Workshops & Instructors at The Great Rhythm Revival


Jim Donovan M.Ed., Director Great Rhythm Revival

Jim Donovan M.Ed., Director Great Rhythm Revival

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

African / Brazilian Drumming: World Rhythms & Songs. Music Creation & Improvisation 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.

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Crown of Eternity: Mike & Gallina Tamburo

Crown of Eternity: Mike & Gallina Tamburo

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.

Learn more: http://www.crownofeternity.com/


Tricia Chirumbole, Ecstatic Dance

Tricia Chirumbole, Ecstatic Dance

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.


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!

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 SABENE is a gifted artist, teacher, and healer.  She opened Liverpool Art Center in 2002 as a gallery and quickly met with public demand offering art classes and events which grew the business into a successful community organization.  In 2003 Sandra received her masters certification in Reiki healing and began offering classes, private sessions, guided meditations and developing a line of aromatic oils and sprays.  She has offered art, healing and intuition services/sessions extensively at events, in healthcare facilities and countless organizations/schools from Central NY, PA through to the Canadian border since 2005. Now she focuses all her energy on building the community arts and healing center settled into her quaint lake-side village location.


Sandra has been in the arts most of her life and loves to explore all painting mediums. Her love of healing and helping others inspired a series called "Meditative Painting" which is now a signature course at Liverpool Art center.  Most of Sandra's paintings reflect this soft, graceful blend of healing colors and textures. 


Her artwork has been featured in many Syracuse publications, CNY exhibitions, and the Upstate Cancer Center.  To see the full list of what Sandra has offered our local communities, check out her website WWW.ARTBYSANDRA.COM.


Jennifer Mills, Energy Medicine, Women's Sacred Circle

Jennifer Mills, Energy Medicine, Women's Sacred Circle

Energy Medicine – Energetic Alchemy for Modern Times 
Explore the elegant, ancient wisdom of your subtle energies with Jennifer 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 stress, sharpen memory, and invite more joy and vibrancy 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). This is 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

FRI: Deepening Your EM Self-Care Practice

SAT: EM Practices for Two

Jennifer is an Eden Energy Medicine Certified Practitioner, Reiki Master, 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. Jennifer serves full time now as the Communications Coordinator for Eden Energy Medicine Programs, based out of Ashland, Oregon. www.TheEnergyExperience.net


Matthew Adams, Transformative Writing

Matthew Adams, Transformative Writing

Transformative Writing
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. 
Website


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, Laughter Yoga

Teresa Lisum, Laughter Yoga

Laughter Yoga

Are you someone who wants to be healthy and happy? Want to learn to bring more laughter and joy into your life? Then come join us for a Laughter Yoga session!

For centuries, we have heard that “laughter is the best medicine”. Well, now we know it’s true!  Laughter Yoga is the brainchild of Dr. Madan Kataria, a medical doctor from Mumbai, India and is now practiced in over 75 countries.

Laughter Yoga combines rhythmic clapping, deep yogic breathing, mild stretching and unconditional laughter exercises. 

Its Fun and Easy
No Skills to learn, No Special Clothes
No Special Shoes, No Equipment Required
Your are an Expert from you first Session.

Anyone can laugh for no reason, without relying on humor, jokes or comedy and everyone can feel the benefits the very first session! We use role-playing, visualization and fake laughter as a starting point for real, and contagious laughter to take over quickly. All you need to do is give
yourself permission to relax and invite your inner child to come out to play.

Laughter is an immediate stress reducer, with a multitude of health benefits. Practicing laughter improves your outlook on life and is a reminder to lighten up and not too take life too seriously!

In Laughter Yoga, we don’t laugh because we are happy, we are happy
because we laugh!

Bio:
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!