Doug von Koss in full song, with arms folded over his heart, guides a singing circle of women and men in Italy.
Doug von Koss leaning against a brightly painted yellow and red gypsy caravan at the 2006 Minnesota Men's Conference.

 

“Without music, life would be a mistake.”

Friedrich Nietzsche

"Singing with Doug in his spirited, 'perfection free zone' is an epiphany of the heart and soul. Through his guidance, I feel free to sing out loud with my true voice, joined with others in a joyous celebration of life. A group of strangers come together, and in minutes are touching the miraculous."

Alan Cohn, Physician

List of Upcoming Events



When & Where to Chant & Sing With Doug!!

July 2, 2017 “Just Because It’s July!” Women & Men Noah Project Evening

It’s such a pleasure to invite you once again to our summer sing.   Because of hall availability, “Just Because It’s June” has become “Just Because It’s July!”  We’ll raise our voices together in songs that celebrate love, diversity, power, the rhythms of the year, and the circle of life.   We’ll sing songs for times when comfort is needed, and songs that remind us of our ancestors.  By the circular, non-hierarchical, harmonious intertwining of our voices we might just bring a little more light into the world.

Everyone is welcome.  No singing background is necessary whatsoever in our joyous perfection free zone.  Please feel free to pass this on to others.

Finnish Brotherhood Hall, 1970 Chestnut (off University), Berkeley, CA.  $10.00 per person.  No one turned away.

 

July 8, 2017 – 7 pm – Rumi’s Caravan returns to Oakland, CA

RUMI’S CARAVAN   COME CELEBRATE ECSTATIC POETRY AND MUSIC.  The Caravan brings to life the rich tradition of ecstatic poetry featuring the mystical poems of Rumi, Hafez, Rilke, Mary Oliver and others,recited by heart nd performed in the ecstatic tradition.  Now in its 15th year, Rumi’s Caravan is a 100-percent volunteer-run group of poets and community leaders who believe in the power of poetry to enlighten the human condition.  It’s mission is to awaken delight in the heart and to restore the soul of the would through ecstatic poetry and music.  Lavish attire is encouraged.  Poets: Maya Spector, Kay Crista, Barry Spector, Larry Robinson & Doug von Koss.

7 pm.  Humanist Hall, 390 – 27th Street, Oakland, CA.  $15.00 advance.  $30.00 at door.

www.rumiscaravan.com 

July 23, 2017 NOAH PROJECT {men only} Berkeley, CA

The Noah Project is a group of men who gather consciously to artfully explore the beauty and sorrow of the human condition using song, chant, group movement, poetry and ritual in community.  We take our name from a Rumi poem that says, “Start a large foolish project, like Noah!  It makes no difference what people think of you!”

Always Sunday evenings.   7-9 pm  We gather upstairs at the Finnish Brotherhood Hall, 1970 Chestnut in Berkeley.  All men of good will are welcome.  No musical training required.  You do need to be able to sing happy birthday without driving people out of the room.

In Beauty It’s Begun, Doug.

August 6 & 20, 2017 Noah Project (men only) Berkeley, CA

Please see July 23, 2017 for more information.  Thanks, Doug

September 3 & 17, 20917 NOAH PROJECT, {Men Only) Berkeley, CA

Please see July 23, 2017 for details.  Thanks, Doug

September 3rd is regretfully canceled.  We’re having a monster heat wave.

September 11-17, 2017 Minnesota Men’s Conference – Camp DuNord, Ely, MN

We will gather again at the site of the 1st conference at Camp DuNord in Ely, MN. for the 33rd Annual Minnesota Men’s Conference.  The camp is stunningly beautiful and is a perfect match for our gathering.

Please join us in Minnesota as we invoke deep earth powers: through song, myth and fellowship.  I beg and implore you to visit the conference website for more information.   www.minnesotamensconference.com

I’ll join in with great teachers like  Miguel Rivera,  Tom Gambell, Timothy Young, Ben Daniels, Walton Stanley and others.  Among the many accomplishments of this community, we have formed a medicine lodge of singers.  You can not imagine the beauty of a hundred men singing together in harmony.   If will not be an ordinary gathering!!!

September 18, 2017 “Singing In The Light” Minneapolis, MN

“Let Us Sing Together!”   I’m so pleased that I’ll once again join with my friend Barbara McAfee in an evening of paperless singing.  Barbara is a master in the form and I guarantee an evening bursting with harmony and beauty.    Come join us in                               Singing In The Light!

Monday, September 18, 2017, 7-9:00 pm, Hennepin Ave United Methodist Church – Art Gallery Room.  511 Groveland Ave, Minneapolis, MN

Song & Chant for all women & men of good-will in a “perfection free zone.”

