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TaKeTiNa Drumming Class
Zorina leading TaKeTiNa circle at Seattle World Rhythm Festival

TaKeTiNa Drumming Class
Zorina on the road

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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. 

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 Sequim, WA August 15-17,  SF Bay Area, CA September 26-28,

 Although life is change, we find, at times, security in the patterns of our lives. There is comfort in predictability: our schedules, work, and relationships. We expect that the sun rises everyday, and that our hearts will continue to beat. We feel secure in this sameness, the ordinary life.

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.