UNITY – First Annual Fundraiser: Recovery, Resiliency, Reconciliation through Rhythm.

Presented to you by the Circles of Rhythm Foundation

Looking to get involved in something BIG!? Circles of Rhythm Foundation is taking the next step towards building commUNITY through rhythm, everywhere.

Date: June 15, 2019

Time: Doors open @ 6pm

Location : Wildrose Brewery 

About this Event:

Join us for an evening of amazing music and commUNITY– Enjoy some *Chill Beats blending contemporary lounge rhythms with tribal sounds of the didgeridoo, native flute, and tabla while you converse with like-minded individuals & win big with our *Silent Auction! Following a brief presentation highlighting the Circles of Rhythm Foundation Mission & Vision for Recovery, Resiliency, Reconciliation through Rhythm, the music will continue on with a *LIVE BAND and a *DJ to close out the night. 

Tickets $45 each – Your first beverage and appetizers (served between 6:30-7:30) are included!

Buy Tickets

  • Silent Auction ends at 9pm, LIVE BAND to follow. 
  • Our special Dj SET will help us end off the night just right

Celebration commUNITY through Rhythm!

We will see you there! 

WOULD YOU LIKE TO GET INVOVLED?

  • DONATE for the Silent Auction
  • SPONSOR this Event

Contact us via email at info@circlesofrhythm.com for more details.

Get Your Flu Shot in a Drum Circle?

Circles Of Rhythm - The Integrated Community Drum Circle - Calgary, AB - The #1 Community Drum Circle in Canada!

By:  Judy Atkinson

Living Well Between the Beats

Last Friday night I attended the first Circles of Rhythm drum circle in 2019 and the following quote, which was written after my very first drum circle in 1997, came to mind and became a reality once again:

“I walked into the drum circle sad and weary, I walked out on fire!”

The drums were beating, the lights were dimmed, hearts were opening and joy was in the air.  I closed my eyes and felt the skin of my drum; it was pulsating, physically moving to the heart beat of the circle, connected to every person there, to every hand, every heart. Everyone was engaging and involved whether listening, drumming, dancing or sitting quietly, everyone was giving and receiving in harmony, connected, ONE. 

Then it happened! Joy rushed through me like lightening.  It was electric; goosebumps raised every hair on my body and I was taken back to the feeling I had at my first drum circle so many years ago.  That feeling was one of hope, fearlessness, connection and pure unadulterated JOY!

This experience was a reminder that the drum circle is a place where I can go when I am sad, lonely or world-weary.  It is a place where I can go to have an actual in-the-body experience of hope for our seemingly falling down world; a place where I can let go of my own fear, worry and doubt for a while and just let the rhythm of those gathered hold me.  

Image taken @WUB_Gathering 2018 in Banff, AB

Circles of Rhythm drum circles are like flu shots providing an immune boost for hopeful thinking while counterbalancing the negativity in the news and media.  Over time the drum circle has helped me come to know deep down that the purpose of life is to live fully, to embrace it all, the good and the not so good, getting help and support when I need it, offering it when needed by others and truly enjoying the beauty of this earth and good times as they present themselves as well. 

“Years of attending drum circles has helped me to know that heaven on earth is not something to seek or to look for, it is something that comes through me when I allow it, notice it, and set myself up for it by putting myself in those places and with those people who know this too!”   –Judy Atkinson, Messenger of Joy

 So, let heaven come through you in 2019.  Stop trying so hard to feel good. It’s easy in a drum circle, you just have to show up as often as possible and get dose after dose of good medicine.  You will begin to know that goodness and harmony are not only possible but right here in front of you, pulsating through you wanting to be heard and acknowledged.   Joy is awaiting you in the drum circle, come get your flu shot, of joy regularly. 

See you in the circle!

Judy Atkinson, Founder: Circles of Rhythm

Author: The Drum Code, Living Well Between the Beats

judy@thedrumcode.ca,403-862-5654

Judy Atkinson continues to support the growth and development of Circles of Rhythm from afar while she travels – and – as a board member of the Circles of Rhythm Foundation. Thank you Judy for your ongoing support, wisdom, and strength over the years.

The journey of an Integrated Community Drum Circle Facilitator.

Circles of Rhythm’s Integrated Community Drum Circle Facilitator Training sent me off to a whole new world!

