TaKeTiNa Rhythm Process
TaKeTiNa Rhythm Meditations--Journeys into Wholeness
TaKeTiNa (founded by Reinhard Flatischler) and Rhythm Meditations, led by Village Heartbeat® founder Zorina Wolf, are an informal and enjoyable way to learn the basic concepts of finding rhythm in the body. These sessions are open to the public.
Each time we meet we discover another aspect of allowing the body to become the primary rhythmic instrument.
As the group configures differently, the “rhythm meditations” emerge organically from the collective itself.
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What Is TaKeTiNa?
TaKeTiNa is a group process that allows anyone to access his or her body’s innate rhythmic knowledge. Instead of being taught random rhythm patterns, participants are guided into the experience of rhythm archetypes—the underlying structure of all forms of music conveyed in a natural, organic manner.
Through TaKeTiNa, the student gains direct access to the rhythmic worlds of Africa, Asia, and Latin America which, in turn, leads to increased competence and creativity in the related rhythms of classical music, jazz, and hip hop.
Experience has shown that profound rhythmic orientation can be achieved more easily by using the body itself as the main instrument. In this way, TaKeTiNa participants can encounter rhythm directly and intensely. Through vocalization, clapping, and stepping, they are guided into three separate rhythmic layers.
Learning rhythm and music with the TaKeTiNa process always means learning about life, too. Everything that hinders our life is reflected during the process as “rhythmic disability” and can be transformed by the rhythmic evolution that unfolds in TaKeTiNa. The mind becomes silent and one’s core being is allowed to surface.
TaKeTiNa Workshops in US coming soon!
Although life is always changing, we find security within patterns. There is comfort in predictability: our schedules, work, and relationships. We expect that the sun rises each day, and that our hearts continue to beat. We feel secure in this sameness, the ordinary life.
When the unexpected happens, our breath can be knocked out of us--directly connected to our vulnerablity. As we try to find the ground beneath our feet, we reconnect to the comforting patterns in our lives.
The TaKeTiNa rhythm circle is an opportunity to practice encountering fluctuation and gaining flexibility within this unpredictable life.
How does this happen?
In a TaKeTiNa circle the leader and group build a structure in rhythm- first vocalizing a repetitive rhythm syllables or mantra. This vocal mantra connects the voice to simple stepping patterns. Gradually, the leader guides us to add handclaps, some which are not on footsteps. Over time, the group is invited to sing call-and-response melodies withthe leader. Each song can 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 the moment.
As the confusion passes, the group finds its' way back to “home base” in the music. We learn to accept the unexpected.
Rhythmic surprises become an opportunity to relax and laugh with uncertainty. Being flexible in rhythm encourages us to have greater creativity within our changing lives.