Level 2: Learn to SHARE Kirtan with others!

Wed. Jan 22, 2020 at 7:30pm - Wed. Feb 26, 2020 at 9:00pm MST
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Price: $249.00
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Price: $249.00
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This six week LEVEL 2 class is perfect for those with a home chant practice who long to SHARE Kirtan with others!

Within a safe space, Mike Cohen and Dawnia Dresser offer a fun program that guides and supports EXPERIENCED Kirtan Leaders as they deepen their chant practice and step into SHARING sacred chant with others in their community.

Weekly classes (90 minutes long) create a perfect structure for chant leaders to deepen harmonium skills, expand their repertoire and develop the ability to play/sing with strong musicians while leading others in a potent chant experience. Along the way you will receive vocal instruction from Dawnia Dresser. In the sixth class you will play with a professional Kirtan drummer.

You will learn to:
* Play a variety of voicings with harmonium chords while chanting and singing simple invocations
* Expand their repetoire with 10 chants and invocations (from your favorite Kirtan artists!) that you can share with others
* Strengthen your singing and experience playing with a professional Kirtan drummer.
* Deepen your conceputal understanding around music and Kirtan
* Hold the 3 key conversations for sharing Kirtan publicly with confidence
* Cultivate an energetic understanding of mantras and deities
* Have lots of fun learning to share 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. This class will help you develop the confidence and skill to gift your community with the blessing of sacred chant.

Wednesday's from 7:30-9pm on January 22, 29 + February 5, Tuesday, February 11 (due to Wah concert) and Wednesday's February 19 and 26.

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 launch home chant practices, learn to share Kirtan with others, 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.

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.

"I wanted to thank you again for the best chanting program evah! I loved every minute of it-- the teachers were tops, the participants, the structure, the content... I had a chanting hangover (in the best possible way). My confidence improved dramatically as a result of the program, and I'll look forward to the next Level 2 event."
-- Amy Lieberman, Yoga Teacher, Kirtan Leader, Health Coach

"Such a transformative program - excellent execution - 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

"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 15 participants to create a high-touch learning environment. This program runs 6 weeks with a total of 9 hours of instruction in how to lead Kirtan.

Early bird pricing of $229 through Thursday, January 16. General admission pricing of $249 starts Friday, January 17. Online registration here. 

Or, mail 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.

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Jeanie Manchester's Yoga Studio 1480 Violet Ave
Boulder, CO 80304
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