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!!

January 22, 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.   7-9pm  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.

March 12 & 26, 2017 Noah Project (men only) Berkeley, CA

Please see January 22, 2017 for information.  Thanks, Doug

April 1, 2017 Rumi’s Caravan Returns, Redding, CA

RUMI’S CARAVAN  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.

SATURDAY, APRIL 1, 2017, 7-9:00 pm.   The Center for Spiritual Living,  1905 Hartnell Avenue, Redding, CA.  530-221-4849.  Suggested $20.00 per person.

Welcome to the Caravan

April 9 & 23, 2017 Noah Project (men only) Berkeley, CA

Please see January 22, 2017 for information.  Thanks, Doug

May 7, 2017 “Let Us Sing Together!” Sebastopol Center for The Arts, CA

“LET US SING TOGETHER IN THE GARDEN OF FRIENDSHIP!”  with women and 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 spritual traditions to create a glorious mosaic of the human spirit.  Weaving a web of chant, movement, poetry and ritual, 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’s possible.     

Sunday, May 7th, 2-4:30pm, Sebastopol Center for the Arts.  282 S. High Street, Sebastopol, CA  Suggested donation $15.oo per person.

Afternoon will benefit The Women’s Recover Services of Santa Rosa and The Redwood Men’s Center Conference Scholarship Fund.  Tea & cookies of course.

May 21, 2017 Noah Project (men only) Berkeley, CA


Please see January 22, 2017 for information.  Thanks, Doug

May 27-June 4, 2017 Great Mother Conference, Nobleboro, Maine

THE GREAT MOTHER CONFERENCE.  Believe me, this conference is without a doubt, the best one going…anywhere!  We will gather by a lake in Maine, and through poetry, storytelling, music, movement, and reflection we will continue the work of nourishing the soul and lifting the spirit.  It is truly a bounty of poetry, mythology, music and friendship from all over the world.  Check out the website and then register.  And yes, I have the honor and pleasure to lead an hour of singing every morning before breakfast.  Whoop-ee.

www.greatmotherconference.org

June 18 & 25, 2017 Noah Project (men only) Berkeley, CA

Please see January 22, 2017 for information.

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

“Just Because It’s July!”   Another glorious evening of singing and chanting in community.  If we need a reason to gather in a great hall and blend our voices in universal chants and move our bodies in old circle patterns and sing and laugh (and maybe weep) with other men and women of good will…well, let’s just do it and call it “Just Because It’s July!”  It won’t be an ordinary evening.

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

 

July 8, 2017 – 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.

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

Please see January 22, 2017 for more information.  Thanks, Doug

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

Please see January 22, 2017 for more information.  Thanks, Doug

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!!!

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

THE WELL OF LIGHT, Another glorious evening of love, harmony and beauty with THE NOAH PROJECT at The Finnish Brotherhood Hall in Berkeley.

We will gather by Candle Light in a Great Hall, blending our voices in Universal Chants,           as our bodies breathe in Unison with 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.

 

December 1-3, 2017 Singing Through The Heart of Winter, St. Dorothy’s Rest, Camp Meeker, CA

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

Contact:  Richard Naegle at richardnaegle@sbcglobal.net