Arthur Hull's Hawaii Playshop

The 1997 Playshop is history!
here is a note from Arthur thanking Baba for attending...

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Date: Mon, 11 Aug 1997 08:10:12 -1000 From: (Michael Wall)

Subject: AD: Hawaii Playshop

FLASH: Baba Olatunji has confirmed that he will be joining us at the Playshop in Hawaii (details below), and hopes to be able to stay for the Inter-Island Community Drumcircle as well.

Arthur also said to thank all of you graduates who have been sending him feedback from last year's playshop, as well as suggestions for the '97 event. He's very busy working on the curriculum and putting the finishing touches on his book. Arthur would love to hear any feedback/suggestions for the 1997 Hawaii Facilitator's Playshop - his e-mail is

Please note that all inquiries regards the Playshop should be directed to Dana at Village Music - 1 800 900 3786.



Learn to Facilitate Community Drum Circles and Rhythm-Based Events in a Beautiful Tropical Environment

September 21-26, 1997 Camp Mokuleia Oahu, Hawaii


Participating in a drum circle is a healing experience for the heart, mind and body. A drum circle creates subsonic vibrations that influence the harmonious alignment of our physical cells, emotional states and thereby our spirits. Cultures throughout the world have used the ageless forces of rhythm to affect change. There is a resurgent interest in group drumming as more and more people throughout the United States are experiencing the profound effects of a drum circle. The facilitator's playshop is an opportunity for those who work with groups of people to learn to facilitate groups through the metaphor of a drum circle. You do not have to be a musician to participate.

Arthur has developed a five-day hands-on intensive program that will provide a facilitator with the following tools and techniques:

* Basic Facilitation Principals Required for Successful Group Participation * Elements to Identify and Facilitate in a Rhythm-Based Event * Tools and Techniques for Facilitators * Rapport skills * Adaptation of Facilitation Skills to Different Populations * Orchestrational Ideas * Drum-Circle Games * Facilitation Exercises * Group Improvisation * Respecting and Reading the Circle * Three-Point Radar * Body Language and Vocal Techniques * Windows of Communication * Pacing and Leading * Creating Small Successes * Opening and Closing an Event


* Anyone working with groups of people who recognize a need for improved skills and specific techniques in group facilitation. * Music teachers who facilitate groups and wish to further their presentation skills and develop facilitation techniques. * Community drum facilitators * School teachers * Music therapists * Kids-at-risk professionals * Personal-growth facilitators * Music teachers


Arthur Hull, a nationally renowned community drum facilitator, is a pioneer in bringing this unique and exciting experience to schools, corporations, church groups and conferences. Arthur is recognized as the father of the community drum-circle movement. From Moscow to Australia, he has used his Village Music Circle , TM metaphor to build team spirit and a sense of community in corporations. Since 1979 he has taught Village Music to over 7,000 students at the University Of California in Santa Cruz. Arthur was the 1994 recipient of the All One Tribe Foundation's "Drumming Education" award. He has authored the book and video, "Guide to Endrummingment." Arthur is currently working on his next book and CD: "How to facilitate Community drum-based events."


Last year's participants of The Facilitator's Playshop had a fabulous time enjoying Camp Mokuleia's relaxed and casual atmosphere on the north shore of the island of Oahu. This camp sits on nine beautiful beach-front acres at the foot of the Waianae Mountains. The dining hall and many of the cabins look out over the warm Hawaiian waters where dolphins and sea turtles may be spotted. The camp offers incredible snorkeling and safe swimming in a protected reef, as well as several hiking trails through a forest reserve with plenty of tropical vegetation. In response to requests from last year's participants, there will be more free time to explore this beautiful, tropical environment. The closest town is seven miles away, and has all the restaurants and stores one might need. Participants will be staying in group cabins which feature bunk beds, small kitchenette, two toilets, two showers and a main room. Please provide your own bedding or rent it from the camp for $30.00. The camp has several meeting areas, as well as campfire facilities and a main kitchen. Three meals daily are served in the dining hall. Meals are basic, wholesome, camp-style foods. There is a vegetarian option which may be adequate for a flexible vegan. Those who require specialty foods can purchase items at nearby stores (there are health food stores in town). All extra food purchases will be the responsibility of the participant. However, we will have someone available to do scheduled town runs.

The Drum Circle

The Honolulu community drum circle will be the grand finale of this program. It is planned for Saturday, September 27, at 2 PM at Kapiolani Park near the beach in Waikiki. This event will be a major gathering for the Hawaiian Islands drumming community. It will be three hours, and facilitated by peer-selected participants of the Facilitator's Playshop. If you plan to attend, you will need to arrange lodging in Waikiki for Friday night and possibly Saturday night as well.


To help make your travel arrangements as easy as possible, we have enlisted Santa Cruz Travel to assist you in flight and hotel reservations. S.C. Travel is prepared to offer discount rates for our participants. You may call Scott at 1-800-624-0282.


* Arrive Honolulu Airport, September 21, 1997 (No later than 12:00 NOON for free pick-up to camp)* We will provide transport from airport to park between 9:00 AM and 12:00 noon. * We gather at a nearby park for snacks and drumming. We will take a bus to Camp Mokuleia. Arrive for check-in and dinner at 5:00 PM. * September 22-25 -- Facilitator's Program * September 26 -- breakfast then check out by noon * September 26 -- take bus to your new lodgings in Waikiki * September 26 --Friday night: Second Annual Big Party Drum II! * September 27 -- Drum Circle Finale at 2:00PM at Kapiolani Park (Drum Circle will last three hours)

Registration and Fees

The price for the Facilitator's Playshop, five nights and six days plus meals at Camp Mokuleia is $ 550.00. An upgrade to lodge accommodations is additional. A $100.00 non-refundable deposit is required by July 15, 1997. The balance will be due no later than September 1, 1997. Airfare , party and additional lodging in Waikiki September 26 and 27 is the responsibility of the participant. We will provide low-cost to moderate accommodation suggestions for those choosing to stay. Upon receipt of your non-refundable deposit, we will provide a registration packet to be filled out and returned to Village Music Circles.

Helpful Phone Numbers

Dana @ Village Music Circles: 408-458-1946

Scott @ Santa Cruz Travel: 1-800-624-0282

Michael Wall: 808-377-DRUM.

Michael is our liaison in Hawaii who is coordinating our local events. Please only call him only for direct Hawaii information, as he will most likely direct your call to VMC!

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