Peace is every step



We had a wonderful day of mindfulness at Wiston Lodge this last weekend, with our focus on Peace. We sat in silence, read poems, folded paper cranes, walked in the meadow, did Chi Gung and Touching The Earth.

Over in the meadow we plan to build a Peace Garden for mindful walking meditation and contemplation. Here is the proposed site with our beloved Border Collie Pollaidgh front and centre.

Border Collie Peace Garden

Coming up in September is our annual drum circle facilitation training with facilitators Arthur Hull, Jim Boneau, Dr Jane Bently and Paul John Dear. 50 participants from across the globe will come together to make their unique brand of rhythmical magic. A community drum circle ( venue tbc) will take place over the weekend of Sept 22/23.

Keep in touch as we will continue to provide events with spirit and substance for your participation.



Autumn and Winter calling…


Hi Folks. Here we are in September after what can only be described as a pretty damp summer.

We had another wonderfully peaceful Meditation retreat in June. Big thanks to everyone who came and to Dene Donaldson for his guidance.

Looking ahead we have our Bee Aware event at Carmichael. See the lovely poster below. This is FREE too so no excuse not to pay us a visit. Lots to see and do.

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In October we will see the return of the amazing UK Playshop. This year over 60 people will join us for an extended drum circle facilitation training program at Wiston Lodge from 16 different countries. How amazing is that?

As always we will complete our training with a fantastic FREE community family friendly drum circle as part of the Biggar Little Festival.


Biggar Community Drum Circle

This will be followed by the inaugural TTT (Train The Trainer) program. Our very own Paul John Dear will be one of the 12 global trainers stepping into the shoes, coat and hat of Arthur Hull, to continue his inspiring work of building community through rhythm.


Arthur Hull

We are already looking ahead to 2018. There will be more meditation retreats, more drum circle facilitation and the return of Music Medicine Training with the fabulous Christine Stevens too!!

In and among we hope to offer smaller events focusing on local musical talent, ecology ( specially our friends the Bees) and who knows…a surprise or two no doubt.

Keep posted with all we are up to by Subscribing to our mailing list.

See you at an event soon.



Music Meditation Retreat


32 people from 8 countries came to Wiston Lodge for the weekend of May 5th-7th to attend the Tinto Music and Arts Music Medicine  retreat with internationally renowned facilitator and author Christine Stevens.


The group spent a weekend connecting music to nature and working with the Music Medicine Wheel of Silence, Rhythm, Melody and Harmony. The weekend was a huge success and Tinto Music and Arts will be announcing an extended program shortly for May 2018.

A huge thank you to the participants and of course to the inspiring Christine Stevens.


Haste Ye Back.


Turning Towards: a mindfulness retreat


You are warmly invited to join us at our summer retreat from June 8th to June 11th 2017, guided by Dharmacharya Dene Donalds in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh. We will gather as a Sangha of all ages to support our practice of Mindfulness. Together we will be seeking positive ways of living in these times of political uncertainty, upheaval, and climate change.

How can we make a difference to our lives in the world we are living in, in the here and the now? Together we can create a living community of inter-being finding ways to live together with compassion and insight. To explore how we can contribute to a sustainable and peaceful world.

We can make a difference to ourselves, our lives, and the world we live in.

We will practice together to:-

Find peace and energy within ourselves
Learn to listen deeply
Practice guided, working and walking meditations
Touch the earth,
Learn how to form Sanghas and communities of resistance

Wiston Lodge with its extensive grounds and natural environment, merging upwards to Tinto Hill, gives us the opportunity to deepen our awareness of Interbeing with Nature and with one another. The doors are wide open for all our friends and we hope that everyone young and old will feel nourished and enriched through the explorations of the practice.

For more information contact:

Meg Beresford on

Tel: 07835 362 774

Bill Crook on

Tel: 01595 840838

Paul Dear

Tel: 07961 223890

Booking Form Downloads in Word Format or PDF Format at

The UK Community of Interbeing is the network of people who practise and mindful living according to the teachings of Zen Master, Thich Nhat Hanh.

Web site:

2017 News


Tinto Music and Arts programs for Wiston Lodge 2017

Announcing ‘Music Medicine’ with Christine Stevens, a European exclusive.

May 5th-7th 2017 @ Wiston Lodge.

Full details HERE


Also announcing the return of the elf himself


Arthur Hull will co-facilitate an extended weekend Drum Circle Training program with Dr Jane Bentley and Paul John Dear followed by an international Train The Trainer program.

