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Launch Your Home Chant Practice w. Sanskrit chants in Boulder

Launch Your Home Chant Practice w. Sanskrit chants in Boulder

Jan 22, 6:00pm - Jan 22, 7:30pm+5Jan 29, 6:00pm - Jan 29, 7:30pmFeb 5, 6:00pm - Feb 5, 7:30pmFeb 11, 6:00pm - Feb 11, 7:30pmFeb 19, 6:00pm - Feb 19, 7:30pmFeb 26, 6:00pm - Feb 26, 7:30pm

Jeanie Manchester's Yoga1480 Violet AveBoulder, CO80304 Map

This six-week Level 1 class is a perfect INTRO for those looking for fun and practical guidance around "How to" launch their own home CHANT practice with Sanskrit chants!

Within a safe space, Mike Cohen and Dawnia Dresser offer a fun program that guides and supports beginning Kirtan Leaders to launch a home chant practice and prepare to share Kirtan with others.

Weekly classes (90 minutes long) create a perfect structure for beginning chant leaders looking to deeper their harmonium skills and ability to play/sing with strong musicians while leading others in a potent chant experience. You will learn to sing and play (on the harmonium) six or more chants from your favorite Kirtan artists, receive vocal training, connect with amazing community, play with a professional dummer (in week 6), have big fun and step into this exquisite heart-opening practice in a new and deeper way!

You will learn to:
* Play basic harmonium chords while chanting and singing simple invocations
* Build a repertoire of six or more beautiful chants from your favorite Kirtan artists to practice at home and perhaps even share with others
* Develop a basic conceptual understanding around music and Kirtan
* Hold the 3 key conversations for sharing Kirtan publicly
* Cultivate an energetic understanding of mantras and deities
* Have lots of fun stepping into an amazing spiritual practice!

Leading Kirtan is an act of service that can be quite complex, or as simple as leading a group in a Om a cappella, or with harmonium.

You will emerge with the confidence and skill to step into your own home practice and perhaps even gift your community with the blessing of sacred chant.

PROGRAM HOURS
Wednesday's from 6-7:30pm on January 22, 29 + February 5, Tuesday, February 11 (due to Wah concert) and Wednesday's February 19 and 26.

LOCATION
Held at Jeanie Manchester's Yoga - 1480 Violet Ave, Boulder, Colorado 80304. Please park out front and to the West of her house. Please don't park in her driveway.

HARMONIUM
To participate you will need to beg, borrow, steal, rent, own or purchase a GOOD harmonium. Please bring your harmonium to all classes. Let me know if you need help lining up a good harmonium. We have access to good harmoniums you can rent and take home for the duration of the six week class ($100), and great harmoniums you can purchase ($750). Learn more about harmoniums at mikecohenkirtan.com/buy-a-harmonium-not-a-headache/

CLASS SIZE
Class size will be limited to 20 participants to create a high-touch learning environment. This program runs six weeks with a total of 9 hours of instruction in how to launch your own home chant practice with Sanskrit chants and perhaps even share with others!

PAYMENT
Early bird price of $199 runs through Thursday, January 16. General admission pricing of $239 starts Friday, January 17.
Register at tickets.brightstarevents.com/event/level-1-launch-your-home-chant-practice-winter-2020

You can also pay via Venmo (@mikecohenkirtan) or by sending a check to Mike Cohen- #3551 Nyland Way Lafayette, CO 80026.

Got questions? Email Mike at [email protected]

ABOUT MIKE COHEN, MA
Mike Cohen, MA is founder of Kirtan Leader Institute. Since 2010 he has trained and apprenticed hundreds of aspiring and emerging Kirtan Leaders across the globe from total beginners to several he has guided to create/release Kirtan albums, play at festivals and tour nationally.

A life-long musician with 16 years experience developing leaders, Mike created a proven methodology for training and apprenticing Kirtan Leaders based around five relevant domains for leading Kirtan: Musicianship, Leadership, Community Building, Entrepreneurship and Spirituality. Work within these 5 domains helps Kirtan Leaders build skill and confidence in serving others through the ancient/modern practice of sacred chant.

Mike has released four critically acclaimed albums, and is currently creating new music with Grammy Award nominated producer Ben Leinbach (Jai Uttal, Krishna Das, Deva Premal). For over a decade, Mike has toured North America, offering accessible and potent Kirtan events in yoga studios, healing centers and at yoga/chant festivals. Mike lives in Boulder, CO where he spends 100% of his time sharing Kirtan and training Kirtan Leaders through his Kirtan Leader Institute. More at www.MikeCohenKirtan.com.

ABOUT DAWNIA DRESSER
Boulder, CO based Dawnia Dresser is an Anusara inspired yoga teacher and lifelong vocalist/musician. During her 19 years in Los Angeles, CA Dawnia co-created three albums of original folk-rock music and contributed extensively on albums and movies as a vocalist and voiceover artist. Dawnia is currently working with renowned Kirtan producer Ben Leinbach (Jai Uttal, Deva Premal) to create an EP of soul-infused mantra music. A graduate of Colorado State University with a degree in music and vocal performance, Dawnia serves as faculty in the Boulder, CO based Kirtan Leader Institute. Her warm heart, clear and caring teaching style and beautiful voice have led her to become a beloved member of the Kirtan community in CO and beyond.

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
"I loved learning to play the harmonium and I am so excited to have one now!! I've been playing everyday and I am hooked. It's amazing how great I feel everytime I chant, it's like the express way to bliss. I'm feeling so much gratitude for this practice and want to go deeper. I really feel like this is what I need to be doing. It feels so clear to me."
-- Heather Harris, dance/yoga instructor and choreographer

"This is an awesome systematic training that gets you leading Kirtan quickly! I have attended three Kirtan training programs and this one, by far, generated the most beautiful connections and deepest learning. There was so much wonderful energy created with such beautiful souls - I can't recommend this program enough!
-- John Warriner, Kirtan Leader

"After just one session in your Learn to Lead Kirtan class I felt brave enough to take my Bhava Mini harmonium into my yoga classes. I played it for students in savasana and to "om" at the end of class. Since then, I've had at least one student in tears at the end of every class. It's incredible, the sound is so powerful! I even had the chance to lead a small Kirtan for a teachers workshop last weekend - so fun! Again, tears! Thanks!!"
-- Morgan Schmidt, MA, RYT-500

"There are so many dimensions to leading this practice, yet Mike skillfully guided each participant through the process so that it never seemed overwhelming.”
-- Tim Jordan, RN BSN, yoga teacher, Kirtan leader

TERMS OF SALE: Customer assumes all risk or danger incidental to the training or event(s), whether occurring prior to, during, or subsequent to, the actual program(s).

NO REFUNDS: All sales are final. No refunds will be granted. However, funds may be applied to future programs.

LIABILITY AND PHOTO/VIDEO RELEASE: I grant permission to Kirtan Leader Institute and Shiva Datta Music, LLC to use any/all photos or videos taken of me, the participant, for any Kirtan Leader Institute and/or Mike Cohen Kirtan event promotional purpose, including but not limited to the website, brochures, Facebook events, newsletter, photographer/videographer owned footage or other promotional items.

HEALTH DISCLAIMER: I certify that I, the participant, have consulted my physician and am in good health and have no physical or other impediment that would endanger me while participating. I hereby acknowledge that I understand all of the risks associated with this activity and knowingly agree to release, indemnify, discharge, waive and relinquish Shiva Datta Music, LLC (or its agents, employees, volunteers or parent companies or affiliates) from any and all liabilities, claims, or actions for personal injury, property damage, or wrongful death which may arise out of my participation.
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Learn to SHARE Kirtan with Others w. Sanskrit chants in Boulder

Learn to SHARE Kirtan with Others w. Sanskrit chants in Boulder

Jan 22, 7:30pm - Jan 22, 9:00pm+5Jan 29, 7:30pm - Jan 29, 9:00pmFeb 5, 7:30pm - Feb 5, 9:00pmFeb 11, 7:30pm - Feb 11, 9:00pmFeb 19, 7:30pm - Feb 19, 9:00pmFeb 26, 7:30pm - Feb 26, 9:00pm

Jeanie Manchester's Yoga1480 Violet AveBoulder, CO80304 Map

This six week LEVEL 2 series is perfect for those with a home chant practice who long to SHARE Kirtan with others!

Within a safe space, Mike Cohen and Dawnia Dresser offer a fun program that guides and supports EXPERIENCED Kirtan Leaders as they deepen their chant practice and step into SHARING sacred chant with others in their community. This series features Sanskrit chants.

Weekly classes (90 minutes long) create a perfect structure for chant leaders to deepen harmonium skills, expand their repertoire and develop the ability to play/sing with strong musicians while leading others in a potent chant experience. Along the way you will receive vocal instruction from Dawnia Dresser. In the sixth class you will play with a professional Kirtan drummer.

You will learn to:
* Play a variety of voicings with harmonium chords while chanting and singing simple invocations
* Expand their repetoire with 10 chants and invocations (from your favorite Kirtan artists!) that you can share with others
* Strengthen your singing and experience playing with a professional Kirtan drummer.
* Deepen your conceputal understanding around music and Kirtan
* Hold the 3 key conversations for sharing Kirtan publicly with confidence
* Cultivate an energetic understanding of mantras and deities
* Have lots of fun learning to share an amazing spiritual practice!

Leading Kirtan is an act of service that can be quite complex, or as simple as leading a group in a Om a cappella, or with harmonium. This class will help you develop the confidence and skill to gift your community with the blessing of sacred chant.

PROGRAM HOURS
Wednesday's from 7:30-9pm on January 22, 29 + February 5, Tuesday, February 11 (due to Wah concert) and Wednesday's February 19 and 26.

LOCATION
Held at Jeanie Manchester's Anjaneya Yoga Shala - 1480 Violet Ave, Boulder, Colorado 80304. Please park out front and to the West of her house.

Got questions? Email Mike at [email protected]

CLASS SIZE
Class size will be limited to 15 participants to create a high-touch learning environment. This program runs 6 weeks with a total of 9 hours of instruction in how to lead Kirtan.

PAYMENT
Early bird pricing of $229 through Thursday, January 16.
General admission pricing of $249 starts Friday, January 17.
Register at tickets.brightstarevents.com/event/level-2-learn-to-share-kirtan-with-others-winter-2020

You can also pay via Venmo (@mikecohenkirtan) or by sending a check to Mike Cohen- #3551 Nyland Way Lafayette, CO 80026.

ABOUT MIKE COHEN
Mike Cohen, MA is founder of Kirtan Leader Institute. Since 2010 he has trained and apprenticed hundreds of aspiring and emerging Kirtan Leaders across the globe from total beginners to several he has guided to create/release Kirtan albums, play at festivals and tour nationally.

A life-long musician with 16 years experience developing leaders, Mike created a proven methodology for training and apprenticing Kirtan Leaders based around five relevant domains for leading Kirtan: Musicianship, Leadership, Community Building, Entrepreneurship and Spirituality. Work within these 5 domains helps Kirtan Leaders build skill and confidence in serving others through the ancient/modern practice of sacred chant.

Mike has released three critically acclaimed albums, and in 2018-19 released six singles created with Grammy Award nominated producer Ben Leinbach (Jai Uttal, Krishna Das, Deva Premal). For over a decade, Mike has toured North America, offering accessible and potent Kirtan events in yoga studios, healing centers and at yoga/chant festivals. Mike lives in Boulder, CO where he spends 100% of his time sharing Kirtan and training Kirtan Leaders through his Kirtan Leader Institute. More at www.MikeCohenKirtan.com.

ABOUT DAWNIA DRESSER
Boulder, CO based Dawnia Dresser is an Anusara inspired yoga teacher and lifelong vocalist/musician. During her 19 years in Los Angeles, CA Dawnia co-created three albums of original folk-rock music and contributed extensively on albums and movies as a vocalist and voiceover artist. Dawnia is currently working with renowned Kirtan producer Ben Leinbach (Jai Uttal, Deva Premal) to create an EP of soul-infused mantra music. A graduate of Colorado State University with a degree in music and vocal performance, Dawnia serves as faculty in the Boulder, CO based Kirtan Leader Institute. Her warm heart, clear and caring teaching style and beautiful voice have led her to become a beloved member of the Kirtan community in CO and beyond.

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
"I wanted to thank you again for the best chanting program evah! I loved every minute of it-- the teachers were tops, the participants, the structure, the content... I had a chanting hangover (in the best possible way). My confidence improved dramatically as a result of the program, and I'll look forward to the next Level 2 event."
-- Amy Lieberman, Yoga Teacher, Kirtan Leader, Health Coach

"Such a transformative program - excellent execution - professional and well organized. I was so impressed with all of the effort you put into the class and into each of us."
- Laina Taylor, healer, Kirtan Leader

"There are so many dimensions to leading this practice, yet Mike skillfully guided each participant through the process so that it never seemed overwhelming.”
-- Tim Jordan, RN BSN, yoga teacher, Kirtan leader

TERMS OF SALE: Customer assumes all risk or danger incidental to the training or event(s), whether occurring prior to, during, or subsequent to, the actual program(s).

NO REFUNDS: All sales are final. No refunds will be granted. However, funds may be applied to future programs.

LIABILITY AND PHOTO/VIDEO RELEASE: I grant permission to Kirtan Leader Institute and Shiva Datta Music, LLC to use any/all photos or videos taken of me, the participant, for any Kirtan Leader Institute and/or Mike Cohen Kirtan event promotional purpose, including but not limited to the website, brochures, Facebook events, newsletter, photographer/videographer owned footage or other promotional items.

HEALTH DISCLAIMER: I certify that I, the participant, have consulted my physician and am in good health and have no physical or other impediment that would endanger me while participating. I hereby acknowledge that I understand all of the risks associated with this activity and knowingly agree to release, indemnify, discharge, waive and relinquish Shiva Datta Music, LLC (or its agents, employees, volunteers or parent companies or affiliates) from any and all liabilities, claims, or actions for personal injury, property damage, or wrongful death which may arise out of my participation.
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Kirtan with Mike Cohen & The Shakti Groove at Vali Soul Sanctuary

Kirtan with Mike Cohen & The Shakti Groove at Vali Soul Sanctuary

Jan 25, 7:30pm - Jan 25, 10:00pm

The Vali Soul Sanctuary, #6717 Valmont Road, Boulder, CO 80301 Map

Join us for a musically inspiring and energetically potent evening of sacred chant! This Kirtan event will present original and highly accessible chants, connection with self/others/Divine and a beautiful community. Kirtan will open your heart, calm your mind, and free your soul.

Kirtan (call and response sacred chanting) is fun and easy. No prior experience is required. You will love opening your heart with Mike Cohen and the Shakti Groove, featuring beautiful vocalists Dawnia Dresser, Michele Heaphy and Toni Marinkovich, funky drummers Ken Matarazzo and Madhu Das, amazing bassist Bill McCrossen and virtuoso cellist James Hoskins.

WHAT: Kirtan w. Mike Cohen & The Shakti Groove
WHEN: Saturday, January 25 from 7:30-10pm. Doors at 7pm.
WHERE: The Vali Soul Sanctuary, #6717 Valmont Road, Boulder, CO 80301.
TICKETS: $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Online registration at tickets.brightstarevents.com/event/kirtan-with-mike-cohen-at-vali-soul-sanctuary-jan-20

ABOUT MIKE COHEN
Mike Cohen, MA is founder of Kirtan Leader Institute. Since 2010 he has trained and apprenticed hundreds of aspiring and emerging Kirtan Leaders across the globe from total beginners to many he has guided to create/release Kirtan albums, play at festivals and tour nationally. Mike has released four critically acclaimed albums, and is currently creating new music with Grammy Award nominated producer Ben Leinbach (Jai Uttal, Krishna Das, Deva Premal). Stream his music at soundcloud.com/mikecohen/sets. For over a decade, Mike has toured North America, offering accessible and potent Kirtan events in yoga studios, healing centers and at yoga/chant festivals. Mike lives in Boulder, CO where he spends 100% of his time sharing Kirtan and training Kirtan Leaders through his Kirtan Leader Institute. Learn more about Mike and his Kirtan Leader Institute at: www.MikeCohenKirtan.com.

ABOUT THE SHAKTI GROOVE
The core members of The Shakti Groove include vocalist Dawnia Dresser, cellist James Hoskins and percussionist Ken Matarazzo. This group soft launched in 2017 and officially launched in 2018, playing twice per month across CO, teaching in the Kirtan Leader Institute and sharing their soulful Kirtan at Sedona Yoga Festival, Telluride Yoga Festival and Bhakti Fest. The core group frequently expands to include bassists Dango Rose and Brent Keucker, vocalists Amy Biondo and Michele Heaphy and other incredibly talented and open hearted musicians.
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Winter 2020 Level 3 Class (Lead Your Band) in Boulder, CO

Winter 2020 Level 3 Class (Lead Your Band) in Boulder, CO

Jan 26, 11:30am - Jan 26, 5:30pm+2Feb 23, 11:30am - Feb 23, 5:30pmMar 14, 9:30am - Mar 14, 4:30pm

Jeanie Manchester's Yoga1480 Violet AveBoulder, CO80304 Map

LEAD A BAND- 3 session class for Experienced Kirtan Leaders!

If you long to share full-band Kirtan events in your community, or rapidly grow your local and regional community, the Level 3 Kirtan Leader class is for you!

This intimate, personal and exclusive program is limited to 6 participants who are serious about leading a Kirtan band. The ratio of students (up to 6) to instructors (up to 1-3) will offer each participant in this 20 hour training valuable one-on-one attention from a professional Kirtan drummer(Ken Matarazzo) and voice teacher (Dawnia Dresser), and KLI founder Mike Cohen.

PRE-REQUISITES
In order to be deemed ready for this advanced program, participants are expected to have successfully traversed KLI Levels 1 and 2 via classes, intensives and/or private sessions.

Those who are not current Kirtan Leader Institute students can apply via interview/audition with Mike. Email [email protected] to set up a meeting.

Our trainings utilize the proven KLI methodology and unique system for accelerated learning. These programs are 100% dedicated to training YOU as a Kirtan Leader. All participants will need to have a strong base of understanding to participate successfully and get the most out of this class.

