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10th-14th August 2022

The course is for 30 open-minded creative practitioners who feel they would benefit from exploring different aspects of their musicality and well-being in a supportive and stimulating environment, guided by highly experienced professionals.

Read below to meet the team.




4 Days

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Jan Blake

One of the leading UK-based storytellers, Jan Blake has been performing worldwide for over twenty-five years. Specialising in stories from Africa, the Caribbean, and Arabia, she has a well-earned reputation for dynamic and generous storytelling. As well as performing at all the major storytelling festivals both nationally and internationally, she works regularly with the British Council, leads storytelling workshops for emerging storytellers, and gives masterclasses for teachers, brands, and businesses.

Jan will be telling a daily story and generally overseeing the narrative of the event throughout.

Dave Smith

Dave is a rhythm specialist, having plied his trade on drums and percussion with all manner of great musicians globally. Particular specialisms include Senegalese/Gambian Sabar drumming. Check out his band Fofoulah and his recent work with Robert Plant’s Sensational Space Shifters for reference. Throughout the past year Dave has been developing workshops to share his broad knowledge and his particular philosophy of musicianship. He will be leading a session focussed on the language of rhythm and on keeping time with your whole body.

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Letty Mitchell

Movement artist, yoga and mindfulness teacher and art enthusiast. Letty’s work focuses on mindfulness, mental health awareness, the ancient wisdom of yoga, anatomy, the phenomena of Qi, creativity, the links to neuroscience, as well as the concept of reality. Letty will lead a yoga/mindfulness session each morning and work with any participants interested in exploring aspects of creative movement.

Fred Thomas

Fred Thomas is one of London’s most sought after multi-instrumentalists and composer/arranger/producers. He has released a large discography of albums across various genres and is particularly known for specialising in creative re-interpretations of the music of J.S. Bach. Of British and Argentinian background, Fred has collaborated with a huge variety of artists worldwide including Brian Eno, Yo-Yo Ma, Jarvis Cocker, Lianne Le Havas, Jill Feldman among many more. He also works regularly as Musical Director with the National Theatre and Shakespeare’s Globe and teaches at Trinity Laban Conservatoire.

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Luzmira Zerpa

Luzmira Zerpa is a Venezuelan musician based in UK, who has toured internationally as a solo artist and with her band Family Atlantica and performed alongside Manu Chao, Juan Luis Guerra, Seu Jorge and Buena Vista Social Club among others. She is equally comfortable performing traditional, folkloric music from her home country as mixing with styles from across Latin America and the rest of the world including afrobeat, blues and jazz. Luzmira has also studied extensively within the field of energy healing and specialises in creating traditional ceremonies and events based on Latin American folklore where she combines her love for music with her healing abilities.

Batch Gueye

Batch is a West-African Griot, a storyteller through his music and dance. Batch sings his songs in the Senegalese language Wolof. His songs are about life experiences: about travel, immigration, places he has lived in and people he met and is grateful to. Batch’s energy as a dancer is as vibrant and colourful as the patchwork clothes of his BayeFall people. Like his music, his dance style is a combination of both traditional and modern African cultures. He his performed and led dance workshops at various international music festivals, including WOMAD, Glastonbury, WOMEX, Shambala and Boom Town. Batch will lead a dance workshop.

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Barnaby Sutton

Nutrition for the body is equally important as nutrition for the mind and for the soul. You are in safe hands with Barnaby, our resident chef for the week. He will be on hand to prepare breakfast, lunch and dinner plus teas and cakes throughout the week. We also cater for most dietary requirements. The popularity of Barnaby's food at Jaminaround events rivals the popularity of the music!

'The food was wonderful too, I wish Barnaby was my chef every day!"

About the Course


Summer Residential for musical exploration and inspiration


The course will cover; storytelling, the language of rhythm, sabar drumming and dance, listening in ensemble performance, authenticity in expression, mindfulness practice, yoga and more. Days will be balanced between led workshops, group discussions as well as some downtime. There will also be an opportunity to work towards a collaborative group performance each evening.

Course Objectives

  • Replenish your creative practice..

  • Explore different processes and expand your creative thinking.

  • Learn new methods and techniques to develop yourself, receiving inspiration for producing new bodies of work.

  • Strengthen collaborative skills through group tasks and performance.

  • Engage in active discussions and analysis about project ideas and about the life of a creative practitioner.

  • Work closely with other artists and benefit from the exchange of ideas, experiences and backgrounds.

The Ancient Technology Centre

The ATC site consists six full-sized reconstructions of ancient buildings. Each building represents a different time period and was built by hand with ancient building techniques. The concept of the ATC was the inspiration of Jake Keen who, over 30 years ago, designed and led the building of the centre’s first Iron Age roundhouse. It was built with local school children who harvested local materials from nearby woodlands and reed beds. This founding principle of allowing participants to get 'hands on' has guided the ethos of all activities at the centre to this day.

