I began drumming in 2005 when I purchased my first djembe as a means to find my way through a series of life transitions that included recovery from breast cancer. I didn’t realize at that time what a powerful instrument for healing of body, mind and spirit the drum would be for me; I just knew it looked like fun to be part of a drum circle.
I began taking lessons locally in African and Middle Eastern rhythms, and quickly became an active member of the Melbourne, Florida drumming community by playing with the Melbourne Drum Tribe at the monthly Friday Fest street party as well as other
local community events.
I learned about the career of Drum Circle Facilitator while attending the Paralounge Drum Gathering, and decided to begin training to become a facilitator after participating in workshops with Jana Broder of Drum Magic and Arthur Hull of Village Music Circles at Paralounge. I knew then that I had finally found the answer to the elusive question of “what I wanted to do when I grew up”; which is to share the magic of the drum for personal empowerment and the renewal of body, mind, and spirit.
I job shadowed with Jana Broder of Drum Magic in Tampa, Florida in March 2009, and participated in her first “Business of Drum Circle Facilitation” workshop in November 2009. I joined the Drum Circle Facilitators Guild in 2010 and attended my first conference with them in February 2010, attending workshops with a variety of well known facilitators including Arthur Hull, John Scalici, Julie Corey, and many others.
I am continuing to work toward certification through Village Music Circles by participating in a Rhythmic Alchemy Playshop with Arthur Hull this coming May. I have attended the Paralounge Drum Gathering in north Florida at least five times, participating in a variety of workshops presented by well-known facilitators and performers including Jana Broder, Arthur Hull, Buddy Helm, Tam Tam Congo, Dragonfly Rhythms, Tampa Taiko, and am looking forward to the upcoming workshop with Dave Holland this May.
Additionally, I became a student of the frame drum with Layne Redmond, author of the powerful book “When the Drummers Were Women: A Spiritual History of Rhythm” in 2008. Workshops I’ve participated in with Layne have included Level I Bee Priestess, The Rhythmic Path of Fire and Purification, and A Mid-Summer Celebration of the Ancient Bee Goddess and Her Priestesses Who Played Her Frame Drum. In October of 2009, It’s Time To Drum! hosted Layne Redmond’s “The Healing Power of the Frame Drum” weekend workshop in Melbourne, Florida and will be hosting an Introductory Level I and a Level II Bee Priestess workshop in October 2010.
I am a founding member of a women’s fusion drum tribe called “Surcular Souls” which performs in the Melbourne, Florida area.
In my spare time, I can be found walking the beach with my dog, hanging out in the mountains of West Virginia where I work with the glass art project “1000 Points of Peace”, or just hanging out at home reading a good book.