HealthRHYTHMS® is a protocol-based, evidence-backed method of recreational music-making that connects body, mind and spirit. It is used for stress relief, creativity combustion, team building, social support, and much more! I provide theme-based drum circles for your group or business in the Houston and Galveston areas! The event can be tailored to specific objectives, depending on the group.
GROUP DRUMMING EXPERIENCE THEMES
A specific theme can be created depending on the objectives of your group. These are ones I use frequently.
Communicating with the Body
Our body is the vehicle for our Spirit in this lifetime. When we know how to communicate with it effectively, the journey can be so much easier. This drum circle includes some easy and fun ways to do so.
Communicating with Each Other
Lack of effective communication is one of the main reasons relationships break down. This drum circle includes percussion games that enhance communication awareness.
As Conscious Creators, we know that we create our life experience by what we focus on. In this drum circle, we focus our energy on the physical manifestation of our desires.
What better way to play with creativity than to create cool combinations of sound using drums and other percussion instruments! Open up your creativity as you have fun playing in new realms.
Reclaim your power and find your voice as we play with patterns of empowerment.
We make money welcome by celebrating this symbol of choice and freedom in our lives. Experience games and affirmations that draw money to you!
Ah, the energy that fuels all manifestation! We will feel and express gratitude in multiple ways and share that energy with each other, increasing its power exponentially!
Happy, Healthy Body
Our magnificent bodies reflect our thoughts and beliefs. Sometimes that can show up as pain or dis-ease. In this drum circle we affirm and celebrate our bodies as happy and healthy!
Thoughts become things. Our beliefs and thoughts create our life experiences. We will increase our awareness of this truth and discover ways to change our thoughts to create a more pleasing experience.
Dating, married, family, or friends--relationships are the spice of life! This drum circles focuses on the three pillars of thriving relationships: self love, communication, and appreciation.
Whether it’s work teams or sports teams, working together is crucial to success. This drum circle uses recreational music making to build awareness of teamwork.
Drumming is accessible, expressive, physical, communicative, and bonding. Group drumming promotes health, as rhythm is essential for function including immunity, metabolism, and mental health. Think about it--you spent your first 9 months imprinted with the rhythm of your mother’s heart beat, and now you are a walking rhythm machine! Your heartbeat, breathing, walking--virtually every bodily function--has a rhythm. Drumming let’s you consciously get in touch with that rhythm again.
Benefits of Group Drumming using the HealthRHYTHMS® protocol
- It opens your ability to hear and recognize the truth of your inner voice and connect with your innate rhythm.
- As the oldest form of culture expression and a universal language, group drumming crosses all barriers--cultural, educational, organizational, etc.
- This relaxed form of self-expression generates creativity and increases morale, productivity and team work.
- Humans have a need to bond, to come together for a common purpose. A drum circle emphasizes this cooperative connection.
- Anyone can easily and enjoyably participate and experience a sense of wholeness and inner balance.
- It has been proven to increase employee retention and maintain a healthier workforce, as well as alleviating staff burnout and building camaraderie.
- The many benefits of guided imagery, which is part of the HealthRHYTHMS® 10-step protocol, has been well researched and documented.
- As an accessible, affordable, and sustainable strategy, it can easily be customized to the targeted objectives of your group.
HealthRHYTHMS® rhythm-based experiences are available in three formats depending on your requirements, and generally accommodate from 8 to 30 people:
- 60-90 minute session
- 6 or 12 weekly sessions based on a theme
- As part of a half day or full day personal development workshop
The HealthRHYTHMS® experience is excellent for:
- Relationship groups (singles, couples, families)
- Business groups and company team building
- Wellness groups
- Support groups (Veterans, weight loss, divorce, grief, etc.)
- Health care professionals and first responders (doctors, dentists, nurses, psychiatrists, social workers, long term care workers, police officers, fire fighters, EMTs, etc.)
- School groups (home school, Montessori, private, public)
- Sports teams (rhythm and team work are fundamental to sports!)
- Spiritual groups (yoga studios, metaphysical groups, progressive churches)
Contact me today (email@example.com) to discuss your group. No musical or drumming experience required!
See Research articles at the sponsor of HealthRHYTHMS® Remo.com, as well as Effects of Group Drumming Interventions on Anxiety, Depression, Social Resilience and Inflammatory Immune Response among Mental Health Service User.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is the HealthRHYTHMS® "protocol"?
