Sacred Song Kirtan Gathering

Friday, June 14th 6-8 PM with guest cellist, Nirmal

Common Fence Point Community Center- 933 Anthony Rd. Portsmouth RI

Are you interested in learning some ancient, simple, powerful Sanskrit mantras? Do you enjoy singing with others? Do you want to explore the comprehensive benefits of chanting? Do you need time and space to rest/heal/restore/regroup? Through toning these time tested sonic vibrational sounds along with our collective energy of loving kindness, we will "follow the OM" all the way Home to our inner Sacred Center where there is true rest. We will play some songs from Kirtan artists Krishna Das, Girish, Sam Garrett & Mollie Mendez as well as a few originals.

Back jacks, chairs and bolsters will be available for you to use. Come ready to sing, connect and chill out!
Doors open at 7:00 for tea and conversation, singing starts at 7:30 and we finish around 9 PM.

Feel free to bring a yoga mat and food contribution for the refreshment table if you like. 

Registration on Eventbrite is encouraged but drop-ins are also welcomed.

Offered by donation.

Questions? text Rev Shelley @ 860-965-9995

Nirmal Chandraratna is a New York City–based Kirtan artist and composer with a passion for nurturing connection— to spirit, to community, and to one's deeper self— through music. Using the voice, the harmonium, and the cello, he creates music for Kirtan and meditation, and works for communal performance. You can listen to music and media at

The Sacred Center Presents:

An evening of music and conversation 

with recording artist, Girish

We're very excited to welcome Girish to The Sacred Center while on his East Coast Tour!  His music and instruction has been a direct source of inspiration for many of us here in this yoga community.

Girish is an internationally touring world music artist, teacher, and author. He began his music career as a jazz drummer, spent five years as a monk, returned to music as a session tabla player on more than a hundred world music albums, and for the past twelve years has written, recorded, and performed his own original music and taught Sanskrit mantras and chanting in music festivals and yoga studios all over the world. His seven albums have received critical acclaim from O, The Oprah Magazine, Yoga Journal, and The Guardian, among others. Girish's book, Music and Mantras, continues Girish's mission to share the art of meditation through music and mantra with the world. 

This will be a gentle, relaxed, educational and inspiring evening where we will hear about his spiritual journey, gain deeper insights into the significance and profound health benefits of mindful singing and chanting … and of course, we will enjoy his heart-melting music. So, come dip your toes in these musical waters originating from the yogic tradition and discover why group chanting and Kirtan has become part of our regular offerings here at The Sacred Center. 

Tickets are available on The Sacred Center Eventbrite page for $35.

If the ticket price is beyond your means please reach out to Rev Shelley Dungan to reserve one of our donation-priced seats.


Gentle Yoga & Meditation with Rev Shelley Dungan at Norman Bird Sanctuary

Saturday and Wednesday mornings, weather permitting 

June 15 - September 14 10:00-11:15 AM

We invite you to join us Saturday mornings on the lawn of Mabel Norman's Studio for a gentle yoga practice with meditation and deep relaxation. Come experience these unique, inspiring yoga classes where the sense of community is strong and truly heart-warming. Come, find your inner sacred center in a supportive, welcoming, nature-centered atmosphere. These classes are designed to be accessible for everyone in good general health regardless of yoga experience. This all-levels gentle class will include inspiring readings and yoga poses that emphasize developing strength, flexibility, balance & relaxation. Please wear comfy athletic clothing, bring a large blanket to go on the ground as well as your yoga mat and a thick blanket. 

Cash drop-ins are welcomed or register with a credit card on The Sacred Center Eventbrite page. Sliding scale $15-$20

Gentle Community Yoga 

Every Thursday morning at Common Fence Point Community Hall 9:30-10:45AM

Rev Shelley Dungan and Kate Ward will alternate teaching this beginner-friendly, all-levels gentle yoga class. The dates Rev Shelley is teaching is in the image above. No registration is needed, cash at the door, sliding scale $15-$20 per student.  Please bring your own yoga mat and thick blanket. You will leave feeling relaxed and restored. 

Questions? email



Women’s Circle Photo Walkabout & Pot Luck Dinner

Tuesday, May 7th 6-8 PM @ Norman Bird Sanctuary

Rev Shelley and professional photographer, Jen Shepherd are your hosts for this gathering.  We will meet in Mabel's Studio at 6 PM to connect, learn some tips on how to enjoy taking nature photos on our phones and then spend about an hour outdoors, strolling the trails, engaged with what is known as "mindful photography" using our cell phones (or a camera if you have one). Then we will return to the studio, share our photos as we enjoy a potluck dinner and some uplifting conversation.  All women who participate in The Sared Center happenings are invited to register! Be sure to wear clothing and footwear suitable for being outdoors. This gathering is weather-dependent so if we have inclement weather, you will be notified by email.

Please sign up to bring a dish. Suggested donation at the door is $20-$25.