WHAT: Level 3 Kirtan Leader Class
WHEN:
*** Sunday, January 26 (11:30am-5:30pm)
*** Sunday, February 23 (11:30am-5:30pm)
*** Saturday, March 14 (9:30am-4:30pm)

WHERE: Held at Jeanie Manchester's Anjaneya Yoga Shala - 1480 Violet Ave, Boulder, Colorado 80304. Please park out front and to the West of her house.

COST: Early bird pricing of $450 through Monday, January 20. General admission pricing of $525 starts Tuesday, January 21. Register at tickets.brightstarevents.com/event/level-3-class-in-boulder-co-learn-to-lead-a-band-winter-2020

You can also pay via Venmo (@mikecohenkirtan) or by sending a check to Mike Cohen- #3551 Nyland Way Lafayette, CO 80026.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
The LEVEL 3 class will help you build the skills and confidence required to LEAD A BAND and guide participants into a deeply transformative experiences through ecstatic chant!

This program is perfect for:
* Experienced harmonium owners who share chants in yoga classes and want to expand into leading full-band Kirtan events.
* New and existing Kirtan Band Leaders who want to expand their local and regional community and ability to create transformative chant experiences.

In this 3 session class you will:
* Learn to lead a band (drummer, response singer and more!) with skill and ease
* Rotate through the roles of Kirtan Leader, response singer and audience in order to gain valuable perspectives on the Kirtan experience
* Grow your capacity to take participants on a potent spiritual/musical/energetic journey.

This class will help you launch and establish yourself as a Kirtan Leader. You will grow through practice, guidance and coaching around:
* Leading a band
* Building your community
* Clarifying, articulating and manifesting your unique Kirtan vision in the world.

You will discover your authentic style as a Kirtan Leader and you will:
* Learn to cue drummers, musicians and response singers in real time
* Be instructed in how to build vibrant communities of musicians, venues, advocates and chant participants
* Build the skills to share this extraordinary practice with the world!

Support faculty include skilled, professional Kirtan drummer Ken Matarazzo, beautiful voice teacher/Kirtan Leader Dawnia Dresser and more. All faculty are dedicated to helping you learn to LEAD A BAND.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN - PART 2

In the domain of MUSIC you will:
* Expand your repertoire
* Build your vocal skills
* Get more out of your harmonium
* Learn to cue your drummer, musicians and response singers so you can lead a band with skill and ease
* Learn how to assemble a tribe of musicians and the key criteria for finding/choosing musicians

In the domain of LEADERSHIP and COMMUNITY BUILDING you will:
* Create a deep sense of center in your body and in language.
* Engage in action planning so you can fulfill on your deepest longings in the domain of Kirtan.
* Understand self, others and relationships via the Enneagram of Personality.
* Understand and learn how to identify and minimize Spiritual Bypassing so you can learn to Wake Up (Spiritual practice), Grow Up (Psychological practice), Clean Up (Shadow practice) and Show Up fully for self, others and the world.
* Build communities of chant participants, supporters & venues virtually and in person
* Learn to effectively utilize audio, visual and online technology
* Create full-band community Kirtan events
* Build a public identity as a Kirtan Leader
* Lead groups through transformative chant experiences!

In the domain of BUSINESS and TECHNOLOGY you will:
* Understand the flow of setting up/promoting successful events
* Receive a Draft Contract for Events
* Engage in Strategic/Action planning
* Learn essential information about sound systems and powerpoint projection

You will AVOID:
* Not having skill in cueing and leading your drummer, response singer, band and participants
* Making critical mistakes with musicians, venues and your community of chant participants
* Looking amateurish and making costly mistakes as you grow your public identity and Kirtan community

TERMS OF SALE: Customer assumes all risk or danger incidental to the training or event(s), whether occurring prior to, during, or subsequent to, the actual program(s).

NO REFUNDS: All sales are final. No refunds will be granted. However, funds may be applied to future programs.

LIABILITY AND PHOTO/VIDEO RELEASE: I grant permission to Kirtan Leader Institute and Shiva Datta Music, LLC to use any/all photos or videos taken of me, the participant, for any Kirtan Leader Institute and/or Mike Cohen Kirtan event promotional purpose, including but not limited to the website, brochures, Facebook events, newsletter, photographer/videographer owned footage or other promotional items.

HEALTH DISCLAIMER: I certify that I, the participant, have consulted my physician and am in good health and have no physical or other impediment that would endanger me while participating. I hereby acknowledge that I understand all of the risks associated with this activity and knowingly agree to release, indemnify, discharge, waive and relinquish Shiva Datta Music, LLC (or its agents, employees, volunteers or parent companies or affiliates) from any and all liabilities, claims, or actions for personal injury, property damage, or wrongful death which may arise out of my participation.

Got questions? Email Mike at [email protected]

HIGH TOUCH, HIGH LEARNING
Just as in Dancing with the Stars, or Fantasy Baseball Camp, this Kirtan Leader Class offers you an opportunity to work with professional musicians who are accustomed to performing at large, successful Kirtan events.

Working with professionals will quickly increase your level of development. You will receive ongoing professional support in building your Kirtan skills. This program offers a safe and supportive container, allowing you to continually stay at your learning edge.

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
"I wanted to thank you again for the best chanting weekend evah! I loved every minute of it-- all the teachers were tops, the participants you drew from around the country, the structure, the content...I had a chanting hangover (in the best possible way). My confidence improved dramatically as a result of the weekend.”
-- Amy Lieberman, Yoga Teacher, Kirtan Leader, Health Coach

"I was truly blessed and honored to be part of this intensive. Namaste to all who attended, facilitated and supported this awesome program. This program really gave me made lasting state of gratitude and satisfaction. Highly recommended!"
-- John Gorecki, Kirtan Leader

"Mike’s group training program for Kirtan Leaders is deep, powerful and pervasive, and his passion shows through. Mike, thank you for helping me embody a deeper and more transcendent vision for myself and others!”
— David Coddington, small business owner, Kirtan Leader

"Mike has illuminated the practice of leading Kirtan in ways I never could have imagined. I have grown in confidence as a leader, a musician, and as a spiritual practitioner. I'm so grateful for this gift."
-- Tim Jordan, Los Angeles, CA

ABOUT MIKE COHEN
Mike Cohen, MA is founder of Kirtan Leader Institute. Since 2010 he has trained and apprenticed hundreds of aspiring and emerging Kirtan Leaders across the globe from total beginners to many he has guided to create/release Kirtan albums, play at festivals and tour nationally.

A life-long musician with 16 years experience developing leaders, Mike created a proven methodology for training and apprenticing Kirtan Leaders based around five relevant domains for leading Kirtan: Musicianship, Leadership, Community Building, Entrepreneurship and Spirituality. Work within these 5 domains helps Kirtan Leaders build skill and confidence in serving others through the ancient/modern practice of sacred chant in the modern West.

Mike has released three critically acclaimed albums, and in 2018-19 has been releasing 6 singles created with Grammy Award nominated producer Ben Leinbach (Jai Uttal, Krishna Das, Deva Premal). For over a decade, Mike has toured North America, offering accessible and potent Kirtan events in yoga studios, healing centers and at yoga/chant festivals. Mike lives in Boulder, CO where he spends 100% of his time sharing Kirtan and training Kirtan Leaders through his Kirtan Leader Institute. More at www.MikeCohenKirtan.com.

ABOUT DAWNIA DRESSER
Boulder, CO based Dawnia Dresser is an Anusara inspired yoga teacher and lifelong vocalist/musician. During her 19 years in Los Angeles, CA Dawnia co-created three albums of original folk-rock music and contributed extensively on albums and movies as a vocalist and voiceover artist. Dawnia is currently working with renowned Kirtan producer Ben Leinbach (Jai Uttal, Deva Premal) to create an EP of soul-infused mantra music. A graduate of Colorado State University with a degree in music and vocal performance, Dawnia serves as faculty in the Boulder, CO based Kirtan Leader Institute. Her warm heart, clear and caring teaching style and beautiful voice have led her to become a beloved member of the Kirtan community in CO and beyond.

ABOUT KEN MATARAZZO
Ken Matarazzo is a Boulder, CO based performer and teacher who has studied and performed on frame drums and afro cuban percussion since the early 90’s. Some of his teachers include master drummers, Randy Crafton, Layne Redmond and John Amira. Ken has collaborated with diverse artists, such as Jerry Joseph, Layne Redmond, Jim Matus and most recently Kirtan Leader Mike Cohen. Ken currently serves as faculty in the Boulder, CO based Kirtan Leader Institute.
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Kirtan 101 w. Mike Cohen at Yatri Yoga in Longmont

Kirtan 101 w. Mike Cohen at Yatri Yoga in Longmont

Feb 8, 1:00pm - Feb 8, 4:00pm

Yatri Yoga

Everything you always wanted to know about Kirtan, and more!

Kirtan (sacred chanting) is an extraordinary heart-opening practice from the yoga tradition. The Kirtan 101 workshop offers a safe space for chant/mantra lovers to flesh out their understanding of Kirtan and take a gentle step into leading others in this amazing practice. Come chant, and learn about deities, mantras, Sanskrit, Bhakti Yoga, Lalita, Dattatreya and more. Learn more at www.MikeCohenKirtan.com

Beginners are welcome and no prior experience is necessary!

Through fascinating stories and deep personal experiences, Mike Cohen (Kirtan Leader Institute founder) will guide you into deeper understanding of the essential elements of Kirtan.
You will learn about:
* Deities, and what they represent
* Mantras, and what they mean
* Sanskrit - the ancient language of the yogis
* Saints - portals to Divinity
* The history of Bhakti Yoga
* Energetic qualities of deities and chants
* The profound wisdom of Lalita and Dattatreya

All participants receive an e-copy of a well-organized and useful 30-page booklet titled A Bhakti Yoga Perspective on Kirtan!

WHAT: Kirtan 101 workshop
WHEN: Saturday, February 8 from 1-4pm
WHERE: Yatri Yoga (formerly Odyssey Yoga). # 701 Delaware Ave, Suite D, Longmont CO (behind Lucky’s Market)
COST: $40 early and $45 day of event. Online registration at clients.mindbodyonline.com/classic/ws?studioid=28562&stype=-8&sTG=23&sVT=121&sView=week&sLoc=0&da...

Of course, there will LOTS of chanting throughout!

This fun introductory program offers a safe space for beginners to flesh out their understanding around Kirtan AND take a gentle step into leading others in the practice of sacred chant.

A limited number of program participants can choose to be guided in leading the group in a simple, yet powerful, chanting experience. You will be supported by Mike as you play the harmonium and chant to lead the group into a heart opening experience.

ABOUT MIKE COHEN, MA
Mike Cohen, MA is founder of Kirtan Leader Institute. Since 2010 he has trained and apprenticed hundreds of aspiring and emerging Kirtan Leaders across the globe from total beginners to several he has guided to create/release Kirtan albums, play at festivals and tour nationally.

A life-long musician with 16 years experience developing leaders, Mike created a proven methodology for training and apprenticing Kirtan Leaders based around five relevant domains for leading Kirtan: Musicianship, Leadership, Community Building, Entrepreneurship and Spirituality. Work within these 5 domains helps Kirtan Leaders build skill and confidence in serving others through the ancient/modern practice of sacred chant.

Mike has released four critically acclaimed albums, and is currently creating new music with Grammy Award nominated producer Ben Leinbach (Jai Uttal, Krishna Das, Deva Premal). For over a decade, Mike has toured North America, offering accessible and potent Kirtan events in yoga studios, healing centers and at yoga/chant festivals. Mike lives in Boulder, CO where he spends 100% of his time sharing Kirtan and training Kirtan Leaders through his Kirtan Leader Institute. More at www.MikeCohenKirtan.com.
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EnCHANT Your Life: Online Class opens March 3

EnCHANT Your Life: Online Class opens March 3

Mar 3, 7:00pm - Mar 3, 8:00pm+1Dec 31, 7:00pm - Dec 31, 8:00pm

your home

EN(CHANT) YOUR LIFE:
An Integral Approach to Kirtan, Myth, and Mantra for Modern Times

* 7 Deities for an Open Heart and Full Life *

* Do you love Kirtan and want to bring the practice into your home?
* Are you longing for deeper awareness and guidance on "how to" do this practice?
* Have you tried to start a home chant practice, but are not quite getting it?

With En(Chant) Your Life you will:
* Launch your home chant practice through Kirtan (music), myth and mantra
* Learn myths and mantras for removing obstacles, and experiencing freedom, protection, and unconditional love
* Learn to play harmonium and chant to 7 of your favorite yogic deities

Only $249 (early bird) through Tuesday, February 25.
$349 (general admission) starting Wednesday, February 26.
More information at go.kirtanleaderinstitute.com/en-chant-your-life-spring-2020/
Registration at app.ruzuku.com/courses/41409/overview

The course consists of seven (7) online learning modules and eight live instructional calls with Mike Cohen over a 7-week period. Each module is centered around an ancient Hindu myth that is relevant for our modern times.

As an added BONUS, you have the option of joining our weekly conference calls online, however, there is no need for you to be there in person. All video conference calls are recorded and are stored online in the course along with the teaching videos, chant sheets and written modules that comprise the core teachings of this course. The conference calls are optional, and they provide an opportunity to connect with Mike and ask questions about the course.

Course content will be available indefinitely! You can proceed through the course at your own pace, or in a structured manner.

* 7 Deities to an Embodied Chant Practice *

The 7-MODULES of EN(CHANT) YOUR LIFE:

1. Ganesh: Removing Obstacles
2. Sita, Ram, Hanuman: Devotion and Moving Beyond "Self" into connection with "Others" and the "Divine"
3. Four Flames: Embodying the Primary Divine Qualities of Truth, Love, Purpose and Peace
4. Krishna, Radha: Expressing Love in the World
5. Kali, Durga: Transmuting Negativity, Healthy Anger, Overcoming Darkness
6. Shiva: Expanding Awareness, Consciousness, and Space - the Benefit of Meditation
7. Lalita: Divine Unconditional Love - What does it mean to BE love in the world?

Only $249 (early bird) through Tuesday, February 25.
$349 (general admission) starting Wednesday, February 26.
More information at go.kirtanleaderinstitute.com/en-chant-your-life-spring-2020/
Registration at app.ruzuku.com/courses/41409/overview

EACH MODULE consists of:

1. Modern Myth - Spiritual Intelligence, Story telling and explanation
3. Learn The Chant. Breaking down the chant for accessible learning + Explanation of common mistakes. Musical Lesson – learning the chant on your harmonium
4. Intention Setting and Guided Practice
A new tool you can use as part of your daily practice.
Set the intention, learn how to work with the deity, and chant along with Mike
5. Guided Meditation - Integration. Meditation to help you notice shifts in your inner experience
6. Taking Action - Living the Lesson. Reflection on what needs attention in your life (i.e. obstacles to overcome) + action steps on how to apply the lessons you learned in your daily life
These six components are a comprehensive approach to learning and practicing a chant and then using it in your everyday life.
7. Bonus live group video conference calls with Mike that are recorded and stored in the course.

"The lessons are great. I was enjoying chanting prior to this but never knew the interpretations/stories or what the words meant even. The chanting has energy all of its own. The entire format of the classes has been perfect."
-- Carol Martin, Spring 2019 En(CHANT) Your Life participant

Only $249 (early bird) through Tuesday, February 25.
$349 (general admission) starting Wednesday, February 26.
More information at go.kirtanleaderinstitute.com/en-chant-your-life-spring-2020/
Registration at app.ruzuku.com/courses/41409/overview

EN(CHANT) YOUR LIFE :
* Shares essential insights from ancient myths and Hindu deities that are relevant to your life today,
* Teaches you to play harmonium while chanting to access the energy of 7 deities,
* Offers guided meditation so you can bring awareness to your inner experience, gaining wisdom from the energy of the mantra,
* Guides you to set intentions around seven important aspects of your life and
* Helps you digest your learning so you can live the lessons of this ancient wisdom in your modern life.

"I loved everything about the En(Chant) Your Life course!!! The Ruzuku learning platform, the 4-step process for learning new chants, the philosophy behind each of the deity’s. I loved having the videos to go back to over and over again to watch you play, get the tempo right, etc. The program was perfectly put together! I now have the confidence and the tools to keep going. Thank you Mike for the gift of chant/harmonium!"
-- Lori Wantz, Spring 2019 En(CHANT) Your Life participant

EN(CHANT) YOUR LIFE contains 7 modules of content, including:

* 7 introductions to 7 modern myths
* 7 chant tutorials with step by step instruction and chant sheets
* 7 intention setting and guided practices
* 7 rounds of guided meditation
* 7 sets of questions for reflection and taking action
* 8 Bonus live group video conference calls with Mike that are recorded and stored in the course.

"I can now open my music book, read the music and practice playing and chanting ALL 7 of the chants we have learned = HUGE SUCCESS! I am delighted and so HAPPY! Before this course my chant practice was primarily making up my own melodies for chants/mantras which is great yet was a much slower process and also limited by my beliefs that ``I shouldn't write kirtan music.`` I loved this course especially the easy process to learn new chants QUICKLY. I feel confident and inspired to write more music and share the amazing of Kirtan with my community. I am forever grateful, thank you."
-- C.A., Yoga Teacher, Spring 2019 En(CHANT) Your Life participant

Only $249 (early bird) through Tuesday, February 25.
$349 (general admission) starting Wednesday, February 26.
More information at go.kirtanleaderinstitute.com/en-chant-your-life-spring-2020/
Registration at app.ruzuku.com/courses/41409/overview

NO REFUNDS: All sales are final. No refunds will be granted. However, funds may be applied to future programs.
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Launch Your Home Chant Practice w. Sanskrit chants in Longmont

Launch Your Home Chant Practice w. Sanskrit chants in Longmont

Mar 4, 6:00pm - Mar 4, 7:30pm+5Mar 11, 6:00pm - Mar 11, 7:30pmMar 18, 6:00pm - Mar 18, 7:30pmMar 25, 6:00pm - Mar 25, 7:30pmApr 1, 6:00pm - Apr 1, 7:30pmApr 8, 6:00pm - Apr 8, 7:30pm

Yatri Yoga- # 701 Delaware Ave, Suite D, Longmont CO 80501 Map

This six-week Level 1 class is a perfect INTRO for those looking for fun and practical guidance around "How to" launch their own home CHANT practice with Sanskrit chants!

