LAGUNA BEACH, CA—Drum circle members got here early Tuesday to Aliso Seaside to eat pizzas, fly kites and play frisbee. Canine and kids had been settled on blankets, whereas an enormous circle started to type leaving area to bop within the center. The drummers simply stored arriving, in order that the circle grew ever bigger as nightfall grew to become twilight then night time.
Could 26, 2021 was an auspicious date to attend the month-to-month drum circle. Not solely was Could’s full moon a supermoon, however a lunar eclipse had taken place within the early morning hours.
Sadly, the skies remained overcast all alongside the coast, obscuring the viewing.
Djembe drums predominated, however percussion devices of each sort materialized. Flutes, a guitar, a marimba-like setup and the human voice joined the rhythms. A welcoming ambiance prevailed. One man supplied every particular person within the circle freshly picked mulberries earlier than unpacking his flute and 18-inch buffalo-skin hand drum.
A girl handed out sage she had grown to everybody who wished a bunch, saying it took a month to arrange.
“Do you wish to get saged?” requested one other, who bathed anybody who stated sure in cleaning sage smoke.
Due to COVID restrictions on the seashore, there was no blazing fireplace ring to collect round this yr.
Throughout regular occasions, Aliso Seaside is the one stretch of sand in Laguna the place fires are permitted. However, the drum circle should go on. A central field held 4 glowing lights on its corners, burning sage and incense, and a pretend palm tree lit by colourful string lights.
The drum circle unfolds organically.
It isn’t fairly clear when it begins or who begins it, however earlier than you already know it, one thing clicks alongside the ring. An consciousness of time melts away and individuals are up and dancing with tambourines or glowing objects in hand.
An achieved dancer arrayed in a number of skirts and swooping shawls mesmerized these current.
It is all about listening.
The drumming takes a journey, builds and abruptly involves a end with out a conductor. After a short silence, everybody applauds in recognition. Then somebody begins a brand new beat, and the cycle rebegins.
The following full moon is on June 24. Deliver a shaker, and remember to pay for parking.
For extra about life in Laguna Seaside, or to make a narrative suggestion, electronic mail Lisa.Black@patch.com.