Learn to Lead Kirtan Foundation Training 2021

200hr Certified Training Programme Postponed to Autumn 2021


Nikki Slade & Guest teachers Gabriella Burnel (Scholar of Sanskrit), 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…….

Autumn 2021 offers you the Yoga Alliance Professionals accredited, 200 hr. Learn To Lead Kirtan Foundation training in London.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2020 training has been deferred to Autumn 2021. Applications will open soon.

Click here to view the newest testimonials from the 2019 Kirtan Training

Click here to watch the video testimonials from 2018 on our Videos page and

–  and here to watch 5 students from the 2017 training leading  at the Royal Festival Hall


Learn to Lead Kirtan Foundation Training Content


MODULE 1 – 100.5 hrs

Monday 6th – Friday 10th September & Friday 17th September 2021

8:45am – 5:30pm

  • 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


Development & Integration days

Saturday 18th, Friday 24th, Saturday 25th September & Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd October 2021

(with an optional extra practice day in October)

9:30am – 5:00pm

  • 3-week mastery development period includes 2 group practice days (the first two saturdays listed) with Nikki with hands on coaching to perfect your leading skills. 
  • Includes 1 individual session with Nikki (Private extra date to be booked with Nikki).
  • Personal assignment time to integrate your practice.
  • 2x 2hr. saturday morning or afternoon practice days in smaller groups.

MODULE 2 – 99.5 hrs

Monday 4th – Friday 8th & Friday 15th October 2021

8:45am – 5:30pm

  • 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


Development and Integration Days

Friday 22nd, Saturday 23rd, Friday 29th, Saturday 29th October & Friday 5th November 2021

(Additional optional day on Saturday 16th October)

*9:30am – 5:00pm

  • 3-week mastery development period includes 2 group practice days with Nikki with hands on coaching to perfect your leading skills.
  • Includes 1 individual session with Nikki. (Private extra date to be booked with Nikki).
  • Personal assignment time to integrate your practice.
  • 2 mock assessment days.

Obligatory Mock Assessment Days

Friday 29th October 9:30am – 5:45pm

*Saturday 30th October 9:30am – 7:00pm

& 5th November 9:30 – 5:45pm

  • Saturday 16th October is an additional optional day. Although optional, we highly recommend that you make use of this day. Nikki will provide a whole day of practice/catch-up/support towards your assessment with extra 1-1 attention.

Assessments 18 hrs

Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th November 2021 (both days need to be attended).


Graduation – Completion ceremony

Sunday 14th November 2021 (obligatory to attend).

2:00pm – 6:00pm

This is a Big commitment!… Can I miss any dates?

*As it is a certified 200hr training, you are permitted to miss a maximum of: 1 Friday and 1 Saturday session only during the whole training and for each day missed, the student is required to book a 1-1 private catch-up session with Nikki at £125.00 + VAT per session.

Obligatory dates: All Module days, mock assessment days, main assessments and our completion day MUST be attended.

Fees: £2,600 + VAT =£3,120

Early Bird: £2,500 + 20% VAT = £3,000. You must pay in full by 31st December 2020.

Please note we can offer an instalment plan upon application. This option is only available if you apply before 1st May 2021 and the full fee must be paid by 1st August 2021.

Venues: All days of Module 1 and Module 2: The Training Centre, Twickenham, the Practice integration dates are held at Union Station Yoga, Battersea on all Fridays and at Evolve, South Kensington on all Saturdays.

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

To avoid unnecessary administration, please check your finances and check that you can do all the dates required before applying.

If you haven’t yet made your mind up about it, we recommend that you attend our Lead Kirtan taster days to give you a greater idea of what the training can bring to you.


2020 Applications have been suspended due to the Covid-19 emergency. Check the first tab of this page to see the dates for the 2021 training.

The application is a 3 step process.

  1. Please check the pre-requisites below and make sure you meet all the requirements.  Before you send your your application, check you can attend all the dates required and your finances to avoid unnecessary administration.
  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 a place in 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 and send over your recording. We are open for applications for the 2020 Learn to Lead Kirtan Foundation Training now. We appreciate your enthusiasm but DO make sure you can do all dates required and that you can pay for the training before you apply.


Within 3 weeks of your application form being received, we will announce whether you have been accepted.


    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

    Module 1 and Module 2 Dates: The Training Centre, Twickenham. 53 Grimwood Rd, Twickenham TW1 1BY

    Saturday Development days: Evolve. 10 Kendrick Mews. South Kensington. SW7 3HG

    Friday Development days: Union Station Yoga. 18 Lavender Hill. London SW11 5RW

    next Training: September - November 2021