Kathleen Karlsen with a harmonium for leading mantras and chanting
Kathleen Karlsen playing harmonium and chanting

About Kathleen Karlsen

Kathleen Karlsen is a musician, artist, writer and speaker focusing on the healing and transformative power of the arts. She has created over 150 inspirational presentations and workshops. 


As a teenager she began to pursue complementary health, meditation and spiritual practices in earnest. Kathleen also spent over a decade living in intentional spiritual communities.

Kathleen is the author of 200 articles and two books: Vocal Medicine: Transformation through Sound (2019) and Flower Symbols: The Language of Love (2011). Kathleen is the owner of Living Arts Enterprises, LLC.

Kathleen Karlsen leading kirtan, mantras and chanting

Kathleen began playing the piano as a child and taught piano to children and adults for a decade. In more recent years, she is the composer and lead vocalist for the Vocal Medicine band, creating original music in Hindu, Buddhist and Christian traditions.

Kathleen has taken three levels of training at the Kirtan Leadership Institute in Boulder, CO and has passionately pursued sharing this unique musical style ever since. Hear Kathleen's music and the Vocal Medicine band on the All Chants page.

In the last decade Kathleen has also held over seventy exhibits of her innovative artwork featuring spiritual themes and colorful florals, landscapes and abstracts. 


She is currently creating a line of gifts based on her own art and the illustrations of her daughter Rose Karlsen. Prints and Gifts are available on this website and at Karlsen Fine Art

In addition to several certifications in natural health, Kathleen's formal education includes bachelor’s degree in studio art (College of William and Mary) and a master’s degree in humanities (California State University). She later completed a year of doctoral studies in adult and higher education (Montana State University).

Cover of the book Vocal Medicine by Kathleen Karlsen
Cover of the book Flower Symbols by Kathleen Karlsen
Kathleen karlsen with the Vocal Medicine band
Kathleen Karlsen creating artwork