Have you ever felt the vibration of a drum beneath your hand? Felt the rhythm flow through your body? Become one with the sound of beating drums? Most people in North America haven't had this amazing opportunity, but students at Mount Royal University, the University of Calgary, and SAIT Polytechnic can experience this for themselves thanks to the Campus Ministry's drum program. 

Each week we offer Open Drum Circles where students join together to create music, community, and experience the power of drumming in an open circle. These drum circles are open to all, and require no previous drumming or musical experience. As we like to say, "Beginners are Welcomed" and will be shown how to drum by one of our highly-experienced, and very friendly, facilitators. The whole experience is navigated by our trained drum circle facilitators, who understand how to ensure every participate has the best experience possible.

Our drum circles are every Tuesday at SAIT, every Wednesday at U of C, and every Thursday at MRU in the Fall and Winter semesters. 


UCalgary Drum Circle

Working in conjunction with the Student Rhythms club, YYC Campus Ministry offers a weekly Drum Circle every Wednesday in the Vitruvian Space (DC12/14) located in the Dining Centre. It runs 4:30 to 6 p.m. and is completely run on a drop-in basis with no further expectations or requirements. All we ask is that people come out, sit down, grab a drum, and experience the exhilarating, healing power of drumming. To learn more about the UCalgary Drum Circle visit us on FacebookThe drum circle also ties into the weekly simple supper, which happens at 6:15 every Wednesday in the Faith and Spirituality Centre in the MacEwan Students Centre. Check out our Simple Supper program to learn more!

Each fall at UCalgary, we also host special Outdoor Drum Circles. As long as the sun is shinning, we will be outdoors drumming. This year, the Outdoor Drum Circles will happen in the last two week of September on the 19, 23, 26, and 30 (each Monday and Friday) from 2 to 5 p.m. These circles happen on the open lawn near the UCalgary C-Train Station. Drumming outdoors brings an entirely different feeling to the circle, with crowds gathering to watch and experience the sound and vibrations, birds and other animals join in the chorus, and nature provides a brilliant backdrop. The feeling of energy coursing through you is amplified by the warmth of the sunlight and drummers can experience a deep connection to creation. Watch the Ministry's Facebook feed or the UCalgary Drum Circle  Facebook feed to know exactly when we will be outdoors, experiencing nature with our drums.

To see all of the drum circle's and everything else YYC Campus Ministry does, check out our Events Calendar here.


MRU Drum Circle

Hosted weekly in the Global Citizens Centre on the third floor of Wyckham House (Z307) the MRU Drum Circle occurs every Thursday from 4 until 6 p.m. The Drum Circle is run on a drop-in basis with no further expectations or requirements asked of those who attend. All we ask is that people come out, sit down, grab a drum, and experience the exhilarating, healing power of drumming. To learn more about the MRU Drum Circle visit us on Facebook! The MRU Drum Circle also features our weekly Simple Supper, where students are given a free meal and the chance to build more community through deep conversation. This normally occurs from 5:00 to 5:45 in the same location.

A special part of our MRU Drum Circles is the monthly Expression Expo! This event began as a way to advertise the drum circle program to the wider masses at MRU and has since grown into an exhibition of talents. Expression Expo! brings together artists from across genres including dancing, raping, singing, spoken word poetry, and drumming. The whole thing also features a special open mic where any and all can show off their skills. We take over Wyckham House on the last Thursday of every month from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Check out the Expression Expo! page under more programs for more info on this widely popular event.

To see all of the drum circle's and everything else YYC Campus Ministry does, check out our Events Calendar here.


SAIT Drum Circle

Our SAIT Drum Circle program is just getting underway. We have hosted a few already, including being a major contributing piece of a student festival in May. We don't yet have a consistent space, but watch for us on the campus. We will be bringing the drums around, ready to enliven your day with music and great people! Watch the Ministry's  Facebook feed to stay up to date on where we are and when! More info to come very soon!

To see all of the drum circle's and everything else YYC Campus Ministry does, check out our Events Calendar here.