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3-Day Drum Circle Facilitation Training
April 14 - April 16$350 – $400
APRIL 14-16, 2023.
Led by Katy Gaughan and Ashley Tisdale
Location: Wellspring Conference Center in Germantown, MD
Register here: https://tinyurl.com/6p84sdhc
Village Music Circles™ Basic Facilitator Training will empower you to build a rhythm community while exploring the foundational elements of drum circle facilitation.
Learn facilitation techniques and develop skills while gaining the confidence and knowledge to successfully lead a rhythm event.
Packed with information and hands-on experience, both beginning and experienced facilitators will have plenty of opportunities for practicing new skills in a safe, supportive environment.
What does the program entail?
In 20+ hours of training, participants will have opportunities to practice facilitation techniques and skills needed to lead a drum circle event for a variety of populations.
This Playshop will include a mixture of teaching styles; incorporating instruction with discussions, small group and large group activities, and hands on learning – all while utilizing movement, voice, musical instruments, and rhythm games. Instructors will provide feedback in the group and privately as this is an important part of the learning process.
Along with the hands on learning you’ll experience, there will be many opportunities for networking with other facilitators of many cultures, backgrounds, professions, and experience levels.
Who is this training for?
-Music therapists & music teachers
-Counselors, social workers & therapists
-Musicians & drummers
-Community & youth activities organizers
-Wellness & life coaches
-Community groups & families
-Ministers & spiritual leaders
– Anyone seeking inspiration & new skills!
Who developed this training?
Village Music Circles utilizes the Drum Circle Facilitation techniques developed by it’s founder, Arthur Hull. Arthur has dedicated his life to making the joy of rhythm accessible to people everywhere.
Through his trainings, books, dvds, and music, Arthur strives to bring people a direct experience of the joy of rhythm; empowering others to carry the positive impact of community building through rhythm forward into their own lives and community.
Arthur has sparked the world-wide movement of drum circle facilitation, creating a new and internationally recognized profession of the Drum Circle Facilitator. Arthur’s goal is to help this growing community develop, and build a strong platform from which values-based professionalism can emerge.
Required Reading: Drum Circle Facilitation: Building Community Through Rhythm by Arthur Hull
Friday, April 14th: 3pm-9pm
Saturday, April 15th: 9am-9pm
Sunday, April 16th: 9am-5pm
We look forward to sharing this experience with you!
Who will be leading this training?
Village Music Circles Certified Global Trainers, Katy Gaughan and Ashley Tisdale, MT-BC, are dynamic and engaging facilitators with a passion for drumming and a mission to build connections through rhythm.
Katy Gaughan is a drummer and drum circle facilitator whose mission is to bring people together to experience the positive vibrations of the drum. Through her organization Drumming for Wellness, Katy facilitates group drumming experiences for wellness, community building and celebration. She has been leading drum circles in the Washington, DC area for the past 20 years. Katy provides drum circles for schools, assisted living facilities, retirement communities, churches, non-profit organizations, birthday parties, team-building events, community festivals and celebrations and works with kids, adults, seniors, and special needs populations. Katy was trained by Arthur Hull and is now a certified global drum circle facilitator trainer with Village Music Circles. Katy is also a graduate of Remo Health Rhythms and Rhythm to Recovery Trainings and is a member of the Drum Circle Facilitator’s Guild. www.katygaughan.com
Ashley Tisdale is a board-certified music therapist and accredited drum circle facilitator. She facilitates community drum circle events with a local non-profit “drumSTRONG” in Charlotte, NC. She has also facilitated drum circles and rhythm events for people with disabilities and women struggling with addiction who are in recovery.
Where will the training take place?
The training will be held at Wellspring Conference Center in Germantown, MD.
Nestled in a two-acre wooded site just north of Washington, D.C, and close to Baltimore, Maryland, Wellspring offers a lovely main conference center and accommodations that reflect our search for simplicity and sustainability.
Participants will stay onsite in comfortable cabins and enjoy healthy home cooked meals.
Wellspring guests find the tranquil green vistas of the forest a soothing backdrop for their group functions, and the natural beauty of the grounds a perfect place for private contemplation and reflection on the day’s events.
Training costs include:
20+ hours of intensive training
Meals – Friday: Dinner; Saturday: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner; Sunday: Breakfast and Lunch
Double Occupancy Rooms (2 beds per room, perfect for bringing a friend!)
Single Rooms available at extra cost (there are a limited number of single rooms available).
Preference is for attendees to stay onsite to build community and take advantage of maximum number of training hours, however there are a limited number of commuter slots available.
If you have questions about accommodations, please contact: Lisa Bardack at
Early Bird Registration Rate – ends March 10th: $385
Regular Registration Rate – ends April 6th: $400
Single Room Surcharge: $50
Commuter Rate: $350 (this includes training fee and all meals)
If you are a graduate from either Katy or Ashley’s 1-day Introduction to Drum Circle Facilitation Training seminar, you are eligible for a $25 discount on your registration. Contact your trainer (Katy or Ashley) for your discount promo code.
We are looking forward to gathering in rhythm and community, and are committed to keeping everyone well and healthy. will be sharing cabins with other attendees.
We will be requiring each participant to provide proof of vaccination and booster status. Out of an abundance of caution: we will also require a negative Covid test result from EVERY attendee on the morning of April 14th prior to check-in. Masks are optional.
We will be following safety guidelines in place at the time of the training. If you are feeling unwell or have been exposed to someone with Covid, play stay home.
Please email Lisa Bardack at with photo of vaccine/ booster card or record.
Cancellations and Refund Policy
Refund available up to April 7, 2023
After April 7th, no refunds will be available.
REGISTER HERE: https://tinyurl.com/6p84sdhc