Drum Circle


Facilitated Drumming for Health and Well-being

Offered year-round in Baywood-Los Osos, CA and various locations in San Luis Obispo County. Visitors to the beautiful central coast of CA are welcome! 

Public and custom private events!

Discover the transformative power of rhythm and connection in our dynamic drumming circles!

Immerse yourself in a journey of self-discovery and creative expression as you explore the vibrant energy of collective drumming.

Release stress, open up to peace and joy, and feel the magic of playing for FUN!  

Come play with us and create unforgettable memories filled with laughter, rhythm, and the joy of living life to the fullest!

The plus side is, it’s oh-so-GOOD for you!

Participating in a drumming circle promotes a wealth of therapeutic and holistic health benefits encompassing physical, cognitive, mental, emotional, and social dimensions of well-being.

Embrace the Beat: “Joyful Rhythms” Drum Circles

Everyone is welcome to join our facilitated drum circles, a space where rhythm, creativity, and joy come alive. The resonant beats of a drumming circle are more than just musical notes ~ they can represent a tapestry of emotions, cultures, and personal expression.

Picture yourself immersed in the pulsating beat of drums, your hands creating rhythms that resonates with your soul. This isn’t just a drum circle – it’s a journey of self-discovery and spontaneous expression.

What to Expect

Our drum circles are a blend of playful, guided activities and free-form expression. We encourage everyone to contribute, creating a symphony that is as unique as the individuals present. You’ll find yourself exploring the world of rhythm in a way you never thought possible.

Facilitated Drumming

As your facilitator, I’m here to guide you through this journey. However, the beauty of our drum circles is that everyone contributes to the overall experience. We’re all explorers in this rhythmic adventure.

Benefits of Participating

Our drum circles aren’t just fun – they’re a pathway to well-being. Our activities are based on an integrated model of evidence-based practices found to promote well-being. As you lose yourself in the rhythm, you’ll find yourself gaining a profound sense of peace, joy, and a sense of connection through synchrony with your inner self, with others, and the world around you.

Seriously, drum circles are a fun way to reduce stress and boost your mood.

      • Music, and in particular drumming, is a rhythmic and motor activity that stimulates the brain.
      •  Drumming can be a wonderful way to explore, discover, or wake-up your creative side and express yourself without fear of judgment. In our circle, there are no mistakes!
      • The connection to the rhythms and one another fosters a profound sense of joy, peace, healing,  and optimistic energy that elevates the spirit, revitalizes the physical being, and nurtures the essence of our being.


WHO is this for?

From first-time beginners to seasoned percussionists, all levels of experience are welcome.

Absolutely NO previous musical/drumming experience is necessary, even if you think you have no rhythm! If you have been curious about a drum circle but were afraid to try, now is your chance to explore in an accepting and non-judgmental atmosphere! Don’t let that inner critic stop you from trying new things! Attend with an open heart and see what happens!

Adults only at this time!  (Youth and family programs coming later!)

Visitors to the area are welcome!

Our circles are a great way to meet new people and find out that we have more in common than we realize! According to the Bamana people of West Africa, the djembe drum was named from the saying “Anke djé, anke bé” which roughly translates to “Everyone gather together in peace”.

Do I need to bring a drum? 

Bring a drum if you have one.

      • Percussion instruments such as rattles and shakers welcome, too!
      • *Please note instruments with TONES, such as handpan drums, are NOT suggested for this event.

What if I don’t have a drum?

No drum? No worries!  I have plenty of extra drums and rhythm/percussion instruments available! 

Join Us!  

Ready to embark on this rhythmic journey? Join us at our next drum circle and experience the joy of community rhythm-making firsthand. 

How to learn about our events:

      • SUBSCRIBE to our newsletter and be the first to know (or to be reminded),
      • View our CALENDAR,
      • Or click on links below

Pre-registration is required for ALL upcoming circles. Space is limited. 

Where?   When?

We have new locations and dates being added all the time.

Dates and times subject to change. If you register you will be notified.

Joyful Rhythms Drum Circle / “The YOUniversity” in Baywood-Los Osos, CA  

      • Monthly circles. Dates vary.
      • At my home – typically done on my back deck circled around a fire pit.  (If the weather is too cold or wet we play inside.)

Special event: Friday July 19 – ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION – one year of Joyful Rhythms Drum Circles in Baywood-Los Osos!!

Register for a Los Osos Drum Circle HERE



Joyful Rhythms Drum Circle + Wine / Hotel Cerro in SLO 

      • Drum Circle and Wine Tasting ~ July 10 ~ Wed 6-8pm
      • Info and link for registration coming soon!

Additional locations in San Luis Obispo County are being added so be sure to note the location of each event! Some events will be signed up by the host site.


Check out our upcoming special events:

Saturday June 8 / 6-7:30 / Lavender Farm Drum Circle – San Miguel >  LEARN MORE

Saturday June 22 / 3 – 3:30ish / Joyful Rhythms Drum Circle Demo at “Queerwood” in Beerwood (Free event)


Request a Facilitated Drum Circle for your Group / Organization or special occasion! 


Your Facilitator

Dee DiGioia is founder of “Mindful Kindful YOUniversity” in Baywood-Los Osos. She is a Drum Circle Facilitator, Sound Healing Practitioner, and Mindfulness & Life Skills Guide for Well-being through Nature Connectedness. Dee has offered mindfulness, sound healing, and well-being programs since 2017. She offers skills and practices to help others navigate and flow through life moment to moment in a healthy, balanced, and positive way for mental and physical health and well-being. Following a heart’s calling to take up drumming in the summer of 2023, Dee began offering drum circles and has had drum facilitation training through “Rhythm 2 Recovery” and  Jim Donovan’s Leadership Training (and an intensive training coming August 2024 with Arthur Hull Village Music Circles). She is currently expanding her circles to other organizations across SLO County who are interested. 

The YOUniversity offers Drum Circles, Sound Journeys, and Nature Retreats. Find ALL of our events on the  Calendar page

Be the first to hear about, and register for, our upcoming Drum Circles! Space is limited!
Questions? Contact Dee DiGioia