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Drum Circles - Drum Journey - Yoga Drum - Performance

Drum Circles
Come, drum and connect!
  • Tree of Life Centre - 143 Portland Road, Hove, BN3 5QJ (wheelchair access)
  • Somerset Day Centre - 62 St James’s Street, Brighton (wheelchair access) Session dates/times

Group drumming is something everyone can do regardless of musical experience, it's about enjoying ourselves in rhythm together!
We run a regular Drum Circles, discovering the joys of creative expression, the sense of connection of playing in a group whilst finding the our own natural rhythm that is inside each one of us.

Our drum circles are facilitated by Ruth who is an enthusiastic drummer who focuses on the enjoyment of collaborative group drumming, playing both traditional rhythms and improvisational jamming rather than 'teaching' drumming. It's all about the fun and enjoyment of group rhythm! For those that find the djembe drum too large to use comfortably, we have some smaller frame drums available and there's plenty of percussion to experiment with too!


Tree of Life monthly Drum Circle
Benefits of Drumming
Research into the health benefits of rhythmic drumming have shown to be physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. It brings people together, improving listening and communication skills, helps alleviate social isolation and can help build positive relationships, communicating without words or gestures, improves confidence. It allows for the creative self-expression and the joy of improvisation. There is currently much scientific interest in the interaction between group drumming and the biology of the human body. It helps develop multitasking abilities, improve concentration, short term memory and the ability to focus, improve co-ordination. Music making offers extensive exercise for brain cells and their synapses (connections). Drumming has been used to help treat diseases such as Stress, Depression, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Immune Deficiency, Cancer, Autism and many more. It shown that it can positively affect our immune and endocrine systems. It has been shown to significantly increase the disease fighting activity of circulating white blood cells that seek out and destroy cancer cells and virally-infected cells. It can energise or relax, bring about a sense of playfulness or release anger and tension. It induces a deep sense of relaxation, lowering blood pressure and stress levels. Stress is one of the most common diseases of modern culture, and drumming is a highly effective solution. Stress has shown to be responsible for the development of many common diseases. It increases our Alpha brainwaves, which are associated with feelings of well-being and euphoria.

The Djembe Drum
The Bamana people of Mali in West Africa are cited as being the creators of the Djembe drum. The name of the djembe comes from the saying "Anke djé, anke bé" which translates to "everyone gather together in peace" and defines the drum's purpose". "djé" is the verb for "gather" and "bé" translates as "peace" which is what wedo at our drumming circles. The djembe has traditionally been used to communicated between tribes over long distances.

Drumming as a healing ritual has been used for thousands of years by many cultures and civilizations throughout the world. Some say the music of drums creates a conduit to the Divine and connects us to our tribal nature. Group drumming is something everyone can do regardless of musical experience.

Our drumming circles are facilitated by Ruth who is an enthusiastic drummer who focuses on the enjoyment of collaborative group drumming, playing both traditional rhythms and improvisational jamming rather than 'teaching' drumming. It's all about the fun and enjoyment of group rhythm!

If you don't have a djembe drum (as pictured) or if you find the djembe too large to use comfortably, we have smaller frame drums available and there's plenty of percussion to experiment with too! We have drums available for you to play during our sessions or bring along any frame or hand drum to play.
Drum Journey
Drum journeys are an ancient and sacred practice used by many cultures around the world as a way of moving oneself into an altered state of consciousness similar to meditation or to that just before falling asleep. They induce a kind of day dream or lucid dream allowing one to rest in a perhaps more unified state of being where one has the potential to see themselves and their process more clearly offering deep transformation, inspiration and insight.

Other benefits include stress hormone (cortisone) reduction, blood pressure and heart rate lower, potassium/sodium levels in the body can re-balance, cellular regeneration can take place and our autonomic nervous system can relax, offering the potential to find relief from physical pain, reduced stress and improvement in stress related symptoms, working on all levels of being, physically, mentally, emotionally, energetically and spiritually, in a person centered way.
We have both vegan synthetic skinned drums and traditional natural skinned drums available for your personal preference.
Yoga Drum
Yoga and live drumming is a wonderful and dynamic way of moving and stretching gently to rhythm - Ruth is available to bring live drumming to one of your yoga workshops or sessions.

"Amazing workshop..!! It was exactly what my mind and body needed. The drumming and sound bath was such a great experience. Thank you so much"

from theStrong, Sweaty, Primal and Playful’ workshop with Lucy Howlett of Lift Yoga and Personal Training

Performance
Ruth also performs with other groups and organsiations and was honoured to be asked by Aneesa Chaudhry, muscial director of The Rainbow Chorus to hold drum workshops for members of the chorus so they could drum at their 'Can’t Take My Eyes Off You' concert in Brighton in which Ruth also played, "Opening with drumming and African song was an impressive and stirring start to the event..."  Andrew Kay.

Ruth was also delighted to be asked to drum with the wonderful Marlets Good Vibrations Choir (again with muscial director Aneesa Chaudhry) at their 'Lean On Me' Concert which was a huge success. Spreading the joy of drumming!



1-2-1 Drum Therapy and Drum Massage


 
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