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Yoga Vacation Program
December 22, 2024 — January 2, 2025

Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year Unity in Diversity Symposium

Living a Life of Devotion

Snatam Kaur and Sopurkh Singh, Hillary Raining, Daniel Matt, Imam Jamal Rahman, and Acharya Mangalananda

Join us this holiday season for a joyous celebration during our annual Christmas & New Year Unity in Diversity Symposium. World-renowned spiritual leaders, musicians and artists from different religions and spiritual traditions will inspire us to live a life of devotion. Through live lectures, workshops, concerts, and performances, we will deepen our understanding of the spiritual path and how we can focus our hearts on peace and love for ourselves and humanity. We will reflect on the past year and establish a new, more connected vision for the coming year.

The teaching of Unity in Diversity was at the core of Swami Vishnudevananda’s mission. According to yoga and Vedanta philosophy, the one God or Ultimate Reality manifests as a multiplicity of names, forms, shapes, and colors. There is an underlying unity which supports our manifested diversity. “Unity” and “diversity” are one and the same and their essence is our own essence: pure existence, pure consciousness, and pure bliss.

Join us for this spiritual gathering and gain a direct glimpse of this truth. Through talks, concerts, spiritual practices, discussions, and more, we will participate in breaking down artificial barriers and experience the unity in our diversity.

Through inspirational concerts, workshops, immersion courses and retreats, Snatam Kaur shares the power of Sikh sacred music with the world. Sopurkh Singh has been teaching yoga & meditation in retreats, workshops and classes for the past 20 years. Sopurkh accompanies Snatam musically with tabla, providing a meditative and devotional rhythm for their chanting events.  Sopurkh and Snatam live in New Hampshire with their daughter Jap Preet and two dogs. Together they founded an online school specializing in the teaching of kirtan (sacred music) and Kundalini yoga, called Kirtan and Kundalini, which serves people globally.

Snatam & Sopurkh are joined by Ezra Landis on guitar and his partner Emelia.

kirtanandkundalini.com

 

Hillary is an Episcopal priest, author, seminary teacher, spiritual director, yoga & meditation instructor, beekeeper, and forest therapist. Currently, she is living out that call as the rector of St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church in Gladwyne, Pennsylvania. This role is an excellent source of joy for her as she serves as a priest, pastor, and teacher to the congregation. In addition to parish ministry, Raining is a published writer in church and academic fields. Raining holds advanced degrees from Yale University and the Institute of Sacred Music and a Doctorate in Ministry from Drew University. Her research there included a concentration on worship, preaching, and reconciliation. Raining is also the proud founder of The Hive – an online spirituality and wellness community that helped bring ancient spiritual practices to modern-day mystics.

Daniel Matt is a scholar of Kabbalah, who taught for many years at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. His books include The Essential Kabbalah (translated into eight languages), God and the Big Bang, and his nine-volume annotated translation of the Zohar, The Zohar: Pritzker Edition, which has been hailed as “a monumental contribution to the history of Jewish thought.”

Recently, his biography of Elijah (Becoming Elijah: Prophet of Transformation) was published by Yale University Press in their series Jewish Lives. Daniel lives in Berkeley with his wife Hana and teaches Zohar online.

Imam Jamal Rahman is a popular speaker on Islam, Sufi spirituality, and interfaith relation, who has been featured in the New York Times and on the BBC and various NPR programs. Co-founder and Muslim Sufi minister at the Interfaith Community Sanctuary in Seattle and adjunct faculty at Seattle University, Imam Jamal is a spiritual counselor who travels internationally, presenting spiritual teachings at retreats and workshops. His books include The Fragrance of Faith: The Enlightened Heart of Islam and, with Rabbi Ted Falcon and Pastor Don Mackenzie, Getting to the Heart of Interfaith: The Eye-Opening, Hope-Filled Friendship of a Pastor, a Rabbi, and an Imam.

With Rabbi Ted Falcon and Pastor Don Mackenzie, he is one of the Interfaith Amigos.

Acharya Mangalananda is a direct disciple of Sri Anandamayi Ma, a venerated Indian saint of the 20th century. Though an American by birth, a lifetime of Indian culture has given him a deep immersion into the traditional spiritual music of India. He is now a kirtan singer well-versed in the traditional kirtan style of India’s rural villages.

Devoted to Sri Anandamaya Ma and her direct disciples, he helped establish a spiritually-based school for local village children after living in her ashram. After teaching in the school for twelve years, he toured internationally to give kirtan presentations and spiritual workshops. In 2013, he returned to the United States and now hosts a small ashram in the San Francisco Bay area, sharing kirtan and classes.

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