Kirtan & Workshops

Kirtan, Workshops & Events

Mantras & the Science of Sound

Upcoming Workshop: Come explore the power of sound! A combined presentation and experiential evening focused on the science of sound. Includes discussion of scientific experiments, the impact of sound in the human body, and the power of sound in sacred spaces. Led by Kathleen Karlsen on Saturday, February 24 at 6:30pm at Emergence Movement & Wellness, 521 East Peach St., Bozeman, MT. 90 minutes, $20/person.

Spring Equinox Celebration 2024

Equinox Celebration: Join us for a double celebration of spring equinox and St. Patrick’s Day! Free refreshment, two hours of sacred music with the Montana Kirtan Collective and a special Celtic music encore with Julie Southwell & Friends. Uplifting music all afternoon! Held at the Blue Door Gallery Ballroom, 113 West Park Street in Livingston, MT. Perfect for all ages. Bring your family and friends! $10/person

Full Day Event

Chakra Chant-a-Thon Retreat

Learn to heal and balance your chakras with the science of sound! Gain a deeper understanding of the role and symbolism of the chakras. Learn seed mantras and sacred toning for the chakras. Have fun with chants that support the chakras!

Come for one or all of this class series offered in a single day. Led by Kathleen Karlsen. $15/class or $95 for the full day retreat. Discount for pre-registration for full day offered below. Drop-ins are welcome. Payment at the door includes cash, Venmo or check. 

$85 for full-day pre-registration through March 31st

Root Chakra Sounds & Symbol (9am): The root chakra establishes the foundation for the other major chakras. The root chakra is our connection to the physical plane. The focus of the root chakra is survival: food, shelter, safety, comfort, and belonging.

Sacral Chakra Sounds & Symbol (10am): The sacral chakra is the energetic place for your connection to your own soul and your relationship with others. The physical organs associated with the sacral chakra are the reproductive organs.

Solar Plexus Chakra Sounds & Symbol (11am): The solar plexus chakra is located at the naval, center of intuition (a gut feeling). This chakra is connected to service and desires. This chakra is the center of transformation, emotions and abundance. 

LUNCH BREAK (12noon-1pm)

Heart Chakra Sounds & Symbol (1pm): The heart chakra is the seat of love and devotion. In a balanced and healthy state, the heart expresses charity, compassion, and kindness. 

Throat Chakra Sounds & Symbol (2pm): The throat chakra is connected to creativity and self-expression as well as the actions of speaking, chanting and singing. The throat and thyroid are where emotions, intentions, praise and criticism are expressed. 

Third Eye Chakra Sounds & Symbol (3pm): The sixth chakra is the third eye chakra, the seat of spiritual vision. The fundamental meaning of the third eye is intuition and visualization. 

Crown Chakra Sounds & Symbol (4pm): The seventh chakra is the crown chakra, the seat of enlightenment, known in Sanskrit as the Sahasrara chakra. Sahasrara means “thousand-petaled.” 

Divine Mother Mantras

Mantras on Mondays: An hour of mantras to the Divine Mother dedicated to the protection of children worldwide. All are welcome. No charge. Donations gratefully accepted. Held at 5123 Cimmeron Drive, Bozeman, MT. Led by Kathleen Karlsen.

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Kathleen Karlsen

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General Info: Mantra Workshops

Mantra workshops are an opportunity to take a deeper dive into the power of mantras. Workshops also include the role of sacred art, color and related modalities for healing on all levels. Workshops are a chance to ask questions and have the intimacy of discussions in a small group format. 

Workshops are generally 90 minutes to three hours depending on the topic and are generally offered from September through May. Kirtan, special events, retreats, and other get togethers are listed on the Events page. Learn more about kirtan in Everything About Kirtan

Kirtan and Mantra Events

What to Expect at Events

Join us to experience mantras as powerful tools for self-transformation. No prior experience required. Lyrics and instruction provided as needed. Mantra and kirtan events consist of one to two hours of mantras, often focused on a particular topic such as healing or peace. You do not have to be a singer or musician to participate. In fact, you are welcome to meditate silently if you like. All are welcome! 

Kirtan events feature devotional singing in a group, sometimes in a call and response format. Although singing is part of every spiritual tradition, this particular form originated in India. Kirtan is now gaining popularity in the Western world. The word “kirtan” (pronounced KEER-tun or KEER-tahn) comes from Sanskrit. Kirtan specifically refers to devotional singing in mantras, chants and bhajans. Learn more about kirtan in Everything About Kirtan

Workshops are an opportunity for a deeper dive into a topic such as the building blocks of mantras, stories from the Vedas, or the connection between sacred geometry and sound. The smaller group format is a great chance to ask questions and explore various aspects of healing through music. Retreats are more extended events with a broader focus. Contact Kathleen Karlsen with questions or for more information.

Evening of Sound Healing
Sound Healing with Brian Sparks & Kathleen Karlsen


"Kathleen, I so enjoyed your professional and very interesting presentation. It is quite amazing what you do. Thanks for the handouts."

I am so happy to be with you again. Please let me know when you are in Boise again.

Lovely chants tonight. Beautiful melodies and thoughts. Thank you!

“Thank you so much! Wonderful to see people from all walks of life, all ages and spiritual backgrounds coming together in devotion. This is just awesome!”

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