Beautifully structured course
When I signed up for the Kirtan Course I had been leading kirtan for several years, had studied with some lovely teachers and yet felt something was missing. I had longed to dive deep into Mantra as well as develop my music skills. So, I decided to join the Kirtan Course at Radhadesh and was completely humbled by the experience.
We were an intimate group of 12 students from around the globe and some came from as far as Argentina. There was a resident devotee who was able to advise us and answer any questions we had from the temple etiquette to where to buy groceries, and, in general, everyone was very warm and welcoming. The course itself was beautifully structured made of daily classes, practice time, philosophy and kirtan. The pace was very manageable and allotted plenty of time to practice, explore the surrounding area and rest outside of class time. My desires were met beyond any expectations!
A typical day and week of the course
The day started with breakfast and, for me, a walk through the forest. You were always welcome to attend the morning program at the temple if you liked to get up early.
Each day we had mrdanga, karatal, harmonium and/or voice classes. Everyone was fully supported and met where they were skill-wise. The teachers were incredibly knowledgeable, patient and available. Each week we had a private class and had an opportunity to work on whatever we liked – you could emphasize any aspect of the course you wished.
Kirtan Course – Teachers Stories video
We were very fortunate to have some amazing guest teachers who took us deeper into the experience of the maha-mantra and the philosophy in a very accessible way, which I deeply appreciated.
Also, a true highlight for me was driving one weekend with the group to Amsterdam to see Madhava for kirtan. We had been working on some of his music so hearing him live was amazing! The other highlight was everyone having an opportunity to lead for 30 min in the kirtan tent. It was so lovely to see and hear all the progress and confidence that each student had developed.
Today, my voice is much stronger, I am branching out musically, and I am discovering a sanga near where I live. Many wonderful things have happened since my time at Radhadesh!
I have recommended many friends, students and acquaintances to come and experience the Kirtan Course and I myself am hoping to be back sooner rather than later. I am eternally grateful for what we shared over the 6 weeks together and for all that I learned.
Astrud Castillo, the student of Kirtan Course, 2018
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