Workshops & Instructors at The Summer Rhythm Renewal
The Wisdom of Rhythm: Ecstatic Drumming, Meditative Chanting. Sound Healing Techniques.
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 roots-rock band Sun King Warriors. As an educator, he brings his motivating brand of open-hearted, big-energy to every event he leads.
Ecstatic Dance is mindfulness-based movement practice that invites you to let go and unleash your authentic, awesome self through free-form movement!
Our Ecstatic Dance journey is guided by a playlist moving us through an energetic arch from tuning in, through delving deeper, into unleashing and then back into stillness. Opening & closing circles frame our time together for intention setting and integration. No dancing experience required or dance steps to learn! Come as you are ~ Move as you wish!
Tricia Chirumbole is a dancer, facilitator, and explorer of life, who is passionate about creating opportunities for personal and collective growth through movement, dialogue, and group co-creation. Tricia facilitates events and authentic engagement experiences for community gatherings, conferences, and organizations that weave together expressive arts, mindfulness, and collaborative processes. Her dance and embodiment influences include: DancingMindfulness (trauma informed), Somasource, Contact Improv, and Ecstatic Dance.
In Art as a Spiritual Practice: Mindful Mandala Drawing: Stephanie Smith will guide workshop participants through mindfulness practices and simple rhythmic drawing techniques to create a mandala - a sacred form of circular art which may used as a powerful tool for meditation and self expression.
In “Art as a Spiritual Practice: Mindful Mandala Drawing” you will learn:
• How to set up a sacred space to create
• The benefits of creating with intention
• How to create art without self-judgment
• What to do when wish to improve the overall quality of your creations.
Stephanie’s ultimate goal is to inspire and empower anyone wishing to bring art into their lives via these immediately accessible techniques. Beginners welcome. All supplies will be provided.
Stephanie Smith is a Self-Taught Artist with a Special Emphasis on Painting, Mark Making, & Mandalas. She Craves Self-Awareness and Being of Service to Others as an Educator/Mentor. Her Tools for Growth Include: Expressive Art, Mindfulness, Writing, Public Speaking, & Yoga.
Creating art for the purpose of spiritual evolution, Stephanie has developed a strong belief that process based art can be a powerful tool for transformative personal growth- temporarily silencing our harsh inner critic once the focus on quality has been removed. Working in this way, Stephanie believes that anyone may receive the many physical, emotional, and spiritual benefits that art making has to offer.
As a recent speaker at TEDxLehighRiver with the topic of “Art as a Spiritual Practice: What I’ve Learned from Making 10,000 Mandalas” Stephanie Smith maintains a private working studio as a resident artist at the Banana Factory Arts Center in South Bethlehem and continues to share her processes, practices and personal stories with students in workshops, at spiritual and wellness retreats, and as a guest presenter at local schools and universities.
Stephanie is also a registered yoga instructor, (RYT200) working with private students and groups. She has a special interest in trauma informed practices.
“Whether in art or yoga, my teaching style is gentle and intended to be of an empowering nature. I hold space for you and let you know that everything I offer is an option- that you always have choice.”
Full Bio & Website: http://www.biffybeans.com
Sound Meditation & Awakening Experience
Your only task here is to be comfortable. A gently guided relaxation experience will be followed by the sounds of crystal singing bowls, gongs and the sounds of other instruments. The evocative and intense nature of these vibrations can support a person's movement through emotions and also deepen awareness. We will also explore the use of aromatherapy to support stress reduction and centeredness.
Radiating Yoga / Dance and Deep Relaxation
*inspire *stretch and awaken *empower *relax deeply
This Kundalini inspired class will invigorate, revitalize and recharge your body and spirit! Move freely as we warm up and dance to drumming and awakening sounds. In this class you will learn simple do anywhere breathing strategies to decrease stress, calm your nervous system, and bring clarity into your day. Our practice will support our strength, stretching of every muscle group, and waking up the entire body. We will conclude with a deep relaxation as we soak in the sounds of soothing bells, chimes, crystal alchemy singing bowls, and the gong.
Sound and Movement of Life
Combines Singing, Conscious Dance, Expressive Movement and Sound Healing.
Explore gently guided movement, sound and expressive dance to access grounding into the earth, igniting our core and opening our hearts. We will explore various ways of being in the body with breathing, singing, sounding and movement allowing freedom for individual expression.
West African Dance
Learn traditional rhythms, song and dance from Guinea, West Africa. West African Dance is a vibrant, joyful, expression that is both grounding and energizing showing reverence for life and connection in community.
NEW! Doun Doun Dance
Influenced by traditional West African practice of dancing and drumming with sticks together! We will enjoy a vibrant practice that combines these two expressions together in one
About Rachel Allen
Rachel had 25 years plus of engaging in the healing arts, activism and building community in various settings with a variety of populations.
