MIKE COHEN returns to Toronto on… Saturday November 27 2010

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Sat Nov 27 2010

Sat Nov 27 2010

Sat Nov 27 2010

Building Connection with Self, Others and the Divine

Instructor: Mike Cohen

Saturday, November 27th

3:00 pm – 7:00 pm

$55 (+hst)

This fun, interactive and pragmatic workshop guides you into building connection with self, others and the Divine through the avenues of leadership, community building and spirituality/energetics.

No previous experience required. All are welcome!

Lots of chanting, featuring White Swan recording artist Brenda McMorrow and percussionist extraordinaire Morgan Doctor. Curriculum includes solo reflection, partner inquiry and gentle body movement.

You will leave with an open heart, new friends, and a deeper sense of who you are and what you are here to do. Your experiences will help you bring more love, freedom and inspiration into your world.

All participants receive a 30 page handout titled

A Bhakti Yoga Perspective on Kirtan‘.


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Mike Cohen, MA is an experienced teacher and healer steeped in the discourses of music, Yoga, Somatics, the Dattatreya lineage of Sri Kaleshwar, Ontology, Integral Philosophy and the Enneagram. He has lived in the worlds of music, leadership and adult development, Integral and Somatic Coaching, bodywork/healing, spirituality/energetics, politics and entrepreneurship. Mike brings Leadership and Spirituality to all he does.
Mike Cohen sings and plays harmonium to lead Kirtan in a manner that blends Eastern spirituality and Western musical influences. Eastern spirituality is represented by Sanskrit mantras that calm minds and opens hearts for the sake of cultivating Divine energy that generates love, freedom and creativity. Western musical sensibilities are represented by typically American/Western musical influences such as funk, soul, rhythm and blues, jazz and rock.
Mike’s music is an expression of the Dattatreya lineage of Swami Kaleshwar and Shirdi Sai Baba as transmitted through the teachings of Philip Lipetz, author and one of Sri Kaleshwar’s most senior Western students. Mike currently tours internationally with vocalists Joni Allen and Allie Stringer, tabla wizards Jim Feist and Andy Skellenger, bassists Mark Gorman and Patrick Hammond, as well as many other top musicians from today’s Kirtan scene including Brenda McMorrow, Lea Longo and Morgan Doctor.
His debut album, Om Dattatreya: Journey to the West was released August 2009 and has garnered rave reviews in Chicago Yoga and LA Yoga Magazines. Mike’s musical roots go back to early childhood when he formed a ‘Beatles club’ with a friend at age 6. As a high school jazz saxophonist Mike toured Europe, recorded albums, and won the top scholarship for outstanding musicianship at the 1984 Berklee School of Music High School Jazz Festival. He went on to study jazz saxophone at the renowned Eastman School of Music, touring and recording with Eastman’s top jazz ensembles.
During and immediately after college, Mike performed across the United States and in the Caribbean on cruise ships, in clubs and on the NACA college circuit, including four years with African American Rhythm and Blues singer Jane Powell, the 1989 NACA Performer of the Year. Along the way he received a 1991 National Endowment of the Arts grant to study saxophone with jazz recording artist and educator Jerry Bergonzi and studied with the esteemed saxophone teacher John Purcell.
In 1994, Mike left the world of music to focus on other commitments which led him through the worlds of Integral and Somatic Coaching, leadership and adult development, spirituality/energetics, politics and entrepreneurship. In April 2000, Mike attended his first yoga class where he discovered and immediately fell in love with the practice of Kirtan. He sings and plays harmonium to lead Kirtan events based around his original chants. In the fall of 2006 he launched First Friday Kirtan in Columbus, Ohio that quickly became one of the larger local and ongoing Kirtan events in the US. A recent Kirtan in Cincinnati, OH gathered 300 participants. Mike currently tours the US and beyond, offering Kirtan events and workshops to open hearted souls! Mike recently led Kirtan at the 2010 Bhakti Fest and has been invited to return in 2011.
Mike’s original compositions helped earn him a 1991 NEA jazz study grant. His 2009 release, Om Dattatreya: Journey to the West, contains 10 original Kirtan compositions that have proved to be wonderful chant vehicles in live events. In early 2011 he will release a second Kirtan album featuring a dozen original songs.
Spirituality and Energetics
In 1997 Mike co-edited Secrets and Benefits of Yan Xin Qigong, a collection of talks given by the renowned Chinese Qigong master Dr. Yan Xin. After exploring Kung Fu, Qigong and Tai Chi, he began Asana and Kirtan practice in 2000.
Mike is a senior student of Philip Lipetz, Ph. D., author and senior teacher in the Dattatreya lineage of Swami Kaleshwar, Shirdi Sai Baba, Jesus, Ramana Maharshi and Ramakrishna Paramahansa. He is a certified teacher in the Kaleshwar lineage and frequently offers mantra initiations across North America.
Since 2004 Mike has offered bodywork and healing sessions using the modalities of Somatic Bodywork, Polarity Therapy and Mantra (energy channel) Healing. He received mantra healing training through Philip Lipetz, Ph. D., author and senior teacher in the Dattatreya lineage of Swami Kaleshwar (www.kaleshwar.org), where he is a certified teacher.
Mike studied Somatic Bodywork with Richard Heckler (pioneering author and teacher in the world of Somatics) at his Strozzi Institute (www.ranchostrozzi.com).
Somatic Bodywork integrates elements from many styles of and teachers including Rolfing, Polarity Therapy, Reichian Breathwork and Feldenkrais. Mike has offered
over 250 Somatic Healing sessions in 2010 alone.
Community Building
In 1994 Mike managed over 100 volunteers as political campaign manager. He wrote two winning campaign plans, helping a 30 year old, progressive first-time candidate win a 6-way primary and general election in West Hartford, CT. During 1996-98 he built and co-led a Yan Xin Qigong community that touched hundreds of individuals in Ft. Collins and Boulder, CO.
In the fall of 2006 he launched First Friday Kirtan in Columbus, Ohio a monthly event that quickly became one of the larger local and ongoing Kirtan events in the US.
Within one year this community grew from 20 to 120 participants at monthly Kirtan events. A recent Kirtan in Cincinnati, OH gathered 300 participants.
Coaching/Leadership/Adult Development
Mike earned a MA degree in Leadership and Adult Development in 2004. His program and thesis examined skillful ways to work with adults to transform their Way of Being through Integral Coaching, as taught by New Ventures West (www.newventureswest.com). He extended his skills through the study of Embodied Leadership, with subsequent certification as Master Somatic Coach at the prestigious Strozzi Institute during 2006-2008 (www.ranchostrozzi.com).
Since 2002 Mike has worked with hundreds of adults in a wide variety of contexts, supporting and challenging them to learn and unlearn, to build the competences and
capacities required to effectively reach their goals and fulfill on their deepest and most meaningful commitments.
Mike is committed to guiding fellow Kirtan practitioners to connect with their Centers, cultivate Bhakti (Devotion) and Shakti (Divine Energy) and generate Brahma Consciousness, allowing more Love, Freedom and Creativity into their lives.
Mike is committed to helping aspiring and experienced Kirtan leaders bring greater Connection, Consciousness and Aliveness into how they guide others into the
practice and experience of Kirtan.