People are always surprised when we set up our workshops in a circle. They expect rows of chairs like a lecture auditorium, ready to be instructed by the facilitator. But drumming doesn’t work like that right? Or does it?
First of all, we need to understand what a drum circle is. There are any number of resources on this, but it’s basically a group of people, who have met together, to create a musical experience with drums. (See our firs in this series on ‘what is a drum circle’). There are no set rules on size, or types of drums, although mostly we expect to see hand drums. Drum circles can include percussion and sometimes they evolve more into ‘music’ circles and we see many other instruments as well.
Without beginning, without end.
A circle is a symbol of being in the present.
In a circle we remain in a place of awareness, in the moment, without future or past, it is a place for us to listen and experience without agenda or map,
Where the mind can rest….
Since ancient times the circle has been revered as a sacred place of safety and wholeness where healing can take place.
Our top four objectives of working in a circle:
1. We make connection without end with everyone we are creating music with because we can see everyone in the circle. “It permits everyone to hear each other in a balanced setting” Kalani. It has no beginning, it has no end, simply connection.
2. There is no hierarchy. It creates an equal footing for everyone within the circle, because there is no head, or lead, and no foot.
3. It creates flow, as the music circulates around the circle. You might notice as you change your rhythm, the person next to you changes theirs, and so it flows around.
4. Connection leads to value. All these things help people to feel valued as an important as part of the group.
Do you always drum in circles?
Much as this is the perfect scenario, it’s not always possible to drum in a circle. When circles get large it becomes important to create greater circles or more than one circle. And allow small openings for people to get in and out if necessary.
At conferences or seminars, a circle may not be at all practical, and you may have people simply creating music from wherever they are in their seats.
Sometimes the facility is just not suited to a circle, but your aim is to create an atmosphere that encourages the 4 key objectives of working in a circle. Do your best to ensure that there are measures to ensure participants feel part of the tribe. Help them to find their groove.
Join the Tribe
Find your Groove.