We are excited to announce that
internationally loved Kirtan artist

Johanna Beekman

will be our special guest for the

2018 Lawrence Bhakti Festival

Sat-Sun, Oct 20th-21st
Westside Yoga

Johanna will be the featured performer Saturday night,
then will be leading a series of workshops on Sunday.
Saturday will be very similar to last year's schedule (below).
Check back for details!

Last Year's Festival

Welcome to www.LawrenceBhakti.com

6th Annual
Lawrence Bhakti Festival

Saturday, Nov 4th, 2017
Westside Yoga Studio, Lawrence, KS

6 Kirtan Bands - 3 Yoga Sessions
Sound Healing - Veggie Feast by Bhakti Yogis

Lawrence Bhakti Festival is another
Lawrence Old Guard Production
Co-producers - Gopi Sandal & Larry Carter


10am to 6pm = $40 to $60 sliding scale
All three yoga classes plus kirtan with Cindy Novelo,
Lana Maree & Sonic Mystics, Om Depot & Whole Earth Kirtan
plus Sound Healing with Lana Maree & Friends

(Veggie Feast and evening kirtans NOT INCLUDED)


4:30pm to 9pm = $40 to $60
Kirtan/Storytelling with Whole Earth Kirtan,
Veggie Feast, kirtan with the Bhakti Yogis,
then closing with HeartSong Kirtan

(Yoga classes, earlier kirtans, sound healing NOT INCLUDED)


All Day = $60 to $100
ALL OF IT (or as much as you prefer)

Well-behaved, supervised kids 13 & under free

About the sliding scale:

The high end is the appropriate charge for covering our expenses.
However, since some might find this to be too prohibitive,
we allow attendees to set their own fee within this range.

Tentative Schedule:

9:45 AM - Doors open

10am - Comments by Gopi & Larry then Yoga #1, Becky Kasenberg

11am - Sacred music with Cindy Novelo

12:00 - Yoga #2 with Amie Carter

1:00 - Kirtan with Lana Maree & the Sonic Mystics

2:00 - Yoga #3 with Clare Gorres

3:00 - Kirtan with Om Depot

4:00 - Sound Healing with Lana Maree & Friends

4:45 - Storytelling/Kirtan with Whole Earth Kirtan

6:00 - Veggie Feast with the Bhakti Yogis

7:00 - Kirtan with Bhakti Yogis

8:00 - Kirtan with HeartSong Kirtan

9:00 - Closing comments by Gopi & Larry

Heartsong Kirtan

Jeri Nirbhao Kaur Birdsall (harmonium, keyboards, vocals), Victor Dougherty (guitar, vocals), Clark Jamison (percussion, vocals)

"HeartSong Kirtan" leads kirtans on a regular basis in Kansas City. Info is at www.HeartSongPathways.com or Heartsong Kirtan on Facebook.

Lana Maree & the Sonic Mystics

Lana Maree (guitar, vocals), Deborah Pine (vocals), Clark Jamison (percussion), Malika Lyon (mandolin)

"Lana Maree and the Sonic Mystics" recently released their first CD, "Riotous Singing." Lana is also a singer/songwriter with an album to her credit. One of her songs is included on the most recent album by Snatum Kaur. Lana will also be joined by others for the sound healing session. See Lana Maree and the Sonic Mystics on Facebook for details.

Whole Earth Kirtan

Larry Carter - guitar, narration, Clark Jamison - percussion, Amory Caetanya Bottorff - violin, Holly Taylor - vocals

(From 2017 festival) "Whole Earth Kirtan" will be doing something different this year - storytime/kirtan rather than just kirtan. Larry will be retelling the ancient Indian epic The Ramayana, the story of how the forces of Rama, Sita and Hanuman defeated the forces of greed and insatiable desire as personified in the King of the Demons, Ravana. Songs and kirtan chants are included in the narrative. (Photo from last year with Satya on vocals and special guest Gerald Trimble).

Cindy Novelo

A multi-instrumentalist on guitar, violin and viola, Cindy will be leading the morning kirtan. Her recent album, "Meditation," has been described as "mesmerizing, enchanting, captivating."

Om Depot Ensemble

Clark Jamison (percussion) and Malika Lyon(mandolin, guitar)

Clark, Malika, and possibly various friends make up Om Depot. They lead Sanskrit Chants, Kirtan singing, Dances of Universal Peace, Sufi practices, and simple breath and meditation practices.

The Bhakti Yogis

The Bhakti Yogis refers an energetic group of Krishna devotees connected with Gopi (manager of Westside Yoga) and the Bhaktivana Yoga Center south of Lawrence. They frequently host kirtans, dinners and talks featuring prominent Krishna Consciousness teachers. Talk with Gopi for details.

Sound Healing

Lana Maree

Mid-point in our festival is a sound healing session with Lana (of Lana Maree and the Sonic Mystics) and friendes. Experience the meditative qualities associated with singing bowls, and how to focus your attention on present moment experiences with openness, curiosity, and mindfulness.

Please Remember

Westside Yoga is a yoga studio, so you will be asked to sign a release if you are attending a yoga session. Please remove your shoes upon entering the main room. Yoga mats and blankets are available. However, please bring your own mat, blanket and pillow, if possible, as we might run short.

There will be some chairs set up along the edge of the room. Weather permitting, there will also be some lawn chairs set up outside. Feel free to bring your own lawn chair in case this gorgeous weather continues just a bit longer.

We will have some "finger food" available for free throughout the afternoon - perhaps even a pot of veggie soup. You are welcome to bring a snack, but be aware that there is no refrigerator.

Please respect events in the main room by keeping conversations in the entry hallway to a low voice.

Here is a good feature article
Lawrence Bhakti Fest
in the October 16, 2014 University Daily Kansan

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