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University of Creation Spirituality
Doctor of Ministry Degree/Certificate Program

January 2004 Intensive
January 12-16 2004 CA

Mindful Drumming: Ancient Wisdom for Unleashing the Human Spirit and Community Building - # 61088

Instructor: Kokomon Clottey

Faculty Bio:  

Kokomon Clottey was born to the Ga-Adagbe trie in Accra, the capital of Ghana in West Africa. The Ga society is rich with ancient codes of conduct, deep spiritual beliefs, and awesome rituals of power. Kokomon is an interpreter of this Indigenous African tribe’s wisdom and rituals.

Kokomon is a storyteller, record producer, author, and teacher. He has produced two compact disk, Love is the Answer, and Mystic Vision, and is the co-author with his wife Aeesha of Beyond Fear: Twelve Spiritual Keys to Racial Healing (Tiburon, CA: HJ Kramer, 1998.) He contributed to Imagine What American Could be in the Twenty-First Century: Visions of a Better Future form Leading American Thinkers (Emmaus, PA: Rodale, 2000) and is the author of Mindful Drumming: Ancient Wisdom for Unleashing the Human Spirit and Building Community (2004).

Kokomon is the cofounder of the Attitudinal Healing Connection Inc., in Oakland, California. He is also cofounder of the Center for Attitudinal Healing in Ghana, West Africa.

Course Description:   This course is interdisciplinary in scope. Conceptually, it challenges and presents the underpinning reasons for our common threads as homo sapiens. It truly explains ;the wisdom of our innate connection with the ARTS and creates the opportunity for inquiry. Mindful Drumming comes form the twin concepts of rhythm and vibration and is not limited only to drumming. Other components include movement, chant, spoken and written word. This course aims sto uncover the mysteries of the different levels of communications and our genetic inheritance of rhythm and vibrations from our ancestors. Deep listening is the art of being present in the now and an important component of  Mindful Drumming in opening the doors to healing relationships and building community. Additionally, there will be an exploration of rhythmic mutations, permutations and combinations in relation to multiculturalism.

Objectives:                 Students will explore a direct experience of the twin realities of rhythm, sound and vibration. They will learn how to be transported into a state of mishe or happiness and enhance their ability to be in touch with their authentic power.  Additionally, students will practice community building through mindful drumming and forge a new relationship with one another as well as a wiser stewardship of mother Earth.

Schedule:                    Theory and practice from 1:30-4:30 PM

Suggested Reading:  

Mindful Drumming: Ancient Wisdom for Unleashing the Human Spirit and Building Community, by Kokomon Clottey, Original Blessing, One River Many Wells, both by Matthew Fox, Alternative Medicine, Puyallup, Breath was the first Drummer: A Treatise on Drums, Drumming and Drummers, by Dru Kristel, Welcoming Spirit Home, etc., Sobonfu E. Some, The Complete Poems of Maya Angelou, by Maya Angelou, Selected Pomes Langston Hughes, by Langston Hughes, The Essential Rumi, Translations by Coleman Barks with John Moyne, The Gift, Poems by Hafiz, Beyond Fear: Twelve Spiritual Keys to Racial Healing, by Kokomon Clottey & Aeesha A. Clottey, Drum Circle Spirit: Facilitating Human Potential Through Rhythm, by Arthur Hull.

Class Size:                  Limit is 25 unless otherwise specificed.

Materials Needed:    Drum & Personal Journal. 

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