"If you want to learn about facilitating community drum circles then this is the place to learn ... and the people to learn with. Actually they don't teach you about drumming so much as how to create community. It's a beautiful thing, not least when shared with other like-minded souls. And it's a heap of fun. Just do it." Malcolm Gough, 2019 Graduate.

2022 Trainings

UK Playshop will host 2 weekend residential trainings in Scotland in 2022 with Dr Jane Bentley and Paul John Dear Our remaining Training date is: October 13-16 (Thur-Sun) Cost: ALL EARLY BIRD PLACES HAVE BEEN...
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3 Day Training Team Originally trained in theatre, Dr Jane Bentley spent six years touring the world with the International Purves Puppets. This involved being mostly invisible in such prestigious destinations as Syria, Taiwan, and...
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One Day Facilitation Taster

Paul John Dear and Dr Jane Bentley are available all year round to bring a taste of the UK Playshop to your rhythmical community in this one day introductory playshop. Have drums. Will Travel. This...
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UK Playshop is the home of Village Music Circles Global Trainers Paul John Dear and Dr Jane Bentley.

We provide Training for Drum Circle Facilitators across the UK and Ireland.

Our teacher and Mentor Arthur Hull alongside Jim Boneau will continue to co-facilitate with us during our 10 day Intensive Training. (Next one planned for October 2021)

Here at the UK Playshop  website you will find up to date information about our Training schedule for the one day, the weekend and the 10 day training programs. Our navigation bar ( up at the top there) will take you to all the relevant sections to enable you to register, find your way to the venues and bring everything you need.

Pour yourself a nice cup of tea and take a look around. We’ve got it covered.

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I had an incredible experience at the UK Playshop at Wiston Lodge, it was beyond anything I could ever have expected. Paul and Jane facilitated the weekend with such depth and the whole group felt like a little drum family by the end of the weekend. Since then I’ve felt so inspired and found a new purpose to share my love for drums, so yes I can definitely say it was a life changing experience!!Vicky O’Neon 2019 Graduate

This was my first “Playshop” and as it was billed as a three day intro I expected to be joined by fellow novice facilitators. How wrong was that and there’s a very good reason that us beginners were joined by plenty of others who had been to several play shops before. Playshop is about community and spirit, it just so happens to be centred around drum circle facilitating. So yes, you get expertly guided through the mechanics of facilitating from Paul, Jane and a willing gang of seasoned assistants and, as it’s a highly practical training event, you also get to safely put in to practice what you’ve learned. On top of that, and way more importantly, you get to experience at first hand the power of shared spirit. There’s plenty of research on the positive effects of drum circles on individual well being. The research methods generally involve 1 hour sessions (or maybe a bit longer) over a few weeks and the findings often track increases in well being and reduction in things causing problems. Imagine the concentrated effect of this positivity day after day, all day, throughout the entire training period, including evenings and you get close to figuring out why this training is so powerful on so many levels. To coin an old ad, if Carlsberg did drum circle facilitator training this would be it. Just do it! Ian Kershaw 2019 Graduate

Powerful experience!! I recommend it to everyone who is longing to discover the authentic but selfless leader within. Plus, if you want to feel the power of connection and be uplifted by the magic of becoming rhythm yourself this is the place for you! Go for it! Sel Holder 2019 Graduate


Amazing experience and would recommend it to anyone and not just those looking to get into drum circle facilitation. The teaching is spot on and I was lucky enough to have the Paul and Jane duo alongside their fabulous support team – Alison, Ray and Steve. I felt right at home from the moment I arrived and was very pleasantly surprised with the course structure, the venue and the fabulous food served up three times a day!! The course is fast pace and there is a lot of material to cover in a short space of time (I did the 3 day course) but it’s full of humour and constant aha moments and revelations and with coffee on tap 24hrs a day – I made it! Finally – I have met new friends and become part of a fantastic network of brilliant people that are making a difference and changing lives all over the world – this course is life changing, DO IT, you won’t regret it. Gemma Brown 2019 Graduate

Great experience! This is so much more than drum facilitator training. It is a beautiful offering created with love and caring for others and a genuineness for ‘Pay it forward’. I loved being in this environment where Jane and Paul created invitations for learning and practice- felt nothing like being taught but fully engaging. The team and the community lovely were a pleasure to be with. Thanks guys X Lesley Gough 2019 Graduate

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