Within a safe space, Mike Cohen and Dawnia Dresser offer a fun program that guides and supports beginning Kirtan Leaders to launch a home chant practice and prepare to share Kirtan with others.

Weekly classes (90 minutes long) create a perfect structure for beginning chant leaders looking to deeper their harmonium skills and ability to play/sing with strong musicians while leading others in a potent chant experience. You will learn to sing and play (on the harmonium) six or more chants from your favorite Kirtan artists, receive vocal training, connect with amazing community, play with a professional dummer (in week 6), have big fun and step into this exquisite heart-opening practice in a new and deeper way!

You will learn to:
* Play basic harmonium chords while chanting and singing simple invocations
* Build a repertoire of six or more beautiful chants from your favorite Kirtan artists to practice at home and perhaps even share with others
* Develop a basic conceptual understanding around music and Kirtan
* Hold the 3 key conversations for sharing Kirtan publicly
* Cultivate an energetic understanding of mantras and deities
* Have lots of fun stepping into an amazing spiritual practice!

Leading Kirtan is an act of service that can be quite complex, or as simple as leading a group in a Om a cappella, or with harmonium.

You will emerge with the confidence and skill to step into your own home practice and perhaps even gift your community with the blessing of sacred chant.

PROGRAM HOURS
Wednesday's from 6-7:30pm on March 4, 11, 18, 25 and April 1 and 8.

LOCATION
Yatri Yoga - #701 Delaware Ave, Suite D, Longmont CO 80501 (behind Lucky’s Market)

HARMONIUM
To participate you will need to beg, borrow, steal, rent, own or purchase a GOOD harmonium. Please bring your harmonium to all classes. Let me know if you need help lining up a good harmonium. We have access to good harmoniums you can rent and take home for the duration of the six week class ($100), and great harmoniums you can purchase ($750). Learn more about harmoniums at mikecohenkirtan.com/buy-a-harmonium-not-a-headache/

CLASS SIZE
Class size will be limited to 25 participants to create a high-touch learning environment. This program runs six weeks with a total of 9 hours of instruction in how to launch your own home chant practice with Sanskrit chants and perhaps even share with others!

PAYMENT
Early bird price of $199 runs through Wednesday, February 26. General admission pricing of $239 starts Thursday, February 27.
Register at studio or online at tickets.brightstarevents.com/event/level-1-launch-your-home-chant-practice-yatri-yoga or at clients.mindbodyonline.com/asp/main_enroll.asp?fl=true&tabID=8

You can also pay via Venmo (@mikecohenkirtan) or by sending a check to Mike Cohen- #3551 Nyland Way Lafayette, CO 80026.

Got questions? Email Mike at [email protected]

ABOUT MIKE COHEN, MA
Mike Cohen, MA is founder of Kirtan Leader Institute. Since 2010 he has trained and apprenticed hundreds of aspiring and emerging Kirtan Leaders across the globe from total beginners to several he has guided to create/release Kirtan albums, play at festivals and tour nationally.

A life-long musician with 16 years experience developing leaders, Mike created a proven methodology for training and apprenticing Kirtan Leaders based around five relevant domains for leading Kirtan: Musicianship, Leadership, Community Building, Entrepreneurship and Spirituality. Work within these 5 domains helps Kirtan Leaders build skill and confidence in serving others through the ancient/modern practice of sacred chant.

Mike has released four critically acclaimed albums, and is currently creating new music with Grammy Award nominated producer Ben Leinbach (Jai Uttal, Krishna Das, Deva Premal). For over a decade, Mike has toured North America, offering accessible and potent Kirtan events in yoga studios, healing centers and at yoga/chant festivals. Mike lives in Boulder, CO where he spends 100% of his time sharing Kirtan and training Kirtan Leaders through his Kirtan Leader Institute. More at www.MikeCohenKirtan.com.

ABOUT DAWNIA DRESSER
Boulder, CO based Dawnia Dresser is an Anusara inspired yoga teacher and lifelong vocalist/musician. During her 19 years in Los Angeles, CA Dawnia co-created three albums of original folk-rock music and contributed extensively on albums and movies as a vocalist and voiceover artist. Dawnia is currently working with renowned Kirtan producer Ben Leinbach (Jai Uttal, Deva Premal) to create an EP of soul-infused mantra music. A graduate of Colorado State University with a degree in music and vocal performance, Dawnia serves as faculty in the Boulder, CO based Kirtan Leader Institute. Her warm heart, clear and caring teaching style and beautiful voice have led her to become a beloved member of the Kirtan community in CO and beyond.

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
"I loved learning to play the harmonium and I am so excited to have one now!! I've been playing everyday and I am hooked. It's amazing how great I feel everytime I chant, it's like the express way to bliss. I'm feeling so much gratitude for this practice and want to go deeper. I really feel like this is what I need to be doing. It feels so clear to me."
-- Heather Harris, dance/yoga instructor and choreographer

"This is an awesome systematic training that gets you leading Kirtan quickly! I have attended three Kirtan training programs and this one, by far, generated the most beautiful connections and deepest learning. There was so much wonderful energy created with such beautiful souls - I can't recommend this program enough!
-- John Warriner, Kirtan Leader

"After just one session in your Learn to Lead Kirtan class I felt brave enough to take my Bhava Mini harmonium into my yoga classes. I played it for students in savasana and to "om" at the end of class. Since then, I've had at least one student in tears at the end of every class. It's incredible, the sound is so powerful! I even had the chance to lead a small Kirtan for a teachers workshop last weekend - so fun! Again, tears! Thanks!!"
-- Morgan Schmidt, MA, RYT-500

"There are so many dimensions to leading this practice, yet Mike skillfully guided each participant through the process so that it never seemed overwhelming.”
-- Tim Jordan, RN BSN, yoga teacher, Kirtan leader

TERMS OF SALE: Customer assumes all risk or danger incidental to the training or event(s), whether occurring prior to, during, or subsequent to, the actual program(s).

NO REFUNDS: All sales are final. No refunds will be granted. However, funds may be applied to future programs.

LIABILITY AND PHOTO/VIDEO RELEASE: I grant permission to Kirtan Leader Institute and Shiva Datta Music, LLC to use any/all photos or videos taken of me, the participant, for any Kirtan Leader Institute and/or Mike Cohen Kirtan event promotional purpose, including but not limited to the website, brochures, Facebook events, newsletter, photographer/videographer owned footage or other promotional items.

HEALTH DISCLAIMER: I certify that I, the participant, have consulted my physician and am in good health and have no physical or other impediment that would endanger me while participating. I hereby acknowledge that I understand all of the risks associated with this activity and knowingly agree to release, indemnify, discharge, waive and relinquish Shiva Datta Music, LLC (or its agents, employees, volunteers or parent companies or affiliates) from any and all liabilities, claims, or actions for personal injury, property damage, or wrongful death which may arise out of my participation.
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Kirtan with Mike Cohen & The Shakti Groove at Vali Soul Sanctuary

Kirtan with Mike Cohen & The Shakti Groove at Vali Soul Sanctuary

Mar 7, 7:30pm - Mar 7, 10:00pm

The Vali Soul Sanctuary, #6717 Valmont Road, Boulder, CO 80301 Map

Join us for a musically inspiring and energetically potent evening of sacred chant! This Kirtan event will present original and highly accessible chants, connection with self/others/Divine and a beautiful community. Kirtan will open your heart, calm your mind, and free your soul.

Kirtan (call and response sacred chanting) is fun and easy. No prior experience is required. You will love opening your heart with Mike Cohen and the Shakti Groove, featuring beautiful vocalists Dawnia Dresser, Michele Heaphy and Toni Marinkovich, funky drummers Ken Matarazzo and Madhu Das, amazing bassist Bill McCrossen and virtuoso cellist James Hoskins.

WHAT: Kirtan w. Mike Cohen & The Shakti Groove
WHEN: Saturday, March 7 from 7:30-10pm. Doors at 7pm.
WHERE: The Vali Soul Sanctuary, #6717 Valmont Road, Boulder, CO 80301.
TICKETS: $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Online registration at tickets.brightstarevents.com/event/kirtan-with-mike-cohen-at-vali-soul-sanctuary-march-20

ABOUT MIKE COHEN
Mike Cohen, MA is founder of Kirtan Leader Institute. Since 2010 he has trained and apprenticed hundreds of aspiring and emerging Kirtan Leaders across the globe from total beginners to many he has guided to create/release Kirtan albums, play at festivals and tour nationally. Mike has released four critically acclaimed albums, and is currently creating new music with Grammy Award nominated producer Ben Leinbach (Jai Uttal, Krishna Das, Deva Premal). Stream his music at soundcloud.com/mikecohen/sets. For over a decade, Mike has toured North America, offering accessible and potent Kirtan events in yoga studios, healing centers and at yoga/chant festivals. Mike lives in Boulder, CO where he spends 100% of his time sharing Kirtan and training Kirtan Leaders through his Kirtan Leader Institute. Learn more about Mike and his Kirtan Leader Institute at: www.MikeCohenKirtan.com.

ABOUT THE SHAKTI GROOVE
The core members of The Shakti Groove include vocalist Dawnia Dresser, cellist James Hoskins and percussionist Ken Matarazzo. This group soft launched in 2017 and officially launched in 2018, playing twice per month across CO, teaching in the Kirtan Leader Institute and sharing their soulful Kirtan at Sedona Yoga Festival, Telluride Yoga Festival and Bhakti Fest. The core group frequently expands to include bassists Dango Rose and Brent Keucker, vocalists Amy Biondo and Michele Heaphy and other incredibly talented and open hearted musicians.
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Kirtan with Mike Cohen & The Shakti Groove in Pueblo

Kirtan with Mike Cohen & The Shakti Groove in Pueblo

Mar 21, 7:30pm - Mar 21, 10:00pm

Nova Stella Yoga, 313 S. Union Ave., Pueblo, CO 81003 Map

Join us for a fun and interactive evening of sacred chant in an intimate setting! This Kirtan event will present original and highly accessible chants, connection with self/others/Divine, and a beautiful community. Kirtan will open your heart, calm your mind, and free your soul.

Kirtan (call and response sacred chanting) is fun and easy. No prior experience is required. Mike's top notch band features beautiful vocalist Dawnia Dresser, funky drummer Ken Matarazzo, cellist James Hoskins and special guests!

WHAT: Kirtan with Mike Cohen & The Shakti Groove at Nova Stella Yoga
WHEN: Saturday, March 21, 2020 (Doors at 7pm, chanting at 7:30pm)
WHERE: 313 S. Union Ave., Pueblo, CO 81003
COST: $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Register at studio or online at www.eventbrite.com/e/kirtan-with-mike-cohen-the-shakti-groove-at-nova-stella-yoga-tickets-8164863...

ABOUT MIKE
Founder of the Kirtan Leader Institute, Mike has released four critically acclaimed Kirtan albums, and in 2020 will release more music with legendary Kirtan producer Ben Leinbach (Jai Uttal, Deva Premal). For well over a decade, Mike has toured North America, offering accessible and potent Kirtan events in yoga studios, healing centers and at yoga/chant festivals, opening for Krishna Das at Bhakti Fest Midwest in 2014. Mike lives in Boulder, CO where he spends 100% of his time sharing Kirtan and training Kirtan Leaders, from total newbies to close to a dozen who have created and released recordings of original Kirtan music.
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Kirtan 101 w. Mike Cohen at Nova Stella Yoga in Pueblo, CO

Kirtan 101 w. Mike Cohen at Nova Stella Yoga in Pueblo, CO

Mar 22, 1:00pm - Mar 22, 4:00pm

Nova Stella Yoga313 S. Union Ave.Pueblo, CO81003 Map

Everything you always wanted to know about Kirtan, and more!

Kirtan (sacred chanting) is an extraordinary heart-opening practice from the yoga tradition. The Kirtan 101 workshop offers a safe space for chant/mantra lovers to flesh out their understanding of Kirtan and take a gentle step into leading others in this amazing practice. Come chant, and learn about deities, mantras, Sanskrit, Bhakti Yoga, Lalita, Dattatreya and more. Learn more at www.MikeCohenKirtan.com

Beginners are welcome and no prior experience is necessary!

Through fascinating stories and deep personal experiences, Mike Cohen (Kirtan Leader Institute founder) will guide you into deeper understanding of the essential elements of Kirtan.
You will learn about:
* Deities, and what they represent
* Mantras, and what they mean
* Sanskrit - the ancient language of the yogis
* Saints - portals to Divinity
* The history of Bhakti Yoga
* Energetic qualities of deities and chants
* The profound wisdom of Lalita and Dattatreya

All participants receive an e-copy of a well-organized and useful 30-page booklet titled A Bhakti Yoga Perspective on Kirtan!

WHAT: Kirtan 101 workshop
WHEN: Sunday, March 22 from 1-4pm
WHERE: Nova Stella Yoga - 313 S. Union Ave., Pueblo, CO 81003
COST: $45 early and $60 day of event. Get tickets at studio and online at www.eventbrite.com/e/kirtan-101-w-mike-cohen-at-nova-stella-yoga-in-pueblo-co-tickets-88892890027

Of course, there will LOTS of chanting throughout!

This fun introductory program offers a safe space for beginners to flesh out their understanding around Kirtan AND take a gentle step into leading others in the practice of sacred chant.

A limited number of program participants can choose to be guided in leading the group in a simple, yet powerful, chanting experience. You will be supported by Mike as you play the harmonium and chant to lead the group into a heart opening experience.

ABOUT MIKE COHEN, MA
Mike Cohen, MA is founder of Kirtan Leader Institute. Since 2010 he has trained and apprenticed hundreds of aspiring and emerging Kirtan Leaders across the globe from total beginners to several he has guided to create/release Kirtan albums, play at festivals and tour nationally.

A life-long musician with 16 years experience developing leaders, Mike created a proven methodology for training and apprenticing Kirtan Leaders based around five relevant domains for leading Kirtan: Musicianship, Leadership, Community Building, Entrepreneurship and Spirituality. Work within these 5 domains helps Kirtan Leaders build skill and confidence in serving others through the ancient/modern practice of sacred chant.

Mike has released four critically acclaimed albums, and is currently creating new music with Grammy Award nominated producer Ben Leinbach (Jai Uttal, Krishna Das, Deva Premal). For over a decade, Mike has toured North America, offering accessible and potent Kirtan events in yoga studios, healing centers and at yoga/chant festivals. Mike lives in Boulder, CO where he spends 100% of his time sharing Kirtan and training Kirtan Leaders through his Kirtan Leader Institute. More at www.MikeCohenKirtan.com.
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Launch Your Home Chant Practice w. Kundalini Chants in Boulder

Launch Your Home Chant Practice w. Kundalini Chants in Boulder

Apr 15, 6:00pm - Apr 15, 7:30pm+5Apr 22, 6:00pm - Apr 22, 7:30pmApr 29, 6:00pm - Apr 29, 7:30pmMay 6, 6:00pm - May 6, 7:30pmMay 13, 6:00pm - May 13, 7:30pmMay 20, 6:00pm - May 20, 7:30pm

Jeanie Manchester's Yoga1480 Violet AveBoulder, CO80304 Map

This six-week LEVEL 1 series is a perfect INTRO for those looking for fun and practical guidance around "How to" launch their own home CHANT practice!

Within a safe space, Mike Cohen and Dawnia Dresser offer a fun program that guides and supports beginning Kirtan Leaders to launch a home chant practice and prepare to share Kirtan with others.

This class will focus on chants from the KUNDALINI YOGA tradition, including songs by Snatam Kaur, Nirinjin Kaur, Jai Jagadeesh and more!

Weekly classes (90 minutes long) create a perfect structure for beginning chant leaders looking to deeper their harmonium skills and ability to play/sing with strong musicians while leading others in a potent chant experience. You will learn to sing and play (on the harmonium) six or more chants from your favorite Kirtan artists, receive vocal training, connect with amazing community, play with a professional dummer (in week 6), have big fun and step into this exquisite heart-opening practice in a new and deeper way!

You will learn to:
* Play basic harmonium chords while chanting and singing simple invocations
* Build a repertoire of six or more beautiful chants from your favorite Kirtan artists to practice at home and perhaps even share with others
* Develop a basic conceptual understanding around music and Kirtan
* Hold the 3 key conversations for sharing Kirtan publicly
* Cultivate an energetic understanding of mantras and deities
* Have lots of fun stepping into an amazing spiritual practice!

Leading Kirtan is an act of service that can be quite complex, or as simple as leading a group in a Om a cappella, or with harmonium.

You will emerge with the confidence and skill to step into your own home practice and perhaps even gift your community with the blessing of sacred chant.

PROGRAM HOURS
Wednesday's from 6-7:30pm on April 15, 22, 29 and May 6, 13, 20.

LOCATION
Held at Jeanie Manchester's Anjaneya Yoga Shala - 1480 Violet Ave, Boulder, Colorado 80304. Please park out front and to the West of her house.

HARMONIUM
To participate you will need to beg, borrow, steal, rent, own or purchase a GOOD harmonium. Please bring your harmonium to all classes. Let me know if you need help lining up a good harmonium. We have access to good harmoniums you can rent and take home for the duration of the six week class ($100), and great harmoniums you can purchase ($750). Learn more about harmoniums at mikecohenkirtan.com/buy-a-harmonium-not-a-headache/

CLASS SIZE
Class size will be limited to 20 participants to create a high-touch learning environment. This program runs six weeks with a total of 9 hours of instruction in how to launch your own home chant practice and perhaps even share with others!

PAYMENT
Early bird price of $199 runs through Thursday, April 9.
General admission pricing of $239 starts Friday, April 10.
Register at tickets.brightstarevents.com/event/level-1-launch-your-home-chant-practice-spring-2020

You can also pay via Venmo (@mikecohenkirtan) or by sending a check to Mike Cohen- #3551 Nyland Way Lafayette, CO 80026.

