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Dave Stringer Australian Tour




Kirtan Evenings & Workshops
with Dave Stringer & Band

Tuesday 22 February – Thursday 4 April

Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Adelaide, Perth & Maraylya

Dave Stringer has been widely profiled in publications all over the world as one of the most innovative artists of the new Kirtan movement. Stringer’s sound marries the transcendent mysticism of traditional Indian instruments with the exuberant, groove-oriented sensibility of American gospel.

Initially trained as a visual artist, filmmaker and jazz musician, Stringer’s work underwent a significant shift when video editing work brought him to an ashram in Ganeshpuri, India in 1990. Subsequent periods of service teaching meditation to prison inmates expanded his interest and research in neuroscience.
Sydney:  Friday 22 & Saturday 23 February
Canberra:  Sunday 24 February
Melbourne:  Wednesday 27 & Thursday 28 February
Brisbane:  7th, 8th & 9th March
Gold Coast:  Sunday 10 March
Adelaide:  Tuesday 12 & Thursday 14 March
Perth:  Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 March
Bali Spirit Festival-Ubud:  Wednesday 20 – Sunday 24 March
Bodhi Festival-Newcastle:  Friday 29 March – Sunday 7 April
Flight School Retreat Maraylya, NSW:  Thursday 4 – Sunday 7 April

“A departure from ancient kirtan.  Dave Stringer’s performance shaped the experience into a far more compelling musical encounter.”
The Los Angeles Times

For more information about Dave, please visit www.DaveStringerAustralia.com or http://www.DaveStringer.com/

For Tickets: mailto:chris@chrishooper.com.au or http://www.chrishooper.com.au/

Byron Bay Spirit Festival

Friday 17 February – Sunday 19 February

Mullumbimby, N.S.W.


Immerse yourself in a weekend of music, workshops, lectures and panel discussions delivered by inspirational musicians, healers, artists and teachers from across the globe.

Picture yourself absorbed in a weekend of yoga, kirtan, conscious dance, tantra, healing and music, set amongst the lush green backdrop of the stunning Mullumbimby countryside.

Deva Premal and Miten, along with special guestManose, will headline the event, with a magical sacred mantra performance at the Civic Hall on the Saturday night.

For a weekend of relaxation, regeneration and indulging your senses at the 2012 Byron Spirit Festival.


Solstice Song

Wednesday 21 December   6PM – 8.30PM

Woody Point, Qld.


New Year’s Eve with Robert Stevenson

Saturday 31 December   8PM – 12.30AM

Forest Lake. Brisbane

Kirtans with Dave Springer in Australia

Various venues and dates throughout March

David is  thrilled to be returning to Australia soon, and grateful to be a part of the rapid expansion of the Australian kirtan scene. This year his itinerary spans the entire month of March, and includes stops in Ipswich, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Byron Bay, Bellingen, Port MacQuarie, Newcastle, Gosford, Sydney, Canberra, Adelaide and Melbourne. The tour will also feature a four day residential music retreat at Govinda Valley in New South Wales. He calls it Kirtan Flight School. This year will be the first time he is teaching Kirtan Flight School in Australia, and I’m delighted to hear that registrations are coming in at a fast clip.  People in Europe and America have told him repeatedly that the Flight School is the one of the most powerful retreats they have ever attended. Who knew that putting instruments in people’s hands, organizing them into bands, and coaching them through the process of leading and playing for kirtan would be so personally transformative?

For information on dates and venues: http://davestringer.com/?page_id=50

Akhanda Kirtan

Friday 26 November to Sunday 28 November

For serious lovers of kirtan, this retreat offers continuous kirtan over two days and nights. Sacred mantras and uplifting music result in an unforgettable experience of pure bliss. Mangrove’s talented kirtanists will take you on a journey beyond the mind, straight to the heart and spirit. Sing, clap and dance along for the ultimate bhakti yoga experience.


Fees: $210

Kirtan and Magical Flute Journey

Friday 23 July 7PM

With Terry Oldfield and Soraya

Venue – Ashtara’s Home – Lower Beechmont, Gold Coast

Ashtara is a Metaphysical Astrologer. She has invited Terry and Soraya to play in her beautiful home at Beechmont; however space is limited so please phone book with Ashtara for this event on 07 5533 1096. This will be an evening of “Music For Heart & Soul” – “Come let us enter our heart space as you and I are one and the same”  – Soraya.

