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!
DETAILS 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.
CONNECT AND BE UPLIFTED 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.
COVID SAFE 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.
MORE INFO If you would like more information you can contact us on (02) 4032 5500 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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:
Enhance social skills
Improved motor-skills & coordination (eg for stroke rehab)
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.”
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
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.
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.