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ECHO: Recalling the Rhythm of Community

Thursday, March 26 to Sunday, March 29

ECHO exists to create social bonds within a unified field of rhythm, sound, and movement. Our group intention is to fully receive each participant’s voice and expression. ECHO recalls deep memories that honor individual human differences and allow us to remain clearheaded and support one another, even in the midst of overwhelming challenge.  

The beat of a heart, the wood the skin shout, to say what you feel from the inside out.
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How shall we land here at The Land?

How can we recall our inner rhythm and move freely, find our voice and be heard in the company of others?

The ancient practices of chanting and drumming, yoga and resounding the earth have been used for thousands of years to recall our origins, our power, our path. Chanting is an ancient form of meditation. Rhythm our natural inheritance. Join us in the drumming circle to learn traditional African rhythms, chants and calling forth the ancestors. With ourselves as subjects, let’s explore what science can now tell us about our natural world, our embryological origins, and our own living tissue: we are all made of the same cloth.


Anindo

Anindo began her musical and dance career in her homeland of Kenya, as a vocalist/dancer/percussionist. She enjoyed a successful solo career in Europe, as a vocalist, signing a recording contract with EMI Spain, and becoming known as Kenya's singing sensation. She has performed with Babatunde Olatunji, Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead, among others.

After studying and working with artists worldwide, Anindo shifted her focus on spirituality and therapy in drumming, movement, and chants. She has worked with incarcerated youth, through Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Probation. Helped transform young men and women, using drumming, chants and writing.

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Hana Takashige

Hanna Takashige brings the potent pre-language of voice and movement in her expression and communication. Raised by artist parents in the Shawangunk Mountains of New York, she worked as a dancer and Shiatsu therapist, and later developed interactive programs for children and vulnerable elders. Hanna is a somatic movement educator certified by the School for Body-Mind Centering. She is a certified yoga instructor specializing in embodied anatomy and developmental movement, including human embryology.

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Both instructors demonstrate and perform their healing arts as they co-lead the
workshop.


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DRUMMING

Drumming is a powerful therapeutic tool that can help us:

  • Focus inwardly and outwardly

  • Master breath and movement

  • Stay "on task"

  • Increase capacity for listening

  • Enhance self-awareness and self-esteem

  • Increase tolerance for frustration and ambiguity

  • Release negative feelings and blockages

  • Practice self-control, patience and cooperation

The practice of drumming is present in every human culture. It has been used for centuries for: ritual, ceremony, communication, rites of passage, music making, dance, healing, and community celebration.


CHANTING

Chanting is an ancient form of meditation that can help us focus, affirm, and heal. Some chants register frequencies within the body that help balance our nervous systems, deepening relaxation and increasing vitality. Ancient chanting practices often focus on balancing subtle energy centers associated with endocrine function.


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EMBODIED VOICE AND MOVEMENT

Small children constantly move, vocalize and touch as they first explore the world. At any stage of life we can use basic pathways of movement, touch and sound for learning to navigate new life territory.

Somatic movement is a relatively new field that explores the consciousness of human anatomy and early development, including our embryology and evolution. It encompasses the science and the mystery of being alive in a body and, as such, finds many applications, including:

  • Accessing choice and comfort in a movement practice

  • Cultivating presence in creative and artistic expression

  • Exploring the relationship between self and other in human psychology

  • Taking our place within community and having a voice


Benefits

Drumming and Chanting - will help promote healing and self-expression, focusing inwardly and outwardly. 

  • Hand drum technique

  • Rhythms that help with healing and empowerment

  • Creates a sense of connecting with self and others

  • Self expression and release

  • Call and response

  • Affirmation and self healing

Embodied voice and movement explore cellular consciousness. We are the subject of inquiry and human anatomy and early developmental patterns is the material. Collectively recalling our origins in this way has many applications, including:

  • Accessing comfort and choice in a movement practice

  • Cultivating presence in creative and artistic expression

  • Exploring self in relationship with other

  • Taking our place in community and finding our voice

 

Stay Options

Please Note: Prices are all-inclusive and cover meals, lodging, and activities. Please note The Land is a dry campus and no alcohol is permitted.