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.

Free Hand Drums & Hula Hoops “Playshops” Offered at Healing Newtown Art Space

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Free Hand Drums & Hula Hoops “Playshops” Offered at Healing Newtown Art Space

Newtown, CT, March 17, 2013 – My Circles Of Love presents the first of two Hand Drums & Hula-Hoops For Sandy Hook “playshops” on Saturday, April 6th. These free events will be held at the HealingNewtown Art Space, located at 5 Queen Street in Newtown CT.  The morning hooping & crafting session will take place from 10:00am-12:00pm and the afternoon drumming, rhythm & crafting session will take place from 1:00pm – 3:00pm.

Facilitated by bringtheHOOPLA LLC of CT, this morning hooping playshop will be a fun and creative morning of hula hooping, HOOPLA style. Participants will decorate their own ‘professional-grade’ hoop to take home and learn the art of hooping through musical hoopla, demonstrations, instruction & a free-style hoop session. No experience necessary, fun for all ages! This morning hooping and crafting session will take place from 10:00am – 12:00pm.  

 If you’ve never experienced the exhilaration and joy of a drum circle, now’s your chance! No experience necessary. Facilitated by professional drummer and drum circle facilitator Katy Gaughan of Tacoma Park’s Music Heals Us, this free afternoon of drum circle and rhythm fun will help you tap into your own rhythm and connect with the rhythms of those around you through the interactive experience of group drumming! This session includes professional drumming demonstrations, basic hand drum instruction, a drum circle jam session for all & free-style rhythmic movement.  Participants will also create, decorate and take home their own musical “RAIN STICK”!  No experience necessary, fun for all ages. This afternoon drumming, rhythm & crafting session will take place from 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Registration is limited. Attendance is free for ages six and above. No prior experience is necessary. Register online at for one or both of these Saturday, April 6th 2013 “playshops” or in person at Healing Newtown Art Space.


Brought to you by Janet Maurice of My Circles of Love, The Hand Drums and Hula-Hoops for Sandy Hook Project is been made possible by generous monetary donations from friends & family, time and talent donations by bringtheHOOPLA LLC and Katy Gaughan of Music Heals Us, and through the deep discounts offered by REMO Drums of CA and Lowes of Danbury.  Learn more about this project at

From Darkness Comes Light


On a crisp sunny December day here in CT, 2012, the unthinkable happened to my friends, neighbors and coworkers in the neighboring town of Newtown CT,  specifically, the little village of Sandy Hook.

My Circles Of Love and the Hand Drums & Hula-Hoops initiative was conceived and established in direct response to that tragic event and my need – OUR need – to help and move from darkness to the light.


Hand Drums & Hula-Hoops For Sandy Hook ElementaryThrough the intrinsic power and exhilarating fun of percussion music, drum circles, rhythmic dancing and hooping, our gift to this school will  help heal the wounds and bring new found light and love to this wonderful community.

The goal is to donate the items to the school in the early spring and facilitate circles of love through a kick-off special event.  I’ll be working with local friends and school personnel to plan a celebration of spring that’s inclusive and fun for all.

If this is something that interests you, please send me a message using the form below or call me and we’ll talk. 

Music and dance heal. If you haven’t had a chance to reach out to this community yet, please consider doing it now.

CLICK IN AND DONATE what you can – no amount is too small and any amount is greatly appreciated.

Hand Drums & Hula-Hoops For Sandy Hook ElementaryYour gift of music and dance will help to honor the memory of these beautiful souls and help all who are left behind enjoy the life they have been left to live.

Thank you! and please help spread the word ~ J. Maurice

Please use the form below to send your comments, thoughts or well-wishes to the good people of Newtown CT and Sandy Hook Elementary.  I’ll be sure they get there.

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