February 13-15, 2009
The Hyatt Valencia
24500 TOWN CENTER DRIVE
VALENCIA, CA 91355
for HealthRHYTHMS group rate
limited availability - reserve early
What are the Fees and What's Included?
The fee is regularly priced at $599 and includes:
- Instruments for use during the weekend program
- Comprehensive training manual, available only through the training
- Program materials
- NEW Facilitator's Business Kit
- Continental Breakfast and Lunch on Saturday & Sunday
- Free gift from REMO
We offer an early registration discount ($25 OFF) for registrations paid in full 30-days prior to the training date.Interactive workshop attendance limits are designed to ensure a valuable learning experience for each participant.
Registration will typically be from 4:00 - 5:00PM on Friday and the program ends at 3:00PM on Sunday for our regular weekend training programs.(sample program .pdf)
Three reasons ... everyone can do it, it's a great way to bring people together for creating social support, and it combines a number of proven health care strategies.
Actually there's a fourth ... it's FUN!
According to Karl Bruhn, Father of the Music-Making and Wellness Movement, "without the obstacle of a challenging learning curve, group drumming is an enjoyable, accessible and fulfilling activity from the start for young and old alike. From exercise, nurturing and social support, to intellectual stimulation, spirituality and stress reduction, group drumming stimulates creative expression that unites our minds, bodies and spirits!"
Yet there's also more!
We're convinced our species is hard-wired biologically to respond acoustically in a conditioned manner to certain melodies, rhythms, tones and vibrations. We also believe music has been an evolutionary catalyst since the dawn of our species.
While some experts believe the first instruments were developed 40,000 years ago and singing or chanting predates that estimate considerably, comparative anatomy demonstrates a clear evolutionary scheme. It is well-established that primary and secondary auditory regions of our brains are closely linked to specialized regions serving emotions, memory and not surprisingly, survival.
Yet beyond natural selection, our innate capacity to relate to, or create music/rhythms may have played a key role in forging the evolution of civilization. No doubt surviving, as an individual, was obviously impossible. Groups were necessary to brave the elements and exist beyond the threats of savage beasts. One can logically assume that utterances with recognizable intonations and rhythms likely predated what we recognize as "language" today. Building upon those sounds, the camaraderie of survival was sculpted through group activities such as drumming which emotionally expressed collective empowerment and the will to persevere.
Our goal is to establish group drumming as an integral "whole person" component for use in conventional healthcare and wellness environments.
These include: hospitals, outpatient facilities, clinics, rehab centers, nursing homes, wellness centers, assisted living units and senior centers.
What Will I Learn?
Our program includes 4 basic strategies that will help you:
- Understand the science of the mind-body connection in the context of music-making
- Develop effective group drumming facilitation skills
- Become familiar with our HealthRHYTHMS drumming protocol and other rhythm prescriptions for patients as well as staff to benefit from active music-making
- Create integrated group drumming healthcare programs in your community
How is the Program Presented?
Our program is offered as an enjoyable weekend course beginning Friday evening and ending Sunday afternoon. Based principally on didactic and interactive presentations coupled with engaging "hands on" workshop approaches for group drumming facilitation, our program provides a comprehensive educational experience that will enable you to successfully introduce group drumming in your area.
Who Should Attend?
Our program is open to health professionals and other interested individuals who wish to integrate group drumming activities within a chosen healthcare or wellness setting in their community.
No prior musical experience is necessary. You do not have to be a musician or a drummer to attend this program.
We'd be delighted to discuss your personal interests.
Who's Teaching the Program?
Barry Bittman, MD
Barry Bittman is a neurologist, author, international speaker, researcher and innovator. As CEO and Medical Director of the Mind-Body Wellness Center in Meadville, PA, Dr. Bittman has developed and tested comprehensive outcome-based, integrative medical programs promoting whole person patient-centered paradigms within conventional healthcare.
Christine Stevens, MSW, MT-BC, MA
Christine Stevens is a board certified music therapist with over fifteen years of experience creating and implementing programs using rhythm and percussion for rehabilitation, health maintenance, and life enhancement. She has facilitated drum circles internationally and worked with students at Columbine High School and PS 150, near Ground Zero in New York City.
Who can I contact for more information about the program?
Alyssa Janney, HealthRHYTHMS Manager
28101 Industry Drive
Valencia, CA 91355
A refund will be given for cancellations requested 30 days before registration, or earlier, less a $20 per person administrative charge. No refunds will be given after this date or for no-show on the days of the scheduled training. Anyone who is registered but cannot attend may send a substitute. However, we need to be notified of this change. A service charge of $30.00 will be applied to any returned checks. REMO, Inc. reserves the right to cancel or postpone the training due to unforseen circumstances or if a minimum acceptable registration level is not achieved 30 days before registration. If such an unlikely event occurs, your registration fee will be refunded in full. However, REMO, Inc. is not responsible for any other program expenses (travel, etc.) you might have incurred.