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Greensburg, PA - 2019 Drum Circle Leadership Training w/ Jim Donovan

Learn to Lead Your Own Transformational Drum Circles & Stress Relief Events

September 13-14, 2019

Ramada Hotel & Conference Center

Greensburg, PA, 40 min. south of Pittsburgh, PA

Register: $299 by July 31, or $349 thereafter space permitting.

Since our training several weeks ago, I have had the opportunity to teach both children and adults on separate occasions. The most significant change I’ve noticed in myself is added confidence which in turn allows me to truly enjoy what I’m doing. I am more animated, I smile more and I’m really having fun. I can see a change on the faces of the students. They see my enthusiasm and it spreads to everyone involved. The training was exactly what I needed to advance to a higher level. Thank you to Jim and everyone that was a part of it.

— Rich S, Training Participant

What is Drum Circle Leadership?

Drum Circle Leadership is a system created by Jim Donovan M.Ed. designed to show you how to create and lead your own transformational drum circles. This intensive training is for anyone interested in learning Drum Circle Leadership techniques, games and methods in a way that works with your own ability.

In this in-depth, 2-day experience, you will receive 10+ hours of hands-on training and practice designed to teach you the skills you need to lead meaningful and successful experiences with any group.

Whether you new to drum circles, are a graduate of Jim Donovan's DCL Foundation training, have experience leading drum circles, or just want to learn something new, this training has something for you.

$299 by July 31, or $349 thereafter space permitting.

Focus on...

Foundation Skills
At Drum Circle Leadership Foundation Training, you will discover how to create and lead your own transformational drum circles. You will learn enjoyable techniques, games and methods in a way that works with your own ability. Beginners are warmly welcomed. There are no prerequisites for this training.

Creative Group Music Making
Have fun learning how to quickly and effectively get groups of people making great music together with our unique Rhythm Seeds music making protocol. Find out how to inspire collaboration, engage challenging groups and how to connect people with a variety of social drum circle games. Inspire your group to make their own musical creations.

Practice & Support
Discover how to create "fail-proof" drum circles with a supportive group of peers. Get the practice and feedback you need to be confident leading your groups. Graduates receive access to our private DCL Facebook network to ask questions, get ideas and offer support to others. Get 13 contact hours, a Certificate of Completion, and an electronic version of the 300 page DCL manual.

Skill Refinement.
Build upon your existing skills in a way that will expand and refine your craft. At this training you will learn a wide range of new DCL techniques and have opportunities to refine what you do in the circle, in your communication and in small group practice sessions.

Focus on Stress and Wellness Activities.
It's no secret that many people are suffering from anxiety and stress. This training includes in-depth methodology on how you can integrate clinically proven stress reduction techniques into your drum circle or as a stand alone program.

You can expect:

A comfortable, welcoming and accepting atmosphere.
To have the opportunity to choose how you interact
10+ Contact Hours of training.
A Certificate of Completion denoting your contact hours
A PDF copy of the new Drum Circle Leadership Book 300+ Pages
Special Discount Codes for DCL Online Training Library
New handouts and written documentation
Significant amounts of optional, hands-on practice time
Feedback and constructive guidance
Tried and tested step-by-step foundation methodology
Marketing resources, templates and tips for those wanting to create programs to sell
Free lifetime access to our private Drum Circle Leadership Training Facebook group
Specific effective techniques that will help you overcome pre-event nervousness.
An understanding of the science behind the benefits of drumming
Access to peer reviewed research supporting rhythm & sound
New "Rhythm Seed" Music Creation Tools
Structured small group practice & refinement time
How to add percussion to your Drum Circle

$299 by July 31, or $349 thereafter space permitting.

Learn Valuable Skills for Your Personal and Professional Life

How to create fail-proof events by empowering participants
How to take your drum circle from good to transformational
How to inspire collaboration in your circle
How to lessen and eliminate resistance from your groups
How to create an infinite source of rhythms with "Rhythm Seeds"
Social drum circle games for all ages
How to integrate percussion and budget friendly instruments
How to lead and shape drum circle music
How to gain confidence leading and speaking with groups
How to gain the trust of your group
How to use drumming & sound for wellness and stress relief
How to design your own effective drum circle programs

Who should attend?

