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Drum circle

Black Elk, an Oglala Sioux holy man featured in the book Black Elk Speaks by John Neihardt, details the sacred cultural use of the drum from his perspective: “Since the drum is often the only instrument used in our sacred rites, I should perhaps tell you here   why it is especially sacred and important to us. It is because the round form of the drum represents the whole universe, and its steady strong beat is the pulse, the heart, throbbing at the center of the universe. It is the voice of Wakan Tanka (Great Spirit), and this sound stirs us and helps us to understand the mystery and power of all things.”

Drumming is a very effective tool to expand consciousness.

I find it remarkable how quickly we enter into deep meditative states through drumming, which is magnified in groups. The drum has been the instrument of choice throughout the world since ancient times for ceremony and sacred practice. Shamans use the drum to travel to other dimensions. High priestesses of ancient times used the frame drum to invoke higher states of consciousness.

Studies show there are also many health benefits to drumming. Drumming induces deep relaxation, lowers blood pressure, produces feelings of well-being, releases negative feelings and emotional trauma, helps control cronic pain, and reduces stress. Research indicates that drumming accelerates physical healing and boosts the immune system. According to a specific study conducted by Barry Bittman, MD, group drumming increases cancer-killing cells, as well as combating many other viruses.

 

Drumming engages and harmonizes both sides of the brain. Most people use one hemisphere more than the other, creating an imbalance. “By integrating both hemispheres of your brain and allowing them to work in sync, you will experience an increase in overall mental health, enhancing cognitive performance, better memory and intellectual functioning. You will begin to notice a limitless supply of insightful thoughts, with far less anger, anxiety, depression, and addiction. You will be happier, more optimistic, while feeling more "at one" with the world. All of these benefits do build one on top of the other, accumulating over time.“ (EOC Institute, USA).” In addition,ectroencephalograph (EEG) studies have shown that humanity's greatest philosophers, thinkers, inventors, and artists use both brain hemispheres together, in unison. By synchronizing the brain hemispheres we may also enter into deep meditative states.

 

Drumming is a great way to harmonize our inner rhythms and to connect with the earth. Life is always in a process of change and through drumming we can reconnect with our natural rhythm. I invite you to discover the joy of life through rhythm.

I teach the frame drum to groups of non-musicians and musicians in a meditative atmosphere.  You don’t have to have any musical background to join. We learn rhythms and songs from around the world, and we have a lot of fun doing it!

 

Learn to play the frame drum and be part of our rhythm community!

Find your rhythm!

Drum intensive course

 

Frame drum classes for beginners

 

Why learn to play the frame drum?

The drum is na instrument that permits us to add a little magic to our daily life. It’s very easy to learn and a loto fun to integrate into our life.  It facilitates a profound connection with others as we connect to our own interior rhythms.  We learn to create time outsider of time. Rythm is the time of music which is not measure by a clock, but rather determined by the musician. The drum is na extraordinary tool for meditation and relaxation. I tis a unique tool for transformation.

 

No musical knowledge is necessary!  The drum is easy to learn and easy to play. It’s acessable to all!

 

Benefits of playing the drum:

Stress reduction

Activates imune system

Helps to aliviate cronic pain

Induces sincronization of brain hemispheres

Creates a state of connection and union

Facilitates cohesion, inclusion and authenticity in groups

Transports us immediately to the presente moment

Promotes deep meditation and alterted states of consciousness

Feeling of belonging within a sacred community

Happiness flows freely in drum circles!

 

  

What will you learn?

What is rhythm and how to identify rhythm

How to read and write rhythm

Technique: how to play the notes

Rhythm and the elements

Meditation in Rhythm

Rhythm  and song, mantra

Classical rhythm from the Middle East

International Rhythms

MA chant

Element song 

Improvisation, Rhythm games, call and response

Lap style and upright style (seated position and standing)

 

 

What is included in the Course?

Remo Frame Drum

Drum reception ceremony

Shamanic elements and ritual

Meditação e Pranayama 

The drum circle is a ideal place to connect to your inner essence, establish connection with others, and to manifest magnificence.    We are nutured within the drum circle. I tis a moment in which we feel our true nature,  live our power, and also a time to have fun!

The drum circle serves as a point of celebration of various cultures and traditions. The frame drum is a universal spiritual technology and archetype found througout the ancient world. It was commonly used as a powerful tool to access new states of consciousness. It is a toold used to unify comunity and also for individual tranformation.  The frame drum satisfies the inate desire to reesatablish rhythmic connections with nature and between peoples.

The frame drum is known through various cultures, preceding written languge. It is both a modern and ancestral practice. All cultures create rhythms and the drum is a symbol of diversity and cultural uniqueness. We celebrate the unicity of all idivuduals in the drum circle and at the same time the sounds that unite us as one Humanity.

Frame drum classes with Satpreet are shared within the context of devotional music, with a focus on the Sacred.

Students who would like to repeat the frame drum intensive receive a discount of 50%!

 

What students are saying

"Katrina really puts us at ease and miraculously enables us all to play together without us even realizing how! Our time together in the drum circle is a moment of peace; and this along with the ambiance of the studio, and the carisma of Katrina elevated me to a level I couldn´t previously imagine, which in many moments permitted me to experience the Sacred, transporting me to times imemorial.

I especially appreciate the way Katrina transmits and shares her knowledge.  She uses a very accessible language while demonstrating enormous patience and a great sense of humor and joy. She makes us feel welcome and gives us confidence while helping us create an atmosphere of camaraderie among all participants." 

                                                - Nazaré Baptista

"Learning to play the frame drum was a excellent decision for me!   The drum is a great tool for meditation, and I am already able to accompany some of my favorite music which gives me great enjoyment!" 

 

-Anabela Ribeiro

"Katrina’s well structured and well oriented teaching methods along with her tranquility facilitated so well the entry into the drum circle as well as supported peaceful meditation for the whole group."     -Sónia Rodrigues

"It is remarkable how the drum classes with Satpreet support our inner connection and awaken another level of consciousness. 

 

When I arrived home after the drum sessions, I felt more creative, communicative, and energetic. It was as if my mind and body continued in this dance and dialogue of rhythm!

 

A highlight for me were the meditative moments accompanied by flute and other instruments as well as connection to the group. It's wonderful to learn  rhythms together in community and play together  in sync!"                              

                                    -Sónia Rodrigues

"It was a great feeling to connect to the energy of the drum, and the joy and compassion of Katrina. I was able to sit for hours and hours in that studio, feeling serene and tranquil. The drum is really therapeutical!"

                              -Catia Rocha

Connect to the magic

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