Upcoming drumming 06/17/11

posted Jun 17, 2011, 12:26 PM by Steve Calkins
Hi "One-Heart Community Drum" Folks!,

     Thanks to all that found there way to the school last weekend, after the weather decided to unload a good amount of water on us at the exact start time of the drum circle! Great time, drumming in the library at the school, (after a dinner required use of the cafeteria that we normally use.)      
     Also, thanks to those that spend the good part of Sunday afternoon removing two major tree trunk roots from the drum circle area that will be used for "Spirit Rhythm" in July. Excellent work, and thanks for your persistence! Lots of fun drumming coming up! See you there! Love, Steve

Upcoming drumming:

   Saturday, June 18th, 3P.M.ish, One-Heart Community Drum" Summer Solstice Celebration: Open community drum circle, Stewart Park, NW Corner, Extra drums available, children welcomed, potluck. Come help us celebrate the solstice! 

June 21, 1:16 P.M. EDT, Summer Solstice

    Friday, June 24th-26th, Ithaca Summer Festival, (former MUSE Festival), Peter Rd, Danby, NY. Take 96B/Danby Rd through the hamlet of Danby, then right on S. Danby Rd, to Peter Rd, right on Peter Rd, across from Nature's Song Retreat 217 Peter Rd.
    Steve's Note: The drum circle plans on erecting a dome that James/Tor has put together on Thursday afternoon, so any whom are free Thursday afternoon to help lift the dome, would be greatly appreciated. James cell phone is 280-2118 for more details. The drummers will drum there Friday and Saturday evenings, and the normal fee for entrance will be waived for those that assist with the drum dome area. ($35) Many locals bands will be performing throughout the weekend.

From: drumzzone8@gmail.com
    Monday, June 27th at 6pm! JANET PECK is returning to The DrumZZone for another hot kickin' African dance class!  Reserve the date now.  Contact Elizabeth. Nonrefundable pre-registration required, cost only $20.00  Register at The DrumZZone ASAP! Need at least 20 to run the class. Janet is incredible, don't miss this opportunity.
    DrumZZone will be present and teaching this year at Where Womyn Gather, a women's spirituality festival in PA.  That's going to be in June check out the website for more info and registration. www.wherewomyngather.com

  From: newclayitph@gmail.com
  Clay Inthepottershands wrote:
    Hey folks... new to area, loved the circle yesterday... high vibes!...I was the one in straw hat with buttons...  We are focalizing a Regional Rainbow Gathering for the 4th... starting mid/late June in Finger Lakes National Forest/Hector... I was told some of the local focalizers are there to start with... I put up a site calledwww.ithacarainbowfamily.org and or www.ithacafamilyrainbow.org ... looking for some folks to help form this... Working on getting "Kiddie Village" going and have talked to some folks about doing CALM... I realize we need to Buffalo in Water and founsd some willing to pay for that... We are looking to Scout tomarrow and would love some help... I heard this is usually coming in from the north down into Blueberry Patch and I was wondering if coming up from the South into Blueberry patch would be a new alternative? South Slope trail? Finger Lakes Trail? area and this would give access on trail close to the Lake? I am not sure but from asking around... everyone sounds ready for it! Please get back with me ASAP...  607-262-6124 We are going to Scout the area in the morning... mid-morning... Thanks and Blessings to you ... Clay Inthepottershands Open for suggestions/changes all the family jump in! Love your web-site and the focalizing! Who would be has a local kitchen? Thanks again? I do have a small school bus GMC3500... Diesel ran... http://www.fs.fed.us/r9/forests/greenmountain/htm/fingerlakes/images/maps/fl_trail_use11x17.jpg 

Clay T.
New Clay I.T.P.H.
711 Burt Rd.
Little Falls NY 13365
Text: (575)-779-7114
Cell:  {607}262-612

Steve's Note: The drum circle group would like to make an appearance this weekend at the regional Rainbow gathering, and I believe that Saturday evening might be the best time. I'd still like to do the normal circle in the park Saturday afternoon, then go up to Hector in the P.M. I'll find out the site, and post that next week!

