Dear friends of Bhaktivedanta College, as we are always exploring new ways to upgrade our educational offer and as we were approached many times from your side to introduce a degree in yoga studies, we wanted to get an insight into your needs and preferences in order to offer you the best possible experience. Please take 2 minutes of your time to answer 5 simple questions HERE – it will help us a lot! Thank you in advance!

KatharinaInterviewer: How has everything been for you since the Kirtan Course 2015? What has it been like having to resume high school immediately after you left?

Katharina: I think I can say that the kirtan course was a very significant event for my devotional life. It made me understand to which extent devotional service (and especially the chanting of the Holy Name) can, and should be a part of our everyday life. When I went back to high school, I felt myself in the wrong movie. This feeling was very strong. I was sitting in the lessons and tried to pay attention but my mind was always busy with something I later called the “kirtan course consciousness”. I always thought that this is not the place I want to belong to.

Interviewer: Has your sadhana changed at all since the course? If so, in what way has it changed?

Katharina: Definitely, my sadhana improved during and also after the course. Before the kirtan course, I wasn’t always chanting regularly and with the right understanding of what I am actually doing there. Especially the first week with Sacinandana Maharaja had the impact of an exploding bomb in my consciousness. I understood that my chanting was very superficial and from there on, I concentrated more on the quality of my japa.

Interviewer: Do you feel like there have been any changes in your relationship with the Holy Name? Can you please describe them?

Katharina: Looking back, I have the feeling that my relationship with the Holy Name just began to develop when I started to apply what Sacinandana Swami taught us in his seminars. Earlier I thought, that Krishna is somewhere above me, very far away but now I am so much more aware of how close He is to me in every situation in the form of His name.

Interviewer: What do you feel has been the biggest transformation that happened within you during the course?

Katharina: I became serious about Krishna consciousness. Although it’s not always easy to practise at home, due to family members or just my own mind, I became fixed in my goal and determined to keep on working on myself.


Interviewer: How did the relationships you had with your fellow students help you in your own musical and spiritual development during the course? Have you continued to keep in contact with any of the other students from the course?

Katharina: Of course, one of the best parts of the whole course was the association of all the other students. To be surrounded by so many wonderful people for two months, or in my case for six weeks, who are as eager to learn about kirtan as you, is one of the best experiences one can have. Sure, I tried to keep in touch with the other students. Especially during the time where I had to return to school and the course continued. It was a great help and support for me. After everyone returned home, it turned out to be quite difficult to stay in contact. The geographical distance seems to also disconnect the kirtan course students, which I find really sad. I would love to stay in a big community of kirtan students.

Interviewer: What was it like for you being the youngest student in the course and one of the most talented musicians?

Katharina: For me, it was really a great thing to be the youngest. I felt myself very comfortable in the association of the others, who where ten, twenty or even forty years older than me. I feel I can learn more from people who have lived longer than me. Concerning the musical side, I was very happy that I seemed to be a fast learner, so that I could take as much as possible with me in the short time I had.

Interviewer: What is your favourite thing about kirtan?

Katharina: My favourite thing about kirtan is that it’s the easiest way to get an experience of devotional feelings. Of course, there are so many nice services we can do, but to actually realize our position as a very small part of this creation, serving the big creator, there is no better method than being in a crowd of enthusiastic devotees who sing the Holy Name with all their heart.

Interviewer: Since the kirtan course, has kirtan become a part of your everyday life and if so, in what way?

Katharina: Yes, kirtan definitely became a part of my everyday life. Since I returned home from Radhadesh, I do kirtan now almost
everyday at home. In our temple community, on the request of the devotees, I started to share what I’ve learned and during the day, I don’t do anything without listening to kirtan. An outside person would say I am crazy. I also started listening more attentively, often even analysing what the instruments are doing and how every kirtaniya turns a melody into something personal.

Interviewer: What’s your favourite instrument to play in kirtan? Have you found yourself continuing to develop your skills in certain areas of the practical aspects of kirtan, since the course ended?

Katharina: I think everyone who got to know me during the course would expect me to say that the mridanga is my favourite instrument to play. And in a certain way it is. But sometimes I just feel myself more comfortable with the harmonium, because I feel unsure while playing mridanga, as my skills are very basic. Of course I try to learn more and more, since you can never have enough kirtan!

Interviewer: What advice would you give to any future kirtan course students?