We love celebrating people’s successes, and best of all – people who GET what it is that we do, and why it works.

Ask any musician why music is so important and they’ll have 1000 different ways of answering! Pay close attention and you will notice that each answer highlights a unique story of a personal encounter where music touched the body, mind, and spirit. Patrick knew before attending our training that music was powerful, we just gave him another tool in his toolbox to do what he loves – making connections through music!

Patrick Carrick, professional musician and drummer, decided to take sign up for our 3-Day intensive Integrated Community Drum Circle Facilitator Training (ICDC) in October 2017.  He left feeling supercharged with ideas on how to combine his passion and skills for music and drumming to his community in Columbia Valley. Patrick used his mentorship program with Judy Atkinson, Founder of Circles of Rhythm, and Julien Lepage, Owner/Master ICDC of Circles of Rhythm, to develop many grant proposals to help him set off his dream of bringing the ICDC to his community in motion.


 

June 21, 2018 – Patrick contacted Circles of Rhythm and set us this picture:

Patrick Carrick receives his first cheque from the windermere valley musicians who care to help start building his Remo Percussion Drum Kit through Circles of Rhythm

Circles of Rhythm was proud to be at the end of the line, offering support by providing Patrick with a recommended drum kit using Remo Percussion’s quality instruments, and LP Percussion’s additional shakers and soundscape tools. Now, Patrick has started his own facebook group call the Columbia Valley Drumming and is offering the integrated community drumming circle in his part of the world!

Congratulations Patrick for all your efforts and dedication. We look forward to continuing to develop healthier communities using an ancient tool: The DRUM!

Patrick Carrick’s FIRST ICDC in BC – Amazing community building & Joy!! Congratulations Columbia Valley Drumming!

Qualicum Beach, BC – Two Day Facilitator Training – September 2018

– Integrative Drum Circle Training –

– (ICDC) –

British Columbia, Qualicum Beach

For the Body Mind & Spirit

CIRCLES of RHYTHM is proud to partner with Pillar Stables Equine Assisted Learning Center to offer a condensed version of our ICDC training program.

Please contact us at info@circlesofrhythm.com to register for this workshop or to inquire about upcoming workshops!

DETAILS FOR THIS TRAINING!

2 Day Integrative Drum Circle Facilitator Training Program

Learn to Facilitate Therapeutic Drum Circles and In-Depth Drum Healing Techniques 

WHEN: Saturday & Sunday September 29, 30 2018

WHERE: Pillar Stables, Equine Assisted Learning Center, 1080 Pillar Road Qualicum Beach, BC

HOW MUCH$749.00

Space is limited, register today!

Circles of Rhythm
#1 Community Drum Circle in Canada

What is Integrative Drum Circle Training?

This training is based on a practical easy-to-learn protocol. It will enable you to step into a drum circle and lead your own drum group. The program teaches community building and therapeutic skills, as well as in-depth healing techniques using frame drums from various parts of the world, including our very own First Nations people.

This integrative approach uses multicultural drums and a balanced approach, helping you to grow exponentially BOTH as a facilitator and as a human being.

The instructors are Master Integrated Community Drum Circle (ICDC) Facilitators, Julien Lepage, and Jamie Gore. Together, they will empower you to assist people on their healing journeys, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually, while building meaningful community.

Participants will leave the training feeling ready and capable of becoming a Lead Facilitator or Co-Facilitator of their own Integrated Community Drum Circle. You will also feel comfortable applying the Healing Techniques of the “Drum Wash” and “Rhythm Cradle” within your own healing/helping practice. The included mentorship program will offer participants a chance to receive support after a few months of practice as an Integrated Community Drum Circle Facilitator!

You will learn:

  • Basic drumming and Rhythm Making Skills you can apply IMMEDIATELY!
  • How to Build Meaningful Community.
  • How to effectively weave in appropriate Meaningful Messages and Metaphors.
  • How to Activate Emotional, Physical and Mental Healing.
  • Effective Strategies to improve symptoms of Depression and Anxiety.
  • Ancient vibrational healing techniques for modern times. 

Why Circles of Rhythm?

