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 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.

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.

February 4 & 25, 2018 Noah Project (men) Berkeley, CA

Finnish Brotherhood Hall, 7-9 pm, upstairs.  An evening for men only full of song, chant, group movement and a poem or two to keep us on the trail of beauty and soul nourishment in a sometimes sorrow filled world.  All men of good will are welcome.

You just need to sing Happy Birthday well enough to NOT drive everyone from the room.  Ability to read music not required in our perfection free zone.

 

 

March 4 & 18, 2018 – Noah Project (men) Berkeley, CA

Please see February 4 & 25 for details.

Thanks, Doug

April 8 & 22, 2018 – Noah Project (men) Berkeley, CA

Please see February 4 & 25 for details.  Thanks, Doug

May 6, 2018 “Spring Sing!” For Women & Men, Berkeley, CA

“SPRING SING!  We will gather by Candle Light in a Great Hall…Blending our voices in Universal Chants…Moving our bodies in old circle patterns…Singing & Hearing & Talking & Laughing about Love & Life & Living Radiantly.  (Of course, the usual tea & cookies, praises & blessings …Shared with Men and Women of good will.  It won’t be an ordinary evening.

May 6, 2018  Sunday Evening   7 PM TO 9:30 PM

Finnish Brotherhood Hall, 1970 Chestnut (off University) Berkeley, CA

$10.00 per person         No one turned away.

May 20, 2018 – Noah Project (men) Berkeley, CA

Please see February 4 & 25 for details.  Thanks, Doug

June 10, 2018 – Noah Project (men) Berkeley, CA

Finnish Brotherhood Hall, 7-9 pm, upstairs.  An evening for men only full of song, chant, group movement and a poem or two to keep us on the trail of beauty and soul nourishment in a sometimes sorrow filled world.  All men of good will are welcome.

You just need to sing Happy Birthday well enough to NOT drive everyone from the room.  Ability to read music not required in our perfection free zone.

June 24, 2018 “Just Because Its June!” Noah Project Women & Men, Berkeley, CA

“Just Because Its June!”  A Midsummer Evening for Men & Women…Full of Love & Chant & Community & Song with Doug von Koss, Richard Naegle & The Noah Project

If we need a reason as men and women to gather again in a great hall and Sing healing universal Chants and Songs in magnificent harmony…If we need a reason to have Tea and Cookies and share Laughter and Praises and Blessings  …

If we need a reason to joyfully participate in the sorrows of the world and let our Beauty shine unrestrained…Let’s just do it and say, “Just Because Its June!”  It won’t be an ordinary evening!

Finnish Brotherhood Hall, 1970 Chestnut (off University) in Berkeley.  7 – 9:30 pm $10.00 per person.  No one turned away.