World Chant refers to chanting events that draw from one or more spiritual traditions. They are non-denominational and open to all with a desire to be a positive influence in the world! Instruments and musicians are always welcome! This can be a spontaneous event around a fireplace or a planned event in a yoga studio, meditation center or other venue. See schedule on the Events page.
I am also developing educational workshops related to the practice of chanting, to the power of toning, and to the science of sound healing. See Vocal Medicine™ for more information.
My Journey to Chanting: My path to chanting began when I was a college student and was introduced to chanting at a spiritual conference. Shortly after that, I became involved in an organization that used a form of repeated, spoken prayers as their central spiritual practice. I spent two to five hours a day practicing this form of chanting for a decade.
More recently, I was involved with a small group who met twice a week to sing songs and chants written by Yoganada for his American devotees. I fell in love with the magic and power of chanting! I realized that I wanted to go deeper into this art and experience all different types of devotional singing, chanting and kirtan.
So I attended a conference on sound healing and another one related to managing and directing small groups of singers. Then I bought a harmonium (an eastern instrument commonly used to lead chants), contacted some friends who were also interested in devotional singing, and World Chant began.
More recently I’ve attended the Kirtan Leadership Institute in Boulder, Colorado for Level 1 and Level 2 training with Mike Cohen. Some of my piano skills from childhood apply to the harmonium but singing in front of others in definitely a new experience. It was wonderful to meet other kirtan leaders and to learn from Mike’s extensive experience.
Custom Harmonium Music Stands: The harmonium is a fascinating acoustic instrument often used for eastern chanting. It could be described as part piano, part accordion and part organ! The power of this instrument is like a band in a box with a unique drone similar to a bagpipe.
One immediate issue I experienced with my harmonium was that there was no convenient place to set my music while playing. My husband Andrew created a custom stand for me. It’s all wood and stained to match the harmonium.
Other harmonium players immediately began to ask me where to find a stand like mine! So Andrew taught one of our sons to produce them and we are making them available to others. They sell for $39.95 including a carrying bag and require no assembly. See more information in the Store.