Learn to Lead Kirtan Immersion Course

28th April - 9th June 2024. 6 Pillar Course

Do you have an interest in kirtan and are looking to develop a chanting practice?

Do you have blocks in your voice and are looking for a way to free this?

Or perhaps you are looking for a way to deepen your yoga practice beyond asana and explore the devotional side of yoga?

If any of these resonate with you then I invite you to book onto our Learn to lead kirtan immersion course, a 6 Pillar course taking you through the basics of leading kirtan.

Course Description

This is a unique opportunity to explore all the elements of Kirtan leadership with Nikki Slade. After facilitating six successful 200hr Kirtan Leader trainings here in the UK, Nikki is now opening up her work in a new format of shorter courses with a more accessible time frame. The first of which will take place at The Lodge Space hosted by Lisa Daopraky, a recent graduate of the 2023 Nikki Slade Learn to lead Kirtan 200 hr training.

What is on offer in this training?

  • A space to open up your truest self-expression
  • Vocal Technique to strengthen your vocal instrument
  • Exploration of Devotion (Bhakti), we will dive into connecting deeply with the deities in their sonic form
  • Learn basic harmonium melodies with drones and simple notation
  • Master your Inner Critic
  • Develop your leadership skills to share chants with your community
  • Option to have 2 private sessions with Nikki during the course for an additional £250 to develop your leadership skills in between sessions.
  • Approved and Certified by the Yoga Alliance Professionals. Counts towards Further Training Hours

Our promises

  • You will come away empowered to share kirtan with your community
  • You will have a joyful, heart opening journey in community
  • You will come closer to a sustained inner connection to your true free self.

Logistics

We ask that you purchase or borrow a harmonium to use during the course.

Entry Requirements

– no previous experience of kirtan needed

– basic piano skills helpful but not essential

– students can miss one day if they have prior commitments, but will need to book a catch-up session with Nikki, online for £80.

– The format of this course is not suitable for people with bipolar disorder and PTSD. From our previous experience in this area, 1-1 work is best suited for clients in this category. Please see Nikki’s Personal Kirtan 1-1 Kirtan Leader Coaching programme.

– we ask that you purchase, borrow or hire a harmonium to use during the course. There are a 2-3 harmoniums we can lend out but these are not enough for everyone. We suggest you do your research now to give yourself time to finance this, we have recommendations of where to purchase a harmonium. Please don’t let the harmonium be an obstacle to joining. If necessary, we will find a way to support you in accessing one for the duration. That acknowledged you will certainly want to have your own instrument to develop your own practice at home and for sharing the fruits of your training with your community afterwards.

Fees

£725 Early bird. Available until 25th Feb, payment in full.

£825 Full price.

Instalment Option: 50% on booking, 50% due 1st April 2024.

50% payment required on approval of your application.

£150 deposit will be retained if you withdraw from the course.

Dates & Location

Dates: Sundays – 28th April, 5th, 12th, 26th May, 2nd & 9th June 2024. (Break on 19th May).

Location: Studio 3 at The Lodge Space. 120 Lower Rd, London SE16 2UB

Capacity: 16 students

Timings: 10:00 – 17:00

Lunch break: 13:00 -14:00 (lunch not included)

Next steps

If you are interested in applying please email Lisa, our course organiser: [email protected] who will send you the application form and agreement.

 

Course Syllabus

Day 1  – 6 hrs. 10:00 – 17:00

  • 10 – 10:30 – Introduction.
  • 10:30 – 11am – Chant to open the session.
  • 11am – 12pm – Yoga for grounding with Lisa Daopraky.
  • 12 – 12:30pm – Break.
  • 12:30 – 1.45pm – Vocal Technique with Nikki to open the voice.
  • 1:45 – 2:45pm – Lunch
  • 2:45 – 3:45pm – Vocal technique continued
  • 3:45 – 4:45pm – Harmonium study
  • 4:45 – 5:00pm – Closing Chant

 

Day 2  – 6 hrs 10:00 – 17:00

  • 10 – 10:10am – Check in.
  • 10:10 – 10:30am – Opening Chant
  • 10:30 – 11:30am – Yoga for grounding.
  • 11:30 – 12:15pm – Vocal Technique review.
  • 12:15 – 12:30pm – Break.
  • 12:30 – 1:30pm – Harmonium study.
  • 1:30 – 2:30pm – Lunch.
  • 2:30 – 3:45pm – Voice and Harmonium combined.
  • 3:45 – 4:45pm – Devotional Voice.
  • 4:45 – 5pm – Closing Chant.

 

Day3 . 6 hrs 10:00 – 17:00

  • 10:00 – 10:10am – Check in.
  • 10:00 – 10:30am – Opening Chant.
  • 10:30 – 11:30 – Yoga for grounding.
  • 11:30am – 12:30pm – The heart of Devotion. The poet Saints.
  • 12:30 – 1:30pm – Lunch
  • 1:30 – 3:00pm – Creative session and Devotional Poetry.
  • 3:00 – 4:30pm – Practice in small groups.
  • 4:30 – 5:00pm – Closing Chant.

 

Day 4 . 6 hrs – 10:00 – 17:00

  • 10:10am – Check in.
  • 10:10 – 10:30am – Opening Chant.
  • 10:30 – 11:30am – Yoga for grounding.
  • 11:30am – 11:45pm – Break
  • 11:45am – 1:00pm – Syllabus Chants with Harmonium.
  • 1:00 – 2:00pm – Lunch
  • 2:00 – 3:30pm – Syllabus Chant continued in small groups.
  • 3:30 – 4:30 – Vocal Technique review.
  • 4:30 – 4:50pm – Closing Chant.
  • 4:50 – 5:00pm – Set-up integration period.

 

Day 5. 6 hrs – 10:00 – 17:00

  • 10:00 – 10:10am – Check in.
  • 10:10 – 10:30am – Opening Chant
  • 10:30 – 11:30am – Session with Nikki on Sound and movement.
  • 11:30 – 11:45am – Break
  • 11:45am – 12:45pm – Leadership skills explained.
  • 12:45 – 2:00pm – Leadership skills applied.
  • 2:00 – 3:00pm – Lunch
  • 3:00 – 4:30pm – Sessions in small Bhakti groups with Nikki to develop chants.
  • 4:30 – 5:00pm – Closing Chant.

 

Day 6 . 6 hrs. 10:00 – 17:00

  • 10:00 – 10:10am – Check in.
  • 10:10 – 10:30am – Opening Chant 20
  • 10:30 – 11:45am – Session with Nikki on Vocal Technique and movement.
  • 11:45am – 12:00pm – Break
  • 12:00 – 1:30pm – Leadership skills and chants combined. Bringing it all together.
  • 1:30 – 2:30pm – Lunch
  • 2:30 – 5:00pm – Satsang . Sharing of chants for each leader with the whole group and with centre staff

 

 

When & where

The Lodge Space, 120a Lower Rd, London SE16 2UB

Sundays - 28th April, 5th, 12th, 26th May, 2nd & 9th June 2024. 6 Pillars