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Born of Cree (Northern Manitoba=Moose Factory=Churchill) and Scottish and Swedish heritage, I am Metis.
I was raised in a very small gold mining town – Bissett, Manitoba. I then moved from friendly Manitoba to beautiful BC and have enjoyed having less bugs to deal with and super warm summers! Schooling was in Kamloops, University in Kamloops and on the coast at UBC and in the US at Gonzaga. Frank (highschool sweetheart) and I raised our family in Clearwater, BC. and had a great set of friends and good times there. We are now back in Kamloops enjoying the many new paths that come with a bigger city.
I love people, kids, music, learning, animals, visiting, singing, laughing, chocolate, and drumming! I always loved new challenges and meeting new people.
One day, many moons ago….. in the pit area of a student union building… I was watching my body move while listening to music that was being piped through the lounge. Then I thought mmmm, I think I could probably drum! I was thinking of a drum kit at the time, but school, kids, work, busy things got in the way. Then one summer, my buddy Satarra Negrin invited me to a drum camp. I went on a fine summer holiday to Mabel Lake, BC and had three days with the great instructor Joan Casorso from Kelowna. I was hooked! I thought wow this is easy and fun, and look at these great people that get together with the drum. More people have to know about this! And there you go, that’s how it all got started.
After the first djembe workshop, I couldn’t get enough drumming – so that meant drives to Vernon, Kelowna, Penticton, Vancouver, Victoria, Seattle, etc. to get more lessons. Then I started putting rhythms together, choreographed drum music, and looked for people to drum with. To find that circle of drum enthusiasts I organized a drum connection e-mail list, formed some drum circles, some entertainment groups, and then a K.D.C. website and Facebook page, and some private Facebook Drum Circle Groups. There you go!
Dreams come, intentions starts, doors open, pathways go different ways, more doors open, more pathways appear etc. The beauty is the people and the learning and of course the music on the pathways.
New ideas, new connections are on their way. New people bring more ideas. Right now it’s the djembe, and circles, and entertaining. The next dream is the frame drum, songs, chants, and First Nations circles for me to attend and learn from. I am drawn to the songs with the First Nations hand drum. Another journey opening up is uniting women in song, drum, and dance; women honoring our own path and having time to W.H.O.O.P. it up!
Exciting times, new faces and connections!
Namaste, All my relations,
“DOYOU WANT TO DRUM?”
ARE YOU INTERESTED IN …..
- Learning new things
- Connecting to your body rhythm
- Joining a drum circle
- Meeting new people
- Being creative, performing
- Using rhythm instruments
- Professional Development
- Team Building
- Building confidence & self esteem
- Finding beat & rhythm
- Meditating, healing, vocals
- Moving, grooving, and having fun
- Then call Raven and drum!
“Fun lessons, easy learning strategies, resources, & quick success!”
RAVEN – A teacher & facilitator with drum circles & performing groups.
Djembe Django – a Kamloops adult drum circle and community drum performers
UJAMMA– a Kamloops Community Drum Circle
Rhythm Ryders – a small rockin’ performing percussion group
Drumming Programs: (djembes for workshop & lesson use @ no charge)
- Group Djembe lessons 2 hr. – $30
- Individual Djembe Lessons $40 for two hours, $30 for 1.5 hours
- Fees include drum use, practice sheets, phone and e mail contact ~ lesson review,
- The same workshop can be reviewed again at another time for a drop in – $5 fee
(A) 2 hour work shop (or longer) on drumming fundamentals
(B) On going weekly lessons – beginner or intermediate rhythms
(C) Small group djembe party or retreat
(D) Drum Circle Experience and Facilitation with your group
(E) Drum Program Professional Development Classrooms
(F) Drum Circle Entertainment
(G) Team Building Workshops for office groups and staffs
(H) Lessons for Classrooms – student and teacher instruction
NOTE: Lengthier workshops, lessons, parties, team building, & retreats can be arranged, see Raven for an estimate.
GROUP LESSONS: Register to reserve your spot and your drum for both lessons and drum circles!