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Sacred Drumming: Exploring natural rhythms

Teacher: Richard Ellis and Marc Kress
Cost: 2 days’ accommodation + R. 250 surcharge
Dates: Friday 12 May 2017 - Sunday 14 May 2017

richard-ellismarc-kressDrumming and music-making are ancient ways of transcending one’s routine lifestyle, opening ourselves to spiritual realms of healing and creativity, which is experienced as liberating and rejuvenating. The whole universe is a continuous flux of pulsating rhythms. Drumming connects us to these rhythms, facilitating a change in consciousness that leads to a sense of unity and well-being, which promotes deep relaxation and healing. In this retreat we will be learning basic drumming techniques and exploring rhythmic creativity which will be combined with meditation practice and contemplation.

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Richard Ellis has been a drummer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist for the past forty years. He was a founding member of "The Usuals" and ‘Ndangered Species with Kenny Henson. He formed the first all-percussion group "Interitmo" with Mike Mazzoni in 1997, and in 1999 started the first Drum Circle in Durban at the Bat Centre. Over the past twenty years he has conducted corporate team building, sound relaxation therapy and healing workshops with Marc Kress. He facilitates sound journey meditation/rhythm workshops for all ages and levels of expertise on drums and percussion. His mission is to connect people with their inner rhythm and sound, thereby helping to create a stress-free community.

 Marc Kress is a yoga teacher in Durban. He has been playing drums and percussion for more than twenty years and has been extensively involved in corporate team building and drum circle events. He has played in various bands such as "Interitmo" and "Mlilo" and collaborated with Richard Ellis in various percussion projects, sound-journey workshops and "The Durban Drumbeat Festival". Much like in the practice of meditation and yoga, drumming can lead to higher states of awareness, stilling the mind and transforming consciousness - leading to a never-ending journey of self- discovery.