Somesh De Swardt
Date of birth: 23rd July 2014
Birth City: Johannesburg, South Africa
Address: We are currently travelling between London, Norwich and Portugal and dont have a permanent address.
Mobile number: +351964544517
Education: I was educated in school in Johannesburg south africa, where I also attended university studying Bachelor of Commerce.
After university and worked in Computing Sales, then learned computing support technically, I went on to starting my own business in computing in Johannesburg.
In 1997 I then left for the Uk and carried on working in the computing industry.
I travelled to Pune in india to further my studies and came accross OSHO (meditation guru), so spend 6 weeks in the ashram and took sannyas.
In 2001 I left my job in computing in Brighton and started Drum Jam Events, teaching percussion and drumming to schools, corporates and community groups, the company was sold in 2013. Visit http://www.drumjam.co.uk
During 1997 to 2013 I also did many workshops in personal development with landmark education where I trained to give presentations. Also with Tony Robbins and other various personal development work. Also did some studies in finance. Did some studies in health coaching and nutrition.
In 2007 I met and married my wife Shivani De Swardt. We gave birth to a lovely baby boy named Zenn in 2009. Zenn will be 5 years old in December 2014.
In 2013 I travelled to south africa with my family where we started studying in sustainability and permaculture. On returning to UK in july 2014, did work in Carpentry. Travelled to portugal in 2014 october.
Completed a Permaculture Design Course at Vale Da Lama, Lagos in October 2014.
Work experience: As above. Have volunteered at organic gardening farm in south africa. Have worked with carpentry. Have volunteered at Landmatters eco village in the UK including experience of building structures. Volunteered in Villa Bo Bispo, painting in Lime. Worked at Ecocommunity Alentejo putting up fence posts.
Main interest's: Share my many skills and add some contribution to the land. Gain more experience in permaculture and gardening. Learn about different ways of living sustain-ably.
Some more detailed Bio:
I was born in Johannesburg in July 1973 and started drumming at the age of 24 at the local Greenside Drum Cafe. Carried on learning from various teachers in JHB like Munki Mcapayi (now based in Canada) and Cape Town before relocating to London in 1997.
I changed my first name from Grant to Somesh in 1998 after visiting India for 6 weeks and attending the OSHO Retreat Centre in Pune where I discovered the benefits of meditation and community.
I started teaching drumming and running my own drum circle's after taking part in a Drum Circle Facilitation course by Arthur Hull 'Drum Circle Guru'. I was so inspired by the power of the drum I travelled to Hawaii in 2001 to take Advanced Facilitation Training with Arthur Hull.
I founded the company Drum Jam in 2001 http://www.drumjam.co.uk and went on to facilitate thousands of groups form nursery kids to a 1000 corporate executives and performing in fromt of 8000 people in Barcelona. I have also been featured in a number of news articles and on TV like BBC.
I have travelled to the West African Countries of Guinnea, Senegal, Ghana & Gambia to find the true teachings from the authentic african master drummers. Since then I have studied with Mamady Keita (Guinnea), Yaw Asumadu (Ghana), Sekou Keita (Guinnea), Nansady Keita (Guinnea) and a number of other fantastic drummers.
I have a passion for teaching drumming to beginners and spreading the message of the drum through connection and inspiration. Currently lives in Knysna, South Africa with his family, wife Shivani and 4 year old son Zenn.
My life has now expanded beyond music and I am studying in the fields of Permaculture and Sustainable Technology. As a family we see our future as living in community and we hope to be able to join an EcoVillage in Europe in the near future.