Mentor Experience


“I found what I came looking for in this Mentors’ Experience, and I look forward to seeing it manifest in the near future, as I move forward on my path as a Mentor, in all aspects of my life.  Arthur's Playshop has such a far-reaching connection to all of us and to the communities that we connect with and serve.”

—Donna Mass ‘08

“The extreme professionalism and deep experience of the organising, teaching and mentoring team – their enthusiastic urge to share, to involve us in a big community building project, to make us vibrant cells of a greater body. One keyword to express what I felt at the end of the playshop: us.”

—Diana Soleya, Italy 2008

Advanced Facilitation  •  Building Leaders  •  Community Mentoring

The Mentor Experience is for advanced Facilitators ready to learn by leading. This 10-day leadership training is designed to strengthen Leadership and Facilitation skills by mentoring others through the week-long training process.

A major focus of the Mentor Experience is the leadership training which begins with a 3-day Leadership Forum. Mentors will experience process oriented activities designed to develop group process skills, communication strategies and leadership techniques. Building a cohesive mentor team provides the first step toward building our rhythm community during the 6-day Facilitator Intensive Trainings.

The Mentor Experience reinforces community service values while developing breadth and depth in facilitation practice. Both challenging and rewarding, advanced Facilitators will stretch the boundaries of their DCF practice, leadership and community building skills.  


The 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 Facilitators’ Intensive Training.

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.

Mentors will have plenty of time to practice and develop their own facilitation skills during small group practice and community “Jump-Time!”

Networking with other community leaders and professional Drum Circle Facilitators offers Mentors an inspiring and stimulating environment for skills development.

Learning Objectives

  • Experience powerful process-communication skills
  • Learn motivational mentoring techniques
  • Enhance your professional Drum Circle Facilitation skills
  • Become an effective community leader

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. More info on VMC Certification.


  • Must have graduated from the Basic Facilitator Intensive
  • Must be actively facilitating community rhythm events
  • Will be ready to develop advanced facilitation skills
  • Will be capable of small group leadership
  • Enrollment is subject to selection by senior VMC facilitators

Qualify for VMC Certification!