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This page lists upcoming events organized by DCFG as well as events by other organizations.

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Upcoming Events

    • 03 Dec 2022
    • 04 Dec 2022
    • Bay Area, California

    Evidence Based Training using Rhythm & Reflection for Social anf Emotional Health

    Rhythm2Recovery present their two day training program that provides professionals working in the Health, Education and Personal Development fields with the skills to implement a wide range of fun and engaging rhythmic musical exercises linked to positive changes in social and emotional wellbeing.

    This evidence based training will leave participants with the skills necessary to employ rhythmical musical activities, linked to reflective discussions, in their practice, in a practical and impactful way.

    No prior musical experience necessary.


    Cost: $395


    For more information: https://www.rhythm2recovery.com/event/bay-area-san-francisco-ca/


    • 14 Jan 2023
    • 28 Jan 2023
    • Online

    January: Sacred Drumming and Dance from West Africa (with Sule Greg Wilson) 

    Sangha is a Sanskrit word for a community of practitioners in a shared tradition. Within the sacred lineage of drumming, we want to create a worldwide community of support, sharing, and teaching to continue our rhythmic path – in service to global awakening.

    Using zoom.us, we will hold monthly teachings followed by breakout rooms to get to know other people in the Sangha.  We will also offer open practicum times monthly where students can gather and meet each other, to practice the world rhythms.

    The course features world rhythms from drum masters, detailed hand-outs, the private Facebook group – optional, and all video and audio recordings with permanent access and download capability. 

    BONUS – 18-minute video teaching from Sule Greg Wilson on cultural competency and carrying sacred world rhythms into your life and work. 

    DATES: Two Sessions per Month *Always Recorded for Your Access*

    Teaching Sessions – 2nd Saturday of Month @ 12pm Pacific Time USA (14 Jan)

    Practice Sessions – 4th Saturday of Month @12pm Pacific Time USA (28 Jan)

    For more information / to register: click here


    • 11 Feb 2023
    • 25 Feb 2023
    • Online

    February: Condomble Orisha Rhythms & Chants from Brazil (with Jorge Alabe) 

    Sangha is a Sanskrit word for a community of practitioners in a shared tradition. Within the sacred lineage of drumming, we want to create a worldwide community of support, sharing, and teaching to continue our rhythmic path – in service to global awakening.

    Using zoom.us, we will hold monthly teachings followed by breakout rooms to get to know other people in the Sangha.  We will also offer open practicum times monthly where students can gather and meet each other, to practice the world rhythms.

    The course features world rhythms from drum masters, detailed hand-outs, the private Facebook group – optional, and all video and audio recordings with permanent access and download capability. 

    BONUS – 18-minute video teaching from Sule Greg Wilson on cultural competency and carrying sacred world rhythms into your life and work. 

    DATES: Two Sessions per Month *Always Recorded for Your Access*

    Teaching Sessions – 2nd Saturday of Month @ 12pm Pacific Time USA (11 Feb)

    Practice Sessions – 4th Saturday of Month @12pm Pacific Time USA (25 Feb)

    For more information / to register: click here


    • 22 Feb 2023
    • 23 Feb 2023
    • Myrtle Beach, SA
    Brain Pulse: Tools for a healthy brain through rhythm and movement

    Learn about a healthy brain through rhythm! BrainPulse uses the drum circle as a metaphor to discover the brain and its functions: a whole made up of interconnected, specialized parts. Participants will come away with tools to deliver a multi-session program covering topics such as: the brain as ensemble; neural networks; neuroplasticity; the complementary roles of the ‘upstairs’ and ‘downstairs’ brain; sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems, and the brain body connection. Students will deepen their understanding of how the brain works, and how to make healthy choices for a lifetime of flourishing brain health!

    All of this emerges through a series of specially adapted rhythm games and beautifully crafted musical development pieces, from three of the world’s expert music educators. Come refresh your practice and open up new musical, business, and neurological possibilities!

