Workshops – Drumming, Wellbeing, Mindfulness,

 Drumming for complete beginners at The Old Abbey Taphouse every Saturday

Every Saturday unless otherwise stated 2018 2.30 – 4.30 pm

Cost £5 or £4 Concessions

This class is for beginners and improvers of West African rhythms. Running in 4 weekly cycles we will explore a new rhythm each month building towards a repertoire we will hopefully perform for our family at a 6 monthly event in our surroundings at the Taphouse. I will guide you through the basics of drum technique, to playing the patterns of Africa. Drumming is renowned for creating a sense of belonging and a community connection. Drumming also has many health and well being benefits.
All djembes are provided, £5 per session or £4 conc.

All djembes are provided, or pay on the door

Mindfulness, rhythm and sound 2018

We are pleased to announce our next session. Natalie Hewett and I will be at

One Yoga Studio, 14, Albany Road Trading Estate, Albany Rd, Manchester M21 0AZ

Sunday 11th March 2018 at 15:00–17:00 pm

Our workshops incorporate the concepts of mindfulness within an exploration of sounds and rhythm. Largely experiential, with some explanatory dialogue, there’s a combination of led meditations and playing of simple drumming rhythms, the experience of engaging with the drum itself being the intention, rather than any focus on performance. Each workshop closes with a sounds meditation of accompanying percussion and beautifully atmospheric gong.

Incorporating the teaching of simple drumming patterns, the workshops embrace mindfulness within this, enhancing our engagement with the rhythm of the breath, awareness of the breath and body in our present moment experience, and our connection with the healing qualities of the drum. By enabling the enhancement of awareness and present moment experience through the medium of sounds and rhythm, we encourage bringing these experiential workshop themes into everyday life.
Introductory price of £9 full £6 conc. and members of One Yoga. Book in advance Book here:


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~Control Chronic Pain

Chronic pain has a progressively draining effect on the quality of life. Researchers suggest that drumming serves as a distraction from pain and grief. Moreover, drumming promotes the production of endorphins and endogenous opiates, the bodies own morphine-like painkillers, and can thereby help in the control of pain.

In a new scientific study it has been reported that drummers are the most intelligent people. They also say that drumming can ward off depression, alzheimer’s, can detox away unwanted toxins from the liver and kidneys and it will definitely keep you in shape.

~Reduces Tension, Anxiety, and Stress

Drumming induces deep relaxation, lowers blood pressure, and reduces stress. Stress, according to current medical research, contributes to nearly all disease and is a primary cause of such life-threatening illnesses as heart attacks, strokes, and immune system breakdowns. A recent study found that a program of group drumming helped reduce stress and employee turnover in the long-term care industry and might help other high-stress occupations as well.

Previous venues: The garden centre has run it’s course after we received complaints for noise. It was the perfect place for this type of drumming. It has it’s own idyllic gardens with lots of exotic plants to purchase, hot and cold foods and drink to be had, it’s own library and if you want to get green fingers, your hands dirty building new structures, making new friends at the same time lots of volunteering opportunities.

Hulme community garden centre, 28, Old Birley Street, Hulme Manchester

Garden centre web site

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We had a place at St Wilfrids enterprise centre in Hulme for 2 years where we’d move into the park on a hot summer’s day. But alas complaints put a stop to that too.

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