Mike works with current and aspiring Kirtan Leaders at all levels of skill and experience with an emphasis on meeting each person where they are and guiding them forward. Kirtan Leader Institute students learn from Mike via one-on-one coaching (in person and at a distance using Skype and FaceTime) and through in person group training programs. There are a limited number of apprenticing opportunities available for highly dedicated students.
The Kirtan Leader Insitute (KLI) is a container for deep learning. Students arrive for the music and stay for the profound transformation they experience through work in the domains of musicianship, embodied leadership, community building and spirituality. In addition to generating fun experiences, KLI programs offer pragmatic teaching and useful experiences that emphasize building the skills and grounded confidence required to serve others through the practice of sacred chant. Our rigorous training and coaching programs use a PROVEN process to help students develop the skills, capacity and confidence to guide their community through a transformative evening of original chants, creating a high energy experience. We meet students exactly where they are and offer a clear path forward so they can turn their unique dreams into reality. Students receive “just in time” coaching and experiences in a way that optimizes their learning. Students excel quickly with access to customized guidance and helpful support around “How To” lead Kirtan.
The Kirtan Leader Institute, founded in 2010 by Mike Cohen, is a learning community for students with big dreams around sharing Kirtan in their community, leading Kirtan bands, building Kirtan communities, writing original chants, touring, playing at festivals, recording an album and more.
Before I worked with Mike I wasn’t at all sure what I was offering in Kirtan. With Mike’s patient direction, encouragement and support I have come to embrace my place in the Kirtan community as a person who’s intent is to contribute joy to our troubled world.
Your skills as a teacher are amazing. I am also a teacher and have studied how to teach, how to reach, how to inspire. You manage in a very short time to help me learn by various methods- sight, sound, verbalizing, writing, repetition. You gave me exercises, ideas and encouragement every step along the way. I am confident I will continue to progress because you helped me build a foundation that makes sense.
Mike’s leadership skills are exceptional on all levels. His delivery is immaculate and every interaction is of high integrity. We look forward to his return.
Michael draws his participants to become immediately absorbed in the sound/Kirtan material and involves himself experientially throughout the presentation, course, workshop or class in which he is presenting. He has developed an outstanding understanding of the material required for study.
This was my first public performance of a chant and certainly one of the most joyful and rewarding experiences of my life!
Mike worked with dedication, commitment and integrity to raise each student’s capacity for leadership. I witnessed participants stretching beyond their boundaries to grow, blossom and bloom in competence and confidence in a way that was transformational, and phenomenal for all involved.
Mike Cohen is a gifted Kirtan musician and an inspiring and highly effective coach. I’ve witnessed the results of his great guidance with a number of budding Kirtan artists and am very impressed and excited about what is unfolding!
What I saw most was a letting go of fear and an embracing of the joy of Kirtan. Mike helped in building the skills so they could get to the heart of the experience. A beautiful community blossomed and I am so grateful I was able to sing, play, and soak it all in!
Michael is charismatic and creative in his approach to teaching, demonstrating and presenting.
I was invited to lead a chant at the Kirtan workshop and felt the most overwhelming feeling of energy opening my heart and pouring out of me. It just made me feel so good all over and I couldn’t stop smiling. I have never had an experience like that in over 25 years of singing.
The Kirtan Leader Institute offers guidance and support for Kirtan Leaders to take on projects potentially much larger than anything they have undertaken previously in their lives. This might be writing original chants, building local and regional chant community, playing at festivals, touring, creating an album and more. Defining and fulfilling on such a project is often a transformative experience. An authentic and grounded self-esteem and confidence frequently emerges as one brings an innovative, personal and unique idea from vision to reality. This level of contribution is empowering, generates charisma and serves as an expression of one’s unique calling. Such a project is truly a vehicle for generating personal transformation, increasingly fulfilling relationships and bringing more Love, Freedom and Creativity into the world.
Simply put, the mission of the Kirtan Leader Institute is to get more people chanting on the planet by cultivating the next generation of Kirtan Leaders.
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