Our Community Kirtan program has expanded to include Atlanta Georgia, Burlington Vermont, Manchester CT and Amherst MA. We are so grateful for the community teams in each location organizing regular events! Email info@callandresponsefoundation.org if your community could host a weekly kirtan!





So much to be grateful for!
Special thanks to David and Mira Newman for their recent Mantra and Love Outreach Tour!
This November they shared their inspiring message with the mentally ill, those in recovery, families struggling to find shelter and safety, the disabled and their caregivers.  The tour reinforced our resolve to offer this practice to more marginalized populations in 2017!
We need your help! Please donate in our annual appeal!

Our goal is to raise $10,000 for our Outreach Programs in 2017.
We have raised $4500 through donations from supporters like the Hanumen, David and Mira Newman.
Help us fund the rest!

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We Bring Inspiring Chanting to You

From the Hanumen to Community Kirtan to albums you love to play on auto-repeat!  We are behind over 200 events annually from Yellowknife Canada to Portland Maine.


University Sacred Sounds

We reached over 10,000 students in the past years through our innovative Sacred Sounds program.  The project depends on the volunteer efforts of talented graduates from Rutgers University who are now mentoring hosts at six other schools.   We need your help to keep these events free for students!


Our Prison Program

Our partnering artists offer the practice of mantra chanting regularly in prisons around the country.  They volunteer their time and you can help cover their gas.


Our Amazing Artists

The Call and Response Foundation and our artists are committed to individuals and communities through sharing the power of sacred sound.

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Call and Response Foundation is excited to partner with this inspiring project. The film is a pilgrimage through the roots of Yoga, captured from the lens of the heart. Click HERE to learn more and take a peek below at a few of the magnificent images.



Learn this beautiful chant by Snatam Kaur.






THANK YOU to everyone who made this event an amazing success!

Click HERE to see videos of the event

Chant 4 Change

Chant 4 Change



Call and Response is PROUD to have sponsored this tour




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Vermantra Fundraiser!

The annual community 12 hour chant fest in Burlington, VT raised funds for Nandi Animal Rescue and Call and Response Foundation’s prison program. Chants were led by community leaders, a potluck meal was served throughout the day and an all volunteer crew ran sound, cleaned up and made it happen! Thank you to all!!


“Every single repetition of the Name carries a magnetism, power, and energy that will bring fruit sometime or another. Do the practice even if your heart is not in it. These practices are our only tool we have in this life, to wake up at all.” ~ Krishna Das ~

Call and Response Foundation Blog

Chant4Change: October 8, 2016

We wanted to share these words from Gaura Vani inspired by an important event happening in October.   Lincoln’s Stairs Let me set the stage for CHANT4CHANGE, I feel like a stranger in a land that’s strange, Terrorism, racism, ringing alarms, We must pull Sita from Ravana’s arms. The voice of the soul lifted in song, With prayerful hearts and intention strong, The Divine names upon our lips, Can lift the tide and with it all ships. We need your voice and 10,000 more, As we knock on history’s sacred door, From the steps where “the dream” was spoken out loud, Where Martin addressed the American crowd. Yet all ears listened that day, and now, We hear our own voice joining his vow, A simple act gives us each our role, Singing together to heal the soul. We are not young, we are not old, We are not the stories we have been told, Nor races, sexes, or economic station, Not one religion, not one nation. We are the soul, the conscious spark, That light dispels the fear of dark, And when 10,000 souls come to sing their prayers, That sound touches heaven from Lincoln’s stairs. Gaura Vani *** Chant4Change: Raise your voice in song to heal the soul of America with thousands from across the social, political and religious spectrum. Celebrate our diversity from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial where Dr. King spoke his dream aloud to the world more than 50 years ago. The noise of this year’s presidential elections is loud and divisive. And the volume is increasing. If you love your neighbor without consideration... read more

Shantala Interview and Insights

We love this interview with Benjy and Heather Wertheimer of Shantala Music. Enjoy! Benjy and Heather Wertheimer, aka Shantala have been leading kirtan for the past 15 years. They are known for sharing their love of sacred chanting with beauty, passion and reverence. Shantala has performed and recorded internationally with such sacred music luminaries as Krishna Das, Deva Premal & Miten and Jai Uttal. In summer 2008, they were named as one of the top “Wallahs to Watch” by Yoga + Joyful Living. In the first part of this thoughtful interview, Benjy and Heather discuss the power of kirtan, explain how chanting supports asana practice and offer tips for yoga teachers to incorporate music into their classes. Tell us a bit about your background and how you got involved in leading kirtan and devotional chanting. Shantala: The path that brought each of us into this role is somewhat different, but it’s also wonderful how the confluence of our journeys feels like such a powerful and important part of our relationship. For Benjy, the path started nearly 40 years ago with his first yoga practice – the Naada yoga of Indian classical music, sitting at the feet of the great master musicians Ali Akbar Khan and Zakir Hussain. When he and I got to know each other as songwriters – and later as partners in music and life – my background as a yoga teacher, therapist and folksinger helped guide us into our current roles as kirtan leaders. Benjy began recording and performing with Krishna Das in 2001, and shortly thereafter we were asked by yoga teachers we really loved... read more
Benefits of Chanting

