An Evening of Sacred Music with Mikey Pauker
Friday, February 23rd at 8pm

Mikey Pauker is a folk/world artist from Berkeley, California. His new album, ASCENSION, is an invitation to listen to the call of our inner wilderness and to greet our darkness with understanding and an open heart. It was recorded in raw, live instrumental sessions — a departure from Mikey’s more electronic past recordings — under the guidance of Grammy-nominated producer Warren Huart (The Fray, Trevor Hall, Matisyahu). With songs like “Say Yes” and “I AM”, listeners are elevated with catchy melodic hooks and reggae/rock beats. Inspired by the recent California wildfires and hurricanes that have swept Texas and Florida this past season, “Believe” reminds us that these tragedies are opportunities to rebalance our relationship with our planet and the communities we surround ourselves with.



Growing up in Orange County, Mikey’s early experiences at underground shows exposed him to the intense, primal energy of live music, as well as the strong community bonds that form in an authentic and close-knit scene. Inspired by teachers who blend yoga and mystical practices he went to study in Jerusalem, soaking up the hidden teachings of his ancestral lineage. These spiritual dimensions guided his artistic development as he explored ecstatic music festivals and mystical religious traditions. His music implores us all to look within, sit with our darkness, and transform it into light. Mikey’s sound blends elements of folk, reggae, and hip-hop, incorporating English and Hebrew roots into his devotional songwriting. Mikey’s music draws from influences such as early Bob Marley, Van Morrison, and The Police, and listeners will immediately identify his style to the likes of Michael Franti, Trevor Hall and Nahko & Medicine For The People.

Mikey has shared the stage with Local Natives, Matisyahu, Trevor Hall, MOONZz, The Polish Ambassador, Ayla Nereo, Mike Love, MC Yogi, Kosha Dillz, Tubby Love, and many more artists. Notable performance highlights include SXSW, Lucidity, Beloved, Bhakti Fest, Mystic Rising, SoulPlay, and Chant 4 Change on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. TIME Magazine named Mikey as one of the 10 Stars of New Jewish Music. Mikey’s new album ASCENSION is scheduled for release on January 26th, 2018, and will be supported by extensive touring.

Stay connected at www.mikeypauker.com



suggested donation $20


Raksha Bandhan Kirtan
with Prajna Vieira and David Estes

Saturday, February 24th at 8pm

Prajna Vieira

Prajna Vieira is the lead singer of the Mukti Kirtan Ensemble and is also known for her work with Jai Uttal and other artists. She was introduced to kirtan as a young child when her father returned from a spiritual journey in India and began taking her to a local satsang. She has dedicated her life to studying, practicing and sharing traditional yoga practices and bhakti arts. Prajna lives in the SF Bay Area, where she teaches yoga asana, yogic philosophy, and harmonium.

David Estes
David is the lead vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and band leader of the Ananda Rasa Kirtan band based in the San Francisco Bay Area. David grew up in India and spent several years immersed in the practices of kirtan, sanskrit text chanting, meditation and service as a full time Ashram resident. Ananda Rasa Kirtan is rooted in traditional sanskrit chants and mantras sung to original Indian raga melodies and explores the ecstatic and mystical moods of Bhakti in call and response chanting with the audience.




suggested donation $20

Maria Fernanda Aguirre

Cacao Ceremony From the Mind to the Heart
with Maria Fernanda Aguirre

Friday, March 2nd at 8pm

Join us in sacred ceremony to celebrate 3 N’oj: An auspicious day in the Mayan Calendar for walking the path from the Mind to the Heart. In gratitude and love, we will embark on this journey with help from Ix Cacao (Mayan Cacao Spirit), Sacred Sound Healing & Meditation and Integration rituals.

~ About Cacao:
Kakaw (Cacao) is an ancestral plant, known for it's many wonderful properties. It is extremely rich in antioxidants and Theobromine, an alkaloid that literally translates from Greek to "Food of the Gods". Also known as the “Heart’s Medicine”, Cacao is great for cardiovascular health, and works with this chakra from physical to spiritual and energetic levels. Cacao has been used by our Mayan, Aztec, Olmec, and Incan ancestors, (among others), as a sacred beverage that re-aligns us to Great Spirit, quiets the mind, and allows the heart to speak.

This Cacao is 100% organic, raw, Mexican, and is rich in healing properties. It is grown and prepared with love and respect by native families who have dedicated their lives to this beautiful medicine generation after generation.

