How to Zoom! (Getting Started with your first Online Drumming)

How to join a Zoom meeting:

  • You’ll need a device that you has video AND audio – (Computer with Camera or any Smart Phone)
  • Headphones are recommended, but not essential.
  • Zoom is free!
  • Jump on early if it’s your first time.
  • Computer – Follow the link given before the meeting. Follow the prompts to download the Zoom features to your computer.
  • Phone – you’ll need to download the Zoom App. – then follow the link given.
  • Make sure you Zoom screen is on mute when you arrive.
  • Once on there you’ll be able to play around with settings.
  • Use the chat feature to type questions

Detailed Zoom Guide

Covid-19 Update

COVID-19 Update


Hi Funky Drummers!

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the above meme was true?

As you all know, I recently went to the States for a series of training and workshops.

I was advised it was still safe to travel at that time to the States, but despite that, I wore a face mask in the airports and on the planes, and was very conscious of hand hygiene throughout the trip. However, given the current Pandemic climate, I decided to err on the side of caution and get tested at the COVID-19 clinic up at JHH on Sunday, as I had woken up with mild cold/flu-like symptoms. I have been directed by them to isolate for 48 hours until I get the results. I do not have a result yet.  

Let me assure you all, that your health and wellness is of paramount importance. While the chances of a positive test are low, I have decided to voluntarily isolate this week (as I still haven’t heard back from them), as a matter of precaution. Furthermore, to eliminate any possible risk to people’s health I will postpone this week’s classes (Jim’s and mine). Classes will recommence from the 23rd March (all classes missed will be credited towards another class).  

Extra precautions will be put in place:

* Please “sanitise-in and out” of class; or even better, wash hands for 20secs.
* If you have your own drum, please bring that one instead.
* Hire-drums will be sanitised before and after handling.
* Surfaces will be kept sanitised
* High-touch areas such as gates and doors will be sanitised frequently.
* If you do need to sneeze or cough, please do into the hook of your elbow and not your hand.
* Dispose of snotty tissues, or take them with you.
* If any of you have any symptoms, even if mild, please stay at home and we will see you at a class after isolation.
* Also, if you are Immuno-compromised, or “at risk”, we ask that you also stay at home for the time being.
* We will be relaxing our cancellation policy and all missed classes, due to this crisis, will be credited to your account to use at a later date.

This is a worrying time for everyone, both health-wise and economically. I am keeping a close eye on advice from the WHO, Government directives, and also the Department of Education and will keep you all in the loop as soon as I get any results, and as this situation develops.

Of course our community’s health is the most important of all, but please continue to support us small businesses at this time, as the Arts is already taking a big hit here and around the globe. Moving forward, I will be looking into the possibility of some online classes and live stream, over the coming weeks and months, so we can all keep our spirits up and bang out some stress-relieving rhythms!!! Remember: Getting back to nature (by yourself!), sunlight, laughter, drumming and having fun is a great immunity booster!! 🕺🏻🤸‍♀️ 🌞🎶🥁

Stay safe, wash your hands 🤗 and I hope you all found some toilet paper! 🤙

Cheers, Benjie, Jim and The Earthen Rhythms Team.

LINK – https://mailchi.mp/6175dd394577/new-african-drumming-courses-newcastle-4651261

FREE FULL MOON MEDITATION AND DRUM CIRCLE – 7pm Sunday 8th March

After Benjie’s recent trip to the USA for Drum Circle Facilitation Training he is super excited to be back and share his learning. He is now one of 30 Global Trainers for Village Music Circles certified to Train Trainers in Drum Circle Facilitation .

This Sunday we’ll celebrate March’s full moon with special intention. Together we will meditate on the transition to the cooler months and go deep into the rhythm that will be created in the moment. Please bring your own drums and percussion. This will be a divine community building experience where we share our spirit and the joy of rhythm.

This is event is created by The Open Mind Space. For details see the Facebook Event Page https://www.facebook.com/events/526438931290909/

Earthen Rhythms first Podcast Interview with BRhythmic Sydney.

Earthen Rhythms first Podcast!! link https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/015-earthen-rhythms/id1464089621?i=1000464507414

(If you can’t find it try searching your podcast provider with ‘brhythmic’ and episode 15.)

Very excited to bring you my first ever podcast covering drumming and wellness, rhythm wellbeing, community connection, celebrating joy, helping people lead passionate lives, drumming for special needs and much more.

Huge shout out to Bron Harrison at BRhythmic, Sydney for inviting me on. It was an honour to be on your show.

Happy listening!!