Winter Solstice Event


Monica’s 2024 schedule of drumming (so far J)



Hello drumming enthusiasts!


This year’s Winter Solstice Drum/Potluck/Fundraiser will be DEC 18th from 4 – 6 pm at the Royston Hall (at the lights in Royston). Please bring a potluck dish to share (pre-cooked, we haven’t rented the kitchen) with anywhere from 15 – 40 people J (and your own plates & eating utensils) as well as any drums/rhythm instruments you may have! As always, family and friends are invited and there will be extra drums available for use. AND if you are feeling so inclined, we are once again raising funds for another year of schooling for our dear Mary Clare in Kenya! Please check emails before heading out – as always, this event is weather-dependent! OH: and have I mentioned how much I LOVE POTLUCKS?!?


Please note: my refund/credit policy is changing a bit for 2024 for Royston classes. There will be no refunds or credits issued in the event that classes are cancelled due to weather or instructor illness (you may have noticed the latter has not happened for the last almost 4 yrs!!). If, however, weather or instructor illness force more than 2 weeks of cancellations, credits for any missed classes above the initial 2 will be issued to those students requesting them. Everyone attending my classes should be receiving, free of charge, videos to use for at-home practice and, as many of my current students (you know who you are, thank you! J) have pointed out, this allows all of you to get into the groove even when classes are not in session due to unforeseen circumstances. If this is an issue for anyone, you can always feel free to pay the drop in fee instead of paying up front for the full session….Thank you all for your understanding!


SCHEDULE 2024 (for now)



COURTENAY REC – register 250 338 5371 asap (some classes fill quickly and registration has been open since Nov 14)


Intermediate African Drumming:

Fridays, January 12 – March 22 (no class February 9) 12 noon- 1:00 pm Native Sons Upper Hall


Beyond Beginners African Drumming:

Fridays, January 12 – March 22 (no class February 9) 1:30 – 2:30 pm Native Sons Upper Hall

***as there is no beginners class scheduled, please sign up for this class for now if you are a Beginner and/or don’t feel ready as a Beyond Beginner to move to Intermediate. I will be in discussion with Courtenay Rec early January to determine how this class will look and will be in touch with those registered. If you are uncertain as to what to register for, email me J NB Beginners WILL BE offered again in the spring session but there is never any guarantee that it will run – very dependent on numbers so get those friends of yours registered!***


Drums Alive for Every-Body:

Mondays, January 22 – March 18 (no class February 19) 12:15 – 1:15 pm Native Sons Upper Hall



ROYSTON – pre-register by emailing me


Mondays, January 22 – March 18 (no class February 19)


Intermediate Dun duns (African bass drums): 2:30 – 3:15 pm

Intermediate African Drumming: 3:30 – 4:30 pm

**sorry no beginner duns this session (anyone interested, please send me an email so I can gauge numbers for a possible class in spring)**



ERRINGTON  - pre-register through ACRA (Arrowsmith Community Recreation Association) or by emailing Kristine: stephenson@live.ca


Tuesdays, February 27 – May 14 (no class March 26), Errington War Memorial Hall


Beginner African Drumming: 3:00 – 3:45 pm

Intermediate Dun duns (African bass drums): 4:00 – 4:30 pm

**sorry no beginner duns, only those attending Intermediate Djembe can sign up for this class**

Intermediate African Drumming: 4:30 – 5:30 pm



Wednesdays, March 6 – May 1 (no class March 27), Errington War Memorial Hall

DRUMS ALIVE: 5:30 – 6:30 pm

***Please spread the word about this class starting up again in Errington! Check out what it’s all about by visiting: Drums Alive Comox Valley on Facebook J ***





AMAZING WEEKEND OF DRUM & DANCE with Kocassale Dioubate!

We had a wonderful weekend drumming and dancing with Koca (Nov 11-12)! Thanks to all who contacted me to express interest: it was a FULL HOUSE! 

Koca is now on his way back to Guinea for a number of months; but when he comes back (2024), he and I have something INCREDIBLE planned for all you rhythm lovers! STAY TUNED :) 


Hello all you rhythm lovers! Here is my fall schedule, hope to see you at one class or another! 