Rachel’s engagement in advocacy through the healing arts has intersected around rights for individuals with mental illness, racial equality, environmental justice, socio economic class, accessibility and disability issues, gender and sexuality issues. Rachel is a member of Yoga Service International, has trained in sacred activism leadership with this organization as well as Off the Mat and Into the World and CTZNWELL. Rachel is a rostered healing arts Practitioner with the Breathe Network, an international resource for survivors of sexual trauma.
Rachel has the strong desire to co create healthy, vital, joyful, diverse communities where all beings can pursue happiness, navigate freely and safely and live in peace. http://www.yogasong.net
New! Afro-Cuban Drumming: Beyond
A next level intermediate workshop exploring:
Variations of Tumbao and Calypso rhythms.
Approaches to improvising/soloing
Advanced technique and practice exercises
Afro-Cuban Drumming: The Basics
Delve into the world of Conga drumming as we explore the foundations of Afro-Cuban and Latin Rhythms. Learn the basic techniques for playing conga drums through rhythms found in many styles of music all over the world. We will also look at making practice methods enjoyable and ways to advance your drumming at any level.
Shamanic Journeying is a set of ancient techniques dating back, according to archaeologists, about 30,000 years. Many indigenous cultures throughout the world have used these techniques to access healing and spiritual realms. In this introduction workshop we will utilize a specific tempo and rhythm on the drum, producing a particular sound frequency, which consequently produces a theta state in the brain. This state, usually associated with sleep and dreaming, produces deep relaxation, healing, and often brings profound insight through creative imagery. This unique healing experience can allow participants to unlock new dimensions of personal power in their lives. No previous experience with journeying is necessary as this class will include both basic instruction and a journey
experience for all participants.
Harry Pepper, Ph.D., is a psychologist and the Adult Program Coordinator at Common Ground The Cindy Nord Center for Renewal. Harry also maintains a private practice with Palmentera and Associates, Inc. and has a growing life coaching practice, working with clients across the nation. He is an experienced presenter on a wide range of topics including holistic and alternative healing approaches, shadow work, relationship issues and men's issues.
Wild Writes: Nature Writing
Explore the natural surroundings of the Saint Francis campus with Kim McElhatten. In her workshop Wild Writes: Nature Writing, participants will combine nature walks with the art of journal writing to practice mindfulness and to reaffirm their connection with the earth. Everyone is welcome to join this class. No experience in writing or nature identification is needed. Come to this class prepared with a journal and ready to experience Mother Nature in a new way.
Kim McElhatten is a writer, teacher, and drummer in Central PA where she offers meditation and writing workshops at Heartspace Wellness Alliance. There she also facilitates The Second Sunday Drum Circles and is a Reiki practitioner specializing in Reiki for Relationships.
Her principal philosophy in life is that each of us has a responsibility to design our own happiness. Her workshops focus on techniques to quiet the mind, allowing participants to connect to the inner, ancient wisdom that leads to happiness and manifests a universal condition for everyone to experience joy.
The Music of Life Workshop
These brand new workshops are full of FUN, inspiration, and ways to apply the tools learned through group drumming (but without the drums). The experiences are designed to help participants feel vibrantly alive and reconnected with their own creativity through the use of hand-held percussion, voice, movement, and rhythm games. No special skills or musical experience needed—you are enough! All instruments are provided but feel free to bring your own hand percussion.
Mike Deaton is a teacher and facilitator with almost 20 years of training and experience. Mike’s primary modality is music but he enjoys bringing integrated arts experiences to care centers, schools, places of worship, and festivals. He has designed and taught curriculum with the Va. Alzheimer’s Association, the Va. Dept. of Social Services, and has taught World Drumming at St. Francis University as well as specialized workshops for undergraduate and graduate programs at Eastern Mennonite University and James Madison University. In 2007, he had the honor of performing for Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
Community Drum Circle
Each night at the Renewal is a time to jam, dance and have a great time together. Join us for a rhythmic extravaganza built for everyone!
Drum For Joy! Jaqui MacMillan believes that healing happens through art and music. In the early 1980's, while earning her degrees in Graphic Art, Design and Fine Art at the University of Maryland, she also discovered her passion for African drumming. Over a span of fifteen years, she studied with many masters, including Babatunde Olatunji, Mamady Keita, Sam Turner and at the Tam Tam Mandingue School in Washington, DC. As an award winning percussionist, she performed and recorded with some of the top names in the business, and began sharing her joy of drumming with others by teaching classes and facilitating community drum circles. Her studies continued in 1999 and 2001 in Hawaii with Arthur Hull, where she studied drum circle facilitation and completed the mentor training. She is a founding member of DCFG, (the Drum Circle Facilitators Guild) and has facilitated hundreds of drum circles for a variety of populations. Jaqui has taught privately and given workshops around the country for over two decades through her program, “Drum For Joy!™” As an artist, Jaqui has been teaching private and group art & craft lessons since 1987 - in a variety of mediums. Her work has won several awards and has been published & distributed around the globe. As a newly certified Zentangle® teacher, (CZT, spring 2016), she has been teaching classes at senior centers, art centers, retreats and at her shop, Magnolia House Studios in Maryland.
