Workshops & Instructors at The Great Rhythm Revival
Learning something new is a key part of the Revival experience. Please know that all workshops are beginner friendly and require no prior experience. We do have a limited number of drums available for you to use during the drumming workshops. To be assured of having something to play we recommend bringing your own drum if you have one.
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.
Crown of Eternity will bathe you in waves of sound from over 60 vibrational instruments (multiple gongs, gong oblongs, bells, sound plates, sound triangles, and Himalayan singing bowls). The sound journey experience starts by preparing your body with light breath work or meditation and settling into a cosy space to rest deeply, to be awake, to meditate, or to be amazed by the vastness of the healing sound current. The deep complex harmonics of multiple overtone instruments quickly silence the mind and resonate through your body melting away boundaries between being awake and being asleep, between inside and outside. The rhythmic sound oscillations facilitate the movement of prana through the body and deliver a deep energetic reboot of the nervous system. These sacred sounds are transmitted into the tissues and experienced as a full body sound massage, realigning us on a cellular level while removing unwanted patterns or blockages, and energizing, exhilarating and lifting the spirit. Listeners often describe out of body experiences, seeing beautiful colors behind their eyes, past life impressions, expanded awareness and higher states of consciousness. Meditate as Crown of Eternity tone you into the deepest conscious rest, cleansing, releasing, healing and harmonizing on all levels.
PLEASE BRING a yoga mat, blanket, or cushion for your comfort during extended relaxation on the floor.
Learn more: http://www.crownofeternity.com/
Zen Flow Dance is a 3-part practice partnering breath work/chanting, improvisational movement, and meditation. Throughout the experience, we will be tuning in to and learning to work with the energy flow and intuition of our bodies. This practice will help us learn how to manage our energy as we go about our daily lives, whether we need an energy boost, an anxiety balm, or a restorative time-out.
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.
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.
A limited number of private & group lessons are available for this instructor.
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.
A limited number of private & group healing sessions are available for this instructor.
Sacred Intimacy: Harry Pepper co-facilitated with Karen Jaynes
Living a life of sacred intimacy continually challenges us to be vulnerable, open- hearted, face our deepest fears, and live life in alignment with our deepest purpose, values, and intuition. All the relationships in our lives provide a transformational mirror giving us the opportunity to take an honest look at the
ways in which we express ourselves fully as well as the ways in which we hide and protect ourselves in order to avoid getting hurt. This interactive and experiential workshop will explore the themes of the masculine and feminine archetypes,
sexual polarity, and conscious love in relationships. Participants will have an opportunity to break free from the conventional and sometimes limiting definitions of love, discover greater depths of intimacy in themselves and their
relationships, and recognize the healing power of their own unique and sacred gift, the gift of their love.
Djembe 101: Intro to African Style Drumming
Learn djembe technique, traditional songs and concepts in this enjoyable beginner friendly workshop.
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 Drumming at the Fire 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!
A limited number of private & group lessons are available for this instructor.
Experience the Gift of Letting Go.
Let go of outcome and expectation! Journey with intuitive artist, Sandra Sabene as she offers a demonstration and interactive workshop exploring the art of “being in the moment”. Discover how to move with color in a trance-like state, explore sensations, inspirations and visions through the evolving images. This is a unique experience for most and a repeated self-therapy tool for many. Includes: guided meditation, music, canvas, acrylic paint and all supplies.
Sandra's workshops include:
Meditative Drawing: The Art of Letting Go - A Creative Jam Session
Enjoy some creative fun as we learn ways to let go of our inner critique. We will use simple drawing supplies and rhythmic music to “get out of our heads” and
into our inner groove. This fun workshop is perfect for any “over-thinkers” or “self proclaimed perfectionists” as we create a safe and playful space to let go and explore the gifts of self expression. Includes all drawing supplies and paper.
Meditative Painting: Experience the Gift in Letting Go
Let go of the outcome as Sandra offers creative tools that inspire how to be more present with what’s unfolding on the canvas and within. Discover how to move with color in a trance-like state, explore sensations, inspirations and vi-
sions through the transforming images and textures on canvas. Includes: guided meditation, music, canvas, acrylic paint and all supplies.
Meditative Painting: Creating with Spirit - Creative Collaboration.
Step into safe space and let go of all expectations for this creative collaboration. Spark your imagination with a blend of painting, drawing, guided meditation and intuitive tools...We will enjoy an hour of creative collaboration as we build a
bridge from head to heart and then create a vision board from our experiences. Includes all paint, drawing supplies and paper.