    Hosts: Dr. Jane BentleyMary Knysh & Lucas Coffey

    Location: Ocean Creek Resort, South Carolina

    Dates: 22nd and 23rd of February 2023

    In person training cost: $485USD - including meals (3 breakfast, 2 lunches, 2 dinners) 

    Online training cost: $325USD

    Accommodation (specially discounted rates):

    • Lodge villa studio $80.84 per night

    • Loge villa One bedroom $88.48

    • Lodge villa 2 bedroom  $98.56

    • Oceanfront 2 bedroom  $135.52

    • Oceanfront 3 bedroom  $160.16

    To register, contact rhythmalberta@gmail.com

    • 24 Feb 2023
    • 12:00 PM
    • 26 Feb 2023
    • 4:00 PM
    • Ocean Creek Resort, 10600 North Kings Way, Myrtle Beach, SC 29572 USA
    Register

    REGISTER TODAY!

    18th Annual DRUM CIRCLE FACILITATORS GUILD CONFERENCE 
    February 24-26, 2023
    Center, Pulse, GROOVE!


    A weekend-long professional development event specifically for those using drums and percussion for recreational music making. The symposium-style gathering features presentations by industry leaders on a wide variety of topics including techniques for leading drum circles, business development, folkloric music, program design, and more.  In attendance are full-time drum circle facilitators as well as many people using this work in other settings:  creative arts and music therapists, social workers and counselors, wellness practitioners, community organizers, music educators, spiritual leaders, event specialists, etc.

    The conference is an opportunity to learn from each other and be together in community. Expect full days of presentations that engage your mind and heart that lead to evenings opportunities for jump time (practicing facilitation techniques) and Late Night jam sessions. Expect much music making. Have an idea for a presentation? Submit a proposal Here!

    The 2023 theme is Center, Pulse, GROOVE! The theme initially stems from conversations with, and about how, Drum Circle Facilitators responded to the Pandemic that left very little time for reflection and inner growth.  As we find our way forward in this new normal, for both ourselves and those we serve, returning to the basics of Center, Pulse, GROOVE! is necessary for moving forward. There are many ways this theme can be interpreted and applied to Drum Circle Facilitators.

    Details:

    Where: Ocean Creek Resort, 10600 North Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach, SC 29572 (www.oceancreek.com)

    FEES/REGISTRATION:  

    The Registration fee includes conference admission and 6 meals from Friday dinner through Sunday lunch.  Travel and lodgin are the responsibility of the attendee. 


    New this Year - We are excited to move towards more global equity in our registration fees so we are presenting the option to pay a registration fee based on your country of residence using 4 Country Tier groups.  The registration fees are listed below and all in USD. (For a PDF of the image below click here.) 



    • Tier 1/General Registration: $425.00
    • Tier 1/DCFG Member Rate 10% Discount: $389 (you must be logged into your account to receive)
    • Tier 2 Countries: $289
    • Tier 3 Countries: $213
    • Tier 4 Countries: $77 

    SCHOLARSHIPS:  

    The Drum Circle Facilitator's Guild provides scholarships to members that might not otherwise be able to attend. We believe in supporting each other and "facilitating" attendance when it might not otherwise be possible. Scholarship recipients receive free registration that includes conference admission and meals beginning with dinner on Friday to Sunday lunch a $425 value. Lodging and Transportation are the responsibility of the recipients: 

    Scholarship Form

    TRAVEL

    The conference will be held at Ocean Creek Resort, a beautiful waterfront property in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, USA.  Myrtle Beach is served by several major airlines including: Allegiant, American, Delta and United. Visit the Myrtle Beach International Airport website for the most recent list. 

    Transportation to and from the airport will be the responsibility of each attendee. Ocean Creek Resort does not provide transportation.  If coming via cab or Uber/Lyft, have your cab wait until you are checked in. It is a large property with multiple buildings and the check-in location is a bit far from where you will actually be staying. 

    LODGING:

    We have secured very favorable rates at Ocean Creek Resort and are committed to keeping participant costs low. Your conference registration fee includes conference admission and meals beginning with Friday dinner through Sunday lunch.  If staying at Ocean Creek Resort, which is highly recommended, make your room reservations directly with the resort.

    For more information about the resort, go to www.oceancreek.com. Here you can see the basic room layout for the room types below. The housing is in condos and not hotels so the décor will defer.

