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Sacred Waters Sanctuary

YANTRA : CACAO CONCERT

An evening to relax and receive the blissful medicine of cacao, and experience the transformative prayer music of two incredibly talented Indian Classical musicians. Event will sell out, reserve now.

YANTRA : CACAO CONCERT
YANTRA : CACAO CONCERT

Time & Location

Mar 02, 2024, 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM

Sacred Waters Sanctuary , 3704 SE 65th Ave, Portland, OR 97206, USA

Guests

About the event

Yantra is a an intimate cacao ceremony and medicine music concert hosted monthly, featuring the most exceptional healing music artists in Portland and beyond. The event is a rich tapestry of world-music perspectives, offering a diversity of original music and compositions from across the globe. Expect a relaxing environment where you can melt into the mystery and magic of the moment, gently guided by the warm embrace of cacao, which opens you up to greater connection with the the Divine through the vibrational frequencies of music and community.

March Yantra Theme

Each month we honor a different deity or archetype from various traditions around the world. We explore the essence of the deity/ies and what they teach us about ourselves, each other and this journey of life. In March, we will be honoring both artists' spiritual and musical lineages, presenting Radha-Krishna, the Divine couple. These deities are cental in many denominations of Hinduism, the female, Radha, is sometimes interpreted as symbolizing the human soul and the male, Krishna, as symbolizing God. The devotional songs represent the deities flowing between states of unity (bliss) and separation (yearning). 

Previous themes have included Shakti (the Creative lifeforce of the Universe), Venus (the Roman Goddess of love & beauty), and Brigid (the Pagan Goddess of fire, poetry and healing).

Cacao Medicine

Hostess, Aria Naidoo, will be serving a special blend of Peruvian cacao with Ayurvedic herbs and medicinal mushrooms. Cacao opens the heart to greater connection with the Divine, our bodies, and each other. When we drink ceremonial cacao, which is the unprocessed version of chocolate, we are able to experience the full and potent effect of the sacred plant. Guests are also welcome to work with a microdose (BYOM) to experience greater openness to the music and its healing potential.

Featured Musicians

This month, we have the great honor of hosting Shivani Joshi as our headliner. Shivani is a highly skilled Indian Classical Musician from a long lineage of Indian Classical musicians in India. She will be performing exquisite Indian classical compositions called ragas (Sanskrit for "something that colors your mind"). Her voice is transcendent and very beautiful, and she fully embodies the complex emotions that characterize this ancietn genre. Bio below.

Shivani will be joined by our very own Gabaji Dev, a Sacred Waters Angel (ceremonial musician and space holder). Gabaji will be leading us in Kirtan, accompanied by other Indian classival musicians, and will also be performing selected ragas, bringing the Divine Masculine balance to the space with his devotional energy and blissful presence.

The Space

Yantra will be hosted at the Sacred Waters Sanctuary house in SE Portland (Foster-Powell). We cap the event at 20 guests. Guests cosy up on cushions, although limited backrests are avilable. Please bring a meditation seat with a backrest if you are not accustomed to sitting on the floor, meditation-style, or come early to reserve a space against a wall. There is also a room full of yoga mats to stretch or gently dance during the performances. 

Bio Shivani

From classical singing to Kathak dance, Shivani is an authentic expression of the culture and devotion of ancient India. A Portland native hailing from a well-respected lineage of musical gurus in India, she began learning Indian Classical Music in childhood from her mother, the esteemed musician & teacher, Dr. Nisha Joshi. 

Shivani sings khayal (romantic, imaginative poetry), bhajans (devotional prayer songs), ghazals (poetic love songs to the Beloved), and folk songs and plays the harmonium and pakhawaj instruments. She has performed on stages across India and the US, and has appeared on national television in India, as both a singer and a dancer. Her talent speaks for itself.

After obtaining a Bachelor's in Psychology, she received a scholarship from the Government of India (ICCR) to study at the reputed National Institute of Kathak Dance, New Delhi. She earned an Honors Diploma under the tutelage of Pandit Rajendra Kumar Gangani, doyen of Jaipur Gharana Kathak and a master’s degrees in Hindustani vocal music & Kathak dance at Guru Nanak Dev University, Punjab, India, and has had the privilege of training with esteemed Indian musicians, Ms. Kamal Rani and Mr. Sukhdev Sagar of Jalandhar, Punjab. She now teaches music and dance to students in Portland. 

Links to Shivani Joshi's work.

Bio Gabaji Dev

Gabaji, a Portland native originally from Alaska, is an Indian classical musician and teacher, with 4+ years of intensive training in Indian Raag music and a background in kirtan and singer/songwriter. He is an incredibly talented multi-instrument musician who offers music in our Sacred Acacia ceremonies. 

Gabaji has been on a path of personal healing and growth, recovering from addiction and finding his voice of truth through music as a result of his commitment to the spiritual path. He has been a life-long student of Vaishnavism and Hinduism, beginning in his youth, where he visited Amma (the "Hugging Guru"), Baba Ram Dass and other teachers who gave him keys to unlock inner peace, love and the gift of service to the Divine. 

For the past 4+ years, he has apprenticed under his Guru in Pune, India, learning the ancient scales and songs of Indian classical music (raag music). This journey has brought more than just music to life within him, but also a deep and dedicated meditation practice, which can be felt through his calming and loving nature and presence. 

If you are curious about the music that you might hear in a Sacred Acacia cermeony with us, this concert is a great opportunities to have a taste of the magic!

House Keeping

- Please arrive 15-30 mins before the start time to give yourself enough time to settle in and drop into the space. We close doors at 6:50 to avoid disrupting the ceremony.

- Guests to please enter through the side entrace gate on Rhone st, remove shoes and store handbags and coats in the closet before settling in. Please bring only what you need while seated.

- In order to make medicine music accessible to those who need it, this is a very low priced event for the exceptional quality you will receive. If you are in a position to give a bit more, the true value of the event is $55+. We also will be collecting donations at the event to support the Sanctuary and the artists. Donations are tax-deductible. 

Thank you for your light!  

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Tickets

  • Yantra Ticket

    Sangha Members receive 10% off all Yantra Events. If you are a Sangha Member, sign in to access this discount. Sangha Membership is $33 per year. See our Membership Page to sign up. https://www.sacredwaterssanctuary.org/membership

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      +$0.88 service fee
  • Extra gratitude (donations)

    Your donations mean the world to us and the musicians! Donations are tax-deductible. Please select how much you would like to contribute. Thank you for being a supporter of our mission.

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