Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Hang?
The Hang (pronounced 'hung') is crafted by Felix Rohner and Sabina Schaerer of the PANArt Hangbau Company in Bern Switzerland. The Hang first took shape in 2000.Hang means 'hand' in the local Bernese dialect which is an appropriate name as the Hang is designed to be strictly played with ones’ hands. Its plural is Hanghang.
What is Kirtan?
Kirtans events are typically 2-3 hours of call-and-response chanting with musical accompaniment. Call and response a style of singing in which a melody sung by one singer (usually the leader) is responded to or echoed by the audience. No prior experience is required.
What is a workshop?
Workshops are approximately 3-4 hours of call-and-response chanting, talks about the spiritual path, and a forum for questions and answers. Some workshops are done in collaboration with like-minded teachers.
What is a retreat?
Week long or weekend retreats are from 2-7 days sometimes done with like-minded hatha yoga or meditation teachers which include evening call-and-response chanting, and afternoon workshops. Because of the length of the retreat, it offers more time for the participant to dive deeper into the experience.
Do I have to join anything?
No, there is nothing to join. You are free to come and listen to the singing or you can join in if you like. You are free to come and go as you please during our events.