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Drum Circle
for World Turtle Day




The Joshua Tree Retreat Center at the Institute of Mentalphysics will hold a community drum circle celebrating World Turtle Day on Thursday, May 23, from 7 – 9 p.m. on the patio in front of the Sanctuary (building with tall spire); it will move indoors in the event of cold, rain, or high wind. Well-known Joshua Tree percussionist Sam Sloneker will facilitate the gathering.

“I am really looking forward to our celebrating World Turtle Day together on the 23rd,” said Sloneker. “Previously scheduled events at the Retreat Center prevent having our circle at the time of either the New Moon or Full Moon this month, and World Turtle Day offers us a wonderful opportunity to honor our often endangered Desert Tortoise neighbors. And of course, our drum circles are always lots of fun, so come play with us in celebration of our Tortoise friends, and bring your family and friends to join in the merriment.”

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

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

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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