Training Trainers in Kirtan Leadership

Certified Teacher Training

Nikki Slade

 

*This certified training is especially designed and only available for graduates of Nikki’s 200hr Learn to Lead Kirtan Foundation Training*

What will the graduate be able to do at the end of the course?

This course is designed to empower trainees in facilitating the six pillars in leading Kirtan, as founded by Nikki Slade. Including Yoga for Grounding, Vocal technique, The heart of Devotion (Bhakti), Mastery of the Inner Critic, Harmonium Study and Leadership Skills.

The graduate will have a strong background in the importance of grounding for Kirtan leadership and will be able to inspire their students to develop their own self practice to prepare their body as an instrument of sound.
-They will have a foundation mastery of being able to coach others in how to open their voices to chant for extended periods without vocal fatigue.
-They will be able to facilitate creative discovery sessions into an enquiry as to what Bhakti/devotion is for the student, they will create a workshop space where the student can explore the Poet Saints of India and the origins of Saguna and Nirguna devotion.
-They will be highly skilled in facilitating a 9hr workshop in assisting the students to overcome the trap, whilst they are leading, of being thrown by their inner critic or trapped by the allure of praise projections from their Sangham.
-They will learn that the art of leading Kirtan is to be a conduit of supreme consciousness, without their identity running the show. They will be equipped to empower the leaders to play a simple drone on the harmonium and to incorporate the instrument in accompanying all elements of leadership.

For those students who are ready, they will be able to develop simple notation skills whilst leading. Finally they will be able to illustrate to their students all the elements of Kirtan leadership, leading from how to set the space, to being able to demonstrate to students the rhythmic cycles of an extended chant as well as how to facilitate a space that is both grounded and connected to the heart for their community Kirtans in the future.

Time requirement: 88 contact hours

Pre-requisite: *This certified training is especially designed and only available for graduates of Nikki’s 200hr Learn to Lead Kirtan Foundation Training*

Dates: Between 5th September 2022 – 7th July 2023

Cost: £2400

 

Prelude to Observation period: 2hrs

MODULE 1

30 hrs
Monday 5th – Friday 9th September & Friday 16th September 2022
8:45am – 5:30pm Attend Observation Days (some sessions are obligatory)

  • Daily chant of the day (Day One is obligatory. Other days optional) (1hr)
  • Observe minimum of 2 x Yoga for grounding sessions with Katy Appleton (1hrs)
  • Observe and assist (as practice) Nikki in all vocal technique sessions (6hrs)
  • Observe Nikki in all creative Bhakti/Exploration of the Poet Saints sessions (6hrs)
  • Attend all Yoga philosophy sessions with Carlos Pomeda (9hrs Online. Optional and encouraged)
  • Be accomplished in teaching the whole harmonium syllabus and assist as practice. (4hrs. Obligatory)
  • Attend Spiritual Emergency session (2hrs. Obligatory)

TOTAL 20 hrs

  • Write observational summaries on Vocal Technique, Bhakti Explored and Spiritual Emergency of minimum of 1000-1500 words to be submitted by 15th  January 2023 in freelance time between modules.
  • Revision and ongoing in depth personal practice in freelance time between modules.

BETWEEN MODULES 

Development & Integration days

Saturday 17th, Friday 23rd, Saturday 24th, Friday 30th September and Saturday 1st October 2022
Fridays 9.30-5.30pm
Saturdays 8.45am-4.30pm

OBSERVE minimum 1 x  Friday Integration Day of your choice  (4hrs)
OBSERVE minimum 2 x Saturday practice Days of your choice (4.5hrs)
OBSERVE 2 x students in development in 1-1 setting (3hrs)

TOTAL 11.5 hrs.

Write a 1000-1500 word observational summary on Nikki’s facilitation of `Come to the Edge` journeys in freelance time to be submitted by 15th January 2023.

