Level 4

You will:

  • Develop your unique style and voice as a singer, chant writer and Kirtan Leader
  • Build a strong local, regional and national public identity as a confident and valued Kirtan Leader who serves their community through this extraordinary practice
  • Gather musicians, locate venues and attract chant participants so you can grow your local community into one that is regional and national
  • Learn to skillfully play with, guide, lead and cue a wide variety of musicians, singers and drummers
  • Learn advanced chords, chord voicing options and the many ways to play the harmonium to stretch what’s possible with the instrument
  • Write unique, compelling chants that generate extraordinary Kirtan experiences
  • Learn to create music business opportunities through conversations
  • Create your own unique entrepreneurial offers to generate multiple income streams
  • Build seven (7) relevant communities locally, regionally and nationally
  • Create a potent web presence for extending into the world
  • Create an array of artifacts for sharing your music and other offers with the world
  • Relate to the Enneagram as a guide and tool for personal development
  • Launch your ambitious projects, such as touring, playing at festivals, creating/releasing/promoting your recorded music and more
  • Learn to organize your life, work and finances to support ability to share Kirtan in the world.

How to Start


  • Learn to write and record compelling chants, and create the skills, vision, network and artifacts required expand to regionally and nationally.

What to Expect

As you deepen your practice, Mike meets you exactly where you are and guides you even further in the domains of musicianship (melody, harmony, rhythm), leadership, community building AND entrepreneurship. You will develop an extensive repertoire of original chants. You uncover and step into action to fulfill on powerful vision of yourself as Kirtan Leader. You will receive training for leading your band with skill and ease, and will be able to transfer these skills to playing with musicians you meet on the road or at festivals. You step into an album project, book a tour and begin to play at festivals, adding your unique voice as a Kirtan Leader to the Bhakti family. Your ability to create potent chant experiences for yourself and others grows as you become stronger in all relevant areas of Kirtan Leadership.



Private sessions – your choices are packages of 6 or 12 sixty minute sessions in person (Boulder) or by Skype or FaceTime.       

Group classes – 5-day intensive (Wednesday evening to Sunday, 28 hours of training and one full band, “real deal” Kirtan event).

Apprenticeship – those who participate in private sessions and group classes qualify for apprenticeship opportunities with Mike.

With either privates or group classes, you will have access to Mike’s recorded music, useful written support materials and his proven methodology for developing skilled Kirtan Leaders. Your learning will progress as you:

  • Complete homework throughout the program
  • Connect with fellow Kirtan Leaders and the global Bhakti family
  • Receive compassionate and helpful feedback from Mike
  • Deepen your conceptual and embodied understanding of music, Kirtan and Bhakti Yoga
  • Write compelling and unique original chants that are a channel for your unique voice and style
  • Build deeper embodiment in chanting and playing the harmonium
  • Gather musicians, venues and chant community so you can build a local Kirtan scene with whom to create/share sacred chant experiences
  • Strengthen your sense of time, groove and ability to cue and lead your percussionists, response singers, band and chant participants
  • Lead chants in group classes with guest musicians and percussionists so you can embody the experience of playing with top notch, experienced professional musicians
  • Receive guidance and support as you lead public Kirtan events with your band and build a local Kirtan scene.
  • Receive practical guidance and useful support as you generate relevant artifacts for extending into the world as a Kirtan Leader,
  • Build a strong public identity as a confident and valued Kirtan Leader
  • Launch/complete/promote a recording project
  • Set up tours and play at festivals
  • Generate entrepreneurial offers
  • Develop expertise with guiding your band in order to create truly extraordinary Kirtan experiences for participants!

