Learn to play the West African djembe
Organic Groove presents…
Rhythmic Journey – Winter 2018
Tuesdays 7:00pm – 8:00pm
10 weeks: January 16 – March 20
Downtown Kitchener Community Centre
35 Weber Street West (Corner of Weber & Ontario)
Note: This session is for beginners only
Learn to play the West African djembe drum in Kat van Groove’s fun & friendly group classes. Since 2009, Kat has taught hundreds of people to drum. Drumming in community promotes mindfulness, enhances our immune response, encourages healthy emotional regulation, relieves stress and feels great. Drumming together is an effortless way to connect with ourselves and others. It’s all good!
No drum? No problem!
You can rent a djembe to use during classes for just $2/class
Cost: $180/10 weeks OR $200/10 weeks with drum rental
Know before you go:
Bring something to drink to stay hydrated
Wear comfortable clothing and dress in layers (drumming generates heat!)
Perfect for extreme beginners
No prior musical or meditation experience necessary
Have any questions?
Email Kat van Groove today!
Kat, why does drumming feel so good?
We are social creatures. We literally need to spend time in close proximity with other people, and unfortunately, social media doesn’t count. Close proximity can only happen in person. Drumming is a community activity that not only places us in close proximity with others, it creates the conditions for entrainment on a vibrational level. I know this sounds new-age-y, but it’s part of nature’s basic nature: to synchronize. Everything in nature moves toward sameness. Synchronicity, oneness, unity, harmony. High pressure systems move to low pressure systems. Energy travels at a vibrational level, through us. When we are within 4 feet of one another, our hearts’ electromagnetic fields communicate. Hug for longer than 10 seconds and oxytocin, a feel-good hormone, is released, as well as the “bliss molecule” anandamide, When we are in close proximity to others, we entrain to one another’s rhythms, which feels nice and cozy. This can include the actual rhythm we are playing on our drums, but it also includes our body temperature, our breathing, everything. We need to share this energy, and drumming allows us to share it without pretense or small talk or complex social conventions. You can sit and drum with people and share this complete human experience without verbal language, and leave feeling you know one another without ever actually learning anyone’s name!
About Kat van Groove
I’ve taught hundreds of people of all ages to drum since 2009.
Please check out my bio if you’re interested.
Have any questions?
Let’s talk! Email Kat at email@example.com