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Ecstatic Drumming Circle for Therapists and Bodyworkers, with Sharon Gervasoni

Saturday, July 22, 3pm to 5pm. $30

“I came in weary and overdrawn… yet curious about how drumming might impact my experience. I left refreshed, energized and grateful for this new way to experience myself. Sharon was masterful at creating a safe and inviting circle, while encouraging exploration.” -Barbara Glenfield, P.T.

In these times, therapists are being called upon to hold even more than usual for their clients. This circle will be an opportunity to rest into communally-created rhythms and silence, using drums, rattles, and other percussion instruments. Studies have confirmed what all indigenous cultures know–that drumming in a group releases endorphins and can lead to a sense of self-transcendence (ecstasy) that is nourishing and healing. See for example https://www.thoughtco.com/drum-therapy-1729574

Sharon is trained as a massage therapist and shamanic practitioner, and is an ordained interfaith/interspiritual minister and former hospice volunteer. She has been drumming for decades, and facilitating monthly ecstatic drumming circles in spiritual community for 5 years.

No drumming experience is needed; instruments will be provided. If you do have a drum, rattle or other percussion instrument, please bring it!

Space is limited to 20 participants.  Register by emailing Sharon at RevSharonG@gmail.com.

ASL interpretation available. Please request at least one week before event (July 15), when registering.

Crossings’ Director Acupuncturist Alaine Duncan and Acupressure Therapist Cathy Miller just had a research paper published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.  The paper describes a year-long Restore & Renewâ Wellness Clinic offered at Walter Reed Army Medical Center for hospital caregivers. We offered ear acupuncture, clinical acupressure and Zero Balancingâ.  Our hope was that by helping these noble caregivers find more relaxed and calm alertness, we could undo, soften, and release the trauma of war – in them and for everyone they touched. The number we are proudest of is a striking finding on the possible impact we had on patient care. Among those who visited the wellness clinic nine or more times, 75% strongly agreed that they experienced more compassion with patients as a result of clinic participation. When health care providers of war-wounded patients are given opportunities to experience more balance and wellness, this evaluation suggests that they may have the potential to “spread” their wellness to their co-workers and their patients.  We couldn’t have asked for more.  Read it here:
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