Level 2: Learn to SHARE Kirtan w. Others INTENSIVE
IS THIS PROGRAM FOR YOU?
Come join us if you are an EXPERIENCED Kirtan Leader seeking to create powerful Kirtan experiences in yoga classes, on retreats and in your local community.
This Program is perfect for:
* Kirtan Leaders who share Kirtan in yoga classes
* Kirtan Leaders who aspire to share Kirtan with a band in their community
Kirtan Leaders working on SHARING Kirtan with others focus on building the skills and confidence required to begin to guide a band while leading participants on a Kirtan journey.
YOU WILL LEARN TO:
* Expand your understanding of chords and voicing options to make the most of the harmonium
* Strengthen your singing
* Grow your repertoire through more advanced cover chants by your favorite Kirtan artists
* Build comfort in speaking publicly about chants, telling stories, and sharing the power of Kirtan as a sacred practice
* Lead your band (drummer and response singers) with skill and ease
* Lead the group in a chant experience!
Friday, May 29 from 3-6pm (training session)
Saturday, May 30 from 9-5pm (training session) + Kirtan event at 7:30pm
* Sunday, May 31 from 10:00am – 5:30pm (training session) + 6-10pm – Kirtan Leader potluck and Jam Session!
Nyland Co-housing, 3525 Nyland Way Lafayette, CO 80026. http://www.nylandcohousing.org/
FREE 30-Minute Clarity Call
Are you wanting to join a class, but you have questions or reservations? I am offering a clarity call to students to discuss all of your questions and to see if this season is the right time for you to join.
To participate you will need to beg, borrow, steal, rent, own or purchase a GOOD harmonium. 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 training ($50), and great harmoniums you can purchase ($750). Learn more about harmoniums at http://mikecohenkirtan.com/buy-a-harmonium-not-a-headache/
HIGH TOUCH, HIGH LEARNING
Just as in Dancing with the Stars, or Fantasy Baseball Camp, this Kirtan Leader Intensive will offer you the opportunity to work with professional musicians who are accustomed to performing at large, successful Kirtan events.
Working with professionals will quickly increase your level of development, as there are no external obstacles to developing your Kirtan skills. You will experience the added value of having ongoing coaching guidance that will create a safe and supportive container for your learning experience so you stay focused on your learning edge.
Program participants will be supported by Mike Cohen, voice teacher Dawnia Dresser and outstanding percussionists Ken Matarazzo and Issa Malluf.
All participants will receive downloads of Mike’s four albums, a 30 page handout on Kirtan and Bhakti Yoga and detailed chant sheets for the songs we work with.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
"I wanted to thank you again for the best chanting weekend evah! I loved every minute of it– all the teachers were tops, the participants you drew from around the country, the structure, the content…I had a chanting hangover (in the best possible way). My confidence improved dramatically as a result of the weekend, and I’ll look forward to the next Level 2 event."
— Amy Lieberman, Yoga Teacher, Kirtan Leader, Health Coach
"I was truly blessed and honored to be part of this event. Namaste to all who attended, facilitated and supported this awesome event. Special thanks to Nyland Co-housing for sharing their beautiful facility. This program really gave me made lasting state of gratitude and satisfaction. Highly recommended!"
— John Gorecki, Kirtan Leader
"Such a transformative weekend – excellent execution – it was so professional and well organized. I was so impressed with all of the effort you put into the class and into each of us!"
– Laina Taylor, healer, Kirtan Leader
"Mike has illuminated the practice of leading Kirtan in ways I never could have imagined. I have grown in confidence as a leader, a musician, and as a spiritual practitioner. I’m so grateful for this gift."
— Tim Jordan, Los Angeles, CA
* 19 hours of class time.
* Free admission to Saturday evening Kirtan event.
* Participation in Sunday evening Kirtan Leader potluck and jam session. Participants from this program will have an opportunity to lead the group in a chant experience with support from a professional drummer and response singer.
* Pre- and post-session teleconferences to prepare and debrief.
This 26 hour program is limited to 15 participants- act now to reserve your spot!!
* Early bird tickets $495 through the evening of May 21.
* General admission tickets $595 starting May 22.
This program includes a FREE pre-intensive group teleconference AND a follow up teleconference- dates and times TBD.
Register online here. You can also pay by sending a check to Mike Cohen- #3551 Nyland Way Lafayette, CO 80026.
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.
Got questions? Email Mike at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABOUT MIKE COHEN
Mike Cohen, MA is founder of Kirtan Leader Institute. Since 2010 he has trained and apprenticed hundreds of aspiring and emerging Kirtan Leaders across the globe from total beginners to several he has guided to create/release Kirtan albums, play at festivals and tour nationally.
A life-long musician with 16 years experience developing leaders, Mike created a proven methodology for training and apprenticing Kirtan Leaders based around five relevant domains for leading Kirtan: Musicianship, Leadership, Community Building, Entrepreneurship and Spirituality. Work within these 5 domains helps Kirtan Leaders build skill and confidence in serving others through the ancient/modern practice of sacred chant.
Mike has released four critically acclaimed albums, and is crearting more music with Grammy Award nominated producer Ben Leinbach (Jai Uttal, Krishna Das, Deva Premal). For over a decade, Mike has toured North America, offering accessible and potent Kirtan events in yoga studios, healing centers and at yoga/chant festivals. Mike lives in Boulder, CO where he spends 100% of his time sharing Kirtan and training Kirtan Leaders through his Kirtan Leader Institute. More at www.MikeCohenKirtan.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.
ABOUT KEN MATARAZZO
Ken Matarazzo is a Boulder, CO based performer and teacher who has studied and performed on frame drums and afro cuban percussion since the early 90’s. Some of his teachers include master drummers, Randy Crafton, Layne Redmond and John Amira. Ken has collaborated with diverse artists, such as Jerry Joseph, Layne Redmond, Jim Matus and most recently Kirtan Leader Mike Cohen. Ken currently serves as faculty in the Boulder, CO based Kirtan Leader Institute.
ABOUT ISSA MALLUF
Palestinian-American percussionist, Issa Malluf, is a native to New Mexico. Originally self-taught, Issa has become a highly skilled and internationally recognized specialist in Middle Eastern, Arabic, and North African percussion. He has performed nationally and internationally at venues as noteworthy as the Kennedy Center and the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Issa has recorded with artists including Grammy winning oud virtuoso Rahim Al-Haj, guitarist Peter Buck of R.E.M., and Eastern European, Balkan, and Turkish influenced ‘A Hawk and a Hacksaw’ among many more. He is frequently sought after due to the clarity, precision and complexity/simplicity of his drum work and rhythms. Issa is a natural teacher and has instructed and inspired all levels of drummers. He teaches workshops locally and has taught as a guest instructor at Yale and the Chicago School of Music. Though his primary genre is Arabic/Middle Eastern percussion, Issa is knowledgeable in an array of percussion styles from around the world and is ever expanding in to new territory and understandings through both study and travel. More at http://issamalluf.com