“Kiirtana touches the core of the human heart.  Followers of most religions do kiirtana.  The only reason for such large scale popularity of kiirtana is that it arouses the soft spiritual sentiments in a person.  Behind kiirtana is blissful ideation.  This ideation blossoms into full flower the soft feelings of the human heart lying so far in bud form.  Kiirtana awakens the human feelings and transports a person into great bliss.  Kiirtana fills one’s life and satisfies all wants.” 

Shrii Shrii Anandamurti

Join Sukhadeva and Sojha for an inspiring weekend of Kirtan.  This weekend will focus solely on the sacred mantra Baba Nam Kevalam.  The meaning is “Only that feeling of Divine love!”  By singing and dancing to this mantra we immerse ourselves in a positive vibration.


When:  Nov 17 – 19, 2017

Location:  Prama Institute

Program: Kiirtan Retreat 2017

Faculty:  Sukhadev, Sojha & Friends


Shared Accommodation (Includes program, accommodation & meals): $195

Commuter Rate (Includes program and meals): $100

Couples Rate: $350




During the coarse of the weekend we will explore a variety of kirtan formats using the mantra Baba Nam Kevalam. By using one mantra and the corresponding ideation, a powerful vibration is created in participants and surroundings.  Some of the kirtan formats will include:

Akhanda Kirtan

Akhanda means “endless”, so this type of kirtan format focuses on continuing the chant in an unbroken chain for a selected period of time.  In the case of this retreat we will likely have a few 3 hour Akhanda Kirtans depending on the number of people present.  Akhanda Kirtan is done in a counter clockwise circular motion around a puja table.  This movement symbolizes the movement of the devotee moving ever closer to the Cosmic Nucleus.   Participants are encouraged to move together with the simple dance Lalita Marmika.

Avartta Kirtan

Practiced later in the evening and in the sweetest way possible, Avartta Kirtan continues to be one of the most popular kirtan formats.  This kirtan is done by successively facing six directions – east, west, north, south, up and down with six different melodies that reflect the different ideations used for each direction.  The ideations are:

1. – I am completely obedient to Parama Purusa.

2. – I have tremendous love for Parama Purusa.

3. – My mind is purified in the fire of devotion.

4. – I am removing my external and mental obstacles.

5. – O lord, take me on your lap.

6. – I surrender everything I have for you.

Sadhana Shivir

Sadhana Shivir combines kirtan with silent meditation by alternating between 30 minutes of kirtan and 30 minutes of silent meditation.  This is a great way to experience the depth of a prolonged meditation for those who have trouble sitting for extended periods of time.  The kirtan and sadhana are alternated 3 times meaning the total time is 3 hours.


Prama Wellness Center reserves the right to cancel a ‘Prama Wellness Center Organized’ program at any time.  If the Prama Wellness Center cancels a program, you will be given a  minimum of 1 weeks notice and receive a full refund.  Cancellations by Prama Wellness Center can be transferred to other Prama organized programs.

Refunds are available (less a $50 processing fee) up to fourteen days before the start date of the program.  If a cancellation occurs between fourteen and two days before the start date of the program, your fee can be transferred to any other Prama organized program (less a $50 cancellation fee) within one year.  No credits or refunds are available for cancellations two days or less before the start date of a program, or for no-shows, or for leaving an event early.  People cancelling 14 days or less before the start of a program can also transfer their space and fee to an unregistered participant.  Please allow seven days for processing of fees.   Refunds will be issued by check.

Event Tickets are non-refundable.

For any questions regarding this Cancellation Policy, please contact or (828) 649-9408.


Please note that this schedule is subject to change.

Friday Nov 17

3:00 – 5:30pm Arrival, Registration, Settling In

5:30 – 6:30pm Kirtan

6:30 – 7:30 Meditation and Introduction

7:30-8:30 Dinner

8:30-9:30 Welcome

9:30-10:30 Avartta Kirtan

Saturday Nov 18

5:00am – 5:45am –  Paincajanya

7:00am – 8.00am – Kirtan

8:00am – 8:30am – Meditation

8:30am – 9:30am – Breakfast

9:30am – 12:30pm – 3 hour Akhanda Kirtan

12:30pm – 1:30pm – Lunch

1:30pm – 3:00pm – Break

3:00pm – 6:00pm – Akhanda Kirtan or Sadhana Shivir

6:00pm – 7:00pm – Meditation and short talk

7:00pm – 8:30pm – Dinner

8:30pm – 9:30pm – Avarta Kirtan

9:30pm – 10:00pm – Meditation

Sunday Nov 19

5:00am – 5:45am –  Paincajanya

7:00am – 8.00am – Kirtan

8:00am – 8:30am – Meditation

8:30am – 9:30am – Breakfast

9:30am – 12:30pm – 3 hour Akhanda Kirtan

12:30pm – 1:00pm – Meditation

1:00pm – 2:00pm – Lunch



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