Got questions? Email Mike at [email protected]

ABOUT MIKE COHEN, MA
Mike Cohen, MA is founder of Kirtan Leader Institute. Since 2010 he has trained and apprenticed hundreds of aspiring and emerging Kirtan Leaders across the globe from total beginners to several he has guided to create/release Kirtan albums, play at festivals and tour nationally.

A life-long musician with 16 years experience developing leaders, Mike created a proven methodology for training and apprenticing Kirtan Leaders based around five relevant domains for leading Kirtan: Musicianship, Leadership, Community Building, Entrepreneurship and Spirituality. Work within these 5 domains helps Kirtan Leaders build skill and confidence in serving others through the ancient/modern practice of sacred chant.

Mike has released three critically acclaimed albums, and in 2018-19 released six singles created with Grammy Award nominated producer Ben Leinbach (Jai Uttal, Krishna Das, Deva Premal). For over a decade, Mike has toured North America, offering accessible and potent Kirtan events in yoga studios, healing centers and at yoga/chant festivals. Mike lives in Boulder, CO where he spends 100% of his time sharing Kirtan and training Kirtan Leaders through his Kirtan Leader Institute. More at www.MikeCohenKirtan.com.

ABOUT DAWNIA DRESSER
Boulder, CO based Dawnia Dresser is an Anusara inspired yoga teacher and lifelong vocalist/musician. During her 19 years in Los Angeles, CA Dawnia co-created three albums of original folk-rock music and contributed extensively on albums and movies as a vocalist and voiceover artist. Dawnia is currently working with renowned Kirtan producer Ben Leinbach (Jai Uttal, Deva Premal) to create an EP of soul-infused mantra music. A graduate of Colorado State University with a degree in music and vocal performance, Dawnia serves as faculty in the Boulder, CO based Kirtan Leader Institute. Her warm heart, clear and caring teaching style and beautiful voice have led her to become a beloved member of the Kirtan community in CO and beyond.

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
"I loved learning to play the harmonium and I am so excited to have one now!! I've been playing everyday and I am hooked. It's amazing how great I feel everytime I chant, it's like the express way to bliss. I'm feeling so much gratitude for this practice and want to go deeper. I really feel like this is what I need to be doing. It feels so clear to me."
-- Heather Harris, dance/yoga instructor and choreographer

"This is an awesome systematic training that gets you leading Kirtan quickly! I have attended three Kirtan training programs and this one, by far, generated the most beautiful connections and deepest learning. There was so much wonderful energy created with such beautiful souls - I can't recommend this program enough!
-- John Warriner, Kirtan Leader

"After just one session in your Learn to Lead Kirtan class I felt brave enough to take my Bhava Mini harmonium into my yoga classes. I played it for students in savasana and to "om" at the end of class. Since then, I've had at least one student in tears at the end of every class. It's incredible, the sound is so powerful! I even had the chance to lead a small Kirtan for a teachers workshop last weekend - so fun! Again, tears! Thanks!!"
-- Morgan Schmidt, MA, RYT-500

"There are so many dimensions to leading this practice, yet Mike skillfully guided each participant through the process so that it never seemed overwhelming.”
-- Tim Jordan, RN BSN, yoga teacher, Kirtan leader

TERMS OF SALE: Customer assumes all risk or danger incidental to the training or event(s), whether occurring prior to, during, or subsequent to, the actual program(s).

NO REFUNDS: All sales are final. No refunds will be granted. However, funds may be applied to future programs.

LIABILITY AND PHOTO/VIDEO RELEASE: I grant permission to Kirtan Leader Institute and Shiva Datta Music, LLC to use any/all photos or videos taken of me, the participant, for any Kirtan Leader Institute and/or Mike Cohen Kirtan event promotional purpose, including but not limited to the website, brochures, Facebook events, newsletter, photographer/videographer owned footage or other promotional items.

HEALTH DISCLAIMER: I certify that I, the participant, have consulted my physician and am in good health and have no physical or other impediment that would endanger me while participating. I hereby acknowledge that I understand all of the risks associated with this activity and knowingly agree to release, indemnify, discharge, waive and relinquish Shiva Datta Music, LLC (or its agents, employees, volunteers or parent companies or affiliates) from any and all liabilities, claims, or actions for personal injury, property damage, or wrongful death which may arise out of my participation.
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Learn to SHARE Kirtan w others w. Kundalini chants in Boulder

Learn to SHARE Kirtan w others w. Kundalini chants in Boulder

Apr 15, 7:30pm - Apr 15, 9:30pm+5Apr 22, 7:30pm - Apr 22, 9:30pmApr 29, 7:30pm - Apr 29, 9:30pmMay 6, 7:30pm - May 6, 9:30pmMay 13, 7:30pm - May 13, 9:30pmMay 20, 7:30pm - May 20, 9:30pm

Jeanie Manchester's Yoga1480 Violet AveBoulder, CO80304 Map

This six week LEVEL 2 series is perfect for those with a home chant practice who long to SHARE Kirtan with others!

Within a safe space, Mike Cohen and Dawnia Dresser offer a fun program that guides and supports EXPERIENCED Kirtan Leaders as they deepen their chant practice and step into SHARING sacred chant with others in their community.

This class will focus on chants from the KUNDALINI YOGA tradition, including songs by Snatam Kaur, Nirinjin Kaur, Jai Jagadeesh and more!

Weekly classes (90 minutes long) create a perfect structure for chant leaders to deepen harmonium skills, expand their repertoire and develop the ability to play/sing with strong musicians while leading others in a potent chant experience. Along the way you will receive vocal instruction from Dawnia Dresser. In the sixth class you will play with a professional Kirtan drummer.

You will learn to:
* Play a variety of voicings with harmonium chords while chanting and singing simple invocations
* Expand their repetoire with 10 chants and invocations (from your favorite Kirtan artists!) that you can share with others
* Strengthen your singing and experience playing with a professional Kirtan drummer.
* Deepen your conceputal understanding around music and Kirtan
* Hold the 3 key conversations for sharing Kirtan publicly with confidence
* Cultivate an energetic understanding of mantras and deities
* Have lots of fun learning to share an amazing spiritual practice!

Leading Kirtan is an act of service that can be quite complex, or as simple as leading a group in a Om a cappella, or with harmonium. This class will help you develop the confidence and skill to gift your community with the blessing of sacred chant.

PROGRAM HOURS
Wednesday's from 7:30-9pm on April 15, 22, 29 and May 6, 13, 20.

LOCATION
Held at Jeanie Manchester's Anjaneya Yoga Shala - 1480 Violet Ave, Boulder, Colorado 80304. Please park out front and to the West of her house.

Got questions? Email Mike at [email protected]

CLASS SIZE
Class size will be limited to 12 participants to create a high-touch learning environment. This program runs 6 weeks with a total of 9 hours of instruction in how to lead Kirtan.

PAYMENT
Early bird pricing of $229 through Thursday, April 9.
General admission pricing of $249 starts Friday, April 10.
Register at tickets.brightstarevents.com/event/level-2-learn-to-share-kirtan-with-others-spring-2020

You can also pay via Venmo (@mikecohenkirtan) or by sending a check to Mike Cohen- #3551 Nyland Way Lafayette, CO 80026.

ABOUT MIKE COHEN
Mike Cohen, MA is founder of Kirtan Leader Institute. Since 2010 he has trained and apprenticed hundreds of aspiring and emerging Kirtan Leaders across the globe from total beginners to several he has guided to create/release Kirtan albums, play at festivals and tour nationally.

A life-long musician with 16 years experience developing leaders, Mike created a proven methodology for training and apprenticing Kirtan Leaders based around five relevant domains for leading Kirtan: Musicianship, Leadership, Community Building, Entrepreneurship and Spirituality. Work within these 5 domains helps Kirtan Leaders build skill and confidence in serving others through the ancient/modern practice of sacred chant.

Mike has released three critically acclaimed albums, and in 2018-19 released six singles created with Grammy Award nominated producer Ben Leinbach (Jai Uttal, Krishna Das, Deva Premal). For over a decade, Mike has toured North America, offering accessible and potent Kirtan events in yoga studios, healing centers and at yoga/chant festivals. Mike lives in Boulder, CO where he spends 100% of his time sharing Kirtan and training Kirtan Leaders through his Kirtan Leader Institute. More at www.MikeCohenKirtan.com.

ABOUT DAWNIA DRESSER
Boulder, CO based Dawnia Dresser is an Anusara inspired yoga teacher and lifelong vocalist/musician. During her 19 years in Los Angeles, CA Dawnia co-created three albums of original folk-rock music and contributed extensively on albums and movies as a vocalist and voiceover artist. Dawnia is currently working with renowned Kirtan producer Ben Leinbach (Jai Uttal, Deva Premal) to create an EP of soul-infused mantra music. A graduate of Colorado State University with a degree in music and vocal performance, Dawnia serves as faculty in the Boulder, CO based Kirtan Leader Institute. Her warm heart, clear and caring teaching style and beautiful voice have led her to become a beloved member of the Kirtan community in CO and beyond.

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
"I wanted to thank you again for the best chanting program evah! I loved every minute of it-- the teachers were tops, the participants, the structure, the content... I had a chanting hangover (in the best possible way). My confidence improved dramatically as a result of the program, and I'll look forward to the next Level 2 event."
-- Amy Lieberman, Yoga Teacher, Kirtan Leader, Health Coach

"Such a transformative program - excellent execution - professional and well organized. I was so impressed with all of the effort you put into the class and into each of us."
- Laina Taylor, healer, Kirtan Leader

"There are so many dimensions to leading this practice, yet Mike skillfully guided each participant through the process so that it never seemed overwhelming.”
-- Tim Jordan, RN BSN, yoga teacher, Kirtan leader

TERMS OF SALE: Customer assumes all risk or danger incidental to the training or event(s), whether occurring prior to, during, or subsequent to, the actual program(s).

NO REFUNDS: All sales are final. No refunds will be granted. However, funds may be applied to future programs.

LIABILITY AND PHOTO/VIDEO RELEASE: I grant permission to Kirtan Leader Institute and Shiva Datta Music, LLC to use any/all photos or videos taken of me, the participant, for any Kirtan Leader Institute and/or Mike Cohen Kirtan event promotional purpose, including but not limited to the website, brochures, Facebook events, newsletter, photographer/videographer owned footage or other promotional items.

HEALTH DISCLAIMER: I certify that I, the participant, have consulted my physician and am in good health and have no physical or other impediment that would endanger me while participating. I hereby acknowledge that I understand all of the risks associated with this activity and knowingly agree to release, indemnify, discharge, waive and relinquish Shiva Datta Music, LLC (or its agents, employees, volunteers or parent companies or affiliates) from any and all liabilities, claims, or actions for personal injury, property damage, or wrongful death which may arise out of my participation.
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Spring 2020 Level 3 Class (Lead Your Band) in Boulder, CO

Spring 2020 Level 3 Class (Lead Your Band) in Boulder, CO

Apr 26, 11:30am - Apr 26, 5:30pm+2May 24, 11:30am - May 24, 5:30pmJun 13, 9:30am - Jun 13, 4:30pm

Jeanie Manchester's Yoga1480 Violet AveBoulder, CO80304 Map

LEAD A BAND- 3 session class for Experienced Kirtan Leaders!

If you long to share full-band Kirtan events in your community, or rapidly grow your local and regional community, the Level 3 Kirtan Leader class is for you!

This intimate, personal and exclusive program is limited to 6 participants who are serious about leading a Kirtan band. The ratio of students (up to 6) to instructors (up to 1-3) will offer each participant in this 20 hour training valuable one-on-one attention from a professional Kirtan drummer(Ken Matarazzo) and voice teacher (Dawnia Dresser), and KLI founder Mike Cohen.

PRE-REQUISITES
In order to be deemed ready for this advanced program, participants are expected to have successfully traversed KLI Levels 1 and 2 via classes, intensives and/or private sessions.

Those who are not current Kirtan Leader Institute students can apply via interview/audition with Mike. Email [email protected] to set up a meeting.

Our trainings utilize the proven KLI methodology and unique system for accelerated learning. These programs are 100% dedicated to training YOU as a Kirtan Leader. All participants will need to have a strong base of understanding to participate successfully and get the most out of this class.

WHAT: Level 3 Kirtan Leader Class

WHEN:
*** Sunday, April 26 (11:30am-5:30pm)
*** Sunday, May 24 (9:30am-4:30pm)
*** Saturday, June 13 (9:30am-4:30pm)

WHERE: Held at Jeanie Manchester's Anjaneya Yoga Shala - 1480 Violet Ave, Boulder, Colorado 80304. Please park out front and to the West of her house.

COST: Early bird pricing of $450 through Sunday, April 19. General admission pricing of $525 starts Monday, April 20. Register at tickets.brightstarevents.com/event/level-3-class-in-boulder-co-learn-to-lead-a-band-spring

You can also pay via Venmo (@mikecohenkirtan) or by sending a check to Mike Cohen- #3551 Nyland Way Lafayette, CO 80026.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
The LEVEL 3 class will help you build the skills and confidence required to LEAD A BAND and guide participants into a deeply transformative experiences through ecstatic chant!

This program is perfect for:
* Experienced harmonium owners who share chants in yoga classes and want to expand into leading full-band Kirtan events.
* New and existing Kirtan Band Leaders who want to expand their local and regional community and ability to create transformative chant experiences.

In this 3 session class you will:
* Learn to lead a band (drummer, response singer and more!) with skill and ease
* Rotate through the roles of Kirtan Leader, response singer and audience in order to gain valuable perspectives on the Kirtan experience
* Grow your capacity to take participants on a potent spiritual/musical/energetic journey.

This class will help you launch and establish yourself as a Kirtan Leader. You will grow through practice, guidance and coaching around:
* Leading a band
* Building your community
* Clarifying, articulating and manifesting your unique Kirtan vision in the world.

You will discover your authentic style as a Kirtan Leader and you will:
* Learn to cue drummers, musicians and response singers in real time
* Be instructed in how to build vibrant communities of musicians, venues, advocates and chant participants
* Build the skills to share this extraordinary practice with the world!

Support faculty include skilled, professional Kirtan drummer Ken Matarazzo, beautiful voice teacher/Kirtan Leader Dawnia Dresser and more. All faculty are dedicated to helping you learn to LEAD A BAND.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN - PART 2

In the domain of MUSIC you will:
* Expand your repertoire
* Build your vocal skills
* Get more out of your harmonium
* Learn to cue your drummer, musicians and response singers so you can lead a band with skill and ease
* Learn how to assemble a tribe of musicians and the key criteria for finding/choosing musicians

In the domain of LEADERSHIP and COMMUNITY BUILDING you will:
* Create a deep sense of center in your body and in language.
* Engage in action planning so you can fulfill on your deepest longings in the domain of Kirtan.
* Understand self, others and relationships via the Enneagram of Personality.
* Understand and learn how to identify and minimize Spiritual Bypassing so you can learn to Wake Up (Spiritual practice), Grow Up (Psychological practice), Clean Up (Shadow practice) and Show Up fully for self, others and the world.
* Build communities of chant participants, supporters & venues virtually and in person
* Learn to effectively utilize audio, visual and online technology
* Create full-band community Kirtan events
* Build a public identity as a Kirtan Leader
* Lead groups through transformative chant experiences!

In the domain of BUSINESS and TECHNOLOGY you will:
* Understand the flow of setting up/promoting successful events
* Receive a Draft Contract for Events
* Engage in Strategic/Action planning
* Learn essential information about sound systems and powerpoint projection

You will AVOID:
* Not having skill in cueing and leading your drummer, response singer, band and participants
* Making critical mistakes with musicians, venues and your community of chant participants
* Looking amateurish and making costly mistakes as you grow your public identity and Kirtan community

TERMS OF SALE: Customer assumes all risk or danger incidental to the training or event(s), whether occurring prior to, during, or subsequent to, the actual program(s).

NO REFUNDS: All sales are final. No refunds will be granted. However, funds may be applied to future programs.

LIABILITY AND PHOTO/VIDEO RELEASE: I grant permission to Kirtan Leader Institute and Shiva Datta Music, LLC to use any/all photos or videos taken of me, the participant, for any Kirtan Leader Institute and/or Mike Cohen Kirtan event promotional purpose, including but not limited to the website, brochures, Facebook events, newsletter, photographer/videographer owned footage or other promotional items.

HEALTH DISCLAIMER: I certify that I, the participant, have consulted my physician and am in good health and have no physical or other impediment that would endanger me while participating. I hereby acknowledge that I understand all of the risks associated with this activity and knowingly agree to release, indemnify, discharge, waive and relinquish Shiva Datta Music, LLC (or its agents, employees, volunteers or parent companies or affiliates) from any and all liabilities, claims, or actions for personal injury, property damage, or wrongful death which may arise out of my participation.

Got questions? Email Mike at [email protected]

HIGH TOUCH, HIGH LEARNING
Just as in Dancing with the Stars, or Fantasy Baseball Camp, this Kirtan Leader Class offers you an opportunity to work with professional musicians who are accustomed to performing at large, successful Kirtan events.

Working with professionals will quickly increase your level of development. You will receive ongoing professional support in building your Kirtan skills. This program offers a safe and supportive container, allowing you to continually stay at your learning edge.

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
"I wanted to thank you again for the best chanting weekend evah! I loved every minute of it-- all the teachers were tops, the participants you drew from around the country, the structure, the content...I had a chanting hangover (in the best possible way). My confidence improved dramatically as a result of the weekend.”
-- Amy Lieberman, Yoga Teacher, Kirtan Leader, Health Coach

"I was truly blessed and honored to be part of this intensive. Namaste to all who attended, facilitated and supported this awesome program. This program really gave me made lasting state of gratitude and satisfaction. Highly recommended!"
-- John Gorecki, Kirtan Leader

"Mike’s group training program for Kirtan Leaders is deep, powerful and pervasive, and his passion shows through. Mike, thank you for helping me embody a deeper and more transcendent vision for myself and others!”
— David Coddington, small business owner, Kirtan Leader

"Mike has illuminated the practice of leading Kirtan in ways I never could have imagined. I have grown in confidence as a leader, a musician, and as a spiritual practitioner. I'm so grateful for this gift."
-- Tim Jordan, Los Angeles, CA

ABOUT MIKE COHEN
Mike Cohen, MA is founder of Kirtan Leader Institute. Since 2010 he has trained and apprenticed hundreds of aspiring and emerging Kirtan Leaders across the globe from total beginners to many he has guided to create/release Kirtan albums, play at festivals and tour nationally.

