They came with their rattles, their djembe and congas. They came with their tambourines, their mallets and bongos.
Just as the sun was setting on Tuesday, Jan. 7, drum circle participants filled Van Goghs Hideaway in Jasper (located in the same building as the Burnt Mountain Trading Company) to get into the groove and do a little howling with the moon.
This month’s circle was led by Angela Reinhardt, who began the evening with a dimming of the lights, a sacred smudging, a statement of intention from each participant, and a few big, deep breaths done while holding hands in circle.
Then the drumming began, ebbing from slow to fast paced. Towards the end of the session, a couple chimed in with their Native American flutes and one woman led the group in a traditional Native American song. After a solid 45 minutes of playing, the group disbanded until next time, with hopes of attracting new members each month.
Kathe Hall, owner of Van Goghs Hideaway, holds a drumming circle each month with a different leader for each session. Next month, she said, drummer Snowbear will lead the pack.