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State College : SOUND EMPOWERMENT Training w/ Jim Donovan : Introduction to Teaching Rhythm, Breath and Sound as Tools for Wellness

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Saturday March 16, 2013 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Saturday March 16, 2013 State College, PA @ Lotus Yoga

SOUND EMPOWERMENT Training w/ Jim Donovan

Introduction to Teaching Rhythm, Breath and Sound as Tools for Wellness

There are no prerequisites for this training.

Beginners are warmly welcomed.

Drums, percussion and full training manual are provided.

Learn profoundly effective skill sets that will enable you to use sound as a tool for transformation with any group or individual you work with. Invest a day to learn how to empower others to help themselves.

In addition to experiencing the philosophy and each technique yourself, Jim will show you exactly how to use each concept in a practical, easy to understand way.


Lotus Center Yoga

127 S. Pugh St (between Calder Way and Beaver Ave)

State College, PA 16801

1 PM - 6 PM

If you have a question or prefer to register by phone please call workshop organizer Karen Sapia at (814) 231-0111 :: karensyoga@yahoo.com

$99 if paid in advance or $129 the day of the event

Register Online Here...

The SOUND EMPOWERMENT Training w/ Jim Donovan Training will teach you a wide array of techniques that:

  • Energize the brain and clear the mind
  • Lessen resistance, fear and apathy
  • Create deep relaxation and stress relief
  • Encourage connection within fragmented groups
  • Expand conscious awareness
  • Unblock energetic and emotional congestion
  • Foster lasting interpersonal bonds
  • Inspire people to take better care of themselves
  • Open creative thinking and expression

You will learn ready-to-use methods that focus in three areas:

1. Basic Group and Individual Rhythm & Drumming Techniques

2. Voice and Vocal Toning for Everyone

3. Breathwork and Simple Movement

Jim Donovan's Teacher Trainings welcome persons of all experience levels including those with no musical or teaching experience. You will not need to know how to read musical notation, nor will you need a background in music theory. The training is designed to accept you as you are and give you the skill sets you need to begin creating your own sound based events right away.

If you already have teaching, facilitating, speaking and/ or musical experience, you will be delighted to find how much you will be able to draw from your own experience and apply it to what you learn at the training.

During the training...

You will be guided through a wide variety of tools and methods.

Each of the methods Jim teaches are ones specifically designed for easy integration into your own field of specialty. His intention is to connect you with skill sets that you can assimilate and re-form according to your own desires. You will be given a detailed explanation, methodology and demonstration on an array of malleable rhythm modules.

You will get feedback and guidance as you practice with the group.

The great thing about learning in a group setting is that we have the opportunity to learn from each other. The training will provide ample opportunities for you to practice what you are learning, and then gather constructive feedback from both myself and the other participants.

You will have an opportunity to map out your own event.

The training will include practical advice, methodology, feedback and opportunities for you to practice creating and mapping your own sound based experience from start to finish. You will leave with an understanding of the key components needed to make your events successful.

Who should attend?

  • Anyone interested in utilizing the power of sound
  • Music Therapists
  • Yoga Teachers
  • Anyone involved in the healing arts
  • Music Teachers
  • Drum Circle Facilitators
  • Wellness Practitioners
  • Energy Workers
  • Therapeutic music makers
  • Anyone who works with people with PTSD and returning veterans
  • Anyone who works with children
  • Addiction and substance abuse 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

What else will you get?

  • A certificate of completion indicating that you have completed Jim Donovan's Introductory Training
  • 5 hours of interactive training
  • A clear explanation of the philosophy behind the training
  • An opportunity to practice and get feedback and coaching from Jim and other participants
  • Specific effective techniques that will help you overcome pre-event nervousness
  • A training manual that details your entire Training program for your reference
  • Tried and tested step-by-step foundation methodology
  • Marketing tools, templates and tips for those wanting to create programs to sell
  • Resources for additional reading, source rhythms and ongoing learning
  • Planning templates for you to begin creating and enhancing your own rhythm based events

About the trainer

Jim Donovan is an award winning musician, teacher, motivator and founding member of the multi-platinum band Rusted Root from 1990-2005. He was recently voted "Drum Circle Facilitator of the Year" by the readers of Drum! magazine. Since 1999, Jim Donovan has regularly offered trainings workshops and seminars in the US and Europe in corporate, university and k-12 environments focused on using the power of rhythm, drumming and the voice to assist with personal development, wellness, consciousness transformation, healing, and creating community.

Donovan's studio work with Rusted Root has been featured in major motion films such as Ice Age, Twister, Mathilda as well as on various network television shows such as American Idol, David Letterman, Conan O'Brien, Party of Five and the PBS "Web of Life" documentary. His 15 years of touring experience with Rusted Root provided ample opportunity to share the stage with rock legends such as Carlos Santana, The Grateful Dead, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, Sting, and The Allman Brothers among many others.

As a solo artist and teacher, Donovan has released several highly acclaimed solo CD's as well as 3 popular instructional drumming audio and video products. He received his BA in classical music performance from the University of Pittsburgh where he also had the opportunity to study African Music with noted scholar Kwabena Nketia from Ghana. He has had the opportunity to study with several African master drummers including Elie Kihonia from the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Etse Nyadedzor of Ghana. Currently Donovan is on faculty and is involved in research involving the use of percussion interventions for special needs children and is pursuing an advanced degree in Education Leadership at Saint Francis University in Loretto, PA. In addition to his musical credentials, Donovan is also certified Reiki practitioner, an active member of the Mankind Project, author, dedicated husband and father of 3.