    Daily conference rates with fees and taxes (USD):

    Lodge Villa

    • Studio: $80.64
    • 1 Bedroom: $88.48
    • 2 Bedroom: $98.56

    Ocean Front: (only the master bedroom and living room will face the Ocean;  other bedrooms are on the rear of the building.)

    • 2 Bedroom: $135.52
    • 3 Bedroom: $160.16

    RESERVATIONS AT THESE RATES MUST BE MADE BY January 23!!

    To make reservations, please contact Ocean Creek Resort’s Group Reservation department at 800-303-6829. Refer to the group name “Drum Circle Facilitators Guild”.

    A one-night deposit is charged on booking and this is non-refundable UNLESS you purchase the VIP protection plan for an additional $30 plus tax. 

    Ocean Creek charges a 2.5% convenience fee for credit cards used to pay the balance on lodging when you pay in person at the resort.

    Room rates are good for 3 days pre- and post- for longer stays if desired. 

    Check-in is 4pm and check out 11am.  Early check-in is possible based on room availability. PARTICIPANTS checking out on Sunday will need to bring their luggage to the conference center or make their own arrangements for late check out.

    QUESTIONS? Contact Greg Whitt, Executive Director of the DCFG at dcfgdirector@gmail.com

    • 11 Mar 2023
    • 25 Mar 2023
    • Online

    March: Rhythms of Joy and Celebration from Puerto Rico (with Fantuzzi) 

    Sangha is a Sanskrit word for a community of practitioners in a shared tradition. Within the sacred lineage of drumming, we want to create a worldwide community of support, sharing, and teaching to continue our rhythmic path – in service to global awakening.

    Using zoom.us, we will hold monthly teachings followed by breakout rooms to get to know other people in the Sangha.  We will also offer open practicum times monthly where students can gather and meet each other, to practice the world rhythms.

    The course features world rhythms from drum masters, detailed hand-outs, the private Facebook group – optional, and all video and audio recordings with permanent access and download capability. 

    BONUS – 18-minute video teaching from Sule Greg Wilson on cultural competency and carrying sacred world rhythms into your life and work. 

    DATES: Two Sessions per Month *Always Recorded for Your Access*

    Teaching Sessions – 2nd Saturday of Month @ 12pm Pacific Time USA (11 March)

    Practice Sessions – 4th Saturday of Month @12pm Pacific Time USA (25 March)


    For more information / to register: click here


    • 24 Mar 2023
    • 26 Mar 2023
    • Vallejo, CA

    3-Day Drum Circle Facilitator Playshop – Nor Cal/S.F. Bay Area
    with VMC Global Trainer, Jeni Swerdlow, MA-ATR


    Learn the tools & techniques to facilitate drum circles, bring any group to its highest potential, and make the world a more musical place!


    Village Music Circles™ Basic Facilitator Training (aka "Playshop") will empower you to build a rhythm community while exploring the foundational elements of drum circle facilitation.

    Learn powerful facilitation techniques and develop skills while gaining the confidence to successfully lead a rhythm event for a variety of diverse populations.

    Packed with information and hands-on experience, both beginning and experienced facilitators will have plenty of opportunities for practicing new skills in a safe, supportive environment.

    L earn to successfully facilitate rhythm-based events

    E xperience the power of community building through rhythm!

    A ctivate • Motivate • Empower! Rhythm for fun and learning

    D iscover camaraderie and spirit playing music together!


    For more information / to register: click here


    • 08 Apr 2023
    • 22 Apr 2023
    • Online

    April: Darbuka Magic from Egypt to Israel (with Raquy Dazinger) 

    Sangha is a Sanskrit word for a community of practitioners in a shared tradition. Within the sacred lineage of drumming, we want to create a worldwide community of support, sharing, and teaching to continue our rhythmic path – in service to global awakening.

    Using zoom.us, we will hold monthly teachings followed by breakout rooms to get to know other people in the Sangha.  We will also offer open practicum times monthly where students can gather and meet each other, to practice the world rhythms.

    The course features world rhythms from drum masters, detailed hand-outs, the private Facebook group – optional, and all video and audio recordings with permanent access and download capability. 

    BONUS – 18-minute video teaching from Sule Greg Wilson on cultural competency and carrying sacred world rhythms into your life and work. 