Anyone interested in utilizing the power of rhythm & drumming
Music Therapists
Music Teachers
Drum Circle Facilitators
Therapeutic music makers
Anyone who works with people with PTSD and returning veterans
Anyone who works with children
Addiction and recovery counselors
Camp Counselors
Grief Counselors
Sexual abuse and domestic violence counselors
Alternative healers
After school activity directors
People who work with disadvantaged youth
Social workers
Disaster relief workers
Church and spiritual group leaders
Elementary educators
Corporate facilitators seeking new tools for their activity toolbox

Learn about:

Inclusion regardless of ability
Letting go of perfectionism
Being present as a leader
Serving the group
Finding ways to flow with change
Learning the value of collaboration
How to manage mistakes
How to empower your participants
How to create fail-proof drum circles
A wide variety of malleable drumming and voice methods
How to build your own event from the ground up
How to inspire and hold the attention of the most unruly groups
How to play the various drums and percussion commonly used in rhythm events
How to use rhythm as a means to enhance personal development
How to use rhythm to lead health and wellness experiences
How to use rhythm to lead educational experiences

About your instructor:

Jim Donovan M.Ed., Assistant Professor and Chairman of Fine Arts at Saint Francis University, is a facilitator, inspirational trainer and multi-platinum recording artist with over 25 years of leadership, teaching and performance experience. Donovan has presented hundreds of events across the US and Europe where he has helped many thousands of people learn effective ways to consciously lead, connect and live healthier, more productive lives.

Donovan was voted "Drum Circle Facilitator of the Year" by the readers of Drum! magazine. He holds a Masters in Educational Leadership from Saint Francis University and a BA in classical music performance from the University of Pittsburgh.

He is the author of the book “Drum Circle Leadership” and regularly offers trainings to organizations that teach people how to facilitate creative group music-making as a way to enhance wellness and social connection. These trainings include specialized, evidence-based programs for people who work with individuals with disabilities such as Autism and with those in the addiction and recovery environment.

He regularly works in the corporate and university environment where he offers team building and wellness programs. A short list of clients include Johnson & Johnson, Bayer, and Vanguard.

As a member of the 3-time platinum band Rusted Root, he co-wrote and performed “Send Me on My Way,” a song whose unforgettable whistle has been featured in both Matilda and Ice Age. His touring work with Rusted Root provided ample opportunity to share the arena stages with rock legends such as Carlos Santana, members of Led Zeppelin and Sting, among others.

In addition to his music and education credentials, Donovan holds the position of “Head Dishwasher” at his home in Western, PA that he shares with his wife and three amazing kids.

$299 by July 31, or $349 thereafter space permitting.

Lodging Options:

For those needing lodging, the hotel has granted us a special rate of $109 per night. Hot breakfast is included.

Call (724) 836-6060 to make your reservation.

Meals: Meals are on your own.

There is a restaruant in the hotel as well as several restaurants within 2 minutes of the hotel. This is one of the main retail areas of Greensburg with a mall.


Arrival/Departure :

Feel free to arrive anytime between 5:30 PM and 6:00 PM on Friday, September 13, 2019

Here are a few things you may want to bring with you to make your experience more comfortable.

1. Blanket / Sweatshirt

2. Journal/pen

3. Water

4. Snacks

5. Favorite instruments

Drums and Percussion are provided and you may also bring your own if you'd prefer. We will have a large collection of beautiful high end djembes, bougarabous, rattles and percussion there for you to use and for purchase.


Airport : The closest is Latrobe Airport (10 min) and Pittsburgh International Airport (90 min).

Sorry, we do not provide ground transportation service.

Parking is free

Venue: Ramada Hotel & Conference Center 100 Ramada Inn Drive, Greensburg, PA 15601


Friday, September 13, 2019
6 PM-9:30 PM

Sat. September 13, 2019
9 AM - 11:30 AM
1 PM 4:30 PM
6:30 PM-8:30 PM

What Are Past Participants Saying?

I just wanted to send you a quick note to say THANK YOU for everything you gave me at the training last weekend. Today I had my first circle since attending the training, and the difference was like night and day. We had several total newbies show up either brought by family members or just from the community at large, many of whom were reluctant or afraid to give drumming a chance. I had one woman who told me outright that she had no rhythm, and would just be watching. I used the tools you gave me to create conditions and expectations, and others handed her a shaker. I watched her move from the shaker to claves to a small djembe. At the end of the circle, she told me how surprised she was to discover she did have musical ability after all, and how much fun she had.

