What are Drum Circles?


Drum Circles are not ALL about Drumming!

Drum circles are so much more.  Research continues to demonstrate that drumming circles are an effective tool marking statistically significant changes in physical, emotional, mental health and wellness! When we drum together, it feels like a breath of fresh air in this fragmented-stressed-out-world!  Research is pouring out pointing to Therapeutic Drum Circles as a powerful option to help reduce stress and build a sense of community. News flash: This is good news! Research suggests that both stress and a lack of social connection are the primary determining factors for mental, and physical illness.

Research Articles

We use a diverse collection of drums from around the world in a new and powerful therapeutic drum circle protocol that is rapidly growing nation-wide known as: the ICDC – (Integrated Community Drum Circle), informed by Judy Atkinson’s Drum Codes, Founder and President of Circles of Rhythm (1997-2017) .

The ICDC‘s offer the following benefits and applications:


  • Mental clarity
  • Mood enhancement
  • Community connection
  • Physical energy


  • Wellness & Stress Relief
  • Team and Community Building
  • Social Events and Celebrations

“Good luck staying grouchy in a Drum Circle!
The only guaranteed side effect of a Drum Circle is JOY!” – Judy Atkinson

Our drum circles create a  fun, supportive, and a safe environment and are facilitated by professional trained ICDC facilitators who are passionate about bringing this unique tool to you.

No Experience is Required
Drums are Provided

Our approach is based in research by Dr Barry Bittman, Dr Bruce Perry and Music Therapist Christine Stevens.  We are also proud to have the only comprehensive community and therapeutic training program in Canada.

ICDC – Training Program

People all over the world are waking up to the powerfully positive therapeutic effects of participating regularly in an Integrated Community Drum Circle.

“Drum circles don’t have the power to change the world… but the world can change in the pursuit of living our lives as we do in the Integrated Community Drum Circle. I learn to watch, listen, and feel – shifting from the me – to the  – we! I continue to stretch and learn more about myself and the human-condition, every time I step out to facilitate an ICDC” – Julien Lepage, MSW, Leadership, RSW, Master ICDC Facilitator.

Circles of Rhythm’s Mission Statement:

Setting the stage for people to Watch, Listen, Feel, and Heal with the rhythms of LIFE!

For more information about how to introduce the ICDC into your life, contact Circles of Rhythm’s owner and visionary:

Julien Lepage, MSW Leadership, RSW – Master ICDC Facilitator & Lead Instructor. 

Phone: 403-479-6968;  Email: julien@circlesofrhythm.com