Drumming the I Ching

Welcome to Drumming the I Ching!

The I Ching, or Book of Change, is a 5,000-year-old indigenous oracle meant to connect us with nature and the spirit world.  Drumming it synchronizes the various areas of the brain, allowing us to take in its wisdom more fully.  Although any drum can be used, I’ve optimized the rhythms for the frame drum a 5,000-year-old trance technology, with rich overtones that deepen our access to inner and communal wisdom.

In this 4-week class, you’ll learn the eight trigram rhythms at the heart of the I Ching.  Drumming these eight rhythms aligns you with all aspects of the cycle of change, enhancing your relationship to what is (aka, reality) and opening you to wisdom beyond your logical, individual mind.

What:  Four sessions, 75 mins each

When:  Tuesdays at noon Pacific time:October 5, 12, 19 and 26.

Cost: $75.00

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Course Pillars:

  • Musical knowledge is not necessary for this practice.  If you can breathe, you can hold a rhythm.
  • We’ll use call and response drills to help you embody the rhythms and build confidence and power.
  • We’ll drill each rhythm at various speeds and give options for advanced students.  You won’t get left behind and you won’t get bored.
  • The meanings of each rhythm will be wrapped into a guided meditation at the end of each session
  • Questions and requests (such as, SLOW DOWN, PLEASE!) are welcome at any time.
  • We’ll have fun, get tranced out, get deep, and learn something you can keep.

What you need:  Time to practice (5-10mins a day will do) and a frame drum that you can hold comfortably on your lap.  14-18 inches is a good size, but I’ve done this with 12 and 13 inch drums too.  (Email me with questions.)

Week One 

Review THUNDER and MOUNTAIN; add FIRE and WATER (top hand pah); linkages; guided meditation on FIRE and WATER; audio track for practicing.

Week Two

Review THUNDER, MOUNTAIN, FIRE, WATER; add WIND and LAKE (brushing); linkages and play all six; guided meditation on WIND and LAKE; audio track for practicing.

Week Three

Review THUNDER, MOUNTAIN, FIRE, WATER, WIND, LAKE; add HEAVEN AND EARTH (3 against 4); linkages and play all eight;  guided meditation on HEAVEN AND EARTH; audio track for practicing.

Week Four

Review all 8 rhythms and their linkages for the King Wen arrangement; guided meditation on all eight trigrams; Demo-review of the ways to use the trigrams:  Individually, in pairs, the four directions, the King Wen Arrangement, Drumming an I Ching reading, how to use with clients; audio track for practicing.

Come join us!