Our African Drumming Playlist

We love West African Music!

Check out the playlist that we have put together, it’s just a taste of the talent in the region.

Mamady Keita, Famadou Konate, Soungalo Coulibaly, Babtunde Olatunji & Toumani Diabaté and many more…

Hours of listening goodness…drumming as well as the sweet sounds of the Kora (African Harp) and much more.

I often listen to this Spotify play list when I’m drum making and we also have it playing before and after class. https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5RvAFWTBD1I4EsBJN7pdI0?si=MjYGlKvqS2Wwp7EOL_J8bQ

Rhythmic Meditation Retreat w/Happy Buddha

Rhythmic Meditation Retreat – this weekend! (Fri – Sun -5th to 7th Feb) w/ Happy Buddha Retreats.

Earthen Rhythms will be supporting the wonderful Happy Buddha Retreats in Glenrock National Park.

For more details, click the link :

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Are you ready to find your rhythm? Join the Tribe!

Earthen Rhythms have been teaching tribal rhythms in Newcastle for the last 15 years and have over 22 years experience sharing the awesomeness of West African Drumming.

Come and experience the joy and power of these uplifting classes.

We are based in Newcastle NSW but we work globally serving rhythm to communities and groups.


Choose your course at Waratah:

  • 6pm Tues
  • 6pm Wed
  • 7pm Thurs
  • 11am Fri

See our events Calendar for dates & details.

**Class numbers are limited, and only a few spots left in some classes.

  • we have drums for hire


EARTHEN RHYTHMS – Learn drumming the fun way!

Workshops | Performances | Corporate Team Building | Schools | Music Therapy | Drum Hire/Repair/Sales

It’s a Success! VMC- Drum Circle Facilitation One Day Intro Training

We had a great One-Day Intro to Drum Circle Facilitation Training over the weekend.

Everyone took away plenty of tools, skills and learning from the day to share with their communities in Sydney, Newcastle, the Central Coast and Dubbo!

The drumming community continues to grow and bring the joy and power of rhythm to more people in these tough times. Now, more than ever we need to be connected and keep our spirits up.

Drumming and rhythm delivers this in spades.*

The One-Day Intro delivered more than 11 tools to empower Drum Circle Facilitators to lead successful Drum Circles for kids, adults as well as corporate groups.

All based on the work of Arthur Hull and Village Music Circles . Usually we hold an Annual 3 Day Training October, but this had to be postponed in Melbourne this year because of the Covid lockdown and State boarder closures.

Thx to Bek Wermut from Rhythm2Recovery for supporting & Flourish Aust – Newcastle for the space 🙂

Life is better with rhythm and when we work together!

*For more info on how to drum yourself happy, check out our Health and Wellbeing page.

New Kids 5 Wk Drumming Classes – Start Term 4

Our drumming can be for fun, play, mindfulness and full of purpose. Kids social and emotional wellbeing can be encouraged through rhythm play.

Click link for more details – https://www.earthenrhythms.org/african-drumming-classes/kid-drumming/

They’ll learn:
🥁rhythm & music fundamentals
🥁listening & playing together
🥁how to be musically confident while having a whole lotta fun!
🥁cultural traditions of the Djembe drum

Creative Kids Vouchers accepted.

Covid Safe Business.


Free Drum Circle For Mental Health and Wellbeing – FREE ONLINE via Zoom – No.2

As part of our Health My Way Program The Place is hosting FREE drum circles for mental health & well being led by the amazing Earthen Rhythms African Drumming. (Details below).

20 Screens available – have as many people as you like on the one screen.

Get creative! Use anything as a drum, water containers, pots, pans, cardboard boxes…

Click this link to be redirected – https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/free-online-drum-circle-for-mental-health-wellbeing-tickets-117604653685

Earthen Rhythms will be bringing their vibrant drumming energy and expertise to help you to let go and find your rhythm! Their talented facilitators teach rhythm in a safe, upbeat and easy way and they bring joy and laughter to the community through the infectious rhythms of West Africa.

This is a wonderful opportunity to have fun, connect with your community and experience the many benefits of drumming. As part of the workshop we’ll also be sharing some valuable online resources for managing your mental health and wellbeing.

Sanitised drums and refreshments will be provided, just bring yourself! Social distancing practices will be followed and numbers are strictly limited so get your FREE ticket today to secure your spot. We are a COVID SAFE business.

If you would like more information you can contact us on (02) 4032 5500 or via email at programs@theplacecharlestown.org.au

We hope you can join us for this fun event!

Rare Opportunity – FREE Drum Circle

The Place Charlestown is offering three FREE awesome facilitated community drum circles. See flyer below.

  • 1 x Online Workshop
  • 2 x Face-to-Face Workshops
  • 20 Adults per Workshop
  • No experience necessary
  • Drums provided
  • Covid Safe Activity

Why is drumming is good for you?

Drumming is good for your BODY, MIND and SOUL. Earthen Rhythms combines the primal power of drumming with modern rhythm technology to create a truly uplifting musical experience for any experience level.

These rhythm workshops are MINDFULNESS IN ACTION. Be present, feel alive. Feel the rhythm and create the music. Find your vibrant self and share your spirit, as you are guided by our experienced rhythm facilitator.

Positive Effects of Rhythm

Positive psychological effects of drum circles include, elevated brain and social functioning. More specifically, you may experience:

  • Boosted confidence,
  • Participant connection
  • Enhance social skills
  • Social inclusion
  • Improved motor-skills & coordination (eg for stroke rehab)
  • Improved self-esteem
  • Enhanced cognitive function
  • Elevated Endorphin and dopamine levels
  • Stress relief
  • Improved Improvisation skills
  • Group unity
  • And just plain ordinary uplifting fun!

Register now as it’s sure to book out!

Bookings Essential – CLICK HERE


Contact “The Place” Charlestown – 02 40325500

The Neuroscience of Rhythm

Incredible article and podcast regarding the history and health benefits of rhythm. Check it out!

Audio: Ideas – The Rhythm Section: How Beats and Grooves Define Us

Here’s a couple of excerpts:

“Kraus has found that children who struggle to produce, or hear, rhythms also tend to have difficulty with language processing and reading. Through a pair of longitudinal studies in Chicago and Los Angeles, she’s also discovered that playing an instrument or singing for two years can fundamentally — and permanently — improve a child’s cognitive abilities. It’s a testament to the profound effect that rhythm has on our cognition — and a compelling argument for music education.”

When I was young, I thought pitch was the most important thing in music. Now, I’m convinced it’s rhythm. Everything is in the timing. Rhythm is really the essence of music,” says Laurel Trainor, the director of the McMaster Institute for Music and The Mind in Hamilton, Ontario

“Whatever its evolutionary basis, it’s clear that rhythm is more than a fundamental feature of music. It’s also a fundamental part of what makes us human.”


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