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"One of the most powerful aspects of drumming and the reason people have done it since the beginning of being human is that it changes people's consciousness. Through rhythmic repetition of ritual sounds, the body, the brain and the nervous system are energized and transformed. When a group of people play a rhythm for an extended period of time, their brain waves become entrained to the rhythm and they have a shared brain wave state. The longer the drumming goes on, the more powerful the entrainment becomes. It's really the oldest holy communion."
—Layne Redmond, Drummer, Composer, Film-maker, Educator, and Author of When the Drummers were Women

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

Tribal Trance Drumming

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A Journey of Discovery, Healing, & Transformation, deeply rooted in the practice of Traditional West African Village-Style Percussion

»»» A community-wellness event, suitable for all skill-levels of drummers «««

Traditional West African Percussion is an indigenous technology which has been used since ancient times to maintain or restore harmony within both individuals and communities. We are blessed to have been gifted this healing art, along with the encouragement to practice it with intention and reverence.

Tribal Trance Drumming is an intensive workshop, an immersion into traditional West African village-style percussion designed and facilitated to be not only a technical music study, but also a journey of self-discovery, healing, and transformation, striving towards both individual and community wholeness.

We most humbly invite you to join us on this ancient journey towards wholeness and harmony. Unlock the power of the Tribe!

Learn more about the story of Tribal Trance...

 

 

Upcoming Workshops

Tribal Trance - Community DrumminG - USA

September 15-19, 2021 (Autumn Equinox Session)
at Mandala Springs Retreat Center
445 Stoney Fork Rd, Barnardsville, NC

Includes 3 meals a day
All meals vegan, primarily organic, and locally sourced when possible, including some wild foods. Meat option: meat is optional with dinner for an additional cost of $20 (total for the 5 days). All meat is also organic and locally sourced.

Includes camping in a beautiful mountain, creek-side setting.

Indoor accomodation is also available for an additional cost.
There is one yome with a queen bed.
There is a large yurt with a queen bed and 2 twin bunk beds.
There is a "tiny-house" with a queen bed.

These options are first-come-first-serve, at an additional cost.

Basic program exchange is $400
(Not including the meat-with-dinner option nor indoor accomodation.)

A $200 non-refundable deposit will secure your place in the workshop. Remaining balance to be paid in cash, at the workshop.

To make your deposit, simply click the paypal button below.
Then send us a brief email and let us know if you want to have meat with dinner, and if you would like to reserve any of the indoor spaces.

 

Tribal Trance DRUMMING - PORTUGAL

November 5-7, 2021
at the Mount of Oaks Community,
near Alpedrinha, Portugal

Workshop includes lunch each day.
Workshop does not include overnight accomodation.

If anyone is travelling from afar and seeking overnight accomodation, there are many options nearby which we will happily inform you of upon request.

Exchange:
€95 for first-time participants
€85 for returning participants

WORKSHOP FULL!
Please join us for one of our other workshops listed below!

 

Tribal Trance DRUMMING - PORTUGAL

November 12-14, 2021
at the Vinha Velha,
Barão de São João, Portugal

Workshop includes lunch each day.
Workshop does not include overnight accomodation.

If anyone is travelling from afar and seeking overnight accomodation, there are many options nearby which we will happily inform you of upon request.

Exchange: 200€
A 40€ deposit reserves your place.
The remaining balance will be paid in cash at the workshop.
Use the button below to make your deposit.

 

Tribal Trance DRUMMING - PORTUGAL

November 19-21, 2021
at Quinta Ten Chi,
Sintra, Portugal

Workshop includes overnight accomodation and all meals.
Exchange:360€
A 60€ deposit reserves your place.
The remaining balance will be paid in cash at the workshop.
Use the button below to make your deposit.

 

Tribal Trance DRUMMING - PORTUGAL

November 26-28, 2021
at the SerVivo,
Palmela, Portugal

Workshop includes overnight accommodation and all meals.
Exchange:315€
A 40€ deposit reserves your place.
The remaining balance will be paid in cash at the workshop.
Use the button below to make your deposit.

 

Tribal Trance DRUMMING - PORTUGAL

December 13-23, 2021
Winter Solstice Retreat
at PAZ Nova Lua
near Orca, Portugal

Workshop includes overnight accomodation and all meals.

Exchange: €750,   Early Bird Registration before Dec.1st: €675
A few scholarships of €50 are available for those in need of financial assistance.
Please contact us to request this scholarship.

€100 deposit reserves your place; the remainder will be paid in cash at the workshop.
click the paypal button below to make deposit, or make deposit in cash directly with Meline or Susana at PAZ Nova Lua.

 

Things to be Aware of
when Participating in a Tribal Trance Workshop:

  • Participants should bring a Djembe, or similar style hand-drum. if you do not own one, perhaps it is possible to borrow one from a friend. If you absolutely do not have a drum to bring, it's ok, there will be a few extras and no-one will be excluded. please make every effort to bring a drum.
   
  • Please arrive a bit early, and be ready to begin at the scheduled time. This is a group process, a group journey, and it is essential that we begin the journey together.
   
  • We are unable to welcome dogs, or any other pets or livestock, at TTD sessions
   
  • Kids aged 12+ are very welcome to participate. kids under 12 are welcome to be present, but it is then optimal that there is another adult who is not participating in the workshop present to give that child the attention/supervision necessary so that there is minimal distraction to the focus of the group.
   
  • The number of participants in each workshop is limited due to covid19 and other restrictions. It is therefore highly recommended to pre-register as soon as possible.

A further note on COVID-19:
Individual and public health are of the absolute highest priority to us; it is, in fact, exactly why we do what we do. We very firmly believe, and experience time after time, that particularly in this historical moment there is nothing more beneficial we can do for both individual and public health than to gather together, in-person!, and engage in healthy, meaningful social activities, such as, for example, making music.

With this in mind, we also take every reasonable precaution in regards to C-19.
We are fortunate that drums can be quite audible, and it is therefore quite easy to take adequate social distance while drumming. We do not, and will not, mandate the use of face-coverings; however, concerned participants are more than welcome to cover their face.


A Poem

by the Belgian Artist Mieke Weckesser, a long-time participant in Rhythms for Renewal drumming workshops, including several Tribal Trance experiences:

tribal trance

   

to access a fabric
threading together
active spaces
blending into the other
the other worldly

patterns emerge
open and fertile
welcoming difference
through, with and in
the company of others
echoing and reverberating
the sacred communal

kissed by chaos
system and order disturbed
uncanny rebalancing and
stretching time
with presence and
care

intentionally becoming
porous and entangled
folding, unfolding
exterior and interior
revealing, obscuring
self and other

a transcendental journey
permeating boundaries,
returning to clarity
and then ambiguity again
and again

 

frayed, unsettling
confessions
evocative, resonant and
caressed by the healing
powers of renewal

carrying
empty spaces
being carried
effortlessly breathing,
diversifying and spiralling
against the logic of
the square

endless points of
connection
touching an excess
an opaque play and
an invitation
to get lost
again

through a fold, split open
without beginning nor end
the eternal now
speaks back and
ancestral voices guiding us
into the vertical where
future and history
melt into
the vision of a dream