Our 9th Year!

October 2018 will mark our 9th year leading chanting and kirtan events in Minnesota.  We look forward to another year of communal chanting, sacred music, joy, spiritual awareness and deepening consciousness.  Join us for one of our events.  Here is the flyer for our next event, Saturday, September 8th at Big River Yoga in Minneapolis.

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2018 Great Mother Chant

Our 3rd Annual Great Mother Chant – three hours of chanting in honor of the Divine Feminine  – was held May 12, 2018 at Tula Yoga in St. Paul, Minnesota.  Chanting leaders  Colleen Buckman – Kalyani and Temple of Light joined the Wild Moon Bhaktas for this special evening of communal chanting and music.  We chanted nothing but chants to the Great Mother Power!   Thanks to Tula Yoga for hosting the event! As part of the event, a donation to Friends of the Mississippi was made to support their environmental work.  Here are some pictures from the evening.

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Door of My Heart; The Chants of Paramahansa Yogananda

On January 13, 2018, The Wild Moon Bhaktas joined with Rev. Alan Pritz for a night of  Paramahansa Yogananda’s chants and songs.  The program was held in the beautiful Weyerhauser Auditorium at Macalester College and was attended by over seventy people.  Some attendess came from as far away as Rochester, MN.  Yogananda was born in January 1893, so our event was held within days of his 125th birthday.

Yogananda, who was one of the first Indians to bring yoga and meditation to the West, was also a fine musician and composed many sacred chants.  The Wild Moon Bhaktas have been performing his music since the band began in 2009.  It was a delight to spend an evening playing nothing but his music!

Plans are underway to offer the program again next year.  We are grateful to Rev. Alan who worked hard to bring the program into  manifestation.

 

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Nineteenth Annual Rumi Celebration

On Sunday, December 17, 2017, the Wild Moon Bhaktas, Hakim Bushnell of Light Upon Light Sufi Center and Rev. Ted Tollefson and friends (Dianne Gamm and Kristen Eide-Tollefson) put on the 19th Annual Rumi Celebration at Tula Yoga and Wellness, in St. Paul, MN.  Over 120 people attended this unique night featuring music, chanting, Rumi’s ecstatic poetry and sacred dance in honor of Sufism’s greatest poet.  The Wild Moon Bhaktas lead chanting and then create a musical groove and people come up to an open mic to recite their favorite Rumi poems.  A truly magical night of mysticism and musical beauty.   Look for the 20th Annual Rumi Celebration, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018.  Below are scenes from the evening.

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Candle Light Chanting at Tula Yoga with the Wild Moon Bhaktas

The Wild Moon Bhaktas return to Tula Yoga in St. Paul for a special evening of candle light chanting.  Join us!  No experience necessary.

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Third Annual Great Mother Chant

Our annual Great Mother Chant featuring the Wild Moon Bhaktas, Temple of Light and Kalyani (Colleen Buckman) happened at Tula Yoga in St. Paul on May 13.  We raised $320 for the climate change advocacy group, the 350 movement.  Thanks to Tula Yoga for making their wonderful space available, and gratitude to all the musicians who dedicated their time and talents to our night of chanting for the Divine Feminine.  Much gratitude also to the many people who turned out for the event.  Jai Ma!

Temple of Light at the 2017 Great Mother Chant 

Kalyani (Colleen Buckman) performing with Will Kemperman

The Wild Moon Bhaktas at the 2017 Great Mother Chant

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The Third Annual Great Mother Chant

Don’t miss our Third Annual Great Mother Chant, coming up Saturday, May 13, 2017, from 7 -10 pm, at Tula Yoga Center, St. Paul, MN.

Three hours of chanting and spiritual music in honor of the Divine Feminine.  With the Wild Moon Bhaktas, Temple of Light and Colleen Buckman (Kalyani).  Recommended door $13-25  A portion of the proceeds go to environmental causes.  We hope to see you there!

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Chanting & Kirtan with the Wild Moon Bhaktas at the St. Paul Yoga Center

The Wild Moon Bhaktas brought their collection of sacred music,  chants, kirtan and Sufi poetry to the St. Paul Yoga Center in February and March of 2017.  This is one of the finest – and longest running –  yoga centers in the upper Midwest.  We are happy to play there!

Outside in the Minnesota winter night, it was chilly.  But inside, the room was full of shakti, music, and the joy that wells up in your soul when you turn and invite your essence in.

Wild Moon Bhaktas at the St. Paul Yoga Center, February 11, 2017. Will Kellerman is sitting in on percussion.

Wild Moon Bhaktas at St. Paul Yoga Center, March 25, 2017.

Here’s a poem by the greatest Sufi poet, Jelalludin Rumi:

Don’t worry about saving these songs!  /   And if one instrument breaks, it doesn’t matter.  /   We have fallen into the place where everything is music.   /  The strumming and the flute notes rise into the atmosphere,   /  and even if the whole world’s harp  /   should burn up, there will still be /  hidden instruments playing.  /  So the candle flickers and goes out.  /   We have a piece of flint, and a spark.  /  Stop the words now. /  Open the window in the center of your chest, /  and let the spirits fly in and out.

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Looking back on 2016

Thanks to all who made 2016 another delicious year for the Wild Moon Bhaktas. We are grateful to the owners and leaders of the centers and churches who welcomed our music, and to the yogis, sufis, mystics and seekers of all persuasions who joined us, chanted with us, made music with us and invoked the beauty of the Spirit with us. We are looking forward to 2017!  Here are a couple of images from this last year. wmbfirstujune20162wmbfirstujune20162

Wild Moon Bhaktas at First Unitarian Society, June 2016

Wild Moon Bhaktas at First Unitarian Society, June 2016

WMBs at Tula Yoga, Sept. 2016

WMBs at Tula Yoga, Sept. 2016

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Great Mother Chant, May 14

The Wild Moon Bhaktas and Kirtan Path led the chanting and music for the Second Annual Great Mother Chant at the St Paul Yoga Center, May 14, 2016. It was a memorable event: three hours of chants to the Great Mother! Om Shakti Ma!
A third of the proceeds were donated to the World Wildlife Fund. We are already looking forward to next year.

The Wild Moon Bhaktas, from left to right, David Ballman, David Schmit, Gary Waryan and Christine Larson

The Wild Moon Bhaktas, from left to right, David Ballman, David Schmit, Gary Waryan and Christine Larson


Pascale LaPoint of Kirtan Path, with Will Kemperman on percussion

Pascale LaPoint of Kirtan Path, with Will Kemperman on percussion

The wonderful group who came out to sing and chant.  Om Shakti Ma!

The wonderful group who came out to sing and chant. Om Shakti Ma!

Great Mother Chant Flyer

Great Mother Chant Flyer

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