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Everything in the universe has rhythm, everything dances. ~ Maya Angelou

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Learn to play the West African djembe

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Learn to drum with Kat van Groove!

12th November 2017 by admin

Organic Groove presents…

Rhythmic Journey – Winter 2018
Tuesdays 7:00pm – 8:00pm
10 weeks: January 16 – March 20
Downtown Kitchener Community Centre
Charles Room
35 Weber Street West (Corner of Weber & Ontario)

Note: This session is for beginners only

Learn to play the West African djembe drum in Kat van Groove’s fun & friendly group classes. Since 2009, Kat has taught hundreds of people to drum. Drumming in community promotes mindfulness, enhances our immune response, encourages healthy emotional regulation, relieves stress and feels great. Drumming together is an effortless way to connect with ourselves and others. It’s all good!

No drum? No problem!
You can rent a djembe to use during classes for just $2/class

Cost: $180/10 weeks OR $200/10 weeks with drum rental

Know before you go:
Bring something to drink to stay hydrated
Wear comfortable clothing and dress in layers (drumming generates heat!)
Perfect for extreme beginners
No prior musical or meditation experience necessary

Have any questions?
Email Kat van Groove today!

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Play with Rhythm! facilitated drumming workshops

8th August 2017 by admin

Have drums, will travel

Kat van Groove’s Play with Rhythm workshop: The perfect intro to drumming in community!

After a quick hand-drumming lesson on authentic West African djembe drums, we’ll learn some ancient rhythms, play some rhythm games… and before you know it, you are drumming in community!

Professional facilitator and drumming instructor Kat van Groove is your guide on a rhythmic journey where the focus is on playful experimentation and creating music-in-the-moment. No previous musical experience is necessary.

Why drum together?

  • Hand-drumming is an ancient tradition, meant to be done in community
  • Creates community
  • Enhances your immune response
  • Relieves stress
  • Inspires a healthy energy exchange (old & tired for new & zazzy!)
  • Improves self-confidence
  • Connect with yourself and others, non-verbally

What can I expect?

Since 2009, Kat has literally taught hundreds of people to drum in her group drumming sessions and one-time workshops. Kat creates safe & supportive spaces where the best learning experiences take place. Her joyful approach is contagious and you’ll soon find yourself laughing and learning. Not only are you learning to play the West African djembe, you’re learning to play in community, the way the drums are meant to be experienced.

Percussion break!

When your hands are ready for a break from drumming, Kat will share her toys. Percussion toys, that is! Kat’s eclectic collection of cowbells, shakers, clavés and clackers will help inspire your group to create unique soundscapes in no time.

Goodbye, stale energy! Hello, new!

Group drumming is an energy exchange. You may arrive tired or head-ache-y but you will leave feeling zazzy and refreshed! Drumming is like life: you get out what you put into it. Kat encourages you to give it your all: to drum a bit harder, play a little louder. And a funny thing happens: the more you put in, the more you get back! In a group drumming workshop, you’ll trade in your old tired energy for new rhythmic energy, and leave refreshed.

Interested? Have any questions?

Email Kat today!

Organic Groove’s Play with Rhythm workshop_45 minutes

::: Organic Groove Summer Drum Jam 2018 :::

9th June 2017 by admin

Organic Groove: Creating community since 2002!

OG Summer Drum Jam 2018

Thursday June 21
Thursday July 19
Thursday August 16
Thursday September 20

7:30pm – 9:00pm

On the island in Victoria Park
Downtown Kitchener

Drumming in community feels good because it’s good for us: mind, body & spirit.

When we drum together, we:

  • Connect through rhythm
  • Enhance our immune response
  • Reduce stress
  • Release stuck emotions

Let’s meet on the Island in Victoria Park, surrounded by gently waving willow tress and a beautiful lake.

Bring your drum, percussion & a folding chair. Throw a Frisbee. Have a picnic. Swing some poi. Dance, laugh & enjoy yourself.

It’s FREE and everyone is always welcome!

Interested? Have any questions?

Find us on Facebook at: Organic Groove Canada

Email Kat at organicgroove@gmail.com