Share Kirtan with Others: In-Person

TBD, 2024 in Boulder, CO

Deepen your home chant practice by learning how to share Kirtan with others! Learn new chants, strengthen your vocals, rhythm and harmonium playing, and experience leading a chat with a full band... and more! This 4 day intensive will take your chanting skills to the next level.

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Gain Skills to Share Kirtan with Others!

Build the skills required to share Kirtan in your community in this 4-day in person intensive in beautiful Boulder, CO. Learn new chants, build your harmonium skills, work with rhythm & vocal specialists & more. The capstone of this intensive is YOU leading a group in a chant, with support and guidance by professional Kirtan musicians.

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Learn Heart Opening Chants

Learn beautiful chants across a variety of different styles: Sanksrit, Vedic, Kundalini, Mashup, and Healing & Ceremony songs! You will expand your repertoire and learn you new chords & melodies.

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Practice with a LIVE BAND!

Receive guidance from our expert instructors, & support from our professional musicians as you are guided to lead a sacred chant (with drummer, response singers & sound system) in a live Kirtan event!

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Rhythm + Voice + Harmonium

Get real-time guidance on how to sing with your whole body, get the most out of your HARMONIUM & increase your internal sense of rhythm. Learn to embody these skills so you can share sacred chant with grace & ease. 




In-Person Kirtan Intensive

TBD, 2024 | Boulder CO

4-Day In-Person Intensive designed for participants who:
  • Have completed a minimum of one Kirtan Leader Institute Training Level 1 and two Level 2’s through online course or private sessions
  • Are interested in deepening their home chant practice AND learning how to share Kirtan with their community.
  • Are ready to deepen their voice, harmonium and rhythm skills & develop the leadership skills required to share Kirtan publicly. 
  • Are excited to be guided/supported in leading a group in a sacred chant with a band of professional Kirtan musicians (a la Dancing with the Stars!).
Intensive Students

Plan Your Trip:

  • Food: Not provided, other than coffee, water and snacks. We have lots of fridge and pantry space where you can store groceries. A list of healthy restaurants and grocery stores will be provided in the welcome email. 
  • Housing: Very limited housing (1 room) available on site. Other housing can be found by searching zip code 80302 on or Good places to rent are in N. Boulder (10 minutes away) or Lyons (10 minutes away). Longmont (20 minutes), downtown Boulder (15 minutes) and South Boulder (25 minutes) could also work. 
  • Flights: Fly into Denver International Airport (DIA). 
  • Ground transportation: From DIA you can rent a car, meet up and travel with other participants, or take a bus to Boulder. Details will be shared in the welcome email. 
  • Coordinating with others: All registered participants will be added to a Facebook group where they can coordinate travel, housing, food, etc with others. Details will be shared in the welcome email. 
  • Directions: will be shared in the welcome email.

Click HERE for our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page.


 Join us in 2024 in beautiful Boulder, Colorado.


Your Intensive Guides & Teachers:

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Your Host: Mike Cohen

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

A life-long musician with two decades experience developing and coaching leaders, Mike has created a curriculum that supports total newbies in quickly and easily learning to play chants from their favorite Kirtan artists (like Krishna Das and Snatam Kaur) without needing to understand or learn Western or Indian Classical music (Sargam). Training for advanced students expands beyond Musicianship into important domains such as Psycho-Spiritual Leadership, Community Building, Entrepreneurship, Chant Writing, Working with Spiritual Bypassing and more.

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Voice Instructor: Dawnia Dresser

Dawnia is a Boulder, CO based 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 created a 3-song EP with renowned Kirtan producer Ben Leinbach (Jai Uttal, Deva Premal) to create From the Soul, 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 soulful voice have led her to become a beloved member of the Kirtan community in CO and beyond.

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Rhythm Guide: Ken Matarazzo

Ken Matarazzo is a Boulder, CO based percussionist and teacher who has studied and performed on frame drums and afro cuban percussion since the mid 90’s. Some of his teachers include master drummers Glen Velez, Layne Redmond, John Amira and Jamey Haddad. 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 and plays in The Shakti Groove.

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What People Are Saying:

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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.

- J.W., retired, grandfather, yoga teacher

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My time spent at the intensive has given me more confidence to share my gifts. My practice has deepened and I just set a date for my first public sharing of this incredible heart expanding practice.

- S.H., sound healer

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This Kirtan Leader intensive renewed my soul more than I could have imagined. My work frustrations have melted away, and I brought my harmonium and voice to yoga class multiple times this week. Feels so good to be sharing my gifts with the world!

- S.R., corporate manager and yoga teacher

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Please fill out the following form and we will get back to you as soon as possible! Or, email Mike directly  at [email protected]