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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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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

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

 

 

To listen, click here: Full Lotus Kirtan Radio Interview with Brenda McMorrow

 

 


As production on my new album “Love Abounds” was coming to a close, we had the sweetest suprise pleasure to have the amazing David Darling join us at my friend and label-mate Andrew McPherson’s studio The Monastereo, in Guelph, ON. It was an honour to have him here and the beauty that he added to the song is sublime. The files were sent off to Ben Leinbach in California and Ben added David’s magic to the track! To hear a sample from the track, click here!

Andrew McPherson and David Darling gettin' silly at the Monastereo, Guelph, ON

David Darling recording cello part for "Sri Ma"

David Darling and Brenda McMorrow, after recording cello part for "Sri Ma", Guelph, ON

Love Abounds – Released by White Swan Records, September, 2010

Click on image to see it individually, then to see it in larger format, click again.

Maizie meditating at Shuniaa Yoga in Nevada City, California, Photo by Govinda Priya

It was a truly special night in Nevada City, California this past Monday.  The folks from Grass Valley, Nevada City and surrounding areas sure showed us that amazing spirit and devotion are so vibrantly alive there! And Shuniaa Yoga is a gorgeous studio with exceptionally warm staff. I’m really looking forward to returning there. And of course, the Kirtaniyas were a huge part of why it was such a special night.  Oh ya!!!