November 21, 2016

Be The Lighthouse

It took me a while to get to a place where felt I could do this podcast. Two weeks ago many of us thought we would be electing the first woman president and … […]

November 3, 2016

The 2016 Election Care Package

I don’t know about you but at this point in our election I feel like I need a psychic shower. The toxicity is stressing us out, and there’s nowhere to escap […]

October 25, 2016

A Conversation With Miten

I so totally love Miten’s new CD ‘Temple at Midnight’ — we sang several of the chants this year at Fall Omega Ecstatic Chant, and I’ve had the CD […]

September 30, 2016

Chants For Autumn Equinox

This week I’m back from a wonderful vacation on the East coast where I was blessed to attend the first Lovelight Yoga & Arts Festival in Darlington, […]

September 4, 2016

The Back Spasm — What Worked

In the last podcast I shared that I was suffering through another back spasm, and since then many of you have written about back spasms with your stories and su […]

August 22, 2016

Fresh Tracks 31

This episode is a Fresh Tracks set, but it should be called The Return of the Back Spasm … Ugh. Although it’s been going on for several weeks the sp […]

July 22, 2016

Lovelight! A Conversation With Wynne Paris

This week’s podcast is an interview with Wynne Paris, director & producer of the Lovelight Yoga & Arts Festival, held in Darlington, Maryland August […]

July 8, 2016

Let’s Play Kirtan!

When I was looking over the results of the recent New World Kirtan listener survey I noticed lots of interest in local kirtan, and several of you expressed an i […]

June 23, 2016

Where Is Western Kirtan Headed? Conversations With Kirtan Leaders, Part 3.

This podcast is the third and last of the series about where Western kirtan is headed, and features the second part of my conversation with Jai Uttal & Ben […]

June 18, 2016

Where Is Western Kirtan Headed? Conversations With Kirtan Leaders, Part 2.

The next two podcasts will be released back to back, and they continue the conversation about where Western kirtan is headed. Creative artists today are facing […]

June 5, 2016

A Conversation With David Newman (Durga Das)

There’s nothing better than a good blast of Bhakti love, and the Hanuman Festival next weekend would be the perfect place to get you some. It’s happening Ju […]

May 26, 2016

Fresh Tracks Redux 2

I don’t repeat podcasts very often, but the Fresh Tracks shows are an exception. Fresh Tracks are podcasts with all new chants, and sometimes I bring them […]

May 15, 2016

Where Is Western Kirtan Headed? Conversations with Kirtan Leaders.

This week’s show begins a series of interviews on where Western kirtan is headed. The topic is serendipitous, and came about because of a conversation I had s […]

May 3, 2016

The Gayatri Mantra

This week’s New World Kirtan Podcast explores the deeper meaning of the Gayatri Mantra, one of the oldest & most powerful mantras in existence. Here […]

April 17, 2016

The Yoga of Sound

It is wonderful to see devotional chanting and mantra practice develop into this huge wave here in America and worldwide. And it feels especially rewarding to b […]

April 14, 2016

Deep Sleep

Last week I found myself waiting for the results of a biopsy. If you’ve been in a similar position you can probably relate — the compulsive checking […]

April 11, 2016

Fierce Female Podcasters

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March 23, 2016

A Conversation With The Kirtan Rabbi

I met Reb Drew, the Kirtan Rabbi, several years ago. Chanting in Hebrew was a new experience for me, but to my surprise it took me to the same place chanting in […]

March 10, 2016

Fresh Tracks 30

30 Fresh Tracks sets — that’s some kind of milestone! I love introducing new artists and new offerings from our favorite artists so these sets are s […]

February 11, 2016

Madi Das & Dave Stringer Go to the Grammys

It’s a pretty special night at the Grammys when members of our kirtan family are nominated! In this edition of the New World Kirtan Podcast artist Madi Da […]

February 4, 2016

Divine Healing

About a year ago I was in terrible pain from a back spasm that ultimately became a spiritual journey. I did some of the hardest & deepest work of my life d […]

January 5, 2016

Return of the Light

This week’s set is based on one we sang with our Kirtan/Meditation Group at Winter Solstice. It’s many variations on the chant “Om Asatoma Sad […]

December 22, 2015

Surprise Package 2

Winter Solstice is always special to me because it marks the anniversary of the launch of the New World Kirtan Podcast. It hardly seems possible that it has bee […]

