Kripa was born out of the love of Ram Dass, Neem Karoli Baba, and Hanuman. This upcoming kirtan tour aims to spread their timeless teachings of “Love, Serve, Remember.” In partnership with the Call and Response Foundation, we will be visiting several prisons as part of our west-coast tour, ensuring that these teachings and practices reach those who need it most.
As the Director of Outreach and Development for the Call and Response Foundation, Scott works to bring the power of chanting to places where it is needed most, including prisons and recovery centers. He is an experienced kirtan leader and has had the honor to accompany Krishna Das, Nina Rao, Devadas and many wonderful others.
Sitaram Dass has recorded several albums and often travels to share kirtan and workshops. He is also a social worker and regularly writes about the intersection of spirituality and social justice. To learn more and explore his music and writings, go to www.sitaramdass.com.
Muid is a kirtan wallah, community organizer, and a lover of exploring music and sound. His popular chant "SitaRam" was recently featured in the Netflix documentary, Ram Dass: Going Home. He resides in Portland Oregon, studying music and sharing community.
Carl is a sound artist, vocal fx engineer and music producer in various sonic territories. He has toured globally with artists such as Bruno Mars, Carlinhos Brown, and Mary J Blige. For the past 4 years, he has worked as Beyonce’s Vocal FX engineer developing her studio fx seamlessly into a live sound environment. His passion lies in the discovery of sound itself, which has led him on a universal sonic journey in pursuit of the intersection of harmony, love and truth.
Three of the four members has served as caregivers for Ram Dass, and now they share the Dharma through activism, kirtan, workshops, teachings and writings. They are kirtan leaders, story tellers, multi-instrumentalists, recording artists, and touring musicians contributing their unique gifts to this collective project.
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|June 6||Oregon State Correctional Institution|
|June 7||Shanti Om Yoga, Portland, OR|
|June 8||Knights of Pythias, Eugene, OR|
|June 10||The Community Yoga Center, Arcata, CA|
|June 13||San Quentin State Prison|
|June 14||Liberation Institute, San Francisco, CA|
|June 15||4th Street Yoga, Berkeley, CA|
|June 16||Seaside Yoga Sanctuary, Pacific Grove, CA|
|June 21||Encinitas house kirtan, San Diego, CA|
|June 22||Bhakti Yoga Shala, Santa Monica, CA|
|July 13||Neem Karoli Baba Ashram, Taos, NM|
Sponsored by The Call and Response Foundation
In the fall of 2018, we—Sitaram Dass, Evan Mu’id Bushnell, and Scott Hari Whitmore— three of Ram Dass’ former caregivers, came together at a Ram Dass Immersion retreat in Ojai, CA. Out of our spiritual connection and deep love for Ram Dass, Neem Karoli Baba (Maharaji), Siddhi Ma and Hanuman, we began to dream of ways to share the wisdom, profound love, and teachings we’ve received. As a result, Kripa, our kirtan group, was born with a clear mission: To sing with people and share in love with them.
Kripa will share at yoga studios, mental health and wellness centers, and two maximum-security prisons: Oregon State Correctional Institution and San Quentin State Prison. Our tour culminates at the grand opening of the Hanuman Temple and mandir in Taos, New Mexico in July.
As you can imagine, taking this practice into the world brings expenses and we are asking for your financial support. All of our tour events are 100% donation based with no one being turned away for lack of funds, guaranteeing this practice is free, open, and accessible to any wishing to open their heart.
With support from the Call and Response Foundation, we have a goal to raise a minimum of $15,000 to support this tour and our ongoing outreach efforts in 2019. Your tax-deductible donation will not only support our upcoming tour but also our future outreach programs for incarcerated individuals, those in recovery, and all those seeking deep love, truth, and understanding.
Visit www.kripa.guru to learn more about the tour, hear our story, and to make a tax-deductible donation.
Thank you for your loving contribution.
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