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“One of our favorite Renaissance Men.” A dear friend and talented award-winning playwright, screenwriter, novelist, musician, song writer and a dedicated student of the Vedas. You can hear Pete’s smooth voice on many Jeffrey’s class CDs and at our previous TGIF parties. As a person he’s simply a great inspiration to everyone. His only flaw – he’s addicted to Sandi’s chai – but who can blame him for that!…and we’re all addicted to Pete!
Go to the TGIF Gratitude Page: www.petemccormack.com/music_003.htm or www.petemccormack.com/music_003.htm
and you can download some of Pete’s music for Free!
Thomas has composed a beautiful album in 2006 using the words from some of Jeffrey’s mystical love poetry. The album is available from VASA or online at spiritvoyage.com. Thomas is also the producer and arranger for Snatam Kaur and has collaborated on songs and albums for the likes of Seal, Cher, Sean Penn, Olivia DAbo, Patrick Leonard and others. This is the perfect album for divine meditation or a romantic evening!
We have audio samples of Thomas and Jeffrey’s work available on our products page!www.ThomasBarquee.com | www.spiritvoyage.com
Considered internationally as one of the pioneers of well-being music, Patrick Bernard creates new forms of music. Song writer and composer, his unique style invites us, to travel across the powers of sound, to rediscover in ourselves the joy of possibilities. Many of his albums have received prestigious awards and are appreciated by many music lovers across the world. With a soft and soothing voice, a real balm for the heart, he sings in his compositions the sound vibrations of SANSKRIT, ancestral language carrier of a prodigious power of interior transformation.Patrick is working on a CD featuring Jeffrey’s poetry. Tentative release Spring of 2009.www.PatrickBernard.com
RASA: Kim Waters & Hans Christian
The sound of RASA is unlike anything you’ve ever heard… Sensual vocals and soaring cello and sarangi swirls weave a sacred tunic of devotional love songs in Bengali and Sanskrit. Shelter maps a voyage towards spirit with its irresistible melodies, luscious grooves and soulful performances. You are invited to embark on a journey to the transcendental realm…”– New Earth Records www.rasa-music.com. Hans has a new solo album out, Undefined Heart, recorded live, 2010, in Chartres, France. read more here
INCREDIBLE Photography www.robertleon.com
Robert is an international photographer living right here in Vancouver. He comes to class most Wednesdays and is a real addition to the VASA community. His real talent is in the way he sees the world around him – have a look at his travel shots – he really CAN capture the “soul” of a person and the divine essence of the moment.
Sonja is a wonderful artist, jewellery designer and dancer who has been a student of Jeffrey’s since 1996 and as she says: “I sat in class and the designs for my new Kamala line began to flow.” The inspiration of the Kamala line became a reality through Jeffrey’s guidance and teachings. If you go to her site she has bracelets, earrings, malas and necklaces engraved with Sanskrit mantras and Davanagari that she learned from Jeffrey. Wearing the Sanskrit is a wonderful way to “Always remember and never forget …the Divine.” www.SonjaPicard.com
Robin Noll – Mission Studios
Robin Noll has been a student of Jeffrey’s for over 30 years and inspired by his teaching, she carves “museum quality” sacred deities of the East. Her husband Paul “shrinks” them down to smaller size. They live in Ashland Oregon. www.inspiredsculptures.com
Karnamrita grew up in the ashram of Jeffrey’s first guru and listened to the devotional albums that Jeffrey and Michael Cassidy produced early in their career like Change of Heart. She is a beautiful flower from that tree and Karnamrita represents the new generation in devotional music today. We are delighted that she came to perform at one of our events in 2006. Her latest album DASI – Prayers for Women, is an offering of devotional prayers by the female saints of India. Filled with haunting harmonies, Karnamrita’s soulful, velvety voice, blends with mandolins, violins, sarods, sitars, pianos, harmonium, pakawaj, tablas, mrdangam and even the South Indian coconut shells are not missed. Her album was produced by another friend Ron Marinelli at Blue Monsoon Music. www.karnamrita.com www.spiritvoyage.com
Swami Beyondananda – Steve Bhearman
Steve and his wife Trudy have been great supporters for many years and we love stopping in on them in Santa Rosa when ever we get a chance. Steve Bhaerman is an internationall-known author, humorist, and workshop leader. For the past 18 years, he has written and performed as Swami Beyondananda, the “Cosmic Comic.” Swami’s comedy has been called “irreverently uplifting” and has been described both as “comedy disguised as wisdom” and “wisdom disguised as comedy.” www.wakeuplaughing.com
DV Cinematographer / Photographer / Jeffrey’s photographer
Jane Weitzel – Jane is one of Canada’s leading commercial and fashion photographers. Her visual creativity is masterful in every image she captures. She’s also dedicated practitioner and teacher of yoga and one of the sweetest women you will ever meet. Jane and her partner Mike are a pleasure to have in our circle of friends. www.janeweitzelstudios.com
Jeanette is a world class painter who resides in Richmond, BC. Her painting “CARESS” was used as the artwork for the UltiMate Relationship Seminar. Jeanette paints on glass from the back – in order words she paints in reverse. She’s literally a wonder-woman, she not only runs the Doorknocker Bed and Breakfast in Richmond but she did most of the renovations to the beautiful tudor manor herself. www.jeanettejarville.com
Another “Renaissance Man”- Frank is a wonderfully talented award-winning composer and dedicated yogi.
A multi-platinum selling record producer, Grammy-nominated songwriter, social entrepreneur and award-winning filmmaker, Frank Fitzpatrick has proven himself to be a creative visionary and tireless force for transforming the human spirit through music and film. He has created the soundtracks for over two-dozen films, produced countless music events and sold over six million albums. www.frankfitzpatrick.com
Jerry is one of the chant -pioneers in Vancouver, BC. Jerry DesVoignes has a diverse and extensive musical background in contemporary music and has been singing and leading Kirtan for over 25 years. His four octave range allows him to move about effortlessly with his voice, bringing into the evenings beautiful sound-scape his incredible vocal skills of creating the deep tones of the Tibetan Monks also called (Kargyraa), from the Tuvan Throat Singing.www.healingvoices.net/music.html
Originally from Cameroon, Jacky Essombe grew up in Paris and now lives in Vancouver. She has toured in Canada, the United States and Europe with major recording artists and has appeared on television and radio in Canada and France. From 2006 to 2007 she was the host of a weekly television show on the French CBC TV channel called “A la Carte”….
Her message is simple: You belong! This is our culture! more about Jackie - www.jackyessombe.com
TGIF Dessert fame! Chocolates and desserts www.SweetThea.com