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JOSHUA TREE RETREAT CENTER’S COMMUNITY DRUM CIRCLE
CELEBRATES THE AUTUMN EQUINOX ON SEPTEMBER 20


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The Joshua Tree Retreat Center at the Institute of Mentalphysics will hold a community drum circle on Thursday, September 20, from 7 – 9 p.m. in the Sanctuary, celebrating that weekend’s Autumn Equinox. Well-known Joshua Tree percussionist Sam Sloneker will facilitate the gathering.

“Fall is on the way; the meteor showers and Labor Day have announced its arrival, and the Autumn Equinox brings its official beginning,” says Sloneker, “I’m looking forward to our bringing in the season by drumming together. This is a wonderful way for us to move into fall here in the desert, and our drum circles are always lots of fun, so come play with us in celebration of this special time of aliveness and vibrancy, and bring your family and friends to join in our celebration.”

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, and relief of stress, emotional balancing, and strengthening of the immune system.

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 our recent Chinese New Year/New Moon drumming can be found at:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zMxovCESWc&feature=youtu.be.

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. Turn left after entering the Center; the Sanctuary is the building with the tall spire (follow the signs). For additional information, please call the Center at 760-365-8371.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Sam Sloneker: 760-366-9081; samslo@msn.com

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