Barbara Teaching Beginner Djembe, 2016

Beginner Djembe Hand-drumming: Learn to Play the W. African Drum

Learn to play the most popular hand-drum! Barbara Gail is a teacher’s teacher, instructing djembe students ages pre-teens to eighty-somethings, since 1996. With a focus on hand technique & teaching rhythm patterns sequentially, she masterfully helps you find your place in the beat & play as a multi-rhythmic ensemble.

Perfect for raw beginners, drum circle enthusiasts, & folks with some exposure to drumming who seek rhythmic music instruction with a solid foundation. For men, women, motivated teens, & youth. No musical experience needed, a positive…

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Women's Tambourine Workshop, Boulder, CO, 2016

Women’s Tambourine Workshop

The tambourine is much more than what we see & hear in popular music, which simply hits it to make the cymbals ring. But this jingled frame drum is actually a powerful, trance-inducing instrument, steeped in a rich, spiritual women’s hertory for use in ceremonial procession, & unifying the community in celebration. From cool jingle rolls to mesmerizing rhythms, there’s so much sound from one small drum!

A contemporary twist on an ancient women’s tradition, this beginner drum class focuses on basic hand techniques & rhythm patterns of the tambourine. It can also be…

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Women's Frame Drum Workshop, 2016

Women’s Frame Drum Workshop 

The simple frame drum is the most universal drum in the world. It’s also a powerful, trance-inducing instrument steeped in a rich, spiritual women’s herstory that was used in ceremonial procession & community-unifying celebration throughout the Ancient Mediterranean World.

A beginner drum workshop to learn the basic strokes of the frame drum, rhythm patterns, & some of its ancient herstory.

Can be enhanced with contemporary ritual infused with sacred feminine space…

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Lend Me your Eyes & Ears, Change what you See & Hear

SpiralSong: Sing yourself into YES!

A radical re-start button, where the power of positive affirmation meets rhythmic chant. SpiralSong utilizes the concepts of supportive self-talk, joyful communal singing, compassionate sisterhood, repetitive mantra, & pranayama (breath), literally giving voice to our heart’s true inner wisdom of love & light. Awaken into a calm yet energized space of empowered positivity in mind, body, & spirit.

Why sing? The drum is the most primal, the dance is the most intimate, & the voice is the most personal. When we’re singing, so much is happening…

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Dance Your Soul Free, 2010

Dance Your Soul Free

move the body
still the mind
heal the heart
rock the spirit
stir the soul
root in the drumbeat
open emotions
shift patterns
dive into oceans
fly on the wind…

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