Drum Circle Leadership 

Transformational Trainings with Jim Donovan

Online and Live Training with Jim Donovan

Learn How To Lead Transformational Drum Circles

About Drum Circle Leadership

Drum Circle Leadership is a step-by-step system created by Jim Donovan M.Ed. designed to show you how to create and lead your own transformational drum circles.

During a live or online training you will discover: 

  • How to create fail-proof events for your participants
  • How to shift your drum circle from good to transformational
  • How to inspire collaboration within your circle
  • How to lessen and eliminate resistance from your groups
  • How to create an infinite source of rhythms with "Rhythm Seeds"
  • Social drum circle games for all ages
  • How to integrate percussion and budget friendly instruments
  • How to develop child-friendly drum circles
  • How to use rhythm & music with older adults
  • How to lead and shape drum circle music
  • How to gain confidence leading and speaking with groups
  • How to gain the trust of your group
  • How to use drumming & sound for wellness and stress relief

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Drum Circles are for everyone. The Drum Circle Leadership system is based on the idea that if there is desire to try, then there is a way to help. There are no prerequisites for our trainings, and musical training is not required. If you do have musical training, you will be delighted about how you will be able to use your existing skills a new ways. We'll show you how to get your drum circle started, and keep it exciting and fun for years to come.

Expert Training.

Drum Circle Leadership founder Jim Donovan M.Ed., is an award winning educator, author, and multi-platinum recording artist from the rhythmically infused band Rusted Root

Since 1999, he has brought his message of service through rhythm to tens of thousands of people at over 2500 learning events throughout the US and abroad. His instructional videos on YouTube have been viewed over 1.2 million times


Drum Circle Leadership supports you after your training. we offer you the opportunity to stay connected to our ever growing network of Drum Circle Leaders where you can always go to ask questions, get support and ideas. Trainees also get special discounts on future live and online trainings.

What Are Trainees Saying?

"I got so much more out of this program than just learning to lead a drum circle. The program held so many insights into the dynamics of facilitating people and empowering me and others towards true connectedness.  I highly recommend this program to anyone who works with people of any age or just wants to improve their circle/life skills."
Teresa Benedetti Canton, OH

"I, too, had a very successful, hugely successful circle with a group of women with addictions on Wed. eve. I'm still buzzin' from it. I would like to thank myself for choosing you, Jim, as my teacher. I'm happy to say that I left this group of 14 women to empowered, and wanting more. I've never received so many hugs and hand shakes in one evening."
Tammy O . Windsor, Ontario

"I just wanted to send you a quick note to say THANK YOU for everything you gave me at the training.  Today I had my first circle since attending the training, and the difference was like night and day."

Diana Hiatt

About Founder Jim Donovan M.Ed.

Jim Donovan M.Ed. is a musician and educator whose mission is to empower, inspire and connect people. In his work, Donovan uses music as a vehicle to teach personal growth, wellness, and the creation of community. 

He was a founding member of the popular 90's band Rusted Root whose hit “Send Me On My Way” propelled the band to multi-platinum status. Donovan was voted "Drum Circle Facilitator of the Year" by the readers of Drum! magazine. He holds a Masters in Educational Leadership from Saint Francis University where he is Chairman of the Fine Arts Department. He also holds a BA in classical music performance from the University of Pittsburgh.

Donovan is the author of the book “Drum Circle Leadership” and regularly offers trainings to individuals and organizations that teach people how to facilitate creative group music-making as a way to enhance wellness and social connection. These trainings include specialized, evidence-based programs for people who work with individuals with disabilities such as Autism as well as those in the addiction and recovery environment.

Over the past 15 years, Jim Donovan has taught thousands of people throughout the US and Europe to use the power of music to improve quality of life.

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