a word from Paul John Dear


Warning: Rhythmical Alchemist at Play 😉

This Drum Trek idea was born out of a desire to continue to share my rhythmical Spirit with communities, as I have been doing for over 20 years. (Started professionally in 1999)

Having met many wonderful folk along the road I couldn’t think of a better way of re-connecting with old friends and making new ones than in a drum circle…or 30+ of them…in 26 days….some trip huh?  It was literally a marathon effort 😉

It was also my way of trying to put something back into two organisations that have given me so much over the years. Both are at the heart of what community means to me and it gave me so much pleasure to be able to help them financially. Imagine how good it felt to put £7500 into their coffers. I am happy to report that as of September 2019 both are still thriving.

I took a month off from running Rhythmbridge and hit the road in the hope that my crazy journey would inspire people to put their hands in their pockets and help these two amazing charities fulfil their own dreams. ( Edit Note May 2023: Rhythmbridge has served its time as a stand alone vehicle for my work and is now underneath the umbrella that is Tinto Music and Arts)

Since founding Rhythmbridge in 1999 I have developed a way of working that is based very much in the present moment. “Work with what they give you,” a piece of advice offered to me by my Mentor and friend Arthur Hull many years since, has transformed how I look at my work. It has been for me a 360 degree shift and one which continues to fill my life with many things in my classes and circles.

The work gets pulled out of me, if I am open enough. No longer am I there just to impart my knowledge or teaching skills and push information IN but to create a learning environment where participants allow a drawing out of what it is that they want or require to move along their own road of learning and experience and to help me move along mine. Reciprocity at the heart of it all.

This idea for Drum Trek came from the same place.

It’s what I do.

Follow the drums that are following you.

I work with everyone equally. Students of culturally specific rhythms, community drum circle participants, children and teachers in schools…everyone is equal in the circle.

I am blessed with a life of Rhythm, Dance and Song.

Actually, thinking about it it’s not work at all. It’s play.

I hope to see you in the circle one day.

Luv n Peas

Paul John Dear September 2019.


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