Philly KirtanThis group is for people who love kirtan, meditation, yoga, or for anyone who is curious to experience this heart-opening practice.

Kirtan is the ancient practice of call and response singing in the spirit of joy that energizes your prana, opens your heart, expands awareness and promotes healing. Belonging to the path of Bhakti Yoga (Yoga of Devotion), it is also called Devotional Singing. A kind of singing meditation, it is generally practiced with a lead singer chanting a line which is then repeated by the rest of the group. The songs are relatively simple and repetitive and are sung with the intention of joyfully concentrating on the Divine. All are welcome!

Our kirtan group extends an open invitation to everybody of all ages and backgrounds. No prior experience needed at all. You are free to come sing, dance, or simply sit in silence and feel the warm, embracing energy of the group.

In the spirit of celebration, our kirtan band, the Rati Bhava, will support the voice of our lead kirtan singer, Valerie Rushmere, with many instruments, including shruti box, guitar, Native American flute, Philly Kirtantenor saxophone, didgeridoo, frame drum, doumbek and mridanga.

Our regularly scheduled kirtans will take place at Studio 1831 (located at 1831 Brandywine Street, Phila. -- one block north of Spring Garden Street, in the Art Museum area) at 3:00 p.m. on the first Sunday of every other month. To confirm upcoming dates, please visit the Philly Kirtan Meet-up page.

When we schedule other kirtans in the Philadelphia area at different locations, information will be posted on the Philly Kirtan Meet-up page.

Our kirtan events are free, but donations between $5 and $15 would be most welcome :-)

For more information, visit the Philly Kirtan Meet-up page.