Join us in Celebrating Earth Day for a Week!

Ancient Ways will again be working with the local community in Earth Day awareness and festivities…Check this out: 

  • April 20th we will share in the ambiance of the gardens and forest of Thyme Garden in Alsea – Join us as we spread goodwill and honor the incredible  land there.  Nursery hours are 10-5 pm.  The Circle of Well Being closing ceremony (a program of Ancient Ways) is from 3-4 pm.  Check out the entire day’s event!
  • April 27th we will become our African animals in the Procession of the Species, beginning at 10 am at the Albany Court House. Find us as the percussion section next to the children from the Sundborn Children’s House, our Nhimbe for Progress collaborators. And, do check out Sundborn’s upcoming fundraiser!
  • Tashinga Marimba will be playing from 9:40-10 am and again after the Procession, from 11 am to 1 pm at the Albany Saturday Market on this same April 27th.  Get on your dancing shoes!

As part of our 25th year as Ancient Ways, and also marking our 20th year sponsoring Nhimbe for Progress in Zimbabwe, we thank our local organizations for all the ways they contribute to building community, which has also been our passion for all these years!


Looking forward to seeing you there!

Join Us for May Music!

The Ancient Ways Community Marimba Ensembles will be playing at the following locations in the mid-valley during the month of May.  Consider getting these on your calendar!

  • We hope you will join us at our annual pilgrimage to Thyme Garden in Alsea on Mother’s Day May 13th.  Kufindura, Tamuka and the beginning classes will play blended sets from 12:30 to 2 p.m. and again 3:30 to 5 p.m.  This is a festive event with many craft vendors and some incredibly great catered food for sale.  The nursery is open all day to get those much needed plants for the yard and garden, as well as nature trails as part of a wonderful woodsy setting.
  • Again this year, one of our Community Marimba Ensembles will share Sunday the 20th‘s Pentecost with the Corvallis First United Methodist Church on Monroe.  Join us from 9:15 to 10:45 a.m. as we share the sweet uplifting music from Zimbabwe as part of the service. Pull out your red and orange clothes to wear and celebrate!
  • On Saturday May 26th from 11-1 a.m. Kufindura and Tamuka will play a blended set while you do your shopping from the fresh market produce available in downtown Albany (across from the court house).  The market opens at 9 am with quite a selection.

Put on your dancing shoes and make sure you say hello!

Upcoming Ancient Ways Events April/May

Please put these two events at Thyme Garden in Alsea on your calendar

  • April 23rd, at 2 pm, the Circle of Well Being, the wellness program of Ancient Ways, is sponsoring a healing circle as part of the Earth Day celebration at Thyme Garden 11 am. to 3 pm. Settled in the forest next to a waterway, Thyme Garden is well known for its incredible selection of herbs and enormous woodsy ambiance. Children welcome!
  • Sunday, May 14th, Ancient Ways community ensembles will be playing the sweet and uplifting music from Zimbabwe on marimbas as part of the 24th annual “Art in the Garden” Mother’s Day event (13th-14th, 10-5 pm). Kufindura will play 12:30 pm to 2 pm. Tamuka Marimba and Kufindura will both play 3:30 to 5 pm. Put on your dancing shoes!

Looking forward to seeing you there!

4 Hours of Great Marimba Music!

An Ancient Ways ensemble, Kufindura, brings 4 hours of great marimba music from Zimbabwe to downtown Silverton on Saturday October 3rd as part of the Silverton Sidewalk Shindig Check this out!.  Please join us from 1 to 4 pm and again from 5 to 6 pm as these 7 musicians share the uplifting sweet music of the Shona people, complemented by a few original pieces. If you are interested in learning to play yourself check out our website! Bring your dancing shoes!

Ancient Ways playing the HOUR Exchange Summer Celebration 6/28

Find the Ancient Ways Community ensembles at Central Park in Corvallis from 1 to 2:30 pm on Sunday, June 28th, sharing the uplifting music from Zimbabwe! Both of the Corvallis classes will be playing. Nhimbe, the beginning class, and Mufambo, an intermediate class, are putting it together in the gazebo to beat the heat and celebrate the HOURS exchange, Benton County’s answer to the economy!

Join us for Mother’s Day!

Join the Ancient Ways Community Marimba Ensembles for Mother’s Day at Thyme Garden in Alsea. Enjoy the ambiance of great food and festive vendors while shopping for your favorite herbs. We’ll bring the uplifting music from Zimbabwe to share in the celebration. See you there this Sunday!

* Diki Diki Marimba and Kufindura will play from 12:30-2 pm
^ Kufindura, Mufambo and Nhimbe marimba groups will play from 3:30 -5 pm

Upcoming Zimbabwe Music Venues

Come join the Ancient Ways Community Ensembles as they share the sweet sounds of Shona music on marimba!
• May 2nd, 1:15 – 2 pm, Muti Marimba at LBCC One Vibe Diversity Day. Find us on West Way near the greenhouse…weather looks incredible…come and explore the campus in Albany!
• May 11th, Mother’s Day, Marimba Detembo and Muti Marimba share the stage from 12:30 – 2 pm, at The Thyme Garden in Alsea.
• Later on the 11th from 3:30 – 5 pm, Marimba Detembo and Mufambo Marimba finish the afternoon at the annual Mother’s Day celebration at Thyme Garden. Scrumptious food offerings, savory adult beverages, and unique gift booths add to the beautiful and bountiful nursery ambiance. Hope to see you there!

Also, remember May 3rd as Musekiwa Chingodza comes to Corvallis! Singing workshop 4 – 5:30 pm (541-752-7559541-752-7559) and Mhofela evening concert 7:30 pm (

Performance Tonight!

Our small group will be performing at “A Little Wild at Heart” an Art Gallery Charity Event with Silent Auction featuring 60 art blocks of Corvallis resident Jennifer Lommers.  Jen is donating 40% of her profits to the Chintimini Wildlife Center.  It should be a great evening of art and music, benefiting a wonderful local organization.  The event takes place at The Drawing Board, 425 SW Madison Ave, Suite G, Corvallis, OR from 6-8 pm.  Music starts at 6:30.


For more information about Jen and her art:


For more information about Chintimini Wildlife Center:

Upcoming Marimba Music!

Come and share in the sweet sounds of Zimbabwean marimba with Ancient Ways ensembles:
• Sunday, September 15th 11:30-12:30 pm Marimba Detembo at the Latino Festival, Monteith Park, Albany
• Thursday, September 19th 3:50-4:50 pm Mufambo Marimba at the Lebanon Thursday Market, Grant & Main, Lebanon
• Thursday, September 19th 5-7 pm Muti Marimba at the Lebanon Chamber of Commerce After Hours, Grant & Main, Lebanon
• Saturday, September 21st 11-12 pm Muti Marimba at Pinwheels for Peace, Court House, Corvallis
• Saturday, September 21st 2-3 pm Muti Marimba at St. Mary’s International Food Festival, Albany
Call with questions 541-259-4673!