The health benefits of drumming have been scientifically investigated and published in multiple scientific and professional journals. It was shown that drumming helps to reduce adverse effects of several medical conditions such as Stress, Depression, Cancer, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Stroke.

With over 16 years of experience, Circles of Rhythm is the only full time specialized integrative drum circle facilitator training business and the only Gentle Drum Healing Training in Canada.

A small snippet of our Rhythm Cradle/Rhythm Day Spa events

What’s included:

  • Two Professional Facilitators ready to help you feel confident leading drum circles and the healing techniques of the gentle drumming protocol.
  • Two full days of practice and instruction of the Integrative Community Drum Circle Experience & Gentle Healing Techniques.
  • Overview of Integrative Community Drum Circle Experience, theory and research supporting the use of drumming as a therapeutic tool.
  • EXPERIENCE a Professionally facilitated evening Integrated Community Drum Circle Experience where participants & the surrounding community is invited to participate in!
  • Each participant will receive a printed copy of the Facilitator Training Manual
  • Mentorship Program available for one-year post training and Coaching sessions and Private Facebook Facilitator page.
  • Support developing a customized drum circle format that includes drumming with horses.
  • Support building are recommended “drumkit” to accommodate various group sizes and various levels of ability.
  • Certificate of Completion 

MORE DETAILS on your Instructors HERE

WHO IS THIS FOR??

  • Health Care Professionals/Facilitators
  • Music therapists/Music teachers
  • Teachers/Professors/Instructors
  • Drum Circle Facilitators/Professional Drummers
  • Addiction and Recovery Counsellors
  • Grief Counselors
  • Senior/Geriatric Services
  • Equine Assisted Learning Facilitators/Medicine Horse Practitioners
  • Sexual Abuse and Domestic Violence Counsellors
  • Complimentary Health Practitioners
  • Social Workers/Psychologists
  • Spiritual Seekers/Chaplins/Church Leaders

Some Clients that have utilized our drumming circles:

Women’s Shelters, Boys and Girls’ clubs, Youth Addictions Services, Private events for friends and families, Kids Camps, Funerals and Memorial Services, Eating Disorder Groups, Hospices, AA and AL-ANON meeting, Addictions Recovery Centers, Penitentiaries, Seniors Centers.

To register:

Please contact us for more information – info@circlesofrhythm.com

A Prescription for JOY!

Ever wondered what a “prescription” for joy would look like?  

Here are some non-pharmacological factors that have a direct impact on our overall sense of Joy and Happiness!

-Time in Nature

-Time in Community – Develop & Nurture Meaningful Relationships

-Recreational Activities – Activate your inner child!

-Exercise & Physical Activity

-Be of Service to others – Find ways to contribute!

-Eat well (preferably with others!)

-Time in Silence – STOP, take deep breaths, Meditation

– Spirituality – Explore the extents of your spiritual understanding

Informed by: Dr. Roger Walsh’s TLC – Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes – More details here

DID YOU KNOW?

The Integrated Community Drum Circle was conceptualized as a means to encompass as many of these key areas as possible!

We recommend attending a community drum circle REGULARLY to achieve & MAINTAIN a state of overall joy & hope for what the future holds.  Circles of Rhythm believes that EVERYONE can benefit from attending a weekly Drum Circle.

This is why we are introducing our 10 Circle Card Passes available for purchase this Friday @ our Friday Night Drum Circle!! as a means to help incorporate regular drumming into your lifestyle & wellness toolbox!

Check out our Dr’s Order Video

Drumming, Drum, Drum Circles, Fun!, Joy!, Dr's Orders,
Julien Lepage & Jon Pocock have fun drumming, talking about what brings JOY to their lives, and introduce the 10 Circle Pass Cards for the Circles of Rhythm Drum Circles

10 Circle Card Pass

General Admission $120

Seniors $80

Bring Your Own Drum (BYOD) $80

Happy New Year from Circles of Rhythm!

Happy New Year from our team at Circles of Rhythm

Watch this short 2 minute video from Julien offering you his best wishes and some thoughts as we move into 2018 

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CAN YOU FEEL IT!?!? 

The first Friday Night Drum Circle of 2018 is almost HERE!

More details on our Weekly Community Drum Circles here

We’re anticipating a great year in 2018 with all of you! Stay tuned for lots of surprises and community building opportunities for your and your loved ones!

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