What are the dates?
Monthly workshops run from December 1st 2016 - April 24th 2017. Classes take place in 3wk modules beginning the first week of each month.
How long is the workshop for?
We offer a range of options to accommodate the different preferences of each individual. All group lessons take place Mon - Wed - Fri, 1-4pm. Private lessons are scheduled each week based on student availability.
- Beginners Session: 3 day package consisting of three 1hr beginner group lessons
- Intermediate Session: 3 day package consisting of three 2hr mixed group lessons
- 21hr Djembe Drum Course: 3 week package consisting of nine 2hr mixed group lessons and three 1hr private lessons
- 105hr Complete Djembe Drum Course: 5 month package consisting of fortyfive 2hr mixed group lessons and fifteen 1hr private lessons.
- Private Lesson: 1hr single lesson tapered to the persons individual needs
How much does it cost?
- 3hr Beginners Session $30 ( 1000tb )
- 6hr Intermediate Session $60 ( 2000tb )
- 21hr Djembe Drum Course $240 ( 8,400tb )
- 105hr Complete Djembe Drum Course: $1200 ( 42,000tb )
- 1hr Private Lesson: $30 ( 1000tb )
What is the Performance Group?
The Performance Group is a invite only group which does performances at different venues around the island. One does not need to be advanced to join this group. If you'd like to join this group please inquire with the instructor.
4hr Performance Group Session: $30 (1000tb)
What is the Community Djembe Group?
This group is a free/donation based event which will be held every Sunday 4-6pm. In this group we will explore traditional Djembe rhythms. Folks are invited to bring their own instruments, poy, hulahoops, and any other toys they want to play with. Dancing and merry making is supported. Drums are available to rent if you don't have your own.
Djembe rental: 200tb ( message us to reserve a drum as quantity is limited )
* No refunds on any class purchases
What is the exchange rate?
The current exchange rate is 1 USD: 31.39 Thai Baht
Do people speak English?
Most people speak some English. Many tourists visit this area so you will have no problem getting by. Try learning some Thai words when you are here, it's fun and the Thai people really appreciate your effort.
Where do I sleep?
Koh Phangan is packed with a variety of housing options. Whether your a backpacker looking for a hostel or going more upscale experience there are plenty to pick from. Please see the Accommodation section of our website for further details.
Who would benefit from this workshop?
Everyone is invited. Anyone seeking to refine their rhythmic skill set from beginner-advanced will find what they are looking for. Anyone seeking to deeper their connection to themselves and to their environment will also greatly benefit from attending this workshop.
Do we have to bring our own instruments?
Yes if you can. Otherwise, we have drums onsite for students to use during class. We also have drums for sale/rent.
What do all these rhythms mean?
Every rhythm and dance has symbolic meaning. Generally they fall into four broad categories: animals, rituals, changes of season, ethnic groups
What are the different drums we will use?
: said to contain 3 spirits- the spirit of the tree, the animal (which the drumhead is made of) and the spirit of the instrument maker. The wood corpus is extremely durable but covered with a relatively thick skin. The drum is played with bare hands. The rhythms played resemble a dance of the hands on the drum skin and may lead to a deep, meditative state. The played technique is easily learned, compared to other instruments, and enduring practice is not necessary in order to produce her typical sound- rich in overtones and broad scaled in frequency. The Djembe, like any other instrument, asks for precision regarding rhythm and timing.
: The base drums let us make out the rhythms in their totality. The big Dunun, the medium-sized sangpan and the small kenkene are strongly covered with thick cow skin. With relatively massive sticks, the base-players draw dull, penetrating base rhythms from them, accompanied by bells.