rhythms for renewal
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"In the Dagara culture the drum is a transportation device that carries the listener into other worlds.  Only the sound of the drum has the power to help one travel in this specific way.  The magic works only when the drummer coaxes special rhythms, not just banging noises, out of it.  The journeys that can be taken with the drum concern not only the listener, but the drummer too.  Where the soundship goes, everybody goes.  To refuse to drum is to refuse to travel.  To forget how to drum is to forget how to feel."

—Malidoma Patrice Somé, Phd.
Elder medicine-man, diviner, shaman of the Dagara culture in Burkina Faso, West Africa, from his renowned book "Of Water and the Spirit"






Drumming is Empowering

Many people have been tragically conditioned to believe that they cannot play a drum or make music, that they lack rhythm.  This could not be further from the truth.  If your heart beats, you have rhythm!  With proper guidance, a bit of practice, and faith in one's own abilities, anyone can make absolutely wonderful music, as well as accomplish anything else in Life.  Rhythms for Renewal workshops help change the "I can't" story into an "I do!".


Drumming is Meditative

It is impossible to be in Rhythm if you are “in your head”, thinking about this and that. When we learn to silence the mind and be fully present in our bodies and with each other we can then find Rhythm.


We practice Poly-Rhythmic Percussion: many simple parts interweave to form a complex whole. Any one part is meaningless by itself, it gains meaning only in relationship to the other parts.

In our practice we emphasize deep listening, feeling how our part fits in to the whole. We learn to speak our voice with clarity and confidence; we learn to communicate effectively and beautifully; we learn to cultivate healthy, balanced relationships; we learn what it feels like to be in Rhythm.


A Rhythms for Renewal medicinal drumming experience makes the healing power of music easily accessible to anybody.


"When our hands connect with a drum that vibrates with our energy, vitality, emotion, exhilaration, hope, sensitivity, giving, sharing and unity, we become whole again." —Dr. Barry Bittman, neuroscientist


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