In little more than a week, on March 8th, 9th is the 4th Annual Chantlanta Sacred Music Festival. Check out the schedule of events…err FREE events!!! These begin Friday night March 8th at 6:30pm, and continue till 4:30 Saturday afternoon. Activities range from 5 rhythms Dance & live music with local musicians, to Aum Tala Yoga, restorative Yoga, kids Yoga. Bring a few extra $$, as there is also food, a juice bar, and a variety of vendors, and an awesome Chantlanta t-shirt….did I mention Yoga?
After the workshops are wrapped up, and final sound checks are made, Atlanta welcomes Krishna Das back to the stage. It will be his first visit back to this area since 2010, and is also his first appearance at Chantlanta. This event promises to be one of the largest kirtans to take place within a sacred space that the city has ever seen. If you’ve never before had the chance to experience this practice of chanting the divine names in a group of 500, you will be blown away! There will not be any other Krishna Das kirtans happening in the Southeastern states this year, so don’t miss your chance to join in the bhav! Doors re-open at 7p, the bliss begins at 8p.
What is all this about? The annual Chantlanta event is a yoga & music gathering that also serves to raise funds for a local charity. This year’s recipient is The Learning Tea. They are a fantastically broad thinking local organization that works to put girls in India through college, who would otherwise have very little hope for higher education. Please click on their link above, to read more about this wonderful organization.
On Sunday March 10th, Krishna Das continues the flow with his Heart of Devotion Workshop. In this Swaha Productions event, Krishna Das offers great insight into the journey of walking through life with an open heart. These workshops revolve around questions from participants. They often include discussion about life and the spiritual path, stories about Krishna Das’ Guru, Maharaj-ji, readings from spiritual traditions, and how to use practice to develop awareness of the obstacles around our innate sense of well-being.
Coming up in May, please help me to welcome Swaha’s greatest endeavor yet, Dave Stringer & Donna De Lory. Both are world touring artists and leaders in this genre of music. Donna is a former backup singer for Madonna. Dave’s voice can be heard on numerous soundtracks, including the blockbuster film Matrix Revolutions and the video game Myst.
They are touring together to promote love, bhakti bliss, and their combined musical magic. You’ll want to take advantage of this Shiva-Shakti opportunity… Its going to be a beautiful spring event! Go to BrightStarevents.net and SwahaProductions.com for more information and tickets.
Who am I, and what is Swaha Productions? I’m Stan Holt, a name and collection of titles, roles, even actions that I used to think define who I am. They do not. I – and you as well – am something beyond words in physical form. We all are. Feel free to meditate on that. You’ll like it.
Universal Truths aside, I am also the Creator and Dream Keeper of Swaha Productions. My mission statement reads as “Reaching inward and outward, to grow the kirtan and yoga communities, to share in the Bhav”. I hold myself to that by reaching inside first, asking, “What is it I can do for these things that I have a passion for? How can I be of service to something that is bigger than me? How can I do both, bringing them together?”
Swaha Productions was created in July of 2011, and had its first event in April of 2012 with about 12 people and the awesome kirtan band from Athens, Rahasya. Things have snowballed since then, with killer kirtans that include all the local Atlanta kirtan bands and national touring artists like Girish, David Newman & Mira, Sean Johnson and the Wild Lotus Band.
Those other titles & roles I mentioned…I love nature, 4 legged friends, I’m a massage therapist, an energy healer. I deeply enjoy meditation & music, dancing, and learning how to be a better spiritual being immersed in my humanness. My goal in that is to further eradicate the lines between what is spiritual and what is human. Because its really all the same, and our path is to evolve, always.