July New Moon: July 1st, 4:54A.M. EDT

July 01, Partial Solar Eclipse 4:38A.M. (Antarctica)
Spirit-Rhythm 2011: Drumming and Dancing in The Forest, July 8, 9, 10, 2011  a Joe Drumn production See our website for more information:www.oneheartcommunitydrumming.org
Spirit-Rhythm: 2011 Drumming and Dancing in the Forest will be held at Sheela Kingsbury's "Tea Garden Ithaca". Located at 133 Jersey Hill Rd Ithaca, NY. Tea Garden Ithaca is a beautiful forest like quiet oasis where guests can share sixty acres of the serenity and beauty of nature.
Directions: From Ithaca: 96B South, past Ithaca College to stop light at W. King Rd. & Upper Buttermilk Falls sign. Turn right, travel 3.1 miles until Jersey Hill Rd. Turn right on Jersey Hill and go 1000ft Blue mailbox, Tea Garden sign & 700ft. driveway on the left.
Spirit-Rhythm will be July 8, 9, 10, 2011. Please try to arrive Friday, as the festival starts on Friday, and there will be workshops on Friday. See schedule of events.
Spirit Rhythm will be focused on drumming workshops (two separate styles of drumming workshops are offered this year), dance workshops (two separate style of dance workshops), an optional Japanese Tea Ceremony, Reike workshops and all night drumming around the fire Saturday night, and  building and celebrating a close connected community. (Plan on arriving either Friday night or no later than Saturday morning by 9 am.)
During the day you can explore: many types of ceremonial, ritual, spiritual, drumming, dance, and other natural, magical and artistic practices via workshops, We offer an optional Japanese Tea Ceremony, nature hikes, forest walks, drumming, chanting, singing, and dancing in a circle; together, around a beautiful bonfire. Hanging out with new friends in the community exchanging insights, thoughts, ideas, moments, trust and forging connection .
When the sun goes down, the bonfire light will light up the night to the sights and sounds of amazing ceremonial, freestyle, and beautifully rhythmic and stimulating magical dancing, spiritual and ceremonial chants, songs, drumming, laughing and that special spark that comes from a close connected community enjoying and celebrating itself!
Please treat the land as sacred. Pick up all trash and place it in the designated receptacles. There will be containers for garbage as well as recycling. Please leave the area better than you found it. Cigarette butts and other trash must be disposed of in the containers or sand buckets provided, and not thrown onto the ground, into the woods, or into the sacred fire. No smoking in the dome, circle or around the sacred fire.. Simply leave the circle for a moment.
Alcohol is restricted to your camp site. No strolling around with open containers or inebriated. No alcohol in the dome, circle or sacred fire. Simply leave the circle for a moment.
Disruptive inebriated behavior, abusive behavior or trespassing will not be tolerated.
Right is reserved to remove anyone displaying these types of behaviors from the gathering.
Meeting and greeting Friday night: we will have the optional drum making workshop at 7 pm followed by a gathering around the fire. We will also have snacks, beverages, food and fruit available. We will also gather around the fire to get to know each other, drum a bit, share information about Spirit-Rhythm and get ready for two fun filled days of drumming and dancing and celebrating our community.
We will have workshops Friday night, Saturday and Sunday, with a bonfire Friday night and all night drumming Saturday night.
We will have workshops in two different styles of drumming.
This year we will be offering both "Spirit-Rhythms": Ceremonial and Ritual
Drumming Workshops and African Drumming Workshops.
See schedule for times of workshops
"Spirit-Rhythms": The Ceremonial and Ritual Drumming Workshops, will include ceremonial and ritual drumming techniques and rhythms, chants, songs, "ritual dance and working the fire" for people and circles whose drumming and dance has a ritual, spiritual, magical or ceremonial focus or working.
"Spirit-Rhythms" will be taught by Spirit Drummer and Master Reike instructor Raymond Eldridge. Ray has a great local and non local reputation for his  dedication to Spirit-Drumming and his overall capabilities as a master drummer. Ray has drummed for many percussion musicians, bands and performers, is on CD's, and has performed in countless festivals, concerts and events. Ray brings his extensive spirit drumming experience to Spirit-Rhythm and the Spirit-Rhythms Workshops.
Ray will also be conducting Reike personal atunements. These will be limited to four, and are available on a first come first serve basis. See Ray at at the gathering to schedule.
The African drumming workshops will be taught by Jeremy Crytzer.
Jeremy Crytzer: Learn rhythms from Guinea and Mali , West Africa , on djembe and doun douns with Jeremy Crytzer. Jeremy has studied West African drumming for over 21 years with many master teachers including Karamba Dioubate, Abdoul Doumbia, Yaya Diallo, Mamady Keita, Mbemba Bangoura,  and others. He has performed all over the country and facilitated workshops with many of the African masters with whom he studied and played. He has been teaching drum classes since 1999, previously in Tucson , Arizona , and is considered a patient and encouraging but rigorous teacher.
Erica Crytzer will be teaching a beginners African Dance Class. Erica's class will be a beginner class focusing on one of the traditional dances from Guinea .
Erica has been dancing most of her life and has been a student of traditional West African dance for many years, as well as participating in many performances of traditional drumming and dance.
SpiritSoar - A Beginning African Dance Class

offered by Jaekah Chase

Jaekah has an immense love of opening the individual spirit through dance. She has studied various forms of dance throughout her life and focused on African Dance with master dancer and drummer, Maurice Haltom. She was a teacher of African Dance at Full Life Fitness in Ithaca, NY, as well as a student of yoga and djembe drumming for 10 years. She was deeply impressed with the fact that, once her students learned to move their bodies in a new way, they became, not only better dancers but, more confident and graceful in the 'dance of life'. This is what she truly loved about teaching.

