MOONDANCE: The Palm Beach County Full Moon Drum Circle
The oldest and largest continuous drum circle in Palm Beach County
Well it's a marvelous night for a moondance,
With the stars up above in your eyes...
Can I just have one more moondance
With you, my love? - Van Morrison, Moondance
8:00PM-MIDNIGHT • FREE
• Held monthly on the night of the full Moon - or the next night if it rains AT THE BEACH for a significant part of the event.
• 2012 schedule: Mon. Oct 29; Weds. Nov 28; Fri. Dec 28 - please mark your calendar!
CALLING ALL DRUMMERS, DANCERS, FLOW-ARTISTS (FIRE-PERFORMERS, HOOPERS, POI-TWIRLERS), MUSICIANS, BURNERS, RAINBOW FAMILY, YOGIS, SUPPORTIVE ONLOOKERS, AND FAMILIES...
Please come enjoy this monthly gathering of our 'conscious tribe' (now in its 8th year) - join 400 people enjoying the warm sand, gentle waves, full Moon overhead, soft ocean breezes, enchanting rhythms, radiant dancers, and wonderful flow-arts performers. This is south Florida at its finest!
(1) THIS IS AN ALCOHOL-FREE and DRUG-FREE EVENT
(2) We have a peaceful, harmonious, joyous, spiritual celebration - without negativity or 'drum circle politics'
(3) We gather right on the beach - at the ocean's edge - all year long!
(4) We drum from 8pm till midnight every time! - enjoying 4 hours under the radiant full Moon
(5) Abundant free parking along A1A
(6) Family-friendly; kids welcome
NOW AT JUPITER BEACH
On A1A, at beach entry post #35 (numbers are on the shower posts)
2 miles south of Indiantown Rd., 1.7 miles north of Donald Ross Rd.
• From I-95 southbound: exit at Indiantown Rd., go east, turn right (south) on A1A, go 2 miles
• From I-95 northbound: exit at Donald Ross Rd., go east, turn left (north) on A1A, go 1.7 miles
Free parking along the side of A1A. Drop off drums, etc. at post #35 and then drive up or down the road to park.
IN CASE OF RAIN
1. If it's raining as you leave home, or threatening to rain, please call your host (Michael[masked]) for a weather check-in. It may be clear at the beach! The rain may have passed over our beach already. Remember that in south Florida it may be pouring in one place and totally clear 3 miles away. DON'T JUST ASSUME THE DRUM CIRCLE IS CANCELED IF YOU'RE SEEING RAIN.
2. If we DO have to cancel due to rain, we'll AUTOMATICALLY reschedule for the following night - same time and place. You can count on it. To check go to http://www.Meetup.com/PalmBeachCountyDrumming/event/calendar
PHOTOS OF THIS DRUM CIRCLE
GUIDELINES FOR THIS DRUM CIRCLE
When a drum circle grows as large as this one has, it becomes necessary to write down a few guidelines that ensure the continued existence of the circle itself, maintenance of the overall spirit of the circle, and safety of the individuals attending. Basically, these are all just good common sense, and respectful common courtesy.
1. ALCOHOL and DRUG USE
Local ordinances prohibit alcohol or drug use or possession on the beach. For the good of the drumming/dancing community, please don't act foolishly and jeopardize our use of this unique location. The police have quietly appeared on the beach without warning. Also, please refrain from any chemically altered behavior that becomes problematic - that disrupts the nature of this event, musically or socially.
Continued use of this beach depends on our leaving it in pristine condition. When you leave, look around carefully. Please leave no trash - haul it out or put it in the trash cans by the beach entrance. (It is against the law to bring glass containers/bottles onto the beach.)
3. SOCIAL BEHAVIOR
• This event is not sponsored or hosted by any public entity, nor is it a spontaneous gathering as defined by law. It is a privately-hosted and promoted event to which a large and divers range of people are cordially invited. That invitation can be revoked at any time.
• This is a peaceful event - oriented toward musical co-creativity, artistic expression, spiritual togetherness, and mutual respect. Behaviors not consistent with this spirit are not welcome, including but not limited to: anti-social behavior, threats, violence, creating or promoting arguments or fights, violation or invasion of others' boundaries, taking or moving or using other people's property without permission, anti-authoritarian posturing, speaking ill of others, non-compliance with the guidelines posted here, illegal activities, or behaviors threatening the existence or peaceful enjoyment of this event.
4. DRUM CIRCLE ETIQUETTE
To maintain the mutually respectful, harmonious, community spirit of this drum circle, please:
• drum close to the other drummers (so you can easily hear each other) - we usually gather at the inland side of the circle where we can face the ocean;
• don't drum so loud that you can't hear others around you;
• really listen to and cooperate with what others are playing;
• don't use the drum circle to simply grandstand or solo - contribute to the group coherence;
• stop drumming when the bulk of the group stops;
• allow a few moments of silence between rhythms;
• if you start a new rhythm, try to make it significantly different from what's already been played that night, instead of the same old basic rhythm played endlessly;
• be aware that it's not necessary to fill up every 'empty space' in the rhythm with sound - the empty spaces create the 'personality' of the rhythm;
• slow and sensual is just as good as fast, high-energy drumming, and pleases both the dancers and the more musical drummers. In the same way, softer is sometimes more appropriate than louder;
• only play big drums (large frame drums, doun-douns, etc.) or penetrating instruments (cow bells, etc.) if you have a good sense of rhythm, persistence enough to keep your part going thru the whole rhythm, and don't have a tendency to drag the beat;
• Don't borrow or play someone's drum (or other instrument) without prior permission. Remove your rings and other hand jewelry. Don't play other people's hand drums with sticks.
5. DRUM CIRCLE ADMINISTRATION
• please listen respectfully to those making group announcements;
• keep your announcements on topic - only drumming, dancing, flow arts, or chanting events;
• respect the traditions and leadership of the group; look out for the welfare of the group and the event.
To learn more about drum circle etiquette, please go to:
• If you don't agree with these guidelines, respectfully we ask that you don't come to this event.
• Create another event with a flavor more to your liking and attract others of similar disposition to attend.
• Blatant or repeated violations of the guidelines will result in revocation of your invitation to attend, and even to police involvement if you make that necessary.
FOR MORE INFO ON THIS and OTHER GREAT EVENTS
(1) Dr. Michael Dean Goodman (event host):
[masked] (voice or text), [masked], or message me on Facebook
(2) MOONDANCE - Facebook page (please join)
Dedicated to MOONDANCE: The Palm Beach County Full Moon Drum Circle - the oldest and largest drum circle in the county; held on the full Moon night each month; attended by 400+ people
(3) PALM BEACH COUNTY DRUMMING - Meetup group (please join)
The original, premiere community calendar of drumming/dancing/flow arts/chanting events; 850 members
(4) SOUTH FLORIDA DRUMMING/DANCING/FLOW ARTS/CHANTING - Facebook group (please join)
Free community announcements of drumming/dancing/flow arts/chanting events; 300 members
(5) SOUTH FLORIDA CONSCIOUS EVENTS NEWSLETTER - Yahoo group (please join)
Select drumming/dancing/flow arts/chanting/spirituality announcements; circulation 3500
(6) CELEBRATE LIFE - Facebook page (please join)
Dedicated to CELEBRATE LIFE: Bonfire Drum Circle and Fabulous (Potlock) Party; held on the 2nd Saturday of each month, just west of the Palm Beach Airport; attended by 150 people