Immerse yourself in the ocean of music.
Join us for a weekend dedicated to deepening your musical practice. Experience the joy of learning and applying techniques in Indian and Western styles of music. You will be learning from world renowned musicians on your preferred instrument. Beginning a new practice can be daunting, especially if we don't know where to start. If you are interested in East-West music-deeply rooted in tradition but open to personal adaption, this immersion is a perfect launching point. Also, delicious Indian street food with tasty flavors will open your creativity in the beautiful rolling hills of San Ramon in a spiritual setting. All adults are welcome – from beginner to experienced musicians.
Foundation of Indian Classical Music: Raga & Sruti
Western Music: Chords & Scale
Rhythmic Patterns through the Lens of Eastern and Western Styles
Application of Ragas and Chords in Bhajans
Deepen Your knowledge of Bhajans & Kirtans
Experiential Learning through Performance with Group
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.
A general outline of the retreat offerings:
Group sessions on various topics related to music for both beginner and advanced
Hands-on workshops on rhythm, melody and improvisation
Afternoon panels with musicians and a question and answer session
One-on-one support from instructors for musical guidance
How can I get updates on this retreat?
Please go to amma.org/mamusic and sign up for our mailing list. We will only send you updates on upcoming musical retreats and will not share your info.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
Participants are responsible to arrange for their own accommodation. If you would like to stay onsite at the MA Center, please email email@example.com and we will connect you to the accomodations office.
Total cost for Journey to OM Music Retreat
Retreat Ticket: Early Bird Special - $95.00 (by January 14, 2019 11:59 PST)
Full Price Retreat Ticket: $120 (after January 14, 2019)