Our Team

Our team is committed to providing professional Rhythm Based Events
that are designed to transform, inform and inspire

team

We are a group of passionate individuals who have been attracted to the drum circle as a tool for well-being in our own lives, and see it as an instrument for healing and transformation in the workplace, and the community.

This is more than a job, it is our vocation, and our purpose, to help people thrive, even in difficult times!

 Judy Atkinson, Founder and President Circles of Rhythm, IDCF, MED, BA

happy me!Judy Atkinson is an inspired speaker, accomplished facilitator, and an authentic optimist. Joy is her compass as she consistently shines with a naturally positive attitude. Winner of Global TV’s Woman of Vision Award, and CTV’s Inspired Calgarian, Judy has provided drum circle workshops and interactive keynotes to thousands of people across North America for over 17 years.

Now a well recognized form of professional development and complimentary health strategy, Judy uses the drum and the drum circle as her core teaching tool. She seamlessly weaves together drumming with stories, and connects them to important messages which heal, inform and inspire.

Jamie Gore, IDCF & Artist

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Jamie discovered the drum circle at Calgary Women’s Centre workshop and knew instantly that it was for her.  She complete Drum Circle Facilitation Training shortly thereafter and has been mentored by Judy Atkinson and Circles of Rhythm for over 7 years.  In addition to her drum art workshops, Jamie’s core gift as a facilitator is working with youth, mental and physical health, disabilities and seniors.  Her new life intention is to bring the joy and connection she experienced in her first drum circle to others!  It is her hope to show us that we all have a natural unique rhythm and creativity waiting to burst forth for all to enjoy!

 

Julien Lepage, IDCF, Director of The Rhythm Project, Social Worker 

Julien Lepage, father of twins and a baby, full time Mental Health Social Worker and Professional Drum Circle Facilitator, describes his passion as being of service and seeing people thrive not just survive. With over 6 years of working with adults who experience life with a chronic and persistent mental illness, Julien is also a professional musician and

julien-2013uses his training as a drum circle facilitator to ignite people’s spirits through music and rhythm!  It is Julien’s vision to continue to help people through rhythm and music using the drum as a tool for healing: providing opportunities of reflection, self care, mindfulness, and to foster state of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual growth. Those who meet Julien or experience one of his circles rave about his energy, rhythmical talent and wisdom.

 

Jon Pocock, IDCF, Team member of The Rhythm Project,  Recreational Therapist
jonJon Pocock, is a father of 2 young children and a full time Recreational Therapist who works in the field of Addictions & Mental Health. Jon was introduced to the drum circle through the Rhythm Project initiative at South Health Campus. After just one experience Jon was hooked! He then completed his DCF training in 2015. Jon naturally pieces together his experiences of being a father & husband, his background in competitive sports and what he has learnt on his personal journey through the drum, to motivate and inspire individuals to succeed in many of life challenges. Jon brings his natural positive outlook on life and high energy to his unique style of facilitation.

 

Trovor Uruski, Sound Healer, Didgeridoo Master

trevorDidgeridoo performer, teacher and sound therapist,  Trevor completed the Circles of Rhythm Drum Circle Facilitation Training in 2013, and has attended drum circles as an active therapeutic performer and facilitator for several years.  He is a soundscape and vocal artist, spiritual writer, poet, friend and guide. Spiritual aspirant of several years now Trevor is sharing the fruits of his labor through music, presence, word and sound. He is a seeker and collaborator for individual and social healing projects and spiritual awakening.
Blessings to you!