DRUM & BRAIN-BASED WORKSHOPS & PROGRAMS
For Adults | Children | Women | Seniors | LGBTQ+
Workshops & Programs
Learn energizing, traditional world rhythms through fun neuroplasticity exercises.
Learn how to play energizing world rhythms through language, movement, and fun neuroplasticity exercises that will challenge and supercharge your brain.
Boost your confidence, generate joy, and banish stress and anxiety with our empowering positive affirmations!
We teach fun, slower-paced rhythms with gentle movements and simple brain exercises that help improve seniors’ motor function, increase their blood and oxygen circulation, activate their brains, and improve mental clarity.
Seniors also learn positive affirmations that soothe the unique fears, anxiety, and depression around the difficulties of aging, and stimulate laughter and joy.
Kids will have fun developing foundational rhythm & drumming skills, using movement, empowering language, and fun neuroplasticity exercises.
They will increase and improve their motor function, visual and auditory perception skills, language skills, executive functions, and social-emotional skills.
These exercises will also help kids build autonomy and cultivate self-confidence.
We teach energizing world rhythms and simple neuroplasticity exercises that support the LGBTQ+ community.
This program helps LGBTQ+ individuals to reconnect to and feel at home in their bodies, to release emotional blockages, and to develop mindsets that can support them in times of adversity.
We also teach empowering positive affirmations that specifically support those who may be struggling with feelings of confusion, anxiety, fear, loneliness, rejection, depression, and/or anger.
They will learn how to boost their self-confidence, cultivate self-love, generate their own joy, and embrace and embody the beauty, power, and uniqueness of their true selves.
This program is designed to help women embrace and embody the innate power and pleasure of their inner feminine.
We teach empowering techniques, specifically curated for us women, to help us free ourselves from the self-doubt, guilt, shame, rejection, anxiety, stress, fear, and/or depression that so many of us carry within us.
Women will learn spicy, energizing world rhythms and fun neuroplasticity exercises that help them to reconnect to and feel at home in their bodies, release emotional blockages, activate, and reprogram their brains. They will learn how to boost their self-confidence, cultivate self-love, generate their own joy, and reclaim their inner power.
Raise your energy level, get your heart pumping, and make those muscles work with our unique combination of high-intensity, rhythm-infused exercises.
Challenge and supercharge your brain with our fun neuroplasticity exercises. And boost your confidence, generate joy, and banish stress and anxiety with our empowering positive affirmations!
Hi, I'm Carolina, better known as Mila Tina
For years, I struggled with issues relating to my childhood sexual abuse and sexual identity. I struggled with anxiety, shame, lack of self-worth and self-love, feelings of abandonment, and fear of rejection.
For years, I worked hard trying to find the coping mechanisms and healing modalities that would help me survive and eventually thrive.
I explored various self-help and self-development techniques that existed for women who had experienced struggles similar to mine.
Along my journey of healing and growth, I discovered my true passion: drumming. Since then, everything has changed. I later discovered that drumming is unlike any other form of musical expression in that it carries profound and scientifically proven health benefits.
Several scientific studies have shown that playing drums can reduce stress and anxiety, improve cardio and mental health, and promote a general state of happiness.
After finding my passion, however, I encountered new challenges. I was confronted with significant discouragement and opposition about my ability to become a professional drummer, even from people I respected and admired.
But drumming was healing me. It was where I found complete freedom, joy, and power…and I refused to live my life without it.
Soon after, I became a music instructor and life coach and dedicated myself to creating a learning system with programs that utilized all of the healing modalities, tools, and techniques that had helped me during my years of suffering and struggle.
It is my mission to help others heal, boost their self-confidence, find their passion, and unleash their inner power, joy, and radiance.
We offer workshops for organizations, corporations, community centers, festivals, schools, camps, and private events.
In these 1 to 2 hour workshops, you will experience some of the fun drumming and neuroplasticity exercises and games that we teach in our all-inclusive 8-week programs.
We offer 8-week programs that are specially designed to increase mental focus and clarity, boost self-confidence, improve coordination, reduce stress and anxiety, and cultivate skills that are essential for a healthy and balanced life.
Experience your own transformation in a fun environment that fosters a joy of learning and a positive mindset about facing challenges.
These programs are available for groups and individual sessions.
"The [Drumanawé] workshop was incredible and heart-opening. It made me cry. The dynamic and the chemistry between the instructors was so beautiful. It changed my life.”
Fashion Designer, Con Amor by Diana
It was a joy to experience the Drumanawe workshop. The energy being created and shared was exactly what I had been needing. There was a positive focus on self-empowerment, which is so fundamental for our healthy inner-growth. And when you are sharing this experience with a group of people all there together, the energy and power of the experience increases. I am grateful this beautiful space was created for all of us who had the pleasure to experience it.
It was a joy to experience the Drumanawé workshop. The energy being created and shared was exactly what I had been needing. There was a positive focus on self-empowerment, which is so fundamental for our healthy inner-growth. And when you are sharing this experience with a group of people all there together, the energy and power of the experience increases. I am grateful this beautiful space was created for all of us who had the pleasure to experience it.
