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Drumming for Emotional Release & Grief Healing

January 27, 2022 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


January 27, 2022
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


CMHA Calgary’s Counselling Department


CMHA Calgary – Main Office
#105, 1040 – 7 Avenue SW
Calgary, Alberta T2P 3G9 Canada
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Every year, over 500 people die by suicide in Alberta. Those left behind are left to navigate an often complex grief process that comes with a loss by suicide. A drum circle is social gathering of individuals sitting in a circle who are all playing drum or percussion instruments to promote wellness, healthy physical activity and socialization.

Throughout this session you will connect with other survivors of suicide loss, learn hand drumming techniques, move through a drumming mindfulness exercise to assist in releasing feelings, validating one’s experience and normalizing your grief and loss experience.

Leading the event will be Alberta Health Services Recreation Therapist, Allen Rees. Allen has been employed with AHS for more years than he cares to admit! He is the co-founder of The Rhythm Project (2012-present) and the AHS Adventure Therapy Program (2004-2011) and is very active in the CBT and the DBT Skills Program. He is passionate about skiing, sailing, backpacking and drumming.

Date: Thursday, January 27, 2022
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm MST
Hosted: In-person at CMHA Calgary
*Proof of vaccination via QR code will be required upon entry. All participants will wear a mask, even while seated. 
Address: #105, 1040 – 7 Avenue SW
Parking: Street parking
Registration Fee: No fee to participate
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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to have anything prepared in advance? 

No. No musical instruments or special music abilities are required.

What are the benefits of Drumming Circle?

  • Experiencing positive emotions such as excitement and gratitude during and after participation
  • Opportunity for fun and learning. Participants enjoy making music with others and learning how to play instruments
  • Promotes cooperation and equal participation
  • Induces relaxation
  • Help promotes calm and awareness
  • Promotes connection among participants
  • Releases negative feelings