AHIMSA is a a two-day festival celebrating yoga and music. AHIMSA will promote traditional and emerging yoga styles, provide beautiful music in a green setting while providing you with access to emerging conscious companies and innovations in yoga. October 3 and 4 2015
2015 Yoga Teachers
Other Teachers Include:
Baxter Bell MD
Linda Rae Holcomb
John de Kadt
Shannon Keyes Ciucevich
David Ciucevich Jr.
Award-winning international artists Heather & Benjy Wertheimer as Shantala open hearts around the world with their passionate music. Shantala creates a sublime soundscape of musical harmony between East and West with soul-stirring vocals, sacred lyrics, and exotic instrumentation. Call and response chanting with Shantala is fun, uplifting, and inspiring.
Benjy Wertheimer is an acclaimed multi-instrumentalist (playing tabla, congas, percussion, esraj, guitar, and keyboards) and vocalist specializing in Indian classical music. He has played with a diverse range of musicians, including Carlos Santana, Paul Winter, and Narada Michael Walden. Heather Wertheimer is a nationally award-winning singer-songwriter and guitarist.
As Shantala, Benjy and Heather tour throughout the U.S. and abroad. In addition to sharing the stage and recording studio with sacred music luminaries such as Krishna Das, Deva Premal, and Jai Uttal, they have released a number of critically acclaimed CDs, including their newest, live kirtan release LIVE in love. Other recordings include the popular chanting CD The Love Window and world dance CD Circle of Fire, which reached #1 on the international New Age radio charts in November 2002. Heather’s CD Church of Sky was named one of the ten best CDs of 2004 by New Age Retailer Magazine.
Brenda McMorrow is a Canadian Devotional Kirtan artist, and has had a rich and diverse musicalcareer (from folk to jazz to bluegrass) and now, with a deep devotion to the unveiling and celebration of our true beings through the power of sound, she is invited to travel worldwide to share her unique blend of original folk-inspired melodies, world beats and sacred Indian devotional chants.
It was when Brenda participated in her first Sanskrit chant while attending a Yoga workshop in 2004, that she had a profound knowing her musical journey was leading her to places more expansive and heart-opening than she had ever imagined. Brenda remembers: “It was a very simple chant (Om Namah Shivaya), and at the time I had no idea what it signified: all I knew was that every cell in my body started vibrating, and I felt absolute joy”. While in India soon thereafter, Brenda began combining her own songwriting with ancient Sanskrit chants – and she has been flowing with this divine wave of Bhakti energy ever since.
Brenda is a featured artist on the White Swan Records roster, a Colorado label well known for it’s high-profile yoga-inspired artists like Deva Premal. She has accompanied Grammy award winning cellist David Darling and esteemed Kirtan musicians Jai Uttal, Wah!, David Newman, Girish and Dave Stringer, and has been invited to Bhakti Yoga festivals and events across North America, Europe and Asia as part of her most recent tour schedule. When not on the Bhaktiroad, Brenda calls beautiful Guelph, Ontario home.
Other artists include:
Kirtan Soul Revival
Suzin Green/ Daniel Johnson
John de Kadt
One Love Chant
Teachers and Music announcements soon.
Important: Lodging in Windham, NY WILL FILL UP QUICKLY during the fall season, please make sure you have your reservations as early as possible if you are planning on staying in town!