WHAT TO EXPECT
Our drum and journey circle uses the beat of the drum and other simple, natural techniques (rattling, dancing, etc.) to help participants gain access to their inner wisdom. Drumming is a shamanic practice has been used in many cultures for thousands of years as a way to create an altered state of consciousness. The repetitive sound, ranging from 180-220 bpm, induces a state of consciousness that is relaxing and meditative.
To honor a safer, sacred space for all, our circle is absolutely drug- and alcohol-free. Additionally, since people sometimes will share private and personal information, everything that occurs during a circle is to be considered strictly confidential.
A TYPICAL DRUM & JOURNEY CIRCLE EVENT
- Before we begin our sacred work, we smudge ourselves and our instruments to purify any negative thoughts/feelings from the day, and place any items we've brought on the community altar.
- The circle begins with an introduction, orientation, and check-in with the attendees.
- We open our sacred space by welcoming help and guidance from all directions.
- Our sacred work begins by playing a heartbeat-paced drumbeat & by singing our personal power song (if we have one) to connect with our personal guides, if we have them.
- We do a journey or two for answers to our own questions. Sometimes, we work with a theme or idea for journeying.
- Sometimes, we will stand as a healing circle and send prayer drums to those in need (with their permission).
- We conclude the circle by giving our thanks, singing the Circle Song, and closing the circle.
- People may stay to share snacks and conversations until 9 p.m.
No experience is necessary; please come with an open mind and willingness to experience something new and different!
WHAT TO BRING
There are no requirements besides yourself. However, if you would like some suggestions of what most people bring to a circle, may we suggest that you bring:
- a drum, rattle, or other percussion instrument (extra instruments are available)
- eye cover such as a bandanna or sleep mask (helps remove visual distraction while journeying)
- notebook & pen (for documenting journey experiences -- journeys can be like dreams where details fade quickly if not written down)
- an item to share on the community altar during the circle (people may bring their medicine bags, mesas, special stones/crystals, totem animal symbols, a gift from Nature, etc. You will take this item back home with you after the circle.)
- water and a snack for self or for sharing during our break and/or after the circle
- an optional goodwill donation to help with costs for maintaining the circle
Note - Sometimes, in the warmer months, we may drum and journey outside. Please consider bringing a folding chair, blanket, warmer clothing, and/or anything else that will help you be comfortable for being outdoors.