The Chester Meeting House, 4 Liberty Street, Chester, CT
6-11 p.m., The Sanctuary’s Eighth Annual Karmic Relief event is coming up on Saturday, April 1st.
Focusing on the via positiva, Latin for the creative and joyous side of the spiritual path, this year’s event features Grammy-nominated Senegalese musician Youssoupha Sidibe, Circus Bonobo, The Grays jazz ensemble, fantastic food by KaleYums, a silent auction and a great community of people.
A Sufi Master of the Kora / 7 pm
An internationally renowned master of the kora, or African harp, Youssoupha’s musical career began over twenty years ago in his home of Senegal, West Africa, where he was trained at the National Music Conservatory of Senegal. His music fuses traditional West African sounds with the Sufi devotional chanting.
Circus Bonobo / 8 pm
A regular feature of the Sanctuary’s annual Karmic Relief event is the OmFly circus troupe, under the artistic direction of Jen Taylor. This year OmFly presents Circus Bonobo, an homage to the 15,000 left of our highly evolved genetic cousins, the Bonobos. This piece is part of a larger effort the Sanctuary is undertaking this year to raise awareness for the Bonobo Conservation Initiative.
Did you know that Senegal is the Sufi capital of the world?
Under the direction of Marci Martindale, this year students from The Children's Tree Montessori School in Old Saybrook will be participating in a mock United Nations meeting in Rome. Preparing for the role as delegates from Senegal, the students are dedicating their semester to a detailed study of this amazing West African nation. They will share some things they’ve learned and join Youssoupha in celebrating this rich tradition. Join us for a unique opportunity to engage, celebrate and reach across cultural borders.
Live Jazz and dance party with The Grays & special friends Goat Thunder and DJ Mayonoize for the Karmic Relief after party 9-11.
Come make light of the darkness and support the Sanctuary’s mission to provide sacred, open, inclusive space and educational resources for personal transformation, community development and the restoration of the environment.
Proceeds to support The Sanctuary 501(c)(3) non-profit community organization, The Children's Tree 501(c)(3) and the Bonobo Conservation Initiative.
Delicious superfood catering provided by KaleYums.
Kid-friendly / all ages event.
All beings welcome!
Tickets: $20 / early bird