Village Heartbeat offers a range of courses and workshops nationally and internationally.
The Whole Person Drumming® curriculum takes drumming and rhythmic training into evolutionary territory that is as much about personal growth as it is about musical education.
Healing Rhythms Intensives
Learn how the drum can help you to come into the present with your body, mind and spirit.
For those of us recovering from illness, grief, and in need of being in touch with our hearts.
When something unexpected happens, the breath is knocked out of us. We are at a standstill--vulnerable. We try to find the ground beneath our feet. Even if it doesn’t happen immediately, gradually, we find a way again to reconnect to the comforting patterns in our lives.
The TaKeTiNa rhythm circle is an opportunity to practice encountering fluctuation and gaining flexibility with the unpredictableness in life.
How does this happen?
In a TaKeTiNa circle we build a structure in rhythm-- first vocalizing a repetitive vocal mantra. These rhythmic syllables guides us into simple step patterns. Gradually we add complexity by handclaps, some which are not on footsteps. Over time we begin to sing call-and-response melodies that ground us. Moving and singing rhythms, we begin to feel connected to a groove.
At a certain point in the journey, the leader intentionally introduces a new way of sensing this rhythm. Suddenly, we are no longer singing in a place that we recognize. This shift wakes us up, disarms us and brings us into a direct experience with life as it is.
As the momentary confusion passes, we find our way back to “home base” in the music. We learn to accept the unexpected. Surprises become an opportunity to relax and laugh in the midst of uncertainty. Being flexible in rhythm encourages us to have greater creativity with our changing lives.
See the TaKeTiNa section for complete information.
Developed in the early 1970’s by Austrian composer and percussionist Reinhard Flatischler, and co-developed by Cornelia Flatischler, TaKeTiNa is a musical group process that allows people to access their innate ability to express and embody rhythm, whether they are complete beginners or musically accomplished.