If you’re like me, your harmonium is one of the most important items you own. It’s a source of joy, love, music, connection and so much more. Have you ever considered what you’d do if it were lost or stone? An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and I do have a trick that could be a life-saver if your harmoniu […]
Below are 2020 confirmed dates for full-band sacred chant events. Join Mike Cohen + The Shakti Groove for accessible and profoundly heart-opening Kirtan!
Saturday, January 25 at Vali Soul Sanctuary in Boulder, CO. Register HERE.
Saturday, March 7 at Vali Soul Sanctuary in Boulder, CO. Register HERE.
Saturday, March 21 at Stella No […]
Are you ready to take your chant practice deeper? Join us online (private sessions via Skype and in our online classes) and in person in Boulder, CO Denver, CO and Bhakti Fest 2020 for fun, real and transformative training programs that will guide you deeper into your sacred chant practice.
Whether you want to Launch Your Home Chant Pract […]
Folks often ask me about how to pump their bellows effectively and appropriately. Each harmonium is unique, and the key is to refrain from over, or under pumping the bellows. Hand placement and airflow management are key places to focus.
Here are a few things to know…
1. Hand placement: You can pump around the side or over t […]
I frequently see confusion arising around the LEVEL’S in our school, which are distinct from the CLASSES and INTENSIVES we offer. The confusion tends to show up when students are looking to take our Level 2 or Level 3 intensives.
Classes and Levels
Typically, a class is something you take and then move on to the next one. Psych 101 […]
Vocalist and Kirtan Leader Institute instructor Dawnia Dresser has a beautiful way of describing the difference between singing and sacred chant.
1. The External Loop
Dawnia has been singing since age 5. Until she discovered Kirtan several years back she would sing to people, and they would respond to her singing. If her audience respo […]
In June I visited the Bay Area to work on new tracks and participate in a 4-day Integral Unfolding retreat.
I’m very lucky to have a beautiful and welcoming home in which to stay while in town. One evening I returned from the retreat and got to meet my host’s Zen teacher who was spending the evening. I had heard of this man- John T […]
Three Kinds of Art
Author, musician and educator Greg Thomas turned me on to the teachings of jazz/cultural critic Albert Murray.
Starting at minute 20 of the video linked above, Thomas presents Murray’s three types of art within the genre of jazz:
FOLK ART is exemplified by the BLUES (B.B. King). Strong emotional valence, ver […]
I’m the kind of guy who likes to geek out about things like conversations, so below are my current thoughts on the topic.
The Drama Triangle
I run into so many people who want to feel empowered in their relationships but keep getting caught in frustrating emotional entanglements. Does this ever happen to you?
What’s going on here? […]
Coltrane, Ray Charles and Elvis
As a musician I struggle with the notion of cultural appropriation. The great jazz saxophonist John Coltrane was influenced not only by a rapidly evolving jazz tradition, but also Indian Classical and Western Classical music. Ray Charles loved Country and Western Music, and his classic Soul Music was an i […]