We all learn our morality at our mother's knee or at some other joint. -C.D.Broad
Greetings! Playing Djembe is one of my favorite stress busters—though admittedly, some stressors may call for Extreme Ironing instead. See Japanese version of the sport and performance art of Extreme Ironing here and there . Witness more Extreme Ironing here, or check out this trendy baLLOon dress by designer Sophie Vandewyer.
Djembe means "gather together". To me, playing Djembe with friends is all about community building, connecting with each other and our environment through sound, beat, and dance; a spiritual experience — see kaleidoscope page.
(My inner editor wishes you to know that the above psychedelic link is tenuously related to the topic at hand and would rather you visit this Copernican vs. Tychonian orrery page in the darkness.)
Below is a nonexhaustive list of drumming circles in the St. Louis, Missouri area. Times and days will vary. Fair weather conditions (above 50F temperature and no rain) are required for outdoor circles.
Sun, Wen, 7:30pm to 10:00pm – Drum Circle and Fire Spinning at the Emmerson Basin in Forest Park, look for drummers and dancers at the base of Art Hill.
Sun, 3:00pm – University City Loop Drum Circle, near the open market on Delmar.
Fri, 7:30pm – Capoeira, an Afro-Brazilian martial art that combines kicks, spins, acrobatics, drumming and singing. Often seen in the Summer at the Schafly Public Library, Central West End.
Fri, Drum Circle – Center for Spiritual Living, 12875 Fee Fee.
1st Fri, 8:00pm – Drum Circle at Pathways.
3rd Fri, 7:30pm – Dances of Universal Peace at Unity Christ Church, Skinker and Forsyth.
3rd Sat, 8:00pm – Drum Circle and Barefoot Boogie, at the Big Bend Yoga Center, $5 donation.
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Toning is a form of vibrational healing. It is the uttering of sustained, repeated sounds to promote physical and mental well-being. You can tone even if you cannot carry a tune at all. Toning is not about pretty singing.
To put toning in context, I recommend perusing through The Mozart Effect by Don Cambell and learning more about the effect of sound on the body and mind. Influenced by the pioneering work of Dr. Alfred Tomatis, Don Cambell developped and brought his craft to hospitals in France and the U.S..
To learn more about toning, toning sessions or workshops, Email me at vi0lin1998 at Yahoo dot com. The 0 in vi0lin1998 is a zero.