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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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.

IF YOU BELIEVE IN PEACE …THIS is the day for YOU.  ALL WELCOME! FREE event!

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.

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26 Drums Delivered To Healing Newtown

REMO_drums_delivered_to_Newtown_CTOn March 20th, 2013 – just in time for spring – My Circles of Love received a very special delivery in preparation for their upcoming “Hand Drums & Hula-Hoops for Sandy Hook” workshops.

Using funds from the generous contributions of kind friends and family from around the country, Janet Maurice of Trumbull purchased and donated these 26 brand new djembe Remo drums to the HealingNewtown Art Space located at 5 Queen Street, Newtown CT.

Working with John Fitzgerald, Manager, Recreational Music Activities, Janet Maurice of Trumbull was able to secure a generous 70% discount from Remo drums of California, making the donation possible.

The first of two drumming workshops will take place on Saturday April 6th. This workshop, filled to capacity, will be facilitated by professional drummer and drum circle facilitator Katy Gaughan from Music Heals Us of Tacoma MD. ,  Djesben, The Akoma Drummers and the John K. Band.

DV016_Jpg_Large_442468In addition to participation in the drum circle using the newly donated djembe drums, participants will be making, decorating and taking home their own rhythmic rain sticks.

A second workshop is planned for May 18th, 2013 and a limited number of spaces are still available.  More information and registration for Sandy Hook and Newtown residents at www.healingnewtown.org