“Naturopath and yoga teacher Soraya with her internationally renowned husband, amazing flautist Terry Oldfield, will be leading a chanting evening at Ashtara’s home on the Gold Coast.

If you would like to be included please contact Ashtara at star@ashtara.com

or 07 5533 1096 to reserve your place. ” from Ashtara. Cost $20

Sacred Earth:- Melbourne, Port Macquarie, Gold Coast

Concerts, Meditation & Retreat

Jethro and Prem have been travelling the world for 6 years performing live the music of Sacred Earth. Prem shares with us her heart felt devotion for Spirit and our precious Mother Earth through mantra and songs from the heart. Prem is supported by world class multi-instrumentalist Jethro Williams, playing an array of flutes from around the world including Shakuhachi (Japanese flute), Indian Bansui, Irish Tin and Low whistles, acoustic guitar and songs from the heart.

Friday 11 June – Monday 14 June  1.30 PM Daily

Music For Inner Peace

at the Mind Body Spirit Festival
Melbourne Convention Centre.


Friday 18 June – Monday 21 June

Port Macquarie Retreat

Starting 2pm Friday
Finishing approximately 3pm Monday
Port Macquarie, NSW
Accommodation: The Observatory Resort


Saturday 19 June:   6.15 PM

Port Macquarie Meditation & Concert

Meditation 6.15 PM Concert 7.00 PM

C.W.A. Hall in Port Macquarie


Saturday 26 June  4.00 PM

Gold Coast Concert

The Eco Village, Currumbin Valley

150 Limited tickets so book early , if available there will be tickets at the door

Bring a cushion if you wish to sit on the floor up front.

Food and chai available from 3.30pm


Ceremony of the Heart

Chanting Circle & Brisbane CD Launch

Sunday March 21st


Kevin runs his HEARTsongs kirtan in Byron most weeks, which attracts between 40 and 100 people a week, which is truly divine. He has recorded the beautiful community choir there singing his HEARTsongs, and is launching this sublime CD on the Australian East Coast, including Byron Bay, Brisbane EARTHeart, Sydney & Melbourne and you are all most welcome to come share this nourishing nrg at this auspicious Brisbane event.

HEAR Kevin’s songs and READ more about him and sacred song on http://kevinjamesheartsongs.com/ (each page has a different song so click on each page to hear them all)

“We would LOVE to share this evening with you, in our EARTHeart garden, if you book and pay prior to the event, you may bring a guest FREE.”

The gathering starts at 4pm on Sunday 21 March, with all those who wish to gather and connect, chat, share, have a cuppa or share snacks & light refreshments. Please feel free to bring anything you wish to share. we do ask that you aim to arrive no later than 6.15 so as to settle in and enable the spirit of the event to be smooth. Kevin and Mel will start around 6.30, by which time we should all have been able to connect and settle into the present moment and the EARTHeart space.  Please feel free to bring a chair, cushions and mattresses will be provided for those happy to sit or lie on the ground.

Discount CD’s will be available on the nite, you can hear samples of them at http://kevinjamesheartsongs.com/ or on http://www.myspace.com/kevinjamesheartsongs where from memory they all play one by one.  There is a different song on each page of the blog (golden shaded), so click on each to hear them all…. most these songs we will sing at the gathering, lyrics will be included. some songs are Sanskrit, some in English and Kevin’s originals … all divine heart/love songs of the purest form.

In Brisbane, they will be holding the circle in a specially prepared sacred area in the EARTHeart garden pagoda. If there are light showers we will be sheltered with a tarp roof.  Hopefully the weather will be fine and you will be able to enjoy the outdoor energy of the gardens. If the weather is very challenging, they will bring the gathering indoors.  As mentioned, Kevin and Mel attract a significant weekly chanting group in Byron Bay of between 50 and 100 people, and Kevin is very well known is the Bali spirit festival circles.

Please feel free to let your friends know of this event, they are most welcome, there are very few quality chanting events in Brisbane.

As mentioned, prepaid tickets give 1 free ticket… only where prebooked and prepaid.

Feel free to friend any one of them on facebook as this is a great central place to keep in touch and share news.  Again, they look forward very much to share this sublime sonic heart time with you

devi souljuice on behalf of mel dobra and kevin james

Bookings Essential!

Sacred Circle with Shantimayi

March 17 – March 28 in Doonan & Belli Park

The gatherings usually start with devotional chanting
‘Sacred Circles’ provide a forum to discuss questions of a spiritual matter as well as connecting deeply with the wisdom of your heart inspired by the presence of Shantimayi.