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Sacred Drumming: Exploring natural rhythms

Teacher: Richard Ellis and Marc Kress
Cost: 2 days’ accommodation + R250 surcharge
Dates: Friday 20 October 2017 - Sunday 22 October 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 primal rhythm and sound, thereby helping to create a stress-free community.

 

Marc Kress is a yoga teacher and percussionist living in Durban. He was attracted to the yoga path while travelling thpough India in 2003: "I discovered a path of self-practice and discipline that fulfils my desire to grow on a spiritual level by working with the body and mind". He has been practising and studying in India and South Africa with various teachers in different styles of yoga, including Hatha, Vinyasa, Iyengar, Sivananda, Tantra and Astanga. He has a Hatha Yoga teaching qualfication from the Yoga Alliance and is a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher.