bhakti Fest, Joshua Tree California featuring Krishna Das, Wah!, Deva Premal, Dave Stringer, Jai Uttal, David Newman, Mike Cohen, Masood Ali Khan and many more…

My set is Friday, Sept. 9 at 5:30 p.m. featuring a stellar band: Ben Leinbach, Amy Barnes, Emy Berti, Dana DeLong and more!

Fri. Sept. 16 – 7 Centres, Sedona AZ, presented by Bhakti Tribe Sedona and featuring the amazing Kayt Perlman and Porgangui – 7:00 p.m.

Tues. Sept. 20, Full Circle Studio Arts, Victoria, B.C.

7:30 p.m.- 1800 Store Street – tel: 920-4037

I’m very excited to return to Victoria (where I attended high school!) and to play with a fabulous ensemble: Karen Graves on violin, Niel Golden on tablas, Meshe and Moon Circus on vocals and opening set!

Wed. Sept. 21, Three Jewels Vancouver, Vancouver, B.C., –

7:30 p.m. – 9 East Broadway – 604.685.9215

Offering kirtan for the first time in the city of my birth, I’m thrilled to be there and  joined by Karen Graves on violin and Meshe and the Three Jewels Kirtan Band!

Bringing in 2012 at Shanti Retreat Centre

What do you desire for yourself as you enter 2012?  Bring in the New Year with openness, clarity and infinite possibilities!
This comprehensive retreat has been designed to support you in letting go of limiting beliefs and patterns, and will naturally create more space and awareness for you to embrace the inner peace, love and contentment that exists within you.

 Nurture Yourself. 
*Enjoy the beauty of a serene waterfront setting.
* Feel the support of like-hearted people.
* Are you ready to live your Divine Life with ease, grace, joy and abundance?

Your Facilitators:
Diane Yeo from Happy Monks – is a meditation teacher who comes from the heart and is passionate about exploring the Infinite Peace, Love and Silence within.

Brenda Mc Morrow is a Kirtan Chant artist and Enlightenment Intensive Facilitaor who is dedicated to sharing the transformational power of Sound and Self-Inquiry.

Your Investment: $685.00
EARLY BIRD SPECIAL!!   Register with a $200 deposit on or before October 1st and save $60
Includes:
 All programming, 4 nights shared accommodation and delicious vegetarian meals
To register and for more information contact:dyeo@thehappymonks.com 519-495-2634

For more info, visit: http://www.thehappymonks.com/happy-monks-upcoming-events/


A truly a beautiful experience this past weekend at Bliss Beat Festival in Alessandria, Italy!

(for more photos click HERE!)

Here is a photo of  my magnificent band: Vijay, Rasika, Saraswati and Nitai from The Kirtaniyas, Philippo Franchini, Ben Kreisel and Spring Groove!

What a joy to join Jai Uttal for both of his amazing sets. Here is a picture from Saturday afternoon:

During my set on Friday night I was joined by the fabulous Spring Grove, Philippo Franchini, The Kirtaniyas and Ben Kreisel…then…The wonderful Dave Stringer joined us for some VERY energetic renditions of Sri Ram and the Maha Mantra

Shasta Townsend interviews Brenda about what Kirtan is, how she came to chanting, why Westerners are so drawn to the practice and much more.

Listen to Shasta’s interview with Brenda here: Possibility 101

BUFFALO, NY – Shakti Yoga Fri, April 22 Kirtan with Brenda and special guests: Morgan Doctor and Shannon Kingsbury

GUELPH, ON – Living Yoga Sat, April 30 Kirtan with Brenda (w/ Shannon Kingsbury, Jesse Turton and Shara Claire)

LONDON, ON  ~ Yoga Shack, Thursday, MAY 5 (Dave Stringer Kirtan featuring Brenda McMorrow)

TORONTO, ON – Yoga Sanctuary (College), Friday, MAY 6  (Dave Stringer Kirtan featuring Brenda McMorrow and Swaha)

OTTAWA, ON – Pranashanti Yoga, Saturday, MAY 7 (Dave Stringer Kirtan featuring Brenda McMorrow)

MONTREAL, QC  – MAY 8 ~ Naada Yoga, Sunday, MAY 8 (Dave Stringer Kirtan featuring Brenda McMorrow)

GUELPH, ON – Harcourt United Church Tues, May 10 Brenda will be accompanying Grammy Award winning cellist and vocalist David Darling (w/ Debbie Danbrook on Shakuhachi flute) Presented by Sacred Wisdom Centre

WOLFE ISLAND, ON – Shanti Retreat May 20-23 (Victoria Day Long Weekend)
“A Weekend of Bhakti – Chant and Yoga Retreat” with Brenda and Yoga Instructors/Hosts Wendy and Darin Madore.

BOULDER, COLORADO – Hanuman Festival – Yoga and Music Expo June 16-19 featuring MC Yogi, Donna DeLory, Suzanne Sterling, Desert Dwellers and more… White Swan Records 20th anniversary celebration!

LONDON, ONTARIO – Summer Solstice Celebration  Benefit for Easter Seals – June 21  Elsie Perrin Williams Estate

ALGONQUIN PARK, ON – Northern Edge Algonquin June 30- July 3 Bhakti Yoga Retreat w/ Brenda &  Yogini Wendy Martin

BRESCIA, ITALY – Studio Yoga Associato Hari Om Tues, July 19 Kirtan w/ Brenda, Philippo Franchini and more…

ALESSANDRIA, ITALY – Bliss Beat Yoga and Music Festival July 21-24 4 day Kirtan Festival featuring Jai Uttal, Donna DeLory, Wah, David Newman and Mira, Girish, MC Yogi, Jaya Lakshmi and Dave Stringer

BAD STAFFELSTEIN, GERMANY – Bhakti Yoga Summer Festival August 26-28 Featuring Prem Joshua, Satyaa & Pari, Sathya & Liliana and David Newman

JOSHUA TREE, CALIFORNIA – Bhakti Fest September 8-11 featuring Krishna Das, Deva Premal, Bhagavan Das, Gaura Vani, Michael Cohen, Wah! and many, more…

SEDONA, ARIZONA – Presented by Bhakti Tribe – Fri September 16 Kirtan with Brenda and special guests…

VANCOUVER, B.C. – Details TBA, Wed., September 21…

VICTORIA, B.C. – Church of Truth Fri, September 23 Full Circle Studio Arts presents Brenda in concert

TORONTO, ON – Yoga Sanctuary – College St., November 18…details TBA