Basic Weekend April 19-22 2024

This Basic Weekend Training will be hosted at Wiston Lodge, Scotland and is led by Paul John Dear and Dr Jane Bentley with support from Ray Watters.

This Training begins on April 19th with dinner at 7pm and concludes on April 22nd by 2pm.


Please make your travel arrangements to allow you to attend the full program. Venue details along with a Transport page are HERE. If you wish to stay before and after the program dates you must BOOK extra nights with the venue directly.

The Workbooks are ESSENTIAL during the training. Please download and save your brand-new workbooks to your device and/or print a copy from here –
3 Day Workbook

Pre-Playshop reading assignment, Chapter 4 of Arthur’s Book Drum Circle Facilitation – Download here – Chap4_pg1-30

We highly recommend Arthur Hull’s books as reading material before, during and after the training. Links below.

Drum Circle Facilitation

Drum Circle Spirit


  • Bags packed?
  • Drums ready? ( We have plenty so no need to worry if you don’t own a drum )


Using the Village Music Circles™ protocol, the UK Playshop* (3-day Weekend) will empower you to build a rhythm community while exploring the foundational elements of drum circle facilitation. Learn powerful techniques and develop skills, whilst gaining the confidence to successfully lead a rhythm event for a variety of diverse populations.

Packed with information and hands-on experience, both beginning and experienced Facilitators will have plenty of opportunities for practising new skills in a safe, supportive environment. Upon completion of this training, you will have the ability to begin facilitating rhythm events of your own!

Learn to successfully Facilitate rhythm-based events

Experience the power of community building through rhythm!

Activate  •   Motivate    Empower!  Rhythm for fun and learning

Discover camaraderie and spirit playing music together!

In 20+ hours of training, participants will have extensive practice opportunities in the facilitation techniques and the skills needed to lead a drum circle event for a variety of populations.

Group instruction and discussions combine with small group activities using movement, voice, musical instruments, and improvisational rhythm games. Critique and feedback are an important part of the learning process.

Opportunities for networking with other DCFs of many cultures, backgrounds and experience levels provides stimulation and inspiration to developing facilitators.

The Basic Facilitators’ Playshop is a high-powered, dynamic experience. Participants must commit to the entire weekend and be ready to work hard and learn a lot — while having loads of fun doing so.

*UK Playshop is a certified Village Music Circles Global Training for Drum Circle Facilitators.