Sivani Mata ☽ Francis
Priestess ☽ Yogini ☽ Witch
MUSIC AS MEDICINE
A heart-centred journey of Kirtan, Poetry, Sound and Silence
with Sivani Mata and the Shakti Soul Family
Saturday 27 January 2024
Doors 17:30 for 18:00 – 20:00
(followed by optional shared meal)
Further Dates in 2024:
30 March, 25 May
at The Study Society, Colet House,
151 Talgarth Road, London, W14 9DA
Investment: Community Price £10, Supporter Price £15, plus On the door Price £20 (if there is space) – you are invited to pay the rate you can afford. PLUS Delicious vegan thali £10
The doors are open,
come step into this space.
Remove the layers.
You are welcome here just as you are.
This space is yours,
and you are held in the arms of the Great Mother.
Let Her nourish you.
Let Her inspire you.
Our own unique resonance,
joined together in this circle.
We rise as one.
This is the voice of the heart
and the voice of truth.
Come sing, come dance. Be free.
You are invited for an evening exploration of Music as Medicine, a deep dive into the heart through co-created song. It is a conversation with that inner place in each one of us that is ever unified with everything in creation; it is a practice of communion with all that is. In our gathered community we mainly sing together Kirtan in the ancient powerful language of Sanskrit. Repeating simple mantras which invoke a trance-like state within, as well as evoking the spirit of Bhakti: the mood of love. As well as Sanskrit Kirtan we will explore simple songs in other languages, the poetry of the mystics and moments of silence.
Sivani Mata plays the harmonium, leading our journey, accompanied by musicians who support with heartfelt instrumentation and rootsy rhythms as a foundation for our practice. Every time we gather it is unique, as everyone in the space adds their voice, and in doing so contributes their special spice to flavour the collective soup we brew together. All are invited to be at home here to express the truth of themselves, through these songs of freedom. We co-create healing sounds, Music as Medicine, kindling the process of transformation which can move through us as ecstatic or cathartic dancing, sweet tears, deep peaceful stillness, the warmth of an inner joy, or other expressions.
After our journey you are invited to join us for a community dinner lovingly cooked by Matanah. Matanah has been serving in the community for over 18 years, using nature's bountiful gifts: plants, vegetables, fruits, seeds, nuts, grains, herbs, water – with love – for upholding mind, body, spirit, soul, wellness. Love is a Gift. Food is the expression of the gift. Please pre-order your delicious vegan, gluten-free, onion-free meal.
No experience necessary – All are welcome
All ages, all genders, all ethnicities are welcome, and all are encouraged to treat each other with respect and compassion in our shared space.
There will be bolsters and meditations cushions available, but please bring your own cushion/sheepskin/blanket if you prefer so you are comfortable and warm during our time together. Please respect other people’s space, and do not come if you are feeling unwell.
Photo thanks to Thomas Phillips
The Study Society, Colet House, 151 Talgarth Road, London, W14 9DA
Colet House is located 200 yards from Barons Court tube station (District & Piccadilly lines, Zone 2): turn left out of the Station and left again on to Talgarth Road. Colet House is a 15 minute walk from Kensington Olympia station on the London Overground route from Clapham Junction to Stratford via Willesden Junction. Nearest bus routes are 9, 10, 27, 190, 211, 295, 391.
Local streets have pay and display parking, Margravine Gardens being the nearest with free parking after 5pm and at weekends. Margravine Gardens runs parallel to Talgarth Road immediately to the south of Barons Court tube station. (Roads north of Talgarth Road are pay and display up to 8pm and also on Saturdays). There is a 20-minute Loading Bay outside the House available from 10:00-16:00 and 19:00-07:00.