Learn with Mike

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.

Turn Dreams Into Reality

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.

Come for the music, stay for the transformation


Do you want to create a personal home chant practice?

Do you long to play the harmonium and are not sure where to start, including how to buy one?


Do you want to share Kirtan with your community?

Would you love to expand your repertoire with advanced chants by your favorite Kirtan artists?


Would you love to lead a Kirtan band to create powerful chant experiences?

Do you need to support in building relevant community?


Do you long to lead Kirtan regionally and nationally, touring and playing festivals? 

Would you love to record your own original chants?

About the Kirtan Leader Institute

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.

Kirtan Training with Mike Cohen

Join us so you can fulfill your ambition to share Kirtan with the world! 

Accomplished Students
Student Testimonials

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.

BLConsultant & Kirtan Leader
Student Contribution and Transformation

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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