Workshops - Bhakti Fest Midwest
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“Where there is true love distance is no barrier.”


Radhanath Swami

Through near-death encounters, apprenticeships with advanced yogis, and years of travel along the pilgrim’s path, Radhanath Swami eventually reaches the inner sanctum of India’s mystic culture and finds the love he has been seeking. It is a tale told with rare candor, immersing the reader in a journey that is at once engaging, humorous and heartwarming.

Radhanath Swami

David Newman

David Newman is a renowned Kirtan chant artist, sacred singer-songwriter, author, and inspirational teacher. David, also known as Durga Das, travels extensively sharing his music, and teachings on the path of love as a vehicle for spiritual awakening. He has released numerous CDs, and is the author of the Amazon #1 Best Seller: The Timebound Traveler. David is also the founder of the Stay Strong Project and Yoga On Main. He has been featured on NPR, and in The Washington Post and Yoga Journal among many others. David lives with his family just outside of Philadelphia.


Bhaktifests own:

Michael Brian Baker’s


An offering of Peace, Passion and Progress

Day One: “Chop Wood-Carry Water”

Without balance, a “spiritually accelerated life” leaves some ungrounded and apathetic towards routine worldly task.

Return to the basics, dissolve spiritual bypass and establish deep, loving presence in the mundane.

No experience necessary. All levels and belief systems welcome. Early arrival suggested, doors close at posted start time.


Day two:“Creating Without Attachment”

The divine births “all things” in existence without attachment to how they are received.

To create free of desire for acknowledgment or gratification is to release “the self” from procrastination and arrested development familiar in ones personal evolution.

No experience necessary. All levels and belief systems welcome. Early arrival suggested, doors close at posted start time.


Day three: “Contribution 2016”

Congratulations are in order! The golden age is upon us. The blessings of Bhakti are being cultivated in our hearts.

Come celebrate community and the individual calling that beckons the return of grace to humanity and our planet.

No experience necessary. All levels and belief systems welcome. Early arrival suggested, doors close at posted start time.

Manoj Chalam

Murti Scholar

Manoj Chalam uses humor and personal anecdotes in his lectures and workshops to illuminate Hindu mythology. An Indian-born scientist with a PhD from Cornell University, Manoj helps individuals find their archetypes in Hindu Yogic deities and teaches the 4 ways to work with an archetype as a Vedantic practice. He has also compiled a book on the symbolisms of Hindu and Buddhist deities. Manoj presents workshops on Hindu symbolisms and Tantra at yoga studios, keynotes at festivals, ashrams, and universities.

Jyothi Chalam is a scholar of Vedanta, the philosophy of self realization. Jyothi teaches workshops on the Upanishads at ashrams, yoga studios and yoga conferences. Jyothi is also an accomplished musician of the South Indian Classical tradition. Her music is the culmination of both her philosophical meditations and deep spiritual devotion.


Michael Cohen

Somatic and the Art of Teaching Yoga

Somatics guides us to learn from the body up, rather than the head down. It directs us to learn from the inside out, rather than the outside in. It helps us ground what we learn and know through our personal experiences, which delivers an intimacy and authenticity to one’s life and teaching. Somatics is recognized by many as a powerful path to Mastery in the Art of Teaching Yoga.

Join Master Somatic Coach Mike Cohen for a fun and insightful workshop where you can explore and begin to embody the 6 Essential Somatic Principles for delivering clear, juicy and authentic yoga teaching. This experiential workshop shares deep insights, illuminating practices and an incredibly useful demo video. Beginning yoga teachers will depart feeling more confident and comfortable when working with groups. Experienced yoga teachers will learn a potent pathway for moving their teaching from good to great.

preston kilk

Preston Klik

Sound Healing

Preston Klik combines his love of sound with his passion for spirituality in his true Calling: Sound Healing-Meditation. As a Gong-Whisperer, he creates sacred space so others enter a Portal of Higher Consciousness. • Preston’s a follower of many teachers and paths: Amma, Christ, Ken Wilber, Buddha, Andrew Cohen, Adi Da, Adyashanti, Dalai Lama, Eckhart Tolle, Gandhi, Landmark Forum, Mother Teresa, Rumi, TM. • Preston and wife Emily (who often shares CranioSacral Therapy during his meditations) own Temple Synphorium in Evanston IL, where they produce conscious and healing events.

BHAKTI FEST MIDWEST             CHICAGO, IL              JUNE 24 – 26, 2016