A life-long musician with 16 years experience developing leaders, Mike created a proven methodology for training and apprenticing Kirtan Leaders based around five relevant domains for leading Kirtan: Musicianship, Leadership, Community Building, Entrepreneurship and Spirituality. Work within these 5 domains helps Kirtan Leaders build skill and confidence in serving others through the ancient/modern practice of sacred chant in the modern West.

Mike has released three critically acclaimed albums, and in 2018-19 has been releasing 6 singles created with Grammy Award nominated producer Ben Leinbach (Jai Uttal, Krishna Das, Deva Premal). For over a decade, Mike has toured North America, offering accessible and potent Kirtan events in yoga studios, healing centers and at yoga/chant festivals. Mike lives in Boulder, CO where he spends 100% of his time sharing Kirtan and training Kirtan Leaders through his Kirtan Leader Institute. More at www.MikeCohenKirtan.com.

ABOUT DAWNIA DRESSER
Boulder, CO based Dawnia Dresser is an Anusara inspired yoga teacher and lifelong vocalist/musician. During her 19 years in Los Angeles, CA Dawnia co-created three albums of original folk-rock music and contributed extensively on albums and movies as a vocalist and voiceover artist. Dawnia is currently working with renowned Kirtan producer Ben Leinbach (Jai Uttal, Deva Premal) to create an EP of soul-infused mantra music. A graduate of Colorado State University with a degree in music and vocal performance, Dawnia serves as faculty in the Boulder, CO based Kirtan Leader Institute. Her warm heart, clear and caring teaching style and beautiful voice have led her to become a beloved member of the Kirtan community in CO and beyond.

ABOUT KEN MATARAZZO
Ken Matarazzo is a Boulder, CO based performer and teacher who has studied and performed on frame drums and afro cuban percussion since the early 90’s. Some of his teachers include master drummers, Randy Crafton, Layne Redmond and John Amira. Ken has collaborated with diverse artists, such as Jerry Joseph, Layne Redmond, Jim Matus and most recently Kirtan Leader Mike Cohen. Ken currently serves as faculty in the Boulder, CO based Kirtan Leader Institute.
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Kirtan with Mike Cohen & The Shakti Groove

Kirtan with Mike Cohen & The Shakti Groove

May 2, 7:30pm - May 2, 9:30pm

Soul Tree Yoga1280 Centaur Village DrLafayette, CO80026 Map

Join us for a fun and interactive evening of sacred chant in an intimate setting! This Kirtan event will present original and highly accessible chants, connection with self/others/Divine, and a beautiful community. Kirtan will open your heart, calm your mind, and free your soul.

Kirtan (call and response sacred chanting) is fun and easy. No prior experience is required. Mike's top notch band features beautiful vocalist Dawnia Dresser, funky drummer Ken Matarazzo, cellist James Hoskins, bassist Bill McCrossen and special guests!

WHAT: Kirtan with Mike Cohen & The Shakti Groove
WHEN: Saturday, May 2 from 7:30-9:30pm
WHERE: Soul Tree Yoga South Studio, #1280 Centaur Village Dr. #7 Lafayette, CO. www.soultreecolorado.com
COST: $15 Early Bird/$20 Day of event. Purchase tickets at the studio. Online registration at soultreecolorado.com/events/workshops/?mobile=false&options%5Bids%5D=2154&options%5Bsite_id%5D=28255

ABOUT MIKE
Founder of the Kirtan Leader Institute, Mike has released four critically acclaimed Kirtan albums, and in 2020 will release more music with legendary Kirtan producer Ben Leinbach (Jai Uttal, Deva Premal). For well over a decade, Mike has toured North America, offering accessible and potent Kirtan events in yoga studios, healing centers and at yoga/chant festivals, opening for Krishna Das at Bhakti Fest Midwest in 2014. Mike lives in Boulder, CO where he spends 100% of his time sharing Kirtan and training Kirtan Leaders, from total newbies to close to a dozen who have created and released recordings of original Kirtan music.
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Level 2: Learn to SHARE Kirtan w. others! 3-Day Intensive in CO

Level 2: Learn to SHARE Kirtan w. others! 3-Day Intensive in CO

May 29, 3:00pm - May 31, 10:00pm

Nyland Cohousing, Boulder, COLafayette, CO80026 Map

If you own a harmonium and lead Kirtan in yoga classes or in your community and want to GO DEEPER, this ADVANCED Kirtan Leader intensive is for you!

IS THIS PROGRAM FOR YOU?
Come join us if you are an EXPERIENCED Kirtan Leader seeking to create powerful Kirtan experiences in yoga classes, on retreats and in your local community.

This Program is perfect for:
* Kirtan Leaders who share Kirtan in yoga classes
* Kirtan Leaders who aspire to share Kirtan with a band in their community

Kirtan Leaders working on SHARING Kirtan with others focus on building the skills and confidence required to begin to guide a band while leading participants on a Kirtan journey.

YOU WILL LEARN TO:
* Expand your understanding of chords and voicing options to make the most of the harmonium
* Strengthen your singing
* Grow your repertoire through more advanced cover chants by your favorite Kirtan artists
* Build comfort in speaking publicly about chants, telling stories, and sharing the power of Kirtan as a sacred practice
* Lead your band (drummer and response singers) with skill and ease
* Lead the group in a chant experience!

WHEN:
* Friday, May 29 from 3-6pm (training session)
* Saturday, May 30 from 9-5pm (training session) + Kirtan event at 7:30pm
* Sunday, May 31 from 10am - 5:30pm (training session) + 6-10pm - Kirtan Leader Potluck and Jam Session!

HARMONIUM
To participate you will need to beg, borrow, steal, rent, own or purchase a GOOD harmonium. Please bring your harmonium to all classes. Let me know if you need help lining up a good harmonium. We have access to good harmoniums you can rent and take home for the duration of the training ($50), and great harmoniums you can purchase ($750). Learn more about harmoniums at mikecohenkirtan.com/buy-a-harmonium-not-a-headache/

WHERE:
Nyland Co-housing, 3525 Nyland Way Lafayette, CO 80026. www.nylandcohousing.org/

HIGH TOUCH, HIGH LEARNING
Just as in Dancing with the Stars, or Fantasy Baseball Camp, this Kirtan Leader Intensive will offer you the opportunity to work with professional musicians who are accustomed to performing at large, successful Kirtan events.

Working with professionals will quickly increase your level of development, as there are no external obstacles to developing your Kirtan skills. You will experience the added value of having ongoing coaching guidance that will create a safe and supportive container for your learning experience so you stay focused on your learning edge.

Program participants will be supported by Mike Cohen and outstanding percussionist/educators Ken Matarazzo and Issa Malluf along with vocalists/educators Dawnia Dresser and Robyn Broyden.

All participants will receive downloads of Mike's four albums, a 30 page handout on Kirtan and Bhakti Yoga and detailed chant sheets for the songs we work with.

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
"I wanted to thank you again for the best chanting weekend evah! I loved every minute of it-- all the teachers were tops, the participants you drew from around the country, the structure, the content...I had a chanting hangover (in the best possible way). My confidence improved dramatically as a result of the weekend, and I'll look forward to the next Level 2 event."
-- Amy Lieberman, Yoga Teacher, Kirtan Leader, Health Coach

"I was truly blessed and honored to be part of this event. Namaste to all who attended, facilitated and supported this awesome event. Special thanks to Nyland Co-housing for sharing their beautiful facility. This program really gave me made lasting state of gratitude and satisfaction. Highly recommended!"
-- John Gorecki, Kirtan Leader

"Such a transformative weekend - excellent execution - it was so professional and well organized. I was so impressed with all of the effort you put into the class and into each of us!"
- Laina Taylor, healer, Kirtan Leader

"Mike has illuminated the practice of leading Kirtan in ways I never could have imagined. I have grown in confidence as a leader, a musician, and as a spiritual practitioner. I'm so grateful for this gift."
-- Tim Jordan, Los Angeles, CA

TUITION INCLUDES:
* 18 hours of class time.
* Free admission to Saturday evening Kirtan event.
* Participation in Sunday evening Kirtan Leader potluck and jam session. Participants in this program will have an opportunity to lead the group in a chant experience with support from a professional drummer and response singer.
* Post-session teleconference to debrief program.

This 25 hour program is limited to 15 participants - act now to reserve your spot!!

APPLICATION:
Please complete our brief (four question) application to this program at mikecohenkirtan.com/level-2-intensive-application/

ENROLLMENT:
* Early bird tickets $495 through the evening of May 21.
* General admission tickets $595 starting May 22.

This program includes a FREE pre-intensive group teleconference AND a follow up teleconference- dates and times TBD.

PURCHASE TICKETS
Online registration at tickets.brightstarevents.com/event/level-2-learn-to-share-kirtan-w-others-l2-may-20

You can also pay via Venmo (@mikecohenkirtan) or by sending a check to Mike Cohen- #3551 Nyland Way Lafayette, CO 80026.

TERMS OF SALE: Customer assumes all risk or danger incidental to the training or event(s), whether occurring prior to, during, or subsequent to, the actual program(s).

NO REFUNDS: All sales are final. No refunds will be granted. However, funds may be applied to future programs.

LIABILITY AND PHOTO/VIDEO RELEASE: I grant permission to Kirtan Leader Institute and Shiva Datta Music, LLC to use any/all photos or videos taken of me, the participant, for any Kirtan Leader Institute and/or Mike Cohen Kirtan event promotional purpose, including but not limited to the website, brochures, Facebook events, newsletter, photographer/videographer owned footage or other promotional items.

HEALTH DISCLAIMER: I certify that I, the participant, have consulted my physician and am in good health and have no physical or other impediment that would endanger me while participating. I hereby acknowledge that I understand all of the risks associated with this activity and knowingly agree to release, indemnify, discharge, waive and relinquish Shiva Datta Music, LLC (or its agents, employees, volunteers or parent companies or affiliates) from any and all liabilities, claims, or actions for personal injury, property damage, or wrongful death which may arise out of my participation.

Got questions? Email Mike at [email protected]

ABOUT MIKE COHEN
Mike Cohen, MA is founder of Kirtan Leader Institute. Since 2010 he has trained and apprenticed hundreds of aspiring and emerging Kirtan Leaders across the globe from total beginners to several he has guided to create/release Kirtan albums, play at festivals and tour nationally.

A life-long musician with 16 years experience developing leaders, Mike created a proven methodology for training and apprenticing Kirtan Leaders based around five relevant domains for leading Kirtan: Musicianship, Leadership, Community Building, Entrepreneurship and Spirituality. Work within these 5 domains helps Kirtan Leaders build skill and confidence in serving others through the ancient/modern practice of sacred chant.

Mike has released four critically acclaimed albums, and in 2019 has been creating more new music with Grammy Award nominated producer Ben Leinbach (Jai Uttal, Krishna Das, Deva Premal). For over a decade, Mike has toured North America, offering accessible and potent Kirtan events in yoga studios, healing centers and at yoga/chant festivals. Mike lives in Boulder, CO where he spends 100% of his time sharing Kirtan and training Kirtan Leaders through his Kirtan Leader Institute. More at www.MikeCohenKirtan.com.

ABOUT DAWNIA DRESSER
Boulder, CO based Dawnia Dresser is an Anusara inspired yoga teacher and lifelong vocalist/musician. During her 19 years in Los Angeles, CA Dawnia co-created three albums of original folk-rock music and contributed extensively on albums and movies as a vocalist and voiceover artist. Dawnia is currently working with renowned Kirtan producer Ben Leinbach (Jai Uttal, Deva Premal) to create an EP of soul-infused mantra music. A graduate of Colorado State University with a degree in music and vocal performance, Dawnia serves as faculty in the Boulder, CO based Kirtan Leader Institute. Her warm heart, clear and caring teaching style and beautiful voice have led her to become a beloved member of the Kirtan community in CO and beyond.

ABOUT KEN MATARAZZO
Ken Matarazzo is a Boulder, CO based performer and teacher who has studied and performed on frame drums and afro cuban percussion since the early 90’s. Some of his teachers include master drummers, Randy Crafton, Layne Redmond and John Amira. Ken has collaborated with diverse artists, such as Jerry Joseph, Layne Redmond, Jim Matus and most recently Kirtan Leader Mike Cohen. Ken currently serves as faculty in the Boulder, CO based Kirtan Leader Institute.

ABOUT ISSA MALLUF
Palestinian-American percussionist, Issa Malluf, is a native to New Mexico. Originally self-taught, Issa has become a highly skilled and internationally recognized specialist in Middle Eastern, Arabic, and North African percussion. He has performed nationally and internationally at venues as noteworthy as the Kennedy Center and the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Issa has recorded with artists including Grammy winning oud virtuoso Rahim Al-Haj, guitarist Peter Buck of R.E.M., and Eastern European, Balkan, and Turkish influenced 'A Hawk and a Hacksaw' among many more. He is frequently sought after due to the clarity, precision and complexity/simplicity of his drum work and rhythms. Issa is a natural teacher and has instructed and inspired all levels of drummers. He teaches workshops locally and has taught as a guest instructor at Yale and the Chicago School of Music. Though his primary genre is Arabic/Middle Eastern percussion, Issa is knowledgeable in an array of percussion styles from around the world and is ever expanding in to new territory and understandings through both study and travel. More at issamalluf.com
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Kirtan with Mike Cohen and The Shakti Groove at Nyland Cohousing

Kirtan with Mike Cohen and The Shakti Groove at Nyland Cohousing

May 30, 7:30pm - May 30, 10:00pm

Nyland Cohousing, Boulder, COLafayette, CO80026 Map

Join us for a fun and interactive evening of sacred chant in an intimate setting! This Kirtan house event will present original and highly accessible chants, connection with self/others/Divine, and a beautiful community. Kirtan will open your heart, calm your mind, and free your soul!

Kirtan (call and response sacred chanting) is fun and easy. No prior experience is required.

Only 30 tickets are available for this intimate event. Nyland Co-Housing residents and Kirtan Leader Intensive participants are invited free of charge.

WHAT: Kirtan w. Mike Cohen & The Shakti Groove
WHEN: Saturday, May 30 from 7:30-10pm. Doors at 7pm.
WHERE: Nyland Co-housing, 3525 Nyland Way Lafayette, CO 80026
TICKETS: $15 in advance, $20 day of event. Register online at tickets.brightstarevents.com/event/mike-cohen-kirtan-at-nyland-co-housing-may-30

ABOUT MIKE COHEN
Mike Cohen, MA is founder of Kirtan Leader Institute. Since 2010 he has trained and apprenticed hundreds of aspiring and emerging Kirtan Leaders across the globe from total beginners to several he has guided to create/release Kirtan albums, play at festivals and tour nationally.

A life-long musician with 16 years experience developing leaders, Mike created a proven methodology for training and apprenticing Kirtan Leaders based around five relevant domains for leading Kirtan: Musicianship, Leadership, Community Building, Entrepreneurship and Spirituality. Work within these 5 domains helps Kirtan Leaders build skill and confidence in serving others through the ancient/modern practice of sacred chant.

Mike has released four critically acclaimed albums, and is currently creating new music with Grammy Award nominated producer Ben Leinbach (Jai Uttal, Krishna Das, Deva Premal). For over a decade, Mike has toured North America, offering accessible and potent Kirtan events in yoga studios, healing centers and at yoga/chant festivals. Mike lives in Boulder, CO where he spends 100% of his time sharing Kirtan and training Kirtan Leaders through his Kirtan Leader Institute. More at www.MikeCohenKirtan.com.

ABOUT THE SHAKTI GROOVE
The core members of The Shakti Groove include vocalist Dawnia Dresser, cellist James Hoskins and percussionist Ken Matarazzo. This group launched in 2017, sharing Kirtan across CO, teaching in the Kirtan Leader Institute and sharing their soulful Kirtan at Sedona Yoga Festival, Telluride Yoga Festival and Bhakti Fest. The core group frequently expands to include bassists Bill McCrossen, Dango Rose and Brent Keucker, vocalists Robyn Broyden, Toni Marinkovich and Michele Heaphy, and Madhu Das, Noah Wilson and other incredibly talented and open hearted musicians. More at www.facebook.com/MikeCohenAndTheShaktiGroove/?modal=admin_todo_tour
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Level 3 Group Intensive in Boulder, CO - Learn to Lead a Band!

Level 3 Group Intensive in Boulder, CO - Learn to Lead a Band!

Jul 16, 9:00am - Jul 19, 1:00pm

Nyland Cohousing, Boulder, COLafayette, CO80026 Map

LEAD A BAND- 4-Day Intensive for Experienced Kirtan Leaders

If you long to share full-band Kirtan events in your community, or rapidly grow your local and regional community, the Level 3 Kirtan Leader intensive is for you!

This intimate, personal and exclusive program is limited to 12 participants who are serious about leading a Kirtan band. The ratio of students (up to 12) to instructors (3-4) will offer each participant in this 34 hour training valuable one-on-one attention from a professional Kirtan drummer, a pro voice teacher and KLI founder Mike Cohen. The learning you will experience is real and profound - each participant will have the opportunity to demonstrate their embodied learning by leading a chant in a real-live public Kirtan event complete with audience, sound system, professional musicians and response singers.

PRE-REQUISITES
In order to be deemed ready for this advanced program, participants are expected to have successfully traversed KLI Levels 1 and 2 via classes, intensives and/or private sessions

Those who are not current Kirtan Leader Institute students can apply via interview/audition with Mike. Email [email protected] to set up a meeting.