Katharina: Use the time as much as you can! Such a unique opportunities don’t come along so often. These two months offer a chance of full absorption into the subject of chanting the Holy Name and they are over so quickly. Please don’t get sidetracked but give your full concentration and attention.

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Presentation by Mrs. Ana Knez – Program director of Theology and Religious Studies and a lecturer on World Religions at Bhaktivedanta College

Written by: Sive Mjindi

As the sun set on Thursday, April 14th, Vrije Universiteit, in Brussels, opened its doors for a dialogue with the East. Students and staff from Bhaktivedanta College in Belgium delivered presentations on Eastern and Hindu philosophy and religion for the first time at Vrije Universiteit. Graciously hosted by Professor Werner de Saeger (Dept. of Religious Studies), the event was attended by a small delegation of academia and students, and it sparked a lot of discussion between the two Religious Studies programs.


Interactive and informative presentation – overview of Hinduism

The audience was introduced to Eastern religion and philosophy by Mrs. Ana Knez. She is the program director of Theology and Religious Studies and a lecturer on World Religions at Bhaktivedanta College. Her interactive and informative presentation gave excited listeners an overview of Hinduism. She highlighted the roots and beliefs of Eastern religious and philosophical thought, along with contemporary beliefs and practices. Also, her comparative interface between Eastern and Western religious thought gave everyone a chance to relate the two and gain insight into devotional aspects of Eastern philosophy.

After these sessions of information and interaction, a short video showed what Bhaktivedanta College has to offer as part of the Radhadesh community located in the ruggedly serene Belgian Ardennes. The new video was produced by Martin Gurvich, who runs the Museum of Sacred Art at Radhadesh.

He also gave a short, insightful talk on ISKCON in Belgium, its history and its current achievements, as he is the director of ISKCON Communications in Europe.

A short discussion by guest art-curator and writer, Sushma Bahl, gave the audience the opportunity to see how influential religious thought has been on art worldwide.

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Discussion between the two Religious Studies programs

Rounding out the event, scrumptious snacks of samosas and sweets delighted all and made for a light ending to an evening of learning and new experiences. It was a successful event, as attendees of both Vrije Universiteit and Bhaktivedanta College departed with newfound friendships and partners in religious dialogue.

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II European Yoga Congress – 2016
Radhadesh, Durbuy and European Parliament, Brussels – Belgium
‘The Relevance of Yoga for the European Society and for World Peace’

It is our great pleasure and honor as the hosting Organization for this year to invite you to participate in the II European Yoga Congress, which will take place on 27th, 28th and 29th May, 2016 in the headquarters of the ISKCON Radhadesh Ashrama located in Durbuy, Belgium.


– 27.-29.5. (Friday to Sunday) 3 days of workshops, lectures and classes
– 29.5. (Sunday evening) pre-closing ceremony in Radhadesh
– 31.5. (Tuesday) closing event in the European Parliament in Brussels


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– Portuguese Yoga Confederation, Portugal
– Sulislaw Institute of Yoga and Ayurveda, Poland
– Yoga Vidya, Germany
– Sanatana Dharma, Spain
– Federación Española de Yoga Satsanga, Spain
– Russian Classical Yoga Federation, Russia
– London Sevashram Sangha, UK
– Association of Hungarian Yoga Teachers, Hungary
– Yoga Surya – Academy of Yoga & Meditation, Czech Republic
– Helenic Assoctiation of Hatha Yoga, Greece
– Centre Santosha, Belgium
– Pauls Stradinš Clinical University Hospital, Latvia
– ISKCON/Bhaktivedanta College, Belgium


Given prices are valid until the 1st of May. After this date, we will charge additional 5% for late registrations.

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– participation in the congress
– accommodation
– meals
– shuttle bus
– bus to Brussels for the Yoga Federation representatives at the European Parliament
– yoga mat, if needed

Accommodation will be provided in the Radhadesh facilities (guest-house and ashrama) and Sunclass bungalows (near-by bungalow park). Transportation for those residing in the bungalows will be secured.

Everybody is required to fill out the Registration Form, presenters and participants alike. For accessing the form, please use this link

For more info, please contact us at:


You can make the payment in two ways, whichever is more convenient for you:

1. through the bank, details are given below

Account holder’s name:
Bhaktivedanta College
Petite Somme 10
6940 Septon-Durbuy

Bank name:
Belfius Barvaux, Belgium
Route de Marche 6, 6940 Barvaux-Sur-Ourthe

Bank account number: 068-2456949-63
IBAN: BE40 0682 4569 4963


2. through

Prices for participation in the conference are:

Please indicate the name and the last name of the person for who the payment is being made with the note ‘Participation in the Yoga Congress’.