As a Licensed Massage Therapist, Jaekah is fully aware of the Mind-Body connection and, as an African Dance teacher, she witnessed over and over again, that once one opens up the body through rhythmic movement, it opens the mind and imagination to more creative thinking. This, in turn, can foster a greater sense of inner peace and well-being.

Beginning African Dance works particularly well for this kind of personal expansion for three main reasons: 1) it is well-suited for every body-type as it's less about perfect technique than it is about learning to move the body parts (torso, arms, legs & feet, head) in unison, rhythmically; 2) it opens the core (mid-section or torso) of the body thus allowing for a better flow of energy along the spine and 3) so much of it focuses on cross-crawl movement (left foot/right arm, right foot/left arm...like crawling and walking) which connects the brain hemispheres.

Jaekah will be offering a Beginning African Dance class, using some simple African Dance inspired sequences done to traditional rhythms, that promises to be energizing and uplift the spirit.

Come and dance and let your spirit soar!

Should the weather be inclement there is a nice very large comfortable main house where we will have our meals and workshops. We can fit people in easily and comfortably. We will also have overhead tarps to cover the camping area.
The price $75.00 includes all workshops (other than optional), camping, bonfires, meals and snacks. But feel free to bring some of your favorite snacks. We will have a menu that has great vegetarian and meat dishes. Prepared by the Tea Garden chefs known for their culinary skill and magic!
Optional Workshops:
You must be registered for Spirit-Rhythm to attend these workshops.
Spirit-rhythm will be offering an "optional" drum making workshop. There is an additional charge for these:

Make your own Ashiko: Tom Kozlowski of TOKO Imports, (located in
Ithaca NY, (on the lower level of The Dewitt Mall, 215 N. Cayuga St.
Ithaca, NY 14850, 607-277-3780 www.toko-imports.com) will be conducting two drum making workshops at Spirit-Rhythm. They will be on Friday at 7 pm and Saturday at 5 pm, he will provide a finished drum shell, wrapped rings, rope and a head for the drum. Under his guidance you will "rope" (assemble) the drum. The Ashikos are 22 to 24 inches tall and have a 9 inch head and are made out of hard pine. The cost for this workshop is $125.00.
If you wish to take part in this workshop you must register in advance (when you register for Spirit-Rhythm). You may include with your Spirit-Rhythm registration an additional check or money order made out to "TOKO Imports" in the amount of $125.00. or bring cash to the workshop. Remember this is in addition to your Spirit-Rhythm registration.

Optional Japanese Tea Ceremony
For a separate $10.00, paid directly to Tea Garden Ithaca, you can enjoy The Japanese Tea Ceremony.
Japanese Tea Ceremony is an art form. In the simple act of making tea and drinking it, host and guest share in a ritual of beauty that promotes a profound sense of well being and connection between participants.
Sheela Kingsbury has been studying traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony for over 20 years, both in New York City and in Japan. She is a certified tea practitioner and teacher with the Urasenke Chanoyu Tradition, the oldest and largest world wide Tea school.
As a professional Landscape Designer, Sheela specializes in the creation of Contemplation Gardens, a synthesis of traditional Japanese garden design with a strong naturalistic approach. She is developing Tea Garden Ithaca into a quiet forest and oasis, a unique garden destination, open to the public and available for events, teas and weddings. More info on this serenely beautiful place: http://www.teagardenithaca.com
If you wish to take part in The Tea Ceremony, include, in the same envelope you use to send in your Spirit-Rhythm registration, A SEPARATE CHECK OR MONEY ORDER, made out to Sheela Kingsbury in the amount of $10.00 for each person taking part in the tea Ceremony. Include the number of people taking part and their information sent with your separate check or money order for your Spirit-Rhythm payment.
Registration: Payment may be made by check or money order.
Checks or money orders are to be made out to One Heart Community Drum.
Checks must be mailed prior to 15 June.
Mail to: Joseph Lorincz, 1028 Ellis Hollow Rd. # 236, Ithaca, NY 14850
Include on a separate sheet of paper, included with your check or money
order, your name, address, phone number and e mail. Indicate if you prefer
vegetarian menu or meat menu. If you are registering more than one person
with your check or money order indicate that and include the above required
You may e mail questions to me personally at:
feel free to join the Spirit-Rhythm group by sending e mail to:
Scholarships Available:

Thomas Kozlowski owner of TOKO Imports, located in

Ithaca NY, (on the lower level of The Dewitt Mall, 215 N. Cayuga St.
Ithaca, NY 14850 607-277-3780 (www.toko-imports.com)

has funded four scholarships of $25.00 each

To participate you must submit in person at TOKO Imports, in written form
(not e mail) a brief and concise paper answering the following questions:

1. What does drumming mean to you

2. Why do you want to go to Spirit-Rhythm.

You must personally bring in your paper to TOKO Imports and

answer a couple of questions that Tom will pose to you.