Our trainings utilize the proven KLI methodology and unique system for accelerated learning. These programs are 100% dedicated to training YOU as a Kirtan Leader. All participants will need to have a strong base of understanding to participate successfully and get the most out of this intensive.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
The LEVEL 3 intensive will help you build the skills and confidence required to LEAD A BAND and guide participants into a deeply transformative experiences through ecstatic chant!

This program is perfect for:
* Experienced harmonium owners who share chants in yoga classes and want to expand into leading full-band Kirtan events.
* New and existing Kirtan Band Leaders who want to expand their local and regional community and ability to create transformative chant experiences.

In this four day intensive you will:
* Learn to lead a band (drummer, response singer and more!) with skill and ease
* Rotate through the roles of Kirtan Leader, response singer and audience in order to gain valuable perspectives on the Kirtan experience
* Grow your capacity to take participants on a potent spiritual/musical/energetic journey.

This class will help you launch and establish yourself as a Kirtan Leader. You will grow through practice, guidance and coaching around:
* Leading a band
* Building your community
* Clarifying, articulating and manifesting your unique Kirtan vision in the world.

You will discover your authentic style as a Kirtan Leader and you will:
* Learn to cue drummers, musicians and response singers in real time
* Be instructed in how to build vibrant communities of musicians, venues, advocates and chant participants
* Build the skills to share this extraordinary practice with the world!

Support faculty include skilled, professional Kirtan drummer Ken Matarazzo, beautiful voice teacher/Kirtan Leader Dawnia Dresser and more. All faculty are dedicated to helping you learn to LEAD A BAND.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN - PART 2

In the domain of MUSIC you will:
* Expand your repertoire
* Build your vocal skills
* Get more out of your harmonium
* Learn to cue your drummer, musicians and response singers so you can lead a band with skill and ease
* Learn how to assemble a tribe of musicians and the key criteria for finding/choosing musicians

In the domain of LEADERSHIP and COMMUNITY BUILDING you will:
* Create a deep sense of center in your body and in language.
* Engage in action planning so you can fulfill on your deepest longings in the domain of Kirtan.
* Understand self, others and relationships via the Enneagram of Personality.
* Understand and learn how to identify and minimize Spiritual Bypassing so you can learn to Wake Up (Spiritual practice), Grow Up (Psychological practice), Clean Up (Shadow practice) and Show Up fully for self, others and the world.
* Build communities of chant participants, supporters & venues virtually and in person
* Learn to effectively utilize audio, visual and online technology
* Create full-band community Kirtan events
* Build a public identity as a Kirtan Leader
* Lead groups through transformative chant experiences!

In the domain of BUSINESS and TECHNOLOGY you will:
* Understand the flow of setting up/promoting successful events
* Receive a Draft Contract for Events
* Engage in Strategic/Action planning
* Learn essential information about sound systems and powerpoint projection

You will AVOID:
* Not having skill in cueing and leading your drummer, response singer, band and participants
* Making critical mistakes with musicians, venues and your community of chant participants
* Looking amateurish and making costly mistakes as you grow your public identity and Kirtan community

WHAT: Level 3 Kirtan Leader Intensive
WHEN: Thursday, July 16 at 9am through Sunday, July 19 at 1pm.
WHERE: Nyland Co-Housing - 3525 Nyland Way Lafayette, CO 80026

APPLICATION:
You can complete our brief (four question) application to this program at mikecohenkirtan.com/level-3-intensive-application/

COST: Early bird pricing of $795 through July 1. General admission pricing of $895 starts July 2. Register at tickets.brightstarevents.com/event/level-3-intensive-in-boulder-lead-your-band-july-2020

You can also pay via Venmo (@mikecohenkirtan) or by sending a check to Mike Cohen- #3551 Nyland Way Lafayette, CO 80026.

PROGRAM HOURS
* Thursday, July 16 training from 9am-5pm
* Friday, July 17 training from 9am-5pm
• Saturday, July 18 training from noon-6pm + full-band Kirtan event
* Sunday, July 19 training from 9am-1pm

This program includes a FREE pre-intensive group teleconference AND a follow up teleconference- dates and times TBD.

TERMS OF SALE: Customer assumes all risk or danger incidental to the training or event(s), whether occurring prior to, during, or subsequent to, the actual program(s).

NO REFUNDS: All sales are final. No refunds will be granted. However, funds may be applied to future programs.

LIABILITY AND PHOTO/VIDEO RELEASE: I grant permission to Kirtan Leader Institute and Shiva Datta Music, LLC to use any/all photos or videos taken of me, the participant, for any Kirtan Leader Institute and/or Mike Cohen Kirtan event promotional purpose, including but not limited to the website, brochures, Facebook events, newsletter, photographer/videographer owned footage or other promotional items.

HEALTH DISCLAIMER: I certify that I, the participant, have consulted my physician and am in good health and have no physical or other impediment that would endanger me while participating. I hereby acknowledge that I understand all of the risks associated with this activity and knowingly agree to release, indemnify, discharge, waive and relinquish Shiva Datta Music, LLC (or its agents, employees, volunteers or parent companies or affiliates) from any and all liabilities, claims, or actions for personal injury, property damage, or wrongful death which may arise out of my participation.

Got questions? Email Mike at [email protected]

HIGH TOUCH, HIGH LEARNING
Just as in Dancing with the Stars, or Fantasy Baseball Camp, this Kirtan Leader Class offers you an opportunity to work with professional musicians who are accustomed to performing at large, successful Kirtan events.

Working with professionals will quickly increase your level of development. You will receive ongoing professional support in building your Kirtan skills. This program offers a safe and supportive container, allowing you to continually stay at your learning edge.

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
"I wanted to thank you again for the best chanting weekend evah! I loved every minute of it-- all the teachers were tops, the participants you drew from around the country, the structure, the content...I had a chanting hangover (in the best possible way). My confidence improved dramatically as a result of the weekend.”
-- Amy Lieberman, Yoga Teacher, Kirtan Leader, Health Coach

"I was truly blessed and honored to be part of this intensive. Namaste to all who attended, facilitated and supported this awesome program. This program really gave me made lasting state of gratitude and satisfaction. Highly recommended!"
-- John Gorecki, Kirtan Leader

"Mike’s group training program for Kirtan Leaders is deep, powerful and pervasive, and his passion shows through. Mike, thank you for helping me embody a deeper and more transcendent vision for myself and others!”
— David Coddington, small business owner, Kirtan Leader

"Mike has illuminated the practice of leading Kirtan in ways I never could have imagined. I have grown in confidence as a leader, a musician, and as a spiritual practitioner. I'm so grateful for this gift."
-- Tim Jordan, Los Angeles, CA

ABOUT MIKE COHEN
Mike Cohen, MA is founder of Kirtan Leader Institute. Since 2010 he has trained and apprenticed hundreds of aspiring and emerging Kirtan Leaders across the globe from total beginners to several he has guided to create/release Kirtan albums, play at festivals and tour nationally.

A life-long musician with 16 years experience developing leaders, Mike created a proven methodology for training and apprenticing Kirtan Leaders based around five relevant domains for leading Kirtan: Musicianship, Leadership, Community Building, Entrepreneurship and Spirituality. Work within these 5 domains helps Kirtan Leaders build skill and confidence in serving others through the ancient/modern practice of sacred chant.

Mike has released four critically acclaimed albums, and in 2019 has been creating more new music with Grammy Award nominated producer Ben Leinbach (Jai Uttal, Krishna Das, Deva Premal). . For over a decade, Mike has toured North America, offering accessible and potent Kirtan events in yoga studios, healing centers and at yoga/chant festivals. Mike lives in Boulder, CO where he spends 100% of his time sharing Kirtan and training Kirtan Leaders through his Kirtan Leader Institute. More at www.MikeCohenKirtan.com.

ABOUT DAWNIA DRESSER
Boulder, CO based Dawnia Dresser is an Anusara inspired yoga teacher and lifelong vocalist/musician. During her 19 years in Los Angeles, CA Dawnia co-created three albums of original folk-rock music and contributed extensively on albums and movies as a vocalist and voiceover artist. Dawnia is currently working with renowned Kirtan producer Ben Leinbach (Jai Uttal, Deva Premal) to create an EP of soul-infused mantra music. A graduate of Colorado State University with a degree in music and vocal performance, Dawnia serves as faculty in the Boulder, CO based Kirtan Leader Institute. Her warm heart, clear and caring teaching style and beautiful voice have led her to become a beloved member of the Kirtan community in CO and beyond.

ABOUT KEN MATARAZZO
Ken Matarazzo is a Boulder, CO based performer and teacher who has studied and performed on frame drums and afro cuban percussion since the early 90’s. Some of his teachers include master drummers, Randy Crafton, Layne Redmond and John Amira. Ken has collaborated with diverse artists, such as Jerry Joseph, Layne Redmond, Jim Matus and most recently Kirtan Leader Mike Cohen. Ken currently serves as faculty in the Boulder, CO based Kirtan Leader Institute.
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Professional Kirtan Leader Intensive- Boulder, CO (tours/album)

Professional Kirtan Leader Intensive- Boulder, CO (tours/album)

Aug 6, 9:00am - Aug 9, 1:00pm

Nyland Cohousing, Boulder, COLafayette, CO80026 Map

GO PRO: 4-Day Intensive for Professional Kirtan Leaders

If you long to expand your Kirtan beyond local community to regional and national to include tours, festivals and albums , the Level 4 Kirtan Leader intensive is for you!

This intimate, personal and exclusive program is limited to 6 participants who are serious about leading a Kirtan band. The ratio of students to instructors (3) will offer each participant in this 34 hour training valuable one-on-one attention from a professional Kirtan drummer, a pro voice teacher and KLI founder Mike Cohen. The learning you will experience is real and profound - each participant will have the opportunity to demonstrate their embodied learning by leading a chant in a real-live public Kirtan event complete with audience, sound system, professional musicians and response singers. This training will help you understand how to set up tours, perform and festivals and understand/execute on the process of creating/releasing recorded music. The program will help you build connections with 2 professional music producers, and will likely include a day trip to an actual recording studio in Boulder, CO.

PRE-REQUISITES
In order to be deemed ready for this advanced program, participants are expected to have successfully traversed KLI Levels 1, 2 and 3 via classes, intensives and/or private sessions

Those who are not current Kirtan Leader Institute students can apply via interview/audition with Mike. Email [email protected] to set up a meeting.

Our trainings utilize the proven KLI methodology and unique system for accelerated learning. These programs are 100% dedicated to training YOU as a Kirtan Leader. All participants will need to have a strong base of understanding to participate successfully and get the most out of this intensive.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
The LEVEL 4 intensive will help you build the skills and confidence required to expand your Kirtan offers beyond local (to regional and national), book tours and festivals, and create albums. You will emerge more with skill and capacity for guiding many moree participants into much more deeply transformative experiences through ecstatic chant!

This program is perfect for:
* Existing Kirtan leaders who share sacred chant in their community and want to radically expand their reach and ability to create transformative chant experiences.

In this four day intensive you will:
* Uplevel your ability to lean your band (drummer, response singer and more!) with skill, ease and power
* Rotate through the roles of Kirtan Leader, response singer and audience in order to gain valuable perspectives on the Kirtan experience
* Workshop your original chants in preparation for more potent events and an album project
* Understand potent strategies and build a personal action plan for expanding your touring (local-> regional -> national) and creating a successful album project.
* Deepen your ability to take participants on a potent spiritual/musical/energetic journey.

This class will help you launch and establish yourself as a regional/national Kirtan Leader. You will grow through practice, guidance and coaching around:
* Leading a band with skill, ease and power
* Growing regional and national community, both in person and virtually
* Workshopping your original chants
* Clarifying, articulating and manifesting your unique vision as a professional Kirtan Leader in the world.

You will discover your authentic style as a Kirtan Leader and you will:
* Work with and build energy during your events
* Learn how to build vibrant communities of musicians, venues, advocates and chant participants on the regional and national levels
* Build the skills to share this extraordinary practice with the world!

Support faculty include skilled, professional Kirtan drummer Ken Matarazzo, beautiful voice teacher/Kirtan Leader Dawnia Dresser and more. All faculty are dedicated to helping you embody the skills and capacities of a PROFESSIONAL KIRTAN LEADER.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN - PART 2

In the domain of MUSIC you will:
* Write compelling original chants
* Build your vocal skills
* Get more out of your harmonium
* Learn to cue your drummer, musicians and response singers so you can lead a band with skill and ease
* Learn how to assemble a tribe of musicians and the key criteria for finding/choosing musicians
* Plan and execute on an album project

In the domain of LEADERSHIP and COMMUNITY BUILDING you will:
* Create an even deeper sense of center in your body and in language.
* Engage in action planning so you can fulfill on even deeper longings in the domain of Kirtan.
* Understand self, others and relationships via the Enneagram on 5 levels (self, others, 1-1 relationship, personal development and Presence).
* Understan and learn how to identify and minimize Spiritual Bypassing so you can learn to Wake Up (Spiritual practice), Grow Up (Psychological practice), Mess Up (be willing to take chances), Clean Up (Shadow practice), Open Up (Multiple Intelligences) and Show Up fully for self, others and the world as a Professional Kirtan Leader.
* Build communities of chant participants, supporters & venues virtually and in person, locally, regionally and nationally.
* Learn to effectively utilize audio, visual and online technology
* Create full-band community Kirtan events, tours and festival
* Build a public identity as a PROFESSIONAL Kirtan Leader
* Lead groups through transformative chant experiences!

In the domain of BUSINESS and TECHNOLOGY you will:
* Understand the flow of setting up/promoting successful tours and festivals
* Receive a Draft Contract for Events
* Engage in Strategic/Action planning
* Learn essential information about sound systems and powerpoint projection

You will AVOID:
* Not having skill in cueing and leading your drummer, response singer, band and participants
* Launching an expensive album project without being adequately prepared
* Making critical mistakes with musicians, venues, festivals and your local/regional/national community of chant participants
* Looking amateurish and making costly mistakes as you grow your public identity and Kirtan local/regional/national community

This training will include:
(i) 28 hours of training time
(ii) Kirtan event where you lead an original chant with The Shakti Groove (drums, bass, cello, response singers, sound system + audience)
(iii) Two pre and two post intensive video conference calls- dates and times TBD.
(iv) Field trip and Zoom call with professional Kirtan producers
... and more!

WHAT: Level 4 Kirtan Leader Intensive
WHEN: Thursday, August 6 at 9am through Sunday, August 9 at 1pm.
WHERE: Nyland Co-Housing - 3525 Nyland Way Lafayette, CO 80026
COST:
* Super early bird pricing of $995 through June 17
* Early bird pricing $1095 starts June 18
* General admission pricing of $1195 starts July 8.

Register at tickets.brightstarevents.com/event/professional-kirtan-leader-intensive-aug-2020

You can also pay via Venmo (@mikecohenkirtan) or by sending a check to Mike Cohen- #3551 Nyland Way Lafayette, CO 80026.

PROGRAM HOURS
* Thursday, August 6 training from 9am-5pm
* Friday, August 7 training from 9am-5pm
• Saturday, August 8 training from 9am-5pm + full-band Kirtan event
* Sunday, August 9 training from 9am-1pm


TERMS OF SALE: Customer assumes all risk or danger incidental to the training or event(s), whether occurring prior to, during, or subsequent to, the actual program(s).

NO REFUNDS: All sales are final. No refunds will be granted. However, funds may be applied to future programs.

LIABILITY AND PHOTO/VIDEO RELEASE: I grant permission to Kirtan Leader Institute and Shiva Datta Music, LLC to use any/all photos or videos taken of me, the participant, for any Kirtan Leader Institute and/or Mike Cohen Kirtan event promotional purpose, including but not limited to the website, brochures, Facebook events, newsletter, photographer/videographer owned footage or other promotional items.

HEALTH DISCLAIMER: I certify that I, the participant, have consulted my physician and am in good health and have no physical or other impediment that would endanger me while participating. I hereby acknowledge that I understand all of the risks associated with this activity and knowingly agree to release, indemnify, discharge, waive and relinquish Shiva Datta Music, LLC (or its agents, employees, volunteers or parent companies or affiliates) from any and all liabilities, claims, or actions for personal injury, property damage, or wrongful death which may arise out of my participation.

Got questions? Email Mike at [email protected]

HIGH TOUCH, HIGH LEARNING
Just as in Dancing with the Stars, or Fantasy Baseball Camp, this Kirtan Leader Class offers you an opportunity to work with professional musicians who are accustomed to performing at large, successful Kirtan events.

Working with professionals will quickly increase your level of development. You will receive ongoing professional support in building your Kirtan skills. This program offers a safe and supportive container, allowing you to continually stay at your learning edge.

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
"I wanted to thank you again for the best chanting weekend evah! I loved every minute of it-- all the teachers were tops, the participants you drew from around the country, the structure, the content...I had a chanting hangover (in the best possible way). My confidence improved dramatically as a result of the weekend.”
-- Amy Lieberman, Yoga Teacher, Kirtan Leader, Health Coach

"I was truly blessed and honored to be part of this intensive. Namaste to all who attended, facilitated and supported this awesome program. This program really gave me made lasting state of gratitude and satisfaction. Highly recommended!"
-- John Gorecki, Kirtan Leader

"Mike’s group training program for Kirtan Leaders is deep, powerful and pervasive, and his passion shows through. Mike, thank you for helping me embody a deeper and more transcendent vision for myself and others!”
— David Coddington, small business owner, Kirtan Leader

"Mike has illuminated the practice of leading Kirtan in ways I never could have imagined. I have grown in confidence as a leader, a musician, and as a spiritual practitioner. I'm so grateful for this gift."
-- Tim Jordan, Los Angeles, CA

ABOUT MIKE COHEN
Mike Cohen, MA is founder of Kirtan Leader Institute. Since 2010 he has trained and apprenticed hundreds of aspiring and emerging Kirtan Leaders across the globe from total beginners to several he has guided to create/release Kirtan albums, play at festivals and tour nationally.

A life-long musician with 16 years experience developing leaders, Mike created a proven methodology for training and apprenticing Kirtan Leaders based around five relevant domains for leading Kirtan: Musicianship, Leadership, Community Building, Entrepreneurship and Spirituality. Work within these 5 domains helps Kirtan Leaders build skill and confidence in serving others through the ancient/modern practice of sacred chant.