The main workshops on the course will all take place in the central Earthouse building. The Earthouse was created as a purpose built performance space, loosely based on archeological remains of a building of this size found on the Isle Of Man. Its breath-taking size, beautiful hand-constructed design, awesome acoustics and the intimacy and energetic inclusiveness of it’s circular layout make this building so much more than just an empty vessel for activities. It is the iconic centrepiece of all Jaminaround events and has the power to put performers and audience in a heightened state of creative receptiveness.

Next to The Earthouse is the stunning Viking Longhouse building - again, all built by hand with authentic tools and techniques - which will serve as the catering and hospitality hub. Other indoor spaces will be available for private practice and collaboration time. Some musical instruments and sound equipment will also be made available, but it is expected that you bring your own instruments if possible/appropriate.


Accommodation will be in tents on site. It is expected that you bring your own tent and bedding, or for a fee we can arrange for tents/bedding to be hired. The site has (modern!) toilets and hot showers. Alternatively, if camping isn’t your thing, there are a few local B&B accommodation options within walking distance. For further details of off site options click here.


​All meals are included in the price of the event. There will be three meals each day freshly prepared by our in-house chef Barnaby Sutton. The popularity of his food rivals that of the music at Jaminaround events! Breakfast will be simple help-yourself buffet set-up with porridge, bread, jams, butter, cheese, yoghurt, fruit, tea, coffee etc. Lunch will be a more substantial affair with a main dish and salad buffet. The evening meal will be hot, substantial and very tasty! Vegetarian/Vegan diets will be well catered for. Carnivorous options also available depending on demand. Please make us aware of any important dietary requirements or allergies on your application form.


Participants can arrive from Tuesday afternoon onwards. The first evening will be a relaxing meet and greet. Daily Schedule (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday): Each day will begin with a guided meditation/yoga session. Following this, a daily story and gathering moment with Jan. Then the main delivered workshop, followed by lunch. Afternoons will include a continuation of the morning workshop and unstructured time for participants to use as they wish; either to practice and absorb the concepts of the workshop and/or prepare something for an evening performance. This time can also be used just to rest or to explore the village and surrounding woods. Guided walks and optional additional activities will also be organised for the afternoons. This will be followed by a coming together again to share ideas and reflections with the group. On Friday and Saturday nights, the ATC site will be open to the public from 7:30pm - 9:30pm for an evening event consisting of; a discussion, a performance from one of our lead practitioners, a story from Jan and an open slot for participants, to feature collaborative work from the day. The residential event finishes after breakfast on Sunday with a final gathering and reflection.


Your Host

Oliver Keen

With a background in music making and education, as well as having over 15 years experience organising Jaminaround events, Olly will oversee that all aspects of the course run smoothly. Olly is also the son of Jake Keen, the original architect and creator of the Ancient Technology Centre. Olly grew up in the village of Cranborne and also had a hand in building some of the structures on site.

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Application Form


Thank you! We’ll be in touch.

What were the best / most beneficial parts of the course for you?

I think the best bit of the course for me it was the overall sense of being held, feeling nothing but an invincible lifting positive energy created from the community we had made. It felt like we created a web of positive acceptance, where everyone was 100% seen and 100% heard, just holding space for each other.  So for me, it was the overall feeling of love and acceptance from the whole journey together that was the most beneficial part.


Jaminaround came at a very important time for me when I was focusing on nourishing the most inside part of myself where the creativity comes from, and to have soaked up all the positivity from it was so important to lay the ground for a healthy relationship with my creativity going forward.


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Regarding the initial information you received, how did the course match your expectations?

The course met and exceeded my expectations. The initial information I received was exciting and gave a good impression of what was to come, however the course had a certain magic that I don't think could have been expected or communicated prior to.

What were the best / most beneficial parts of the course for you?

The most beneficial parts of the course for me were; connections - meeting so many creative people of all ages and persuasions, being challenged by my own insecurities, by others confidence, enjoying peoples talents. Co-creation and group work, jamming, singing together, the togetherness of everything.

Regarding the initial information you received, how did the course match your expectations?

I wasn't sure what to expect but I found it to be a lovely mixture of workshops, free time and space to connect with loads of lovely people and the location is unbeatable.


​What were the best / most beneficial parts of the course for you?

I loved meeting lots of other creative people who were at different stages in their process, so that it didn't feel intimidating for me. Also the workshops were accessible for everyone's skill level.

The food was wonderful too, I wish Barnaby was my chef every day!

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