Gwen Tuinman is a novelist, born and raised in rural southern Ontario. Fascinated by the landscape of human tenacity, she writes about people navigating the social restrictions of their era. Her storytelling is influenced by an interest in bygone days. As a mentor, she helps women writers to shed emotional armour so they can reclaim their self-expression, dream bigger and learn to guide themselves through new creative risks. Gwen lives in the Kawartha Lakes region with her husband. Her forthcoming novel will be published in the spring of 2024 by Random House Canada.
October 23, 2014 at 4:39 pm
Connecting with source. heart beat, drum beat, Earth’s eternal rhythm
So good to see this post Gwen, thank you for stopping in
October 23, 2014 at 5:09 pm
Absolutely. I had the chance to play a bit today. Loved it. I have a friend who makes drums, moccasins and rattles. We just spent time together on a hike in the woods, so the thought of drums was fresh in my mind.
October 24, 2014 at 1:03 pm
Wonderful photos, so rich in history, emotion and cultural legacy. I attended the Green Citizen Day at Seneca College on Tuesday and was enthralled to hear the presentation of Native environmentalist and Aquatic Specialist, Gary Pritchard. His discussion of our connectedness to the earth, to our past and future was deeply moving and resonant. A walk in the woods is what we all need. It will cure a lot of ills.
October 25, 2014 at 10:13 am
Thank you sharing that, Sally. Have you ever participated in a drum circle or attended one? The beat is experienced at a much deeper level than just hearing; it passes through your body. A walk in the woods is rejuvenating regardless the season. It’s one of my favourite things to do.
October 25, 2014 at 12:28 pm
Wonderful photos Gwen. I’ve never attended a drum circle, though recently started meditating with some recorded shamanic drum beats.
October 26, 2014 at 8:04 am
Shamanic drum beats. How fascinating. I hadn’t heard of this before but I’m very interested. Do you find this on ITunes or did you discover it at a store?
October 28, 2014 at 4:37 pm
I actually bought a book on shamanism and it came with a link to the recording on the author’s website – http://www.prehistoricshamanism.com. They’re just a couple of very simple 10 minute tracks. I loaded them onto my ipod and use them that way.
October 28, 2014 at 5:08 pm
Thanks Andrea! I’ll definitely check that out.
October 27, 2014 at 10:25 pm
What an intriguing set of photos!
October 30, 2014 at 7:47 am
Love all these photos. Fascinating window on this culture and history.
October 30, 2014 at 7:37 pm
Wonderful comments on a fascinating subject. I have attended a number of native ceremonies and the drum circles definitely resonate. Ezra Annes Inn in Whitby holds drum circles every Friday night. A perfect setting for a spiritual experience.
October 30, 2014 at 8:21 am
Brett, have you ever participated in a drum circle? About two years ago, I took part in a circle with about 5o people. It was amazing. You can feel the beat go right through you. Just amazing. A definite must do for the bucket list:)