RESTORE - Mini Retreat: self-care, yoga, community

 with The Sacred Center

Sunday, April 21st, 2:00-5:00 PM 

At Common Fence Point Community Hall

933 Anthony Rd. Portsmouth, RI

The community is invited to enjoy an afternoon of contemplative, mindful, restorative self-care: tending to the body, mind and soul. Those who gather with us will be led through a restorative yoga practice, followed by deep relaxation with the healing sounds of the crystal bowls. There will then be time for quiet personal reflection and we will conclude with an inspiring guided conversation, all led by interfaith Rev Shelley Dungan. Those who participate in this spiritual community gathering can look forward to leaving with their sense of peace, loving-kindness, hope & well-being restored. All are welcomed to come, regardless of yoga experience or ability to pay.

Offered by donation, tickets on Eventbrite 

Movie Night

Saturday, March 9th 7-9 PM

Common Fence Point Hall

933 Anthony Rd. Portsmouth, RI


“One Track Heart”

The story of Krishna Das, the chantmaster of American Yoga.

Join us for a soulful evening, as we gather to watch the

Inspiring tale of Krishna Das, the rock star of yoga,

and how he brought the power of chanting to America. 

Plus, enjoy snacks and engaging conversations about the benefits and enjoyment of chanting mantras; why the practice can foster a sense of well-being, spiritual connection and why The Sacred Center has started offering monthly Sacred Song Kirtan Gatherings.

This movie night is offered free of charge with donations welcomed at the door.

Please reserve a seat on The Sacred Center’s Eventbrite page

Are you curious why chanting and kirtan gatherings are becoming so popular these days?

~ Are you curious to learn how an ancient practice from India can be so relevant and engaging?

~ Have you wondered how Chant-master, Krishna Das became the legend that he is today?

~ Are you curious to hear how the Bhakti Yoga path of devotional singing has transformational power?

~ Are you looking for a new meditative pathway to explore that might awaken more joy and feelings of connection?

~ Do you want to chase away the Winter blues and hang out with some fun folks?

If so...please join us for this


Gentle Yoga & Sacred Sounds 

Sunday, Feb 25th, 6:00-7:30 PM 

@ Common Fence Point Community Center - 933 Anthony Rd. Portsmouth, RI

 Join Interfaith Reverend & yoga teacher Shelley Dungan accompanied by scientist & musician Greg Sabatino for a wonderful contemplative experience.  We will enjoy gathering in the newly renovated CFP Community Center for gentle yoga and a sacred sound journey.  We will stretch, breathe, relax and open ourselves to the healing quality of gentle yoga and the relaxing sounds of the crystal bowls and other assorted sound bath instruments.  Each yoga practice and sound journey will be unique. No yoga or meditation experience is needed.  Please bring your yoga mat, large blanket and pillow.

Tickets are needed and are offered with a sliding scale of $20-$25 on Eventbrite. 

Blessing of the New School Year Yoga & Ceremony

Join Rev Shelley Dungan, Sat Sept 3rd 9:30-10:30 AM at the Norman Bird Sanctuary for a special yoga class dedicated to honoring the beginning of a new school year.  This will be a gentle, all-levels yoga class that will include a blessing ritual to generate good energy and sincere prayers for the safety and well-being of teachers and students everywhere.  If you are a teacher, support staff or a student, please come for free.  For others, there is a suggested donation range of $10-$20.  No need to register, just come with a big blanket and yoga mat.  There will be a mindfulness meditation class offered after yoga for those who wish to stay.  Questions?  Contact Rev Shelley @

Full Moon Yoga at the Norman Bird Sanctuary Series Dates:

Fri Sept 9th 6:30-8:00 PM

Join Interfaith Reverend & yoga teacher Shelley Dungan accompanied by scientist & musician Greg Sabatino for a wonderful outdoor contemplative experience.  We will enjoy gathering on Mabel’s lawn for a fire ritual, gentle yoga and a sound journey under the evening sky at the Norman Bird Sanctuary.  We will stretch, breathe, relax and open ourselves to the healing and transformative influence of Mother Nature and the relaxing sounds of the crystal bowls, handpan, gongs and other sound bath instruments.  Make your summer special by taking time to connect with your sacred center within.  No yoga experience is needed. 


Golden Hour Gathering with Rev Shelley Dungan

Monday, July 25th 6:30-8:30 PM

Sachuest Point Wildlife Refuge, Middletown, RI

Join Interfaith Reverend Shelley Dungan for a time of connection, contemplation, movement and meditation.

6:30-7 we will gather on the lawn in front of the visitor center and have a poetry share (feel free to bring a short nature poem or quote and a chair or blanket)

7:00-8:00 we will take a mindfulness walk around the trails with pauses along the way to take in the beauty (please wear sturdy footwear and bug spray)

8:00 we will gather back on the lawn for a sunset meditation and closing prayer.

*please note that the public restrooms close at 6:30 PM.

* you are welcome to participate in any or all 3 parts of this gathering, time your arrival accordingly.

*offered by donation, a portion of which goes to support the work of Sachuest Point Wildlife Refuge.