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Chanting & Harmonic Songs by the Fireside!

Come and share a heart-opening and healing singing and kirtan-style mantra chanting circle around the fire in the Salisbury Centre Garden

About this event

Welcome to these 3 new community singing sessions around the fire, a chance to connect with nature and community, sing from the heart in harmony with others, share intentions for the month ahead as well as learn beautiful songs and chants from around the world. They are suitable for complete beginners and those with an established love of singing and chanting.

(These session are a slight alteration of the regular fireside prayer circles which have been held forthnightly over the past year in the Salisbury Centre garden)

As singing together is once again allowed this event aims to recharge our heart with joy, harmony and music in the heart  to prepare for the autumn and winter ahead (There will still be place for sharing prayers into the fire!)

  • Express yourself!
  • Come and be guided into a journey into your voice and sharing harmonies!
  • Let’s recharge before the winter around the magic of the central Sacred fire!

Bring your instruments if you can jam along! 

Book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/chanting-harmonic-songs-by-the-fireside-tickets-172359340427


Date & Time :

  • Monday 4th October  (18:30-20:30).
  • Monday 1th November (18:30-20:30)
  • Monday 6th December (18:30 – 20:30) – NEW MOON SPECIAL!!!!

Location : Salisbury Centre Garden


Suggested donation– £10 – As this is a community event, if you cannot afford the suggested donation  email FrancescoBenvenuti.ed@gmail.com  to claim for a free space (or doante what you can on the night)

(to cover for Firewood costs and facilitator time)


Booking is essential

Book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/chanting-harmonic-songs-by-the-fireside-tickets-172359340427



Francesco Benvenuti will facilitate these sessions, bringing both his talent and love for chanting, music and mantra songs as well as the experience accumulated over his training, travels and adventure across Central & South America, and Australasia, and spending time with Indigenous tribes, numerous teachers and learning how to pray to welcome Magic and flow into our life.

“I have spent much time learning about “Fire-keeping” and ritual spaces and I love sharing what I have learn”


Hear a snippet of some of Francesco’s Mantra music here:



Francesco is a passionate Shiatsu Massage Practitioner, Embodiment Coach, Singing voice facilitator, Ceremonial space holder and a Carrier of the Sacred Fire.He composes his own songs which he loves sharing in a variety of ceremonial settings and festival. (see more about Francesco’s work here : www.resonancetherapies.life

Soundcloud : https://soundcloud.com/user-60817115



Occasionally, Francesco’s partner Katie will join these sessions to co-hold a mantra singing prayer space (together Francesco and Katie are part of of a Ceremonial Chanting Duo “The-Inner-Cheile” ( https://www.facebook.com/innercheile/)

Katie works as a dedicated environmental educator and activist, with a background in eco-therapy, ceremonial work, shamanic training, reiki, poetry and music.



The sessions welcome all new and old community members, friends, elders and young people, to gather around the Sacred Fire to explore and reclaim the role of Ritual, Ceremony, Singing & Prayer in our life to:


– Nurture our Soul, Mind & Body through sitting in a circle around a central Fire

– Build & strengthen community in a safe space to simply BE and pray together

– Share meaningful and inspiring music, songs, poems, quotes, sacred texts, writing, life-stories, dances… Anything can be your prayer!

– Witness and be witnessed in our sharing, to build solidarity and heart-connection (and enjoy! )

– Reignite the ancient ways of sharing a ritual space, as well as share cross-cultural indigenous wisdom

– Connect to and acknowledge the mystical side of life, THAT which is ungraspable to the mind and which can enable us to re-connect to the flow and Magic of life.

It is an honour to be offering these prayers circles on a recurrent base, in the beautiful sanctuary of the Salisbury Centre garden (a community centre for spirituality, creativity and peace)





We aim to start promptly and the door will be locked from 18:40 so try to be there by 18:20 – future dates or any changes will be communicated on here

Location @ The Salisbury Centre Garden (2 Salisbury Rd, Edinburgh EH16 5AB)



(this will go towards the firewood costs, to support the Salisbury Centre in these difficult times, and the facilitator)

If money is a barrier and if you cannot genuinely afford the suggested donation  email FrancescoBenvenuti.ed@gmail.com  to claim for a free space (or donate what you can on the night)



  • This will be a safe space to open and express your voice, in a non judgemental environment, sharing your voice in whatever way you wish
  • Be guided through improvvisations, harmonies and group chanting
  • There will be space to share reflections and prayers in between songs.

There’s no need to share anything if you do not want to. You are welcome to come and silently bathe in the reflection of the flames, the shared songs and the warmth of the central fire.



The Salisbury Centre garden has recently installed a disable toilet and an accessible disable ramp. Accompanied children are welcome (Please confirm this in your booking email)

People from all walks of life are welcome attend as in diversity we thrive. This includes every ethnicity, social background, religion, gender, age or disability.



Due to the coronavirus situation these sessions will be limited to 18 people until the regulations ease so that we can ensure social distancing.

To reserve your place please email: FrancescoBenvenuti.ed@gmail.com (or send a private facebook message through this event page)


!!! IMPORTANT NOTE (in case of adverse weather Conditions) !!!

On the day in case of uncertain weather, please check on the FACEBOOK Event page up to 3 hours before the evening to be aware of possible CANCELLATION/postponing.

Participants who have provided contact details will be informed.

May you wish to double-check please call 07900117836