             Come join your voice with others in joyful community!  We’ll draw from many of the world’s spiritual traditions to create a glorious mosaic of the human spirit.  Weaving a web of chant and movement, we can recognize and welcome our brothers and sisters as “Anam Cara” soul friends.  And too, we might just sing a little more light into our world.   It is possible!

          Suggested Donation $ 15 – $20.00    (No one turned away) to benefit The Minnesota Men’s Conference Scholarship Fund & The Mar de Jade Community Projects in Nayarit, Mexico.

Questions – Barbara@barbaramcafee.com or  vonkoss@sbcglobal.net

www.barbaramcafee.com  <0>  www.dougvonkoss.com

October 1, 15 & 29, 2017 NOAH PROJECT {Men Only} Berkeley, CA

Please see July 23, 2017 for details.  Thanks, Doug.

November 12 & 26, 2017 NOAH PROJECT {Men Only} Berkeley, CA

Please see July 23, 2017 for details.  Thanks, Doug.

December 8-10, 2017 Singing Through The Heart of Winter, St. Dorothy’s Rest, Camp Meeker, CA

SINGING THROUGH THE HEART OF WINTER: The Calling… – led by Richard Naegle and Doug.  A weekend for men and women full of singing, poetry, story, ritual, silence, community and love.  

 

Where?  ~St. Dorothy’s Rest, Camp Meeker~ A lovely retreat center built in 1900 in a grove of redwoods, an hour and half drive from the Bay Area.  Friday 8:00 pm, December 8 through 11:30 am, Sunday December 10.

As the darkness increases and the shadows of the world lengthen, as life seems to speed up in a frenzy of holiday celebrations: Soul in us longs for quiet, reflection, the healing wisdom of nature, and meaningful connection with others.   The distresses of our country and planet clamor for our attention—making it hard to hear the inner “still small voice” of what is truly wanted now for our lives.

Beyond the familiar shoulds and habits of being, what is the calling that now seeks you? An annunciation, a new birth, a revolution in the old order, a new ruling purpose? As you approach the winter solstice, what wants to be born in your life, and how might you best further it—for yourself and for our troubled world? What might be knocking at your door?

          The weekend will be full of singing, poetry, story, ritual, silence, community and love. You are invited to join with kindred spirits as we share good food and company, celebrate tears and laughter, and explore Soul’s longing in the darkest night. Let us allow the quiet and beauty of the redwoods of St. Dorothy’s prepare us for the coming Solstice season. Together we will help sing the world once again into being.   It’s possible, Doug & Richard

Fee: $215/per person double occupancy (+ $25 for single)  Fee includes lodging, 4 delicious meals, tuition and materials.  —Event sponsored by the Redwood Men’s Center—

Register now, as attendance is limited.

To register, send your check (made out to the Redwood Men’s Center along with the following information: Name, email address, street address, telephone number and food preference (vegetarian or non-vegetarian). Mail to Richard Naegle, 7365 Johnson Lane, Forestville, CA 95436. For further information, contact Richard Naegle at richardnaegle@sbcglobal.net, or call 707-887-1985. You will receive more information and driving directions with your acceptance email.

This weekend is a preparation time for the Solstice season in the quiet and beauty of the redwoods.  Just when our culture is speeding up for the ‘holidays,’  our souls long for the “holy days,” to hold true to the heartbeat of nature – the rhythm of stillness, waiting, letting go, anticipation.  

Come, join with kindred spirits as we share good food and company, sing universal chants and songs in joyous harmony, celebrate tears and laughter, and explore Soul’s longing in the darkest night.  Together, let us once again sing the world into being.

December 17, 2017 – The Well of Light, The Noah Project – Berkeley, CA

THE WELL OF LIGHT!   Another glorious evening for all human beings full of love, harmony and beauty with THE NOAH PROJECT at The Finnish Brotherhood Hall.

We will gather by Candle Light in a Great Hall, blending our voices in Universal Chants,           as our bodies breathe in Unison with the Spirit, singing out of the Dark & into the Light.

We will have tea & cookies, laughter & maybe tears…certainly prayers & affirmations while singing the Praises & Blessings with other Men and Women of good will on a Cold Winter’s Night.

Finnish Brotherhood Hall, 1970 Chestnut (off University), Berkeley, CA.  7-9:30 pm. Admission $10.00.  No one turned away.   Please, no dogs.

THE NOAH PROJECT is a group of men who gather consciously to artfully explore the beauty and sorrow of the human condition using song, chant, group movement, poetry and ritual in community.  We take our name from a Rumi poem that says, “Start a large foolish project, like Noah!  It makes no difference what people think of you.” Doug von Koss is the founder and artistic director.  Richard Naegle is the associate director.

 

January 7 & 21, 2018 NOAH PROJECT {Men Only} Berkeley, CA

Please see July 23, 2017 for details.  Thanks, Doug.