Hello and thank you for visiting. My name is Lansing Day. I appreciate the opportunity to introduce our Group Empowerment Rhythms and Walking-Breathing programs to you.
Through all our programming, our core mission is to assist with awakening the soulful life. A life rich with purpose and meaning. Our ultimate aim is to promote the human values of natural freedom, peacefulness, cooperation, inner power, and compassion toward self and others.
We believe that humans beings of all ages are naturally drawn to being creative. Our human impulse to be playful and creative, while sharing our freely expressive hearts with others, simply needs an invitation to show up. A safe place to be. In all our programming, we promote that sort of environment of trust, of non-judgment.
What is Group Empowerment Rhythms?
In short, it is a wellness-based Rhythm Circle which is fun, highly interactive, and powerfully connecting. “Body beats”, vocalizations (such as singing along), and most often drums and non-drum percussion are brought into the circle arena. All instruments are provided. Everyone has something to play.
There are many ways in–many ways to embark on a rhythmical journey together. It all depends on the desired outcome. FUN is number one!
In effect, the experience is altogether shaped by the creative spirit of members of the group. Jumping into the groove is easy. No special musical talent is needed. Heartbeat and other natural rhythms we know from the simple experiences of walking are familiar and therefore, catchy. Spontaneity flows.
Having begun formal study of the West African Djembe in 1993 with Master Drummer Maurice Haltom of Ithaca, NY, in 2005 I felt drawn to take my energy and passion for drumming into the field of wellness and community building; I began drum circle facilitator training. Over time, other kinds of expressive, rhythmical modalities found their way into our programming.
I began as a consultant and professional Rhythm Circle Facilitator in 2006, And since then, I’ve facilitated numerous wellness and community building group events, working with many populations with a variety of needs. These include colleges and elementary schools (students and staff), businesses, elder communities (Assisted Living, Memory Care & Nursing Care), youth at risk, adults in recovery, Veterans Hospitals, and communities which assist and educate children and adults with special needs.
I am a certified HealthRHYTHMS facilitator. What is HealthRHYTHMS?
Click and scroll down for a video presentation: http://remo.com/experience/post/healthrhythms/
I have also been a student of Arthur Hull of Village Music Circles (Santa Cruz, CA) http://villagemusiccircles.com/
Over the years I have evolved my own style and methodology, based on these teachings.
In 2013, I moved to Northern Arizona. My team and I are now offering programs to communities in the Cottonwood/Sedona areas, Flagstaff, Prescott, and Phoenix with some travel wider afield.
Some of our Arizona clients (past and present) include Rainbow Acres Ranch (adults with developmental delay), The Sanctuary at Sedona (drug alcohol and trauma rehab); Sedona Winds, Cottonwood Village, Austin House (Memory Care); Cupertino Power Learning Academy (children with autism); Mountain Valley Prep. Middle School (“City of Peace” Initiative); Sedona Charter School (grade 3), Yavapai County Juvenile Probation, Yavapai Community College (“College for Kids” summer program), Prescott VA Medical Center, Northern AZ Hospice and more.
Here we are with Elders at Walden Place, Cortland NY. Our company’s first incarnation
as Sound Circles (2006) ~ a wellness-based program: “Rhythm Workshop”.
RHYTHM FOR NATURE (1-3 hours)
Tailored for any age, the primary purpose of Rhythm for Nature is to generate a rhythmical group energy and send our collective appreciation and love to Nature.
Each session has a theme chosen by the group. We might focus our loving attention on the Sun, for example, on Source, Moon, Water, Air, Plants or Animals. We might focus on sending our love and appreciation to our bodies, the heart, our organs, our trillions of cells.
It is supremely powerful always to make rhythms and vocalize with the words “I love you.”
Whatever the specific group focus may be, participants create short, affirming statements which we then integrate into the energy of rhythm-making, using our voices. Other artful additions could be included, such as free movement, poetry or art making.
There are many options and variations of formats here. Anything is possible.
For example, we could choose to primarily feature girls, young women/women as leading, taking position at the center of the circle, with boys, young men/men taking on a supportive role, in the outside circle.
RHYTHMS IN THE CLASSROOM: For Peaceful Transitions (ages 5-9)
We are excited to announce the launch of our newest program (March 2022) for young children and teachers: Rhythms in the Classroom.
These rhythm activities are just right for times of transition, such as group-time at the start of the day or preparing for moving to lunch or recess or at the end of the day, at dismissal. It could be just the thing to do anytime during the school day where centering, settling, and refocusing is needed.
This program is sure to generate a feeling of group connection and peacefulness. Grounding in the present moment, in the feeling of one’s body.
With children standing, seated cross-legged on the floor in a circle, or seated at tables or desks, the teacher/facilitator leads the group in a fun, engaging adventure of clapping and/or tapping simple, familiar rhythms on knees and other parts of the body. The forms are based in simple, natural 2s, as in walking a 2-step, and in heartbeat patterns.
With the teacher leading — choosing to sing simple songs, chants, or speak rhymes along with the simple patterns heightens the connections and fun.
One of our primary goals is to introduce and teach this modality to teachers, in such a way that it is easy to repeat. With some experience, teachers can “make it their own”. One could choose to blend this activity with the aims of Rhythms for Nature (above).
Lastly, we are excited to once again teach Walk & Breathe Two-Step. This dance-like modality combines the flowing rhythms of walking and breathing, in sync with two stepping.
The program can be stand-alone or combined with any of the above. The method itself is simple. Anyone of any age can easy jump in; with minimal instruction anyone can begin to practice and have fun, feeling the benefits right away.
Please check out our “Walk & Breathe Two-Step” page.
In our all our programming–whether for the very young or older–establishing a circle environment of safety, equality, non-judgement and fun is hugely important for achieving a successful outcome, with smiles, heart connections and positivity blossoming.
There is no such thing as a “rhythm klutz”. We all are naturally rhythmical. Do not believe anyone who says you are not rhythmical. Most especially, do not believe yourself. Truth is–you are wholly and perfectly rhythmical, simply by being alive and human.
We believe that there is enduring truth in the statements: ALL are connected. One is ALL. ALL LIFE is intimately, interdependently related. When making Rhythms together, in a supportive way, our awareness opens up to the power of these truths.
Group Empowerment Rhythms has proven to be an effective wellness and community building modality. Yet not all rhythm circles are alike. Our programming is set apart in that it is solely about freedom of expression; it’s not about creating “proper rhythmical song”.
It is not about rhythm-making, per say. It is about building a healthy relationship with one’s body and mind. It’s about taking an active role in self-care, being responsible for one’s own well-being. We believe that practicing respect and love for self and for others are keys to happiness.
Truly, Group Empowerment Rhythms for any age is about honoring our human relationships–building bridges, improving communication, generating harmony and joy, and choosing Love.
At this time (March 2022) we are scheduling some private, live events and returning to a few of our long-standing client programs. Our primary focus in 2022 is the field of Early Childhood Education, serving children and teachers (grades 1-3), and meeting the wellness needs of Elders (in communities); but we welcome anyone to send an inquiry.
We invite you to reach our way to inquire, to ask us a question, make a comment, or share an insight. Please contact us via email: firstname.lastname@example.org ~~ Thank you.