Drum Circle Facilitator & Teacher
Our prime objective is to use drums & percussion instruments to encourage self expression & creativity and to show people the therapeutic & healing power of the drum.
Naturali Catchi Rhythms
From March 2002
Michelle is a full time drum circle facilitator & teacher. She has been playing Djembe, bass drums & various types of percussion since 1998. Her solid foundations in Djembe came from her first teacher, Greg Stopforth. In 2001 she began facilitating interactive drum sessions for corporate team building events working with Eddie Bunting of Drums & Rhythm and Bevil Spence of Drumba among others.
She founded Naturali Catchi Rhythms in 2002 focusing primarily on the use of drums & percussion as a therapy tool to assist patients in their recovery process.
She has facilitated weekly sessions at Valkenberg Psychiatric hospital’s maximum & medium security wards and the occupational therapy department since 2005.
She facilitates weekly group therapy sessions at Stepping Stones Rehabilitation centre in Kommetjie since 2004 working with addiction patients.
She has taught weekly classes at Waldorf School in Constantia, Synergy School in Sunnydale and the Noordhoek Monterossi Pre-primary. She facilitates workshops with underprivileged children dealing with broken homes, abusive peers, addiction & the emotional trauma that goes with it working with CASE in Hanover Park, Cape Town and the One Love Learning Foundation project teaching at Cavalleria Primary School, Kraaifontein.
She regularly performed with the all women performance group “Women on Djembe” and The Beat It African Music Ensemble playing at weddings, social functions and corporate events. Her passion for drumming is evident & her wish is to share the empowering spirit of the drum with everyone she meets.
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