UMF Invites Public to Celebrate Kalikow Legacy with Contemplative Events, Feb. 8-11

Bhavani Lorraine NelsonFARMINGTON, ME (January 26, 2012)—In celebration of Theodora J. Kalikow’s visionary leadership during her 18-year tenure as UMF President, the University of Maine at Farmington is proud to present the experiential workshops in meditation and mindfulness of Bhavani Lorraine Nelson, a professional-level Kripalu Yoga teacher. These events are free and open to the public and will be presented Feb. 8-11, at various campus and community venues.

“Through the years, UMF and Farmington have worked hand in hand to create a unique place for students and community members to live, grow and prosper,” said Kalikow. “This wonderful series of events will be a joyful celebration of song that will provide a way for everyone to connect and celebrate everything we’ve accomplished together.”

A Yoga teacher who has practiced and taught meditation for more than 40 years, Bhavani leads workshops in meditation, mindfulness, stress reduction, and her primary work, the power of the voice.  According to Tresca Weinstein, editor of the Yoga Bulletin of the Kripalu Yoga Teachers, “With wisdom, humor, crystal clarity, and down-to-earth, detailed directions, Bhavani Lorraine Nelson makes meditation not only possible, but also understandable, approachable, and inspiring.”

Affiliated with Kripalu since 1988, Bhavani has taught across the United States, Canada, Japan, and Iceland. She has several albums of singing, chanting, and sounding experiences in addition to her Meditation Made Possible CD series.

Experiential Workshops in Meditation and Mindfulness by Bhavani Lorraine Nelson:

Wednesday, Feb. 8

11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Lobby, UMF Education Center

Bhavani, accompanied on the harmonium, presents the joyful practice of Sanskrit chanting.
Bhavani conducting chanting workshop
7-8:30 p.m. Office of Christie James, Western Maine Osteopathic Healthcare, 225 Main St., Farmington
This is the foundational workshop for all of Bhavani’s work with sounding. In it she teaches how everyone is made of sound and prepares participants for singing, chanting or speaking with fun, easy exercises to open the body and release the voice. To register, please call 778-7242. Spaces are limited.

Thursday, Feb. 9

7:30-9 p.m. Performance Space, Emery Community Arts Center

Prepare for a joyful evening as Bhavani presents the enchantment of Sanskrit chanting with drum accompaniment. Reception to follow. In case of inclement weather, the snow date for the Kirtan is 7:30-9 p.m., Friday, Feb. 10.

Friday, Feb. 10

12 -1 p.m., The Landing, UMF Olsen Student Center
In this workshop, Bhavani uses a unique process to help people experience the meditative state.

Saturday, Feb. 11

9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. North Dining Hall A, B & C, UMF Olsen Student Center
A relaxing and informative experience, in this session, Bhavani shares a tool-kit of transformative stress-relieving techniques and practices. (12-1:30 p.m. lunch break on your own)

These events are sponsored by the generous gift of an anonymous donor.

Seating will be available at the chanting and meditation workshops. Participants are also invited to bring yoga mats or cushions for their personal convenience. For more information on Bhavani Lorraine Nelson, please visit her website at

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Photos can be found at:

Photo Credit: Submitted photo

Photo Caption: Bhavani Lorraine Nelson

Photo Credit: Submitted photo

Photo Caption: Bhavani conducting chanting workshop.