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Up And Away Studios
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Up And Away Studios
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
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.
We will see you there!
Contact us via email at email@example.com for more details.
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.
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
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:
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!
British Columbia, Qualicum Beach
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to register for this workshop or to inquire about upcoming workshops!
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!
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!
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.
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.
Please contact us for more information – email@example.com
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!
Watch this short 2 minute video from Julien offering you his best wishes and some thoughts as we move into 2018
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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