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Drum & Chant Workshop

Drum & Chant Workshop with Jim Donovan

A joyous experience of ecstatic drumming, toning and profound relaxation.
Beginners are always warmly welcomed. Drums are provided.

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The Drum & Chant Workshop ---- Explained in 2 Minutes

Stress is a BIG problem. These days people are experiencing pandemic levels of stress that, if left unchecked, can turn into a host of undesirable health problems like heart disease and stroke. Given the seriousness of this problem, it makes good sense to know some effective ways you can use right away to naturally manage your own stress.

What many people don’t realize is that the act of creating sound is one of the most powerful, natural and free ways that people have used for centuries to combat stress. Like taking an aspirin for a headache, sound creation can also be used as a kind of antidote. The best part is that it is easy and takes just minutes to work. The purpose of the Drum & Chant workshop is to show you how to do it.

Meet Sandy.

Sandy is a mom of three who also works as a nurse at a local hospital. Sandy’s patients love her because she listens and cares for them as if they were her own family. Sandy happily gives much of her attention and energy to others which makes her feel both satisfied, yet depleted. A few months ago, Sandy’s hospital reduced nursing staff due to budget cuts and Sandy’s job demands had grown in intensity. Having more demands than ever on her time, Sandy began to notice herself becoming more impatient and irritable with both her patients as well as her family at home. To make matters worse, even though she went to bed feeling tired, she had trouble falling and staying asleep as her mind raced from thing to thing. Sandy knew that something had to change-- and soon.

On the recommendation of a close friend, Sandy decided to sign up for one of Jim Donovan’s Drum & Chant workshops. Her friend kept talking about how good she’s learned how to help herself feel after attending one a few months ago. Though Sandy knew nothing about drumming or chanting and was skeptical about how it could possibly help someone like her, she trusted her friend and decided to give it a shot. Sandy knew that she loved music and would often sing at the top of her lungs to the radio in the car when she was by herself.

What Sandy didn’t realize until working with Jim was that the actual act of making sound like drumming and vocalizing, helps the brain to release feel good chemicals called oxytocin. During the workshop, Sandy quickly found herself feeling relaxed and at ease. She particularly enjoyed the pressure-free and beginner friendly environment. She even met several intersting people!

Jim invited Sandy and the group to think of stress like weeds in a garden. In order for the plants in your garden to stay healthy and vibrant,  you need to remove the weeds that compete with your vegetables for resources. Sound essentially helps you to weed stress from your body by helping it to turn on what is called the “relaxation response” in the brain. Science tells us that when your body is more relaxed the easier it becomes to heal itself. In essence, the less weeds you have in your garden, the healthier your plants become.

By the end of the workshop, Sandy’s mind was crystal clear, her body was relaxed and she felt happier than she had in months. That night she had the best night of sleep she’d had in months. The Drum & Chant workshop was just the experience she had been looking for. Now when stress came calling, she had the antidote.

Enjoy learning how to use the power of sound to effectively unblock, transform, and increase your energy. Through the group drumming, chanting and breathwork, you will learn how to gain energized mental clarity, reduce fear and anxiety, unblock emotional congestion, open creative inspiration and expand your conscious awareness.

The Drum & Chant Workshop shows you how to:
  • Energize the brain and clear the mind
  • Lessen resistance, fear and apathy
  • Create deep relaxation and stress relief
  • Expand conscious awareness
  • Unblock energetic and emotional congestion
  • Open creative thinking and expression

The tools you'll use:

  • Ecstatic Drumming Rhythms
  • Vocal Toning and Mantra
  • Rejuvenating Breathing Exercises
  • Visualization
  • Group Support and Community Creation

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.

Check the calendar for a workshop near you.

Interested in booking The Drum and Chant Workshop?

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What people are saying about The Drum and Chant Workshop

"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.  In the "The Ecstatic Drum and Chant :: Transformation Workshop" workshops. 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. Thank you, Jim, for tapping into this process for us."-Mary Cogley, Irwin, PA


"'I love that it gives me the chance to really stop and focus on my inner self...I never know what I'm going to see...feel..learn..from a place deep within my soul. During one workshop, as soon as I closed my eyes and felt the rhythm of the beat and of all of our breathing, I was taken visually right to the heart of Africa...elephants and all and I loved it!'
It's  hard to put into just a couple of sentences! I really was taken right to Africa during one of your workshops. I was there! I felt my feet on the ground and felt the warmth of smiling faces...walked beside elephants and it was awesome. I truly appreciate the chance to LEARN something...from myself or from wherever it's coming and to be aware of and feel the energy of everyone else in the room, knowing we're all there with open minds...is a great feeling (to say the least). Addictive :) in a good way :)"
Lynn Weikert, Bethlehem, 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

I went to the Yoga of Drum and Chant workshop twice in the last year, and I plan to go again! I found the workshop to be both fun and relaxing, and I learned some really useful tools that I can use in daily life. -Jeff Contillo
The experience I had at your workshop affected the physical body as well as the spiritual and mental parts of the body. Every cell in my being felt like they were all in tune with each other. It was energizing and relaxing at the same time.
-Cindy Fox