What is the Stickman Drum Experience? Well, it is a fantastic drum retreat that is located 20 minutes NW of Regina, SK at the Living Skies Retreat & Conference Centre overlooking the absolutely gorgeous Qu’Appelle Valley. I have traveled by car all the way across Canada, and in my deliberately scenic travels, the Qu-Appelle Valley remains to me as one of the most breathtaking sites in Canada. It is a complete anomaly. Located in an otherwise flat province, the Qu-Appelle Valley is even more striking due to the contrast geographically. So, to host a drum retreat at this location is something I could get into. Could you imagine playing a drum set and overlooking this? I can.
At Stickman you will have the pleasure of rubbing shoulders and eating meals with some of the worlds’ finest talent. For 2017 you’ll be meeting Brian Fraser Moore, Pat Steward, Tom Brechtlein, Aaron Edgar, Matt Johnson, Jim Riley, and of course your hosts Jayson Brinkworth and Chris Dimas. From what Jayson explained to me, Stickman sounds like a very complete experience that begins with fellowship. “One of the biggest things is its not competitive and there is so much support and everybody comes out feeling like they have really, really improved their skills as a human being and a drummer” is how Jayson described the human element to this event.
For the artists, it must be a fantastic experience as well. It sounds like such a tranquil and yet stimulating environment that is filled with positive vibes and lots of opportunities for personal growth, perhaps you make a new friend, traded some great ideas or offered encouragement to your peers OR built your own snare drum under the tutelage of the legendary builder, Ronn Dunnett. A functional keepsake and a personal experience to take home with you, along with some fantastic memories.
I commend the team at Stickman for combining their efforts to create such a great environment and experience for the drumming community. It is so great to know that there are such positive places left on the planet for people to share, be inspired, play, and learn.
I want to thank Jayson for taking the time to speak with me on this podcast on such short notice. The podcast has just about everything covered in regards to Stickman and I believe that after listening to this episode, you will dream about this experience. I know I have been daydreaming all day about slamming some tubs in some beautiful landscape and connecting with my drum brothers and sisters. It sounds like paradise.