Bhakti in the Woods

August 21-23, 2015

A Yoga and Music Festival

A yoga festival dedicated to inspiring and sharing the spirit of Bhakti and Naad yoga. A full weekend line up with morning-to-evening events: music, chanting, meditation, yoga, dance, story-telling, healing arts, guest speakers, explorations to challenge and uplift, events for children, camping under the stars and superb vegetarian food.
This is a summer yoga festival for the whole family!

Full list of classes, workshops, musical performers and kirtan artists here:

August 21-23, 2015
Festival gates open for camping from Friday August 21 at 5pm, to Sunday August 23 at 6pm



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We have been busy setting up a delightful showcase of kirtan artists, special musicians and dancing rhythms for you!


Jaya Sangha Jaya Sangha!

   Montreal, Quebec
 Jaya Sangha! offers kirtan for modern times, a Yin and Yang musical journey rooted in consciousness, an experience both meditative and explosive through the chanting of some of the most powerful mantras that we infuse with original musical arrangements, through dancing, connecting with others, connecting to the profound messages of mantras passed down to us by the wise sages since thousands of years, and through inner reflection. Marriage of the celebration of life and with a sense of well-being, co-creating a very powerful vibration that connects us to our essence, entering a zone of bliss and ecstasy. Om Shanti.

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raven and light tree photo treeRaven and The Light Tree

Raven and the Light Tree is Jeremy Sills & Naomi Athena. This sound healing project came about through birth. Raven is the name of their first born Son; a deep source of love, commitment and devotion in their life. Light tree or Tree of light is a powerful healing energy that lives in the cosmos. It is the totem of the teachers, the Mahuas; a lineage of medicine people in the Amazon who heal through ancient songs of Ikaro.
Jeremy is a gifted Singer/Songwriter with a B.A. in music from Carleton University, & 15 years of training and exploring the healing power of sound. He has developed a mystical healing voice and sonic awareness that inspires a remembrance of the deep and silent space within each of us.  Naomi is a Healing facilitator, Yoga teacher, Doula, Artist, Musician and Bodyworker. Born in Greece, and raised in the Philippine Islands, she has spent the last 10 years in Canada creating sacred spaces, organizing major events and running a private bodywork and healing practice.
As spontaneous co-creations, their crystal bowl concerts weave a deep tapestry of high vibration frequency, in which profound awareness, transformation and healing may occur.
Vocals, Tibetan & Crystal Singing Bowls, Ting Shaws, Feng Gong, Rattles & Shakers – Naomi Athena
Vocals, Tibetan & Crystal Singing Bowls, Synth, Feng Gong, Ocean Drum, Andean Flute, Loop Pedal – Jeremy Sills

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The Bhakti Connection

Ottawa, Ontario
The Bhakti Connection have been sharing the spirit of kirtan and chant in Ottawa, Canada since 2007. Together they bring a multi cultural ‘unity’ kirtan to new heights, using the voice and music as the key to bring spiritual unity. The Bhakti Connection’s musical background brings together a variety of styles and influences to create a vibration and energy that is unique. Reaches deeply into the spiritual heart, The Bhakti Connection hosts a musical journey around the Sacred World. Be it from Ancient texts or modern melodies, The Bhakti Connection works them into a smooth meditative experience. The group sees all sacred music, from all backgrounds, as carrying the vibrations of Truth – the vibration of unity in all faiths is a much needed and sought after current ideal, practiced easily with chant. They are the stewards that uphold this sacred festival, and look forward to co-creating with you!

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Montreal, Quebec
DJ Neerav’s mission in life is to bring positive vibes to the people wherever he plays. Equally adept at playing tribal, trance or ambient music, he favors world beat selections created or remixed by cutting edge artists as well as a fusion of DJ and Live musicians (Boreal Groove, Oshuna, Taina).
A veteran of renowned Interchill Records, he has toured the globe DJing at international music festivals in North and South America, Europe, Asia, and beyond. Current residencies include the monthly Groove Temple events in Montreal.
He is also involved in many local projects in Quebec, supporting the local ecstatic dance and music scene (Flow, Northern Flow, Dance Jam) as well as Yoga and Tribal Dance events through his musical experience. You can catch him at key festivals this summer, 2015, culminating with his performance at Bhakti in the Woods.

