JUNE DATES: 7th & 21st
Jun
21
7:30 PM19:30

JUNE DATES: 7th & 21st

Held on the first and third Thursday of the month, these sessions are for everyone and can be joined at any point. Come 30 minutes before and Tim Byford will teach you some basic strokes that mean that you will be well able to join in when the session begins at 7.30pm.  

More information in previous listings. A wonderful way to destress and to be fully in the present moment. 

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APRIL & MAY DATES
May
17
7:30 PM19:30

APRIL & MAY DATES

5th & 19th April and 3rd, 17th & 31st May

These bi-monthly Thursday evening sessions are one of the best ways to become totally present and connect mind, body and spirit. Deatails on previous posts, these sessions are for both the total beginner and regulars. Anytime is the best time to start. 

For those who new to frame drumming, Tim Byford who leads the group will give a half hour session starting at 7pm to teach the four basic strokes. These are the foundation of the session and can use these throughout and regulars and beginners can layer upon them, bringing in more complicated and advanced strokes depending on how you feel. Disingage the thinking mind and your natural rythmn will surface. We all play together and so you can stop, get it wrong, start again and it makes no difference.  As the class continues Tim will encourage exploration of rhythm and introduce new stokes and patterns. 

This is a form of active meditation - being present is the only place to be. If you have been thinking you would like to try a session of drumming but feel you won't keep up- surprise yourself and try it; you will be transported and delighted that you are learning a new skill. We all have rhythm and we can all drum - it is part of being human and is our connection to nature and our inmate and natural Self.

Drumming is vibration and is part of overall health. There are many reasons to take up drumming in the earlier posts but here are a few:  It makes you happy. It induces deep relaxation and it boosts your immune system. 

£10/session. Frame drums provided. Come and try! 

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BI-WEEKLY FRAME DRUMMING MARCH DATES
Mar
15
7:30 PM19:30

BI-WEEKLY FRAME DRUMMING MARCH DATES

These bi-monthly Thursday evening sessions are one of the best ways to de-stress. They are designed to accommodate both the total beginner and our regulars. Anytime is the best time to start. Tim Byford who leads the group always begins with a short explanation and then  four basic strokes to warm up. As a beginner you can use these throughout the session and regulars can layer them, bringing in more complicated and advanced strokes. We all play together so no one is listening to you so you can stop, get it wrong, start again and it makes no difference and as the class continues Tim will encourage exploration of rhythm and introduce new stokes and patterns. 

As its impossible to think of anything else one is truly in the present moment so it is a form of mediation. If you have been thinking you would like to try a session of drumming but feel you won't keep up- surprise yourself and try it; you will be transported and delighted that you are learning a new skill. We all have rhythm and we can all drum - it is part of being human and is our connection to nature and our inmate and natural Self.

We know that drumming is good for us and there are reasons in the earlier posts but here are a few:  It makes you happy. It induces deep relaxation and it boosts your immune system. 

£10/session. Frame drums provided. Come and try! 

Dates: 1st, 15th, & 29th March

Please book: sarahemarten@gmail.com

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Frame Drumming January & February dates
Feb
15
7:30 PM19:30

Frame Drumming January & February dates

There is no time like the present. If you have been thinking you would like to try a session of drumming but internal voices have nudged and said you wouldn't be able to join in then banish them. We all have rhythm and we can all drum - this is the year to say 'I can".  In fact anytime is the best time to start. Tim Byford who leads the group always begins with basic strokes to warm up. He continues our exploration of rhythm and introduce new stokes and patterns as the class progresses so you can stick with the strokes you have just learnt or join in with those that are more complex. The class is suitable for everyone - beginners to the more advanced but most of all its fun and it is impossible to think of anything else so one is truly in the present moment. 

We know that drumming is good for us and there are reasons in the earlier posts but here are a few:  It makes you happy. It induces deep relaxation and it boosts your immune system. Thats a very good way to enter 2018. 