Benefits of Chanting

BENEFITS OF CHANTING: YOGA OF SOUND LEADS TO POSITIVE EFFECTS CHANTING, JANE YOGA, RESEARCH, YOGA BENEFITS   /   The yoga of sound involves chanting; chanting is a centuries-old technique that connects humans with themselves, the universe, and Spirit.  Chanting raises vibrations of the individual practicing and a result, people who chant feel alive, peaceful, and centered.  We all know that in order to attain good physical health and happiness, the body requires adequate exercise, proper diet, and rest.  More importantly and more overlooked is the health of our inner self which also requires nourishment and attention.  When we neglect our spiritual, inner self, we become imbalanced and negative in attitude and emotions. Expert Yoga teacher Adrian Cox explains,  “When you chant OM with the right understanding, it becomes a powerful yoga practice in it’s own right…Chanting OM creates detachment and empowers all mental and spiritual processes. It can take you all the way to deep states of yoga, if you have good concentration.”  Cox reminds us that “It [can take] a long time before [any mantra] takes effect. Depending on the number of syllables in the mantra, it can take 16,000 or more repetitions before it ‘unlocks.’  That’s if you’re concentrating… Having your brain wander off on to unrelated things while chanting might make it take longer.” CHANTING IS FUN, EASY, AND ALWAYS AVAILABLE TO YOU! Chanting is a useful anecdote in our fast-paced lifestyles, stressful lives, and during our modern times.  Chanting is a good habit and beneficial to bring into your life, no matter how busy you are each day: You can chant alone, silently, quietly... read more

Hanumen Summer 2015 Schedule

Full Summer Schedule: Hanumen Summer 2015 Schedule in partnership with the Call and Response Foundation Hanumen Kripalu w/Shiva Rea Retreat 7/7-9, 2015 Join renowned yoga teacher Shiva Rea for her annual teacher training at Kripalu in the beautiful Berkshire Mountains. The Hanumen will provide daily live music to accompany to Shiva’s relaxation, trance dance and yoga classes. On Wed night July 8th The Hanumen will also provide a beautiful kirtan for all the guests at Kripalu Center. Come join us for what is sure to be a healing and inspiring week. www.kripalu.org Hanumen New York 7/9/2015 Yoga Mandali Saratoga Springs NY Evening Kirtan www.yogamandali.com   Hanumen Adirondacks Retreat 7/10-12, 2015 The Great Camp Sagamore Raquette Lake, New York 13436 www.greatcampsagamore.org Join the Hanumen July 10-12 ,2015 at The Great Camp Sagamore on beautiful Raquette Lake in New York state’s Adirondacks! The 3 day retreat features inspiring music, kayaking, yoga and pristine wilderness to explore! Enjoy a digital fast, feast on thoughtfully prepared vegetarian food and chant from your heart at this historic retreat center! The Hanumen will offer workshops on storytelling, mantras, percussion and the history behind the ancient practice of kirtan. The multi talented group includes Gaura Vani, John de Kadt, Purusartha Dasa, Benjy Wertheimer and Vish Seth. Yoga and meditation with John Smirtic is also included. The Hanumen’s trademark uplifting humor, inspiring stories and enthusiasm for conscious living will make this weekend the highlight of your summer! Your 3 day stay includes 6 meals, lodging at the renowned Sagamore Lodge, all workshops, use of kayaks and lakefront and evening kirtans. Hanumen Adirondacks is open for participants over... read more
Yoga American Style

Yoga American Style

  The Call and Response Foundation sponsored the production of Yoga American Style, by Prem Prakash. From Amazon: “This book is not about another type of yoga, which seems to be multiplying across the country. It’s not about yoga for the aerobic masses that just want to improve their bodies. It is, instead, the timeless essence of what yoga actually is. Written for Americans, it explains the practical philosophy and psychology of the deep spiritual path of true, ancient yoga.” Learn more on... read more
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