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Halifax, Nova Scotia
SuryaChandra (the Sun and the Moon) is a spiritual music ensemble that
explores the healing power of sound through the practice of yogic
chants. Individual members of SuryaChandra have up to over 30 years of
experience in leading kirtan (call-and-response mantra chanting). Theyoffer a taste of this beautiful way to connect with the Universal and also offer Yoga and Sound Healing workshops accompanied by live music. The band is based in Nova Scotia and has been occasionally touring in various parts of North America since 2012; mostly in Yoga centers and ashrams, but also in Yoga festivals (Southern California’s Bhakti Fest 2012; Montreal Yoga Music Festival 2013; Quebec City’s Namaste Festival
2013; Ontario’s Ananda Fest 2014). Among musical instruments being used by SuryaChandra are the Indian sitar, israj and harmonium, the Arabian oud and doumbek, the Paraguayan harp, the Navajo drone flute and the Celtic bouzouki.  To know more about SuryaChandra and to take a listen at the band’s two CDs (Mystic Tongue, 2010, and Sundaram, 2014)

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smileMJ Ganesh

Montreal, Quebec
MJ Ganesh (aka Marc-Joseph Chalfoun) combines his roots in rock with his new passion of mantra chanting. He has just released his debut album, Birth of Ganesh, which reflects this unique sound. Based in Montreal, he teaches yoga, leads kirtans, and offers thai yoga massage.

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 unnamedLe Noble Chemin

Montreal, Quebec
The kirtan group of the Noble Chemin performs hymns, prayers and mantras of different spiritual traditions from all over the world in a universal and inclusive way, simply join us to celebrate Love and Life!!
Le groupe de kirtans du Noble Chemin chante des hymnes, prières et mantras provenant de différentes traditions spirituelles à travers le monde et ce d’une façon universelle et inclusive. Joignez-vous à nous en toute simplicité pour célébrer l’Amour et la Vie!!

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bhavan2The Bhavantu Collective

The Bhavantu Collective is comprised of multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Devin Johnstone (, vocalist and percussionist Tara Porter ( and Juno-Nominated producer & musician Rise Ashen (
The trio provides a contemplative musical journey blending Sanskrit and English chants, hypnotic organic grooves, this is centering, uplifting and calming music at its best!
If music has the power to bring so many people together, the Bhavantu Collective works to bridge the gap of positive sound with positive movement.

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Eric.Zu.live1Eric Mandala

Ottawa, ON
Producer, Composer, Multi-Instrumentalist, Instrument Maker, Visionary, Founder of the band “Mandala” will bring you to another world through ecstatic dance while singing Kirtan. “ERIC MANDALA” is the Founder of “Mandala World Music” an international ethnic fusion world music group with people from all around the world. He has traveled around the world collaborating with 100’s of artists under the name Mandala. He has been playing Kirtan & music for Yoga as long as he can remember. He has played on, over 15 albums around the world & played Festivals around the world in 6 continents: Brazil Jazz Fest, Burning Man, Earth Dance, Bhakti, Mardi Gras, Carnival, Earth Day, Mystic Island, Eclipse, Luminate, Kuranda Roots, Solstice, Wiccan, Parihaka, Shivaratri, & Cosmic Convergence to name a few…He does live looping & produces Electronica using Ableton Live & plays over 100 ethnic and modern instruments from around the world. He sings in Universal Language mixing ancient tongues Kirtan & ethnic styles of vocals with modern sound scat poetry. He builds & plays African harps like the Kora & kamale n’goni, and plays with Zu Zen and Frédéric Lapointe.

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Festival Location

166 chemin Himmelman
Ladysmith, Quebec
J0X 2A0

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