£10/session. Frame drums provided. Come and try!

Dates: 4th & 18th January, 1st & 15th February.

Please book: sarahemarten@gmail.com

 

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Winter Solstice Drumming Evening
Dec
21
7:30 PM19:30

Winter Solstice Drumming Evening

Departing from the usual bi-monthly sessions, Tim will have an evening of free style playing that is open to everyone. There will be help at hand so that basic strokes can be shown if you haven't been before and because we play together it will all add to the evening as we drum in the Solstice. There will be a fire and if it is fine,  there will be a short time playing outside. For more information on frame drumming, please see earlier posts.

£10/session  Book: sarahemarten@gmail.com

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November and December Frame Drumming Evenings
Dec
21
7:30 PM19:30

November and December Frame Drumming Evenings

The bi-monthly drumming sessions return as Tim Byford is now back. If you havent been before this is a great time to start. No need to have any experience and if you have, its a chance to practice different strokes. Tim will start with basic strokes and you can stay with these if you are new to drumming or continue to develop these as new stokes and patterns are introduced. £10/session

Ten Reasons to Drum for Your Health
1. Drumming is for everyone
2. Drumming reduces stress and boosts the immune system
3. Drumming produces deeper self-awareness by inducing synchronous brain activity (Hemispheric Coordination) and promoting alpha waves
4. Drumming helps to releases negative feelings and emotional trauma
5. Drumming helps us to connect with self and others
6. Drumming helps us connect to the natural rhythms all around us.
7. Drumming provides a path by which we may access a higher power
8. Drumming grounds us in the present moment
9. Drumming helps us to reach a state of self-realization
10. BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY: Drumming is fun
Drumming releases endorphins in the human brain that cause feelings of happiness and euphoria. It’s a great reason to gather with other people, to share in a common experience, and to do something enjoyable. A participant in a drum circle is part of a whole that is much greater than the sum of its parts, and drumming is accessible to an extremely wide range of people. Drumming is fun and that’s the bottom line.

FUTURE DATES:

30th November, December 7th and  December 21st

December 21st will not be the usual session but instead it will be ceremonial celebration of the beginning of the solar year and the lengthening days. 

 

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September and November Frame Drumming
Sep
7
7:30 PM19:30

September and November Frame Drumming

These evenings resume again and run twice a month. This is an excellent time to join but you can join at any time as Tim Byford who leads the group always begins with basic strokes to warm up. He continues our exploration of rhythm and introduce new stokes and patterns as the class progresses so you can stick with the strokes you have just learnt or join in with those that are more complex. The class is suitable for beginners and also for those who have had some practice. 

Here’s why drumming is good for you:

1. Makes you happy. Participate in a drum circle and you will see how happy it makes you. Drumming releases endorphins, enkephalins and Alpha waves in the brain, which are associated with general feelings of well-being and euphoria.

2. Induces deep relaxation. An hour-long drumming session can reverse stress hormones.

3. Helps control chronic pain. Drumming can certainly serve as a distraction from pain. And, it promotes the production of endorphins and endogenous opiates, which are the body’s own morphine-like painkillers.

4. Boosts your immune system. Studies show that drumming circles boost the immune system. 

5. Creates a sense of connectedness. Drumming sessions provide an opportunity for “synchronicity” in that you connect with your own spirit at a deeper level while also connecting with other like-minded people.

6. Aligns your body and mind with the natural world. The Greek origin of the word “rhythm” is “to flow.” Drumming allows you to flow with the rhythms of life by simply feeling the beat.

7. Provides a way to access a higher power. Shamans often use drumming as a means to integrate mind, body and spirit. They focus on the whole body and then integrate the healing at both the physical and spiritual level by drumming, which connects spiritual forces.

8. Releases negative feelings. The act of drumming can serve as a form of self-expression. You can literally drum out your feelings. When held, negative emotions can form energy blockages. The physical stimulation of hitting the drums can help remove those blockages. Drumming has even been used therapeutically to help addicts deal with their emotions.

