Level 3 Kirtan Training

Lead Your Own Kirtan Band

Write Your Own Original Chants


Our Level 3 Kirtan trainings are the perfect next step for Kirtan Leaders who long to lead a Kirtan band with skill and ease. These programs create a perfect holding environment for you to build embodiment with the most critical skills required to successfully lead your Kirtan band and produce community Kirtan events.

In these advanced trainings, you will expand your repertoire with even more beautiful and complex chants while also learning how to write your own chants and how to deepen your harmonium and vocal skills. But your learning doesn't stop there! You will also extend your understanding of musical theory, learn to cue and lead a drummer and response singers, understand how to build your own vibrant community of musicians, venues, advocates, and chant participants, and ultimately, cultivate your capacity to lead yourself and your band while successfully holding space for all participants during live or virtual Kirtan events.

This training is perfect for you if...

- You have been playing Kirtan by yourself, or just a few others, and feel ready to share with a bigger audience 

- You recognize the countless details that go into holding a successful chant event and want the professional support to ensure your events are successful

- You're excited about the opportunity to show up in the Kirtan community as a leader

- You long to create deeply transformative chant experiences

- You realize the transition into leading chant events is a big one and warrants guidance from someone with extensive experience

- You are ready to move beyond playing covers into writing your own original chants.

Lead Your Very Own Chant Events!


Level 3 Training Details: 

In these advanced training programs, you will stand on the strong foundation you built in previous levels and develop your ability to lead Kirtan events, build relevant communities and offer the strong leadership required to lead groups through transformative sacred chant experiences.


What You’ll Receive:

- Expanded repertoire of even more beautiful and advanced chants

- Foundational understanding of how to write your own chants

- Guidance around assembling and leading a band that will play together long term

- The necessary business skills needed to create and execute your own successful chant events

- Confidence in your ability to lead full band Kirtan events

- A way to build an intimate relationship with Source

- Inspiring stories from Mike's 20 years experience with the practice of promoting and leading Kirtan events

- The amazing joy of leading a band and an audience into profound states of ecstasy

- Practices and insights to build greater skill with vocals, harmonium and rhythm

-  Embodied ability to cue drummers, musicians and response singers in real time

- A holding space in which you can fast track your development as a Kirtan leader without making critical and costly mistakes with musicians, venues and your community of chant participants 

- Guidance and practices for growing your public identity and Kirtan community 


Step Into the Next Phase of Leadership and

Your Own Kirtan Journey 

Join an Upcoming Level 3 Training

Level 3 Online Classes

Learning Kirtan online can be fun and easy when done with proper support. Our Level 3 online training focuses entirely on teaching you to write your own chants. The online training structure ensures a hands-on, comprehensive learning experience for all students through high-quality and easy-to-understand lessons, as well as ample amounts of clear guidance and helpful resources. We keep our Level 3 classes small and intimate in order to ensure each student receives dedicated support and attention.

Here's how our online classes work

  1. The module opens
  2. You work with teaching videos and written materials that guide you to write a new chant
  3. You meet with Mike one-on-one to workshop your chant
  4. We convene at the end of the month for an optional group Zoom call to review and work with the teachings and provide a forum for you to share your new chant.

If you can't make the Zoom call, you can access a recording of it (and all of the course materials) in the course 24/7 for at least a year. 

Online Learning Modalities:

- Multidimensional Kirtan Instruction: including a blend of instructional videos, written support materials, one-on-one coaching sessions, and group Zoom meetings to connect, review, practice, and explore questions with Mike and your peers

- Detailed instruction on how to compose and refine your own original chants

- Detailed chant sheets to learn new chants that will deepen your musical understanding

- Private/hidden Facebook group to build community within your training cohort

- Assigned buddies and dedicated time to connect, share and practice together during monthly Zoom calls

- Virtual voice training with KLI instructor Dawnia Dresser

- Virtual rhythm training with one of our talented percussion instructors

- Enneagram typing so you can understand self, others and relationships via the Enneagram of Personality.

-  Teachings for identifying and minimizing Spiritual Bypassing so you can learn to Wake Up (Spiritual practice), Grow Up (Psychological practice), Clean Up (Shadow practice), Open Up (Multiple Intelligences) and Show Up fully for self, others and the world.

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Level 3 Live Classes

Level 3 Kirtan live training is for students who are ready to learn to lead a band (drummer and response singer), learn more advanced chants, and step into writing their own original chants. These in-person classes are held monthly in Boulder, Colorado.

