BG with Frame Drum, 4,000 Year Old Torhouse Stone Circle, Newton Stewart, Scotland, Jeff's deep ancestral lands

Women, Rhythm & Ritual: October Full Moon Temple
Wednesday, October 24, 6:30-8:30pm

The Full Moon is the perfect time for women to gather in a circle to ReConnect, ReVise, ReNew, ReCenter, & ReSet. Each month’s unique theme inspires your facili-guide, Barbara Gail, who weaves a thoughtfully crafted woman-only experience, fusing The Drum, The Song, & The Dance. In Ceremony & Celebration, it’s an alchemy of Rhythm, Movement, & Sound, the Earth’s Elements, & the Healing Arts.

This month’s event will be held at Beach Life Wellness in Nokomis, & will be assisted by 2 Reiki Masters & Massage Therapists, JoEllyn Bavosa & Lana DeVetorri.

THEME FOR OCTOBER: Behind the Veil: The Ancestors

The What to Wear, What to Know, & What to Bring list is specific to each ritual, so please read it

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Zen Awakening 2018

Sacred Fire Drum Circle Ceremony & Workshops: Zen Awakening 2018
Friday, Saturday, Sunday, November 16, 17, 18, 2018

Held at The Forever Florida Recreation Park, 4755 N Kenansville Rd., St Cloud, FL 34773

Zen Awakening Festival, happening November 16th – 18th, 2018, is a transformational, music & arts festival featuring DJ’s, Bands, Yoga, Meditation, Spiritual Teachers, Holistic Teachers, Cirque Performers, Flow Dancers, Drum Circle, Group Chants, Fire Performers, Central Fire, Healing Sanctuary, Workshops, Theme Campsites, Permaculture, Kirtan, Camping, Organic Food Vendors & Art Installations.

Barbara Gail will be teaching a Priestess Frame Drumming Workshop & a Dance of the Elements Workshop, leading the Sacred Fire Opening Ceremony, & leading a Rhythmic Wisdom Clearing Meditation. Joining her to assist are Master Healers JoEllyn Bavosa & Lana DeVettori.

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Greek Priestesses with Frame Drums, circa 420 BCE

Women, Rhythm & Ritual: November Full Moon Temple
Friday, November 23, 6:30-8:30pm
This month’s location is a private home, Nokomis area.

Under the bright sky of the Full Moon is the perfect time for Women to gather in a Circle to ReConnect, ReVise, ReNew, ReCenter, & ReSet.

Each month’s unique temple experience holds a new theme for deep inner growth & healing, inspiring your facili-guide, Barbara Gail, to weave a thoughtfully crafted woman-only event, that fuses The Drum, The Song, & The Dance. In Ceremony & Celebration, your experience will be an alchemy of Rhythm, Movement, & Sound, the Earth’s Elements, & the Healing Arts.

The What to Wear, What to Bring list is specific to each ritual, so please read it…

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Zentangle, a personal practice of drawing meditation.

Introduction to Zentangle with Holly Williams, Czt
Friday, November 30, 6-8pm
At The Rhythm Inlet, north end Nokomis, Tamiami Trail, west side

Would you like to learn a relaxing, meditative drawing process that anyone can do?
Would you like to learn a method of art to apply to your existing creative journey?
Are you looking for a new creative outlet even if you think that you “are not creative”?

Zentangle is an easy to learn method of creating beautiful images from repetitive patterns. It’s a fascinating art form that’s fun & relaxing.

Some of the benefits of Zentangle:

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Moonrise: Daughters of an Ancient Pulse, Summer Solstice, Portland, Maine, 1999

Priestess Frame Drumming: a Workshop for our Winter Solstice Event
with Barbara Gail

NOTE! Change of Location! Please call to register for new address!
Saturday, December 15, 2:15-3:30pm.
Followed by Winter Solstice rehearsal from 4-6pm.

$15 in advance by December 13; $20 after December 13.
Frame drums will be provided for your use & will be available for purchase.
Limited to 16 women.

