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Earth Day Drum Circle


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The Joshua Tree Retreat Center at the Institute of Mentalphysics will hold a community drum circle celebrating Earth Day on Monday, April 22, from 7 – 9 p.m. on the patio in front of the Sanctuary (it will move indoors in the event of cold, rain, or high wind). Well-known Joshua Tree percussionist Sam Sloneker will facilitate the gathering.

In the years since the first Earth Day in the US on April 22, 1970, it has expanded to be observed in over 192 countries, and in 2009, the United Nations declared April 22, “International Mother Earth Day.” The UN resolution recognizes that, “the Earth and its ecosystems are our home” and that, “it is necessary to promote harmony with nature and the Earth.” The term “Mother Earth” is used because it, "reflects the interdependence that exists among human beings, other living species and the planet we all inhabit.”

“I am really looking forward to our celebrating Earth Day together on the 22nd,” says Sloneker. “Many Earth Day activities will be held over the weekend, and I’m delighted that we will be adding our personal expressions of love for our planetary home and the energy of our drumming together to the finale of the “official” Earth Day. And of course, our drum circles are always lots of fun, so come play with us in celebration of Spaceship Earth, and bring your family and friends to join in the merriment.”

An article and video from our August 2010 circle can be found at:

http://www.jtrcc.org/blog/2010/8/25/the-desert-night-is-filled-with-drumming.html.

And a short video of 2011’s Chinese New Year/New Moon drumming can be found at:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zMxovCESWc&feature=youtu.be.

Studies have shown participation in group drumming to offer a number of worthwhile benefits, including artistic self-expression, community connection and interaction, an expanded sense of self and heightened sense of belonging, increased rapport with others, relief of stress, emotional balancing, and strengthening of the immune system.

Participants are encouraged to bring drums, shakers, tambourines, etc.; a number of instruments will also be available at the event. There is no charge to attend, though a suggested donation of $5 per participant or $10 per family will be welcomed and appreciated.

The Joshua Tree Retreat Center is located at 59700 Twentynine Palms Hwy. in Joshua Tree, on the north side of the Highway, just east of the intersection of La Contenta Rd./Yucca Mesa Rd. The Sanctuary is the building with the tall spire. For additional information, please call the Center at 760-365-8371.

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