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Registered: 05/24/08
Posts: 1,700
Women I know who have cancer are in a Djembe Drum Circle and say it is so helpful.  They get some "exercise", meet others, but mostly it is the rhythms that helps them.  They find that they are less tired and feel so much better after drumming.

Betty, since you like music and have been feeling depressed I wondered if you would consider joining a drum circle and drumming in a group.

Many years ago (probably about 12 years ago) I remember an old musician telling me that he had cancer, but he said that drumming boosted the cells that attacked and killed his cancer.  He said he'd started others drumming and it helped them heal from cancer too.  I don't know if there is any science to support this, but from what I heard from the women in the Drum Circle it is really enjoyable and "life-giving".  Maybe it could help you Betty.

Registered: 03/24/09
Posts: 1,680
That's a wonderful idea, Lu.  I'll look into it. 

I've always loved the sound of the Vibraphone.  I think I'd like to learn to play that too.

Live your Bliss

Registered: 03/13/04
Posts: 4,214
Christine Stevens <>

christine does drumming retreats all over the world
also dr. barry bittman of ecap has done much work and studies of drumming benefits
get one and do it

bernie siegel

Registered: 03/10/04
Posts: 4,169
I have been a drum circle facilitator for several years.  I learned to drum from Christine and Barry.  It's fun, you can express your emotions freely, beat the he** out of your cancer cells, name it.  Drums cost around $100.00 and most music stores have them for sale.  You can also order them from Remo Drums.  Try it and you won't be disappointed.

A drum kit with a CD is available on the ECaP website  The CD is great and you can play along with it.  Keith Siegel also sells drums at his store in Simsbury, CT.  His email address is on the website.

Go for it!

Wishing you love & peace,


Registered: 09/24/10
Posts: 8
I agree and heartily endorse drum circles. Usually beginners are welcome. And the leader will usually take some time to do some basic teaching. The djembe is an easy drum to play. There are only 3 basic tones.
There is something about playing with others in a circle that has a wonderful connecting and healing effect. It's like a musical support group, but it's more than that. I often feel connected to not only the other drummers in the room with me, but a whole stream of drummers in many other places and times. It's hard to describe, but it is not an unusual experience. Somehow it affects you consciousness on a very healing level. 

I've found drum circles in my area using meetup on the Internet. Many drum circles announce their next gathering on meetup, at least in New England.

By the way, I'm new here and I so much appreciate the wisdom of this group. You are truly exceptional. Now I have something else to be grateful to Bernie for in addition to his wonderful books.

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