$95 – $120

Journey to Om Music Retreat: Celebration of Rhythm & Melody

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MA Center

10200 Crow Canyon Road

Castro Valley, CA 94552

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Immerse yourself in the ocean of music for two days.

Come explore Eastern and Western musical styles in the scenic rolling hills of San Ramon. The deeper meaning of experiencing and playing music as it relates to spiritual growth and personal development will be explored.

Topics include:

  • Foundation of Indian Classical Music - Ragas

  • Western Music - Scales

  • Rhythmic Patterns through the Lens of Eastern and Western Styles

  • Application of Ragas in Bhajans

  • Deepen Your knowledge of Bhajans & Kirtans

  • Thoughtfulness and Community Building - Drum and Music Circles

  • Sound Meditations

  • Mindfulness Practice - Essence of Improvisation

  • Expressive Singing and Playing


Enjoy a tasty and sumptuous vegetarian lunch both days. On Saturday, a delicious vegetarian dinner will be served. Light refreshments, coffee, and tea will be offered throughout the days. Vegan and gluten-free options will be available.

About Musicians

Jeremy Belzer has a 4 year degree in Music Composition from CalArts. His most popular song to date has over 6 million plays on Spotify and 11 million on YouTube. He’s currently focused on writing for TV and Movies, and song-writing for other artists. He’s involved in different collaborations with song-writers in LA and abroad.

"Music amplifies feelings. And it can help people soar to spiritual heights, or give them the motivation to accomplish important personal goals. It stays embedded in our hearts and minds our whole lives, and it brings us back to the chapters of our lives more quickly than anything else. On rare occasions, it can become magic. The closest thing to magic that is available to all of us in our ordinary worlds. And learning how to give people those magic moments is why I study and pursue music. " -Jeremy

Visit: http://www.panicisperfect.com/


Visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZkQtTD_ZnI8

With 20 years of experience fusing western and Indian music, Janapriyan writes music for radio, television, podcasts and movies. Having produced his first fusion album in Ahmedabad, Gujarat in 2001, he continues to release albums and original music videos that blend traditional music with vibrant innovation. This sought after multi instrumentalist, composer and producer has also brought the gift of music to some unexpected places. He taught hip hop song writing and music production in juvenile jails in New Mexico’s prison system, and played fingerstyle guitar for cancer patients and their families. His teaching career includes guitar, jazz band, rock band, hand drumming, music video production, and song writing for middle and high school students. Janapriyan is currently producing music for Facebook’s new sound collection, and he will be releasing a number of exciting collaborations with popular Indian artists this year.


Sharani sings and plays keyboard, bass, and guitar. She grew up singing, playing, and composing for various musical groups in a wide range of styles such as bluegrass, blues, folk, gospel, pop, soul, and traditional world music. Since 2008, Sharani has been singing and playing bhajans with Amma's Swamis and regularly performs with the M.A. Center bhajan group in San Ramon, CA. She also records and co-produces her original songs at her home studio in the California Bay Area. Her experience with songwriting and performing with various instrumentalists and singers has given her valuable insight on how to create musical compositions that are a joy to experience.

Herb Graham Jr.

A drummer and percussionist, music producer and composer.
Visit: https://www.discogs.com/artist/380162-Herb-Graham-Jr

Raushan Amvedhavoya

Raushan joined the SF Symphony in 2006, is a native of Kazkstan and comes from a family of musicians. Watch this to find out more of Raushan’s story: https://youtu.be/iTttAnDIO78

A general outline of the retreat offerings:

  • Group sessions on various topics related to music for both beginner and advanced

  • Workshops on rhythm, melody, and improvisation

  • Afternoon panels with musicians and singers and a question and answer session.


Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

Yes. This retreat is generally for ages 18 & up. If there are any participants under the age of 18 who would like to attend, please send a direct email to the organizers to discuss options.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

There is plentiful free parking onsite. The closest BART station is Castro Valley BART Station and from there you can UBER or LYFT.

What should I bring into the event?

Bring your singing voice, musical instrument and an open heart and mind. There is a gift shop and farm stand with fresh and dried fruits from the MA Center’s orchards.

Do I need to know how to play or sing?

We welcome singers and musicians of all levels. Absolutely no experience is needed.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Email us at music@amma.org

What's the refund policy?

You must cancel by 9:30AM on Friday January 26th, 2018 to receive a full refund. No refunds will be accepted after that.

Are there accommodations?

Participants are responsible to arrange for their own accommodation.

How much does it cost?

The total cost for Journey to OM Music Retreat is:

  • Retreat Ticket: Early Bird Special - $95.00 (before January 19, 2018 11:59 PST)

  • Full Price Retreat Ticket: $120 (after January 19, 2018)

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