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Full Moon Drum Circle
at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center


he Joshua Tree Retreat Center at the Institute of Mentalphysics will host a community drum circle celebrating the Full Moon from 7 – 9 p.m. on Monday, February 25. Well-known Joshua Tree percussionist Sam Sloneker will facilitate the gathering, which will be held in the cozy comfort of the center’s Friendship Hall.

“Well, we’re about to round the corner on mid-winter and head toward the wonders of spring, and I’m looking forward to our drumming together at the time of February’s Full Moon,” says Sloneker. “The polarity effect created by the Sun and Moon pulling in opposing directions with Earth in the middle can bring on a period of intense energy and precarious balance. Playing together in our circle will help to ground and center us during this time of heightened energies, and it also offers a wonderful opportunity for us to reconnect with ourselves and with each other in the spirit of playfulness. Our drum circles are always lots of fun, so come play with us in celebration of this special time of aliveness and vibrancy, and invite 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, relief of stress, emotional balancing, and strengthening of the immune system.

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

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

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 right after entering the Center and take the first left; Friendship Hall will be on your left toward the middle of the long building (follow the signs). For additional information, please call the Center at 760-365-8371.

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