SHANTALA: Benjy & Heather Wertheimer ~ Kirtan

  • Madrona MindBody Institute Fort Worden Way, Building 310 Port Townsend, WA, 98368 United States

Living Waters ~ Kirtan Tour
Sacred Chants of Love and Grace

Join us for an enchanted evening of Kirtan with award winning, worldwide critically acclaimed ~ SHANTALA: Benjy & Heather Wertheimer with guest artists David Michael on Celtic Harp & Sean Frenette on guitar and vocals.

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Benjy and Heather Wertheimer have been leading kirtan (sacred chanting) worldwide since 2001 as the duo Shantala.  They are known for their special gift of bringing the audience into a vast and loving experience through their unique blend of exquisite voices with instruments of India and the West. Together they create music with beauty, passion, and reverence. Heather and Benjy have released five beautiful and well-loved albums of sacred chant music since 2003, including Living Waters, Jaya, LIVE in love, Sri, and The Love Window

Shantala has performed and recorded internationally with such sacred music luminaries as Krishna Das, Deva Premal & Miten, and Jai Uttal. They were named as one of the top Kirtan “Wallahs to Watch” by Yoga + Joyful Living Magazine. Kirtan is a celebration of spirit through the chanting of sacred names, carrying the audience into a state of heightened awareness, bliss, and devotion. The audience is invited to participate fully through call-and-response chanting, dance, and meditation.

Tickets: $18 in advance, $22 at the door.

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Tickets will also be available June 1 at the Port Townsend Food Co-op

Advance purchase ticket sales end June 18th!

Children are welcome at this event. We ask that parents with crying or noisy children please move to the back or step outside.

Children's tickets will be available at the event only: $10 ~ ages 12 -18 - Free under 12


Heather Wertheimer is a singer, songwriter, and guitarist who combines her special love of both music and yoga to lead devotional chanting for yoga workshops and spiritual gatherings internationally. Heather has toured in the U.S. and abroad with her husband Benjy, Steve Gorn, Manose, and Deva Premal & Miten. Heather’s debut CD with Shantala, “Church of Sky,” was named by New Age Retailer as one of the top ten albums of 2004. It has been aired on radio stations nationwide. In April 2003, she and Benjy released “The Love Window,” a beautiful and well-loved collection of sacred chants. In 2007, they released “Sri,” their second popular kirtan CD, and their first live CD “LIVE in love” was released in 2008.

Benjy Wertheimer is an award-winning songwriter, vocalist, composer, and multi-instrumentalist (playing tabla, congas, percussion, esraj, guitar, and keyboards). Benjy has toured and recorded with such artists as Krishna Das, Deva Premal & Miten, Jai Uttal, Walter Becker (Steely Dan), and virtuoso guitarist Michael Mandrell. He has opened for such artists as Carlos Santana, Paul Winter, and Narada Michael Walden. A founding member of the internationally acclaimed Ancient Future world fusion music ensemble, Benjy also toured the U.S., Canada, and Japan with renowned bamboo flute master G.S. Sachdev. He studied Indian classical music for over 25 years with some of the greatest masters of that tradition (including Alla Rakha, Zakir Hussain, Ali Akbar Khan and Z. M. Dagar). Benjy’s CDs receive extensive airplay around the world, and his CD “Circle of Fire” went to #1 on the New Age radio charts in November 2002.

 Benjy's Blog with Elephant Journal is here.
Shantala open hearts around the world with their passionate music.
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David Michael - Celtic Harp

International performer and Celtic harpist David Michael may be best known locally for his legendary concerts aboard the Washington State Ferries. He is also a pioneer of World Fusion Music and music for the healing arts. He is a multi-instrumentalist, a composer and producer of 23 CDs of original music and several film soundtracks. He is also an author and teacher who leads workshops in free-form improvisation.


Sean Frenette - Guitar and Vocals

Sean Frenette is a guitarist/bard/multi-instrumentalist/composer/artist. His multi-faceted creative pursuits have led to many adventures including the opportunity to share music in many wonderful places with many beautiful people: three times at Carnegie Hall; in 2006 with a host of musical pioneers led by Edgar Meyer and Mike Marshall; in 2009 with master Indian musician Zakir Hussain and a coterie of young virtuosos; and in May of 2010 with composer/conductor John Adams and Ensemble ACJW (Academy, Carnegie, Juilliard, and Weill institute). Sean has been very active on the West Coast since his move to Portland, Oregon in 2008 playing with Matt Butler's Everyone Orchestra, kirtan artists Benjy and Heather Werthheimer of Shantala, Dave Stringer, singer Lindsey Stormo, and as a soloist. He also sings with the 8 part Estonian choir Trillium Voices.

Heather & Benjy Wertheimer with Sean Frenette

Heather & Benjy Wertheimer with Sean Frenette

... an intoxicating mix of Eastern and Western… a sense of playfulness, devotion and authenticity shines through in each track.
— Yoga Journal