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Summer Solstice Drum Circle
with Sam Sloneker


The Joshua Tree Retreat Center at the Institute of Mentalphysics will hold a community drum circle celebrating the Summer Solstice on Wednesday, June 20, from 7 – 9 p.m. on the patio in front of the Sanctuary. Should the weather turn windy, wet, or cold, the circle will move indoors. Well-known Joshua Tree percussionist Sam Sloneker will facilitate the gathering.

“The Summer Solstice or ‘Midsummer’ heralds the official beginning of summer with the longest day and shortest night of the year in our northern hemisphere. It is a special time that has been celebrated for centuries by a wide variety of cultures around the world. It’s a wonderful time for clarifying our personal intentions for summer. I’m really looking forward to our welcoming in summer by drumming together under our clear and beautiful desert sky,” says Sloneker, “And, our drum circles are always lots of fun, so come play with us in celebration of this awesome time, 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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