Kirtan | Awakening to the Heart


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Join us for the expression of heart connection through Kirtan, 
with uplifting and healing sounds of mantras
and soulful meditative chanting.

All are Welcome

Kirtan is for Everyone ~ This is Family Friendly!

Donations Gratefully Accepted

Ganesh Community Kirtan

What to expect:


This is an “open mic” format, unless otherwise announced. Bring your instrument and chants to share! You are also invited to bring a poem or reading to share that has opened your heart.

- You will be guided in a call and response singing of mantras and other devotional music. Each chant will be followed by a short period of meditative silence.

- Kirtan songs are simple and repetitive. You do not need to be a “singer” to chant. Just bring your voice & open heart. During kirtan, all voices & hearts meld into one.

- Some have experienced kirtan before, and others are new to it. To facilitate ease in learning chants, we will provide some printed material with words to chants and meanings or stories connected with the mantras.

- There are many ways to participate and you are invited to do any of the following—chant, sing, get up and move or dance, or be silent—all while soaking in the heart-opening sounds and healing vibrations of kirtan.

For your comfort: We have chairs, backjacks, zafus, and yoga blankets; bring your water bottle, wear comfortable clothing & warm socks. 



Kirtan is simple, joyful and powerful meditation. 

It is the ebb and flow of healing sound
—mantras, ancient chants, dev
otional music— 
and all voices merging into One. 

It awakens us to our hearts, 
and our connection with one another.  

The beauty of Kirtan is that everyone can participate
—with voice, movement, or stillness. 

And w
ith an open mind and heart, your soul and body 
                                   will respond with deeper knowing and delight.
                                           ~    Cynthia Scrimshaw                                                                                                                                            


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