Mike has released four critically acclaimed albums, and in 2019 has been creating more new music with Grammy Award nominated producer Ben Leinbach (Jai Uttal, Krishna Das, Deva Premal). For over a decade, Mike has toured North America, offering accessible and potent Kirtan events in yoga studios, healing centers and at yoga/chant festivals. Mike lives in Boulder, CO where he spends 100% of his time sharing Kirtan and training Kirtan Leaders through his Kirtan Leader Institute. More at www.MikeCohenKirtan.com.

ABOUT DAWNIA DRESSER
Boulder, CO based Dawnia Dresser is an Anusara inspired yoga teacher and lifelong vocalist/musician. During her 19 years in Los Angeles, CA Dawnia co-created three albums of original folk-rock music and contributed extensively on albums and movies as a vocalist and voiceover artist. Dawnia is currently working with renowned Kirtan producer Ben Leinbach (Jai Uttal, Deva Premal) to create an EP of soul-infused mantra music. A graduate of Colorado State University with a degree in music and vocal performance, Dawnia serves as faculty in the Boulder, CO based Kirtan Leader Institute. Her warm heart, clear and caring teaching style and beautiful voice have led her to become a beloved member of the Kirtan community in CO and beyond.

ABOUT KEN MATARAZZO
Ken Matarazzo is a Boulder, CO based performer and teacher who has studied and performed on frame drums and afro cuban percussion since the early 90’s. Some of his teachers include master drummers, Randy Crafton, Layne Redmond and John Amira. Ken has collaborated with diverse artists, such as Jerry Joseph, Layne Redmond, Jim Matus and most recently Kirtan Leader Mike Cohen. Ken currently serves as faculty in the Boulder, CO based Kirtan Leader Institute.
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Kirtan Leader Showcase with Mike Cohen and The Shakti Groove

Kirtan Leader Showcase with Mike Cohen and The Shakti Groove

Aug 8, 7:30pm - Aug 8, 10:00pm

Soul Tree Yoga1280 Centaur Village DrLafayette, CO80026 Map

Join us for a fun and interactive evening of sacred chant in an intimate setting! This Kirtan event will present original and highly accessible chants, connection with self/others/Divine, and a beautiful community. We will feature several of the professional Kirtan Leaders who study at the Kirtan Leader Institute.

Kirtan (call and response sacred chanting) is fun and easy. Chanting will open your heart, calm your mind, and free your soul. No prior experience is required.

WHAT: Kirtan w. Mike Cohen & The Shakti Groove
WHEN: Saturday, August 8 from 7:30-10pm. Doors at 7pm.
WHERE: Soul Tree Yoga- #1280 Centaur Village Dr · Lafayette, CO
TICKETS: $15 in advance, $20 day of event. Register at studio. Online registration at tickets.brightstarevents.com/event/mike-cohen-k-leader-showcase

ABOUT MIKE COHEN
Mike Cohen, MA is founder of Kirtan Leader Institute. Since 2010 he has trained and apprenticed hundreds of aspiring and emerging Kirtan Leaders across the globe from total beginners to several he has guided to create/release Kirtan albums, play at festivals and tour nationally.

A life-long musician with 16 years experience developing leaders, Mike created a proven methodology for training and apprenticing Kirtan Leaders based around five relevant domains for leading Kirtan: Musicianship, Leadership, Community Building, Entrepreneurship and Spirituality. Work within these 5 domains helps Kirtan Leaders build skill and confidence in serving others through the ancient/modern practice of sacred chant.

Mike has released four critically acclaimed albums, and is currently creating new music with Grammy Award nominated producer Ben Leinbach (Jai Uttal, Krishna Das, Deva Premal). For over a decade, Mike has toured North America, offering accessible and potent Kirtan events in yoga studios, healing centers and at yoga/chant festivals. Mike lives in Boulder, CO where he spends 100% of his time sharing Kirtan and training Kirtan Leaders through his Kirtan Leader Institute. More at www.MikeCohenKirtan.com.

ABOUT THE SHAKTI GROOVE
The core members of The Shakti Groove include vocalist Dawnia Dresser, cellist James Hoskins and percussionist Ken Matarazzo. This group launched in 2017, sharing Kirtan across CO, teaching in the Kirtan Leader Institute and sharing their soulful Kirtan at Sedona Yoga Festival, Telluride Yoga Festival and Bhakti Fest.

The core group frequently expands to include bassists Bill McCrossen, Dango Rose and Brent Keucker, vocalists Robyn Broyden, Toni Marinkovich and Michele Heaphy, and talented instrumentalists Khabu, Madhu Das, Noah Wilson as well as other skilled and open hearted musicians. More at www.facebook.com/MikeCohenAndTheShaktiGroove/?modal=admin_todo_tour
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EnCHANT Your Life: Online Class starts September 15

EnCHANT Your Life: Online Class starts September 15

Sep 15, 7:00pm - Sep 15, 8:00pm+1Nov 2, 7:00pm - Nov 2, 8:00pm

your home

EN(CHANT) YOUR LIFE:
An Integral Approach to Kirtan, Myth, and Mantra for Modern Times

* 7 Deities for an Open Heart and Full Life *

* Do you love Kirtan and want to bring the practice into your home?
* Are you longing for deeper awareness and guidance on "how to" do this practice?
* Have you tried to start a home chant practice, but are not quite getting it?

With En(Chant) Your Life you will:
* Launch your home chant practice through Kirtan (music), myth and mantra
* Learn myths and mantras for removing obstacles, and experiencing freedom, protection, and unconditional love
* Learn to play harmonium and chant to 7 of your favorite yogic deities

Pricing and registration coming soon.

The course consists of seven (7) online learning modules and eight live instructional calls with Mike Cohen over a 7-week period. Each module is centered around an ancient Hindu myth that is relevant for our modern times.

We will hold group video calls (on Zoom) from 7-8pm MT on Tuesdays September 15, 22, 29, October 6, 13, 20, 27 and Monday, November 2 (completion call). Can't make a call? No problem. All calls will be recorded and shared in the Ruzuku online learning platform (within 24 hours) along with new teaching videos and written modules. Course content will be available until at least January 1, 2021.

* 7 Deities to an Embodied Chant Practice *

The 7-MODULES of EN(CHANT) YOUR LIFE:

1. Ganesh: Removing Obstacles
2. Sita, Ram, Hanuman: Devotion and Moving Beyond "Self" into connection with "Others" and the "Divine"
3. Four Flames: Embodying the Primary Divine Qualities of Truth, Love, Purpose and Peace
4. Krishna, Radha: Expressing Love in the World
5. Kali, Durga: Transmuting Negativity, Healthy Anger, Overcoming Darkness
6. Shiva: Expanding Awareness, Consciousness, and Space - the Benefit of Meditation
7. Lalita: Divine Unconditional Love - What does it mean to BE love in the world?

Pricing and registration coming soon.

EACH MODULE consists of:

1. Live call with Mike
2. Modern Myth - Spiritual Intelligence, Story telling and explanation
3. Learn The Chant. Breaking down the chant for accessible learning + Explanation of common mistakes. Musical Lesson – learning the chant on your harmonium
4. Intention Setting and Guided Practice
A new tool you can use as part of your daily practice.
Set the intention, learn how to work with the deity, and chant along with Mike
5. Guided Meditation - Integration. Meditation to help you notice shifts in your inner experience
6. Taking Action - Living the Lesson. Reflection on what needs attention in your life (i.e. obstacles to overcome) + action steps on how to apply the lessons you learned in your daily life
These six components are a comprehensive approach to learning and practicing a chant and then using it in your everyday life.

"The lessons are great. I was enjoying chanting prior to this but never knew the interpretations/stories or what the words meant even. The chanting has energy all of its own. The entire format of the classes has been perfect."
-- Carol Martin, Spring 2019 En(CHANT) Your Life participant

Pricing and registration coming soon.

EN(CHANT) YOUR LIFE :
* Shares essential insights from ancient myths and Hindu deities that are relevant to your life today,
* Teaches you to play harmonium while chanting to access the energy of 7 deities,
* Offers guided meditation so you can bring awareness to your inner experience, gaining wisdom from the energy of the mantra,
* Guides you to set intentions around seven important aspects of your life and
* Helps you digest your learning so you can live the lessons of this ancient wisdom in your modern life.

"I loved everything about the En(Chant) Your Life course!!! The Ruzuku learning platform, the 4-step process for learning new chants, the philosophy behind each of the deity’s. I loved having the videos to go back to over and over again to watch you play, get the tempo right, etc. The program was perfectly put together! I now have the confidence and the tools to keep going. Thank you Mike for the gift of chant/harmonium!"
-- Lori Wantz, Spring 2019 En(CHANT) Your Life participant

EN(CHANT) YOUR LIFE runs over a 7-week period and in that time you get:

* 8 live calls with Mike
* 7 introductions to 7 modern myths
* 7 chant tutorials with step by step instruction and chant sheets
* 7 intention setting and guided practices
* 7 rounds of guided meditation
* 7 sets of questions for reflection and taking action

"I can now open my music book, read the music and practice playing and chanting ALL 7 of the chants we have learned = HUGE SUCCESS! I am delighted and so HAPPY! Before this course my chant practice was primarily making up my own melodies for chants/mantras which is great yet was a much slower process and also limited by my beliefs that ``I shouldn't write kirtan music.`` I loved this course especially the easy process to learn new chants QUICKLY. I feel confident and inspired to write more music and share the amazing of Kirtan with my community. I am forever grateful, thank you."
-- C.A., Yoga Teacher, Spring 2019 En(CHANT) Your Life participant

Pricing and registration coming soon.

NO REFUNDS: All sales are final. No refunds will be granted. However, funds may be applied to future programs.
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Fall 2020 Level 3 Class (Lead Your Band) in Boulder, CO

Fall 2020 Level 3 Class (Lead Your Band) in Boulder, CO

Sep 20, 11:30am - Sep 20, 5:30pm+2Oct 24, 9:30am - Oct 24, 4:30pmNov 14, 9:30am - Nov 14, 4:30pm

Jeanie Manchester's Yoga1480 Violet AveBoulder, CO80304 Map

LEAD A BAND- 3 session class for Experienced Kirtan Leaders!

If you long to share full-band Kirtan events in your community, or rapidly grow your local and regional community, the Level 3 Kirtan Leader class is for you!

This intimate, personal and exclusive program is limited to 6 participants who are serious about leading a Kirtan band. The ratio of students (up to 6) to instructors (up to 1-3) will offer each participant in this 20 hour training valuable one-on-one attention from a professional Kirtan drummer(Ken Matarazzo) and voice teacher (Dawnia Dresser), and KLI founder Mike Cohen.

PRE-REQUISITES
In order to be deemed ready for this advanced program, participants are expected to have successfully traversed KLI Levels 1 and 2 via classes, intensives and/or private sessions.

Those who are not current Kirtan Leader Institute students can apply via interview/audition with Mike. Email [email protected] to set up a meeting.

Our trainings utilize the proven KLI methodology and unique system for accelerated learning. These programs are 100% dedicated to training YOU as a Kirtan Leader. All participants will need to have a strong base of understanding to participate successfully and get the most out of this class.

WHAT: Level 3 Kirtan Leader Class
WHEN:
*** Sunday, September 20 (11:30am-5:30pm)
*** Saturday, October 24 (9:30am-4:30pm)
*** Saturday, November 14 (9:30am-4:30pm)

WHERE: Held at Jeanie Manchester's Anjaneya Yoga Shala - 1480 Violet Ave, Boulder, Colorado 80304. Please park out front and to the West of her house.
COST: Early bird pricing of $450 through September 9. General admission pricing of $525 starting September 10.

Register at tickets.brightstarevents.com/event/level-3-class-in-boulder-co-learn-to-lead-a-band-fall-2020

You can also pay via Venmo (@mikecohenkirtan) or by sending a check to Mike Cohen- #3551 Nyland Way Lafayette, CO 80026.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
The LEVEL 3 class will help you build the skills and confidence required to LEAD A BAND and guide participants into a deeply transformative experiences through ecstatic chant!

This program is perfect for:
* Experienced harmonium owners who share chants in yoga classes and want to expand into leading full-band Kirtan events.
* New and existing Kirtan Band Leaders who want to expand their local and regional community and ability to create transformative chant experiences.

In this 3 session class you will:
* Learn to lead a band (drummer, response singer and more!) with skill and ease
* Rotate through the roles of Kirtan Leader, response singer and audience in order to gain valuable perspectives on the Kirtan experience
* Grow your capacity to take participants on a potent spiritual/musical/energetic journey.

This class will help you launch and establish yourself as a Kirtan Leader. You will grow through practice, guidance and coaching around:
* Leading a band
* Building your community
* Clarifying, articulating and manifesting your unique Kirtan vision in the world.

You will discover your authentic style as a Kirtan Leader and you will:
* Learn to cue drummers, musicians and response singers in real time
* Be instructed in how to build vibrant communities of musicians, venues, advocates and chant participants
* Build the skills to share this extraordinary practice with the world!

Support faculty include skilled, professional Kirtan drummer Ken Matarazzo, beautiful voice teacher/Kirtan Leader Dawnia Dresser and more. All faculty are dedicated to helping you learn to LEAD A BAND.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN - PART 2

In the domain of MUSIC you will:
* Expand your repertoire
* Build your vocal skills
* Get more out of your harmonium
* Learn to cue your drummer, musicians and response singers so you can lead a band with skill and ease
* Learn how to assemble a tribe of musicians and the key criteria for finding/choosing musicians

In the domain of LEADERSHIP and COMMUNITY BUILDING you will:
* Create a deep sense of center in your body and in language.
* Engage in action planning so you can fulfill on your deepest longings in the domain of Kirtan.
* Understand self, others and relationships via the Enneagram of Personality.
* Understand and learn how to identify and minimize Spiritual Bypassing so you can learn to Wake Up (Spiritual practice), Grow Up (Psychological practice), Clean Up (Shadow practice) and Show Up fully for self, others and the world.
* Build communities of chant participants, supporters & venues virtually and in person
* Learn to effectively utilize audio, visual and online technology
* Create full-band community Kirtan events
* Build a public identity as a Kirtan Leader
* Lead groups through transformative chant experiences!

In the domain of BUSINESS and TECHNOLOGY you will:
* Understand the flow of setting up/promoting successful events
* Receive a Draft Contract for Events
* Engage in Strategic/Action planning
* Learn essential information about sound systems and powerpoint projection

You will AVOID:
* Not having skill in cueing and leading your drummer, response singer, band and participants
* Making critical mistakes with musicians, venues and your community of chant participants
* Looking amateurish and making costly mistakes as you grow your public identity and Kirtan community

TERMS OF SALE: Customer assumes all risk or danger incidental to the training or event(s), whether occurring prior to, during, or subsequent to, the actual program(s).

NO REFUNDS: All sales are final. No refunds will be granted. However, funds may be applied to future programs.

LIABILITY AND PHOTO/VIDEO RELEASE: I grant permission to Kirtan Leader Institute and Shiva Datta Music, LLC to use any/all photos or videos taken of me, the participant, for any Kirtan Leader Institute and/or Mike Cohen Kirtan event promotional purpose, including but not limited to the website, brochures, Facebook events, newsletter, photographer/videographer owned footage or other promotional items.

HEALTH DISCLAIMER: I certify that I, the participant, have consulted my physician and am in good health and have no physical or other impediment that would endanger me while participating. I hereby acknowledge that I understand all of the risks associated with this activity and knowingly agree to release, indemnify, discharge, waive and relinquish Shiva Datta Music, LLC (or its agents, employees, volunteers or parent companies or affiliates) from any and all liabilities, claims, or actions for personal injury, property damage, or wrongful death which may arise out of my participation.

Got questions? Email Mike at [email protected]

HIGH TOUCH, HIGH LEARNING
Just as in Dancing with the Stars, or Fantasy Baseball Camp, this Kirtan Leader Class offers you an opportunity to work with professional musicians who are accustomed to performing at large, successful Kirtan events.

Working with professionals will quickly increase your level of development. You will receive ongoing professional support in building your Kirtan skills. This program offers a safe and supportive container, allowing you to continually stay at your learning edge.

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
"I wanted to thank you again for the best chanting weekend evah! I loved every minute of it-- all the teachers were tops, the participants you drew from around the country, the structure, the content...I had a chanting hangover (in the best possible way). My confidence improved dramatically as a result of the weekend.”
-- Amy Lieberman, Yoga Teacher, Kirtan Leader, Health Coach

"I was truly blessed and honored to be part of this intensive. Namaste to all who attended, facilitated and supported this awesome program. This program really gave me made lasting state of gratitude and satisfaction. Highly recommended!"
-- John Gorecki, Kirtan Leader

"Mike’s group training program for Kirtan Leaders is deep, powerful and pervasive, and his passion shows through. Mike, thank you for helping me embody a deeper and more transcendent vision for myself and others!”
— David Coddington, small business owner, Kirtan Leader

"Mike has illuminated the practice of leading Kirtan in ways I never could have imagined. I have grown in confidence as a leader, a musician, and as a spiritual practitioner. I'm so grateful for this gift."
-- Tim Jordan, Los Angeles, CA

ABOUT MIKE COHEN
Mike Cohen, MA is founder of Kirtan Leader Institute. Since 2010 he has trained and apprenticed hundreds of aspiring and emerging Kirtan Leaders across the globe from total beginners to many he has guided to create/release Kirtan albums, play at festivals and tour nationally.

A life-long musician with 16 years experience developing leaders, Mike created a proven methodology for training and apprenticing Kirtan Leaders based around five relevant domains for leading Kirtan: Musicianship, Leadership, Community Building, Entrepreneurship and Spirituality. Work within these 5 domains helps Kirtan Leaders build skill and confidence in serving others through the ancient/modern practice of sacred chant in the modern West.