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~ Preparations:
- Bring comfortable clothes
- Pen & notebook (optional for reflections throughout the ceremony)
- Water is VERY important. (let’s avoid plastic, please)
- Something to sit on/lay on more comfortably
- Flowers/Tobacco/Seeds/Items for the altar

~ Diet:
- Drink enough water throughout the day.
- Don't be under the influence of anything before the ceremony.
- Avoid caffeine 5 hrs before.
- Avoid heavy meals 2-3 hrs before.
- Set an intention (preferably) 3 days before the ceremony to enhance your experience. This way you will have a deeper connection with yourself and what you want to work with during the ceremony.

~ Contraindications:
Please e-mail me if you are pregnant, have low/high blood pressure, epilepsy, or are taking antidepressants. Feel free to reach out for any other question, as well. –––> amor@kupuli.com

~ Basic info:
Please arrive 15 min before to set up your space.
Loving exchange of $25
Please RSVP to amor@kupuli.com with the subject “Bhakti Cacao Love” so I can prepare your cacao dose.




TICKETS; $25

Please reserve your spot with time so I can prepare your cacao dose. 

You can send your contribution to:
 
– venmo.com/kupuli 

– Paypal (friends and family option) to :
 hi@maeria.com

– Cash at the door (please RSVP to
 amor@kupuli.com so I can consider your dose).

 


Sound Immersion for Body, Mind and Soul
with Charmian

Friday, March 16th at 8pm

Charmian is am international healer, teacher and author. She had an NDE 37 years ago where she experienced herself as oneness and has now devoted her life to assisting others to experience themselves as Divine Essence through her sound healing, Hypnotherapy sessions and classes.

Charmian uses sound healing with crystal bowls, gongs and chimes to create the experience of traveling to the upper worlds, to bring deep peace and alignment of all the body systems and the chakras. Each system and organ of the body sends out a note, when you are stressed or out of balance your note goes "off." Sound healing very gently brings you back to your note and restores balance and harmony. During the sound healing Charmian will channel a message from Divine Mother and at the end of the session each person will receive a personal message and blessing.

“During the crystal bowl healing session with Charmian I feel just wonderful. My whole body receives the energy. I am relaxed and transported into peace and light. The sound engulfs and envelops me, I feel uplifted, renewed, rejuvenated, expanded and deeply relaxed’ The sound of the singing bowls, so delightful, caressed me.” - Keala Maui




suggested donation $20


A Night of Ecstatic Chanting
with Jai Uttal & Special Guests

Saturday, March 17th at 8pm
MANDALA - 719 Broadway, Santa Monica

Featuring Jai Uttal, Mark Gorman - bass, Steve Postell - electric guitar, Dave Allen - drums and percussion

Embark on a vocal journey through the sacred sounds of ancient India. With call-and-response group chanting and storytelling, Jai Uttal creates a space of invocation, prayer, and heartfelt expression.

"These ancient chants," writes Jai, "contain a transformative power and healing energy. By singing these prayers and expressing a full range of emotions through our voices we join a stream of consciousness and devotion that has been flowing for centuries." The chanting begins as a faint spark and is fanned into a flame of ecstatic awareness by repetition, rhythm, and remembrance of the Divine.

No previous experience is needed. This is an exploration of the heart, independent of vocal or musical technique.

"Riding Jai's kirtan is a journey that spirals into the heart with such incredible passion, tenderness, stamina and surrender that one is left transformed and sanctified. Not to be missed - the best around."
-- Shiva Rea

About Jai Uttal: Grammy-nominated sacred music composer, vocalist, and instrumentalist. Jai Uttal is a kirtan artist, multi-instrumentalist, and ecstatic vocalist. He is considered a pioneer in the world music community with his combined influences from India and American rock and jazz. Jai has been leading, teaching, and performing kirtan—the ancient yoga of chanting or singing to God—around the world for close to 50 years, creating a safe environment for people to open their hearts and voices.

He grew up in New York City and lived in a home filled with music. Jai began studying classical piano at the age of seven, and later learned to play old-time banjo, harmonica, and guitar. At age 17, he heard Indian music for the first time, and two years later moved to California and studied under the famous sarod player, Ali Akbar Khan. Jai later began taking regular pilgrimages to India, living among the wandering street musicians of Bengal, and singing with the kirtan wallahs in the temple of his guru, Neem Karoli Baba.

Jai has been performing and teaching around the world for 45 years and is a leading influence in the Bhakti tradition in the West. He considers kirtan to be the core of his musical and spiritual life. His latest CD is the double album ROOTS ROCK RAMA!, released on Mantralogy Records in March of 2017.

Don't miss Jai's workshop on Sunday afternoon!
Awakening Bhakti - A Celebration of Divine & Human Love



$35 at the door

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spring equinox

Bhakti Spring Equinox Kirtan Celebration
Saturday, March 24th at 7:30pm

With Neil Martin, Daniel Stewart, Lisa Florine, Greg Balza, Vito Gregoli,
Christo Pellani, and more!!


