Arjan Lin Kirtan drumming with Lemia Astarabadi, Joshua Bowser, and Karen Seva of The Conscious Groove

Drumming Therapy is a method of utilizing the natural power of rhythm and sound and applying it to an individual or group for the purpose of healing. A truly holistic healing approach, group drumming breaks down social barriers, promotes freedom of expression, non-verbal communication, unity and cooperation. Drumming awakens dormant emotions and unexplainable feelings of excitement, peace, and ecstacy, elevates our mood, decreases anxiety and stress, and it boosts immune system functioning and benefits physical health.

Drumming opens our hearts to higher vibrations allowing for deeper connection with own energy and also to connect with others around us. Group drumming enhances our sense of empowerment and stimulates our creative expressive sides providing an authentic experience of unity and physiological synchronicity.

Therapeutic Effects of Drumming *

  • Drumming Reduces Tension, Anxiety, and Stress
  • Drumming Helps Control Chronic Pain
  • Drumming Boosts the Immune System
  • Drumming Produces Deeper Self-Awareness by Inducing Synchronous Brain Activity
  • Drumming Accesses the Entire Brain
  • Drumming Induces Natural Altered States of Consciousness
  • Drumming Creates a Sense of Connectedness with Self and Others
  • Drumming Provides a Secular Approach to Accessing a Higher Power
  • Drumming Releases Negative Feelings, Blockages, and Emotional Trauma
  • Drumming Places One in the Present Moment
  • Drumming Provides a Medium for Individual Self-Realization

Djembe Fuslion
Arjan Lin member of Djembe Fusion drum ensemble

Djembe Fusion video at CHIA Annual Conference

There is a growing body of research on the therapeutic effects of group drumming. Barry B. Bittman, MD has published some ground-breaking studies showing the benefits to the immune system, stress levels and mood.

Study Published in the National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine

Study: Composite effects of group drumming music therapy on modulation of neuroendocrine-immune parameters in normal subjects

Results: Group drumming resulted in increased dehydroepiandrosterone-to-cortisol ratios, increased natural killer cell activity, and increased lymphokine-activated killer cell activity without alteration in plasma interleukin 2 or interferon-gamma, or in the Beck Anxiety Inventory and the Beck Depression Inventory II.

Conclusions: Drumming is a complex composite intervention with the potential to modulate specific neuroendocrine and neuroimmune parameters in a direction opposite to that expected with the classic stress response.


Laguna Drum Circle

Laguna Drum Circle

The Laguna Beach Drum Circle is a informal organic monthly event that encourages musicians, dancers, singers to come together under the full moon at the ocean.

  • The gathering is from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm.
  • Aliso Creek County Beach is located in South Laguna at 31131 Coast Highway
  • Metered parking in the adjacent lot
  • Another parking lot across the street and a underground pedestrian tunnel
  • Please follow public safety measures in the area

2018 Full Moon Drum Circle

Monday, January 1st
Wednesday, January 31st
Thursday, March 1st
Saturday, March 31st
Sunday, April 29th
Tuesday, May 29th
Wednesday, June 27th
Friday, July 27th
Saturday, August 25th
Monday, September 24th
Wednesday, October 24th
Friday, November 23rd
Saturday, December 22nd

Laguna Full Moon drumming at Aliso Beach, Laguna Beach, CA