We will also host our regular Mindfulness Retreat along with a Beeline event and of course plenty of Music and Arts activities….Thanks for all your support in 2016.

Here’s to another fantastic year ahead in 2017.

Meg, Douglas, Paul and of course Pollaidh xxxx

Winter Gaitherin 2016


Once again the winter is creeping upon us and here at Tinto Music and Arts we are preparing for another Magical Musical Gaitherin. Over the weekend of December 2nd -4th we will host a number of workshops and an evening concert to boot.

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Those of you who attended our previous Gaitherins will need no second invite. Tickets for the weekend workshops will be limited and the gig will be available to purchase separately.(All pricing below)

So…what do we have to offer this year?

Friday night we will welcome you all with a facilitated drum circle and some song helping you to land well.

Saturday will be broken up into a morning session of workshops ( 10.00am-1.00pm, breaks as required), an afternoon session of the same (2.00pm-5.00pm) and the evening gig (8.00pm- till late) This will all be followed by a final workshop session on Sunday morn (10.00am-1.00pm) before we eat a famous Wiston Roast Dinner and say our goodbyes.

This year the workshops will be facilitated by the following:

Claudio Kron Do Brazil


Born and bred in the South of Bahia. Claudio Kron do BRAZIL has travel the world sharing his beloved Brazilian culture and traditions! Claudio has just finished his album BRAZINDIAS where you can experience the flavours of AfroBrazilian culture embedded in Bahia.

This year Claudio will be running workshops explaining the power of Oxira’s in the carnival music of BRAZIL.

Claudio will also perform his amazing solo set for the Sat evening concert.

In this solo show Claudio will be performing songs from his upcoming album plus some lovely sounds from his native Brazil. These are performed on three of Claudio’s favourite instruments: Berimbau, pandeiro and acoustic guitar. Witness the power of African culture in Brazilian traditions and expect a guest or two to join him on stage.

Dr Jane Bentley

Jane B

Originally trained in theatre, Jane Bentley spent six years touring the world with the International Purves Puppets. This involved being mostly invisible in such prestigious destinations as Syria, Taiwan, and Auchtermuchty village hall. Having discovered the Community Drum Circle movement in the USA, she headed off to Hawaii to train with it’s foremost exponent, Arthur Hull. She continued her studies by completing her PhD based on drum circles and improvisation, highlighting the effects of group music making on human wellbeing – the first time that the practice of drum circle facilitation has been studied at this level. Further training has included improvisation with the Grammy award winning cellist David Darling and his Music for People organisation, vocal improvisation with Bobby McFerrin, and two Eurpoean Union Leonardo Da Vinci ‘Transfer of Innovation’ projects on music in health settings with the Royal Northern College of Music and Musique et Sante, Paris.

Jane will be facilitating voice workshops and will no doubt spring a ukelele upon us at some point during the weekend 😉

Paul John Dear.


Paul is a teacher and facilitator of rhythmical connection. His studies have taken him across the globe and he has been privileged to work with drummers and musicians from Guinea, Morocco, Senegal, Zimbabwe, Ghana, Brazil and Ireland as well as many based here in the UK.

He is also a VMC (Village Music Circles) certified Drum Circle Facilitator and has worked alongside it’s founder Arthur Hull since 1999 providing training programs for Global audience.

Paul will host rhythmical Alchemy sessions. He may explore some culturally specific patterns and structures with you or delve into platformed improvisational play. Whatever road he takes, and he usually doesn’t know what that is until you show up, you will be treated to a session full of playfulness, humour and connection. You’ll leave with a smile on your face and deep rhythmical connection in your heart. All drums and percussion are provided but feel free to bring your favourite.



On Saturday night we will be treated to performances from Claudio (see above), Simon Wood and Tamara and as always a few surprise appearances from within the Wiston musical stable. The night will end with either an open jam or dj’s or both!!!

A fantastic night awaits you.

Simon Wood and Tamara


The evocative sounds of the Hang meet the ethereal and goose bump inducing voice of Tamara who sings like an angel and plays the fiddle like a demon. Simon looks like a demon and well, plays the hang quite angelically at times.
Expect slow and atmospheric music at the start with Arabic , Indian , African, Celtic and electronic influences building up to a crescendo of hypnotic trancey driving beats, hands in the air – lets hug a tree mayhem.
Weekend Ticket to include accommodation, food, workshops and concert @ £175
Evening concert only to include dinner at Wiston @ £25
Booking Form below.

The Making of the Beeline


Keep up with goings on here.

Beeline Walk Day 1: Paul’s view

Beeline Walk Day 1: Meg’s View.