    DATES: Two Sessions per Month *Always Recorded for Your Access*

    Teaching Sessions – 2nd Saturday of Month @ 12pm Pacific Time USA (8 April)

    Practice Sessions – 4th Saturday of Month @12pm Pacific Time USA (22 April)


    For more information / to register: click here


    • 13 May 2023
    • 27 May 2023
    • Online

    May: Frame Drum Trance Rhythms from Iran and Greece (with Rowan Storm) 

    Sangha is a Sanskrit word for a community of practitioners in a shared tradition. Within the sacred lineage of drumming, we want to create a worldwide community of support, sharing, and teaching to continue our rhythmic path – in service to global awakening.

    Using zoom.us, we will hold monthly teachings followed by breakout rooms to get to know other people in the Sangha.  We will also offer open practicum times monthly where students can gather and meet each other, to practice the world rhythms.

    The course features world rhythms from drum masters, detailed hand-outs, the private Facebook group – optional, and all video and audio recordings with permanent access and download capability. 

    BONUS – 18-minute video teaching from Sule Greg Wilson on cultural competency and carrying sacred world rhythms into your life and work. 

    DATES: Two Sessions per Month *Always Recorded for Your Access*

    Teaching Sessions – 2nd Saturday of Month @ 12pm Pacific Time USA (May 13)

    Practice Sessions – 4th Saturday of Month @12pm Pacific Time USA (May 27)

    For more information / to register: click here


    • 10 Jun 2023
    • 24 Jun 2023
    • Online

    June: Zamba and La Cueca Rhythms from Argentina (with Marcos Ribas) 

    Sangha is a Sanskrit word for a community of practitioners in a shared tradition. Within the sacred lineage of drumming, we want to create a worldwide community of support, sharing, and teaching to continue our rhythmic path – in service to global awakening.

    Using zoom.us, we will hold monthly teachings followed by breakout rooms to get to know other people in the Sangha.  We will also offer open practicum times monthly where students can gather and meet each other, to practice the world rhythms.

    The course features world rhythms from drum masters, detailed hand-outs, the private Facebook group – optional, and all video and audio recordings with permanent access and download capability. 

    BONUS – 18-minute video teaching from Sule Greg Wilson on cultural competency and carrying sacred world rhythms into your life and work. 

    DATES: Two Sessions per Month *Always Recorded for Your Access*

    Teaching Sessions – 2nd Saturday of Month @ 12pm Pacific Time USA (10 June)

    Practice Sessions – 4th Saturday of Month @12pm Pacific Time USA (24 June)


    For more information / to register: click here


    • 08 Jul 2023
    • 22 Jul 2023
    • Online

    July - Yoga of Rhythm - Merengue from Dominican Republic (with Alexandra Jai) 

    Sangha is a Sanskrit word for a community of practitioners in a shared tradition. Within the sacred lineage of drumming, we want to create a worldwide community of support, sharing, and teaching to continue our rhythmic path – in service to global awakening.

    Using zoom.us, we will hold monthly teachings followed by breakout rooms to get to know other people in the Sangha.  We will also offer open practicum times monthly where students can gather and meet each other, to practice the world rhythms.

    The course features world rhythms from drum masters, detailed hand-outs, the private Facebook group – optional, and all video and audio recordings with permanent access and download capability. 

    BONUS – 18-minute video teaching from Sule Greg Wilson on cultural competency and carrying sacred world rhythms into your life and work. 

    DATES: Two Sessions per Month *Always Recorded for Your Access*

    Teaching Sessions – 2nd Saturday of Month @ 12pm Pacific Time USA (8 July)

    Practice Sessions – 4th Saturday of Month @12pm Pacific Time USA (22 July)


    For more information / to register: click here


    • 09 Jul 2023
    • 14 Jul 2023
    • Tuscany, Italy

    For the second time in Italy with the 6 Day Drum Circle Facilitator Intensive Training, Arthur Hull himself will teach you the Village Music Circles facilitation method he created with the mastery and wisdom of more than 40 years of experience and more than 13,000 licensed Facilitators worldwide!

    Arthur, pioneer of rhythm facilitation, and Harshil F. Chiostri, VMC Certified Trainer for Italy, will offer you more than 50 hours of learning activities in which to experience intensive practice of all the facilitation techniques that will allow you to acquire the necessary skillsto fully integrate the career of Drum Circle Facilitator into your life.

