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About Drum & Dance

A Place for Rhythms & Movement
Garden of Healing Yoga & Wellness is a beautiful space that would make a great setting for anyone looking to start a local group of students, looking for intimate performance space, or looking to be part of a growing drum & dancde community.
I realized my passion for and reconnection with drumming when I met Marla Leigh Goldstein & Carolyn Koebel @ one of Raquy Danziger’s retreats in the Catskills. I still consider myself a novice but I opened this center with the intention of doing more of the things I love & offering that to others. Drum and dance an integral part of how we explore life, love and Self at the Garden!
We welcome you to visit us at the center or at a local event.
See below for our in-house & off-site offerings and feel free to contact me at agardenofhealing@gmail.com.
Peace, Love & Light to all!
Bharati Carla

Happiness is…North American Frame Drum Conference, 2011. Grafton VT. Found my happy place!

Soul-Shining RhythmsIt goes without saying what a deep visceral and spiritual experience it can be when you are surrounded by rhythms. We very much want this to be part of the experience of coming to our center.

Musical Accompaniment Wanted!We invite hand drummers and other acoustic artists to play live music during asana classes. Come for a visit and we’ll happily treat you to a chair massage or Biomat anti-stress therapy! Call Bharati Carla @ 732-745-9642 to arrange a visit.

Monthly Drum n Dance CircleEvery 2nd Saturday we are thrilled to host a Drum n Dance circle for seasoned players and rhythm enthusiasts alike! We occasionally are treated to world-renowned artists who share their style- providing a taste of drumming from all around the world. $5 donation; bring a drum or contact us if you need to borrow one. Find the Hub City Drum & Dance group on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1516764381900842/.

Strummin n Drummin Yoga Series- Yoga w/ Live MusicYoga class with live music accompaniment. March 2013 was the first in the series, with Antar G. on acoustic guitar. Heavenly! Then Ismail of Wind of Anatolia played the long-neck baglama saz in April followed Jim Davidson with Sufi drumming in May. The tradition of live music during practice has continued since with various forms of drumming, jazz, sitar, tabla & ukelele! Check our events calendar for dates.

Middle Eastern Drumming Classes- Feb. 2013First Drumming Class! Just back from his trip to Turkey, Rami El Aasser came to do a series of Middle Eastern drumming classes. www.ramitabla.com

Live Drums @ Monthly Community DayEvery 4th Friday is Community Day, where classes are FREE w/ a food pantry donation. This is also a day to enjoy samples of Chair Massage, Biomat Therapy, Healthy Foods and live music, like these awesome local faves Ras Ujima & Wahkiba from Black Circle Symphony Drummers!

Afro-Cuban Drumming w/ Ras Ujima- July 2014Well-respected in the music scene for his passion for playing & teaching, Ras Ujima offers lessons in hand drums including congas and djembes! 3 weeks only! Tues nights & Sat afternoons.

Belly Dance w/ Donna- Summer 2014Join Donna from Drum & Dance Learning Center to learn new dances, have fun and burn calories!

Frame Drum Workshop w/ Alessandra Belloni- June 2014World-renowned frame drum artist Alessandra Belloni and learn to play this ancient instrument traditionally used in rituals and storytelling. Followed by Hoop Dance Drum Circle and Poetry, Drum n Dance Night performances!

Daughters of Cybele Solstice Performance- June 2014Alessandra and her amazing dancers return for a high-spirited trance dance n drum show to celebrate the shifting energies and seasons!

Dancing Mindfulness starts Spring 2014Dancing Mindfulness is a chance for self-discovery in a non-judgmental environment that requires no previous knowledge of dance or mindfulness. Classes combine dance, yoga, music, and meditation to form a safe space to heal and grow. Led by local resident & certified DM instructor Holly Ann Rivera!

Frame Drum Workshop + Performance w/ Marla Leigh- April 2014Part of our Anniversary Celebration + Charity Fundraiser! Learn about this ancient instrument, used in many rituals, storytelling & special events. Learn to “speak” rhythms and easily create your own! Then enjoy a drum meditation & performance by Marla! No experience nec. Part of all proceeds will benefit Freehold Yoga Center & Peaceweavers!

