James Word

James Word is the first TaKeTiNa teacher in the U.S. to be trained at a senior level.

James’ qualifications as a TaKeTiNa rhythm facilitator are a direct result of many years of intensive study and professional application. He has over 400 hours of professional TaKeTiNa leading experience, and over 1,000 hours of intensive rhythm and leadership training from TaKeTiNa founders, Reinhard and Cornelia Flatischler.

James also studied for several years with 28th-generation master drummer, S. Kwaku Daddy.

Before becoming a TaKeTiNa teacher, James resided for two years at Kanzeon Zen Center, where he studied and trained with Zen Master Genpo Roshi, founder of the Big Mind, Big Heart process, and Tenkei Roshi (then Tenkei Sensei), currently the abbot of Zen River monastery in Northern Holland.

James playing TschanggoJames has a degree in Psychology from the University of California Berkeley, where he focused on Buddhist psychology, dreamwork, and musical perception.

James has been a regular guest lecturer for the UC Berkeley course, “Perspectives on Internal Happiness,” and founded and currently teaches the “Rhythm and Sound” course at The Sound and Consciousness Institute in San Francisco, California.

He helped found the North American TaKeTiNa Association, and has facilitated TaKeTiNa in universities, companies, and institutions like The University of California, REMO, The American Music Therapy Association, and The San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He has facilitated workshops all over the world – in France, Germany, Austria, Australia, the United States, and South America – and regularly offers classes and workshops in the Bay Area.

For James, TaKeTiNa is a joyful type of active meditation that helps us to let go and celebrate life, by integrating more positive aspects into our daily lives.