I currently facilitate four different drum circles each month, three of which are open to the public. Stop by and introduce yourself!  We're all beginners, but all you need is a beginner's frame of mind--you'll be feeling skillful within 5 minutes--guaranteed!

The first illustration below is from the Canadian Museum of Nature, the second is from Arthur's Clipart collection; the third one is from Mammals' Planet.


Drumming for Spirit--An Always-Beginning Drum Circle.

First Friday of the Month: 7:00 PM.

Starr King Unitarian-Universalist Church, 22577 Bayview, Hayward, CA.

This is the "home" drum circle of the UU congregation I belong to. It is considered a part of our music ministry, both for ourselves and for our greater community. After honoring and welcoming the spirits present, we introduce ourselves rhythmically, and then drum and play communally. Circle lasts about 2 hours. No experience needed; drums provided (but yours is welcome). Circle is free and open to the community.

Click HERE to go to a page that summarizes the gentle lessons covered so far at this drum circle. But this is "head learning"; we play from our hearts, and each of us begins again when we meet!



Drumbeats of Wellness



First Thursday of the Month:  3:30 PM.

Cancer Support Community (CSC), 3276 McNutt Avenue, Walnut Creek, CA 94597. 

This circle is offered to allow cancer survivors and their caregivers and support people an opportunity to drum! We follow the spirit of the HealthRHYTHMS protocol--an evidence-based protocol designed for participants to have fun playing the drums and other percussion instruments while experiencing clinically significant decreases in stress symptoms and increases in blood levels of immune modulators.  After a brief introduction to the universal principles of drumming (the ABCs of drumming), we drum universal rhythms of life, spirit, dance, and wholeness.



Each circle is scheduled to last an hour and a half. No previous experience with music or drumming is necessary. Drums are provided (bring your own if you wish). All Cancer Support Community services are free to the public.

Click HERE for suggestions about where to purchase a drum.

Click HERE to see some pictures and descriptions of drums commonly seen at Bay Area drum circles.




Reaching Across (Life Reaching Across to Life) Healing Drum Circle.





Monthly (Usually Third or Fourth Friday):  Around Noon.



Held at Lake Elizabeth (Lions Area in Central Park), Fremont, or at a private home.

This drum circle is primarily for participants in Reaching Across (people living with mental illness), but others are welcome. We drum spiritually and communally, and occasionally play rhythm games. Drums are provided, but yours are welcome. Circle is free, and lasts about 90 minutes. The specific date and place for each circle is set at the beginning of each month.  Contact me or Scotty at Reaching Across (510-745-9500) for additional information.


[Monthly (Third Sunday of the month):  3:00 to 5:00 PM--TENTATIVE--ON HIATUS AS OF OCTOBER 2016]

RhythmiConnections:  Exploring Drumming Together.


Held at Connections:  Currently seeking new location--keep checking!

In this monthly rhythmic event, we explore drums, other percussion instruments, and the breath of life (voices and native flutes) to celebrate the connections among our physical, emotional, and spiritual selves and each other.  Each session starts with a brief explanation of the elementary, universal principles of drumming.  Then we continue to expand our connections to ourselves and each other through rhythmic games and activities, drumming world rhythms together – in unison, in multiple parts, and with other instruments – and creating soundscapes.  Each session closes with an open “drum jam.”

No experience necessary. Instruments are provided, and you are welcome to bring your own.