Workshop with His Holiness Swami Vidyadhishananda
Learn chanting by directly listening and orating the Sanskrit sound partitions. See how mantra chanting falls in place upon understanding the basics of syllables. All 16 vowels, 33 consonants and 3 composite sounds will be taught. A recording link for self-guided practice will be provided to each participant along with a pronunciation guide on how to relate with the sound partitions of Sanskrit language.
This is a unique way to learning mantras and peace chants using auditory techniques (śruti). Experience, memorize and practice a collection of mantras as per the Himalayan system of chanting that emphasizes pronouncing sound constructs by intently listening to the sound partitions, orating them synchronized with breathing, and correct application of timing.
The Workshop focuses on the basics of Sanskrit mantra chanting directly taught by His Holiness Swami Vidyadhishananda in two sessions. Experience how the sublime recitation of juxtaposed sound syllables produces an actual physical vibration, which awakens a spiritual energy and thus brings about a distinct state of awareness. This is a rare opportunity to learn from the very best authentic source and tradition, as His Holiness is renowned for his chanting expertise.
The first day of the workshop will introduce the foundational 52 sounds of Sanskrit. Participants will learn the correct pronunciation of each sound as well as philosophical meanings of certain sounds as they relate to soli-lunar rhythms, the digits of the spine and other parts of the body. This overall understanding of the deeper relationship between sound, the universe and the body will lay the foundation. Simple chants will be taught and practiced.
On day two, participants will learn peace chants plus other Vedic and Tantric mantra using the correct cadence and voice tonality. Synchronizing the mantras with breathing rhythm as well as their breathless chant versions will be practised. Time permitting, other auspicious invocations will also be taught using the same foundational techniques.
Knowledge of Sanskrit letters or language is not a prerequisite. Intent listening and ability to repeat sounds will aid in memorizing. This workshop is suitable for beginners as well as those already fluent with mantra chanting.
Workshop includes a light Ayurvedic snack on Saturday and a gluten-free mostly-vegan light Ayurvedic lunch on Sunday, both served after the class sessions. Herbal tea will be available.
Saturday, 16th Feb
10:30am – Wellness walk at local farmers’ market with His Holiness (only for out of state guests)
4:00 pm – Check in & seating
8:30 pm – Light Ayurvedic snack
9:30 pm – Close of fellowship
Sunday, 17th Feb
10:00 am – Silent seating and start of class
1:30 pm – Light Ayurvedic lunch
2:30 pm – Close of fellowship
Note: There will be a short break during each class session. There is limited seating in the fellowship room, and a full house is expected.
Travel & Flights
For those coming from out of town, we recommend flying into either LAX or SBA. SBA is half an hour drive from our centre, whereas LAX is minimum 2 hour drive. Car rental may not be necessary, but could be helpful. Some rides will be provided by local Los Angeles and Santa Barbara area devotees.
Guests should book their own overnight accommodations at a nearby hotel, hostel or campsite. For more affordable options, we recommend Airbnb, which connects you with locals who have rooms or houses to rent out. Please visit airbnb.com to search for available rooms and houses. Or, click here for a list of other accommodation options. If you would like to stay in a hotel or Airbnb room with others, we would be happy to connect you with other devotees interested in room shares. Please call our Santa Barbara office for assistance in connecting with roommates.
Registration & Donation
Your registration is not a donation to the Nonprofit, as it only covers the expense such as catered meal, rentals, recordings, etc. If you wish to make a charitable, tax-deductible donation to support this program and the Nonprofit’s curriculum, there will be an opportunity to do so during registration or in-person at the fellowship.
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