Let’s make a Beeline Day 2: Paul’s view


Bee Line 3

Let’s Make a Bee Line



Bee Line 3Meg Beresford will Make A Beeline at the end of August. To find out all about this amazing adventure visit the website

Upcoming Events at TMA


Hi All

Spring has sprung ( we hope) and better weather comes our way.

Plenty to look forward to in the coming months.

In June 2016 we will host another Mindfulness retreat with Br Phap Vu.

Check the PAGE HERE for full details and don’t forget the weekly meditation too at The Border Collie Sangha.

September sees us travel North for a Rhythm Retreat on IONA

Later in the year we welcome back UK Playshop for a 10 day extravaganza. MORE HERE.

As always there are weekly drum classes in Glasgow and no doubt a few community drum circles to attend. Keep watching this space.

Winter Solstice Gathering at Wiston Lodge



Presents a Winter Solstice Gathering 2015 Dec 18th – 20th @ Wiston Lodge


We are very excited to present this line up for you…World Class Workshop Leaders and Live Music and Film that will blow your socks off…seriously…check out the info below…this is going to be magical.

The best part is that you can have ALL OF THIS and your food and accommodation for just £150.

We are selling only 30 residential weekend tickets so don’t hang about. Fill in the form below to secure a spot.

Sat evening tickets will be available separately for the concert and film screening at a cost of £15. Saturday evening Dinner can be ordered too at £8.50 so you can make an evening of it. (Fill in form above)

Here is the FULL weekend Schedule: BE AMAZED 🙂

Friday Dec 18th

Dinner 1900-2000

Community Drum Circle/Opening Ceremony 2000-2200

Sat Dec 19th

Breakfast 0900-1000

Morning Workshops: 1000-1200 (3 Options)

Choose from Drumming with Paul John Dear

Paul John Dear

Singing with Dr Jane Bentley

Jane B

Dancing with GODS (Glasgow Open Dance School)


1200-1300 FREE TIME

LUNCH 1300-1400

Afternoon Workshops: 1400-1600 Drum with Paul, Sing with Jane, Dance with GODS.

1600-1800 FREE TIME

DINNER 1800-1900

Live Music 1930-2130

Hang/Kora combo with Simon Wood and Holly Marland.

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Simon Wood is a magnificent hang drum player from Newcastle, Holly is Hebden Bridge’s favourite Kora player (well, only Kora player as yet!). Working together they’ve been on a mini tour of the North.

Simon and Holly will perform a magical extravaganza of dance-trance combining their exquisite sound worlds for us. Watch out for special guest cameos.

Mometo and friends: Ceremonial rhythms and songs from the African shamanic tradition of Gabon


Mometo (aka Ben Taylor) first went to Gabon in 2007 and has since returned three times to receive initiations and healings in the tradition called Bwiti. The music, whose polyrhythms are designed to engender altered mind states, is a vital, and very specific part of the ceremonies and he has been learning it since 2010. There are two main instruments used: the Ngombi, an eight stringed harp, and the Mungongo, a large, one stringed mouthbow. These instruments, along with rhythm sticks, rattles, drums and a chorus of singers, provide the hypnotic music that propels the all-night ceremonies. Mometo will be accompanied by his wife Kate who has also visited Gabon and encountered this music in the jungle where it originated.

Solo Performance from Claudio Kron Do Brazil

claudio-46“As always I introduce myself as a Brazilian percussionist! I am passionate about percussion and I love to work with a whole range of percussion instruments. The stage has become my second home, a place where I feel very comfortable performing the story of my life in terms of sounds, colours and vibrancy!”
Born in Bahia, Claudio kron do BRAZIL is a percussionist, poet and composer. In this solo show Claudio will be performing songs from his upcoming album plus some lovely sounds from his native Brazil. These are performed on three of Claudio’s favourite instruments: Berimbau, pandeiro and acoustic guitar. The power of African culture in Brazilian traditions. I will be honoured to have the accompaniment of Paul Dear, my friend percussionist from Yorkshire based at Wiston now.

2130-2330 Film Screening of Hecho En Mexico by Duncan Bridgeman ( 1 Giant Leap, What about me?)

2300 Dj’s till L8

Sunday Dec 20th:

Breakfast 0900-1000

1000-1100 FREE TIME

Daytime: Workshops: 1100-1300 Choose from Drumming with Paul John Dear, Singing with Dr Jane Bentley, Dancing with GODS (Glasgow Open Dance School)

Lunch (Roast Dinner) 1300-1400

Sun Afternoon: Closing Ceremony 1400-1500