Whether you love Kirtan already or you’ve heard about it and want to find out what the buzz is all about, the Kirtan Getaway Retreat is for you!
Come away with the kirtan artists from The Mantra Room for 4 days of great music, beautiful sacred chanting, illuminating yoga wisdom talks, spellbinding vedic storytelling, sunrise meditations, yoga asana sessions, fresh, tasty vegetarian meals and fantastic workshops including sattvic yoga diet and deep yoga relaxation and breathing.
This retreat is both the perfect introduction to a Kirtan (yoga chanting) practice for an absolute beginner as well as an opportunity for a long time practitioner to dive right in for an incredible, immersive chanting experience. If you’ve never tried Kirtan before, here is your opportunity to find what you’ve been missing out on your whole life!
What is Kirtan?
Kirtan is the call-and-response singing of ancient Vedic mantras, spiritually uplifting songs, prayers and the Sacred Names of the Supreme. Rather than being a type of performance, Kirtan is a journey of self discovery.
This ancient yogic practice was traditionally accompanied with Indian instruments. In the hands and voices of contemporary practitioners, Kirtan has been transported beautifully to all cultural and musical styles without losing its genuine spiritual authenticity.
Weaving together melody, music and mantra with people responding to the words of the singer, clapping, swaying and sometimes dancing, Kirtan is simultaneously a meditative, exhilarating and fun activity.
Kirtan is yoga’s most essential and valuable treasure because it nourishes the soul’s deepest: needs inner peace, inner happiness, freedom from fear and heartfelt connection with the Supreme Soul and others in spiritual love. Come on this inspiring journey of self discovery, the benefits will stay with you for the rest of your life.
Featuring World Renowned International Guest Speaker Acharya das
Acharya Das has taught yoga wisdom to appreciative audiences all around the world for over 40 years. He has an uncommonly deep understanding of yoga philosophy and practice and conveys that message in a clear and simple way. Acharya Das is a student of Jagad Guru Siddhaswarupananda and Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupad in the Brahma Gaudiya yogic lineage.
And many of Australia’s most inspiring kirtan artists, yogis and lecturers.
Pralad 'n the Chants
Truly one of the world’s most gifted musical artists, Pralad combines his exceptional talent with beautiful sacred mantras sung straight from the heart for an experience that will rock your world and touch you the soul.
As well as sharing his joyous, infectious love for Kirtan, Harirama das is a master of soaring, powerful, ethereal chants and dynamic electric guitar mastery. Harirama’s kirtans are fun-filled, soulful and not to be missed!
If you’re a regular at the Gold Coast Mantra Room, these are the guys n gals you love to chant with. They have a distinctive and creative approach to kirtan with touches of country, indie rock/pop and groovy world fusions. The sweet holy names will soar and transport us to a different world.
An amazingly soulful Kirtan leader with a melodic and captivating voice that will lead you on an inward journey.
Radha Krishna das
A respected, vedic teacher who has taught thousands of people around the world the wisdom of yoga and whose playful and heartfelt chanting will leave you feeling inspired with an enlivening, rocking Kirtan.
A lifelong kirtan practitioner, Madya Lila leads beautiful harmonium chants with enchanting melodies and mantras that soothe the soul and bring a deep sense of happiness and inner peace.
A Choice of Afternoon Workshops on Saturday and Sunday
Ayurveda Workshop #1 with Sami
Have you ever wished for a guidebook for life? Some answers as to why things are they way they are? The science of Ayurveda teaches exactly this!
In conjunction with yoga, it’s the most comprehensive system for attaining physical healing, internal growth and lasting happiness.
Learn the fundamental principals of Ayurveda as it applies to your daily life. These simple teachings will reinvigorate your ability to live a balanced life, so you can spend less time bound up in body confusion and more time nurturing the things that matter mos
Ayurveda Workshop #2 with Sami
Exploring Your Dosha
Have you ever wondered why you are the way you are? Why your body type is what it is? We all have an inherent blueprint that seems to influence everything we do. How we speak, learn, move, digest, relate – it’s all tied up in what is known as our ‘Dosha’.
Participate in an interactive dosha test to find out how your doshas influence your life. Learn ways to monitor and mange them so you can amplify your natural talents and skills, and live a life in your element!
Vegetarian Cooking Workshop with Monika
"I made my first steps in a kitchen when I became vegetarian about 25 years ago, demonstrating how everyday people can transform meat dishes in delicious, nourishing vegetarian meals. Today I like cooking with friends and my daughters in a friendly happy atmosphere and still enjoy demonstrating how to cook tasty meals.
Living in Australia has created a great opportunity for me to meet people from all over the world, spend time with them and learn their traditional cuisine. It is like cooking journey around the world without travelling :)"
Indian Head Massage Workshop with Yasi
Indian head massage dates back 5000 years and is part of the Ayurvedic healing system. This style of massage is deeply relaxing and has the benefits of promoting hair growth and shine, stimulates circulation and can reduce tension in the head, neck and shoulders.
In this hands on, practical 1 hour workshop we learn the basics techniques of neck, shoulder and head massage and how to apply a treatment using different hand movements. It's a wonderful destress, lots of fun and gives you a great new hairdo at the same time!