Chantfest 2013

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Chant-Fest is a retreat-festival experience which awakens your inner-soul and touches your heart through blissful devotional chanting and dancing.

The next Chant Fest will be 9-11 March 2013, over the Labour-Day long weekend.

Chant-Fest is a retreat-festival comprising devotional chanting and dancing. It includes different styles and traditions of Kirtan. Artists include Sri Prahlada, the sublime Sacred Earth and renowned American Qawwali singer Tahir Qawwal and Australian Musicians. For more information about this festival, visit Chantfest website.

Venue Information

Rocklyn Yoga Ashram, 393 Dean Barkstead Rd, Rocklyn, VIC 3364

The Rocklyn Yoga Ashram located at Rocklyn (near Daylesford) provides a supportive environment for taking time out to practice traditional aspects of yoga through wellbeing programs and accredited learning.

Approximately 1 and-and-a-half hrs from Melbourne the Yoga Ashram is set in a secluded forest environment abundant in wildlife and natural beauty. There are great tracks for walking and bike riding for those who wish to be more active in exploring the surrounding forest or the quiet gardens for those wishing to access the library and enjoy reading.


For those choosing the meals option (inclusive for residential, optional for day passes and camping) Three vegetarian meals are provided. Most dietary needs can be catered for. However, if we are not able to provide all your needs please be prepared to assist in bringing your special requirements with you. Please discuss your requirements with us before your arrival. Dairy products are served separately. Please inform us prior to your arrival of any medical considerations we may need to know about.

Families and Children

Children are welcome and are to be accompanied by a parent or guardian who takes full responsibility for their care whilst in the centre. Children must be accommodated with a parent or guardian and be prepared to take a private room.


Meditation rooms, forest walking and bike riding tracks, yogic library, reading rooms, computer facilities with internet access, well stocked shop with yogic books, accessories & yoga style clothing. All practice rooms, reading rooms and accommodation rooms are heated during winter. A public coin and card phone is available. Please supply your own phone card ("Aussie Card" or "Go Talk" recommended).

Mobile Phones

Rocklyn is a declared mobile free zone in the residential area, however they can be used in the car park. Note that there is no Vodafone network coverage.

No alcohol or illegal drugs are permitted on the premises. Chant-Fest is a non-smoking environment.

What to Bring


Pillow, single bed sheets, blankets/doona sheet and towel. A hot water bottle can be useful in the colder months. Please do not bring bedding that has been used in Backpackers or Hostel accommodation. Full bedding is to be pre booked and can be hired at $30 for the duration of your stay.


Bring clothes suitable for a yoga class and outdoor activities - very warm clothes for winter. Rocklyn is at a high altitude and can be at least 5 degrees colder than Melbourne. The weather is changeable, even in summer, and sometimes becomes quite cold.

The best shoes to bring are slip-on for around the ashram buildings and outdoor shoes for karma yoga or walking in the forest.

Laundry facilities are available. Please supply your own laundry powder.


It is recommended to bring a drinking bottle, torch, alarm clock, sunscreen, hat and ear plugs.


Chant Yoga provides creative yoga, meditation, chanting and kirtan events and workshops in Melbourne and surrounding areas. We run weekly and monthly community kirtan and chanting events, Trataka Yoga School and the Chant Yoga Kirtan School.

Our focus is on connecting the public to the aspects of yoga that are beyond just the physical practices of yoga postures so popular in the west today. The yogic practices of mantra, chanting, kirtan, meditation and sacred ritual open the heart, purify, energize and awaken us to the more subtle aspects of bliss (ananda) and peace (shanti) truly attainable through full yoga practice.

Rama Media is an events organization based in Australia. Our network extends to various Non-Profit organisations, over 1500 Yoga studios and teachers, and over 50 yoga, kirtan, theatrical and dance performers.

Our mission is to produce successful events within the Yoga and Music industry by facilitating the requirements of our artists and performers, while empowering and engaging local partners and supporter’s which mutually promote positive consciousness and lifestyle within the community.

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