The protocol is a 10-step process that provides the framework for the event. It starts with a brief introduction of the program, including whatever theme you have selected for the drum circle. This is followed by a short wellness exercise, such as slow deep breathing, to get people settled and focused. Next is a fun ice breaker to get everyone laughing, followed by a brief explanation of the instruments and very basic instruction on how to play them. Next is a short exercise to establish the drum as a tool for communication. This is followed by the three longest and most important sections: building entrainment (group drumming simple patterns for 5 minutes at a time), using the drum as a way to express feelings (example: What does it sound like when you are overburdened with responsibility? Show me on your drum.), and guided imagery. These three sections will be tailored to the theme you selected for your group. This is followed by another short wellness exercise and a few moments of sharing the experience around the circle.
What is the ideal size group?
For the type of circle I do, I prefer 8-25. If you have a different size group, let's talk about possibilities.
How loud is it?
Well, it is drums, after all! That said, most of my drums are from Remo and have their unique Comfort Sound Technology, which softens the sound.
Do my group members need to have rhythm or musical ability?
No. The drum patterns will be simple and any one can learn them quickly. For those who would rather use something other than a drum, we have plenty of rhythm instruments like shakers.
Is the drum circle a one-time event?
It can be, or it can be a repeating event. The theme for each can be different and it also works well if you have a multi-step learning you want to convey (the six steps to more productivity at work, for example, would involve one drum session for each step). If you want me to create a multi-step learning for your group, I can do that too.
What types of groups benefit from a HealthRHYTHMS® drum circle?
Wellness groups: In businesses, it has been proven to reduce stress and increase employee creativity and retention. It may even lower group health insurance premiums! Also, it's great for any medical environment interested in promoting wellness and support for their patients and families of their patients.
Business groups: Besides wellness, this is also great for team building, diversity training, and to foster more connection and creativity.
Support groups: Veteran's groups, divorce groups, grief groups, weight loss groups--any group that gets together to support each other will benefit from this new way of connecting and communicating, using the drum. This type of group, especially, may have difficulty expressing feelings, but can gain relief by expressing it on the drum and being heard, without the need to assign words to the feeling.
Relationship groups (singles, couples, or families): The drum circle provides a unique and fun way for singles to connect, and for couples and families to reconnect.
Sports teams (such as Little League): HealthRHYTHMS® drum circles have been proven to help teams play their sport more effectively together after they drum together.
School groups (middle school to high school age): Children in school often feel pressured and disconnected. The HealthRHYTHMS® drum circle can be built around themes such as bullying, test anxiety, and peer pressure.
Health professionals and first responders: Talk about high stress!! People in these types of positions are under tremendous pressure and are often not allowed to show it. A HealthRHYTHMS® drum circle can literally be a life saver!
Spiritual groups (yoga studios, metaphysical groups, progressive churches): These types of groups usually already have a strong belief in the power of drums and vibration to create positive change.
I'M IN! What is my next step?
Call me at 512-659-6694 or email drumcircle @drummingtogether.org. Let's create something awesome for your group!
We were so very blessed and honored to be able host Sara with Drumming Together at our "High Vibrational" drumming event that she created and led. Her commitment, intuitiveness and graceful guidance spoke to each of our hearts. This is something that the beginner to the advanced drummer would enjoy and I feel each would learn something new. It was such a magical and freeing experience that left us all with laughter, smiles and hearts open wide. We are truly grateful Sara, and can't wait to co-create with you again soon!
Much love, Angela and the Herd, 16 Hands of Love
After the last drum circle I had to do a previously-scheduled MRI. In the past, being in that tube would really bother me. But this time, once the machine started, I was able to pick up a beat from the sounds of the machine, and I started "drumming" in my mind. When the machine would shift sound, I would pick up a new beat. I happily did that for 2 1/2 hours! It helped me so much! I am so thankful I came to that first drum circle! --Dixie
Thank you for a wonderful evening in meditation. When I returned home I noticed this bundle of energy just swirling around my face. It hit me deep. --Bonnie P.
Too cool event supporting 16 hands rescue effort. Loved meeting people and animals so much! Ask someone who attended about the rainbows and colored scarfs! Awesome ! Thank you, I needed that! --Diane S.
I most enjoyed the guided meditation and manifestation. I was surprised by the emotion I felt when I drummed the emotion of my issue. It was great. Thank you. --Diane C.
I loved watching everyone receive love and support from the group. I was surprised how relaxed I was after. You do great work and I'm glad you are in the Houston area. --Alicia D.
The entire circle was magical. I want more of the steel drum! --Brenda R.
I love the idea of changing constricted energy by disrupting it with energetic drumming! I'm now calmer and more centered and happier than when I started! Thank you! --Jane F.
