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2022 Workshop Program

The following is the list of workshops for the 2022 Native Rhythms Festival. All of these workshops are free, except as noted where a nominal fee is charged to cover the cost of materials the attendee will take away from the workshop. All of these workshops have limited enrollment (most limited by the space in the workshop tent). Early (on-line) registration is strongly encouraged.

 


Workshop registration now open!


Workshop Registration

Use the instructions at the bottom of this page for advanced registration for individual workshops. Seats in all workshops will be allocated on a first-come/first-serve basis, beginning with advanced registration from this page. Any remaining seats (not allocated by advanced registration) will be available for on-site registration on a first-come/first-serve basis at the workshop check-in tent. Once all available seats have been allocated, a waiting list will be established for each workshop.

When registering, please limit your selections to 5 workshops that you actually plan to attend. PLEASE do not register for workshops that you "might" want to attend. It's not fair to others if workshops reach their stated capacity only because numerous people who aren't sure they will attend have registered, and others who really want to attend are blocked from registering. If you have more than 5 workshops that you want to attend, list those additional workshops in the stand-by section of your registration message and you will be placed on the waiting list for them.

Upon receipt of your registration request message, our workshop registrar will send an e-mail to you to confirm your registration or indicate your position on the waiting list. That confirmation message will come from the e-mail address NRFconf@gmail.com. Nothing else will be accepted as confirmation of your registration. You may wish to print out your confirmation e-mail message from NRFconf@gmail.com when it arrives, and bring it with you to the festival. 

In the past, some of our flute enthusiasts have registered for all workshops, including those they did not actually plan to attend. This prevented people wanting to attend those workshops from registering. We ask all to please be respectful of others. Do not sign up for workshops that you don't definitely plan to attend.

On-line advanced registration will open when the workshop schedule is published and closes at the end of the day on Sunday, November 6, 2022. A workshop check-in tent will be set at the entrance to the large workshop tent. On-site check-in for those who pre-register on-line is required, with empty seats filled at the check-in tent on a first-come/first-serve basis. A waiting list will be maintained when the workshop capacity is reached.

All advanced (pre-registered) registrants must check-in at the workshop check-in tent upon arrival at the festival on the day of their workshops to confirm their presence and their plan to participate in the workshops for which they have registered. Seats not confirmed in this manner will be reopened and made available to those on the stand-by list.

Although most of the workshops are designated as "space available" and likely will be able to accommodate all who wish to participate, we request that those who wish to participate in them submit an advanced registration request below so that we will have an idea of the number of people to expect and can plan accordingly. 

INDEX OF 2022 WORKSHOPS

Basic Introduction to the Native American Style Flute  (Linda Resnikoff & Indian River & Riverwind Flute Circles)

Understanding Pow Wow Drumming  (Lowery Begay)

Learning to Bead on a Loom  (Joyce Bugaiski)

How to Make an Edge Stitch   (Joyce Bugaiski)

Honoring the Sacredness of Water  (Johnny Dame)

Walking With Wisdom and Compassion  (Will Davis)

From Start to Finesse: Creating Patterns of Notes for Perfecting Skill and Creativity   (Timothy J.P. Gomez)

Guided Meditation with Drumming  (Randy Granger)

Rhythmic Connection: Drumming and Fluting Together  (Painted Raven)

South Meets North - Children's Workshop Ages 5-12   (Linda Resnikoff/Martha Pessaro)

Flutes in the World of Electronics  (Tommy Ransom)

The Art of Storytelling   (Dr. Frankie Rinaldi)

Balancing Rhythm with Timing   (Nelson Rios)

Stepping Back in Time  (Dock Silverhawk)

DESCRIPTIONS OF 2022 WORKSHOPS


Title:
Basic Introduction to the Native American Style Flute

Leader: Linda Resnikoff supported by Indian River and Riverwind Flute Circles members
Fee: Free
Scheduled time: Anytime
Program Length: Variable
Location: Main festival grounds near the Workshop Tent
Class Size: No limit

 

Due to concerns over spreading the COVID-19 virus, we will not be able to provide loaner flutes at this tent this year. People wanting to learn about playing a flute will need to bring their personal flute for instruction on it. If you don't already have a flute, there are a dozen or so flute makers in our Vendor Village who would love to help you find the right flute for you.

