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.

Jim Donovan M.Ed., Director/Founder   Great Rhythm Revival

Jim Donovan M.Ed., Director/Founder

Great Rhythm Revival

Wisdom of Rhythm Ecstatic Drumming, Meditative Chanting. Sound Healing Techniques. 

Jim Donovan M.Ed., Jim Donovan M.Ed. is a professional musician, Assistant Professor at Saint Francis University and TEDx speaker. His mission is to share the healing power of music through education and performance. He specializes in placing music and wellness programs in organizations who focus on people with disabilities and people recovering from addiction. Donovan performs with his band Sun King Warriors and was a founding member of the 3-time platinum band Rusted Root. There he co-wrote the song “Send Me on My Way” featured in the movie Ice Age and became the first song on Mars where it “woke up” NASA’s Mars Rover. 

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Rachel Allen, West African Dance

Rachel Allen, West African Dance


Crown of Eternity: Mike & Gallina Tamburo

Crown of Eternity: Mike & Gallina Tamburo

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.

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. 

She has travelled to West Africa on multiple occasions to study African Dance through the Guinea Exchange.

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.

Gong Bath

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.

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Tricia Chirumbole, Ecstatic Dance

Tricia Chirumbole, Ecstatic Dance

Fire Circle 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.

Bryan Fazio, Afro-Cuban Conga

Bryan Fazio, Afro-Cuban Conga

Harry Pepper, PhD., Shamanic Drumming, Conscious Healing

Harry Pepper, PhD., Shamanic Drumming, Conscious Healing

Michael Deaton, Drum Circle Leadership

Michael Deaton, Drum Circle Leadership

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
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.

Sandra Sabene, Meditative Painting

Sandra Sabene, Meditative Painting

Meditative Painting

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, Women's Sacred Circle

Jennifer Mills and David Archibald, Energy Medicine, Women's Sacred Circle


Energy Medicine – Entering the Spiral and Expanding the Circles 

Explore the elegant, ancient wisdom of subtle energies with us as we take a hallowed passage back in time to celebrate powerful healing tools all of us have readily accessible. Energy Medicine is the gentle art of working with the lush, shifting landscape of subtle energies to help bolster the immune system, move through stressful situations, and sharpen memory. Invite more joy, vibrancy, connection, and intimacy into your sacred, everyday experiences.

During this 10 th Great Rhythm Revival event, we will offer

THREE NEW EXPERIENCES for those who choose to join us!

THURSDAY – THE ENERGY OF THE INDIVIDUAL: Engage in self-care practices focused on connecting to the core of the self.

FRIDAY – THE ENERGY OF RELATIONSHIP: Come with a friend, partner, family member, or on your own. We will focus on gentle, connective Energy Medicine practices for two individuals.

SATURDAY – THE ENERGY OF COMMUNITY: We are experiencing a revolution in how communities connect, function, communicate, and create.

Join us for this third workshop to learn, discuss, and practice effective ways for community to come together in foundational ways.

We cannot think of a better group to share this new trio of workshops dedicated to working and weaving the energies, and so look forward to connecting with you! All three gatherings through the weekend will be appropriate for all ages and skill levels. Everyone is welcome in this circle and each workshop sits independent of the other two. Please bring a mat, pillow, or blanket for comfort.

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 a Year 2 student of the Eden Energy Medicine Certification Program in Baltimore. Both Jennifer and David are trained in Reiki, Tai Chi, and meditation.


Kim McElhatten, Nature Writing

Kim McElhatten, Nature Writing

Forest Bathing & Journaling

Unwind and immerse yourself in nature. Learn mindfulness techniques to open the senses and subtle bodies to the healing properties of the forest and its trees. Combine this forest bathing with journal writing to explore and strengthen your connection to Mother Nature. Participants will be guided through slow-paced mindful wanders and wonders. This workshop is accessible to all fitness levels. Self-proclaimed non-writers and seasoned journalers are welcome. Bring a journal and a chair or yoga mat to class.  

Kimberly McElhatten is a tree hugger, yoga teacher, entrepreneur. She owns Open Roads Editing and Consulting, providing editing, writing coach, and program consultant services to wellness professionals. With over 15 years of experience in secondary education, she’s an expert facilitator and communicator. As an assistant editor with Brevity Magazine & Lost Roads Press, she publishes influential works of creative nonfiction and poetry. When she’s not traveling the world with her partner, she lives in the mountains of Central PA, where she is always close to the trees.   

Kim is currently accepting new clients who seek coaching support for their writing, retreats, and training programs. Private Reiki sessions and writing consultations available at GRR.  

Maureen Lauer-Gatta, Yoga, Adjunct Youngstown State University, ERYT 500

Maureen Lauer-Gatta, Yoga, Adjunct Youngstown State University, ERYT 500

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.

Teresa Lisum,  T'ai Chi Chih

Teresa Lisum, T'ai Chi Chih


Shane Stoehr,  Introduction to Hammock Camping

Shane Stoehr, Introduction to Hammock Camping

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!

Introduction to Hammock Camping

Learn how to hammock camp--everything from the essential equipment needed to how to set up your own camp.  Hammock Curious? Let us help you get off the ground and into a comfy, warm, dry night’s sleep among the trees.  This workshop will feature the Journeyman Hammock Camp: a simple, complete, robust hammock kit. 

Shane is the founder of Journeyman Products, an outdoor product design and development company.  Capitalizing on his own travels, Shane designs outdoor gear to make adventure effortless and comfortable.  He is also a professional ski patroller, classic 4x4 enthusiast, and an avid cross-country adventure tourer.  

A limited number of demos will be available for you to experience firsthand the joy of hanging out. Contact Shane at for more information about reserving a Journeyman Hammock Camp at the 2019 GRR.