This monthly group is an opportunity to explore and experience the sacred vibration of sound, chant and mantra ~ meditation ~ the breath ~ silence and inner stillness.
Ongoing and Online via Zoom. This is working really well, come and join us for inspiring chant!
Sounds and vibrations are a powerful form of energy. And just as a high pitched voice can shatter glass, and ultrasound break down kidney stones, then the vibration of our voices, using carefully chosen sounds or mantras that hold healing vibrations, can clear, balance and strengthen us mentally, physically and emotionally.
Indeed, chants and mantras have been used for thousands of years, by people of all faiths and none, to achieve health, healing and spiritual connection. And whatever your own belief/non belief, the vibration of sound leads you more easily into a place of stillness and silence, where healing can occur, and (re)connection to your wise, inner self is made.
We incorporate meditation into these monthly groups, which enables us to take better control of our “monkey mind” – learning how to notice (Witness) our thoughts and life events without judgement, helping us to be more present. The chanting focusses the mind and makes sitting in stillness far easier than some other more traditional forms of meditation.
Complete beginners, who have neither chanted, nor practiced yoga or other “alternative” forms of healing, have felt immediately “at home” with both the chanting and our relaxed, friendly group. As one new participant said
“I didn’t know quite why I went – but it has literally changed my life! It is my anchor, and a beautiful healing tool. Thank you Sarena for all your teaching and support.” AF, Worle, Somerset.
Taught through “call and response”, these are easy-to-follow sessions, with words shared on the screen whilst we continue with Zoom.
Beginners and those with experience are all welcome.
2020 DATES HERE!
All the First Sunday of the month 2.30pm – 4.30pm
Each session offers a variety of mantra and chant from various traditions, which leads into and supports our key theme.
Sunday 5th July – Shanti/Peace Mantras – there are so many beautiful mantras to choose from; we will learn chants from various traditions, including Vedic, with correct pronunciation and “melody”.
Sunday 2nd August – Sound & Silence Retreat Afternoon. Traditionally, each year we meet in August enjoying a really beautiful day of chant, mantra, gentle movement – and Silence. If the weather is good/dry, we will meet in small groups in nature. If the weather is not suitable, the choice is to meet online via Zoom or rearrange (we’ll agree amongst ourselves the popular choice). More details to follow.
Sunday 6th Sept – The Great Gayatri – long form. Said to be the oldest Vedic Mantra known to man. It is considered the ‘essence of all Mantras”. The Sanskrit words contain the essential vibration of the upper luminous spheres of light, and all spiritual powers and potencies are within. Put simply – The Gayatri is meditation on spiritual light. The long version expresses, through chant, all spiritual planes.
Sunday 4th October – The Fundamentals of Chant – Never underestimate the power of simple sounds. We will explore the three primal sounds, Bija (seed) sounds – favourites and new – and experience the 7 “svaras” sounds with movement.
Sunday 1st November – Vedic chant for beginners; learn the basics of how to read and follow the ‘diacritical’ marks on transliterations. We will learn (by ear too) some beautiful simple mantras which have great depth.
Sunday 6th December – Just two weeks away from the returning light, our theme will be chants that celebrate spiritual light and the sun.
Cost per session: £15 including Organic teas and delicious nibbles!
Take your next step…
To find out what more might be involved, and how these monthly sessions could support you please get in touch. Alternatively you can make your booking here:
Payment in advance secures your place. Cancellation Policy: no refunds are offered on these events.
Previous participants have said:
“This is not only my monthly ‘treat’ but a necessity in my life now. Being part of a like-minded group, chanting ancient mantras for ourselves and others is beautiful, healing and quite profound. We are lucky to have you here Sarena!”
“Just to let you know that I loved your Sound and Silence session on Sunday – Great vibrations and healing energy.”
“I’ve been on chant workshops before through my yoga training; Sarena’s have been the best I’ve ever attended. She holds a clear, safe space, is compassionate, and we benefit from her own extensive study and practice as the energy is so strong.”
“As a complete beginner I wasn’t sure what to expect. The chanting felt quite strong, but good, and the silence quite profound, palpable. Incredible, thank you”