The beautiful valley in which I live and work provides a perfect environment for rest, relaxation, healing and renewal. The land, with its sloping green fields and ancient oak woods, all gently rolling down towards the bay of Combe Martin and out into the Atlantic Ocean, has its own powerful healing energies and stories of old. And so it is ideal for this

programme of events to which you are invited.


All events listed will be held here at Newberry Valley Park, North Devon unless stated otherwise. You might like to bookmark this page

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Drumming & Dancing Day

Sunday 30th September 2018




However, if you remain interested in attending this workshop at a later date then please email me to express your interest


10.30 am to 4.30 pm 


Location - Manor Hall, Berrynarbor, Near Ilfracombe EX34 9SG


£50 per person

 I am delighted that Allan Kerr and Denise Rowe of Shumba Arts coming up to North Devon once again to share with us their creativity, music, movement, skills, and experience. Drawing upon their extensive knowledge of rhythms, dances, and songs from the African Diaspora this amazing day event will build self-confidence, teamwork, self-expression and ignite a passion for life!


This event is for anyone who loves African drum and dance and would like to learn some fabulous drum and dance techniques and have some fun too. In addition, the whole experience improves your connection to your body, mind and soul. No previous drumming or dance experience is necessary and drums will be provided, though if you have either a djembe or other similar African style drum then you are welcome to bring it along.  


Allan is passionate about creating a hands-on musical experience for people of all ages and backgrounds. Using traditional and contemporary rhythms, he utilises body percussion, vocals and storytelling to bring out the music that is inside everyone.


He has been teaching and facilitating workshops for over 15 years and also performs with a range of bands including Ombiviolum and Dakar Audio Club. A sensitive and laid back teacher and performer, Allan will bring the magic of rhythm and music into your day. 

Denise is a movement artist, dancer,  choreographer, musician and creative producer who draws primarily from Pan-African dance forms.


She is an associate lecturer at the University of Plymouth and has over 12 years experience of leading dance and movement workshops in schools, colleges, universities, dance companies and community settings around the world.


Denise has trained in African dance and is passionate about the essential role of music and dance in our wellbeing.

The plan for the day is to:-

~ Start with dance from 10.30 am till 1 pm

~ Enjoy a shared lunch together from 1 pm till 2 pm

~ Drum from 2 pm till 4.30 pm finish (with an option to dance together again at the end)


Tea, coffee, and water will be provided.

Please bring a refillable bottle for your water and something tasty for the shared vegetarian lunch.


I suggest that you wear comfy loose clothing with layers.


It is my intention to use this workshop as the starting point for a regular drum and dance group in North Devon - this idea can be discussed in more detail on the day but anyone interested let me know your thoughts.