Sandra’s expressive arts programs have offered inspiration, healing and creative refuge to thousands since 2005. Her use of paint, guided meditation, music and environment has generated countless workshops, retreats and ongoing classes
where people discover how to let go and be more present. The art of letting go has become Sandra’s life passion. She coaches and guides her students and clients through a process of being present, allowing the flow of “surrender” to be the guiding force and how important it is to let go of the outcome.
JENNIFER MILLS AND DAVID ARCHIBALD
Energy Medicine – Energetic Alchemy for Modern Times Explore the elegant, ancient wisdom of your subtle energies with Jennifer and David as we take a hallowed passage back in time to celebrate powerful healing
tools we have readily accessible ~ our hands! Energy Medicine is the gentle art of working with the lush, shifting landscape of the body's energies to help bolster
the immune system, move through stressful situations, sharpen memory, and invite more joy, vibrancy, connection, and intimacy into our sacred, every day experiences.
During this Great Rhythm Revival experience, we will focus on
gentle, yet profoundly powerful release and grounding techniques (handouts will be provided). All three gatherings through the weekend are appropriate for all ages and skill levels – everyone is welcome in this circle! Please bring a mat,
pillow, or blanket for comfort.
TH: Intro to Energy Medicine (Learn the basics of Energy Medicine)
FRI: Deepening Your EM Self-Care Practice (Build on what we cover Thursday)
SAT: EM Practices for Two (Come with a friend, your partner, or on your own!)
Jennifer is an Eden Energy Medicine Certified Practitioner and student of life’s beautiful transitions through story and sacred practice. Her passion is to help empower others to fully embrace their own health, joy, and unique vibrancy
along the journey.
David is currently a Year 1 student of the Eden Energy
Medicine Certification Program in New Hampshire. Both Jennifer and David are trained in additional energy practices including Reiki, Tai Chi, and meditation. Both are anxious to share wonderful and connective experiences with you during
this event! www.TheEnergyExperience.net
Transformation happens when we embrace those elements of ourselves that keep us immobile and integrate them with clearly defined expressions of what we are capable of becoming. Writing provides an avenue to both. In journals we can uncover and reflect upon the potential of the events, people, and objects we find meaningful in daily life, and we can begin to shape that meaning into a liberating and actualizing artistic experience. At Renewal, participants will be invited to use their journals as an active part of their experience. We’ll begin each day with some suggestions for journal writing that reflect the themes and topics Jim will be covering in his morning meditations. Then, in the Transformative Writing breakout sessions, we’ll practice approaches and exercises to journaling that can help us more fully explore what such writing can offer.
Matt is a journeyman teacher and writer from Pittsburgh, PA, whose talent lies in helping students find and develop their artistic voices, identify and resolve whatever issues this process uncovers, and replace their doubt and self-consciousness with a more open, honest, and grounded appreciation of what their writing has to offer.
Yoga for Everyone
Gentle yoga classes to help you to keep smiling.
Maureen has practicing yoga since 1998 and teaching since 2003 (certified through Inner Wellness). She has a unique gift for adapting the practice of yoga to meet any practitioner where they are. With a knowledge of anatomy, key muscles are utilized to deepen the poses helping to create greater flexibility and strength both in the mind and body.
Maureen has been practicing yoga for well over a decade and teaching almost as long. She brings a strong practice of mindfulness into her classes to create a sense of purpose and compassion that are taught with kindness and humor. She has been meditating for almost a decade and has recently been practicing Mindfulness meditation. In February of this year she attended a 7 day training on Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction with Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli in California.
T'ai Chi Chih (pronounced tie chee chuh), is a mix of meditation and movement that focuses on balance and the circulation of energy. T'ai Chi Chih has only 19 movements and one pose. Young and old alike find it easy to learn and practice
Teresa Lisum sees herself as a lifelong learner, fitness enthusiast, and an uplifter. Full of vibrant energy, with a zest for life, she increasingly finds herself facilitating various experiences for others, as a certified Laughter Yoga Leader, Dancing Mindfulness Facilitator, and Drum Circle Facilitator. A friend calls her “a facilitator of energy”. She practices several healing modalities, including massage, and teaches about essential oils. She so loves, appreciates and enjoys her family and friends. She lives in joyous anticipation for the next wonderful experience, place and people to come into her life!