    The 6-day intensive training for Village Music Circles ™ facilitators offers beginner and advanced facilitators all the keys to conducting events With groups of all sizes and backgrounds, giving wide opportunities to learn and develop their facilitation skills in a safe and welcoming environment.
    Participants at any skill level will receive support from peers as well as mentors and advanced facilitators.

    This week goes beyond the training you receive in the 3 Day Training, with the presentation of more techniques, the development of your own style, a greater depth of learning and a wider amount of hands-on experience.

    Participants will experiment with numerous keys using movement, voice, drums, percussion and improvised rhythmic games to learn how to unleash rhythmic connection, interactive dialogue, melodies and harmonies in any group of people, in the magic of the circle.

    The program includes group instruction and discussion combined with small-group break-out exercises that reinforce learning of basic facilitation elements, always in a fun and empowering way for each.

    The exercises become progressively more complex as the facilitators’ skills expand, and meanwhile we share rhythm, joy and lots of friendship.

    There will be time devoted to individual attention and the development of one’s individual skills.

    The Intensive includes ample opportunities to experiment freely during numerous “jump-times!” in which to experience many hours of fun learning, practicing and exploring your new skills in an exclusive supportive environment.

    This Training will be offered in English and translated into Italian for the parts conducted by Arthur Hull and vice versa for those conducted by Harshil F.Chiostri.


    For more information / to register: click here

    • 03 Aug 2023
    • 06 Aug 2023
    • Sherman, NY

    The Great Rhythm Revival is for anyone looking for a profoundly joyful and deeply immersive experience where you can:

    • Learn something new without the worry of being “good” at it
    • Connect with other like-minded people in a supportive environment
    • Challenge yourself to expand your comfort zone
    • Find regular encouragement to be yourself


    At the Revival, you will experience a wide range of invigorating workshops including: Drum & Chant, Creative Movement, Nature Journaling, West African drumming, Ecstatic Dance, World Drumming, Yoga, Afro-Cuban Drumming, Sound Healing, Transformative Writing, and much more.

    In the evenings, dance to The Sun King Warriors and afterwards, take a walk in the adjoining woods to an expertly sculptured drum and dance fire circle that has to be seen to be believed.

    Lastly, we eat some of the tastiest and healthy food around-vegetarian, vegan and omnivore options are always available. Much of it grown on site in our Revival garden. Camping is free or you may stay at a local hotel or B&B. Though the event is outside, we are under the cover of large tents. 

    You get...

    • Over 29 hours of meticulously designed and enjoyable experiences
    • Revitalizing, lifelong skill sets help you feel your best
    • Opportunities to learn from an array of gifted instructors
    • Membership in our private Great Rhythm Revival network
    • A comfortable atmosphere where you can be yourself 
    • First access to discounted seats at next year's Revival

    For more information / to register : click here

    • 12 Aug 2023
    • 26 Aug 2023
    • Online

    August: Traditional Native American Drum and Song (with Windwalker Dorn) 

    Sangha is a Sanskrit word for a community of practitioners in a shared tradition. Within the sacred lineage of drumming, we want to create a worldwide community of support, sharing, and teaching to continue our rhythmic path – in service to global awakening.

    Using zoom.us, we will hold monthly teachings followed by breakout rooms to get to know other people in the Sangha.  We will also offer open practicum times monthly where students can gather and meet each other, to practice the world rhythms.

    The course features world rhythms from drum masters, detailed hand-outs, the private Facebook group – optional, and all video and audio recordings with permanent access and download capability. 

    BONUS – 18-minute video teaching from Sule Greg Wilson on cultural competency and carrying sacred world rhythms into your life and work. 

    DATES: Two Sessions per Month *Always Recorded for Your Access*

    Teaching Sessions – 2nd Saturday of Month @ 12pm Pacific Time USA (12 August))

    Practice Sessions – 4th Saturday of Month @12pm Pacific Time USA (26 August)


    For more information / to register: click here



    • 09 Sep 2023
    • 23 Sep 2023
    • Online

    September: Rhythm for Change and Movement (with Curtis Byrd) 

    Sangha is a Sanskrit word for a community of practitioners in a shared tradition. Within the sacred lineage of drumming, we want to create a worldwide community of support, sharing, and teaching to continue our rhythmic path – in service to global awakening.

