About Mike. Chant. Lead. Serve. ®
Mike Cohen, MA, founder of Kirtan Leader Institute, loves working with those who feel called to share Kirtan with others, and who possess big ambitions around personal development and contribution through Kirtan. Mike has trained and apprenticed hundreds of Kirtan Leaders, from total beginners to students he helped create and release full length Kirtan albums. In 2016 alone, Mike worked with 150 students through his Kirtan Leader Institute, helping them build the skill and confidence required to chant at home and serve others through sacred chant. Mike guides his students to build thriving chant communities, lead with power and grace, write original chants, tour, play at festivals, create albums and, along the way, transform who they are being in the world.
Mike loves guiding students to launch, complete and release Kirtan recording projects. In 2015, longtime students Tim Jordan and Sevika Radecki released full length CD’s of original chants. In 2016, Katie Wise and Claire Whittleston released album projects created with Grammy Award nominated producer Ben Leinbach.
A life-long musician with 15 years experience developing leaders, Mike has created a proven methodology for training and apprenticing Kirtan Leaders through four levels of Kirtan Leadership: (i) launching your home chant practice, (ii) sharing Kirtan with others, (iii) leading your Kirtan band and (iv) serving the world through Kirtan. The training covers five relevant domains for leading Kirtan: Musicianship, Embodied Leadership, Community Building, Spirituality and Entrepreneurship.
Your learning experience with Mike is informed by his extensive background and training in Western and Indian music, Somatics, Integral, Ontology, Enneagram, Embodied Leadership and Dattatreya Spirituality.
Mike released critically acclaimed albums in 2009 (Om Dattatreya), 2012 (Soul Contact) and 2016 (Illumination: Soundtrack for the Satya Yuga). These 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). For over a decade he has shared Kirtan across North America, offering accessible and potent Kirtan events in yoga studios, healing centers and at yoga/chant festivals. Mike was honored to lead Kirtan immediately before the legendary Krishna Das at 2015 Bhakti Fest Midwest. His fall 2015 West Coast tour shared 30+ events from Seattle to LA – and all points between.
Mike lives in Boulder, CO where he leads Kirtan events, trains Kirtan Leaders and offers coaching, training, leadership development and mediation services.