A separate vendor-style booth will be set up near the main workshop tent for on-going instruction in the basics of playing the Native American Style Flute. Skilled players, including volunteers from the Indian River and Riverwind Flute Circles, will rotate in leading this workshop. Participants must bring their own flute as we will not be able to provide loaner flutes this year as we have in the past. Instruction will include hand placement in properly holding the flute and covering the playing holes, mouth placement and basic breathing techniques, playing the basic scale, and other basic playing techniques. Instruction techniques will vary by instructor.


Title:
Understanding Pow Wow Drumming

Leader: Lowery Begay
Fee: Free
Scheduled time: Sunday, 9:30 - 10:30 AM.
Program Length: 1 hour
Location: Workshop tent, main festival grounds
Class Size: 25


If you've ever been to a Pow Wow, you hear the drummers playing and singing for the dancers. You also have heard drummers on our Native Rhythms stage during Ed WindDancer's cultural experiences. But have you ever wondered about the traditions of the Pow Wow drum? At this workshop, learn about the meaning of Pow Wow drumming and singing. 


Title:
Learning to Bead on a Loom

Leader: Joyce Bugaiski
Fee: $10.00 for provided supplies  (free if you provide the necessary supplies)
Scheduled time: Saturday, 3:00 - 5:00.
Program Length: 2 hours
Location: Workshop tent, main festival grounds
Class Size: 25

Learning to Bead on a Loom

This workshop is a basic/beginner class for persons that wish to learn how to bead on a beading loom.
This is also a class for those who need a refresher.
This is also a class for those beaders who just cannot get enough of beading and want to be there for fun.

The materials for this class will be a cost of $10.00 per person.
This includes: a bead loom, glass beads, needles, thread, and bead patterns.
If you register for this class and furnish all of your own supplies (listed above), there will be no cost to you.

THIS CLASS SIZE WILL BE LIMITED TO 25 STUDENTS.

QUIET WATCHERS WILL BE ALLOWED BUT MAY NOT HAVE ROOM FOR SEATING. 
YOU ARE WELCOME TO STAND AND WATCH AND QUIETLY SLIP OUT WHEN YOU CHOOSE.

 

"I love sharing my art and mostly 'self-taught' skills with anyone who wishes to learn. I find great joy in seeing the excitement of someone who has just learned how to do something new that I have taught them.  It fills my heart and spirit with great satisfaction of knowing traditional skills and crafting will continue on for generations.  

In my adult life I have overcome many obstacles to reach my goals in learning and sharing."

Joyce's art has been published many times, including 6 editions of the Cherokee Heritage Calendar, and has illustrated 2 children's books. She has also won over 100 awards for her art, including several at previous Native Rhythms Festival competitions. Joyce currently serves Native Rhythms as the competition coordinator and regularly leads workshops teaching crafts such as various styles of beading, dream catcher making, etc.


Title:
How to Make an Edge Stitch

Leader: Joyce Bugaiski
Fee: $5.00 for provided supplies  (free if you provide the necessary supplies)
Scheduled time: Sunday, 3:00-5:00 PM.
Program Length: 2 hours
Location: Workshop tent, main festival grounds
Class Size: 25

Learning to Make an Edge Stitch

This will be done on a leather strip to use for a bracelet or flute wrap.

The edge stitch(s) are stitches to put on the edges of bags, chokers, moccasins, cuffs, barrettes, etc. 
This particular stitch is also called a “Fret Stitch”.

This workshop is a basic/beginner class for persons that wish to learn how to an edge stitch to trim out clothing
 or anything else you may want to finish just a little fancier.

The materials for this class will be $5.00 per person.

This includes: Glass beads, needle, thread and a wrist sized piece of buckskin.

If you register for this class and furnish all of your own supplies (listed above), there will be no cost to you.

THIS CLASS SIZE WILL BE LIMITED TO 25 STUDENTS.

QUIET WATCHERS WILL BE ALLOWED BUT MAY NOT HAVE ROOM FOR SEATING. 
YOU ARE WELCOME TO STAND AND WATCH AND QUIETLY SLIP OUT WHEN YOU CHOOSE.