COURTENAY Register through Courtenay Recreation 250 338 5371 

Drums Alive: Mondays 12:15 - 1:15 pm Native Sons Hall, Sept 18 - Dec 18 (except Oct 2, 9 & Nov 13) 
Intermediate African Drumming: Fridays 12 noon - 1:00 pm Native Sons Hall, Sept 8 - Dec 15 (except Oct 6, 13, Dec 1, 8) 
Beyond Beginners African Drumming: Fridays 1:30 - 2:30 pm Native Sons Hall, Sept 8 - Dec 15 (except Oct 6, 13, Dec 1, 8) 
Beginners African Drumming: Fridays, 10:15 - 11:15 am Upper Filberg, Sept 8 - Dec 1 (except Sept 22, Oct 20, 27, Nov 10, 17, 24) *** This class runs only subject to minimum registration being met. *** 

ROYSTON (Royston Community Hall) Preregister by replying to this email. 

All classes run Mondays, Sept 18 - Dec 11 (except Oct 9 & Nov 13) (12 classes) 
2:30 - 3:15 pm Intermediate/Advanced Duns/African Bass Drums (if you are new to this class, please contact me for permission) 
3:30 - 4:30 pm Intermediate/Advanced Djembe + Duns 

ERRINGTON (Errington War Memorial Hall) Register with Kristine @ ACRA: stephenson@live.ca 

All classes run Tuesdays, Sep 12 - Dec 12 (except Oct 10, 31, Nov 14) 

3:00 - 3:45 pm Beginners African Hand Drumming 
4:00 - 4:30 pm Duns/African Bass Drums (if you are new to this class, please contact me for permission) 
4:30 - 5:30 pm Intermediate/Advanced African Hand Drumming (+duns) 

LIGHTHOUSE COMMUNITY HALL (Qualicum Bay) Register through Lighthouse Community Recreation (https://recreation.lighthousehall.ca/recreation-programs/) 

Drums Alive Wednesdays, Sept 13 - Nov 1, 5:30 - 6:30 pm 

Weekend Appetizer Workshops (HealthRhythms, African Drumming & Bucket Drumming): Dates/Times TBA **please email me if you want to be kept in the loop** 

WINTER SOLSTICE POTLUCK/DRUM/FUNDRAISER Royston Community Hall, 4 - 6 pm Dec 18th 
Bring a dish to share, your instrument(s) (there will be some to share), your friends & family, your donation to Mary Clare's continuing education in Kenya, and your good spirits! We'll hope the weather holds! All welcome 

SPECIAL EVENTS!! A very special treat for the Comox Valley! My friend Shasta is bringing a TaKeTiNa workshop back to the Island! Please read and register - you won't regret it... 

TaKeTiNa Rhythm Meditation 7:30-10 pm, Sept. 15th Sally's Yurt, 1957 Arden Rd. Courtenay 
$20 or pay what you can. 
This is a very rare opportunity to be led into a deeply embodied experience of rhythm by Shasta Martinuk & Ruby Rowat, the only two certified TaKeTiNa teachers in Canada, assisted by special guest teacher Deborah Masterson from Hawaii. 
Email shastamartinuk@gmail.com to register and for more information. 

What are we offering? TaKeTiNa is an embodied, collective rhythm process using your senses: voice, simple steps, and claps. Come along to fall into, and out of, rhythm. Discover how you learn, and learn something new. We each are alive with rhythm: a beating heart, breathing rate, times to sleep, time to be aware. Participants are invited to listen to, and heed, your body's signals: should you feel like lying down, or letting go of the steps and participating only with your voice, or observing the process - all Ways are welcome. 

AND: Hold on to your hats, KOCA is coming back for workshops this fall! Another wonderful opportunity to learn African drum & dance from a master! If you are interested in receiving further info about Kocassale Dioubate, djembe master and griot from Guinea, West Africa, and the workshops he'll be offering in the Valley this fall on NOVEMBER 25 - 26, please email me. I will likely only send workshop details out to those who express interest. Thanks! 

LASTLY: anyone curious about or wanting to continue with BUCKET DRUMMING classes, please drop me a line. Things are in the works ;)