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Our favourite thing about kirtan is how powerful it can be to connect you with the Holy Name and the other souls participating in the kirtan.

Interviewer: Can you tell us about what you are up to these days and what you have been up to this past year? We understand you have been travelling quite extensively lately. Please tell us a bit about that.

Abigail: We have just travelled to many places around the world over the last year, visiting ISKCON temples and seeing how different cultures imbibe Krishna Consciousness and doing Kirtan with devotees wherever we went. It was amazing to realize how much we really do have a worldwide family as everywhere we went, we were welcomed with open arms (and prasadam!)

Davide: Well the trip was needed due to a travelling bug I carried inside for so many years. Abigail wasn’t even so keen on the idea but she was very pleased once we left. Kirtan has been the best icebreaker in many places and devotees –and even some non-devotees, love it. We got to play in many special places and with many special people.

Interviewer: How has your life changed since the kirtan course? Are your sadhanas any different? If yes, in what way have they changed? What about your relationship with the Holy Name?

Abigail: Our sadhana has changed in the way that we listen. We now have many more techniques for hearing the Holy Name.

Davide: When I first arrived at the Kirtan course I wasn’t chanting regularly and didn’t really have a clear understanding of what sadhana was as well as many other terms the community uses. The course helped understand what all of those words were as well as given me the chance to be surrounded by splendid devotees and, guess what, by the end of the course I was chanting my 16 rounds.

Interviewer: Word on the street is you are interested in starting up some preaching programs or something to that effect in London. Can you please expand on that and what it might entail?

Abigail and Davide together: For now, we are going to help with some wonderful existing projects that are going on in London such as Mantra Lounge and Kirtan London. We will be leading one of the Mantra Lounge nights in November. There are also some other projects in the pipeline but we’ll keep them under wraps for now…!

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Kirtan changed our daily lives by changing our way to approach life.

Interviewer: Since the kirtan course, has kirtan become a part of your everyday life and if so, in what way?

Abigail: Since the kirtan course, we have understood just how important kirtan is to our daily lives, either by playing kirtan or listening to it. We even travelled around the world with a small harmonium.

Davide: Kirtan changed our daily lives by changing our way to approach life. It has also been the reason for which we chose the route we took during our travels. For example, we went to the Mauritius Kirtan Mela in April this year and the trip was mainly arranged so we could be at the very first Mela on this gorgeous island. We only heard about it a few weeks before so we changed the original trip and started from there. Kirtan is a mindset.

Interviewer: What is your favourite thing about kirtan?

Abigail: Our favourite thing about kirtan is how powerful it can be to connect you with the Holy Name and the other souls participating in the kirtan. I was at Mantra Lounge last night and seeing how this process really transforms people and opens their hearts is quite extraordinary.

Davide: Kirtan is happy. You can feel it.

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Focus on Krishna and your heart. The technical preparation is necessary to give you confidence but kirtan is not about that.

Interviewer: What’s your favourite instrument to play in kirtan? Have you found yourself continuing to develop your skills in certain areas of the practical aspects of kirtan, since the course ended?

Abigail: For me, my favourite instrument is the harmonium and I continue to learn and practice new melodies and ragas as much as I can.

Davide: I am trying to get Abigail to teach me more about harmonies even though I am yet to learn properly. Our road trip from Yosemite National Park to Seattle was a whole big kirtan singing session, so I’d say my voice is my favourite instrument. However, the mrdanga is really cool.

Interviewer: What advice would you give to future kirtan course students?

Abigail: I would say to come prepared to really try and absorb yourself in every aspect of the course. The two months go so quickly but there is so much nectar to be had. The kirtan course makes you understand that leading or playing any of the instruments in kirtan is not a performance, it is a glorification of Krishna and you are there as an instrument to do that, nothing more.

Davide: Focus on Krishna and your heart. The technical preparation is necessary to give you confidence but kirtan is not about that. The better your sadhana the better is the connection you can create with Krishna.


Katelin Knapp

Katelin’s Kirtan Course 2015 diary

Written by Katelin Knapp


Opening week

The class of 2015 has been launched into the kirtan course with blissful kirtans, deep insights and meaningful experiences. From Vancouver to London, the 18 students come from all different backgrounds to one peaceful place in order to chant the Holy Names, learn the basic instruments and unlock the nectar. Week one lays a h4 foundation for the temple of the heart, beginning with Sacinandana Swami’s mercy, stories and humour. Before even picking up an instrument, he was there to ensure that we had a proper understanding of what goes into the chanting of the Holy Name. Maharaja focused heavily on concepts such as developing a relationship with the Holy Name, chanting in a prayerful mood and being fully present for each syllable of the mantra.

