'I had the pleasure to meet Jamie Jones through two courses I teach; the HealthRHYTHMS group empowerment drumming facilitation, co-taught by Dr. Barry Bittman, MD, and the Change Your Life Through RHYTHM training, co-taught with Lakota Elder shaman Manny Sandoval. Since I met her in 2010, I have seen her passion grow in extending the outreach of Group Empowerment Drumming to many with health concerns in her community and also for general health promotion. She is very dedicated and works to understand the needs and desires of her clients and groups so that she can facilitate a meaningful circle for all the participants.
In addition, Jamie volunteers to assist me in presenting keynotes and workshops at conferences for behavioral health and addictive disorders. Her level of professionalism is significant and her ability to present the benefits of group drumming is very credible.
Currently, Jamie facilitates circles for the University of California Irvine’s Campus Assault Resources and Education Department. She has also partnered with Zabie Khorakiwala's “Yoga as Healing” leading circles for Survivors of Sexual Assault. She has also facilitated support groups at Hoag Hospital and UC Irvine Medical Center. She also pioneered the first drum circles in a grocery store for Whole Foods Market in Tustin, CA.
Jamie Jones is a professional, compassionate facilitator that I highly recommend for HealthRHYTHMS and group drumming experiences for health, wellbeing, and healing. '
Christine Stevens, MSW, MT-BC
author, Music Medicine
Founder, UPBeat DRum Circles