December 10, 2015

A Conversation with Jai Uttal & Ben Leinbach

One beautiful day last month my son Jesse & I drove up from San Rafael to Ben Leinbach’s studio where Jai Uttal was just beginning work on his next C […]

November 25, 2015

A Conversation with Vijay Krsna of the Kirtaniyas

Our show this week features an interview with Vijay Krsna of the Kirtaniyas. Vijay is a rising star in the kirtan movement, and I loved his stories of ashrams, […]

October 28, 2015

Best of Dance Dance Evolution

The last few months I’ve been going to the gym a lot — that back spasm last winter scared the beejeezus out of me, so working out has become a prior […]

October 15, 2015

Creating Success With Ganesh

In our last podcast I told you about beginning a Community Kirtan here in Corvallis. Our first was on a Friday night two weeks ago — that afternoon yet an […]

October 1, 2015

A Community Kirtan!

This Friday we’re giving something a shot here in Corvallis — something I learned from Chantlanta & have always wanted to try. We’re […]

September 25, 2015

Fresh Tracks 29

I’m back from vacation with a new Fresh Tracks set! This one features some different offerings — an Island-influenced Krishna chant from the Hanumen, an […]

August 30, 2015

The One Where Kitzie & Ragani Talk About Leading Kirtan

Several weeks ago I had a really great chat with my sweet friend, Midwest kirtan wallah Ragani. We got to talking about an experience I just had leading kirtan […]

August 6, 2015

Lakshmi, Saraswati & Ganesha — The Householders Trinity

This week’s show is the next edition on our series on the deities with yoga mantrica Ian Boccio of Blue Spirit Wheel. I learned a lot about Lakshmi & […]

July 21, 2015

Fresh Tracks 28

Ahhh, Fresh Tracks sets — how I do love you. I’ve been listening to new kirtan CDs for weeks and as always I’m so impressed by the talent work […]

July 3, 2015

Fireworks with Krishna Das

Don’t know why, but every once in a while Krishna Das is the only artist I want on my playlist. I’m in one of those moods now, and thought I’d […]

June 24, 2015

Light of the Sun — The Gayatri

Lately I’ve been sort of obsessed with the Gayatri Mantra. According to Hindu mythology the Gayatri came into being at the very beginning of the Universe […]

June 3, 2015

Kirtan/Meditation Circle 2

This is the second in our podcast series of Kirtan/Meditation Circles — the idea is you can customize these sets and use them for your own practice or as […]

May 19, 2015

Singing Kirtan with Tree Frogs — OM Fest in Bermuda

Have you ever been to Bermuda? I’m back from my first trip to this incredibly beautiful island, and in this week’s show I’ll tell you about my […]

April 29, 2015

From the Bhakti Trail: Transformation from LA, CA

Have you ever had a New Year start off on the wrong foot so much that you decided to start over in Feb? I did.
This year started with a big Bu […]

April 28, 2015

Fresh Tracks 27

My inbox is absolutely stuffed with new kirtan — good thing I’m taking a trip! This weekend I’ll be in Bermuda for OM Fest with Sean Johnson & […]

April 8, 2015

Dance Dance Dance Evolution 3

This one is for the sweet listeners I met at Chantlanta who told me the Dance Dance Evolution sets get them to the gym. Me too! As dance sets go, this one is fa […]

March 26, 2015

A Conversation with Sean Johnson of the Wild Lotus Band

This conversation with Sean Johnson was recorded way back in December before Christmas. I’d intended to release it sometime in January, but then came the […]

March 18, 2015

HuDost Live at Chantlanta 2015

HuDost, a Neo Folk World Rock Ensemble from Montreal and Nashville, is a unique band. I first saw them at Bhakti Fest West last year where the […]

March 5, 2015

Dave Stringer & Donna De Lory Talk Radiance Sutras

When Dave Stringer sent me the Radiance Sutra material last year I wondered what would be created musically around these beautiful translations of the Sanskrit […]

February 24, 2015

Mata Kali — Back Spasm Warrior Goddess

Last month when I interviewed Ian Boccio about the deity Kali, little did I know I was about to have an up-close and personal encounter. Look at the picture &#8 […]

February 14, 2015

Kirtan/Meditation Circle 1

We’ve started something new here in Corvallis. Our local Unitarian Universalist Fellowship is sponsoring a weekly kirtan/meditation circle that has been d […]

February 1, 2015

Cure Your Kali Yuga Blues

This week’s show started out being about the Kali Yuga — otherwise known as the Age of Quarrel — and ended up being about an epic back spasm t […]