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 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!!!

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 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

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.