Kid Friendly Kirtan in a Matua Garden with Premratna, Harmonium, Guitar and Dhruva’s Drum

15235682_1508708669146991_6306761550320421705_o.jpgWe bring you a beautiful and rare opportunity to bring your children to sing kirtan and sacred songs, listen to you and us singing, be with the drum of Dhruva, the harmonium, the guitar, Premratna’s radiant spirit and soaring voice. Here, (hear) the healing and insightful tones of sanskrit and call mother earth, nature, Ranginui and Papatuanuku to be thanked and celebrated as we head towards Summer Solstice.

The jemily garden will be complete with a fruit kai table for the kids to graze, a drawing table, a chalk mural wall and hidden trails to explore, as the children come and go from the collective sounds.

15259634_1508709082480283_8467087375688377097_oThank you Kate Hockly for planting this seed. It’s vital our children see our multi-dimensions, see us (adults) in this joy, valuing music, sound, breath. It’s nourishing for them to be invited to participate as they wish.

We invite you to share the magic this Saturday.

“For only as we ourselves, as adults, actually move and have our being in the state of love, can we be appropriate models and guides for our children. What we are teaches the child far more than what we say, so we must be what we want our children to become –
Joseph Chilton Pearse.”

14257713_1408473685837157_2434597203402857818_oI fell completely in love with Kirtan (the art of singing the heart open) at Prana Festival with a collective of Wallah, initiated by Premratna.

Why do i love it so much?

Jyoti once told me, weaved within a festival conversation, “Kirtan is women’s meditation.”
For me, this is, just so.

I don’t know the complete magic, but i’ll share some of my perception.

The ease of  mindless-ness ( or mindful-ness?) of the call and response is relaxing – i don’t have to think or hold onto anything. The wallah (leader) sings (often) a short phrase (traditionally in sanskrit), and the collective sing it back. The ability to in-joy the singing and music due to the repetitive nature of the singing, as the one phrase can be sung for 5-15 minutes.
The calm state this incites, as one is literally sung into meditation.

The Yoga International site define meditation as such:

“Meditation is a precise technique for resting the mind and attaining a state of consciousness that is totally different from the normal waking state. It is the means for fathoming all the levels of ourselves and finally experiencing the centre of consciousness within. “

The state i have entered is one of calm, quiet (i realise this is ironic as i’m singing!) but a sense of a stillness of mind, connected to my body and breath and the other bodies and breathing in the room, grounded, joyful, very very ecstatic, liberated, like a ‘wild’ abundant feeling, gratitude.

Here are the pragmatics:
356 Levers Rd, Matua (please park on the road). Look out for the candy striped yarn bombed tree beyond the farm gate.
Saturday 3 December 2016
1pm-2.30pm (you’re welcome from 12.30pm).
$15 waged. $10 unwaged. Kids FREE.
If bringing children, please bring a piece of fruit for the shared kai table.
Wet weather venue: Otumoetai Playcentre, 75 Windsor Rd, Otumoetai (opposite the tennis courts and before the swimming pool).
IF it’s at Playcentre, a note will be added here and to the wild & grace facebook page and event page by 11am.
RSVP: with your mobile please, so we can contact you if necessary (with change of venue etc)
Contact Emily: 021 662 852

Please share this with one other friend you feel would enjoy this occasion.

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