ENCOURAGES SELF EXPRESSION
HELPS DEVELOP COMMUNITY
REDUCES ANXIETY AND REDUCES DEPRESSION
HELPS IN TREATMENT OF ADDICTIONS
IMPROVES COMMUNICATIONS SKILLS
HELPS DEVELOP LISTENING SKILLS
INCREASES CREATIVE THINKING
HELPS RELEASE EMOTIONS SAFELY
RELEASES ENDORPHINS AND POSITIVE HORMONES
INCREASES T-CELL PRODUCTION
AFFIRMS SELF-WORTH AND IMPROVES SELF-ESTEEM
AIDS IN TREATMENT OF ALZHEIMERS DISEASE
"THE HEALING POWER OF THE DRUM" by Robert Lawrence Friedman
“Transformational” drumming is a group drumming experience that changes people in an a "magical" way. It brings people of all backgrounds, ages, nationalities, belief systems and genders together and transforms them into a rhythmic community. This happens because mankind has used drumming in rituals, to communicate, to celebrate and mark special cultural events for tens of thousands of years and those ancient rhythms are stored in our DNA.
Today, drumming together creates a connection between people that quickly goes deep into the collective DNA rhythm memory. (It’s just remembering how to play!! Just Play!!) The individual sound that each person plays is their personal creative expression of their connection to that memory within themselves, with others and with nature. Magically and simultaneously, those sounds blend into togetherness where each person’s sound is an important part of the community.
Robert Lawrence Friedman in his book “The Healing Power of The Drum” puts it this way, “When we play drums with others, vibrations enter through our ears, caress our bodies, massage our organs, dance within our cells and jiggle the soul back into remembering itself.”
The first thing to know about our play shops is that there is no experience necessary to really enjoy yourself and feel the benefits of this rhythmic journey. When you take a small step out of your “comfort” zone and give drumming a try you will likely feel a sense of overall wellbeing and a genuine connection to the others in the group.
To encourage people to try, we start with the basics. Participants first learn to hold the drum and play its basic sounds. They then learn to identify the “pulse” of a constant rhythm and then add their own unique, natural sounds and rhythms to create a cohesive and enjoyable drum circle happening where everyone is speaking and everyone is heard and each person’s sound is an important part of the whole – it’s called “the groove” and it’s a very special feeling when it happens.
In addition, to the drumming participants also play a variety of other percussion instruments, move around the space and interact with everyone in the group. There are also a number of rhythm games that encourage social interaction with the other participants and simultaneously, enhance self expression. The result is a fun “shared experience” for all.