3-Day Drum Circle Facilitator Playshop (Nor Cal/SF Bay Area)

3-Day Drum Circle Facilitator Playshop (Nor Cal/SF Bay Area)
Learn the tools & techniques to facilitate drum circles, bring any group to its highest potential, and make the world a more musical place!

Village Music Circles™ Basic Facilitator Training (aka “Playshop”) will empower you to build a rhythm community while exploring the foundational elements of drum circle facilitation.

Learn powerful facilitation techniques and develop skills while gaining the confidence to successfully lead a rhythm event for a variety of diverse populations.

Packed with information and hands-on experience, both beginning and experienced facilitators will have plenty of opportunities for practicing new skills in a safe, supportive environment.

L earn to successfully facilitate rhythm-based events

E xperience the power of community building through rhythm!

A ctivate • Motivate • Empower! Rhythm for fun and learning

D iscover camaraderie and spirit playing music together!

  • 20+ Training Hours – CEU’s Available


Are you a recent graduate of an in person or online VMC Training? You may be eligible for a discount! Contact jeni@drummm.com to discuss.

A limited number of work trade positions and needs-based partial scholarships are available. Contact jeni@drummm.com for more info.

Program Content

In 20+ hours of training, participants will have extensive practice opportunities in the facilitation techniques and the skills needed to lead a drum circle event for a variety of populations.

Group instruction and discussions combine with small group activities using movement, voice, musical instruments, and improvisational rhythm games. Critique and feedback are an important part of the learning process.

Opportunities for networking with other facilitators of many cultures, backgrounds, and experience levels provides stimulation and inspiration to developing facilitators.

The Basic Facilitators’ Playshop is a high-powered, dynamic experience. Participants must commit to the entire weekend and be ready to work hard and learn a lot — while having loads of fun doing so.

Required Reading: Drum Circle Facilitation: Building Community Through Rhythm, by Arthur Hull

Who is this training for?

  • Music therapists & music teachers
  • Counselors, social workers & therapists
  • Musicians & drummers
  • Community & youth activities organizers
  • School teachers
  • Group facilitators
  • Wellness & life coaches
  • Community groups & families
  • Healthcare professionals
  • Corporate trainers
  • Ministers & spiritual leaders
  • Anyone seeking inspiration & new skills!

Who developed this training?

Village Music Circles utilizes the Drum Circle Facilitation techniques developed by it’s founder, Arthur Hull. Arthur has dedicated his life to making the joy of rhythm accessible to people everywhere. Through his trainings, books, dvds, and music, Arthur strives to bring people a direct experience of the joy of rhythm; empowering others to carry the positive impact of community building through rhythm forward into their own lives and community.

Arthur has sparked the world-wide movement of drum circle facilitation, creating a new and internationally recognized profession of the Drum Circle Facilitator. Arthur’s goal is to help this growing community develop, and build a strong platform from which values-based professionalism can emerge.

Who will be leading this training?

Village Music Circles Certified Global Trainer, Jeni Swerdlow, MA-ATR is a dynamic and engaging facilitator, presenter and performer with a passion for drumming and a mission to build connections through rhythm. Founding DRUMMM Rhythmic Events in 2000, her popular drum circles and interactive rhythm events engage 10,000 participants a year in person and online in the U.S. and globally.

Jeni is a Registered Art Therapist (ATR), REMO-Endorsed Drum Circle Facilitator, and trained HealthRHYTHMS and Rhythm2Recovery Facilitator. She is best known for her innovative strategies and playful attitude that invite participants to experience the power of being together in rhythm.

Tentative Schedule

Friday March 24 – 3:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Saturday March 25 – 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM (Plus Optional “Late Night” Jam at 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM)

Sunday March 26 – 9:30 AM – 6:00 PM (Includes Community Drum Circle at 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM)

Welcome to Vallejo!

The Playshop is located in the town of Vallejo in Northern California. The heart of the Bay Area, Vallejo is neighbor to San Francisco, Napa, Sonoma, Marin, Oakland, Berkeley, and more! Consider adding a few days before or after the training to take in the local sights and flavors of the region.

Covid Safety

We are looking forward to gathering in rhythm and community, and are committed to helping us all stay well and healthy. The large indoor and outdoor spaces provide ample room for physical distancing.

We will be following safety guidelines in place at the time of the training. If you are feeling unwell or have been exposed to someone with Covid play stay home.

Cancellations and Refund Policy

Refund available up to 24 hours before the start of the training for Covid-related cancellations (subject to $50 cancellation processing fee). In the event that the training itself is cancelled, we will provide a full refund to everyone registered.



Date(s) - Fri, Mar 24, 2023
3:00 pm to 9:00 pm



Mira Theatre
51 Daniels Avenue, Vallejo


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