Weekend Drum Circle Facilitator Playshop
About John

John J Hagedorn is the owner and principal learning facilitator for Better Training Solutions (BTS) based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  He has been conducting programs in business communications for corporate and academic communities throughout the region since 1991. 


A lifelong drummer, John introduced group drumming into his teambuilding programs in 2004 and attended his first VMC training the following year.  Since then, learning drum circle facilitation has transformed the way he does his work and conducts his programs.  He abides by Galileo’s wisdom: “You can’t teach anyone anything; you can only help them find it within themselves.”


John has brought drum circles into schools, churches, corporations, and communities.  He works closely with the Malaysian Parkinson’s Disease Association providing regular “rhythm exercise” classes for its members and for conferences. 


Since his rhythm work has become increasingly important, John formed MYbeat Drum Circles to handle this side of his business.  In addition to running drum circles, MYbeat  organizes rhythm workshops and training programs throughout the year.  John and his daughter, Rhonwyn, are also the producers for the biannual Asian Rhythm Facilitators’ Conference.


John is a certified trainer for VMC’s Weekend Playshop for the Southeast Asian region.

About John's Playshop

In this weekend facilitator training, participants will have extensive practice opportunities in the facilitation techniques and the skills needed to lead a drum circle event for a variety of populations. Group instruction and discussions combine with small group activities using movement, voice, musical instruments, and improvisational rhythm games. Critique and feedback are an important part of the learning process.  Opportunities for networking with other DCFs of many cultures, backgrounds and experience levels provide stimulation and inspiration to developing facilitators.  The Basic Facilitator Training is an intensive high-powered, dynamic experience.


Participants must commit to the entire weekend and be ready to work hard and learn a lot — while having loads of fun doing so.  No experience necessary, drums and persussion provided.


An open Community Drum Circle will run after the program for participants to invite their families and friends and demonstrate their new facilitation skills.


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Playshop Details

Date     24 - 26 August 2018 (Friday - Sunday)

Time     Facilitators Challenge    10am - 7pm all three days

              New Facilitators    Friday, 5pm - 7pm    Saturday - Sunday, 10am - 7pm 

Venue  TBA