9. Puts you in the present moment. While drumming you are moving your awareness toward the flow of life. When you are flowing with the rhythm of life you cannot be caught up in your past or worrying about your future.

10. Allows for personal transformation. Drumming stimulates creative expression. When you drum in a group, you not only get to self-express, but you get feedback from the other drummers.  It’s the equivalent of talk therapy! Drum circles provide a means of exploring your inner self, and expanding your consciousness while being part of a community.

You don't have to have played a drum before- everyone has rhythm. £10/session. Frame drums provided. Come and try! Please book: sarahemarten@gmail.com

Future dates: 2nd, 16th and 30th November,  December 7th and  December 21st

December 21st will not be the usual session but instead it will be ceremonial celebration of the beginning of the solar year and the lengthening days. 

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Drumming evenings 6th & 20th July
Jul
20
7:30 PM19:30

Drumming evenings 6th & 20th July

This is the last drumming evening until 7th September as there are no sessions in August.

These evenings run twice a month. You can join at any time as Tim Byford who leads the group always begins with basic strokes to warm up. He continues our exploration of rhythm and introduce new stokes and patterns as the class progresses so you can stick with the strokes you have just learnt or join in with those that are more complex. The class is suitable for beginners and also for those who have had some practice. At the end of the session the group has a period of free improvisation and this is when you see just how much you have learnt and feel a strong sense of connection as we all play together.  Playing a frame drum is an effective way to unwind, relax and open up. It can help release any feelings of constriction or simply ground ourselves because it is a meditation. It is difficult for the mind to develop thoughts because we are focussing on the rhythm, our hands and we are only in the present.

You don't have to have played a drum before- everyone has rhythm. £10/session. Frame drums provided.

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Bi-Monthly Drumming Evening
Jun
22
7:30 PM19:30

Bi-Monthly Drumming Evening

This next evening is just after the Summer Solstice and Tim will follow on from his drumming the day before when he plays during sunrise with those staying for the all night gong bath. This is a wonderfully energetic time to have a session and if the weather is fine, we will be outside around the fire. Tim will continue our exploration of rhythm and introduce new stokes and patterns and we can use this time to open up and release any feelings of constriction we may have. This is a time to let go and have fun. 

You don't have to have played a drum before- everyone has rythmn. This class is suitable for beginners and also for those who have had some practice. At the end of the session the group has a period of free improvisation and this is when you see just how much you have learnt and feel a real sense of connection as we all play together. £10/session. Frame drums provided.

Next Drumming evening: 6th July

 

 

 

 

 

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Drumming evenings 11th & 25th May
May
11
7:30 PM19:30

Drumming evenings 11th & 25th May

These twice monthly evening will provide an opportunity to come together, experiment and  explore rhythm and patterns of constriction and release, to let go and have fun. The Studio provides a holding space and as a group, we create a safe, transformative and nurturing environment where we can develop new playing skills. You don't have to have played a drum before- everyone has rythmn. This class is suitable for beginners and also for those who have had some practice. At the end of the session the group has a period of free improvisation and this is when you see just how much you have learnt and feel a real sense of connection as we all play together. 

NEXT DRUMMING EVENINGS:

27th April, 11th May and 25th May

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Drumming evenings 16th & 30th March & 13th & 27th April
Mar
16
7:30 PM19:30

Drumming evenings 16th & 30th March & 13th & 27th April

These twice monthly evening will provide an opportunity to come together,, feel grounded and connected at the same time. We drum together to explore rhythm and patterns of constriction and release, to let go and have fun. The Studio provides a holding space and as a group, we create a safe, transformative and nurturing environment where we can develop new playing skills. You don't have to have played a drum before. This class is suitable for beginners and also for those who have had some practice. At the end of the session the group has a period of free improvisation and this is when you see just how much you have learnt and feel a real sense of connection as we all play together. 

Next drumming evenings:

16th & 30th March, 13th & 27th April

 

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