April 30, 2011

Touchstones Primary Counselor, Irene Martinez CASII, attended a recent training where she was introduced to the use of drums in the Native American culture. Irene was moved by her own experience in the training and brought the idea of drumming back to the residents at Touchstones.

In their first drumming experiences, a group of six residents learned to compare the beating of the drum to the beating of the human heart. The drum beat is said to represent the heart beat of the earth. Residents talked of life being sacred as they drummed. They talked of respect for the earth, themselves and one another. This Group will drum for four weeks exploring the beautiful culture of the drum and its use in song, dance and prayer.

We hope to expand the use of the drums as staff obtains more training.