Level 1: Launch YOUR home chant practice (Boulder)

Tue. Sep 25, 2018 6:00pm - 7:30pm MDT
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Price: $199.00
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Price: $199.00
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This six-week Level 1 class is a perfect INTRO for those looking for fun and practical guidance around "How to" launch their own home CHANT practice!

Within a safe space, this fun program guides and supports beginning Kirtan Leaders to launch a home chant practice and prepare to share Kirtan with others. Weekly classes (90 minutes long) create a perfect structure for beginning chant leaders looking to deeper their harmonium skills and ability to play/sing with strong musicians while leading others in a potent chant experience. You will learn to sing and play (on the harmonium) six chants from your favorite Kirtan artists, connect with amazing community, have big fun and step into this exquisite heart-opening practice in a new and deeper way!

You will learn to:
* Play basic harmonium chords while chanting and singing simple invocations
* Build a repertoire of six beautiful chants from your favorite Kirtan artists to practice at home and perhaps even share with others
* Develop a basic conceputal understanding around music and Kirtan 
* Hold the 3 key conversations for sharing Kirtan publicly
* Cultivate an energetic understanding of mantras and deities
* Have lots of fun stepping into an amazing spiritual practice!

Leading Kirtan is an act of service that can be quite complex, or as simple as leading a group in a Om a cappella, or with harmonium. 

You will emerge with the confidence and skill to step into your own home practice and perhaps even gift your community with the blessing of sacred chant. 

Tuesday's from 6-7:30pm
* September 25
* October 2
* October 9
* October 16
* October 23
* October 30

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.

Got questions? Email Mike at [email protected] 

Mike Cohen has trained and apprenticed hundreds of Kirtan Leaders, from total beginners to students he helped create and release original chant Kirtan albums. Mike guides his students to build thriving chant communities, lead with power and grace, write compelling original music, tour, play at festivals, create albums and, along the way, transform who they are being in the world. Mike’s three full-length Kirtan albums blend Eastern mantra and Western grooves in an intoxicating manner that is ‘inspiring, addictive and highly-chantable.” (Yoga Chicago Magazine). He travels nationally sharing Kirtan at festivals and other venues, and leading his unique and effective Kirtan Leader trainings.

Mike has guided a number of his students to complete Kirtan recording projects. In 2015, longtime students Tim Jordan (https://soundcloud.com/tim-jordan-kirtan) and Sevika Radecki (https://soundcloud.com/sevikakirtan/sets/love) released full length CD's of original chants. In 2016, Katie Wise (https://soundcloud.com/bhaktiexplosion/sets/bhakti-explosion-sampler) and Claire Whittleston (https://soundcloud.com/claire-whittleston) released album projects with Grammy Award nominated producer Ben Leinbach. 

"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

"There are so many dimensions to leading this practice, yet Mike skillfully guided each participant through the process so that it never seemed overwhelming.”
-- Tim Jordan, RN BSN, yoga teacher, Kirtan leader

Class size will be limited to 12 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!

$169 through September 15. $199 starting September 16. Registration link coming soon. 

Or, mail a check to Mike Cohen - 3551 Nyland Way Lafayette, CO 80026

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