Jaiaen Beck

Jaiaen Beck

Jaiaen Beck was introduced to a life-transforming path through a lecture on Shona spirituality given by the late Dr. Abraham Dumisani Maraire. Since 1990, she has worked with many teachers studying Shona music, cosmology, and healing traditions.

In 1993, Jaiaen founded Ancient Ways, a charitable non-profit organization encouraging preservation of the life-giving traditional ways of indigenous peoples, based in Oregon's mid-Willamette Valley. Since then, she has taught music to people of all ages, locally and nationally, in community and school settings as well as correctional institutions, and has been part of several performing groups. Through Ancient Ways, Jaiaen co-founded Nhimbe for Progress in 1999, and Jangano in 2005—two separate rural community development projects providing links for people to connect and offer humanitarian aid to rural Zimbabwe.

Jaiaen co-founded Nhimbe for Progress in 1999 with Cosmas Magaya, and Jangano in 2005 with Fradreck Mujuru and Fungai ‘Zhanje’ Mujuru.


Name Sessions Enrollment
Presentation - Marimba as Therapy
Presentations: Any age; Any skill level
Session 4 (Sat 9:30 AM) 5/12 students
Intro/Beginning Marimba - Nyungwe
Marimba: Teens, Adults; Introductory/Beginner
Session 8 (Sun 3:30 PM) 3/9 students
Marimba Teachers - Learning Marimba from the Wee World of Six-year-olds
Marimba, Music Educator: Adults; Any skill level
Session 1 (Fri 9:30 AM) 3/15 students
Presentation - Insight into Ancient Ways Rural Zimbabwe Success
Presentations: Any age; Any skill level
Session 2 (Fri 1:00 PM) 0 students
[no limit]
Beginning Hosho - Learning Hosho Basics
Hosho: Teens, Adults; Introductory/Beginner
Session 3 (Fri 3:30 PM) 9/20 students
Intro/Beginning Marimba - Kgopotso
Marimba: Teens, Adults; Introductory/Beginner
Session 5 (Sat 1:00 PM) 9/10 students