About Warasa Garifuna Drum School
Warasa Garifuna Drum School is the dream of its founder and master drummer and teacher, Ronald Raymond McDonald.
Ronald, or Ray, learned drums by watching his family group from childhood. He is a former drummer, dancer and singer for the Belize National Dance Company. He has performed all over Belize and much of Central America.
Ruth is originally from Scotland and ended up moving to Belize in 2007, to volunteer for a local health charity. Originally she planned to stay for just a few months, but then she met Ray when he was playing drums at the 2008 Toledo Cacao Festival (now known as the Chocolate Festival of Belize), and the rest is history! She has continued to work in the health and development sector, and also makes Garifuna themed souvenirs and also beautiful sea glass jewellery – all available to buy from the Etsy links on this website or direct from her Etsy store!
About Warasa Garifuna Drum School
Ray is passionate about his culture, and for many years his dream was to start a drumming schoool and teach others about his culture.
With the help of his wife Ruth, Warasa (which means “our culture”), was begun in 2010. The School has grown from borrowed drums and a rented house, to more than 20 of our own drums at our beautiful thatch palapa.
Below are some Garifuna items and jewellery pieces made by us from sea glass collected in Belize.
Authentic Garifuna drumming, dancing, drum-making and more!
Warasa Garifuna Drum School is a cultural and educational site located in the peaceful coastal town of Punta Gorda, Belize. See hand-carved instruments and family cultural artefacts. Experience all of this under our authentic traditional thatch palapa made from 100% natural and sustainable materials. You are welcome to simply look around while we explain the history of our fascinating culture, or experience an authentic, interactive lessons in traditional Garifuna drumming
, dancing, drum-making
at Warasa Garifuna Drum School.
We offer rich educational experiences to both local and international visitors, and can accommodate school groups of up to 25 students at a time. Learn about the rich history and culture of the Garifuna while learning the different traditional drumbeats and dances that influence music throughout Belize and Central America.
Enjoy our spacious traditional thatch drum school in the heart of the Garifuna community. Surround yourself with lush vegetation, see parakeets flocking and toucans hopping around, hear sounds of howler monkeys nearby.
All of this just a 20 minute walk, 10 minute bike ride or quick taxi ride away.
We share the Garifuna culture with locals and visitors which helps to preserve the culture for generations to come. We welcome guests of all ages and backgrounds. Don’t worry if you’ve never done any kind of drumming before or if you think you can’t dance. We welcome those with no rhythm, two left hands, two left feet, and of course professionals.
Read about us in Lonely Planet
, Moon Belize
and most other reputable guidebooks. Also check our TripAdvisor reviews, Facebook reviews and Google+ reviews.
Warasa and the Saint Vincent Block lands
We are local family-owned and run, located in the indigenous Garifuna-owned Saint Vincent Block lands by Punta Gorda town. To learn more about the Saint Vincent Block and Garifuna lands in Toledo, you can read an interesting dissertation here
Below are some Garifuna items and jewellery items made by us from sea glass collected in Belize.