Serina received her drum circle leadership training from Jim Donovan M.Ed, Assistant Professor of Saint Francis University. The evidence-based program focused on stress management and human connection through bilateral stimulation (drumming). Serina received the 2017 CTLE Innovation Grant Award to establish community drum circles at Glendale Community College. There, she facilitated successful drum circles for the senior citizen population, students, and faculty! In addition to academic leadership, Serina created a 200+ monthly community drum circle as well as visits to adult-senior centers living with Alzheimer’s. She is able to quickly adapt to a group’s energy and need by just feeling the room. Here circles are enjoyed and loved by many.
We offer group music-making (drum circles) as a path to human connection. Rhythm can change brain patterns allowing us to be more receptive to empathy, creativity, collaboration, empowerment, listening, and joy. From intimate group settings to large community circles, we create experiences that allow connection to occur organically. Shakti Drummers combines breathing exercises, rhythm, games, and body movement to help people relieve their own stress by creating a meaningful connection to ecology, self, and others; this connection promotes self-healing, self-realization, and builds healthy communities.
Benefits of Music-Making
- Lowers stress, anxiety, and depression
- Lowers blood pressure
- Increases memory and cognitive function
- Elevates mood (endorphins) and the immune system
- Creates community and builds empathy
Workplace and Academic Spaces
Success at work requires effective communication and emotional intelligence. Rhythm, drumming, and music-making are tools we use to teach people the power of listening, understanding, and collaboration. Companies that provide education for these skills have happier and more productive employees that can increase the bottom line.
Play and Community Commection
Something happens to a lot of us once we reach adulthood…we forget how to play. Play is so important to our well-being and with just a few minutes a day, can improve our attitude significantly. Our circles allow EVERYONE to make music. Because we ALL have a heartbeat and breath, we ALL have rhythm. We don’t have to be perfect, we just have to give ourselves permission to let go and enjoy!
According to the American Psychological Association, adult stress levels have been steadily increasing over the past decade. 67% of adults say money and work stress are at the top of their list. Millennials and minority groups report even higher stress levels than their counterparts. Chronic stress has been shown to lead to chronic disease and health concerns such as stomach ulcers, back and shoulder pain, depression, obesity, and compromised immune system. Our approach to rhythm, drumming, and music-making can dramatically reduce stress.
Beating to the rhythm of your own drum takes courage – both metaphorically and in reality. Our circles encourage people to find their own “drum,” and discover how it contributes to the group. As internal defenses are lowered and mutual encouragement organically emerges, a transformation occurs in the circle: participants experience a powerful sense of belonging, synergy, joy, and awareness that we are all connected. They leave knowing the power of community, having experienced their individual power and how it can be nurtured and expanded in a vibrant group.