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Harrisonburg, VA : SOUND EMPOWERMENT Training

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Saturday February 23, 2013 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Sat. February 23, 2013 Harrisonburg, VA

SOUND EMPOWERMENT Training with Jim Donovan

Introduction to Teaching Rhythm, Breath and the Voice as Tools for Wellness

1PM - 6 PM

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

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Broad Street Mennonite Church

481 Broad Street, Harrisonburg, VA  22801

If you have a question or prefer to register by phone please call workshop organizer Mike Deaton at 540-560-3825



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.


The Introduction to Teaching Rhythm, Sound and the Voice as Tools for Wellness Teacher 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 a musician, teacher, trainer and motivator whose mission is to empower, inspire and connect people. In his work, Donovan records, performs, writes, and offers workshops in the US and abroad focused on using rhythm, drumming and the voice as vehicles for personal growth, healing, and the creation of community. He was a founding member of the multi-platinum 90's band Rusted Root and was voted "Drum Circle Facilitator of the Year" by the readers of Drum! magazine. Donovan holds a BA in classical music performance from the University of Pittsburgh and is completing graduate work in Education Leadership at Saint Francis University where he is also on faculty. He is also developed a training program that teaches Occupational Therapists, medical professionals, parents and teachers how to use rhythm and sound as a complementary intervention for autistic and other special needs children. In addition to his musical credentials, Donovan is an author, dedicated husband and father of 3.