Mike has released three critically acclaimed albums, and in 2018-19 has been releasing 6 singles created with Grammy Award nominated producer Ben Leinbach (Jai Uttal, Krishna Das, Deva Premal). For over a decade, Mike has toured North America, offering accessible and potent Kirtan events in yoga studios, healing centers and at yoga/chant festivals. Mike lives in Boulder, CO where he spends 100% of his time sharing Kirtan and training Kirtan Leaders through his Kirtan Leader Institute. More at www.MikeCohenKirtan.com.

ABOUT DAWNIA DRESSER
Boulder, CO based Dawnia Dresser is an Anusara inspired yoga teacher and lifelong vocalist/musician. During her 19 years in Los Angeles, CA Dawnia co-created three albums of original folk-rock music and contributed extensively on albums and movies as a vocalist and voiceover artist. Dawnia is currently working with renowned Kirtan producer Ben Leinbach (Jai Uttal, Deva Premal) to create an EP of soul-infused mantra music. A graduate of Colorado State University with a degree in music and vocal performance, Dawnia serves as faculty in the Boulder, CO based Kirtan Leader Institute. Her warm heart, clear and caring teaching style and beautiful voice have led her to become a beloved member of the Kirtan community in CO and beyond.

ABOUT KEN MATARAZZO
Ken Matarazzo is a Boulder, CO based performer and teacher who has studied and performed on frame drums and afro cuban percussion since the early 90’s. Some of his teachers include master drummers, Randy Crafton, Layne Redmond and John Amira. Ken has collaborated with diverse artists, such as Jerry Joseph, Layne Redmond, Jim Matus and most recently Kirtan Leader Mike Cohen. Ken currently serves as faculty in the Boulder, CO based Kirtan Leader Institute.
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Launch Your home chant practice w. Sanskrit chants in Boulder

Launch Your home chant practice w. Sanskrit chants in Boulder

Oct 7, 6:00pm - Oct 7, 7:30pm+5Oct 14, 6:00pm - Oct 14, 7:30pmOct 21, 6:00pm - Oct 21, 7:30pmOct 28, 6:00pm - Oct 28, 7:30pmNov 4, 6:00pm - Nov 4, 7:30pmNov 11, 6:00pm - Nov 11, 7:30pm

Jeanie Manchester's Yoga1480 Violet AveBoulder, CO80304 Map

This six-week Level 1 class is a perfect INTRO for those looking for fun and practical guidance around "How to" launch their own home CHANT practice with Sanskrit chants!

Within a safe space, Mike Cohen and Dawnia Dresser offer a fun program that guides and supports beginning Kirtan Leaders to launch a home chant practice and prepare to share Kirtan with others.

Weekly classes (90 minutes long) create a perfect structure for beginning chant leaders looking to deeper their harmonium skills and ability to play/sing with strong musicians while leading others in a potent chant experience. You will learn to sing and play (on the harmonium) six or more chants from your favorite Kirtan artists, receive vocal training, connect with amazing community, play with a professional dummer (in week 6), have big fun and step into this exquisite heart-opening practice in a new and deeper way!

You will learn to:
* Play basic harmonium chords while chanting and singing simple invocations
* Build a repertoire of six or more beautiful chants from your favorite Kirtan artists to practice at home and perhaps even share with others
* Develop a basic conceptual understanding around music and Kirtan
* Hold the 3 key conversations for sharing Kirtan publicly
* Cultivate an energetic understanding of mantras and deities
* Have lots of fun stepping into an amazing spiritual practice!

Leading Kirtan is an act of service that can be quite complex, or as simple as leading a group in a Om a cappella, or with harmonium.

You will emerge with the confidence and skill to step into your own home practice and perhaps even gift your community with the blessing of sacred chant.

PROGRAM HOURS
Wednesday's from 6-7:30pm on October 7, 14, 21, 28 + November 4, 11

LOCATION
Held at Jeanie Manchester's Yoga - #1480 Violet Ave, Boulder, Colorado 80304. Please park out front and to the West of her house. Please don't park in her driveway.

HARMONIUM
To participate you will need to beg, borrow, steal, rent, own or purchase a GOOD harmonium. Please bring your harmonium to all classes. Let me know if you need help lining up a good harmonium. We have access to good harmoniums you can rent and take home for the duration of the six week class ($100), and great harmoniums you can purchase ($750). Learn more about harmoniums at mikecohenkirtan.com/buy-a-harmonium-not-a-headache/

CLASS SIZE
Class size will be limited to 20 participants to create a high-touch learning environment. This program runs six weeks with a total of 9 hours of instruction in how to launch your own home chant practice with Sanskrit chants and perhaps even share with others!

PAYMENT
Early bird price of $199 runs through Wednesday, September 30. General admission pricing of $239 starts Thursday, October 1.
Register at tickets.brightstarevents.com/event/level-1-launch-your-home-chant-practice-fall-2020

You can also pay via Venmo (@mikecohenkirtan) or by sending a check to Mike Cohen- #3551 Nyland Way Lafayette, CO 80026.

Got questions? Email Mike at [email protected]

ABOUT MIKE COHEN, MA
Mike Cohen, MA is founder of Kirtan Leader Institute. Since 2010 he has trained and apprenticed hundreds of aspiring and emerging Kirtan Leaders across the globe from total beginners to several he has guided to create/release Kirtan albums, play at festivals and tour nationally.

A life-long musician with 16 years experience developing leaders, Mike created a proven methodology for training and apprenticing Kirtan Leaders based around five relevant domains for leading Kirtan: Musicianship, Leadership, Community Building, Entrepreneurship and Spirituality. Work within these 5 domains helps Kirtan Leaders build skill and confidence in serving others through the ancient/modern practice of sacred chant.

Mike has released four critically acclaimed albums, and is currently creating new music with Grammy Award nominated producer Ben Leinbach (Jai Uttal, Krishna Das, Deva Premal). For over a decade, Mike has toured North America, offering accessible and potent Kirtan events in yoga studios, healing centers and at yoga/chant festivals. Mike lives in Boulder, CO where he spends 100% of his time sharing Kirtan and training Kirtan Leaders through his Kirtan Leader Institute. More at www.MikeCohenKirtan.com.

ABOUT DAWNIA DRESSER
Boulder, CO based Dawnia Dresser is an Anusara inspired yoga teacher and lifelong vocalist/musician. During her 19 years in Los Angeles, CA Dawnia co-created three albums of original folk-rock music and contributed extensively on albums and movies as a vocalist and voiceover artist. Dawnia is currently working with renowned Kirtan producer Ben Leinbach (Jai Uttal, Deva Premal) to create an EP of soul-infused mantra music. A graduate of Colorado State University with a degree in music and vocal performance, Dawnia serves as faculty in the Boulder, CO based Kirtan Leader Institute. Her warm heart, clear and caring teaching style and beautiful voice have led her to become a beloved member of the Kirtan community in CO and beyond.

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
"I loved learning to play the harmonium and I am so excited to have one now!! I've been playing everyday and I am hooked. It's amazing how great I feel everytime I chant, it's like the express way to bliss. I'm feeling so much gratitude for this practice and want to go deeper. I really feel like this is what I need to be doing. It feels so clear to me."
-- Heather Harris, dance/yoga instructor and choreographer

"This is an awesome systematic training that gets you leading Kirtan quickly! I have attended three Kirtan training programs and this one, by far, generated the most beautiful connections and deepest learning. There was so much wonderful energy created with such beautiful souls - I can't recommend this program enough!
-- John Warriner, Kirtan Leader

"After just one session in your Learn to Lead Kirtan class I felt brave enough to take my Bhava Mini harmonium into my yoga classes. I played it for students in savasana and to "om" at the end of class. Since then, I've had at least one student in tears at the end of every class. It's incredible, the sound is so powerful! I even had the chance to lead a small Kirtan for a teachers workshop last weekend - so fun! Again, tears! Thanks!!"
-- Morgan Schmidt, MA, RYT-500

"There are so many dimensions to leading this practice, yet Mike skillfully guided each participant through the process so that it never seemed overwhelming.”
-- Tim Jordan, RN BSN, yoga teacher, Kirtan leader

TERMS OF SALE: Customer assumes all risk or danger incidental to the training or event(s), whether occurring prior to, during, or subsequent to, the actual program(s).

NO REFUNDS: All sales are final. No refunds will be granted. However, funds may be applied to future programs.

LIABILITY AND PHOTO/VIDEO RELEASE: I grant permission to Kirtan Leader Institute and Shiva Datta Music, LLC to use any/all photos or videos taken of me, the participant, for any Kirtan Leader Institute and/or Mike Cohen Kirtan event promotional purpose, including but not limited to the website, brochures, Facebook events, newsletter, photographer/videographer owned footage or other promotional items.

HEALTH DISCLAIMER: I certify that I, the participant, have consulted my physician and am in good health and have no physical or other impediment that would endanger me while participating. I hereby acknowledge that I understand all of the risks associated with this activity and knowingly agree to release, indemnify, discharge, waive and relinquish Shiva Datta Music, LLC (or its agents, employees, volunteers or parent companies or affiliates) from any and all liabilities, claims, or actions for personal injury, property damage, or wrongful death which may arise out of my participation.
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Learn to SHARE Kirtan w others w. Sanskrit chants in Boulder

Learn to SHARE Kirtan w others w. Sanskrit chants in Boulder

Oct 7, 7:30pm - Oct 7, 9:00pm+5Oct 14, 7:30pm - Oct 14, 9:00pmOct 21, 7:30pm - Oct 21, 9:00pmOct 28, 7:30pm - Oct 28, 9:00pmNov 4, 7:30pm - Nov 4, 9:00pmNov 11, 7:30pm - Nov 11, 9:00pm

Jeanie Manchester's Yoga1480 Violet AveBoulder, CO80304 Map

This six week LEVEL 2 series is perfect for those with a home chant practice who long to SHARE Kirtan with others!

Within a safe space, Mike Cohen and Dawnia Dresser offer a fun program that guides and supports EXPERIENCED Kirtan Leaders as they deepen their chant practice and step into SHARING sacred chant with others in their community. This series features Sanskrit chants.

Weekly classes (90 minutes long) create a perfect structure for chant leaders to deepen harmonium skills, expand their repertoire and develop the ability to play/sing with strong musicians while leading others in a potent chant experience. Along the way you will receive vocal instruction from Dawnia Dresser. In the sixth class you will play with a professional Kirtan drummer.

You will learn to:
* Play a variety of voicings with harmonium chords while chanting and singing simple invocations
* Expand their repetoire with 10 chants and invocations (from your favorite Kirtan artists!) that you can share with others
* Strengthen your singing and experience playing with a professional Kirtan drummer.
* Deepen your conceputal understanding around music and Kirtan
* Hold the 3 key conversations for sharing Kirtan publicly with confidence
* Cultivate an energetic understanding of mantras and deities
* Have lots of fun learning to share an amazing spiritual practice!

Leading Kirtan is an act of service that can be quite complex, or as simple as leading a group in a Om a cappella, or with harmonium. This class will help you develop the confidence and skill to gift your community with the blessing of sacred chant.

PROGRAM HOURS
Wednesday's from 7:30-9pm on October 7, 14, 21, 28 and November 4 and 11.

LOCATION
Held at Jeanie Manchester's Anjaneya Yoga Shala - 1480 Violet Ave, Boulder, Colorado 80304. Please park out front and to the West of her house.

Got questions? Email Mike at [email protected]

CLASS SIZE
Class size will be limited to 12 participants to create a high-touch learning environment. This program runs 6 weeks with a total of 9 hours of instruction in how to lead Kirtan.

PAYMENT
Early bird pricing of $229 through Wednesday, September 30. General admission pricing of $249 starts Thursday, October 1. Online registration at tickets.brightstarevents.com/event/level-2-learn-to-share-kirtan-with-others-fall-2020

You can also pay via Venmo (@mikecohenkirtan) or by sending a check to Mike Cohen- #3551 Nyland Way Lafayette, CO 80026.

ABOUT MIKE COHEN
Mike Cohen, MA is founder of Kirtan Leader Institute. Since 2010 he has trained and apprenticed hundreds of aspiring and emerging Kirtan Leaders across the globe from total beginners to several he has guided to create/release Kirtan albums, play at festivals and tour nationally.

A life-long musician with 16 years experience developing leaders, Mike created a proven methodology for training and apprenticing Kirtan Leaders based around five relevant domains for leading Kirtan: Musicianship, Leadership, Community Building, Entrepreneurship and Spirituality. Work within these 5 domains helps Kirtan Leaders build skill and confidence in serving others through the ancient/modern practice of sacred chant.

Mike has released three critically acclaimed albums, and in 2018-19 released six singles created with Grammy Award nominated producer Ben Leinbach (Jai Uttal, Krishna Das, Deva Premal). For over a decade, Mike has toured North America, offering accessible and potent Kirtan events in yoga studios, healing centers and at yoga/chant festivals. Mike lives in Boulder, CO where he spends 100% of his time sharing Kirtan and training Kirtan Leaders through his Kirtan Leader Institute. More at www.MikeCohenKirtan.com.

ABOUT DAWNIA DRESSER
Boulder, CO based Dawnia Dresser is an Anusara inspired yoga teacher and lifelong vocalist/musician. During her 19 years in Los Angeles, CA Dawnia co-created three albums of original folk-rock music and contributed extensively on albums and movies as a vocalist and voiceover artist. Dawnia is currently working with renowned Kirtan producer Ben Leinbach (Jai Uttal, Deva Premal) to create an EP of soul-infused mantra music. A graduate of Colorado State University with a degree in music and vocal performance, Dawnia serves as faculty in the Boulder, CO based Kirtan Leader Institute. Her warm heart, clear and caring teaching style and beautiful voice have led her to become a beloved member of the Kirtan community in CO and beyond.

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
"I wanted to thank you again for the best chanting program evah! I loved every minute of it-- the teachers were tops, the participants, the structure, the content... I had a chanting hangover (in the best possible way). My confidence improved dramatically as a result of the program, and I'll look forward to the next Level 2 event."
-- Amy Lieberman, Yoga Teacher, Kirtan Leader, Health Coach

"Such a transformative program - excellent execution - professional and well organized. I was so impressed with all of the effort you put into the class and into each of us."
- Laina Taylor, healer, Kirtan Leader

"There are so many dimensions to leading this practice, yet Mike skillfully guided each participant through the process so that it never seemed overwhelming.”
-- Tim Jordan, RN BSN, yoga teacher, Kirtan leader

TERMS OF SALE: Customer assumes all risk or danger incidental to the training or event(s), whether occurring prior to, during, or subsequent to, the actual program(s).

NO REFUNDS: All sales are final. No refunds will be granted. However, funds may be applied to future programs.

LIABILITY AND PHOTO/VIDEO RELEASE: I grant permission to Kirtan Leader Institute and Shiva Datta Music, LLC to use any/all photos or videos taken of me, the participant, for any Kirtan Leader Institute and/or Mike Cohen Kirtan event promotional purpose, including but not limited to the website, brochures, Facebook events, newsletter, photographer/videographer owned footage or other promotional items.

HEALTH DISCLAIMER: I certify that I, the participant, have consulted my physician and am in good health and have no physical or other impediment that would endanger me while participating. I hereby acknowledge that I understand all of the risks associated with this activity and knowingly agree to release, indemnify, discharge, waive and relinquish Shiva Datta Music, LLC (or its agents, employees, volunteers or parent companies or affiliates) from any and all liabilities, claims, or actions for personal injury, property damage, or wrongful death which may arise out of my participation.
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Kirtan with Mike Cohen & The Shakti Groove at Soul Tree Yoga

Kirtan with Mike Cohen & The Shakti Groove at Soul Tree Yoga

Nov 7, 7:30pm - Nov 7, 10:00pm

Soul Tree Yoga1280 Centaur Village DrLafayette, CO80026 Map

Join us for a musically inspiring and energetically potent evening of sacred chant! This Kirtan event will present original and highly accessible chants, connection with self/others/Divine and a beautiful community. Kirtan will open your heart, calm your mind, and free your soul.

Kirtan (call and response sacred chanting) is fun and easy. No prior experience is required. You will love opening your heart with Mike Cohen and the Shakti Groove, featuring beautiful vocalists Dawnia Dresser, Michele Heaphy and Toni Marinkovich, funky drummers Ken Matarazzo and Madhu Das, amazing bassist Bill McCrossen and virtuoso cellist James Hoskins.

WHAT: Kirtan w. Mike Cohen & The Shakti Groove
WHEN: Saturday, November 7 from 7:30-10pm. Doors at 7pm.
WHERE: Soul Tree Yoga South Studio, #1280 Centaur Village Dr. #7 Lafayette, CO. www.soultreecolorado.com
TICKETS: $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Online registration at soultreecolorado.com/events/workshops/?mobile=false&options%5Bids%5D=2279&options%5Bsite_id%5D=28255

ABOUT MIKE COHEN
Mike Cohen, MA is founder of Kirtan Leader Institute. Since 2010 he has trained and apprenticed hundreds of aspiring and emerging Kirtan Leaders across the globe from total beginners to many he has guided to create/release Kirtan albums, play at festivals and tour nationally. Mike has released four critically acclaimed albums, and is currently creating new music with Grammy Award nominated producer Ben Leinbach (Jai Uttal, Krishna Das, Deva Premal). Stream his music at soundcloud.com/mikecohen/sets. For over a decade, Mike has toured North America, offering accessible and potent Kirtan events in yoga studios, healing centers and at yoga/chant festivals. Mike lives in Boulder, CO where he spends 100% of his time sharing Kirtan and training Kirtan Leaders through his Kirtan Leader Institute. Learn more about Mike and his Kirtan Leader Institute at: www.MikeCohenKirtan.com.

ABOUT THE SHAKTI GROOVE
The core members of The Shakti Groove include vocalist Dawnia Dresser, cellist James Hoskins and percussionist Ken Matarazzo. This group soft launched in 2017 and officially launched in 2018, playing twice per month across CO, teaching in the Kirtan Leader Institute and sharing their soulful Kirtan at Sedona Yoga Festival, Telluride Yoga Festival and Bhakti Fest. The core group frequently expands to include bassists Dango Rose and Brent Keucker, vocalists Amy Biondo and Michele Heaphy and other incredibly talented and open hearted musicians.
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