Join My Circles of Love At Sticks & Stones, Sunday, May 4th, 2014

My Circles of Love, hoop instructor Kristen Cochren and drum facilitator Mark Zarrillo will be offering an open commUNITY drum circle with djembe drums,  hula-hoops and rhythm instruments once again at the 2nd annual Two Coyotes Open House Family Fun Day on Sunday, May 4th from 1-4 pm.
What is Two Coyotes?  Click in and watch this wonderful video. It includes parent and kid testimonials about Two Coyotes and gives a glimpse of why their Newtown-based programs are so special.  Photos are from last year’s event.  Mark your calendars. You and your family won’t want to miss this event.
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My Circles of Love: Building Friendships & Acceptance Through Participation & Self Expression

Expression of individualism while working together as part of a cohesive group is key in creating a healthy balance and a healthy psyche.  As we grow in our individuality – taking risks and being true to ourselves –  it’s critical that we know we fit in, and are accepted by our larger communities and circles of friend.

Through participation in drum and rhythm circles where we continue on the individual level to create a collective experience, we know that we are appreciated for our efforts, accepted for who we are and valued for what we have to give.

This is acceptance.  And  it’s this knowledge helps keep us from feelings of alienation and we believe, from tendencies to express those feelings through violence.

CommUNITY drumming & hooping – pass it on. 

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Come Together: In Song, In Movement, In Spirit.

Sandy Hook, one year later – December 14, 2013.

A snow storm blanketed this peaceful community in snow exactly one year after the tragedy in Sandy Hook, but the elements couldn’t keep a group of like-minded friends and neighbors from gathering, contemplating and finding joy in community connection.

Peace through drumming. Love through commUNITY.

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Turn Off the TV, Unplug & Join Us on December 14th for an Uplifting Morning of Hand Drums & Hula Hoops.

This December 14th,  please join your neighbors and My Circles of Love as we host a warm and welcoming CommUNITY™ drum circle indoors at Sticks & Stones Farm in Newtown, CT  located at 201 Huntington Road in Newtown.

Open to Newtown residents, this event will be held from 9:30am – 11:30am.   Unplug, relax and have some fun. Hula-hoops and rhythmic dancing is encouraged. Bring your own or borrow ours.  No experience is necessary. Light snacks and warm drinks will be served.

As a new year approaches, lets continue to build strong communities where kids and adults alike can engage in healthy activities and connect in positive, meaningful ways.  Lets work together to make sure LOVE WINS every day. Join our December 14th Circle of love . We hope to see you there.

A $5.00 donation will help offset the cost of the space rental, and we will be accepting non-perishable CT Food bank donations as well.

Newtown Arts Fest Fun

Drumming and hooping fun on the lovely property at Fairfield Hills in Newtown CT. The 2013 Newtown Arts Festival was a great time of sharing and caring for all who attended.

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Kicking off Newtown Arts Fest!


Bring your smiles, join our circles, make some friends and have some fun! No experience necessary – Use our drums & hoops or bring your own.

Children’s Art Party
Sunday, September 15, 2013
1:00 – 4:00 PM
The Courtyard at the Newtown Youth Academy – Fairfield Hills,
4 Primrose Street, Newtown, CT

My Circle of Love’s Hand Drums & Hula Hoops will be running an hour – long workshop between 2:00 and 3:00

Admission is Free 
Event Registration is Greatly Appreciated – Register Here

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Help us kick-off the 8-day roster of events offered by the Newtown Arts Festival at a special party for the kids featuring

  • My Circles of Love’s Hand Drums & Hula Hoops
  • Magic Al Garber
  • Hearts for Hope
  • Music
  • Art
  • Crafts
  • Pumpkin Painting….  &  more!

Hand Drums & Hula Hoops – create fun, build community

Drums & Hoops For Peace

DV016_Jpg_Large_442468Honoring heroes, celebrating the power of peace and bringing awareness to Healing Newtown’s Cultural Arts Center My Circles of Love will be at this Sunday’s Power of Peace Family Festival with drums and hoops in hand!

Join us in Hartford’s Bushnell Park at 12 noon for an afternoon of great musical entertainment and fun activities for the whole family.

One of the day’s many highlights will be the unveiling of “ROCK OF ANGELS” a memorial/monument from Maine and gifted to the town of Newtown.

Another highlight will be the release of butterflys, raising awareness and funding for Cerebral Palsy International Research Foundation. A great opportunity for photos and positive lessons for children of all ages.


hula_hoopsWear your best hippie clothes or BRING YOUR NON-Political CAUSE! This is a day of peace and love.

Voices for Heroes would like to spread awareness of as many causes as possible and show the children how great it can be to work with others to achieve one goal of change and the joy of giving!

ALL CAUSES UNITE to say, “We still believe. We will not give up!”

People who represent a multitude of social causes will be attending and vending. Many Voices for Heroes album artists …(from both CD’s), will perform positive and inspirational music, with a few special guests!

Food, shopping and farout tunes… come on out and enjoy a fun family festival, predicted to be a bright sunny summer day. See you there!

The Hoopers & Drummers of Sandy Hook ~ May 18th, 2013

Another fun filled day of drumming at hooping for the good people of Newtown CT. Special thanks to all of my volunteers including hoop facilitators Nicole and Jackie from  BringtheHoopla LLC and Lydia Smith, drum circle facilitator.  Good vibes and love to all.








































Nature-Inspired Day of Healing

RemoMy Circles Of Love – with drums and hoops in hand – will be heading over to Sticks & Stones Nature Center and Two Coyotes Wilderness School in Newtown CT this Sunday to help out with their Family Fun Day for about 400 Newtown residents!

Two Coyotes’ family day will center on healing nature activities that will help families rebuild morale and find strength in community while having fun! Justin Pegnataro, the Executive Director of the school, will be giving an informative talk about “The Powerful Healing Effects of Nature on Children” followed by a discussion and Q&A session.

Enjoy fun nature activities for the whole family such as:
making fire without matches
a wild edible plant hike
wildlife tracking
nature games
natural art

We’re proud to be a part of this wonderful fun and healing event and help spread the joy of life through hand drums and hula hoops that many of you helped make possible : )

J. Maurice