Workshops – Mindfulness, Drumming, Wellbeing,

The wonder came and went.

We had a very well attended session at the Wonder Inn. It wasn’t the smoothest run due to noise from accompanying events being held in other parts of the venue but we soldiered on and it was fine. Lessons learned, we now have a regular serene venue to run our sessions from in Stretford. Sessions commenced 30th October and will run 7.30pm – 9pm every Monday till Christmas. We’re at St Matthews Parish church, Stretford. M32 8HF Being just off the M60 at junction 7 it has to be one of the easiest venues to get to. Free car park and all drums are provided free. Come and see for yourself what all the fuss is about with this mindfulness and combined with drumming you can now have the best of both worlds.

The workshops will incorporate the teaching of simple drumming patterns, and will be introducing mindfulness skills to enhance participant engagement with the rhythm of the breath, awareness of the breath, and awareness  of the body in the present moment experience. This will be conveyed through practical involvement and through guided meditations, with the opportunity for discussion/enquiry and the sharing of one’s experience, as a means of encouraging mindfulness and enhancing well-being in everyday life.




 Themes will be based on our collaboration of mindfulness and drumming and engaging in the connection with breath and body and rhythm. With the experience of learning simple drumming patterns and guided meditations, we explore the role that mindfulness and drumming can have in helping us to embrace life a bit more fully.

We have also both been exploring a number of really inspiring themes around this core workshop and will be aiming to deliver these in the future around the Manchester area. We also like to travel so if there’s any interest in another locality, let us know…
As well as delivering one-off workshops around particular themes, we also intend to deliver 4-week courses exploring these themes in greater depth over the course of the next year.
In addition, Craig is currently in the process of setting up 6-week beginners drumming courses, and Natalie plans to run her own 8 week mindfulness courses (although probably looking to start hers in January 2018). It’s so exciting!!
We have many more ideas but need to start slow in order to deliver quality workshops, so really hope that we have something to offer many of you in the future.

Natalie Hewett

Tickets for our Manchester taster workshop at the Wonder Inn Thursday 28th September


Twitter @NatMindfulDrum @treedrum



Manchester Drumming circles will return to Hulme in a new venue on a monthly basis starting September 2017

Our event “Mancunia drums” will now run once a month on Sundays to be announced.

Motivate, enthuse and inspire your week with this fantastic drumming circle. All sessions will start with a 30 minute instruction of traditional African rhythms on djembes and dun duns. Motivation, inspiration and enthusiasm, to raise your game passed on through 20 years of experience.

This circle is an opportunity to practice the skills learned at the many other drumming circles across Manchester. You will be instructed in west African rhythms but you can play your own style, other instruments encouraged. Donations necessary which go towards the upkeep of drums. 2pm – 4pm

Please always refer to the facebook group that will have the upto date event listed.

There will be a donations hat and suggested £6 but please come even if you are skint or only have 50p to spare you will still be invited and encouraged to play. Free parking, great venue, tea and coffee, menu available, amazing people. Expect to have a brilliant time.

Older venue was Old trafford Wellbeing centre formerly ‘Blue Sci’

54-56 Seymour Grove
Old Trafford

The studio is a fully equipped recording/practice studio, the last time we were in we were having it large with accompanying bass guitar and guitar. So come down and play what ever instrument you want.

Raul our host has promised to record our next sessions and I have several songs I have fused with African rhythms that you are welcome to come and get involved in.


Facebook Manchester central drum circle

~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

Facebook for garden centre


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 out a stop to that too.

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