Rhythm Is Everywhere

"I am the drum.
You are the drum,
And we are the drum,
The whole world revolves in rhythm."

Babatunde Olatunji
Nigerian Master Drummer and Educator
who introduced African Drumming to America.


 

“The greatest error of this age is that activity has increased so much, that there is little margin left in one's everyday life for repose. And repose is the secret of all contemplation and meditation, the secret of getting in tune with that aspect of life which is the essence of all things. When one is not accustomed to take repose, one does not know what is behind one's being. This condition is experienced by first preparing the body and the mind by means of purification; and by making the senses fine one is able to tune one's soul with the whole Being.”
― Hazrat Inayat Khan, The Mysticism of Music, Sound and Word  

At the Rhythm of Nature – Nature of Rhythm Retreat we will revitalize our natural connection with the rhythms of the earth, playing rhythms with the trees, the rivers, the butterflies.

Since the beginning of time, drums and rhythm have been used to celebrate, communicate, and express all that it means to be human and open a channel to the divine connection with the rhythms of life on our planet. Drumming resonates through the body and reconnects us with our deep ancestral roots.

As we drum in Nature, we will bring heightened awareness and keen listening that opens the door to developing a new relationship with ourselves and with the Nature that surrounds us.

Participants will learn to embody rhythms from around the world and discover the energy, nuances, and power available as we bring those rhythms to life.

No previous knowledge of drumming is needed. Listening to nature, we will explore sound as if we are the first people on the earth to discover rhythm. Together we will create a sacred place of harmony and deep connection within ourselves, with each other, and with the beauty and wonders of the Earth.

Please join us on our next adventure into the sounds, rhythms and expression of nature in Costa Rica in March 2019. 

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“The greatest error of this age is that activity has increased so much, that there is little margin left in one's everyday life for repose. And repose is the secret of all contemplation and meditation, the secret of getting in tune with that aspect of life which is the essence of all things. When one is not accustomed to take repose, one does not know what is behind one's being. This condition is experienced by first preparing the body and the mind by means of purification; and by making the senses fine one is able to tune one's soul with the whole Being.”

― Hazrat Inayat Khan, The Mysticism of Music, Sound and Word

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About The Facilitators

Patricia Hatfield resides and works in the Bay Area (in California), living her passion to bring people together in harmony and full self-expression through music. She leads drumming and music workshops and teaches classes in percussion and rhythm and improvisational music. She is trained in the use of cross-cultural music and sacred sound for health. She has been drumming for 25 years since studying music performance and composition at U.C. Berkeley. She has also studied with African and Afro-Cuban teachers, and has studied Indian Tabla with Swapan Chaudhuri at the Ali Akbar College. Find out more about Patricia at http://harmonydrumcircles.com.

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Cheryl Ulrich is an expressive arts coach, musician, and improvisational performer from the San Francisco Bay Area. She leads workshops in The Art of Being, experiential adventures in sound, movement, music and improvisation designed to open people up to their own creativity and wellspring of expression. She has studied at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and been trained by improvisational leaders Marcia Kimmell of The Next Stage and Mary Knysh of Rhythmic Connections.  You can find out more about her work at BodyPoetic.com

Patricia and Cheryl along with Judith Lerner make up an improvisationally based musical trio called Magic of Music, leading workshops based on their studies with Mary Knysh of Music for People.  We create a safe place for play and exploration to arise and believe that everyone can play music and that there are indeed No Wrong Notes!

While our Rhythm of Nature Retreat will focus on drumming, this video shows the playful, safe and supportive approach we use to provide breakthroughs for participants in making music together.