I especially enjoyed the meditative state while drumming and the guided meditation speaking to my guardian angel. I was surprised that I heard my guardian angel speak to me! It was perfect! --Nicole A.
Very well organized. The flow went smoothly and the experience allowed for centering and release. Highly recommended. --Irina J.
I enjoyed letting myself go with the beat. I was surprised how quiet I felt inside after. Loved it! Thank you! --Laura Lee K.
Heart opening experience. Feeling broken wide open! Deep profound gratitude. --Barbara B.
What a blessing to be a part of this drum circle! I am clear minded and energized! Amazing! --Dixie E.
Amazing experience!! Open up your senses and bring such gratitude feeling. --Silvia S.
The creativity drumming circle was fun and stimulating and everything I'd hoped a group drumming experience would be. --Donna N.
This was my first experience drumming. It was very relaxing and fun, and I reconnected with a piece of myself that I was previously unaware of. Thank you. --Jonnie M.
I came in without expectations and was brought to tears as I experienced immense unity and support among strangers. This has been the most heart opening experience I've had in a long time. --Kira E.
We walked in to the drum circle as individuals but we left as a group. What a relief to release my passion! -- Justice B.
I felt like I was totally supported and received healing from the drum circle. --Valerie I.
Thank you for providing the full range of spiritual experience as part of the drumming circle. You do a superb job of communicating. --Pauline H.
Great sense of unity and cohesion. --Larry A.
Sara was wonderful. I was really nervous because I don't feel like I have rhythm, but she's such a fantastic teacher. It was fun and easy and I can't wait to do this again! --Julie C.
What a great way to wrap up a tough week. Drumming with a room full of strangers evolved into a great intimate expression of joy. --Patrick C.
So powerful and moving. Dead on for what I wanted to experience in a healing drumming. Sara's intuitiveness and divine knowledge beautifully flows into her drumming teachings. Thank you, Sara, for following your heart and offering this to our world. --Angela H.
This was a stress-relieving experience and I felt connected to my emotions and am leaving feeling better. Sometimes it was hard to find a beat to express my emotion, but Sara was patient and encouraging. --Rebecca K.
This was my first drum circle. It was a liberating feeling. The energy was buzzing in the space. I will definitely attend more drum circles. --Lacie W.
I instantly felt a sense of community and after, I felt 10 pounds lighter. --Chelsea W.
It was lovely to play with the drums again and feel rhythm flowing through my veins. It was liberating! --Jumana P.
It was fun! Felt free! Exciting! Loved the group experience--non-judgmental, team playing, got a sense of unity. --Michelle S.
This was a fun way to release specific personal issues in a supportive group. --Lisa P.
Great experience! Very freeing and fun. I would definitely recommend this to anyone to try. --Said J.
The drum circle was amazing! It allowed me to reach buried emotion, release it, and then celebrate the excitement of creating something new in my life, all the while supported by my fellow drummers. --Catherine H.
It was a powerful experience! It helped me be more aware of my true feelings and empowered me to take action! --Maria M.
Sara is a wonderful facilitator, achieving a group consciousness rarely seen in drum circles. --Diane S.
I would highly recommend Sara for an event. She has a natural ability to evoke a sense of calm and peace. After my experience, I was able to really feel that I am not alone. I am supported and loved, and all is okay. What a wonderful experience! --Valerie I.
The heartbeat rhythm left me feeling connected to life, more relaxed, and at ease. Love it! --Roxanne P.
I was unsure what to expect but was open to receive from the group. The drumming was so meditative and I felt rejuvenated at the end. Thank you for the forgiveness chant--I needed to forgive myself. --Amanda J.
The drum circle creates an indescribable energy that lifts you up and allows you to get to know yourself. --Riley B.
My drum circle experience was very eye opening, helping to release some emotions and to connect with every part of my body. Connecting with the energy of others drumming put me in a sense of peace. --Tiffany W.
Amazing healing experience; heart energy open wide. --Georgie H.
Wonderful! What a wonderful way to connect heart with others! --Jill C.
I arrived late a little rushed, but as I leave I feel a sense of peach and deep connection with all, even though I only knew two people in the group. --LeeAnn V.
I felt very resistant in the beginning, only to feel my body and spirit giving itself over to a feeling of peace and calm. --Ann R.
Sara is an excellent facilitator. Her unconditional love for her participants is obvious. Very enjoyable experience. I will recommend to friend and family. Lovely meeting so many different kinds of people. --Deborah B.
At first I was skeptical, but I really got into "the zone" and enjoyed it. It's very relaxing and fun. --Amanda V.
Very nicely put together. Thanks for sharing your healing gifts! --Lynn C.