2nd Annual Peace, Love n’ Drums Celebration of Love- Feb. 22, 2014Inviting all types of loving relationships- Partner Yoga in the morning… Special Energy Meditation in the afternoon… Single + Couples Massage packages… Drum n’ Dance performance in the evening with all manor of world drums, dance & poetry from great local artists!

Autumn Equinox Drum + Dance Concert- Sept. 2013The culmination of a week-long celebration of the changing seasons, which included special classes, meditations to facilitate transformation. An awesome night with Brazilian & West African drumming, Belly Dance, Spoken Word, and an amazing drum meditation and all-out jam session facilitated by the most fabulous Marla Leigh!

Frame Drum Workshop- Fall 2013Marla Leigh Goldstein is a Los Angeles based professional Percussionist, Flautist, Composer and Educator, who specializes in the ancient Mediterranean frame drum. As a signature artist of Cooperman Drum Company, she is a well-recognized teacher and performer in the world of frame drumming, and has created a unique approach both in playing and in teaching this instrument. In addition to the frame drum, Marla also plays Indian Tabla, Kanjira, African Dgembe, Djun Djun, Brekete, Middle Eastern Riq, Dunbeck, and a hybrid world percussion set. Marla will treat us to a frame drumming workshop and live concert. Details to come! www.marlaleigh.com

Belly Dance- Summer 2013Channelle joined us for 4 weeks of Belly Dance classes. What a workout and what a treat!

Rhythm is the Cure Workshop- June & July 2013Chanting, drums & dance with world-renowned Alessandra Belloni! Alessandra returned for a drumming workshop in her famous tamburello style!

Summer Solstice Concert with Daughters of Cybele- June 21, 2013 7p

Magic of Kirtan & Raga Tour- May 26, 2013This will be a magical one-of-a-kind evening blending instruments from around the world in community. Don’t miss these master musicians form Chennai India who will bring a life long depth and understanding of Indian classical music to the groove and sweetness of kirtan. Infused with the magic of the hang ( drum related to the steel pans of Trinidad) and the beautiful vocals of Carrie we are sure to be transported into the depth of musical ecstasy! www.johndekadt.com

Yoga & Kirtan w/ Girish- Apr. 20, 21 2013Part of our Opening Celebration Week!! World-famous chant artist/singer/songwriter/producer/tabla player/former monk/jazz musician Girish brings his awesome rhythms and sound to the Garden! www.girishmusic.com First on Sat. 4/20 it’s a Jai Ma Mother Earth Day Yoga class w/ Bharati and music by Girish ($20 advance; $25 at door). Then later that evening he brings the band for a bhakti kirtan concert @ 7pm ($20 advance; $25 at door). Finally, for those who want to expand their chant practice, Girish will host a Chant Workshop on Sun. 4/21 @ 11am ($40 advance; $45 at door). Not to be missed! Tickets on sale 3/22/13.

Bharata Natyam Performance- Apr. 13, 14 2013Part of our Opening Celebration Week!!! South Indian Classical Dance performance on Sat. Apr. 13; followed by a workshop on Sun Apr. 14th. Performed by Bharata Natyam for New Audiences, NY. www.dakshinapalli.com. Performance is $16 in advance; $20 at the door. Workshop is $25. Performance + Workshop = $40. Purchase tickets at the Register Online page.

5 Rhythms Dance- Mar. 20135 Rhythms is a moving meditation practice developed over 30 years ago by Gabrielle Roth. It is a holistic improvisational dance practice that explores 5 Rhythms- flowing, staccato, chaos, lyrical and stillness. No right or wrong- just freedom of movement, expression & interpretation. Amazingly liberating! There is no fee for this class; donations are accepted. Class taught by Nancy Genatt who has studied 5 Rhythms since 2001. Nancy brings humor, passion & permission to her teaching. http://www.gabrielleroth.com/