Yoga for Every Body
Gentle yoga classes to help you wake up smiling.
Private yoga sessions are available with Tina. Individual instruction is the way yoga was originally taught. For the beginner or someone with specific injuries or health concerns, it is very beneficial to have the one on one attention and guidance. After practicing for a while, it is beneficial to do an occasional private session to refine your practice as it gives you an opportunity to ask questions and learn how to deepen into poses that have been troublesome or challenging. You may choose to do one or a series of individual classes.
Theatrical Improv for Heart and Soul
You do it everyday. You improv. It’s life. You don’t have to be an actor to experience the joy of improv....“All the world’s a stage”
No theater experience required, AT ALL. This is not about performance, it’s about presence. At the heart of improvisational theater is awareness and attention. This class will take you out of your comfort zone and make you laugh in the process.
In this class you will also:
• practice being present and listening
• be out of your mind
• learn creative ice breakers
• explore techniques for raising energy and creating group cohesion
• open to new levels of creativity
• cut loose, laugh at yourself and maybe even speak a foreign language
Let go of any expectations of yourself and come play.
Tina Stroh, E-RYT®
Tina has eaten Thanksgiving dinner in the rainforest of Madagascar, shaken hands with the Dalai Lama, danced with Patch Adams, and gotten kicked out of a Buddhist Monastery. Not exactly “Eat, Pray, Love” !
Tina as been a student of yoga for over 20 years, completed numerous yoga teacher trainings and workshops, and has a BA degree in International Studies and Theater. While watching the boom of yoga in the U.S. the rise and fall of popular gurus, and having sat with many well-known yogis and heard their insider stories, she has a very different perspective on yoga. Through this unique lens, Tina seeks to use her training in yoga and college degree to help dispel the mysticism without losing the power of the philosophy of the yoga practice.
Tina’s extensive training includes: three trips to India, 200 Hours Interdisciplinary Yoga Teacher Training with Don and Amba Stapleton, and over 400 hours Ashtanga combined training with Beryl Bender Birch, Nancy Gilgoff, David Williams, Edward Clark, and David Swenson. Tina has also studied Sanskrit, Thai Yoga Massage, Vipassana meditation, Herbology, and Reiki.
Didgeridoo and Throat Singing : Ancient Ways for Modern Times
The Australian Didgeridoo is one of the oldest instruments in the world, but there is one even much older- the human voice!
Both the didgeridoo and the voice have been used for thousands of years for prayer, communication, meditation, and of course music! Learn the basics of didgeridoo (instruments provided) and throat singing in a way that is easy and fun! This class is designed for musicians, health care workers, and anyone interested in the healing use of music in everyday life!
Jim Gagnon is a highly acclaimed storyteller and musician, and founder of the Dreamtime Project. Private lessons available.
New! Cosmic Harmony, Health and You (Sound Healing)
Jennifer Gehl, MHS, Senior Acutonics® Faculty, Harmonic Astrologer, and principle author of The Science of Planetary Signatures in Medicine with Marc S. Micozzi, M.D. (available now)
Experience the higher octaves of our planet and solar system, while gaining a deeper understanding of how to connect to the cosmic frequencies that activate the body’s inner healing wisdom. No matter how chaotic our life becomes, or how helpless we may feel to change circumstances, there is order inherent in every experience, providing us with the opportunity to express the Sacred Self.
In this class, we will be journeying together into the galactic realm, experiencing a recalibration of the physical body for optimal healing. We will awaken the Divine intelligence already existing at the molecular level, and through vibration, activate and align the axiatonal lines (meridians) with the higher dimensions, releasing limiting patterns. Please bring a mat or anything required for comfortable meditation, and a journal.
Synthesizing her Bachelor’s in Music with her Master’s in Health Sciences and energy medicine including Acutonics, astrology, and yoga, Jennifer integrates this knowledge to inspire new awareness of ancient medicine. Her book, The Science of Planetary Signatures in Medicine: Restoring the Cosmic Foundations of Healing, with Marc S. Micozzi, MD, outlines the connection between human health and cosmic science.
Private customized Acutonics attunements are available during the retreat, as are private sessions for those interested in learning how to self-treat with the tuning forks.