— Diana Hiatt / Training Participant

I attended Jim Donovan’s Drum Facilitator & Teacher Training so that I could get drum circles going in my area to help build community and to give me more options to drum myself. I got so much more out of this program than just learning to lead a drum circle. The program held so many insights into the dynamics of facilitating people and empowering me and others towards true connectedness. There is a powerful feeling of wellbeing inside the circle that words just cannot describe. I highly recommend this program to anyone who works with people of any age or just wants to improve their circle/life skills. 
— Teresa Benedetti Estock Training Participant

Sitting in the circle with people who had a wide variety of experience and expertise was at first humbling and a bit scary for me. But Jim has a way of getting participants to open their hearts, minds, and spirits to empower success. Since the Facilitator Training Course I have used a thought process that Jim espouses during the training: There are no mistakes in the Circle..... which I interpreted as that I could not make a mistake if they did not exist. And if a person thinks they made a mistake then Jim says just keep on playing....even louder and smile bigger! To this day my mind, heart, and spirit continue to smile because of this powerful philosophy and way of life. I am attempting to use this philosophy in my every day activities as well. Life is definitely becoming more peace-filled! As a result of this course I am becoming connected to more and more like-minded people.
— Pat Fitzgerald Ph.D, Professor, Saint Francis University

I, too, had a very successful, hugely successful circle with a group of women with addictions on Wed. eve. I’m still buzzin’ from it. I would like to thank myself for choosing you, Jim, as my teacher. I’m happy to say that I left this group of 14 women to empowered, and wanting more. I’ve never received so many hugs and hand shakes in one evening. We went around circle talking about our experience and the feedback was all positive, all amazing, very impressive. These women wanted to express their goodness, they wanted to share how they were feeling & they loved it. In the end, I put some art work that I drew in the middle of the circle and invited them to pick the one that best suited how they were feeling. (Not one person felt sad!-) I get to share with these women for the next three weeks now as they continue on their recovery journey. I’m so excited! I just re-lived this circle and feel just as good now as I did then. What a difference this course has made. Thank you! 
— Tammy O. Training Participant

I felt, heard and sang to the rhythm all 6 1/2 hours as I returned to NY. I’m vibrating with the energy of everyone and everything. The inspiration kick started the rhythm class.... I sent an email to the LAC Drum Circle email list, friends and family. I’m offering 8 dates starting tonight. I’m jumping in! Still pumped! Within an hour I had people signing up for the classes. I feel the support and feedback from everyone at this weekend’s training. I hear Jim’s loving voice encouraging and supportive. This is exactly what I was looking for. I think I am most impressed with the presentation of a VAST amount of material in 2 1/2 days. Jim is VERY generous with the information he is sharing with fellow teachers. It was so well organized and executed that I feel strong as I move forward in applying the additions to what I already have going on. 
— Sandra Fioramonti, Liverpool Art Center, Training Participant

Since the training I have done a drum/percussion circle with a group of older folks, as well as incorporated some of the skills we learned into a bereavement music session for kids. I am so very grateful for the skills learned at the workshop... they are seamlessly incorporating themselves into my work in wonderful ways, really helping to make a difference. Thank you all...!

The rewards were bright smiles, hugs, and even tears from participants :) With the older folks, “One drum/instrument” exercise worked surprisingly well when prefacing it with “and now for something different...,” as I learned here from Sheila’s experience. Also, remembering to come out of the experiences with deep breaths has been enjoyed by participants. With the kids, the drumming portion of the experience was a kind of release. I was able to easily incorporate some cut-stops and rumbles... Turned out to be a great community-building experience for all...
— Ellen Goodling, Training Participant

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Loretto, PA: 2018 Drum Circle Leadership Summer Intensive

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If you're looking to strengthen your ability to lead transformational Drum Circles, consider joining us at our annual 2018 Summer Drum Circle Leadership Intensive. Prior music training is not required. Beginners are warmly welcomed and drums are provided.

We'll show you exactly how to use the drum circle format as a way to improve social connection, reduce anxiety, elicit creativity and lift depression.

You'll also discover how you can use drum circles to help your groups improve confidence, increase focus and build the brain.

To give you the most attention possible, we're only accepting 9 more people in the intensive this year. (as of 5.8.18)

Regular price $399
Your price right now: $349 (Discount ends 5.31.18)
Optional room and meal plans are also available at an additional cost

Click here to claim one of these spots and learn more.
- Jim Donovan M.Ed.

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