What we're about
Minnesota Kirtan Gatherings is your source for events related to kirtan, chanting, devotional singing, and mantra music in Minnesota and sometimes Western Wisconsin. These gatherings are supportive of the personal exploration of the spiritual path and living in community with an open heart and mind. Kirtan is a devotional practice, rooted in Bhakti yoga. Chanting and devotional singing creates an instant connection to the Divine, regardless of denomination.
Our organizers and event hosts make every effort to list all available events that may be of interest to our community. Please check the calendar for a list of events such as:
Join us! Our group membership is free and open to everyone. However, we appreciate small donations to the meet-up in order to pay for the annual fees.
Our posted events may be donation-based or require payment, depending on the requirements of the facilitator or host. There is also a related group on Facebook (Minnesota Kirtan Gatherings) where we repost the events from this meet-up to attract an even wider audience. To have an event posted, please contact the organizer.
Thank you for your support. Looking forward to seeing you at an event soon!
"Love is the door, chanting is the key." (Bhagavan Das)
Upcoming events (4+)
ENCHANTED BY RUMI
A Summer Series
with Kevin Kortan
ENCHANTED BY RUMI is an embodied experience of the ecstatic poetry of Rumi. Through chanting, singing, and reciting Rumi's poetry it comes alive in each one of us! Each class of this series will also include an embodied breathing and moving and sounding practice to align with the way of Rumi; which was not to think too much, but rather to whirl and sing his love of life and the One that imbues All. What's your favorite Rumi poem?
All are welcome. You don't need to have any special chanting or singing experience or 'have a good voice', all voices are good!
“I want to sing like the birds sing,
not worrying about who hears
or what they think.”
An 8-week Online & In Person Chant Series
Tuesdays 2-3pm Central Time
May 30 – July 18 (no 7/4) Online
July[masked]pm In Person at Kevin’s
(or Online for those who can’t make it)
$180 for Series,
$210 with Optional Private
Click Here for More Information about the Series
Click Here to Learn More about Kevin Kortan and Mantra Chanting
- Kevin K.
- Rachael R.
- 2 attendees
Please join us for Kirtan on Tuesday May 30th at Greenway Yoga at 7:30pm.
Kirtan weaves music and mantra together as a part of Bhakti yoga, the path of divine love. We'll be chanting and connecting to our hearts though song, poetry, and the sounds of the harmonium, violin and guitar.
All faiths and cultural backgrounds are welcome as we explore Sanskrit chants, Sufi poetry, and soulful prayers. Offered in the spirit of Dana (joyful giving). Donations are gratefully accepted.
Blankets will be available for sitting on, though you are welcome to bring your own mediation cushion or chair as well.
- Michael M.
- Peter C.
- Jordan Love and P.
- 3 attendees
Zikr means the Sufi Ceremony of the Remembrance of God, a traditional ecstatic practice of the Sufis.
There is a Zoom meeting every Wednesday at 7:00 facilitated by Hakim and Karima of the Light Upon Light Sufi Center.
The Wednesday meeting is a zikr of the Chisti Sufi lineage that passes through Hazrat Inayat Khan.
We sing the Names of God and so doing draw closer to the Beloved, the Friend. This is powerfully, peacefully, and lovingly felt.
We read Rumi aloud in the breaks between singing. His poems speak of the states brought about by zikr, and of the language and logic of the Heart.
To attend you must send an email to Hakim at [masked] and ask to be sent the link for the meeting.
- John Hakim B.
- 1 attendee
Please join us Friday, June 2nd from 7:00-9:00pm for Kirtan at the Lake Harriet Spiritual Community. We will be gathering in the Sanctuary, a beautiful open chamber with spacious high ceilings and resonant acoustics. Chanting is planned for around 90 minutes with light snacks and gathering time afterwards.
For seating there are many comfy padded chairs available. Bringing your own yoga mat/blanket/bolster is recommended if you want to sit on the open floor space in front. It may be helpful to arrive a little early for ease of finding parking and entering the space.
Kirtan weaves music and mantra together as a part of Bhakti yoga, the path of divine love. We'll be chanting and connecting to our hearts though music, poetry, and the sounds of the harmonium, violin and guitar. Featuring Jordan Lawrence on Harmonium and Vocals, and Peter Clausen on Violin and Guitar.
All faiths and cultural backgrounds are welcome as we explore Sanskrit mantras fused with heartfelt poetry and prayers. Any donations are greatly appreciated to support the musicians and Lake Harriet Spiritual Community. No one turned away due to lack of funds.
Jordan Lawrence is a musician and poet who uses word and sound as vehicles for connection to himself and the moment. He has been creating and facilitating spaces for healing through music and meditation since 2020.
He has attended workshops with Krishna Das, Girish, and David Newman, and local Kirtan artists throughout the Midwest. He offers and explores the healing modalities that have been the most impactful for his healing journey, primarily focusing on community collaborations and healing through sacred sounds and songs.
- Michael M.
- nora a.
- Peter C.
- 5 attendees