“Imagine a rural village community gathered around a fire under a star-filled night sky. You hear a driving beat and see dancers moving to the rhythms. People of all ages are clapping, tapping, and playing drums, rattles, and bells. The whole circle is a thriving, pulsing community beat. Like smoke rising from the fire, everyone’s spirits are being uplifted, as they are smiling, releasing, connecting, playing, healing…
The drum circle could have taken place centuries ago in a tribal village, or last week in a community park. We tend to think of rhythm as a tool of entertainment and performance. But in ancient times, music and rhythm were primarily tools for supporting a community’s well-being.”
The above write-up from Christine Stevens book Music Medicine, succinctly sums up the power, the mystery and the charm of Drum Circles as it applies to communities and teams.
FocusU now brings to you this ancient tradition – in your own corporate setting.
If you are like most corporate teams, you might have a handful of people familiar with music and hence by inference, a large majority who would find the thought of making music very scary! But that’s precisely the reason why Drum Circles work so well as a team experience.
Drum circles also open up windows of conversation where participants get to share their learning and their experiences, as they go through it. Various themes around team work, synergizing with others, being good leaders and good followers, and the value of dissent can all be captured experientially.
This challenge, set in time spaces of 45 – 90 minutes, is good for groups of various sizes, including small intimate groups to large 300+ groups and can be set up indoors or ideally outdoors. It can also be run virtually! See the video below.