Level 1: Launch YOUR home chant practice (Boulder)
This six-week Level 1 IN PERSON class is a perfect INTRO for those looking to launch their own home CHANT practice!
Within a safe space, Mike Cohen, Dawnia Dresser & Michele Heaphy offer a fun program that guides and supports beginning Kirtan Leaders to launch a home chant practice & perhaps even share Kirtan with others.
Weekly classes (90 minutes long) create a perfect structure for beginning chant leaders to deepen their harmonium and chant skills while learning beautiful chants from the Bhakti/Sanskrit and Kundalini Yoga traditions. Join us so you can learn to sing and play (on the harmonium) seven chants from your favorite Western Kirtan artists, connect with amazing community, and step into this exquisite heart-opening practice in a new and deeper way!
You will learn to:
* Play basic harmonium chords while chanting six beautiful chants from your favorite Kirtan artists
* Build skill with playing the harmonium and sharing your voice
* Develop a basic conceptual understanding around music and Kirtan
* Cultivate an energetic understanding of mantras and deities
* Have lots of fun stepping into an amazing spiritual practice
You will emerge with the confidence, skill and repertoire to step into your own home practice and perhaps even gift your community with the blessing of sacred chant.
PROGRAM HOURS: Tuesdays 6-7:30pm
September 12, 19, 26, October 3, 10, 17
Held at Jeanie Manchester’s Anjaneya Yoga Shala – 1480 Violet Ave, Boulder, Colorado 80304. Please park out front and to the West of her house.
To participate you will need to beg, borrow, steal, rent, own or purchase a GOOD harmonium tuned to A-440. Please bring your harmonium to all classes. Let me know if you need help lining up a good harmonium. We have access to good harmoniums you can rent and take home for the duration of the six week class ($100), and great harmoniums you can purchase (starting at $900). Learn more about harmoniums at http://mikecohenkirtan.com/buy-a-harmonium-not-a-headache/
Got questions? Email Mike at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABOUT MIKE COHEN, MA
Mike Cohen, MA is founder of Kirtan Leader Institute. Since 2010 he has trained and apprenticed thousands of aspiring and emerging Kirtan Leaders across the globe, from total beginners to dozens he has guided to create/release Kirtan albums, play at festivals and tour nationally. A life-long musician with over two decades experience developing & coaching leaders, Mike has created a Kirtan curriculum that supports total newbies in quickly and easily learning to play chants from their favorite Kirtan artists (like Krishna Das and Snatam Kaur) without needing to understand or learn Western or Indian Classical music (Sargam).
Mike has released four critically-acclaimed full length Kirtan albums, the most recent two with Grammy Award-nominated producer Ben Leinbach (Jai Uttal, Krishna Das, Deva Premal). For well over a decade, Mike has toured North America, offering accessible and potent Kirtan events in yoga studios, healing centers and at yoga/chant festivals. In 2014 he had the honor of opening up for Krishna Das at Bhakti Fest Midwest. Mike lives in Boulder, CO where he leads Kirtan and trains Kirtan Leaders to share the exquisite practice of sacred chant. More at www.KirtanLeader.com
ABOUT DAWNIA DRESSER
Boulder, CO based Dawnia Dresser is an Anusara inspired yoga teacher and lifelong vocalist/musician. During her 19 years in Los Angeles, CA Dawnia co-created three albums of original folk-rock music and contributed extensively on albums and movies as a vocalist and voiceover artist. Dawnia is currently working with renowned Kirtan producer Ben Leinbach (Jai Uttal, Deva Premal) to create an EP of soul-infused mantra music. A graduate of Colorado State University with a degree in music and vocal performance, Dawnia serves as faculty in the Boulder, CO based Kirtan Leader Institute. Her warm heart, clear and caring teaching style and beautiful voice have led her to become a beloved member of the Kirtan community in CO and beyond.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
"I loved learning to play the harmonium and I am so excited to have one now!! I’ve been playing everyday and I am hooked. It’s amazing how great I feel everytime I chant, it’s like the express way to bliss. I’m feeling so much gratitude for this practice and want to go deeper. I really feel like this is what I need to be doing. It feels so clear to me."
— Heather Harris, dance/yoga instructor and choreographer
"This is an awesome systematic training that gets you leading Kirtan quickly! I have attended three Kirtan training programs and this one, by far, generated the most beautiful connections and deepest learning. There was so much wonderful energy created with such beautiful souls – I can’t recommend this program enough!
— John Warriner, Kirtan Leader
"After just one session in your Learn to Lead Kirtan class I felt brave enough to take my Bhava Mini harmonium into my yoga classes. I played it for students in savasana and to "om" at the end of class. Since then, I’ve had at least one student in tears at the end of every class. It’s incredible, the sound is so powerful! I even had the chance to lead a small Kirtan for a teachers workshop last weekend – so fun! Again, tears! Thanks!!"
— Morgan Schmidt, MA, RYT-500
Class size will be limited to 20 participants to create a high-touch learning environment. This program runs six weeks with a total of 9 hours of instruction in how to launch your own home chant practice and perhaps even share with others!
Early bird price of $249 runs through Thursday, September 7. General admission pricing of $349 starts Friday, September 8th. Online registration here.
TERMS OF SALE: Customer assumes all risk or danger incidental to the training or event(s), whether occurring prior to, during, or subsequent to, the actual program(s).
NO REFUNDS: All sales are final. No refunds will be granted. However, funds may be applied to future programs.
LIABILITY AND PHOTO/VIDEO RELEASE: I grant permission to Kirtan Leader Institute and Shiva Datta Music, LLC to use any/all photos or videos taken of me, the participant, for any Kirtan Leader Institute and/or Mike Cohen Kirtan event promotional purpose, including but not limited to the website, brochures, Facebook events, newsletter, photographer/videographer owned footage or other promotional items.
HEALTH DISCLAIMER: I certify that I, the participant, have consulted my physician and am in good health and have no physical or other impediment that would endanger me while participating. I hereby acknowledge that I understand all of the risks associated with this activity and knowingly agree to release, indemnify, discharge, waive and relinquish Shiva Datta Music, LLC (or its agents, employees, volunteers or parent companies or affiliates) from any and all liabilities, claims, or actions for personal injury, property damage, or wrongful death which may arise out of my participation.