Join us November 18-20, 2016 for a weekend of musical workshops, yoga, hand pans, Indian music, new friends, ayurvedic meals and alpacas! This OPEN LEVEL retreat will feature workshops in the world's most ancient and most modern musical instruments including the Frame Drum, Bansuri (reed flute), and Hand Pan, the art of Indian Raga and Tala, and the art of Yoga. Together, we will dive into ancient rhythms and melodies from around the world, and will become in touch with our inner musicians through movement, vocalizations and rhythm-development exercises. You are welcome to bring your own instruments. There will be high quality instruments available for purchase, and student instruments to practice on during the weekend.
Aarona will be leading daily all-level yoga classes and a sound meditation accompanied by live music. Her yoga classes are a balanced blend between strengthening alignment, creative flow, rhythmic breath, and restorative meditation. Aarona will also be offering private one-on-one oracle readings from her Moon Deck. Each class, meditation and private reading will guide you to create a spacious quality in your body and mind, assuring you return home recharged and inspired.
**Housing and Meals are included in the ticket. **
Friday, Nov 18
5:00pm - Check In
7:00pm - Welcome Dinner
8:00pm - Opening Session - Frame Drum Basics: Arabic and Middle Eastern Rhythms featuring Michael Burdi,Oud
Saturday, Nov 19
9:00 am - Morning Yoga with Aarona Ganesan
10:30am - Brunch
11:30am - Hand Pan Basics: How to "Sing the Ding"
1:00pm - Break
2:00pm - "Tala" - Indian Rhythms for Tabla, Frame Drum, and Handpan
4:00pm - "Raga" - Indian Melodies for Handpan featuring Joshua Geisler, Bansuri
7:00pm - Dinner
8:00pm - "Sema" Whirling Meditation Workshop featuring Juliet Rabia Gentile
9:00pm - Concert/Sound Meditation featuring Joshua Geisler, Adam Maalouf, Juliet Rabia Gentile, Michael Burdi, Aarona Ganesan, guest artists and participants (optional)
Sunday, Nov 20
9:00am - Morning Yoga with Aarona Ganesan
10:30am - Brunch
11:30am - Composing on your instrument - Combining Rhythm and Melody
2:30pm - Extended techniques and modern rhythms for Handpan & Frame Drum
5:00pm - Closing Session
Adam Maalouf is a performer, composer, and educator based in NYC. As a specialist in Handpan, cello, & percussion from around the world, Adam's unique interpretation of World Music is channeled through genre-bending compositions for solo and ensembles. Adam is a disciple of masters of percussion Anindo Chatterjee, Glen Velez, River Guerguerian, Michael Burritt, Rohan Krishnamurthy, and in 2013 received his BA in Percussion Performance from the Eastman School of Music. His "well-fed" approach to teaching music is through a diverse and well-rounded rhythmic and musical vocabulary that will take students on a global journey around the Middle East, India, Cuba, Brazil, and beyond.
Adam has shared his music in venues across the world including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, MoMa, St. Basil's Cathedral, Tanglewood, Wolf Trap, The BANFF Center and Austin City Limits. As a collaborator, Adam has performed with ensembles such as The Brooklyn Raga Massive, Pink Martini, Ensemble Signal, The Atlanta Symphony, The National Arabic Orchestra, The Asheville Percussion All-Stars and The Gil Evan's Centennial Project, and with artists such as Steve Reich, Eugene Frisen, Lizz Wright, Jamey Haddad, Farah Siraj, Kat Williams, Suzanne Sterling, Juliet Rabia, and Morley. Adam performs regularly with his original project, Adam Maalouf & The Tribe. Find more on Adam Here: www.adammaalouf.com
Joshua Geisler plays the Bansuri, the North Indian Bamboo Flute, with a flowing, highly ornamented style that effortlessly weaves together Indian Classical Music and Jazz. With solid roots in both East and West, his music is at the same time experimental and grounded in traditional training. The result is a sound that conveys the essence of the mystical traditions of India yet is accessible to modern ears. By embracing the concept of hybridization, Joshua Geisler has innovated both the playing technique and construction of his instrument. His book, The Chromatic Bansuri, details a unique fingering system of his own creation that enables the bansuri to play virtually any style of music. As a flute maker, he has improved the tone, volume, and response of the bansuri by studying traditional flute-making techniques from around the world as well as the science of flute acoustics.
dAn award-winning artist, his work has received funding from the American Institute of Indian Studies and the New York State Council for the Arts. Joshua composed and performed the soundtrack for the award-winning documentary “My Life in China” directed by Kenneth Eng. He is currently the bandleader of Cirque du Soleil’s “TOTEM”. Tour dates are listed here.
