March Drum Circles and Events

From: Kristie V.
Sent on: Thursday, February 25, 2010 8:46 AM
Greetings, Meetup members.
 
I am just passing along my monthly email that I send out to those on my drum email list outside of the Meetup (I know this will be a duplicate for some of you).  Also, if you have any problems with the right side of the email getting cut off, please let me know - I can resend it.
 
Kristie  

 

 

Hey, there, drummers!

 

Soon we will be moving into spring, and so will the drum circles! 

We've got a good thing going here in the Greater Milwaukee area,

and let's keep it going! 

 

As usual, I've got a few things to pass on for the month of March:

 

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Good Harvest Market drum circle schedule:

 

Women's Circle:  Wednesday, March 3rd from 6:00 - 8:00 PM

 

Open Circle:  Thursday, March 11th from 6:00 - 8:00 PM

 

Good Harvest Market is located at 1850 Meadow Lane in Pewaukee

and the drum circles are held in the Community Room.  Hope to

see you there - it's always a good time!

 

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Greater Milwaukee Drum Circle Meetup Group

 

As always, I encourage you to check out our meetup site at: www.meetup.com/Milwaukee-Drum if you haven't already.  It is a

great way to find out about drum circles and drum-related events in

the greater Milwaukee area and meet other hand drummers in the

area.  The meetup site membership is growing every day - we are

now up to 176 members!!, which I think is fantastic.  Check it out!! 

And for events and discussion, be sure to look at both the calendar and

the message board! 

 

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Drum Classes

 

I would like to pass along some info about drum classes that I am teaching.  I teach a class every other Sunday (and have been

teaching for exactly a year now).  The classes are pretty flexible -

you can stay for anywhere between an hour and 2 hours (we work

more on technique and practice drills to begin the session and then

we move  on to rhythms).  The class is geared for beginner to intermediate-level students, and each person is challenged at his/

her level.  If you've never played before and are interested in the

class, I also give "pre-class" lessons on basic technique so that this

does not have to be covered every class period.  The class cost is

$10 for an hour, $12 for 1 & 1/2 hours, and $15 for 2 hours.  Please

call or email me if you are interested!   [masked] or [address removed]).

 

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Kirtan

 

Lastly, I would like to give you all some information about

something that you may be interested in.  (I have found in my

experience that many drummers are ).  About five years ago, I

attended my first "kirtan".  In a nutshell, kirtan simply means

singing, chanting, and praising the Divine.  Kirtan, which is actually

done in the Sanskrit language, is a spiritual practice that originated 

in India hundreds of years ago.  It is a sacred practice that anyone

can do, and the music that is created by the particpants can carry

them to a state of tremendous joy and mental clarity.  Kirtan is

about our relationship with spirit and how to deepen that

connection.  It is a non-denominational, universal language of the

spirit - a song of the soul.   I have personally found that kirtan (and

also daily chanting and singing) has become an integral and

essential part of my own spiritual path - I can't imagine life without

it!

 

If you are interested in attending a kirtan event, there is one coming

up on Friday, March 5th at 7:30 P.M. at the Unitarian Universalist

Church West at 13001 West North Avenue in Brookfield.  A lady

by the name of Ragani, who I had the privilege of visiting India with

back in 2006 on a group trip, is the leader (or "wallah") of this

kirtan event which has been going on now almost every month

for several years, and which draws about 300 people.  For more

information, please visit:  www.raganiworld.com.  Kirtan is an

awesome thing! 

 

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"We are here to give.  Our life is an offering.  We're not

here for ourselves - we're here for everybody." - Bhagavan

Das (the "father" of kirtan in the West - he was the first one to introduce kirtan in the U.S. after returning from India).

 

"Love is the door.  Chanting is the key." - Bhagavan Das

 

Peace, Light, and Drums ,

 

Kristie

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