rhythms for renewal






"In the Dagara culture the drum is a transportation device that carries the listener into other worlds.  Only the sound of the drum has the power to help one travel in this specific way.  The magic works only when the drummer coaxes special rhythms, not just banging noises, out of it.  The journeys that can be taken with the drum concern not only the listener, but the drummer too.  Where the soundship goes, everybody goes.  To refuse to drum is to refuse to travel.  To forget how to drum is to forget how to feel."

—Malidoma Patrice Some
Elder medicine-man, diviner, shaman of the Dagara culture in (present day) Burkina Faso, West Africa, from his book Of Water and the Spirit







Drumming is Empowering

Many people think they can’t play a drum or make music. But anyone can! Just as anyone is able to do anything in life they believe they can do. Success in drumming clearly demonstrates this.


Drumming is Meditative

It is impossible to be in Rhythm if you are “in your head”, thinking about this and that. When we learn to silence the mind and be fully present in our bodies and with each other we can then find Rhythm.



Drumming is Communal

We practice Poly-Rhythmic Percussion: many simple parts interweave to form a complex whole. Any one part is meaningless by itself, it gains meaning only in relationship to the other parts.

In our practice we emphasize deep listening, feeling how our part fits in to the whole. We learn to speak our voice with clarity and confidence; we learn to communicate effectively and beautifully; we learn to cultivate healthy, balanced relationships; we learn what it feels like to be in Rhythm.


And Drumming is Just Plain Fun!

A Rhythms for Renewal workshop makes all of this absolutely accessible to anybody.


"When our hands connect with a drum that vibrates with our energy, vitality, emotion, exhilaration, hope, sensitivity, giving, sharing and unity, we become whole again." —Dr. Barry Bittman, neuroscientist


Click over to the Drumming in Portugal page for current workshops and events.