An unusually versatile musician, Joshua has worked with many great artists in various genres. He has performed with several masters of Indian Classical Music such as: Pandit Raghunath Seth, Steve Gorn, Pandit Vikash Maharaj, Fazal Qureshi, Sabir Khan, and Ramesh Mishra. In popular music, he has worked with the likes of Paul Simon and Josh Groban as well as many other great artists, including Jamey Haddad, Alessandra Belloni, Krishna Das, Mark Egan, Drala, Kenny Endo, Yangjin Lamu, Marc Summers, Steve Gadd, Foday Musa Suso, Sauren Baronian, Bakithi Kumalo, Rich Stein, Peter Stoltzman, Matt Kilmer, Shane Shanahan, Mathias Kunzli, Marco Benevento and Joe Russo Duo, Brandon Terzic, Meetu Chilana, Dave Sharma, Moto Fukushima, The Dub Trio, Mike Savino, Andy Sinise, Matt Rubano, Jennie Laws, Luke Notary, Tom Rossi, Zac Lee, Dave Bowen, Matt Hope, Fred Flowerday, Steve Wenzel, Jamie MacDonald, Jimmy Wohl, Sheldon Landa, and Jacob Key. For More on Joshua: http://www.joshuageisler.com/
Aarona Ganesan - Born in LA and brewed in NYC, movement, holistic health and the arts have been at the forefront of Aarona's healing journey. Inspired by 20 plus years of yoga study, 12 years as a yoga teacher and wellness adviser, a BFA in photography and mixed media arts, and a love of writing and world travel - she’s deeply inspired to share her growth and tools with others. In class she combines various yoga disciplines that balance vigor with ease - inviting you to uncover your strengths, build more awareness, restore your spirit, and enliven the wisdom of your senses. Aarona is the author and co-creator of ‘The Moon Deck’ (a healing oracle card set), the founder of 'Yoga Soundscape' (a live music and moving meditation), teaches public yoga classes, facilitates global adventure yoga retreats, leads empowering women’s workshops, offers private coaching, and created the music modules for the Kula Yoga and Wanderlust teacher training programs. Aarona has been featured in the Free People BLDG25 Blog, New York Times, Self Magazine, National Geographic Traveler UK, Teach.Yoga, The Weather Channel, Wall Street Journal, Fréttblaðið of Iceland, Times of India, Origin Magazine, The Body Book Blog, The Numinous, the cover of FitYoga, NBC, Elephant Journal, Yoga Journal, AlignYo, Well+Good NYC, and Co-Creator Radio. She is incredibly excited to be a part of the Primary family, both in the yoga studio and in the work space! To learn more, find Aarona at: www.AaronaGanesan.com
Chef Michael Burdi will be providing vegetarian and vegan meals based on Ayurvedic cooking. He has been an Ayurvedic chef and cooking instructor in New York City for over 4 years. The food will be prepared to help provide clarity of mind and optimal digestion. Ayurveda is the traditional healing modality of the Vedic culture from India. Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word that literally translates as "the wisdom of life" or "the knowldge of longevity". Michael is a composer and performer on the Middle Eastern Oud, and released the album "Mosaics" in 2015 with his Brooklyn based global music project "Baharat". http://baharatband.bandcamp.com/releases
Juliet Rabia Gentile - The Sufi poet Rumi originated the practice of Sema, also known as whirling, in 13th century Turkey. Sema means to listen to the voice of the Divine and this moving meditation allows one to tune out the demands of the world and hear the ecstatic call of the heart.
Through body-centered movement, breathing exercises and vocalizations, we will focus on awakening our spiritual heart, clearing energetic blockages in the body and becoming a channel of divine energy. These practices have been transmitted through a lineage of Halveti-Jerrahi Sufi masters originating in 17th century Istanbul.
Juliet Rabia Gentile holds a Master’s Degree in History from Sarah Lawrence College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing from New School University. Juliet is a spiritual representative of her teacher, Shaykha Fariha Fatima of the Halveti-Jerrahi Sufi Order. Juliet served as a spiritual minister of Faith House Manhattan, an interfaith center in Manhattan and has lectured widely on Sufism throughout New York City at venues including: the U.N. General Assembly, Riverside Church, Barnard College, Cathedral St. John the Divine, New York Open Center, Union Theological, Auburn Seminary and One Spirit Learning Alliance. She performs as a vocalist in several ensembles including American Sufi Project, Adam Maalouf and The Tribe, I Guillari di Piazza, and Saqi Ensemble.
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
please contact Adam Maalouf, firstname.lastname@example.org
Accommodation will be provided by the beautiful SRV Retreat Center, and classes will be held in the adjoining temple.