Title: Honoring the Sacredness of Water
Leader: Johnny Dame
Fee: Free
Scheduled time: Sunday, 11:30 - 12:30 PM.
Program Length: 1 hour
Location: Workshop tent, main festival grounds
Class Size: Space available

This workshop will honor the sacredness of Water with a Blessing that calls in the Spirit of the various watersheds of our state and includes any Waters brought to the workshop. The workshop will also include teaching about the Rights of Water and the Rights of Nature, and information about how people can participate in the FL5 campaign. George Tortorelli/Medicine Wind Music will provide musical accompaniment. Participants are encouraged to bring a small container of Water from their home watershed or local waterway. A handout will be provided for personal ceremony. All faith traditions are welcome.

This workshop is presented by Rights of Water, a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the ethical, moral, and spiritual dimensions of Floridians’ relationship with Water.

George Tortorelli of Medicine Wind Music will provide musical accompaniment.
We are delighted to have George as our guest flutist.

Johnny Dame is an Artist and Naturalist, Choctaw by heritage, who combines his fascination with nature with his talents and skills as a painter, muralist, leader, and presenter. He creates his Art with a desire to express his appreciation and devotion toward the Spirit that moves through the Universe affecting all things animate and inanimate, which is known to many different cultures. He believes that each and everyone of us can contribute to healing the Planet and providing for sustainability and survival, and that each of us has a responsibility to share our particular Gift and Talent. 

Johnny Dame is available for Commissioned Paintings and Drawings, Murals, Speaking Engagements and Classroom Presentations. His website is http://johnnydame.com.



Title:
Walking With Wisdom
and Compassion
Leader: Will Davis
Fee: Free
Scheduled time: Friday, 10:00 - Noon.
Program Length: 2 hours
Location: Workshop tent, main festival grounds
Class Size: Space available


Participants will leave this workshop with a greater understanding of what wisdom is and how connection is vital to oneself and their greater environment. 

Walking With Wisdom and Compassion…is a workshop/seminar based on the book written by Will Davis. The workshop/Seminar will be an abbreviated version of the offered full day workshop/seminar. During the several hours of this seminar presented as part of the Native Rhythms Festival, the participant will engage in defining what ‘wisdom’ means for them and sharing some accolades of how it has worked in their lives. The participant will be guided through several meditations including a short walking meditation. The idea of connection and being connected will be part of the presentation. Will has a Facebook page and copies of the book, “Walking With Wisdom-A Path To Understanding” will be available for purchase. 

Will Davis is an experienced workshop/seminar provider for over 25 years. He has provided professional training for areas such as mental health, HIV/AIDS awareness, Human Resources, Stress Management, Communication Skills, Cultural Awareness, and Spirituality. He has presented all over the country including, Florida, Arizona, Oklahoma, Washington, DC, and Oregon. 

Title: From Start to Finesse: Creating Patterns of Notes for Perfecting Skill and Creativity
Leader:
Timothy J.P. Gomez

Fee: 
Free
Scheduled time:
Friday, 2:00 - 3:00 PM and Sunday, 10:30 - 11:30 AM.
Program Length: 
1 hour
Location: 
Workshop tent, main festival grounds
Class Size: 
30


Timothy J.P. Gomez will discuss creating various note patterns that can be used for improving finger dexterity on our flutes and how these patterns can be used for exercises, songwriting and even in our improvisation when playing our flutes. 

Bring your G Minor flutes! This will be an interactive workshop!

Award-winning musician Timothy J.P. Gomez is a composer, performer, and educator of the Native American Style Flute. Human connection and kinship with the Earth are reoccurring themes in his music, and his heartfelt melodies capture the imagination and transport the listener to another world. Timothy's technical abilities impart a fluidity and intricacy to his music and spur his creativity to produce a playing style recognizable as distinctly his own.

Currently, Timothy performs at festivals and concerts throughout the USA. He also offers one-on-one private online sessions assisting others in expanding their skill level on the Native American Style Flute. During events, Timothy holds workshops and offers private lessons, where he has been privileged to assist many flute players on their musical pursuits.

