The Great Mother was honored is virtually every culture until the last 1500 years, when She faded or was removed from most traditions. In the last decade there has been a major resurgence of interest in goddess spirituality and earth-based wisdom. Goddess Workshops include information and chants in the Hindu, Buddhist, Christian and pagan traditions.
Goddess Chants: Find Your Goddess
Come discover the Divine Feminine in multiple traditions! Explore the symbolism and characteristics of Hindu goddesses, little known female deities in Buddhism, and the Divine Mother in Christian and pagan traditions. Have fun with songs and chants to the goddess energy all around us and within us!
The goddess was honored in virtually every tradition until She was removed or faded from most traditions about 1500 years ago. In the last decade, there has been a resurgence of interest in goddess spirituality, songs and rituals. There are goddess that nurture, goddesses that defend, goddesses that inspire and goddesses that heal. find your goddess and learn chants to invoke Her presence! Class times and locations on the Events page.
Chants of Protection: Kali and Durga
In the eastern tradition there are fierce mother goddesses like Kali and Durga who battle evil on behalf of their children.Kali is an intimidating figure, brandishing multiple weapons with her four arms. She is the master of both time and death, a supreme demon-slayer!
The name Durga means a fort or a place that is difficult to overrun. Durga is always calm, even in the midst of battle. She is a warrioress who takes no delight in violence but exemplifies how to face challenges fearlessly. Learn to protect yourself with chants to these powerful goddesses!
Meet a Goddess: All About Parvati
The sacral chakra is associated with Shiva and the goddess Parvati. Parvati, also known as Uma, is the Hindu goddess of fertility, love and devotion as well as divine strength and power.
She is the gentle and nurturing aspect of the goddess energy.
Parvati is part of a trinity of Hindu goddesses that also includes Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity, and Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge and learning. Parvati is the mother of Ganesha (the elephant-headed god) and Kartikeya. Parvati's name can be translated as “daughter of the mountains.” Come chant to Parvati and experience her comfort and bliss! Class times and locations on the Events page.
FIVE ELEMENT CHANTS
Healing with the Five Elements
The five element system is an ancient Eastern healing system focused on the transformation of energy from water to wood to fire to earth to metal.
These five elements can be used to classify forces in nature, types of food and mantras! Learn how to use mantras to balance the five elements in your body and your environment.
The science of chanting has been explored for thousands of years in many cultures. Body Chant™ encompasses sacred toning, mantras, chanting and an understanding of body meaning or symbolic anatomy. The term Body Chant™ refers to the use of chanting to tap into the mental and emotional connections related to specific aspects of the physical body and to stimulate the associated meridians. Classes currently being offered below:
Body Chant: Throat, Neck and Thyroid
Learn chants and mantras for healing the throat, neck and thyroid. After over twenty years on thyroid medication, I found my voice and healed my thyroid with chanting as a catalyst. Class times and locations on the Events page.
Body Chant: Vision and Eyesight
Learn chants and mantras for supporting the health of your eyesight and for developing spiritual vision. Class times and locations on the Events page.
Body Chant: Digestive Health
Learn chants and mantras for supporting the health of your digestive system. More than 60 million Americans have heartburn or reflux. Studies show that more than 15 million have daily symptoms. Learn chants to calm and heal your digestion. Class times and locations on the Events page.
Body Chant: Heart
Learn chants and mantras for supporting the health of your heart and circulatory system. One in four Americans die of heart disease every year. An estimated 48.5% of Americans have heart or blood vessel disease. Class times and locations on the Events page.
Body Chant: Back and Shoulders
Learn chants and mantras for supporting the health of your back and shoulders. A whopping 80% of Americans experience low back pain at some point in their lives. Learn how to use chanting shift to a position of strength and wellness. Class times and locations on the Events page.
Body Chant: Lungs and Breath
Learn chants and mantras for supporting the health of your lungs and breathing. More then 35 million Americans live with chronic lung disease. How can you use manta and breath to keep your lungs strong? Class times and locations on the Events page.
This workshop is a tour de force through many types of healing chants: body chants, astrological mantras, five element chants, vedic chakra mantras and shakti activation chants. Includes an introduction the the science of Sanskrit and the impact of chanting on the brain. Experience mantras and the practice of kirtan with a focus on healing. Workshop times and locations on the Events page.
Workshop led by Kathleen Karlsen.
Learn ancient Sanskrit mantras for healing the body and balancing the the chakras.
Come experience the bliss of chanting and gain insight into the deep Vedic science of sound.
Dive into the Mantra Parusha, the body of sound that supports and uplifts the physical body.
Chants are illustrated with fun stories of the Hindu pantheon and Kathleen's personal experiences.
Connect to the universal vibrations of the five elements through sound.
Have fun with chants that are easy to learn. If you can talk, you can chant!
Why chant? Chanting changes your brain chemistry and alleviates stress and depression.
Chanting is a drug-free, full-body buzz. Come give it a try!
Conquer Your Astrology with Mantras
Astrology is considered by some experts to be the main Vedic science connected to mantras. You do not have to be an expert in astrology to use astrological mantras; they function like adaptogens. If the placement of the sun, moon and other planets in your chart is good, astrological mantras will make things even better. If the placement is challenging, the mantras will mitigate the negative effects. Come learn chants to conquer your astrology!
SOUNDS OF THE COSMOS
Healing with Bija Seed Syllables
A bija or "seed mantra" is a single syllable that is a primal, universal sound. These syllables can connect to the forces of nature like fire and water. Mantras can help to remove deep seated emotional patterns and karmic blockages from the mind and heart and thus result in psychological and physical healing.
MANTRAS AND SACRED ART
Mantras, Yantras, and Sacred Symbols
A yantra is a visual aid or tool for focusing the mind. Every yantra has a specific or exact power. Yantras are geometric symbols that correlate with certain sounds and mantras. Mandalas are generally associated with the Buddhist tradition and yantras are associated with the Hindu tradition. The terms are often used interchangeably. The symbols associated with depictions of various gods and goddesses also have deep spiritual meaning. Come explore how mantras, yantras and sacred symbols can deepen your spiritual practices.
MANTRAS AND HEALING STONES
Mantras and Gemstones for Healing the Chakras
Experience the power of combining healing stones with mantras and chanting! Learn about the connection between gemstones and mantras in multiple spiritual traditions.
There are healing stones associated with each of the chakras. Stones and gems can also be charged with positive energy through chanting. Come experience the combined power of mantras and healing stones!