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Healing Rhythms:  An Evening of Magical Music Making

Repeats monthly, on the third Wednesday of the month, 7:30 PM

Los Gatos Acupuncture and QiGong, 761 University Avenue, Suite A, Los Gatos

Price: $10.00/per person (love offering).

Creating music with others can meet our deepest needs; to express emotion, to create a sense of belonging to the group, to touch the Divine. In the space of this beautiful healing center, we will gather together to listen deeply to each other while weaving our own unique rhythms and melodies into the patterns of the Whole, allowing for the magic to happen . . . I have many drums and other instruments to share or feel free to bring your own.  

Host/Facilitator:  Heather Holland.


Monthly Community Drum Circle

Repeats on every fourth Saturday of the month, 7:00 PM.

Adobe Wells Community, 1220 Tasman Drive,
 Main Clubhouse,

Organizer:  Heather Holland.

This circle is well-attended, and beginners are extremely welcome. Heather is a registered nurse and professional music therapist who has completed the Certificate in Sound Healing at CIIS, so incorporates many interesting group activities, games, and soundscape constructions into the circle. Many drums, percussion instruments, and boomwhackers are available to use. Highly recommended for shy beginners. 


East West Bookstore, 324 Castro Street, Mountain View, CA

This circle used to meet quarterly. It is more sporadic now, but does still meet.

Contact:  David DiLullo



Full Moon Circles happen often in the late spring, summer, and fall on the evening of each full moon (or the evening before or after; see Meet-up page for details).

Palo Alto Baylands Park, 2299 Embarcadero Rd, Palo Alto, CA

Other Meet-ups are scheduled regularly, and are listed on the Meet-up page. The full-moon circles are well-attended, laid back, and quietly friendly. The other meet-ups, held in public parks or at people's homes are quite varied, but beginners are always welcome, and learning opportunities at all levels are provided. Some drums are provided. Light facilitation may be provided, but the participants tend to be supportive, cooperative, and attentive to others.


Monthly Events

DRUM ~ DANCE ~ CHILL (San Mateo)

Meets sporadically on Fridays every month, 8-9:30 PM.

Yoga At Change, 400 Ben Franklin Court, San Mateo

Ben Dineen (Shoonya), Organizer

Some drums are provided.

There is also an associated chanting group that meets at a private home in Brisbane every Sunday night. See Meetup page (DRUM ~ DANCE ~ CHILL) for details.


DRUM ~ DANCE ~ CHILL (Palo Alto)

Meets on the third Friday every month, 8-9:30 PM.

Blue Iris Studio, 3485 El Camino Real, Palo Alto

Tomas Lee, Organizer

Some drums are provided.




Fern Filner offers hand-drum classes for beginning through intermediate students on alternate Tuesday evenings. Techniques are applicable to several different types of drums, and are culturally universal. Drums are provided--djembes, doumbeks, and frame drums are featured. Price for a 2-hour class is $15; classes are ongoing. RSVP for each one you plan to attend. Phone Fern at 650-344-5143 for more information and to reserve a spot in the class.



Here is a notice received via the SFBayDrumPulse Yahoo! group:

Alice MacAllister is continuing to teach beginning/intermediate west African drumming, with the view to learning and practicing the foundations of the music--technique, 4/4, 6/8, and how they all relate. Cost is only $15/class. Contributions go to support a traditional artist and his extended family in Katako, a small village in northwest Guinea. Classes are Tuesday evenings, 7:15 to 8:30 PM.

Alice's contact information:

Alice MacAllister

7863 Lily Court, Cupertino, CA 95014

Phone:  408-252-7806 (land); 408-390-4164



Here is a notice of another drum class, this one in San Jose, from the Bay Area Drum Circle MeetUp:

There is a beginners Djembe class every Thursday in San Jose--Alma Community Center 136 W. Alma Ave, San Jose 95110. Drum class 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM, and Afro-Brazilian Dance Class  7:30 to  8:30 PM with live drumming. The drum class students can either drum for the dance class or take the dance class. Cost is $5 for each class, $10 for both. For more info, contact jah2big@sbcglobal.net, or call 408.506.6988


From The “Grapevine”



Repeats every Saturday, ~11:00 AM to midafternoon (cancelled in case of rain)

Meets in front of store, 108 S. Sunnyvale Ave., Sunnyvale CA

Organizer:  Keisha Evans


NOTE:  An email from Keisha received just before Christmas 2012 indicated that the store is closing, but didn't give an end-date. Their last day in business is January 31, and the drum circle will continue until then. Their close-out sale begins in earnest on January 2 or 3, and they have a number of djembes from Guinea that sound GREAT. Late January 2013 Update: They have received a 3-month reprieve ( February, March, and April 2013). Later January Update per Keisha: They are "reinventing" themselves--dropping clothing from their line; opening the shop on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays; and sponsoring more events. Circle will continue!



Docktown Marina, Redwood City, CA

Repeats second Tuesday of each month, 7-10 PM.

Potluck for dinner, contributions (no drinks) welcome. Hosted bar. This is a very fun drum circle, often with a beginner's lesson at the beginning. Middle eastern and West African rhythms predominate--all skill levels are represented. Some drums and other percussion instruments are provided.

Organizer:  Fern Filner.

NB:  The Yacht Club building used for this circle has been sold, along with facilities for all other land-based activities, and the new owners have served notices to vacate to all. However, the murky legal and regulatory approval situation has enabled the circles to continue. Stay tuned for further developments and plans.


From the Drum Circle Finder


Center For Spiritual Living Drum Circle

Held quarterly at 1195 Clark St, San Jose CA 95125

408.294.1828 x115


Center for Creative Living Drumming (Music) Circle

Held 1st and 3rd Tuesday evenings of the month, 6:30-8:30 PM

Location: The Center for Creative Living,
 1460 Koll Circle, Suite C,
 San Jose, CA 95112




Come Unity Lunchtime Drum Circle

Moitozo Park at Rio Robles and N. First St., San Jose, CA.

Every Friday (weather permitting), 12 Noon to 1 PM


Shamanic Drum Circle

Every Wednesday 7:30 PM

Half Moon Bay Yacht Club

Princeton-By-the-Sea, CA


Spirit Drum Circle

Held every Friday 7:30 PM

Lou Henry Hoover Girl Scout House

Palo Alto, CA



Drum Circle

Every Friday, 7 PM

New Guinea Sculpture Garden, Stanford, CA

NOTE: This has been discontinued, primarily because nobody was available consistently each week. When a leader can be found, and when the weather is good, it happens.


Unity Drum Circle

Fourth Tuesday of every month

Unity Church (Middlefield Road, between Loma Verde and E. Meadow), Y.E.S. Room, Palo Alto, CA

Contact Maxi: maxi11@earthlink.net