Retreats & Workshops

Arc of Ascent: Yoga, Kirtan, Radiance Sutras and Neuroscience Weekend
with Dave Stringer & Dearbhla Kelly

Explore the non-dual philosophy at the heart of yoga, through the lens of neuroscience. Experience how it is expressed through the practices of asana, pranayama, chanting and meditation. Extend your understanding of the benefits of yoga practice: equanimity, self-mastery, freedom and ecstatic embodiment.

From the perspective of Eastern philosophy, the bliss we are seeking is already inside of us. From the perspective of modern brain science, this is also a true statement. To the scientist, bliss is a chemical state that the body itself produces, and it is a state that we are apparently hard-wired to seek. The practices of yoga are one of the world’s oldest means of finding it.

Asana, Chanting and Pranayama affect the areas of the brain that create our sense of where our body ends and the world begins. They also slow and steady breathing, producing hormone and neurological changes in the body that feel simultaneously calming and thrilling. Ecstasy is both the process and the product.

SESSION 1: Kirtan Concert with Dave Stringer. Saturday 7:30-9:30PM

SESSION 2: Yoga Class. Dynamic asana (yoga class) with Dearbhla Kelly, practised to live music with Dave Stringer & Band. Sunday 9:45-11:15AM

SESSION 3: Workshop. “Mantras and Molecules” with Dave Stringer & Dearbhla Kelly. Sunday 1-4PM

SESSION 4: Radiance Sutra Jam. Sunday 6:30-8:30PM

You can sign-up for all sessions at a discounted price or attend single sessions.


Course Facilitators: 

Dearbhla Kelly M.A. is a Los Angeles-based writer and yoga teacher. Born and raised in Ireland, she began her academic training in Amsterdam and received degrees in philosophy in Dublin and Chicago. She is particularly skillful at marrying the more esoteric teachings of yoga with modern scientific insights and the practicalities of everyday life. Dearbhla teaches yoga, philosophy and neuroscience workshops and trainings worldwide.

Dave Stringer is a Grammy-nominated producer, singer, and composer. He has been profiled as one of the most innovative artists of the new Kirtan movement in publications all over the world. His sound marries the transcendent mysticism of traditional Indian instruments with the exuberant, groove-oriented sensibility of American gospel. An articulate and engaging public speaker, Stringer probes the dilemmas of science and spirit with a wry and unorthodox sense of humor.

Link to Sage Magazine article “Sex, Drugs and Kirtan” by Dave Stringer and Dearbhla Kelly exploring the neurochemistry of chanting:

Sex Drugs and Kirtan.pdf

Link to LA Yoga article “Karma is Chemistry” by Dearbhla Kelly: