Nothing beats drumming at PEEC

Pocono Environmental Education Center will offer a drum making weekend in May, led by Master Drummer, Maxwell
Kofi Donkor.

While growing up in Ghana, West Africa, Donkor learned traditional drumming at his grandfather’s knee. Now he teaches it in the Tri-state area.

I had the pleasure of attending one of Donkor’s drumming circles a few years ago. There were more people than drums so I kept rhythm by slapping my thighs.

Donkor stood in the middle of the circle and told stories about beats and one by one, assigned different rhythms until together, the group was making a powerful, complex, united sound.

When the drum circle ended, I felt relaxed, satisfied and energized.

Donkor calls drumming the “heartbeat of humanity, balancing the negative and positive energies of the everyday hectic life in the community.”

There is a primal satisfaction in hitting a drum head. Ask any toddler. Or better, attened the PEEC drumming weekend, starting Friday
afternoon, May 4 and continuing through Saturday, May 5.

Donkor will lead participants through the steps of making their own drums, from selecting the natural materials and soaking the skins to heading the shells.

He will lead introductory drumming lessons, sunrise drumming, historical drumming culture, and more.

No experience is necessary.

Registration is $250. The program includes one night of lodging and four meals.

Donkor will return to PEEC throughout the summer for additional drumming programs. Moonlit drumming will
be held at PEEC on July 14, 7-9pm. Registration is $30 for adults and $15 for children.
Another moonlit drumming circle will be held on August 31.

To register, call PEEC at
570-828-2319.

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