Ocean of Devotion:
Tantric Kirtan Puja
…..Come join David Imiri, Anand David, and special guest performers…..
~ to the archipelago where Bhakti meets Tantra ~
Bellingham: Saturday June 30th, 2018 2:30 – 10 PM
Seattle: Saturday July 14th, 2018 2:30 – 10 PM
Anand David Embry: (Bachelor of Music, Certified Clinical Musician) studied vocal awareness with Chloe Goodchild of ‘The Naked Voice’. In addition, he’s investigated our relationship with sound, listening and music influenced by the integral yoga of Swami Sivananda Radha. For over 30 years he has led groups in the devotional practice of kirtan and mantra, joyfully working in conscious cooperation with the evolutionary processes of human growth and healing.
Shantikar (Sanskrit hybrid meaning: ‘to create peace’)
Richard Russell: is an advanced disciple of world-renowned music master Ali Akbar Khan and has been studying, teaching and performing the music of India for over 35 years. He plays raga on the 25-string sarode as well as leading kirtan (call and response chant) and other styles of sacred music meditation. Richard is dedicated to the transformation and evolution of human consciousness through the potent medium of divine sound. www.shantikar.com
Scott Wurtz: is a gifted drummer who studied tabla at the Ali Akbar College of Music. He is equally at home with Indian rhythms or the joyful energy of djembe and other hand percussion. Scott accompanies many of the well-known kirtan and devotional music performers who grace the Pacific Northwest, offering a jubilant musical energy.
Alice Zimmermann: is a classically trained musician – piano and voice – who also has a a potent connection with the spiritual teachings of India and other rich and uplifting humanistic philosophies. She plays harmonium and swaramandala and has been singing with Shantikar for years offering a beautiful Shakti energy with her powerful vocals and serene spirit.
Shantikar will appear at Seattle event
Alice O’Donnell & Luke Zonka in Bellingham
David Imiri: David’s work is about awakening and cultivating authentic Heart Presence, with a focus on sacred intimacy. He brings deep and well-honed abilities of holding space, insight and articulation, intuition and gentle challenge, and nurturing care. Having 30 years experience practicing individual and relationship counseling, bodywork, and leading groups , David has taken initiation in several spiritual traditions and been mentored by a number of eclectic spiritual trailblazers. Devotional by nature, his special pleasure is in mentoring clients and beloved friends into greater love, authenticity, self-empowerment, and expansive possibility. David aims to do all things in a relaxed spirit of skillful, creative play and adventure.
Come voyage with us through the healing waters of love and devotion! We set sail for a full day of immersion in heart nourishing sounds, loving caresses, enlivening movement, and soulful transformations ~ bringing Kirtan and Puja into a sacred union of tribal communion and the journey of devotional love.
Gather in sacred community to explore, heal, and drink deep in the realms of spiritual devotion, sensual energy expression and intimate sharing. Through the addition of Sacred Chant we will experience Tantric Puja in a new way ~ accompanied by the heart opening vibrations of live Kirtan and our own voices, we will dive into authentic communion and self-revelation as we berth at a series of islands along the way to explore the hidden coves and eddies of our hearts.
The first part of our day we’ll share connecting exercises, yogic practices, and chant to warm us up and drop us into our hearts. After dinner it’s a deep dive into Kirtan Puja to nourish our bodies & souls through safe, authentic, sensitive connection with ourselves and others…
All are welcome. No experience necessary.
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TESTIMONIES of Passionate Awakenings attendees:
“Just finished a LUSHous workshop with David Imiri and every cell in my being is radiant with Sutras. If you’re looking for an inspirational, life changing, heart flowering, self pampering, nurturing set of experiences to take with you through life…”
~ Artemis Jeannie Watanabe
“I see that you are a real master of love, and that you excel in guiding people into a space of flowing relaxed openness and presence. Your voice was wonderful to listen to.”
~ Amara Karuna, Tantra teacher
“Wow! No words. Heart wide, smile bright, energy flowing in deeeeeep appreciation. Receiving and savoring. Grateful. So much appreciation for all the heart, body and spirit wisdom that you bring in each precious unfolding moment. Thank you David. Your essence brings so much medicine.”
~ Lorina Manzanita, Somatic Relationship Coach and Workshop Leader
The union of Kirtan and Tantra was pioneered by Deborah ‘Taj’ Anapol, and carried forward by Adam Bauer. Adam and David designed a weekend retreat in 2015 further developing this genre, and David now offers Ocean of Devotion as a day long immersion in Tantric Kirtan Puja, in collaboration with extraordinary Kirtan performers.
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♥ I have an amazing story to tell you! ♥
Back in 2015, I was living 8 miles from Harbin Hot Springs in Northern California, at an amazing home we called the Love Temple. I was hosting all kinds of events there, and when I heard my friend Adam Bauer was coming to the region, I suggested we co-create a weekend retreat. Adam is a wonderful Kirtan musician, who toured with Krishna Das for many years, had just released his own first album, and who sings the sweetest Radha-Krishna Kirtans I have ever heard!
We brainstormed a marriage of Kirtan and Tantra based on work he was already doing with others, and I named it Ocean of Devotion! We invited 2 powerful priestesses to co-host it with us, and scheduled for the fall. Then the unimaginable happened: a great fire swept through my county, razing 1200 homes to the ground, as well as our beloved Harbin! The fire was 10 feet from the back of the Love Temple when I finally drove off that day. Ocean of Devotion never happened that time. Miraculously, the house survived, but sadly it was no longer viable to stay there with Harbin gone. That’s when I launched off on my first big tour, but that’s another story…
I’ve longed to revive Ocean of Devotion ever since then. And now we’re doing it!!! I’ve joined forces with Anand David and other fantastic musucians to roll this out as a one day event in Bellingham and Seattle this summer. I couldn’t be more excited!
Please watch this slideshow music video I made for the original, set to Adam’s exquisite Kirtan music. And please join Ananda and the rest of us in Bellingham Saturday 6/30, or in Seattle 7/14. I promise a memorable heart awakening journey…
~ David Imiri
A message from Anand:
“Hey dear folks interested in sacred tantric arts. I look forward to sharing the intimate devotional practices of chanting and musical sound journey at the Ocean of Devotion event on June 30th. Come for a day and evening celebration of love. Be ready to participate in call and response chanting or simply close your eyes and bathe in harmonic soundscapes.
Kirtan chanting as a community spiritual practice brings a sense of present moment experience into our awareness. As we synchronize our breath, literally vibrating together, our sense of ‘other’ dissolves into stillness.
Chanting is so much more than a repetition of words and simple melodies. It is an immersion into the clear and spacious peace where love, joy, harmony, awe and wonder are all experienced together. As a group meditation, chanting is an uplifting and accessible way to enter into a silence that is beyond words and leads directly to the Beloved.”
~ Anand David
Videos from the original Ocean of Devotion retreat:
Ocean of Devotion: The Music Video
Ocean of Devotion: The Interview