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CULTURE: for experiencing the transformative power of the arts & sciences



thursdays, 7:00 – 9:00pm

One of the Bhakti Center’s premier events. Every Thursday we get together for an unforgettable night of devotional music. Kirtan is a form of mantra music wherein a singer leads and the entire audience responds. Its roots go back centuries in India’s spiritual culture.


a kirtan for women, 6:00 – 8:00pm

A monthly gathering for women to raise their voices and hearts together in the setting of The Bhakti Center’s beautiful Radha Krishna Temple.



celebrating the divine appearance of Sri Chaitanya

The Bhakti Center will celebrate the 6th Annual Roots of Kiran Festival, with talks about understanding Sri Chaitanya’s life, mood and mission as well as insights on the meaning of Kirtan.

• admission – free of charge

more information here

saturday, february 24

6:00 – 9:00pm


A 6-week comprehensive course for beginners

This is a beginners Mridanga workshop.  The course will take place once a week over the span of six weeks, covering fundamentals of hand practice (hasta sadhana) as well as simple kirtan beats.

• admission – $108

more information here

sunday, february 25

choose from:

1:00 – 2:00pm
2:15 – 3:15pm
3:30 – 4:30pm

This introductory course, divided into three parts, aims to familiarize students with some basic concepts of Sanskrit, which will help them in their study of sacred bhakti texts like the Bhagavad-gita and the Bhagavata-purana.

admission – suggested donation between $50 – $80

more info & registration here

3 saturdays

march 17, 31, april 7


learning kirtan together

A monthly gathering for helping beginners learn to sing and play instruments, as well as lead kirtan, in a small group setting.

• admission – suggested donation $45/ registration required

more info & registration here

saturday, march 17 – SOLD OUT

3:00 – 6:00pm

In this training we will reconnect to our innate healing gifts through guided practices and leave feeling confident to integrate them into our life through our already existing profession, sharing with loved ones, or developing a healing practice of your own.

admission – $795

more info & registration here

2 consecutive weekends

april 14 & 15 / april 21 & 22

This course primarily aims to familiarize students with some basic principles of Sanskrit grammarand enables them to recite sacred verses (mantras) in different chandas (meters), an ancient practice that seeks to awaken our original spiritual nature through divine sound.

admission – suggested donation between $50 – $80

more info & registration here

3 saturdays

april 21, may 5, 12


with Doyal Gauranga & Kishor Gopal

An opportunity to take a break into nature and dive deep into kirtan with learning sessions as well as individual time with teachers to hone your skills on harmonium, kartals (brass cymbals), and mrdanga (clay drum), plus seminars on the history and meaning of kirtan as well as how to approach kirtan in a devotional attitude.

admission – $250 per person + lodging

more info & registration here

3 day retreat

friday, april 20 – sunday, april 22


a live music performance of her debut album

Join acclaimed singer/songwriter Dhanya for an intimate musical performance, including songs from her debut self-titled album.

admission – $20

more info & tickets here

friday, april 27

8:00 – 9:30 pm


with Syama Masla, Dhyana Masla, Richard Masla

This training is for yoga teachers, life coaches, yoga practitioners and anyone interested in diving deeply into the science and lifestyle of Ayurveda.

• tuition –  $1500 / early bird: $1250 (till June 1st)

more info & registration here

saturday, september 15

(course begins)

Look for the GATEWAY icon for programs that will be relevant and fully accessible for a new audience. These serve as good introductions, or places to begin your studies at the center.

Upcoming Culture Events

Sun 25

Mridanga Basics with Kishor Gopal

February 25 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Mar 01

Thursday Night Kirtan

March 1 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mar 17

Kirtan Camp with Doyal Gauranga

March 17 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Apr 06

All Ladies Kirtan

April 6 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Apr 14