Albums: The Awakening (2014); The Silence Between (2019); Winter Visions (2021); Embers of Freedom (2022) 


Title:
Guided Meditation with Drumming
Leader: 
Randy Granger
Fee: 
Free
Scheduled time:
Saturday, 10:00 - 11:00 AM
Program Length: 
1 hour
Location:
 Workshop tent, main festival grounds
Class Size:
 30

In this workshop, Randy Granger will guide participants through a meditation intended for healing and well being. No need to bring instruments.
Randy Granger is an award-winning recording artist, composer, flute instructor and performing artist. He is classically trained in percussion, voice, and performance. A former instructor with the Yamaha School of Music, as well as teaching private students in guitar, percussion, voice, and flute, he now conducts workshops around the country on flute and Hang playing. The majority of Granger's private students are now taught via Skype with students all around the world. He has performed and shared the stage with R. Carlos Nakai, Michael Graham Allen, Peter Phippen, Skip Healy, Scott August among many other top recording artists. His workshops are extremely popular and he has facilitated flute playing workshops at INAFA, Zion Canyon, Native Rhythms, Oklahoma Flute fest, and Handpangea, to name a few. (www.randygranger.net


Title:
Rhythmic Connection: Drumming and Fluting Together
Leader:
Painted Raven (Annette Abbondanza and Holly Harris)
Fee: 
Free
Scheduled time:
Sunday, 1:30 - 3:00 PM.
Program Length:
1 1/2 hours
Location: 
Workshop tent, main festival grounds
Class Size:
 Space available

Enjoy getting back to basics with Painted Raven (the Native American Flute and World Music duo of Annette Abbondanza and Holly Harris) through experiencing the rhythmic connection between drums and flutes.

We will begin by connecting with each other and the rhythm by learning basic cooperative drumming skills. We will then learn and practice rhythmic flute techniques. This will be followed by each individual having an opportunity to play flute along with the group providing supportive drumming.

Attendees are encouraged to bring along their own flutes and/or hand drums (djembes preferred). The class is tailored towards beginners, but anyone of any ability is welcome.
   

Title: South Meets North - Children's Workshop (Ages 5-12)
Leader:
Linda Resnikoff / Martha Pessaro

Fee: Free
Scheduled time:
Saturday, 12:30 - 1:30 PM.
Program Length: 
1 hour (+ 15 minutes stage time)
Location: 
Workshop tent, main festival grounds
Class Size: 20


Children will make shakers and ankle bells. They will be taught the ancient Mayan Greeting and the friendship dance. At the end of the workshop they will perform their greeting and dance on the main stage!

Please note that Parents will be required to remain at the workshop with their children for its duration and stage time.

Linda has been with the Indian River Flute circle since 2012 and joined the NRF Committee in 2014. Employed by Central Florida Child Health program, she is their Administrative Assistant for their HIPPY Program, Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters. 


Title:
Flutes in the World of Electronics
Leader:
Tommy Ransom
Fee: Free
Scheduled time:
Sunday, 12:30 - 1:30 PM.
Program Length: 1 hour
Location: Workshop tent, main festival grounds
Class Size: Space available

A few years ago Radio Shack ran an ad campaign that said, come in to our store and our staff will De-Mystify Electronics. That is what Tom aims to do in this workshop! He will demonstrate and talk about microphones, wires, amps, effects processors, Speakers, recorders, loopers, sound effects, Midi instruments, and any other piece of electronics that can be associated with the Native American Flute. Bring your questions and join Tom for an hour of Electronic enlightenment.

Tom is the audio/video guru who spends most of festival weekend in the workshop tent providing audio and video (typically an on-screen slideshow) support for our presenters. During the rest of the year he travels around central Florida to several flute circles enhancing participants experience with audio effects. Tom also provides audio for Dock's Silverhawk Flute Gathering and smaller concert events. His expertise will make this workshop very informative, especially for those just getting interested in performing and recording their flute playing.


Title:
The Art of Storytelling
Leader:
Dr. Frankie Rinaldi
Fee: 
Free
Scheduled time:
Friday, 12:30 - 2:00 PM.
Program Length: 
1 1/2 hour
Location: 
Workshop tent, main festival grounds
Class Size: 
Space available

What I will cover in this workshop…

What is story telling?

