YOGAFEST WHITE OAKS RESORT
Friday June 10th, 2016
Yoga/Meditation/Live Music with John William Bauld & Shonna Brown
Special Guests David Hickey – Crystal Journey & Tony Murdock
Niagara on the Lake, ON | (contact White Oaks directly)
Featured Presenters, Teachers & Musicians
JOHN WILLIAM BAULD & SHONNA BROWN
John William Bauld (MahaDeva) & Shonna Brown (Annapurna), two of the four founders of AnandaFest travel internationally teaching classical yoga and sharing the divine practice of bhakti (loving devotion) through kirtan, and live music performances.
CRYSTAL JOURNEY – DAVID HICKEY
Based in Mount Hope, Ontario, David performs with Quartz Crystal Singing Bowls, over 20. Each produces a pure note or tone, the purest there is. You have to hear them to believe it. He plays them in combination with 8-10 Paiste Planet, Symphonic and Sound Creation Gongs, Vibraphone and Santoor. Every gong features a strong fundamental note tuned to represent a natural harmonic series based on the orbital properties of the Sun, the Earth, the Moon and the other planets. “It’s like having a full orchestra.” comments David. He also performs with other beautiful organic instruments that add the finishing touches to an amazing performance.
The past seven years have seen him touring Canada coast to coast performing over 700 shows and releasing 7 CD’s. David has played the Bowls and Gongs accompanied by various musicians as well as with the Winnipeg Chamber Orchestra June 2006. Crystal Journey has dedicated it’s intention for the music to help raise awareness to our environment and such social causes as Tibet and Burma, raising funds for these and various other charities.
The intent of the performance is to create soothing, meditative and healing music. Each one of the performances are completely improvised and unique. The music attracts a full range of listeners. Concerts are in two sets, each lasting about an hour. David cites his musical inspirations as, Jerry Garcia, The Grateful Dead, John Lennon, George Harrison, Bob Marley, and Frederick Chopin.
Tony’s spiritual journey began in 1972 when he met his guru Ramakrishna Ananda. From this point forward, he has dedicated his life to personal spiritual unfoldment. In 1973 he received his spiritual name Vishnu Das (servant of the preserving aspect of the Divine).
Tony’s interest in spiritual development led him to study Comparative Religions at York University and California State University Fullerton. After completing his Honours Degree in Comparative Religions, he continued his academic studies and received his Master’s degree from McMaster University in Sanskrit and Hindu Religious History, with a minor in Christian Studies.
Since 1998 Tony has been facilitating meditation classes and workshops in various parts of Ontario, Halifax, and in Vancouver, BC. His personal practice and coursework incorporate a blend of meditations drawn from a variety of religious and spiritual traditions, including Hinduism, Buddhism and Christianity. This experience gave him the tools to work successfully for 12 years in corporate middle management. It taught him to balance his life as a meditator with both his work and his personal life.