You are warmly invited to a heart opening evening of chanting, music, harmonies & healing.
When stress or other intense emotions cause ‘dis-ease’ in our bodies over a long time, we can develop inflammation and eventually chronic illness.
Chanting offers a chance for pain relief from such illness’, tuning into and releasing tensions in our body and bringing a sense of inner harmony, helping our bodies to heal to full health faster.
We will be sharing various chants that have been sung as forms of pain relief, as well as the usual body movement, voice opening exercises, guided meditation & cacao. These various practises help us get out of our busy minds and into our bodies, opening our voices & hearts.
Musicians and ceremonial facilitators Francesco (co-founder and collaborator on the Lotus Platform) and Katie will create and hold a space of relaxation, healing and joy through shared songs from India and the Celtic lands.
Kirtan it is a participatory, call and response form of singing/chanting, originally from India. It is becoming increasingly popular throughout western society as people discover the uplifting and healing effects of chanting together (though similar practices are rooted in various cultures and religions globally).
This is an inclusive space where we welcome people of any or no religion/spiritual practice. At a Kirtan event, the lines between musician and audience are blurred: the audience members play a vital role in the music through their singing in response to the “call“ of the artists.
We define our event as “Kirtan-inspired” rather than Kirtan in an attempt to acknowledge the complexity of transnational histories, tensions, and contradictions of cultural appropriation. We will be singing songs in a secular setting that come from a variety of religions and culturally diverse backgrounds and strive to do our own work on decolonising by at least acknowledging how we came to know these songs and this form of sharing music, and what they mean.
We will be sharing songs that span from Sanskrit to Irish, Gaelic and English, with translation and context given.
FOR A SHORT 2 MINS VIDEO about the Mantra Movement see here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fVg6xjzRcDo
COST: Sliding scale £12 / £15
The purpose of the sliding scale is that those with greater means pay more so that it is accessible to those who can’t afford as much.
If money is an issue, please don’t worry and join us anyway (and if you want you can give whatever you can afford)…. We’d rather for you to be there !! 🙂
(A small dose of Ceremonial grade Guatemalan Cacao will be on offer on the night, for whoever might want, with an additional suggested fee of £5 to cover its cost)
ABOUT KATIE and FRANCESCO – The Inner Chéile
Katie and Francesco are loving partners who started “The Inner Chéile”, a musical project aimed at creating and holding spaces of healing, love and celebration through shared harmonies and sounds.
Cheile in irish means “harmony” & “togetherness”, reflection of the balanced space Katie and Francesco aim to cultivate within and between them, & to honour their Celtic roots.
Katie works as a dedicated environmental educator and activist, with a background in eco-therapy, ceremonial work, shamanic training, reiki, poetry and music.
Francesco is a passionate Shiatsu Massage Practitioner, Movement Instructor, Singing voice facilitator, Ceremonial space holder and a Carrier of the Sacred Fire. He composes his own songs which he loves sharing in a variety of ceremonial settings and festival.
(see more about Francesco’s work here : www.resonancetherapies.life)