Why should one tell a story?

How to choose a story and how stories will often pick you.

Then I will share two stories as examples.

I'll go over the dos and don’ts of telling a story and cover ideas for where and when stories can be healing. Noting that humor always heals. If time permits, one-minute stories can be shared by the workshop participants.

Dr. Rinaldi has been a Storyteller with the Brevard Theatrical Society from 1984-2018. She is the author of six books and shares stories at organizations such as Zonta, Rotary, and church organizations.

She has conducted storytelling classes at the Sheppard Center and Senior centers.

website: www.redfoxpublishing.webs.com


Title: Balancing Rhythm with Timing
Leader: Nelson Rios
Fee: Free
Scheduled time: Friday, 3:00 - 4:30 PM and Saturday, 1:30 - 3:00 PM
Program Length: 1 hour
Location: Workshop tent, main festival grounds
Class Size: Space available

Balancing Rhythm's with Timing. 

All hands learning workshop. Each person will see/learn how to incorporate rhythms and timing together as one.

Without Balancing Rhythms you have no timing in place. This causes your percussion sound to be distorted. My workshop will be taught by me, Nelson Rios. I ask that if you have a Djembe/Doumbek, please bring your instrument with you. You will learn Basic 4/4 patterns - rhythms that can be used in jazz-blues-rock-pop etc. These rhythms also merge into great use with flute music of all kinds. So be prepare to have fun in this workout with Me.

Nelson Rios is a Master World Percussionist, Teacher, Educator, Instructor of hand Percussion 

I have performed with the Miami Sound Machine for many years, as well as for Mr Carlos Santana, Chubby Checker, and many others.  I starting playing on a drum kit and taught myself hand percussion at the age of 8 year's old. Moving forward I was given the chance of a lifetime when I met Mr Giovanni Hidalgo, master and one of the best in the world percussionist. I worked with him learning rhythms of all types. Giovanni Hidalgo, I thank you from the bottom of my heart my brother. I took what Giovanni taught me and transferred that into my personal style of Jazz/Fusion/Latin/Rock/Blues/Motown playing, allowing me to be so different from other percussion players. I just did not want to sound like everyone else out there. What I discovered was that music is music. It doesn't matter what style your playing, it still involves rhythms and patterns. I started holding percussion clinics at Guitar Center here in Philadelphia and in the New Jersey area for many years. Now I write and record with many other professionals from around the world. So I bring to you some of my experience and easy to learn grooves that everyone will be able to use in many areas.

FYI. For those of you who have your own instruments, please bring them. Video Cameras and audio recorders are welcome to capture what being said and taught.


Title: Stepping Back in Time
Leader: Dock Silverhawk
Fee: 
Free
Scheduled time: 
Saturday, 11:00 - Noon.
Program Length: 
1 hour
Location: 
Workshop tent, main festival grounds
Class Size: 
Space available

Dock will be displaying and playing several very old Native American flutes that have been gifted to him from a private Native American collector. He will also be telling the stories behind them.

Personal Professional Instruction

Accelerate your flute playing by taking private lessons from one of our headlining recording artists. One-on-one or as a couple, take advantage of the opportunity to get personal guidance in a private lesson.

The following performers have agreed to offer private, personal instruction for a fee. Contact the individual artist to make arrangements for your personal lesson. These artists will be available throughout the weekend at the festival site, or contact them by e-mail to make arrangements prior to festival weekend.

Randy Granger: hangguy@gmail.com

2022 On-Line Workshop Registration

To complete your on-line workshop registration, send an e-mail message to NRFconf@gmail.com. In that message, provide the following information. When your registration message is received, a confirmation message will be sent back to you. If you don't receive a confirmation within 48 hours, your message was most likely lost and not received. If this happens, please resubmit.

If multiple people are registering for the same workshops, you may put more than one name on the name line. If multiple people are registering for different workshops, please provide separate information for each person.

If you are registering for a Timothy J.P. Gomez or Nelson Rios workshop, be sure to indicate which day's presentation you'd like.

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