You must submit you paper personally no later than 1 June 2011!

Winners will be chosen by Tom Kozlowski, and this scholarship program is

the sole property and purview of Tom Kozlowski and TOKO Imports.
If you are from out of the region, give Tom a call about how to participate!
Schedule of Events

Friday July 8:

You may arrive anytime after 12 noon; if you arrive earlier send e mail to let us know.

6:00pm Gathering officially opens. There will be food in the dome for your convenience. Fruit, Juices, vegetables, salads, grains, breads, muffins etc, coffee, tea

7:00 pm Build your own drum workshop, requires either pre registration or bring cash to workshop. Let us know if you will be doing this so Tom brings enough supplies.

8:15 pm Welcoming Ritual

10:00 pm meeting and greeting and bonfire, this can go till dawn.

Saturday July 9

10:00 am rise and shine continental breakfast in dome

11:00 am Spirit Soar Workshop

12:30 am Lunch at the main house

1:45pm and Drum Workshops, African and Ritual and Ceremonial

3:15 pm African Dance Workshop

4:30 pm Drum Workshops, Ritual and Ceremonial

6:00 pm Drum making workshop

7:00 pm Reike atunements: see Ray to sign up, class size limited

8:00 pm Dinner at the main house

9:00 pm Main Ritual

10:00 pm Start of the magickal, ritual all night bonfire and drumming till dawn

Sunday July 10

10:00 am Rise and Shine

11:00 am Spirit-Soar Workshop

12:00 pm Lunch at the main house

1:00pm Ceremonial and Ritual Drumming Workshop

2:30 pm African Dance Workshop

3:30 pm African Drumming Workshop

5:00 pm Closing Ritual

July Full Moon: July 15th, 2:40A.M. EDT

    July 21-24th, Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance. Trumansburg Fairgrounds, Trumansburg, NY. We generally drum for the "Happiness Parade", on Saturday, July 23rd, 3P.M., followed by an open drum circle on the small knoll across from the concession stands. Then we do an all-night drum circle, at the off-site camping area, off Agard Rd. For more info on the festival: http://www.grassrootsfest.org/festival/

July (2nd New Moon of Month): July 30th 2:40P.M. EDT

August 3-August 18 Mercury Retrograde

August Full Moon: Aug 13th, 2:58P.M. EDT

August New Moon: Aug 28th, 11:04P.M. EDT

September Full Moon: Sept 12, 5:27A.M. EDT

September 23, 5:05 A.M. EDT, Fall Equinox

September New Moon: Sept 27: 7:09A.M. EDT

    October 6-9, 2011, Fall Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance.  More info: http://www.shakorihills.org/

October Full Moon: Oct 11th, 10:06P.M. EDT

October New Moon: Oct 26th, 3:56P.M. EDT

November Full Moon: Nov 10th, 3:16P.M. EST

November New Moon: Nov 25th, 1:10A.M. EST

November 25, Partial Solar Eclipse, 1:20A.M. (Southern Hemisphere)

November 25-December 14, Mercury Retrograde

December Full Moon: Dec 10th, 9:36A.M. EST

December 10th, Total Lunar Eclipse, Partially visible at moonset only in Eastern U.S. 6:33P.M. EST

December 22, 12:30 A.M. EST, Winter Solstice

December New Moon: Dec 24th, 1:06P.M. EST

    Million Women Drummers Gathering 2013 - If you are a woman drummer, check out what is going on! This event is a vision by Ubaka Hill and is in the beginning stages of creation on Facebook. Get involved, TODAY! Help spread the word to all and any women drummer sister friends and become a part of the process! www.millionwomendrummers.com

Other events will be posted as they become confirmed! 

Some weekly hand drumming classes available:

From: Jeremy and Erica Crytzer
  Classes discontinued until later in the Fall. More info: 607-532-4037

From: Jonathan Kline <jkline@jonathankline.org>
    Subject: Afro-Caribbean Percussion Class Questions: jkline@jonathankline.org

Have great week! Love, Steve

Women's Drumming Circle Djembe Workshop June 26th, 4-6P.M. Women's Info Center 601 Allen St, Syracuse, NY 315-478-4636 RSVP by June 19th, Cost: Donation: $5-10. Led by Elizabeth Orleski from THE DRUMZZONE 112 Washington St.,  Endicott, NY.