Drum Circle Leadership Training with Jim Donovan M.Ed.
Foundation Skills. Group Music Making. Practice & Support.
Drum Circle Leadership is a system created by Jim Donovan M.Ed. designed to show you how to create and lead your own transformational drum circles. This foundation training is for anyone interested in learning Drum Circle Leadership techniques, games and methods in a way that works with your own skill sets.
In this 2-day experience, you will receive 14+ hours of hands-on training designed to teach you the skills you need to create and and facilitate meaningful, effective and successful experiences with any group you work with.
You will learn enjoyable techniques, games and methods in a way that works with your own ability. Beginners are warmly welcomed.
There are no prerequisites for this training.
Have fun learning how to quickly and effectively get groups of people making great music together with our unique Rhythm Seeds music making protocol. Find out how to inspire collaboration, engage challenging groups and how to connect people with a variety of social drum circle games. Inspire your group to make their own musical creations.
Discover how to create "fail-proof" drum circles with a supportive group of peers. Get the practice and feedback you need to be confident leading your groups. Graduates receive access to our private Drum Circle Leadership Facebook network to ask questions, get ideas and offer support to others. Get 14 contact hours, a Certificate of Completion, an the 300 page Drum Circle Leadership PDF manual.
Learn Valuable Skills for Your Personal and Professional Life
• How to create fail-proof events by empowering participants
• How to take your drum circle from good to transformational
• How to inspire collaboration in your circle
• How to lessen and eliminate resistance from your groups
• How to create an infinite source of rhythms with "Rhythm Seeds"
• Social drum circle games for all ages
• How to integrate percussion and budget friendly instruments
• How to develop child friendly drum circles
• How to use rhythm & music with older adults
• How to lead and shape drum circle music
• How to gain confidence leading and speaking with groups
• How to gain the trust of your group
• How to use drumming & sound for wellness and stress relief
• An introduction to using melody in your drum circle
• An introduction to conscious leadership
• How to design your own effective drum circle programs
At Drum Circle Leadership | Foundation Training, you can expect:
A comfortable, welcoming and accepting atmosphere.
To have the opportunity to choose how you interact
14+ Contact Hours of training.
A Certificate of Completion denoting your contact hours
Your own Drum Circle Leadership PDF Book ($29.99 Value)
Special Discount Codes for DCL Online Training Library
Extra handouts and written documentation
Lots of optional, hands-on practice time
Feedback and constructive guidance
Tried and tested step-by-step foundation methodology
Marketing resources, templates and tips for those wanting to create programs to sell
Free lifetime access to our private Drum Circle Leadership Training Facebook group
Specific effective techniques to help you manage nervousness.
To make many new friends
Who Should Attend?
Anyone interested in utilizing the power of rhythm & drumming
Drum Circle Facilitators
Therapeutic music makers
Anyone who works with people with PTSD and returning veterans
Anyone who works with children
Addiction and recovery counselors
Sexual abuse and domestic violence counselors
After school activity directors
People who work with disadvantaged youth
Disaster relief workers
Church and spiritual group leaders
Corporate facilitators seeking new tools for their activity toolbox
Inclusion regardless of ability
Letting go of perfectionism
Being present as a leader
Serving the group
Finding ways to flow with change
Learning the value of collaboration
How to manage mistakes
How to empower your participants
How to create fail-proof drum circles
A wide variety of malleable drumming and voice methods
How to build your own event from the ground up
How to inspire and hold the attention of the most unruly groups
How to play the various drums and percussion commonly used in rhythm events
How to use rhythm as a means to enhance personal development
How to use rhythm to lead health and wellness experiences
How to use rhythm to lead educational experiences
Why Drum Circles?
Drumming with others is an ancient practice that people have used for millennia all over the globe to connect, heal, learn and celebrate. The drum or drumming circle of today is an extension of this age old tradition. In simple terms, a drum circle is a collection of people gathering together to express music through rhythm. This music may be a spontaneous free-form jam, a highly defined collection of traditional rhythms, a musical meditation or something in between.
Drum circles may be used in a variety of ways such as:
Short wellness interventions
To support classroom cultural lessons
Ice breakers before a larger event
Team building and leadership trainings
Community drum circles
Spiritual & church settings
October 2016 Pricing
Early Bird Rate by Aug. 31, 2016 $249 (Save $50)
Regular Rate on or after Sept. 1 2016: $289 (Subject to availability)
Financing: Check out with PayPal and choose Bill Me Later (Subject to credit approval.)
Easy & Quick Registration
"Drum Circle Leadership was the most useful and enjoyable training I have ever attended. I immediately put the techniques, knowledge, and inspiration into action in my clinical work. Jim Donovan is an exceptional communicator, facilitator, and teacher- but most importantly an infectious and generous person. Jim presents the content in a relatable and practical way for both experienced and first time musicians and facilitators."
Jordan Goodman, MS, LGPC
Drumming Psychotherapist and Facilitator Baltimore, MD
"I got so much more out of this program than just learning to lead a drum circle. The program held so many insights into the dynamics of facilitating people and empowering me and others towards true connectedness. I highly recommend this program to anyone who works with people of any age or just wants to improve their circle/life skills." Teresa Benedetti, Canton, OH
"I, too, had a very successful, hugely successful circle with a group of women with addictions on Wed. eve. I'm still buzzin' from it. I would like to thank myself for choosing you, Jim, as my teacher. I'm happy to say that I left this group of 14 women to empowered, and wanting more. I've never received so many hugs and hand shakes in one evening." Tammy O . Windsor, Ontario
About the trainer:
Jim Donovan M.Ed., Leader of the band Sun King Warriors, Assistant Professor at Saint Francis University, is an inspirational performer and educator who believes in the power of music to bring people together. Over the past three decades, Donovan has performed thousands of concerts and learning events across the US and Europe. As a performer, Donovan writes and records with his rootsy groove-rock band Sun King Warriors. As an educator, he brings his motivating brand of open-hearted, big-energy, truth-telling to every event he leads- whether they be a conference keynote, corporate team building, educational training or wellness retreat.
Donovan got his start as a founding member of the 3-time platinum 90's band Rusted Root, where he co-wrote and performed “Send Me on My Way,” a song whose unforgettable whistle has been featured in both Matilda and Ice Age. During his touring work with Rusted Root, he shared arena stages with rock legends such as Carlos Santana, The Grateful Dead, members of Led Zeppelin and Sting, among others.
Donovan is the author of the book “Drum Circle Leadership” and regularly offers training to organizations that teach people how to lead group music-making as a way to support wellness and social connection. These events include evidence-based programs for people who work with individuals with disabilities such as Autism and with those in who work in recovery.
A refund will be given for cancellations requested 60 days prior to the event, less $100. Refunds cannot be given after this date or for no-shows on the day of the event.
Registered participants who cannot attend, may send a substitute with prior notification, or may transfer their deposit to a future event within a 12-month period, if requested in writing 30 days before the event.