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elmore

Organizer

Location:

Madison, WI
Hometown: Madison

Organizer since:

March 10, 2014

1. What gathering activities do you focus on the most? (hoop, drum etc.)

Drum circles. In a drum circle there is an individual, spiritual, and community connectedness that happens. The non-verbal interactions between people is the key to relating to each other. There is a spontaneous camaraderie between people.The division between beliefs, philosophical ideas, political position, class, gender, and race dissipates. None of that matters. There is no space for differences.

Are you interested in weekend bonfire/drumming campouts?

yes. The goal in drumming is to play together. Like children playing together. In fact, once you emerge yourself completely into the drum circle, you begin to see that there is no goal, no destination. From there you immediately experience a shared experience with the community, that is the arriving continuously into the present moment, into the process and only the process. The energy in this present is uncontaminated by the known. It is immense and intense. The way I would describe it is like being a child, the improvisation, the silliness and playfulness comes to being, not just in oneself but as a whole. The energy that springs from this communal moment is so powerful that it flushes out all separation from environment. It is so uncontainable that your only choice is to release all control. The mind becomes quiet from the rhythmic vibration. And all that is there is warmth, joy, tenderness, and the feeling of infinite love.

Do you have a drum to play that works well for you?

yes. Drum circles, I think, are the most effective medicine, the best healing entity that humans can have. They heal the mind and the mind heals the body. They rejuvenate and release all tension from head to toe. They welcome the uniqueness of each individual to flourish while eliminating competition and comparison.

Have you already taken lessons, or are you interested in lessons and workshops?

yes. I offer both lesoons and workshops.

What type of drumming do you like to do? (shaman, bonfire, middle eastern, american jembe, traditional African etc.)

All types of drumming

Introduction

I facilitate drum circles throughout Wisconsin, at schools, libraries and community centers. I hope that I can allow others to experience what I experience through drum circles.


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