It's always about serendipity and being in the right place at the right time!! Years ago, maryi and I and a small group of women drmmed at full moon time at the 'farm'. We lost touch over the years, but I still kept drumming in my head and heart though I didn't exercise the hands. A few years ago, One Spirit book club had a kit with a hand drum, book and CD by Christine Stevens, music therapist and Remo Drum company's music director. I bought it!! Everything came alive. Then I read The Healing Power of the Drum and invited Robert Lawrence Friedman, the author, to do a drum circle/workshop in Pitman last October - full moon and our anniversary. After that, some drumming at the farm and in our living room - more drums and more connections. I was invited to Pitman Manor to drum with the senior citizens women's group. We went back again Christmas Day to drum with those more involved. It was a pleasure to see so many show their spirit through their eyes or a brief smile as I placed a drum mallet in their hands and encouraged them to try! I saw my sister, Lisa, do the same thing (twins born 9 years apart). The story continues as Carol, the activities director at the Manor invited me to her house for a Christmas Eve open house. There, a young man, Aubrey, had a ceramin doumbek and I totally loved its 'sweet' sound. I looked around and finally discovered Full Circle Drums - Ishmael and Patra, on a mountain top near Santa Barbara, CA. What you see is what I got!! Ishmael offered to send me pictures of 5 drums he had just made that were not yet on their web-site. http://www.fullcircledrums.com/ and I could have first choice. I chose Spiral Mandala. Now I am going to a drum circle tomorrow in Baltimore, MD with Jonathan Murray and another next week near home (more about that after it is over!) In September, Conni-Joi and I will be spending 3 days with Remo,Christine Stevens and Barry Bittman,MD, for a Health Rhythms training. (See the Remo web-site for more details about the Princeton, NJ training 9/9-11) After that...the world is wide open and you can be sure you will hear about Spirit of Joi: Rhythms and Relationships for fun, healing and self-discovery. Keep reading and invite us to drum with you or your group. Life is full of spirited, energetic like minded souls and I LOVE IT!! Join our circle or do you have one of your own? Share that with us firstname.lastname@example.org
Life is too fragile to not live, love, laugh, dance and DRUM!!