Facilitated drum and dance circles for health, personal growth, and community
What are Creative Facilitated Drum and Dance Circles?
Facilitated drum and dance circles are community gathering events built around rhythm that are often initiated and inspired by a facilitator. The facilitator provides a sonic rhythmic foundation that participants connect with while seeking their own rhythmic creation within the circle. The facilitator manages the pulse, tempo, dynamics, and energy of the circle when and where it’s helpful through rhythmic expression so that participants of any experience level (including no experience) can particapte, explore, and find empowerment and community connection through drumming and dancing.
- Drums are provided
- Led by an experienced percussionist and drum circle facilitator
- All Experience levels (including no experience) welcome
- Be Creative! Explore your own Rhythm
- Form special connections with others through co-creating music
verb: facilitate; 3rd person present: facilitates; past tense: facilitated; past participle: facilitated; gerund or present participle: facilitating
make (an action or process) easy or easier.
“schools were located on the same campus to facilitate the sharing of resources”
Something Universally Human
Modern American civilization is a mashup of the history and cultural practices of a diverse range of people. American Music and Dance has roots in faraway places which have been mostly forgotten by it’s practitioners. Yet still, as creative orphans, with a limited understanding of our own origins, the music and dance, like DNA, is shaped by the ancestors whether they are known to us or not.
For thousands of years people on every continent, and in nearly every culture have been drumming and dancing. While this tradition isn’t part of normal American life for most of us, our capacity for creativity, joy, and connection through the practice is still with us.
Non-verbal facilitated drum and dance circles with Julian Douglas are a way for people at any experience level or no experience to fully participate in this universal human activity in a way that encourages creativity, self expression, and connection with community.
A safe creative space and instruments are provided along with a sonic foundation that encourages participants to connect with their internal rhythm and the rhythm of the group.
Julian provides an introduction to the practice and then uses non-verbal communication through the drum to take participants on a journey of discovery – each individual in their own way having and contributing to the experience.
Participants unfamiliar with the practice find that through this journey they connect with their own rhythm and creativity, they experience a universal and powerful mode of self expression, and have a meaningful shared experience that connects them with the other participants.