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!!

February 3, 2019 – The Noah Project – Men Only – Berkeley, Ca

Let there be no confusion. The Noah Project Berkeley meets the 1st Sunday of every month in Berkeley.  The Noah Project North meets the 2nd Thursday of every month in Sebastopol.  Berkeley will always be in the Finnish Hall.  Sebastopol is looking for the perfect home.

The Noah Project Berkeley, under the leadership of Richard Naegle, will meet the 1st Sunday evening every month beginning February 3, 2019 through August 4, 2019.  The September gathering will be the 2nd Sunday evening, September 8th to avoid the Labor Day week-end.

The Noah Project Berkeley is a group of men who gather regularly to artfully explore the joys and sorrows of the human condition using song, chant, poetry and group movement.  All men of good will who can sing “Happy Birthday” without driving anyone out of the room are welcome to this totally diverse men’s group.

All meetings are upstairs at The Finnish Brotherhood Hall, 7-9 pm, 1970 Chestnut, (off University) Berkeley, CA.

They take their name from a line of Rumi’s poetry, “Start a large foolish project, like Noah.”  It makes absolutely no difference what people think of you.

March 13, 2019 Rumi’s Caravan – Petaluma, CA

Poets Kay Crista, Rebecca Evert, Larry Robinson and myself will be at Hospice of Petaluma, from 5:30pm to 7:30pm, sharing the oral tradition of poetry as we meander through moods of prayer and grief to humor and collaboration. Please come and enjoy a poetic conversation. It will not be an ordinary gathering.

Hospice of Petaluma, 416 Payran Street, Petaluma, CA, 5:30-7:30pm.

March 20, 2019 – Rumi’s Caravan – Santa Rosa, CA

Poets Kay Crista, Rebecca Evert, Larry Robinson and myself will be sharing poetry in the oral tradition at Memorial Hospice. Our poetic conversation will meander through moods of prayer and grief to humor and collaboration. All are welcome.

Memorial Hospice, 439 College Avenue, Santa Rosa, 5:30 pm-7:30 pm.

Noah Project North March 14, 2019 Sebastopol, CA

Clearly after our joyful sing on Valentine’s Day evening, we need a bigger space in which to gather. The recent flood caused me to look around beautiful Sebastopol and I’ve found a larger room for us to audition.  The sound should be great.  Esthetically it could use a little help, so we’ll each have to be the beauty in the room. 

            We’ll gather at 7 pm on Thursday, March 14th, at The Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 S. High Street.  We’ll meet in the “movement roombehind the stage at the rear of the building.  One can park in the rear of the building and simply walk up the handicap ramp to the entrance.

            Feel free to invite your friends to our perfection free zone of love, harmony and beauty in community.   The evening is open to all people of good will who can sing happy birthday without driving anyone from the room.

In Beauty It’s Begun,

Doug von Koss

The Noah Project North is a group of people who gather to artfully explore the beauty and sorrow of the human condition, using songs and chants from many world cultures and spiritual traditions as well as 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.”