Hawaii Facilitators’ Playshop

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The Village Music Circles Global Team aims to establish a safe setting that promotes Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging, devoid of any form of discrimination. Here, everyone is encouraged to share their thoughts, opinions, and ideas, and each individual's contribution is valued, heard, and supported. Our inclusive environment fosters growth, community integration, strength, and vitality while playing music together.

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 Build a Rhythm Community Making Music Together

Testimonial by Mary Tolena.

New for 2024: Invite a Friend to Hawaii—guests can attend for $1500!

Friends & family who wish to share in Village Music Circle's Hawaiian experience can do so without taking the training.

Experience the Hawaii Playshop spirit with our family and friends package, inclusive of comfortable lodging, island meals, and convenient transportation to and from the airport. We warmly invite our non-training guests to participate in selected playshop activities such as late-night drumming, the talent show, and community networking.

Do you want to attend the 6-day training but need financial assistance? Send us a letter and explain your situation. A limited number of partial scholarships are available.

Please reply to outreach@villagemusiccircles.com to inquire about bringing guests or qualifying for scholarships.

Facilitated by Arthur Hull & Jim Boneau

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Jim Boneau

Come to Hawaii!

Attending VMC's week-long Hawaii Facilitators' Intensive will connect you to a supportive international community of participants from many countries. Our week of community learning will help you develop your facilitation repertoire, inspire creativity, and build the foundation for new and growing friendships that will span the globe and last a lifetime.

And then there’s all the amazing music that we make together that we enjoy the most!  We’ll fill ourselves with the magic of improvisational community music-making, including our legendary “Late Night” un-facilitated sessions. Aaaah!

Whether you are new to rhythm event facilitation, or an experienced pro... Whether this is your first Hawaii Playshop or your 20th, the 2023 Hawaii Facilitators Intensive Training will be the best place on the planet to advance your skills, replenish your inspiration, expand your network, propel your profession, and drum, drum, DRUM in the tropical sun!

The Facilitators' Intensive provides opportunities for networking with international Facilitators of all experience levels and professional backgrounds.

6-Day Basic Facilitators' Intensive

The Basic Intensive offers beginning and advanced Drum Circle Facilitators the skills to lead rhythm-based events for groups of all sizes and backgrounds. This week-long experience will immediately connect facilitators to a supportive international community while providing extensive opportunities to learn and develop facilitation skills in a safe environment. Participants of all levels will receive peer, mentor and advanced Facilitator support. This week goes beyond our weekend training with the presentation of more techniques, developing style, increasing depth, and extensive practical experience.

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10-Day Mentor Experience

Advanced Leadership Facilitation  •  Community Mentoring

Facilitated by Jim Boneau & Arthur Hull

Jm Boneau & Arthur HullThe 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 weekend retreat, we bring our leadership community together. With Trainer oversight, Mentors will be assigned a small group of Facilitators to mentor through the Basic Facilitators' Intensive. 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.

For more details about the Mentor Experience, click here.

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. Click here for more about VMC Certification.

What Happens in Hawaii...


Group Rhythm Facilitation

  • Gain and reinforce understanding of drum circle concepts and methods
  • Expand your facilitation tool kit with games, activities, and more games!
  • Adapt games for different specific populations
  • Build skills to enhance a circle’s musicality with pitch, tempo, timbre, etc
  • Practice, practice, practice — leading games and facilitating in-circle


  • Deepen personal understanding and confidence about rhythm
  • Improve drumming skills and sense of rhythm in your body
  • Discover a variety of musical styles, forms and instruments
  • Open your channels for musical improvisation
  • Experience deep-groove, in-the-moment music-making like never before!

Advanced Facilitation

  • Learn new ideas from experienced facilitators
  • Jump in and stretch yourself in a supportive environment
  • Learn ways to facilitate success before and after the circle
  • Exchange ideas and advice to handle challenging situations
  • Apply facilitation concepts to enhance your business and life

Professional Application

  • Explore program designs for different populations
  • Hear and share inspiring stories from around the world
  • Expand and clarify your vision for this work
  • Make connections for continuing support and collaboration
  • CEU credits available for select professions

CEUs for Music Therapists

Earn 45 credits for the Hawaii 6-day training. Village Music Circles' courses are approved by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) for Continuing Music Therapy Education credits. Village Music Circles (Provider #P-062) maintains responsibility for program quality and adherence to CBMT policies and criteria. Click here for Details.

Hawaii Teachers / Facilitators

Jim Boneau

Jim BoneauJim Boneau is a facilitator, teacher, speaker and coach who has a passion for igniting leaders and professionals who are committed to the development of others. In 2000, after achieving success in corporate America, Jim participated in his first VMC Hawaii Playshop. He was so inspired from that experience that he left corporate America to embark on a journey to find his own authentic voice. Jim has discovered that the learning from drum circle facilitation training goes far beyond his skills in a drum circle.

Arthur Hull

ArthurBellFounder of Village Music Circles, and author of four books on the subject, Arthur Hull has traveled worldwide teaching drum circle facilitation playshops in 34 countries. Arthur has taught thousands of people the art of rhythm facilitation, creating a ripple-effect of connection, well-being, and happiness that has enhanced the lives of millions.