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!!

Feb. 8, 2020 – RUMI’S CARAVAN – Santa Rosa, CA

Rumi’s Caravan returns once again to The Glaser Center in Santa Rosa.  Do come and enjoy the spontaneous poetic conversation.  Poetry recited from the heart and by heart.  Join Kay Crista, Barry Spector, Larry Robinson, Maya Spector, Gwen O’Gara, Rebecca Evert and Doug as they recite the best of Rumi, Kabir, Oliver, Neruda, Bly, Yates and on and on and on, accompanied by splendid musicians.  Yes, and great food at the intermission

Glaser Center 547 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa (between 7th and 10th Streets, one block south of College Avenue) Public parking is available at the Seventh Street parking garage adjoining the building.

Although Rumi’s Caravan offers this performance as a gift to our community, we welcome donations to cover expenses. There will be no advance ticket sales and admission will be on a first come, first served basis.

Outer doors will open at 6:00 PM Theater doors will open at 6:30 PM Performance is at 7 pm.

January 9, 2020 – Friend’s House – Santa Rosa, CA

Doug & Corlene van Sluizer will present a poetry reading of their poetry in the library at 7:15.  684 Benicia Drive, Santa Rosa, CA   95409   For more information call

(707) 538-0152    


NOAH PROJECT – BERKELEY – January – June 2020 – Men Only

Hello Brothers in Song,

Here is the Noah calendar for the next several months.  All are on the first Sunday of each month except for May, which will be on Sunday May 10.  All are 7-9 pm at the Finnish Brotherhood Hall, 1970 chestnut Street, Berkeley.  Mark your calendars.

December 1, 2019

and in 2020:

January 5

February 2

March 1

April 5

May 10

June 7

Come!  Let us sing together!


November 29, 2019 The Noah Project North has sung it’s last note

Dear friends of the Noah Project North,

As the days grow shorter, I’ve been taking a long look at my relationships and commitments both near and far.  In a few weeks I’ll be 87 and yes, my mental belt still goes through all the loops.  I’ve noticed however, that while my elevator still goes to the top it sometimes jerks before the door opens to the penthouse.   I know it’s the ultimate vanity, but I want to be remembered at the top of my game.  As Dr. Seuss said, “I behave today as if today is the day I will be remembered.”

I will no longer be leading group singing with the Noah Project North.  We have gathered for the last time in that form.  What?  Yes.  Isn’t it better for us to remember the glorious singing we’ve done this year than have a “final evening” that could descend into pathos?

There are many opportunities in the area for you to continue singing with others.  There is The Joyful Noise Gospel Singers, The Occidental Community Choir, Jim Corbett’s Love Choir, The Pacific Empire Chorus, The Sonoma County Choral Society, and The Beatles Singalong to name a few.  I hope you reach out to them.

I’m still passionate about communities built and sustained through the arts of poetry and music. If I can be of service to a community event in beautiful Sebastopol, please call upon me.  New songs are coming through and I will, of course, continue to participate fully in “Rumi’s Caravan.”

So that’s the news.  It has been a joy to share tea and cookies with you as well as laughter and tears, and most of all – glorious singing!

In Beauty It’s Begun,

Doug of Gratitude Cottage

November 14, 2019 – Noah Project North – Sebastopol, CA CANCELLED

Dear Friends,

I just received word that we CAN NOT use the Main Hall of the  Cultural Center next Thursday, November 14th.  Hopefully the situation will be fixed by December 12th, our next scheduled gathering.  Here is what they have to say…

 “We are in the process of removing the ceiling tack from the inside of the Main Hall, this will take some time I am afraid.  If it isn’t one thing it is another and I am so very sorry! We love you guys and are giving our best to move forward, but there is so much out of our control. Please let me know if you have any questions! Also, some of you have been moved and we will keep you there until we hear otherwise.” 

So dear hearts, if you have invited friends to sing healing songs and inspiring chants  next Thursday, please let them know what is not happening.  Until we do sing together again here is a little Rumi poem that might speak to you.

You are song, a wished for song. Go through the ear to the center

where wind is, where sky, where silent knowing. Put seeds, cover them, blades will sprout where you do you work.  ~ Rumi


August 15, 2019 – Rumi’s Caravan – Osmosis Day Spa – Freestone, CA

Rumi’s Caravan will perform a benefit performance for The Center for Climate Protection, a nonprofit whose mission is to inspire, align, and mobilize action in response to the climate from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The Summer Garden Evening includes a fine wine and cheese reception and live music before the poetry performance.

Further information :

July 13, 2019 – RUMI’S CARAVAN – Oakland, CA

Rumi’s Caravan Returns to Oakland, CA   –   Poetry by Heart and from the Heart

July 13, 7 pm.  Unitarian church – 685 14th Street  –  Tickets $15. Advance $30 at the door.   –   More info:

Since 2001 Rumi’s Caravan has inspired audiences by weaving together poems by Rumi, Hafez, Machado, Rilke, Yeats, Mary Oliver, Naomi Shihab Nye, David Whyte and other poets from cultural and spiritual traditions across the world.  The presenters create an improvised poetic conversation with musical accompaniment.  Moving through moods of prayer and grief to humor and celebration, the Caravan always highlights the beauty of the spoken word.

August 2019 – January 2020 – The Noah Project – Men Only – Berkeley, CA

The Noah Project Berkeley meets generally the 1st Sunday of every month –  however August 4th is canceled and moved to August 18th.   Berkeley will always be in the Finnish Hall.

The Noah Project North meets the 2nd Thursday of every month in Sebastopol. 

Richard Naegle is temporarily not able to lead The Noah Project Berkeley.  Doug von Koss will return to lead August 18th and perhaps on into September 8th, October 9th, November 3rd, December 8th, 2019  and January 5th, 2020.  

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.