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Week 2

After a successful lift off with Sacinandana Swami, we began our journey through learning melodious harmonium, h4 mrdanga and clear kartals. As the main aspect of the kirtan course, many enjoyed this first and challenging introduction into the subtleties of instrumental music in kirtan. One of the students, a professional singer, led us through the theory and techniques of singing. This week has only been the first steps onto a journey with colourful ice cream, loud instrument practice and singing from the heart. Hopefully the Radhadesh community will forgive us for the relentless practicing that’s been going on.

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Week 3

This week we were fortunate enough to have the association of Krishna Ksetra Swami, who gave a five-day seminar entitled, “Sounding Out Devotional Traditions.” His aim was to look at different types of devotional music with a wide-angle lens. By the end of the week, our knowledge of kirtan’s roots had expanded exponentially and we have a greater appreciation for different traditions classified as kirtan.

With a jam-packed schedule, we have continued to learn and practice the instruments. Some beginner students have started to lead their first kirtans whilst others play along with the accompanying instruments. At this point, we’re really starting to understand and appreciate what goes into a proper kirtan through the observation and participation of the daily evening bhajans in the temple room.

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Week 4

This week brought Lord Caitanya into our midst with the descriptive, dramatic and delightful stories told by Kadamba Kanana Swami. Reading from the Caitanya Bhagavata, we delved into the detailed pastimes of the Lord using the Siksastakam as an anchor to revisit and analyze throughout the readings. Whilst our practical knowledge increases, we learnt about the ecstatic kirtans from Yamuna devi and Vishnujana Swami in ISKCON’s past. Some of the musically orientated students came together to compose and perform some beautiful songs as part of a service to Radha Gopinatha and the Summer Festival.

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Week 5

The incredibly inspiring, humble and talented Jahnavi Harrison was our guest teacher this week. She gave a seminar on the prayers of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura where in which we spent the week diving deep into a collection of songs in one of His most popular works, “Saranagati.” There’s no doubt that all of us felt a much deeper connection with these poems and felt great inspiration to start to learn these bhajans on our own.

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Weeks 6 & 7

During these last couple of weeks, it has really started to hit us that there isn’t much time left in the kirtan course; therefore, for many of us, this has inspired us to really push our limits in regards to practicing instruments. However, this was not always easy with about 200 young visiting devotees from the UK hanging around for just over a week. However, the distraction was definitely worth it due to the uplifting kirtans that took place throughout the week with incredibly talented kirtaniyas, such as Ojasvi Prabhu. In addition, we took a day trip to Cologne for the Ratha Yatra festival, where we had the good fortune of meeting with Sacinandana Swami, who shared some nectarean wisdom with us with the intent to inspire us for the remaining weeks of the course. Most recently, we were given a surprise three-day seminar by Sarvatma Prabhu, who shared some of his kirtan expertise with us in hopes of expanding our boundaries of where we take our musical inspiration from.

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Week 8

Along with the continuation of instrument classes, this week’s visiting teacher Mahendra Prabhu gave a seminar entitled “Kirtan as Sadhana and Sadhya,” where in which he spoke about how kirtan is both the means and the ultimate goal in spiritual life. He supported these claims with a multitude of references from the Bhagavad Gita, Srimad Bhagavatam, Caitanya Charitamrita, Caitanya Bhagavata and different quotes from the acharyas.

On Saturday, most of us went on a day trip to Aachen to do harinam and to visit one of the kirtan course students who had to leave the course early. It was a blissful reunion jam-packed with energetic kirtan, enthusiastic passersby and an absolutely delicious feast prepared by the Aachen devotees to finish off the day.

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We at Bhaktivedanta College are dedicated to contributing to our movement and mankind in general by presenting the topmost transcendental knowledge about devotion to Krsna in a structured, academic way. For that end, we are always in search for collaborators who feel the same need and passion to spread the teachings of Brahma Madhva Gaudiya sampradaya as presented by AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada.

If you wish to join our team and have the following qualifications, please contact us as soon as possible!

What we expect from our team members?

Must have:
– completed Bhakti-sastri education (or higher) or substantial years of preaching involvement
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