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 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.

May 9, 2019 – Noah Project North – Sebastopol, CA

Dear Friends,

“Come, come, whoever you are

worshiper, wanderer, lover of leaving.

Ours is not a caravan of despair.

If you’ve broken your vow a thousand times

come, come again, come.”  ~ Rumi              How’s that for an invitation?

The Sebastopol Community Cultural Center at 390 Morris Street has assured me they are ready for us.  We’ll return to the Green Room next Thursday, May 9 at 7 pm.

Will there be tea and cookies and laughter and beautiful singing?  Yes!

Can you invite your friends?  Yes!

In Beauty It’s Begun,


MAY 5, 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.

The Noah Project Berkeley, under the leadership of Richard Naegle, will meet the 1st Sunday evening every month.  Next gathering is May 5, 2019.  This will continue  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.