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Connect. Empower. Inspire.

Drum & Chant Workshop with Jim Donovan

Ecstatic Drumming

Learn how to use drumming to raise your energy and lift your mood. Discover the power of creative group drumming to expand your conscious awareness.  Yes, beginners are warmly welcomed and drums are provided. All that is required is a willingness to try.

Meditative Chanting

Feel lighter as you experience the ancient practice of vocal toning, chanting and mantra to energize your brain clear your mind and become deeply relaxed. Learn effective ways to slow your brainwaves and enter into a meditative mind.

Sound Healing Techniques

Find out how to use powerfully effective sound healing techniques to help you easily relieve anxiety, get better sleep, unblock energetic and emotional congestion. Learn how to use sound to quickly create a calm, balanced state of mind.

About Drum & Chant

During the Drum & Chant Workshop you will learn how to:

  • Use drumming to enter deep relaxation
  • Use chants and vocal toning to energize the brain and clear your mind
  • Discover accessible ways to expand your conscious awareness
  • Unblock energetic and emotional congestion
  • Use sound to open creative thinking and expression

Drumming and chanting are ancient practices that have been used for millennia all over the globe to connect, heal, learn, witness and celebrate with each other. Join us to reclaim and experience this powerful and comforting way of being together in community.

Drums are provided. Beginners are warmly welcomed. Ages 15 and up.

About Jim Donovan

Jim Donovan M.Ed. Leadership, Faculty member at Saint Francis University, is a master facilitator, inspirational trainer and world-class musician 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.

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.

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.


"You could drink from the purest source of water on earth on the most beautiful day you'd ever seen, and it would still not bring peace to your soul like spending an evening at one of Jim's workshops.  Even if you've never drummed before, he's such a gifted instructor that you will be amazed at how easy it really is to drum, chant, and bond with like-minded spirits.  It's a uniquely moving and unforgettable experience."  -Andrew Patton, State College, PA

"Jim Donovan, our amazing teacher, has encouraged and allowed us to find our voice through drumming. It is amplified by adding our own voices to that of the drums. The  group energy amplifies it even further.  It carries you to a place deep inside you, to that deep silence where all possibilities lie.  It is a powerful and wonderful experience!  I have been part of these workshops many times and it always seems to have a unique energy and to be something fresh and new each time."-Mary Cogley, Irwin, PA


The energy I felt during your workshop was amazing! I've never felt anything like it in my life! It's hard to describe, but it definitely felt "illegal" haha. It was one of the most cathartic experiences I've ever had. I left there feeling so refreshed and relaxed. Thank you, for being the facilitator of one of the most amazing experiences I've ever had! -Katie Jennings

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