Mentor Experience Oct 11-21 2024


The Mentor Experience (10-day) is Oct 11th to Oct 21st 2024  at Wiston Lodge, Scotland and is led by  Jim Boneau with support from Arthur Hull, Dr Jane Bentley and Paul John Dear

Program Schedule for October 2024

Arrive for Dinner at 1900h on the opening night October 11th 2024. We will begin the program after dinner and complete by 1400h after lunch on the final day October 21st 2024.

Please make your travel arrangements to allow you to attend the full program. If you wish to stay before and after the program dates you must BOOK extra nights with WISTON directly.

Please fully read the notes below. Once completed please go HERE for all your Training info

Advanced Facilitation • Building Leaders • Community Mentoring

The Mentor Experience is for advanced Facilitators ready to learn by leading. This 10-day leadership training is designed to strengthen Leadership and Facilitation skills by mentoring others through the week-long training process.

A major focus of the Mentor Experience is the leadership training which begins with a 4-day Leadership Forum. Mentors will experience process oriented activities designed to develop group process skills, communication strategies and leadership techniques. Building a cohesive mentor team provides the first step toward building our rhythm community during the 6-day Facilitator Intensive Trainings.

The Mentor Experience reinforces community service values while developing breadth and depth in facilitation practice. Both challenging and rewarding, advanced Facilitators will stretch the boundaries of their DCF practice, leadership and community building skills. 

The Mentor Experience integrates expanded theory and advanced Drum Circle Facilitation practice as Mentors turn their practical skills into leadership experience.

Beginning with a Mentors-only 4 day retreat, we bring our leadership community together.

With Trainer oversight, Mentors will be assigned a small group of Facilitators to mentor through the Facilitators’ Intensive Training.

Mentors will be instructed in specific process facilitation techniques that are essential to problem solving, communication and community building. Mentor meetings will take place to help process and facilitate the leadership experience.

Throughout the week, mentors will continue strengthening and enhancing their own DCF techniques, as they guide others through the learning process. Mentors receive critique and evaluation from senior Facilitators while receiving feedback from their mentor and peer groups.

Mentors will have plenty of time to practice and develop their own facilitation skills during small group practice and community “Jump-Time!”

Networking with other community leaders and professional Drum Circle Facilitators offers Mentors an inspiring and stimulating environment for skills development.

The Mentor program is facilitated by Jim Boneau, Arthur Hull, Dr Jane Bent

Learning Objectives

  • Experience powerful process-communication skills
  • Learn motivational mentoring techniques
  • Enhance your professional Drum Circle Facilitation skills
  • Become an effective community leader

Village Music Circles Certification

For those Mentors ready to become VMC-Certified; the Mentor training provides a vehicle for achieving important requirements of the certification process. More info on VMC Certification.

Qualifications Required for Application: 

  • Must have graduated from the Facilitator Intensive ( 6 day)
  • Must be actively facilitating community rhythm events in your community
  • Must be ready to develop advanced facilitation/Leadership skills
  • Are capable of small group leadership
  • Enrolment is subject to selection by the VMC Global Training Team ( Arthur, Jim, Paul and Jane)