• Learn to lead with Creative Rhythms.

  • Make a Difference with Creative Rhythms Facilitator Training. Find the training you need to make an impact. 

  • Select the training level that fits your life.

Begin with a 2-Day Drum Circle Facilitator Training or begin with an Apprenticeship and you could lead your first solo event in as early as 6 months.





What is Creative Rhythms ?
Experiential creative expression activities. Creative Rhythms events include one or more wellness experiences in each specialty: expressive arts, rhythm and meditation. Each activity can be beneficial on its own. A blend of two or three of these creative expression experiences can heighten the effects and provide greater long-term benefits for well-being.

Vision/Mission: The Creative Rhythms Mission is simple: Build bridges that inspire connection and community through creative, self-development experiences. These bridges inspire strong community foundations within existing groups/facilities and create building blocks for newly forming communities or businesses.

Why was this program developed in 2018:
In 2016, we saw rapid, increased interest in our programs. So much so, we had to turn down both paid & volunteer opportunities to make impact in our community. In late 2018, we developed and launched the Creative Rhythms Facilitator Training Program to meet this rising interest & demand for our programs. We want to train you to lead our effective, science-based wellness programs.

Who would would benefit most from this training:
• Drummers, artists, wellness practitioners seeking growth (personal & professional)
• Persons experiencing a life transition & seeking like-minded people
• LAC community members looking to become part of the team
• Drum Circle Facilitators searching to add a uniqueness to their program
• Teachers, leaders, healthcare & mental health professionals searching for alternative modalities to incorporate within their program/community.

What time commitment is involved in becoming CRF Certified to confidently lead rhythm events?

  • Intro Level: one 2-Day Training” specialty + a 3-hour rhythm event

  • Apprentice—Level One: one “2-Day Training” specialty + three, 3-hour rhythm events

  • Intermediate—Level Two: two “2-Day Trainings” specialties + six, 3-hour rhythm events

  • Advanced—Level Three: two “2 day trainings” specialties + six, 3-hour rhythm events + a “2-Day Rhythm Intensive” + the Creative Rhythms Graduate Retreat

  • Team Leader: Completion of Advanced Certification + the Creative Rhythms Graduate Retreat + Complete Team Leader Application

What are the levels, and do I have to achieve them all to get started?

  • No, each level is designed to get this program out into communities where it's needed.

What's each level and what you can do right away? Can I get to work immediately?

  • Intro Level: 2-Day CR Drum Circle Facilitator training: Start a your own drum circle

  • CRF Apprenticeship: Co-facilitate with our team at events (volunteer opportunities only)

  • CRF Intermediate: Co-facilitate and lead our team at events (some paid & mentorship opportunities)

  • CRF Advanced: Lead events with our team and be a mentor (paid opportunities & accepted into Team Leadership Program)

  • CRF Team Leader: Lead/Design/plan CR Events + Administrative Benefits

Do I have to want to learn all 3 specialties (Expressive Art, Sound Meditation, & Rhythm)?
• No. This is only required for to be a Team Leader.

What other certification programs are offered with Creative Rhythms?
• We also offer Expressive Arts & Sound Meditation certifications through our 2-Day Trainings.

How do I become a CRF Team Leader?
• Through our training levels: Apprentice/Intermediate/Advanced level system.
• After completing requirements for the Advanced CR Facilitator Training, you would apply to become a Team Leader.

What does a CR Team Leader do?
• Become part of a team online and in-person
• Team Leaders facilitate CR events and become part of the foundation of CRFT Programs

What are the benefits of being a CR Team Leader?
• Benefits include business connections and paid opportunities

What if I have never experienced drumming?..or Painting...or Meditation before now?
• The Team Leader Training is extensive with limitless possibilities for learning about each specialty (art, drumming, meditation).
• During the events, you will have ample opportunities to explore and experience the benefits of each area of wellness.
• Click this link to learn more about all 3 specialties and the proven benefits.

What if I am curious, but I’m not sure if I can commit time and finances for the trainings?What are my options:

• Attend a 1-day Workshop: "Discover Your Creative Rhythms"
• Attend any of the 2, monthly drum circles at Liverpool Art Center
• Attend a rhythm event at any Creative Rhythms Affiliate locations
• Attend a 2-Day Drum Circle Facilitator Training

Each event is designed as a one-time experience for anyone who is curious about Creative Rhythms Facilitation. These events are experiential, self-care & self-development workshops.

What if I love the workshops and take the training, but can’t attend the Graduate Retreat to complete this year's certification as a CR Team Leader?

  • There are always options because our goal is to create community connections. Here are some options below.(If you don't see one that helps you, please email us.)

  • There is no deadline to become a Team Leader. There's always next year!

  • Keep coming to the events listed above. This will help you to stay connected and to build your skills as a facilitator.

  • The requirements will be listed on your hours sheet, so it's clear as you accumulate training/experiences/required hours.

2020 MENTORSHIP PROGRAM: In 2020, the newly certified CR Team leaders will mentor those interested in becoming part of our Creative Rhythms team in 2020. Email us if you would like an application for the 2020 Mentorship Program. Persons accepted into this program will be offered special discounts.


Fill out this mini-application and let us know if you have experience with us or other DCF organizations. If you have no experience, we’d still love for you to apply for our full-year “Team Leader” DCF Training.

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Facilitator Training

Creative Rhythms Training Manual

for Rhythm Programs….

Take a look inside of one of our training manuals. We offer 3 facilitator training specialties:

  • Expressive Arts: Meditative Painting & Creative Jam Sessions

  • Rhythm: Creative Rhythms Drum Circle Facilitation

  • Meditation: Creative Rhythms Sound Meditation

This sample CR Rhythm Wellness manual shows how we inspire participants to bring their own ideas to create a unique, community-based program. And, it requires less musical skill than you might expect!

Take a look inside to see how you can bring your experiences and strengths to light. Discover the leader within and learn how to create exciting, innovation events that inspire connection and community.

Health Benefits of Drumming:

Recent peer-reviewed, neurological research has showcased the positive impact of rhythmic music for people who have experienced trauma to improve improve emotional regulation and reduce stress and anxiety associated with relapse. Additionally, experiential therapies such as drumming offer…

Evidence Based Research

It’s an exciting time to be drumming for a cause! Researchers in mental and physical health are providing evidence-based research that affirms the many benefits of drumming, expressive arts, and meditation practices. Their research offers statistics & resources to support the good work we do in our communities.


Read what participants and trainees have said about our program over the 12 years in the rhythm for wellness business.