    Using zoom.us, we will hold monthly teachings followed by breakout rooms to get to know other people in the Sangha.  We will also offer open practicum times monthly where students can gather and meet each other, to practice the world rhythms.

    The course features world rhythms from drum masters, detailed hand-outs, the private Facebook group – optional, and all video and audio recordings with permanent access and download capability. 

    BONUS – 18-minute video teaching from Sule Greg Wilson on cultural competency and carrying sacred world rhythms into your life and work. 

    DATES: Two Sessions per Month *Always Recorded for Your Access*

    Teaching Sessions – 2nd Saturday of Month @ 12pm Pacific Time USA (9 September)

    Practice Sessions – 4th Saturday of Month @12pm Pacific Time USA (23 September)


    For more information / to register: click here


    • 14 Oct 2023
    • 28 Oct 2023
    • Online

    October: Ta Ka Ti Na Body Percussion (with Zorina Wolf) 

    Sangha is a Sanskrit word for a community of practitioners in a shared tradition. Within the sacred lineage of drumming, we want to create a worldwide community of support, sharing, and teaching to continue our rhythmic path – in service to global awakening.

    Using zoom.us, we will hold monthly teachings followed by breakout rooms to get to know other people in the Sangha.  We will also offer open practicum times monthly where students can gather and meet each other, to practice the world rhythms.

    The course features world rhythms from drum masters, detailed hand-outs, the private Facebook group – optional, and all video and audio recordings with permanent access and download capability. 

    BONUS – 18-minute video teaching from Sule Greg Wilson on cultural competency and carrying sacred world rhythms into your life and work. 

    DATES: Two Sessions per Month *Always Recorded for Your Access*

    Teaching Sessions – 2nd Saturday of Month @ 12pm Pacific Time USA (14 October)

    Practice Sessions – 4th Saturday of Month @12pm Pacific Time USA (28 October)


    For more information / to register: click here


    • 11 Nov 2023
    • 25 Nov 2023
    • Online

    November: Tabla Rhythms of Sufi Music from Pakistan (with Aminah Chishti)

    Sangha is a Sanskrit word for a community of practitioners in a shared tradition. Within the sacred lineage of drumming, we want to create a worldwide community of support, sharing, and teaching to continue our rhythmic path – in service to global awakening.

    Using zoom.us, we will hold monthly teachings followed by breakout rooms to get to know other people in the Sangha.  We will also offer open practicum times monthly where students can gather and meet each other, to practice the world rhythms.

    The course features world rhythms from drum masters, detailed hand-outs, the private Facebook group – optional, and all video and audio recordings with permanent access and download capability. 

    BONUS – 18-minute video teaching from Sule Greg Wilson on cultural competency and carrying sacred world rhythms into your life and work. 

    DATES: Two Sessions per Month *Always Recorded for Your Access*

    Teaching Sessions – 2nd Saturday of Month @ 12pm Pacific Time USA (11 November)

    Practice Sessions – 4th Saturday of Month @12pm Pacific Time USA (25 November)

    For more information / to register: click here


    • 09 Dec 2023
    • Online

    December: Integration and Global Rhythm Review (with Christine Stevens) 

    Sangha is a Sanskrit word for a community of practitioners in a shared tradition. Within the sacred lineage of drumming, we want to create a worldwide community of support, sharing, and teaching to continue our rhythmic path – in service to global awakening.

    Using zoom.us, we will hold monthly teachings followed by breakout rooms to get to know other people in the Sangha.  We will also offer open practicum times monthly where students can gather and meet each other, to practice the world rhythms.

    The course features world rhythms from drum masters, detailed hand-outs, the private Facebook group – optional, and all video and audio recordings with permanent access and download capability. 

    BONUS – 18-minute video teaching from Sule Greg Wilson on cultural competency and carrying sacred world rhythms into your life and work. 

    DATES: Two Sessions per Month *Always Recorded for Your Access*

    Teaching Sessions – 2nd Saturday of Month @ 12pm Pacific Time USA (9 December)


    For more information / to register: click here


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