The drumming priestess was the intermediary between divine & human realms. Aligning herself with sacred rhythms, she acted as summoner & transformer, invoking divine energy & transmitting it to the community. 
~ Layne Redmond

Throughout the Ancient Mediterranean World, women were the primary percussionists, the frame drum…

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DrumRise! The Art of Women's Drumming

Rehearsal for DrumRise! Winter Solstice
Saturday, December 15; 4-6pm.

All women drummers are invited to join Barbara Gail for “DrumRise! The Art of Women’s Drumming” rehearsal for the Winter Solstice Ceremony, planned for tomorrow, Sunday, December 16. Any woman, of any playing level, who wishes to participate in our drum & percussion ensemble for this beautiful & moving event, will…

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DrumRise! The Art of Women's Drumming, preparing to perform at Winter Solstice, 2016, photo JoEllyn Bavosa

Winter Solstice Ceremony: Enter Darkness, Return to Light
Sunday, December 16
Arrival 5pm, Service 5:30pm

NOTE! Change of location! The field at Nokomis Community Park, Nippino Trail E, Nokomis. Access overflow parking lot using Nash Ave, to the right of the building, which also looks out to the field.

Join Barbara Gail & her group, DrumRise! The Art of Women’s Drumming, in a circle for a memorable & meaningful participatory event that honors the the longest night of the year & the growing daylight. We’ll clear away the old & that which no longer serves, preparing fresh ground for the garden of new intentions. Bless the…

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"The Songs of Joy", painting by James Jacques Joseph Tissot (French, 1836-1902) at the Jewish Museum, New York, depicting Miriam the Prophetess Leading Women. Many of the paintings by Tissot feature female framedrummers, particularly in the context of processions of the Ark of the Covenant.

Southern Sierra Goddess Gathering: Priestess Frame Drumming & Ritual
with Barbara Gail
January 11-14, 2019, Oceanside, California

Barbara is excitedly preparing to be a presenter at the Southern Sierra Goddess Gathering outside San Diego. She’ll offer a Women’s Priestess Frame Drumming Workshop, then co-create transformational rituals along with the other workshop leaders.

This year’s theme is We’re all Queen Bees in the Honey Hive, & features the Yoruba Goddess, Oshun. Blending experiential practices that elevate & inspire, this promises to be a transformative weekend!

The drumming priestess was the intermediary between divine & human realms. Aligning herself with sacred rhythms, she acted as summoner & transformer, invoking divine energy & transmitting it to the community. 
~ Layne Redmond

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Yoga Friends with Miss Barbara at Earth Task Crew Camp, 2015

Yoga Friends Hour For Kids Ages 4 thru 8
Saturdays: January 19 thru May 11 (no class February 2); 1-2pm
Authentic Fusion Yoga & Wellness: 101 W Venice Ave, Ste 24 (2nd floor), on Venice Island

The Message is in the Movement, the Magic is in the Music!

Children will enjoy happy, healthy fun in Miss Barbara’s Yoga Friends classes. They’re music-based, child-centered & energetic, & include inspired movement, songs, & magic yoga-mat rides. Most classes children can take home their cute & inspiring toy props for at-home yoga play with friends & family.

Together we’ll learn yoga postures, breathing & relaxation techniques, & develop coordination, flexibility, focus, strength & balance, while cultivating creativity, cooperation, kindness,

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My first Zentangle tile!

Introduction to Zentangle® with Holly Williams, Czt
Saturday, January 26, 2019; 11am-1:30pm

At Seven Oaks in Nokomis, a private residence. Address given upon registration.

Would you like to learn a relaxing, meditative drawing process that anyone can do? Would you like to learn a method of art to apply to your existing creative journey? Are you looking for a new creative outlet even if you think that you “aren’t creative”?

Zentangle® is an easy-to-learn method of creating beautiful images from repetitive patterns. It’s a fascinating art form that’s fun & relaxing.

Some of the benefits of Zentangle:
** Increases focus & creativity
** Reduces stress
** Provides artistic satisfaction
** Increases sense of personal wellbeing

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Barbara presenting at The Women's Meditation Group, Sarasota, 2016

New Moon Rhythmic Wisdom Meditation for Women
Friday, February 1, 2019; 6:30pm

Join a room full of women for this unique opportunity to experience a New Moon Rhythmic Clearing Meditation, InnerVision DrumJourney, & Empowering Drum Circle, all led by Drumming Priestess Barbara Gail.

