Which style of harmonium are you teaching at the course?
We are mainly focusing on Indian classical notes (SA Re Ga Ma etc) with less emphasis on chords. As this is a course for beginners, the classes are easy to follow with the guidance of our experienced teachers who adjust to the level of expertise of the students.
How many harmoniums are available for group use? If I have my own, could/should I bring it?
The Kirtan Course provides each student with a harmonium for individual learning and practice. If a student wishes to bring their own harmonium, they are most encouraged to do so as it always easier practicing with one’s own instrument.
Are there free days during the course?
Yes - free days are Saturdays and Sundays. You can use them to rest, enjoy the surroundings, meet up with other students, or extra practice which is highly encouraged! Unless something comes about due to exceptional circumstances only, there will be no classes scheduled on those two days.
Can I get a lift to and from the airport and how much would it cost?
Yes, you can. You will be contacted by our staff before the course to provide your arrival/departure details. We can organize your pick-up from any place in Belgium and neighboring places. The prices are listed here under the "How To Reach Us". It is always recommended to travel to one of the nearby local train stations of Barvaux (15 min drive) or Marloie (30 min drive)
Is the transport from the airport or train station included in the price of the course?
No. The prices are available at this link under the "How To Reach Us".
Is it possible to follow a vegan diet during the Kirtan Course?
The Community Kitchen prepares meals of a lacto-vegetarian diet. For most meals some of the preparations are vegan, however, it is always good to verify with the cook or kitchen manager what is suitable for a vegan. The restaurant (for a separate fee) is always an option for anyone that is looking for an alternative meal.
Is it possible to transfer my non-refundable deposit for the Kirtan course to some other course offered by Bhaktivedanta College?
The deposit can only be transferred for the next year's kirtan course. It can't be used for or transferred to any other course offered by Bhaktivedanta College.
Which address can I use if I need something to be posted to me while I am in Radhadesh?
Please use the following address and format:
for: (YOUR NAME HERE / Kirtan Course)
Petite Somme 10
Do students usually bring their own instruments (harmoniums, kartals etc)?
Students do not have to bring their own instruments since they are provided by the course. However, anyone wishing to come with their own instruments is more than welcome and encouraged to do so.
Do we have access to a computer while on the course?
We have wireless internet access on the college premises and in the temple reception area. We are not providing laptops or devices to access the internet.
How often will we be able to get to a shop for supplies (toiletries, etc.)?
Every weekend you will be able to go for shopping by car or you will be able to order whatever you need. We also have a Radhadesh taxi driver and, if needed, you can go to the nearby town during the week. Keep in mind that our Radhadesh Boutique also has a variety of essentials.
Is there a suggested list of what we need to bring?
There is no particular list of the things what to bring. For sure you need to bring some warm clothes (something) and dress for rain (just to be prepared) and your enthusiasm to learn and dive into kirtan.
What is the deadline for sending an application and payment?
There is no deadline. Once we reach our maximum enrolment of students, it will no longer be possible to attend. So if you are sure you will come, do not wait to register, as this is a first-come, first-served procedure. Payment details will be discussed when we receive the application. We require only a deposit to confirm your application, and later the balance will be required.
Can I join for part of the course?
We are not accepting part time attendance. Only full time students are admitted.