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Kirtan Flight School & Yoga Retreat with Dave Stringer, Sheela Bringi, Josh Brill & Doug Brush. Yoga with Emma Warmington.

Serenity Residence, Koh Phangan, Thailand

Register your interest for the next Kirtan Flight School by emailing info(at)jivaniyoga.com.


If you can't teach me to fly, then teach me to sing" ~ from Peter Pan by Sir James Barrie

Join us in paradise for a week of Kirtan, yoga, great food and glorious beaches!

This is the first Kirtan Flight School retreat in Thailand and the first worldwide that will offer both the original Flight School and the much anticipated Advanced program at the same time.

A morning yoga practice of pranayama, kriya, asana and vocal toning will wake our bodies and voices up and prepare us for a full day of singing and making music in a full power Bhakti jam.

When you participate in a Kirtan, the call and response form of mantra chanting, you’re not just listening to the music: you are the music. As the audience for Kirtan continues to expand, many people are becoming inspired to participate in Kirtan groups, or introduce chanting to their yoga classes. If you are one of those people, this workshop is for you.

At Kirtan Flight School, you have the opportunity to explore and redefine the edges of what music can be when the crowd is itself an instrument. Both experienced musicians and those rediscovering their own musical selves will walk away with a working body of knowledge about how to move a crowd to participate, and how to employ different musical devices in order to deepen everyone’s experience.

What to Expect?

Introductory Level:

Participants are organized into small ensembles. Each ensemble chooses a chant, rehearses it together, and presents a kirtan to the rest of the groups. The instructors rotate through the groups, working closely with the participants to develop rhythmic and harmonic concepts, solve problems, and answer questions. The history and philosophy of kirtan are also intensively explored, so participants learn how to present and discuss the mantras.

Instruction will be offered in playing the harmonium and finger cymbals, and a limited number of these instruments will be on hand for use by all. Participants are also encouraged to bring their own musical instruments with them, but it is understood that the most important instruments are human voices and hands. No previous musical experience is necessary.

Advanced Level:

The emphasis is on writing and presenting original kirtan compositions, leading your own ensemble and advanced arrangement and performance techniques. Participants should have completed at least one previous Kirtan Flight School at the Introductory Level, or be actively leading regular kirtans with a local community. Proficiency in playing a musical instrument is recommended.

What is Kirtan?

The call and response form of mantra chanting known as Kirtan is a consciousness-transforming practice, directing the singers to vanish into the song as drops merge into the ocean. Participants in kirtans often experience a profound sense of unity, well-being and timelessness. The form is simple: a lead group calls out the melodies. The crowd responds, clapping and dancing as the rhythm builds and accelerates. The mantras quiet the mind, and the music frees the heart. Ecstasy is both the process and the product.

Immerse yourself in the rapture of music. You know what you love. Go there.” ~ The Radiance Sutras

Dave Stringer explains the Philosophy of Kirtan & Flight School

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Serenity Residence

Our venue for the training is on the serene northwest coast of Koh Phangan. Serenity is a stunning property infused with Mediterranean style and hidden away on its own private beach. Tropical flowers grow throughout the property and views are spectacular with breathtaking sunsets direct from your balcony every evening.

Our shala is bright and airy with views directly out to sea. There are a variety of private and shared room options available on site and we have a fantastic French/Thai restaurant on site serving 3 delicious, healthy meals per day.  On the last night we will go to a local restaurant for dinner (not included)[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text][justified_image_grid ng_pics=238,237,241,239][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row el_class="jivani_course-details pricing right-col" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]

Retreat Package includes

Kirtan Flight School, Daily Yoga, Accommodation & Full Board.

All prices in GBP.

Early Bird! Register with deposit paid by 31st May 2015

  • Single Villa - £1050
  • Twin Share Villa - £890
  • Triple Share Apartment - £850

Full Price. Register after 1st June 2015

  • Single Villa - £1130
  • Twin Share Villa - £970
  • Triple Share Apartment - £930

*Many of our accommodation options are now full.  Tuition and meal plans are available from £825 with accommodation options for all budgets within a few minutes walk.  Get in touch for more details.

Jivani Alumni. Register at any time

  • Twin Share Bungalow - £750



*Shared villas/apartments have 2 or 3 beds in the same room. The apartments are considerably larger with larger balconies.


Included in this retreat are 7 delicious vegetarian breakfasts, 7 lunches and 6 dinners.  On our last night together we will go for a group meal to a local restaurant (not included).

Deposit & Payment Information. Terms & Conditions

A non-refundable deposit of £300 is required to secure your place on the retreat with the full balance due for all participants by 31st July.  We accept bank transfers and paypal with an additional 3.5% fee.

If you have to cancel for any reason before 31st July you will receive a refund of  minus the non-refundable deposit and all bank fees involved in the transactions. If you withdraw between after 1st August you will receive a refund of 50% of the remaining fees (minus the deposit) less all bank fees involved in the transactions. We highly recommend you take good travel insurance that will cover you for any losses incurred by unexpected illness, cancellation or curtailment.

Getting There

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