The first named female drummer known was Lipushiau, the highest ranking Priestess in the city-state of Ur, in Mesopotamia, around 2380 B.C.E. Throughout the Ancient…

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Heather & Barbara's wonderful, magical reunion in August, 2018!

Women’s Lunar New Year Temple, with Heather Pierson & Barbara Gail
Tuesday, February 5, 2019; 6:30-8:30pm

But First, the Backstory: Summer Serendipity in New Hampshire 
While Barbara & Jeff were traveling in the White Mountains in August, 2018, Barbara was magically reunited with her uber-talented musician friend, Heather Pierson, with whom she used to play in The Leah Wolfsong Band, back in 2000, in Maine.

It was during their 2-night stay in Gorham. On their first night…

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BG Leading Summer Solstice, 2017, with Space Holders Robin Tanzzi, JoEllyn Bavosa, & Cat Randall

Women, Rhythm, & Ritual: Goddess of the Summer Solstice
Friday, June 21, 2019

Arrival 7pm, 7:15pm ritual

Join Barbara Gail & friends Cat Randall, JoEllyn Bavosa, & Lana De Vattori, gathering in a circle of women on the beach at sunset, for a Special, Annual Event that includes a Healing Drum Temple, Circle Dances, & SongChants. In Ceremony & Celebration of the mid-point of the year, this participatory experience welcomes all women & teen girls. We embrace Yemaya, Mother Goddess of the Sea, in a flowing ritual of music & movement that assists in healing, clearing, &…

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Moonrise: Daughters of an Ancient Pulse, Summer Solstice, Portland, Maine, 1999

Priestess Frame Drumming: a Workshop for our Winter Solstice Event
with Barbara Gail

Saturday, December 14,2019;  2:15-3:30pm.
Followed by Winter Solstice rehearsal from 4-6pm.

At Seven Oaks, a private Nokomis residence. Address given upon registration.

After learning the basic strokes of the drum, we’ll learn how to play in a beautiful, magical, spiritual, rhythmic procession.

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DrumRise! The Art of Women's Drumming

Rehearsal for DrumRise! Winter Solstice
Saturday, December 14, 2019; 4-6pm.

All women drummers are invited to join Barbara Gail for DrumRise! The Art of Women’s Drumming rehearsal for Enter Darkness, Return to Light: a Ritual for Winter Solstice, planned for tomorrow, Sunday, December 15.

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DrumRise! The Art of Women's Drumming, preparing to perform at Winter Solstice, 2016, photo JoEllyn Bavosa

Enter Darkness, Return to Light: a Ritual for Winter Solstice
Sunday, December 15, 2019
Arrival 5:15pm, Ritual 5:30pm

Nokomis location TBA

Join Barbara Gail & her group, DrumRise! The Art of Women’s Drumming, in the circle for a memorable & meaningful participatory event that honors the the longest night of the year & the growing daylight. We’ll clear away the old & that which no longer serves, preparing fresh ground for the garden of new intentions. Bless the…

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BG & her Djembe, Wellness Fest 2009

Beginner Djembe Hand-drumming: Learn to Play the W. African Drum!
Next one TBA

Plus a free extra event the week after our last day!

Learn to play the most popular hand-drum! Barbara Gail is a teacher’s teacher, & has been instructing djembe students ages pre-teens to eighty-somethings, since 1996. With a focus on hand technique & teaching rhythm patterns sequentially, she masterfully helps you find your place in the beat & play as a multi-rhythmic ensemble. Perfect for raw beginners, drum circle enthusiasts, & folks with some exposure to drumming who

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Jonesin' at The Djembe Djam
Jonesin' at The Djembe Djam

Djembe Djam: For All Past & Present Beginner Djembe Graduates
Next one TBA, after the next Beginner Djembe 8-week Series

Welcome ALL of Barbara’s students from past classes to join the current Beginner Djembe Graduates, for a jam on the DrumSongs Joyla & Djembe Rumba!

Even if you don’t remember them, or haven’t drummed in a long time, I’ll get you back up on that bike for your joyful ride into rhythm. We’ll briefly review each part, adding…

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