November 27, 2010

The Gita for Peru Ensemble

Selfless Service

Gita for Peru is a music project truly rooted in the embodied practice of karma yoga: selfless service. Everyone contributing to this project - from the musicians, to the video/photo/graphic design, to the spaces for our events - is offering their contribution from the heart, and asking nothing in return. I am deeply moved by the open-hearted generosity of this work, and am grateful to everyone who has offered so freely to serve this project. It feels so amazing to just show up and give in this way! If you would like to contribute to Gita for Peru in any way - whether a donation of any amount, or the contribution of your own gift of service, I would love to include you. Please be in touch if you are so moved:

Singing Bowls

One of our Gita for Peru event photographers is Jiho Sohn, and he is so amazing! Please check out his work at

Above, Lance David Bergerson's amazing Tibetan singing bowls

November 22, 2010

The Gita for Peru Ensemble

Meet the Musicians: Angela Blueskies

Born in the rolling hills of Appalachia, Angela Blueskies began playing the flute at age nine, and followed her passion for music to Baltimore, where she received her B.M. at the Peabody Institute. In recent years, her love for music merged with her quest for the Divine, leading her across four continents, flute in hand. During this quest, Angela received her M.A. in Pilgrimage Studies at Goddard College. Along the way, she fell in love with Peru – the land, the culture, and the people – and she has continued to journey there as often as possible. In connecting with ancient sacred traditions in Peru, she has found her own path as Song Keeper, merging music and prayer in connection with the traditions of her own indigenous ancestors.

Meet the Musicians: Liz Robinson

At the age of 5, Liz Robinson began her dancing career and has never stopped. She studied modern dance at the University of Maryland and has trained with several DC choreographers including the late Ed Tyler, Deborah Riley and Carla Perlo. Liz fell in love with sacred poetry eleven years ago after reading the Tao Te Ching. Since, she enjoys sacred texts from all religions and corners of the world, delighting in the many ways to honor the divine. Liz is currently studying acupuncture at the Tai Sophia Institute. Her hobbies include dance, hula hooping, Qi Gong, yoga, sewing, knitting and writing. She is engaged to be married to her beloved this June.

Meet the Musicians: Lance David Bergerson

Lance David Bergerson, born and raised in Baltimore, has travelled around the USA and lived in Massachusetts, Texas and California. He has been a meditation practitioner since 1972 and currently practices and teaches fundamental Buddhist philosophy at the Medicine Buddha Sangha in Baltimore, MD and the Tibetan Meditation Center in Frederick, MD. Lance completed a Buddhist pilgrimage to the Four Holy Sites in India and Nepal in the Wood Monkey Year 2004. He now enjoys playing the Himalayan singing bowls and bells to accompany meditation sessions.

Meet the Musicians: Owen Okie

Owen Okie began studying traditional Chinese music and pipa in 2002 with Gao Hong in Northfield, MN. He has played the odd gig here and there, most notably with Levialora and the Noumenon, a Baltimore area belly-dance and music troupe. Owen's hobbies include martial arts, rock climbing, scuba diving, hiking (Appalachian trail in 1999), meditation, travel, sailing, home brewing, cooking and baking, and writing (poetry and science fiction). Currently, his musical studies are on hold as he completes his M.S. in Herbal Medicine at the Tai Sophia Institute, as well as a program in Buddhist Psychotherapy.

Meet the Musicians: Sean McCutcheon

In the past sixteen years, Sean McCutcheon has played percussion and bass guitar in various bands, workshops, and drum circles, and he considers pro- gressive rock and world music to be his principal musical influences. He holds a B.A. in Philosophy from St. Mary's College of Maryland, and a M.S. in Computer Science from Florida Institute of Technology, and has also completed studies at Naropa University and Antioch College. Sean enjoys writing software and creating visual art, and also teaches kung fu, tai chi, and meditation in the Baltimore area.

November 20, 2010

Gita for Peru - our first event!!

Our first event was a tremendous success! I want to say more about it later, but want to just put it out there that so far, we have raised almost $700! Thank you to all the amazing people who have come together to receive our music, to support our project, and to bring our love into the world in selfless service!

November 16, 2010

Directions to Susquehanna Yoga

Take I-83 North to Timonium Road East. Turn right at the 2nd traffic light, which is W. Aylesbury Rd. This is at the shopping center with REI and Superfresh. Continue past the shopping center, and follow as the road begins to curve. Susquehanna Yoga is on the left, with a yellow awning out front, and some prayer flags. If you find that you come to the end of Aylesbury at York Rd, you've gone too far, turn around and come back. It's not the clearest, best lit building after dark, but you should find it - it will probably be the only place on that side of the street with much traffic in the evening!

I found the directions on Mapquest, but with just 12 W. Aylesbury Rd - that is correct, if you want to print door to door directions.

November 15, 2010

November 8, 2010

Two new events announced

There will be two Gita for Peru events in January 2011:

Saturday January 15th at Baltimore Yoga Village, Hampden, Baltimore, Maryland


Saturday January 29th at Coreworks in Columbia, Maryland

Please visit again soon for more information on these two events!!