The Spring Equinox (also known as the Vernal Equinox) signals the beginning of Spring when Life springs forth in its Abundance. It’s spiritually significant as a time for renewal, rebirth, and resurrection. Join us as we celebrate the Bhakti Way-- with a Spring renewal ritual, yummy vegetarian food, Kirtan, and lots and lots of singing and dancing.

7:30p.m.: Spring Renewal and Rebirth Ritual
8:00p.m - Kirtan Celebration





$20 Donation Suggested

Song Circle and Shamanic Sound Journey
with Shervin and Friends

Indigenous Dreamtime:
Song Circle and Shamanic Sound Journey
with Shervin and Friends

Sunday, March 27th at 8pm

Come join us for an uplifting evening of sacred songs and shamanic sounds. This ceremonial live music experience includes a sound journey with Tibetan Bowls, crystal bowls, didgeridoo, shaman drum, meditation chimes, prayer flute, ceremonial chants from different world indigenous and mystical traditions such as Native American, Amazonian, Persian Sufi, Balinese, Vedic Indian and more.



Shervin Boloorian is Founder of Sound Healing Bali and a certified Tama-Do (Way of the Soul) sound and color therapist. Shervin is also the CoFounder of Bali Sound Healers Collective, the world’s first community of sound healers . Currently based in Ubud, Shervin earned his professional credentials from Fabien Maman’s Tama-Do “Way of the Soul” Academy (started in 1988), holds a Masters Degree, is trained in urban shamanism, and is a passionate lifelong vocalist, songwriter, and multi-instrumental musician.

Trained in several sound healing techniques, including Tama-Do tuning forks on acupuncture point therapy, musical spine, color healing, and acoustic sound harmonizations with musical instruments (Sound Medicine), Shervin supports each individual’s ‘inner calling’. He aims to replace tension with inspiration; open the heart, positively engage with community and coworkers, and reintegrate with loved ones.






$20 Donation Suggested

Anastasia Bashuk

The Human Energy System with Anastasia Bashuk
Friday, March 30th at 7pm

Just like in the physical body we have a nervous system, in the subtle body, there is the energy system of nadis and chakras. Depending on the chakra through which we use our energy the most, we bring our consciousness to a certain level. Higher the chakra – higher our motivations in life. When we purify chakras through asana and pranayama practices, as well as constant work on our personal qualities, our main motivations become altruism, compassion, and desire for self-development.

This 3-hour workshop will give the participants an overview of the energy system of the human subtle body (chakras and energy channels – nadis) from an ancient yogic perspective.

We will discuss the following ideas:
How do we express ourselves having our consciousness on a certain chakra?
How to bring our consciousness to the higher chakras?
The lecture will help you better understand the subtle causes of your thoughts and behaviors that don’t serve you and change it through a yoga practice (including asana, pranayama, mantra, and meditation).
Why do we need to include practices in our everyday routine?
How to use the instrument of yoga for the fast energy transformation inside yourself and in your surroundings?

The schedule:

1st hour - transformational asana practice (please bring your mat and be in your yoga clothes)
2nd hour - lecture on the human energy system
3d hour - the practice of pranayama techniques, meditation, and kirtan (meditation cushion may be helpful)

After each session, we will have a 10-minute break.




$20 Donation Suggested

WEEKLY EVENTS










Chanting the Hanuman Chalisa with Govind Das
Every Wednesday at 6:30pm

The Hanuman Chalisa is a beloved chant of Neem Karoli Baba devotees and Hanuman lovers everywhere. The Chalisa is a 40 verse devotional hymn written by Tulsi Das over 500 years ago to awaken within the great qualities of Hanuman love service devotion strength courage faith.

To chant the Chalisa is to tune into the channel of Hanuman's Loving Grace. After the chanting of the Chalisa several times we will eat kichari together. Come have dinner with us, offering prasad: Kichari is a delicious yogic, healing, nourishing food made with yellow split Mung Dahl, basmati rice, turmeric, cumin and coriander.




Suggested donation $20


Monday Nite Kirtan with Govind Das, Clay Campbell
and Arjuna O'Neal

Every Monday at 6:30pm

Come join in the exploration and passionate art of chanting the divine names from the Bhakti Tradition. We will learn and explore a deeper understanding of the kirtan mantras, gods and goddesses, gurus, and how we can integrate the bhakti practices into living at our highest potientiality. Come sing, dance, and enjoy laughter and community. For the newbies to kirtan/chanting, just bring yourself. no special clothes or yoga mat needed. If you have a meditation cushion or blanket, it may be nice to sit on. EVERY MONDAY NITE!!







DATE & TIME

Event
Mondays at 6:30pm

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