Founder & Director, Shine
I have known Carolina for years and have been amazed at what an incredible drummer she is and how she uses that gift to inspire others. Her energy easy translates to work with kids and it has been an honor having her Drumawané workshop come to my camps and private programs. Part percussion workshop, part exploration of self-love, but always all fun, everyone who participates seems to lose themselves in the energy of the workshop.
Drumanawé is beneficial for both kids and adults, as a reminder to trust ourselves, believe in ourselves, and let it all out in the drums! I can’t wait to have them back again and again.
The Drumanawé workshop “was one of the most healing workshops I’ve had in a long time”
Nancy Lee Gerson
Attorney at Law
This workshop was fantastic! The music, the movement, the positive affirmations and the message were powerful. And I loved that it got me up and moving while also being spiritually satisfying. I can’t wait until their next offering!
"I joined the Drumanawé workshop at Envision festival after getting drawn in by the intoxicating drum beat and words of affirmation being chanted. Drumanawé's unique sound provides an amazing base to sing and dance along to and creates a powerful vibratory experience. The rhythms paired with positive affirmations makes it so easy to drop into the practice anywhere, anytime!"
"This workshop was so powerful, and for those who want to experience music and rhythm differently, it was incredible, fun and dynamic. The instructors’ energies were so beautiful, joyful and inspiring. This workshop helped me generate new energy within myself, and left me with a new perspective. It motivated me to believe in myself and cultivate self-love. I am so grateful for this experience."
Experience Drumanawé if you want to...
Learn Energizing World Rhythms
Learn how to play world rhythms, such as West-African, Latin, and Caribbean rhythms, by combining 2 simple tools.
No music experience necessary!
Boost Your Energy Level
Drumanawe’s unique combination of exercises will help boost your immune system, increase the circulation of blood and oxygen throughout your body, lower your blood pressure, improve your muscle control, activate and nurture your vagus nerve (the longest, most important nerve in your body), and help reduce fatigue and risk of illness.
Boost Your Self-Confidence & Inner Power
Learn these quick and simple techniques to change your state of being, so that your thoughts and words create a belief in yourself and your capabilities.
Cultivate self-compassion, gratitude, and love in your heart, which creates space for the growth of self-confidence and inner power.
Feel More At Home In Your Own Body
Improve your coordination and motor function with fun rhythm and neuroplasticity exercises.
These empowering techniques will also help you (re)establish a healthy relationship with your body, cultivate self-love, and learn how to own your space.
Power Up Your Brain
Activate and reprogram your brain through simple but powerful brain exercises that stimulate neuroplasticity and neurogenesis (strengthening and creating new neural connections and pathways in your brain).
Experience States of Relaxation and Peacefulness
Try out our effective mindfulness techniques to reconnect with yourself, change your brain waves, and activate your parasympathetic nervous system, which helps you feel calm, safe, and happy.
Reduce Anxiety & Stress
... and alleviate feelings of anger, fear, grief, and depression.
Drumanawé exercises are designed to induce the production of serotonin, dopamine, oxytocin, and endorphin (our body’s natural painkillers and happy chemicals!).
You have the power to generate your own joy!
Increase Your Focus, Mental Clarity, And Productivity
Use simple rhythmic and brain training exercises to help yourself concentrate and become more productive!
Meet the Instructors
Carolina Fuentes (aka Mila Tina)
Mila Tina is a professional live performer, drummer, percussionist, producer, educator, and martial artist.
Through her innovative mix of percussion, dance, martial arts, and visual design, Mila Tina challenges her audience with high-energy and thought-provoking performances, and spiritually enlightening educational material.
She is the creatrix of Drumawe, a brain and drum-based program for all ages, and the co-creatrix of Fiercely Feminine, a self-defense and mind-body wellness program for women and teenagers.
As an educator, she has taught early childhood music, art, and Spanish classes, for over five years, at schools, community centers, and summer camps in The Hamptons and NYC.
Additionally, she has taught self-defense, fitness, and wellness programs for kids, teenagers, and women.
Mila has a background in Krav Maga, Boxing, Kickboxing, Muay Thai, Karate Shotokan, and Aikido-jiu jitsu.
Based in New York City, she puts on multi-sensory performances, hosts in-person and online workshops, and is in constant demand as a professional percussionist worldwide.
Elizabeth Chavez is a mind-body wellness and self-defense instructor, and a women’s circle facilitator.
She is the creatrix of Fiercely Feminine, a self-defense and mind-body wellness program for women and teenagers, and the co-creatrix of Drumawé, a brain-and-drum-based program for all ages.
She is an instructor and the curriculum specialist and coordinator for Brain Power Wellness, an organization that teaches physical, emotional, and cognitive exercises to improve focus, mindfulness, social-emotional wellness, and physical health.
She works with students in Pre-K to 12th grade, teachers, administrators and parents.
She is also a special education teacher, with a Master's Degree in Education for students with special needs and abilities.
She taught for six years at a public middle school in South Bronx, NY.
She has a background in Krav Maga, Aikido-Jiu Jitsu, brain training, social-emotional intelligence, yoga, qigong, tai chi, breathwork, meditation, sound healing, and music.