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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Happiness, Hand Drums & Hula Hoops for Sandy Hook

The first of two workshops was a huge success yesterday as over 80 participants hooped and drummed their way to happiness.

Love and thanks to:

~ All my financial supporters from around the country

~ April 6th workshop volunteers including Tim, Jaime and Miss Emily, Katie Beth, Kristen & Amy

~ Drum Circle Facilitators Katy G. & John K. of Music Heals Us

~ Hoop makers and hooping facilitators Nicole and Jackie from bringtheHoopla

~ REMO drums

~ Identi-Tape

~ Wayne Hammond, Graphic Artist,

~ Executive Office Services of Bridgeport,

~ Lowes of Danbury

AND HealingNewtown Art Space!

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Identi-Tape Inc. Supports Project for Sandy Hook

Identi-Tape Inc.

Beautiful tape donated by Identi-Tape of Boulder Colorado

We just got word that Boulder Colorado-based tape company, Identi-Tape Inc. has shipped off a very generous donation of vinyl, gaffer, deco and glow in the dark hoop tape for our upcoming April 6th and May 18th Hand Drums and Hula Hoops workshops at Healing Newtown Art Space in Newtown CT

This tape will be used  to personalize and beautifully embellish the 100 hand-made hoops being lovingly made by bringtheHoopla LLC. with funds donated from loving friends from around the country and donated to the workshop participants.

From darkness comes light ~ from kindness comes healing.

THANK YOU IDENTI-TAPE Inc. ♥

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 www.healingnewtown.org for one or both of these Saturday, April 6th 2013 “playshops” or in person at Healing Newtown Art Space.

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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 www.mycirclesoflove.wordpress.com

April 6th – FREE Drumming & Rhythm “Playshop” For the Whole Family

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April 6th  1:00am-3:00pm

If you’ve never experienced the exhilaration and joy of a drum circle, now’s your chance! No experience necessary. This free afternoon of drum circle and rhythm fun, facilitated by Katy Gaughan of Tacoma Park’s Music Heals Us, 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 & free-style rhythmic movement.  You’ll also make, decorate and take home your own musical “RAIN STICK”!

Newtown Residents - Register Today - It's Free

Newtown Residents – Register Today – It’s Free

Brought to you by Janet Maurice of My Circles Of Love, this “playshop” is a part of the Hand Drums and Hula-Hoops for Sandy Hook Project.   Learn more at www.mycirclesoflove.wordpress.com

Ages – 6 and up.
Number of participants: 30

Drum Circle Facilitators To Volunteer at HealingNewtown

HAND DRUMS & HULA-HOOPS FOR SANDY HOOK
DRUM FACILITATORS ANNOUNCED

IMG_8745-227x300My Circles Of Love is both proud and pleased to announce that Katy Gaughan of Music Heals Us and Lydia Smith of Drumming With Lydia have both volunteered their time and talents to upcoming  HealingNewtown.org workshops.

On April 6th, 2013 Katy Gaughan will lead the afternoon drumming session of Hand Drums & Hula-Hoops for Sandy Hook while Lydia Smith facilitates the May 18th session.

In addition to a fun afternoon of drumming and rhythm exploration, participants will make, embellish, and bring home their own rain sticks.

These FREE drumming workshops are being offered to Sandy Hook & Newtown residents in conjunction with morning Hula-Hoop workshops by bringtheHoopla LLC

DONATING THE GIFT OF MUSIC & RHYTHMIC FUN

Through the support of donated funds from friends and family, My Circles of Love is donating 26 new Kid REMO djembes the the HealingNewtown Center For The Arts. These drums will be used during these, and future drum circle workshops.

In addition to this drum donation, 60 rainsticks will be crafted, embellished and taken home by the April 6th and May 18th workshop participants, as well as 100 professional-grade hoops hand crafted by bringtheHoopla.

PLEASE CONSIDER A TAX DEDUCTIBLE
OR IN-KIND DONATION

Remo Drums & our hoop manufacturer have offered us rock bottom pricing for this special program, and while 26 drums have been purchased to date in honor of those lost in the senseless & tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, we’d like to do more with the help of people like you.

If you would like to help this worthy cause and keep the healing music flowing in Newtown, please contact me for a TAX ID NUMBER.

Have a drum or other gently used rhythm instruments you’d like to donate, please consider contacting me with details.

Small or large, your donation will be put to great use for years to come.

mycirclesoflove@gmail.com

Peace & Thanks
Janet Maurice

From Darkness Comes Light

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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.

WILL YOU HELP?

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

CONTACT ME –
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.

More photos at  http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2012/12/15/sandy-hook-school-shooting-victims-identified/1771867/