Write a 1000-1500 word observational summary in freelance of Nikki’s empowerment of students practice to be submitted by 15th January 2023

Prelude to Observation period: 2hrs

MODULE 2
Monday 3rd – Friday 7th & Friday 14th October 2022
8:45am – 5:30pm Attend Observation Days (Some sessions  are obligatory)

  • Daily chant of the day (Day One obligatory)
  • Yoga for voice (1hr. Obligatory)
  • Mastering the inner critic (Day One 1 and 2. 14 hrs. Obligatory)
  • Foundation tabla rhythms training (Optional review)
  • Vocal Technique review and assist (2hrs. Obligatory)
  • Observe Raaga with Sulekh Ruparell (4hrs obligatory). Attend 1x 2hr revision session with Sulekh
  • Leadership skills for leading Kirtan in the community (6hrs. Obligatory)
  • Developing Kirtan business skills (Optional)
  • Integrating all aspects of training finale circle (5hrs. Obligatory)

TOTAL 35hrs
– Write observational essay of 1000-1500 words of Mastery of the Inner Critic in freelance time

(The flip sides of praise and blame)
– Practice Raaga studies until fully equipped to share in freelance time 2 x basic ragas with your students.

BETWEEN MODULE 2 & ASSESSMENT  ↓

Development and Integration Days

Saturday 8th, Saturday 15th, Friday 21st, Saturday 22nd and Friday 28th October 2022
(Additional optional day on Saturday 15th October)
Fridays: 9:30 am – 5:00 pm
Saturdays: 8:45 am – 4:30 pm
OBSERVE minimum 1 x  Friday Integration Day of your choice  (4rs)
OBSERVE minimum 2 x Saturday practice Days of your choice (4.5hrs)
OBSERVE 2 x students in development in 1-1 setting (3hrs)

TOTAL 11.5hrs.

Mock Assessment Days

Saturday 29th October 8:45 am – 4:30 pm & Wednesday 2nd, Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th November 9:30 am – 5:30 pm

OBSERVE final mock assessment day on Friday 4th November (Obligatory 2hrs )

Student Assessments
18 hrs
Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th November 2022 .(Obligatory to attend one out of the two days. 6hrs)

TOTAL 8hrs
Observation period Total: 86hrs.

Graduation – Completion ceremony
(Optional)
Sunday 13th November 2022
3:00pm – 6:00pm

Teaching Development Contact days with Nikki

MODULE ONE
16th – 20th January 2023
Monday -Friday 10-5pm

  • How to deliver vocal technique. 12hrs
  • How to deliver Heart of Devotion processes. 9hrs
  • How to deliver spontaneous grounding processes. 2hrs
  • How to be rooted in the basics of Raaga. 3hrs with Sulekh
  • How to deliver harmonium skills. 3hrs.

TOTAL 29 hrs

Integration period

20th January – 13th March

  • Attend two 1-1 sessions with Nikki (2hrs)
  • Practice with course Buddy to suit schedule (12 hrs)
  • Self practice to suit schedule (As required)

MODULE 2

Monday 13th – Friday 17th March
10am – 5pm

  • How to deliver Mastery of the Inner critic. (11hrs)
  • How to deliver Come to the Edge circle (6hrs)
  • How to integrate for the student Spiritual Emergency (2hrs)
  • How facilitate leadership skills (10hrs)
  • How to facilitate Spiritual Emergency 2hrs (External facilitator)

TOTAL 31hrs

Integration Period

17th March – 1st June

  • Attend two 1-1 sessions with Nikki (2hrs)
  • Practice with course Buddy to suit schedule (12 hrs)
  • Self practice to suit schedule (As required)
  • Plan create and integrate your own Assessment workshop. Invite students of choice a minimum of 6 -12 people.

Assessment

June 2023
Deliver a 6hr kirtan leader taster workshop integrating the following distinctions

  • Grounding
  • Vocal Technique
  • Heart of Devotion
  • Mastery of the Inner Critic
  • Harmonium
  • Leadership Skills
  • Feedback with Nikki (2hrs)

Graduation  and Certification

7th JULY 2023

What will I be able to do once certified?

The trainee emerges out of the training equipped with all the skills they need to empower future Kirtan leaders to take this practice into the world of yoga, work places, festivals, and social settings with dexterity and ease. They initially will be able to construct their own retreats and workshops to hone their skills. Then, after two years of consistent facilitation they are eligible to apply to lead the Nikki Slade 200hr Kirtan Leader foundation training after a prior re-assessment with Nikki Slade.

Time requirement: 88 contact hours

Pre-requisite:*This certified training is especially designed and only available for graduates of Nikki’s 200hr Learn to Lead Kirtan Foundation Training*

Dates: Between 5th September 2022 – 7th July 2023

Cost: £2400

When & where

88 Contact hours between 5th September 2022 and 7th July 2023