No matter which option you choose, Mike will de-mystify the process of chanting, playing the harmonium, writing original chants, growing your local chant scene to regional and national levels, and skillfully leading a band so you and those around you can access the Mystery of Kirtan. As you step even more deeply into the practice of Kirtan Leadership, you learn to play with a wide variety of musicians, galvanize local, regional and national support, locate venues and coalesce community so you can offer full-band Kirtan events on a bigger scale. As you write compelling original chants, you will be encouraged to record/release/promote your music. Recorded music helps you build community and a strong public identity so you can offer full-band Kirtan events both near and far. You consistently create profoundly ecstatic experiences for yourself and others as you guide your band(s) to lead participants into the extraordinary practice of sacred chant. As a confident Kirtan Leader you lead your band and generate energy, aliveness, enthusiasm, devotion, love, peace and gratitude through mind-blowing and soul-stirring call and response chanting!

“Mike has illuminated the practice of leading Kirtan in ways I never could have imagined. Truthfully, I had no idea there was so much to it. Through his guidance, inspiration, and encouragement I have grown in confidence as a leader, a musician, and as a spiritual practitioner. Each week I meet with him, I discover a new dimension to this wonderfully sacred practice. To be able to take his direction, lead a Kirtan, discuss what worked, what didn’t work, why, and how can I improve, is such an invaluable way to learn and grow. I’m so grateful for this gift.”
Tim Jordan
“In the 2 years I’ve studied with Mike I learned to overcome my fears and gained confidence in proudly sharing my voice. I sang and played piano in my grandmother’s church hall as a child. Decades later, Mike brought me onto the main stage at Bhakti Fest Midwest where I led my original chant in Mike Cohen’s group as we opened for the extraordinary Krishna Das. My journey continued as I recorded my very first EP album - Dreams Can Come True, with Grammy award nominated producer, Ben Leinbach. My Kirtan journey, with Mike’s help, has been a very big dream come true.”
Claire Whittleston
``I highly recommend Mike Cohen as a Kirtan mentor. He is a seasoned pro at guiding Kirtan Leaders to greater confidence in the realms of musicianship, community building, leadership and entrepreneurship. As a professional musician I felt thoroughly met and understood in the domain of music, which allowed us to focus on developing my leadership skills and entrepreneurial strategies. Mike offered clear guidance and helpful support for taking my already thriving Kirtan practice to the next level.``
Damodar Das
“Mike is the best kirtan trainer I know. Just two years ago, I barely knew how to play the harmonium, had written no chants, and had played no Kirtan events. Now, I play once a week, and co-headline my own regular events here in LA with some of the biggest names in Kirtan. Last month, I led my own chant from the Main Stage at Bhaktifest West. Next year I'm recording my first album! I know of no other Kirtan teacher who can take you from Zero to the Big Time in such short a period. And he does it in a clear, step-by-step, compassionate way, giving you the Skills, Confidence, and Opportunity to succeed no matter from what level you begin.”
Neil Martin
“Over the last 5 years Mike Cohen has been an incredible support for our mantra music band. He has given us invaluable advice around touring, album production/ promotion, and approaching festivals. We are forever grateful to Mike for sharing his wisdom with us and for helping us grow within this beautiful Bhakti family.”
Kirtan Soul Revival: Calia Marshall, Helen Tocci, Todd Keller and Terrence Pompey
``Mike's support and guidance around setting up my first national tour has been invaluable... and I'm so excited to have officially gone from being a Regional Artist to going National! This is very deep for me...I'm getting all choked up with tears of joy and gratitude! Thank you for all your support.``
Mirabai Moon
``I learned so much more about myself, how I show up in the world and how to be an effective communicator as well as a skillful harmonium player... Playing on the Bhaktifest stage right before Krishna Das was a thrilling honor I would never have dreamed of. I am a Kirtan leader!”
Brooke Dillane

Many Kirtan Leaders feel stuck when attempting to expand their local scene into something bigger. Unfortunately, Kirtan Leaders can be stuck here for years! We have a proven track record in compressing the time it takes to make this leap, and easing the growing pains many Kirtan Leaders experience along the way. Compassionate support and practical guidance will help you can overcome the obstacles and challenges to serving through chant - within your community, regionally and nationally. This empowers you to generate energy, aliveness, electricity, love, devotion and more, as you and your band inspire singing, dancing and clapping that opens participants hearts to profound personal, interpersonal and Divine connection.

~ Mike


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