 What You’ll Receive:

- 21 hours per quarter (7 hours per month) of in person training and instruction with Mike Cohen, assistant instructors, and percussion instructors

- Detailed chant sheets for all chants worked on in class

- Knowledge of how to build vibrant communities of musicians, venues, advocates, and chant participants

- Vocal training with professional vocalist, Dawnia Dresser

- Guidelines for how to assemble a band, and key criteria for finding/choosing musicians

- Detailed instruction on how to compose and refine your own original chants

- Guidance for clarifying, articulating, and manifesting your unique Kirtan vision in the world

-  Teachings for identifying and minimizing Spiritual Bypassing so you can learn to Wake Up (Spiritual practice), Grow Up (Psychological practice), Clean Up (Shadow practice), Open Up (Multiple Intelligences) and Show Up fully for self, others and the world.

- Ongoing practice with a professional drummer so you can learn to cue and lead your band

- Opportunity to workshop your original chants and try them out in class

- Enneagram typing so you can understand self, others and relationships via the Enneagram of Personality

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Level 3 Live Intensives

Level 3 group training intensives are for Kirtan Leaders who have worked their way through the Level 1 curriculum as well two to four of our Level 2 trainings. Qualified participants may have also participated in the Level 3 online course or Level 3 live classes. This four-day live event is held in Boulder, Colorado and is perfect for new and existing Kirtan Band Leaders who want to build local and regional Kirtan communities and deepen their ability to create transformative chant experiences.

 What You’ll Receive:

- Thirty four hours of hands-on training and instruction with Mike Cohen, one to two assistant instructors, and one to two percussion instructors (depending on class size)

- Detailed chant sheets for all songs worked on during the intensive

- Knowledge of how to build vibrant communities of musicians, venues, advocates and chant participants

- Vocal training with professional singer, Dawnia Dresser

- Guidelines for how to assemble a tribe of musicians and the key criteria for finding/choosing musicians

- Guidance to clarify, articulate, and manifest your unique Kirtan vision in the world

- Experience of leading a chant and response singing in a Kirtan event featuring a live band with professional musicians, sound system, and an enthusiastic and supportive audience

- Lunch for the duration of your stay

- Community of devoted Kirtan leaders and our warm, caring KLI staff

- Enneagram typing so you know your type prior to the training

 - Pre- and post- session teleconferences to prepare for and debrief program

- Small class size with no more than 6 participants per percussionist to ensure you are constantly at your learning edge

- Did you know we have a limited number of very affordable onsite guest rooms at Nyland Co-Housing, where the training is held?

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Students Singing Our Praises

"Mike and the KLI crew provide an incredibly supportive environment where I felt comfortable exploring and sharing. Mike’s professionalism, knowledge base and ability to synthesize and explain complicated topics and information created a wonderful opportunity for both personal and musical growth. If you are interested in diving into the world of chant, mantra and music the Kirtan Leader Institute programs are life changing!"

— Michele Heaphy

"Thank Goodness for Kirtan Leader Institute! I had wanted to learn to chant and lead for years with no idea where to begin. Thanks to Mike’s expertise both in Kirtan leading and teaching, I’ve been able to develop my skills to chant alone and lead others. Level 3 was particularly helpful in giving me the opportunity to lead others in a supportive environment with the necessary feedback to help me grow. With the group’s inspiration and encouragement I also wrote and performed my first original chant during Level 3. I felt inspired and ignited by working with so many skilled and kind Kirtan Leaders who led and participated in the course.” 

— Leah Pearlman

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Frequently Asked Questions

Meet 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, and Minimizing Spiritual Bypassing. Advanced training is rooted in the principles of Waking Up (Spiritual Practice), Growing Up (Psychological Practice), Cleaning Up (Shadow Work) and Opening Up (Multiple Intelligences) so we can Show Up fully; and includes teachings and practices from discourses such as Somatics, the Enneagram of Personality, Integral Theory, Ontology, Integral Unfolding, the Dattatreya lineage of Sri Kaleshwar, and more.

Mike has released four critically-acclaimed full length Kirtan albums, the most recent two with Grammy Award-nominated producer Ben Leinbach (Jai Uttal, Krishna Das, Deva Premal). Mike has articulated a cutting edge Integral Approach to Kirtan and is in the process of writing and sharing this rich body of material.

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. In 2014 he had the honor of opening up for Krishna Das at Bhakti Fest Midwest. Mike lives in Boulder, CO where he leads Kirtan and trains Kirtan Leaders to share the exquisite practice of sacred chant. More at www.KirtanLeader.com

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