One Name

Check out my new meditative music Video “One Name” filmed last year in Thailand, India and Bali. This film was gratifying to film as it brought me into the middle of many sacred moments which are so familiar to the people of these lands. This video depicts the common mood and sentiment of prayer and devotional practices people share despite cultural, religious and indigenous spiritual differences. The video was put to my song Middle Way which is available on I-Tunes…. I hope you enjoy….Jai Jai

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KccIIX0BsjM

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Check out my NEW MUSIC VIDEO :: ONE HOOP

After a year of travel around the globe, and a bunch of time in the music studio recording drums and hang, I’m happy to release my new music video, One Hoop. We truly are all one on this planet and so similar in more ways than we often realize. May this video go out to the world and may we all share the common joy that is felt when we move our bodies and play together. We are never too old to be alive in the One Hoop :-).

Special Thxs to so many who help make this possible….namely Mark Kelso , Carrie Grossman, David de Kadt, Jenay Martin, Cindy Parish and many more! Much love to you all!

*****One Hoop will be available on itunes as a single on 2/22/13!!*****

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This will Rock…Please join us in Jamaica with the Africa yoga Project and more

One Love Immersion: A Celebration of CommUnity

Kirtan. Yoga. Activism. Sangha.
Jason NemerJohn de KadtBilly Sadia andNadine McNeil

a celebration of unity through asana, song, dance, massage and community. Benefit from the collective experience of these inspiring teachers Billy, Jason, Jon, Nadine as you immerse yourself in practice, play, sun, sand and sangha. Revel in an all-encompassing experience invoking transformation through devotion and delight. This powerful intensive will offer practical, effective tools so that you may utilize yoga as a vehicle for taking your practice off the mat and into a vaster place of connectedness and love. Each night culminates in a moonlit kirtan, call-and-response chanting of stirring mantras that create a loving vibe enhanced by the magic of Jamaica.

One Love Immersion: A Celebration of CommUnity

Kirtan. Yoga. Activism. Sangha.
Jason NemerJohn de KadtBilly Sadia andNadine McNeil

a celebration of unity through asana, song, dance, massage and community. Benefit from the collective experience of these inspiring teachers Billy, Jason, Jon, Nadine as you immerse yourself in practice, play, sun, sand and sangha. Revel in an all-encompassing experience invoking transformation through devotion and delight. This powerful intensive will offer practical, effective tools so that you may utilize yoga as a vehicle for taking your practice off the mat and into a vaster place of connectedness and love. Each night culminates in a moonlit kirtan, call-and-response chanting of stirring mantras that create a loving vibe enhanced by the magic of Jamaica.

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Upcoming Workshop throughout New England… Now through the end of January

Into The Dragon and The Art of Flying
The Heroes Journey
Drumstory with John de Kadt

The heroes journey is your journey. Great mythological tales unlock secrets of our inner tapestry.You already are a hero jumping into the dragon and learning how to fly. This sojourn will take far and wide into the human experience and fire of being. 
Join world percussionist, poet and storyteller John de Kadt for an enchanting time of rhythm and story that will stir the heart and ignite the imagination. John plays many instruments from around the globe and shares mythical tales from many cultures. He also performs unique drum poetry of his own work as well as those of the great mystics. Come, relax and be carried on the ancient wings of story while rooted in the rhythm of the drum….Enjoy! All ages welcome.
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Rain Forest Rhythm and Song… A Bhakti Yoga and Well Being Retreat in Costa Rica.

Join the amazing and talented Brenda McMorrow and the fabulous yoga teacher Franco Marini and myself for a beautiful Kirtan and Yoga retreat in the magical Costa Rican rain forest In December of 2012. Come and experience this healing and heart opening  time as we slow down our rhythms to pulse of nature surrounded by rain forest and ocean. We will tune in with yoga, kirtan, meditation and healthy food and a lot of time in nature. Come relax and restore yourself as we begin to enter a new time of living individually and globally. To lean more and pre register at a discounted price go to   Rain Forest Rhythm and Song in Costa Rica

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Bali

Two days ago I had the rare opportunity to visit and partake in an an amazing Balinese village ritual. It was celebrating the birth of a child and the entire village was there. It was so beautiful to see such communal loving interaction and connectedness between them all. There was a dance ritual with swords pressing against the chests of some individuals perhaps to symbolize the sacrifice one makes for the many or for the great spirit. It was a little unclear however the ritual honored the light and the dark and for sure. Then Gamelan rocked and and the dance was ecstatic.

 

I wrote this poem the next day :

 

 

The Balinese Village Ritual

 

The Grandmothers in their scarfs
and the five year old girls beside them
spread the mystery on the grass
calling in another circle for the village

the breast feeding mothers
the young steaming boys
the old man stepping slowly
the shy girls

the earth knows this answer
the call from our bones
the explosion of family
the clamoring gamelan
the rising abandoned dance
this knocking with others
on the trance of darkness with the
light of our feet

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India

India is bright with colors and traffic and fresh fruit and crowded streets and life flowing in all directions. Time to study with my drum teachers and drum most of the day. My apartment is on the forth floor of the building where my teachers live and provides me with quiet and lots of light to really drop into drop into my own flow. I am washing my cloths by hand daily and hanging them to dry on the roof ( i love doing this …something about it feels so good) and primarily eating papaya and pineapple throughtout the day.  As I settle into my space in the busy city of Chennai I feel the pulse of simplicity return.

While  my habits sometimes want more stimulation I remeber as the days pass how wonderful a simpler life is. I feel blessed to have this intimate time with my teachers and study so many different rhythms on various instruments. While here again I’m always profoundly reminded just how rich and deep India’s art’s and spirituality go.  Blessings to you all :)

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Blue Waters

Im amazed ( and not so amazed) at how fast a pace I move at most of the time weather I’m eating, or thinking of the next 4 things I need to do or simply anticipating the next moment and missing the one that is here…….down here now in the caribbean on a small island the sun seems to melt everything to a slower tempo…. I can feel my fast gears grinding down to what cells know is our birthright …to what my body remembers is a more appropriate pace for being…and what the ocean teaches me …that there is a flow to all things….lets remember this ocean!

blue blue blue  water

green green green  palms

white white white beaches

clear clear clear breezes

slow slow slow  breath

 

 

 

 

 

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New Journey

Hello all and welcome to my new website. As I leave the place where I have worked and done acupuncture and herbal medicine for 13 1/2 years I breath into new possibilities. While this feels a little scary to jump off a cliff into doing music more full time I am excited about the new horizons this time and energy will provide me with . This is my new website out today with the help the amazing Rasa Archarya and Sasha Simone. Thxs to them both for their hard work.

This Site should give a more comprehensive view of my offerings and workshops around the world. I am off to the Caribbean for some R & R, then to India to be with my teachers and then to play at the BaliSpiritFest at the end of March. I’m looking fwd to a sojourn into the world of Asia with lots of time to be with teachers, friends and music in these beautiful lands. This home page will have regular or semi regular blogs from me so feel free to check on back for updates  :)

Wishing you all the sweet rebirth of spring!!

Much Love and Hari OM

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