Our History

The Raven Drum Foundation began in 2001 to educate and empower individuals and communities in crisis through healing arts programs, drumming events and collaborative partnerships.

Early Years

RDF-logoThrough a vision of reaching out to others with music and energy healing, founders Rick Allen and Lauren Monroe created the Raven Drum Foundation. From the very beginning events and workshops came from the desire to empower others through a meaningful shared experience of music and community. Programs were held in schools, parks, behind Rick’s drum kit and even on his tour bus.

The more their authentic work was shared, the more obvious it became that their unique approach in sharing wisdom and healing was so very needed in the community.

Growing Years

today-drumcircleAs the foundation grew, its branches touched many populations of people in need and in times of healing crisis. Through these moving experiences the structure of the Raven Drum Circle was developed and shared as a core element of Raven Drum’s work. With the Raven Drum Circle at its center, holistic aspects of the work have been highlighted and expanded with a deeper focus on self- care, and healing the mind, body and spirit through energy healing techniques.

The more we reached out, created partnerships and community through drums and education, the more we saw profound and meaningful results.

Today

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Today Raven Drum has various community and veteran based programs that offer holistic approaches to healing. We have expanded our work to online interactive programs, radio shows and published healing resources such as the Raven Drum Circle and the 21 Ways to Resiliency. We have developed strong and meaningful community partnerships and have moved forward into creating weekend and week retreats focusing on holistic self-care and healing. Still inspired by the early days, Raven Drum Foundation continues to grow and change expanding through the inspiring people we serve.

Our Founders

Through their personal and professional experiences, founders Rick Allen and Lauren Monroe, have chosen to dedicate their lives to helping people overcome the emotional and physical pain resulting from traumatic events, with a special focus on veterans of war.

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Rick Allen

Rick Allen became the drummer for Def Leppard at age 15. At the height of worldwide fame in 1984, he had a car accident that changed his life. Rick lost an arm, but turned personal tragedy into spiritual transformation and continued his musical career. While he was already a hero to millions of young people, he soon added millions of new admirers. Since then Rick has been reaching out and giving support to others all over the globe by sharing his personal experiences and his love of drumming. Over the past 10 years Rick has reached out to teenage cancer patients, children with special needs, at risk youth in crisis, families of domestic violence and veterans who have served in Vietnam, Desert Storm, Iraq and Afghanistan. He was awarded the Humanitarian Award by Maria Shriver’s Best Buddies of CA in 2002 and continues his work through the Veteran Resiliency Project created by his nonprofit the Raven Drum Foundation. Rick, in 2012, was also awarded the prestigious Wounded Warrior Project’s Carry It Forward Award.

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Lauren Monroe

Lauren Monroe Allen MA, LMT has been a practitioner and teacher of energy healing since 1992. With an MA in Dance Choreography, a BA in Education, and Advanced Certification in Massage Therapy, her healing arts background includes specialized work with incarcerated teens, hospice care, and crisis healing. She has studied and apprenticed with Christian Benedictine Monks, Tribal Healers of Brazil, Mexico, North America and New Zealand and is an initiated minister of Deeksha Healing. She is the creator of the Advanced Energy Medicine Certification Program at the Boulder College of Massage Therapy 1999-2002, the co-founder of the Raven Drum Foundation and creator of Project Resiliency where she teaches and facilitates self-care workshops and empowerment drum circles. A vocalists, songwriter, and musician, Lauren Monroe creates a direct and personal experience of spiritual oneness and healing for audiences and students alike. Her work is an authentic expression of art and medicine that is created for healing and personal growth.

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Board of Directors

  • Rick Allen, Co-founder, Musician
  • Karen Simonton, Executive Director, Simonton Cancer Center
  • Carolyn McLuskie, MA, Trauma Psychology Research and Study
  • Ty Humes, Financial Management
  • Carolyn Baker M.Ed, Nonprofit –Strategic Planning
  • John Roberts, SSGT, USMC (RET), EVP for Wounded Warrior Project

Advisory Board

  • Major Matthew St. Laurent
  • Norberto Lara, SFC, U.S. Army (RET), Wounded Warrior Project
  • Matt Gains, Technologies and Brand Advisory
  • Scott Womack, Financial Management
  • Catie Wyman Norris, Nutrition Education and Research
  • Darin Olien MA, Nutrition and Fitness Educator, Life Coach
  • William Beninati, Colonel, USAF, MC, FS
  • Debbie Beninati, Music Therapy and Education
  • Susan Reyes, Counselor, Sepulveda Vet Center
  • Michael Spagnoli, DC
  • Julie Tumamait, Chumash Elder and Teacher
  • Jody Mlynek, Founder of Logan’s Friends, Special Needs
  • Alan L. Peterson, Ph.D., ABPP
  • Sandy Peterson, MS, LPC, NCCs
  • Allison Kueber, Entrepreneur