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Krishna Das Retreat: Sole Florida Visit

Jan 30, 2013 06:43PM

Celebrated kirtan artist Krishna Das will offer a Heart of Devotion retreat from March 1 to 3 at the Hindu Temple of Central Florida in Casselberry. The event, marking his only visit to the state, will include two kirtans and two workshops featuring Das and friends; two all-level hatha yoga classes led each day by violinist Genevieve Walker; and two chantings of the hymn Hanuman Chalisa, led by Nina Rao, his assistant and cymbal player.

Each day, Indian cuisine will be available for purchase. A portion of the retreat’s proceeds will go to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida ( and the Animal Rights Foundation of Florida (

Das, born Jeffrey Kagel in 1947 on Long Island, New York, met spiritual teacher Ram Dass in the early 1970s and then traveled to India, spending nearly three years at the ashram of guru Neem Karoli Baba. Baba gave Kagel the name Krishna Das, which means, “one who serves Krishna,” and introduced him to kirtan, an ancient Hindu devotional practice of call-and-response chanting of the names of God.

Many have heard Das, who now travels the world nearly full-time, via his CDs played in yoga classes for more than 17 years. He was recently nominated for a Grammy Award for the best new age album of the year, Live Ananda

Cost for entire weekend: $175. Temple location: 1994 Lake Dr. For more information or to register, call 321-439-8353 or visit Tickets are also available for cash purchase at Kathmandu, 352 Park Ave. N., Winter Park. 

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