There were about fifteen people gathered to embark on an evening of drumming. Using African drums of varying sizes, hand symbols, rhythm sticks, maracas and other shakers, a rhythm was established and off we went. Being total novices at this, my husband and I tentatively, at first, drummed with our hands on borrowed African drums. No one batted an eye if we got out of rhythm. Soon we were drumming along with everyone and totally immersed in the beat. Ten minutes or so of drumming, then we would stop and chat. A new beat was begun, and away we would all go again. I cannot tell you how exhilarating this experience was. Joining together in a primal rhythm with everyone, building slowly to a faster pace, then slowing back down, following the lead drummer. The energy that was raised was so strong and positive. You could almost see it as the patterns of drumming rose and fell. Vibrations up and down our arms, from our hands to our spirits. I never knew this kind of activity could release tensions, soothe the mind and generate such contentment and power.
We drummed for two hours with little breaks in between. The friendly atmosphere was a tonic! This drumming circle will meet on the fourth Friday of every month and my husband and I plan on going every month. We are even browsing the internet for our own drums. If you have never tried a drumming circle, I do so highly recommend it. What a wonderful way to spend an evening. You will have a sense of euphoria for hours, believe me!!