Summer has arrived and many will partake in numerous activities to kick-off their summer. The Summer Solstice celebrates the longest day and the shortest night of the year in our northern hemisphere. On June 20, The Joshua Tree Retreat Center at the Metaphysics is celebrating a community drum circle. Performing the midsummer gathering is a well-known Joshua Tree percussionist, Sam Sloneker.

Studies have shown drumming has a myriad of benefits. Drumming is expressive, artistic, engaging, stress relieving, and maintains emotional balance. It will help strengthen your immune system too. Drumming groups also facilitates your being connected with your community. It will give one a sense of belonging and rapport with others.

The summer solstice has been celebrated for centuries by a wide variety of cultures and is a special time. Some believe it is a great time to set and clarify personal intentions for your summer. This day is also coupled by Tuesdays’ New Moon and is an auspicious time for new beginnings. Sloneker says, “I’m really looking forward to our welcoming in summer by drumming together under our clear and beautiful desert sky. Our drum circles are always a lot of fun. Come and play with us in celebration of this awesome time and bring your friends and family to join in the merriment.”

Come feel the freedom of expression through drumming. If you’d you like to participate you are highly encouraged to bring drums, shakers, tambourines and any other instrument you’d like to share. Many instruments will be available to musicians. Come one, come all to a gathering that will leave you feeling calm, yet simultaneously invigorated for the summer.


This is a community event and there is no charge. However, a suggested donation of $5.00 per participant or $10.00 per family is appreciated. Drumming begins at 7pm and the fun continues until 9pm. Begin the summer to the beat of your own drum.
For those of you who read us online on Wednesdays, you still have time to make this event. For those who pick up the paper in print on Thursday, there is a drum circle held once a month throughout the summer that you can participate in.

For additional information, contact: Joshua Tree Retreat Center (760) 365-8371 or
Drummer, Sam Sloneker (760) 366-9081,

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