Learn to Lead Kirtan Foundation Training 2017

200hr Certified Training Programme Autumn 2017



Nikki Slade & Guest teachers Christopher Hareesh Wallis ( Scholar of Sanskrit, Yogic and Tantrik traditions), Katy Appleton ( appleyoga. Yoga for Voice) and Tom Simenauer ( Tabla studies ).

Are you passionate about Kirtan and chanting from the heart?

Have you ever felt that you are a budding Kirtan leader waiting to emerge?

Do you see yourself sharing this sublime and exquisite practice with the world?

If that’s you…….

Next Autumn 2017 is the second ever Yoga Alliance Professionals accredited Learn To Lead Kirtan training in London!

Applications are open now

This will be a unique, unforgettable and transformational experience

Click here to watch the video testimonials on our Videos page and

–  and here to watch some moments from the 2016 training –


Learn to Lead Kirtan Foundation Training Content

MODULE 1 – 100.5 hrs

25th – 29th September and 6th October 2017.
8.45pm – 5.45pm

  • Daily chant of the day
  • Yoga for voice
  • Mastering the breath
  • Vowel modification and vocal technique
  • Develop Bhakti, devotion through the voice
  • Yoga philosophy in Bhakti, Mantra and Sanskrit
  • Foundation training for harmonium
  • Technique practice labs
  • Revision and in depth study of chants and personal practice


Workshop practice integration days

7th October 10-2pm, 13th October 10-5pm, 14th October 10-2pm and 20th October 10-5pm.

  • 3-week mastery development period includes 3 group practice days (the first three fridays listed) with Nikki with hands on coaching to perfect your leading skills. 
  • Includes 1 private individual session with Nikki.
  • Personal assignment time to integrate your practice.
  • 2 saturday morning practice days in smaller groups.

MODULE 2 – 99.5 hrs

23rd – 27th October and 3rd November 2017.
8.45am – 5.45pm

  • Review of Module 1
  • Daily chant of the day
  • Yoga for voice
  • Mastering the inner critic when leading
  • Foundation tabla rhythms training
  • Technique practice labs
  • Devotional practice labs
  • Develop effective skills for leading Kirtan community
  • Developing Kirtan business skills
  • Integrating all aspects of training


10th November 10-5pm, 11th November 10-2pm, 17th November 10-5pm, 18th November 10-5pm and 24th November 10-5pm

  • 3-week mastery development period includes 4 group practice days with Nikki with hands on coaching to perfect your leading skills.
  • Includes 1 private individual session with Nikki.
  • Personal assignment time to integrate your practice.
  • Mock assessment session.


25th and 26th November 2017.

Graduation ceremony

3rd December 2017


You are permitted to miss 1 Friday and 1 Saturday session only in the whole training with the exception of all module days, mock assessment day, assessment days and graduation day. However if you miss one, you will be required to attend a catch-up session at £125 for the time missed.

Fees: £2,500.

Early Bird: £2,300 paid in full by 1st February

Please note we can offer an instalment plan upon application. This option is only available if you apply before 31st July 2017 and the full fee must be paid by 12th September 2017.

Are you ready to apply? If YES please go to the next tab to find out the pre-requisite requirements and application form.

2017 Applications are open now.

The application is a 3 step process.

  1. Please check the pre-requisites below and make sure you meet all the requirements
  2. Submit the application form (with ALL questions answered) and a short audio recording of your voice.
  3. Within 3 weeks we will announce whether you have been accepted onto the course.



  • Have you engaged in a combination of Kirtan and physical Yoga practice for a minimum of 2 years. (It is fine that you may have done one form of these practices more extensively than the other).
  • Are you someone who has attended at least 10-15 Kirtan classes or workshops either with Nikki Slade or other Kirtan leaders around the world?
  • Are you someone who chants regularly with Kirtan call and response recordings with e.g. Nikki Slade or Krishna Das, Deva Premal, Jai Uttal, Wah or other?
  • Please note we will require you to send back an audio file attached with an example of your singing voice singing the first 4 lines of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” from The Wizard of Oz as this is the way we will be able to be ascertain the musicality of your vocal skills for this training.


Please fill the application form on the next tab. We are now open for applications for the 2017 Learn to Lead Kirtan Foundation Training.


Within 3 weeks of your application form being received, we will announce whether you have been accepted. Please note that due to Nikki’s schedule, if you apply in January 2017, your acceptance into the course will be announced until the third week of February.


What is your full name?

What is your email address?

How old are you?

How did you hear about this training?

Please name the friend colleague teacher organization or other who referred you to us?

What is your current profession?

What is your spiritual path philosophy?

Who is your teacher in your field of transformation yoga meditation or other?

What is your previous experience of Kirtan?

Can you sing in tune and in key with a musical instrument accompanying you?


Please record a sample of your singing voice singing the first 4 lines of "Somewhere over the rainbow" from The Wizard of Oz with the line ending: "once in a Lullaby" ideally accompanied by a piano or guitar or a-cappella. Send us the audio file to Hanna@nikkislade.com

Do you have keyboard/piano playing skills?[please note this is not obligatory?]


Do you have a basic hatha yoga practice? Who are your teachers?


Have you any physical injuries?


It is a requirement for the Learn to Lead Kirtan Foundation training that you have a mentor or psychotherapist available to you on stand-by in order for you to participate in this training as the intensity of this course is powerful and we request this to ensure that you have this support available to you at all times during the training in case it is needed. We will ask you for signed proof from your therapist, counsellor or mentor ahead of the training.

If you are already in psychotherapy or counselling, please let us know which type you are attending and why.

Please note we are happy that participants are in psychotherapy or mentorship programmes, if that is what you need to support you throughout your participation. If you know you have any conditions that need extra support, please take responsibility for your own wellbeing.

Do you have a history of BI-POLAR or PTSD? If so we are sorry but this training is not suitable for you.

***NB: We have come to realize that in 25 years of experience with primordial sound that there are some mental health conditions including Bi-Polar and PTSD and Schizophrenia which require a massive amount of extra support during the process of extensive kirtan and sound work, and thereby for your own safety and support, conditions such as these are not appropriate for attendance on the LTLKFT training due to the intensity of this work and to protect your well being. Hence we will have to ask you certain questions regarding your mental health in your application process out of respect and support to whom so ever this may apply to. We ask you to be honest and frank in this matter.***


Please also inform us if you are currently taking any medication for any physical, or psychiatric conditions?


When & where

Lumi Power yoga. 121 King St, London W6 9JG

25th September - 3rd December 2017