Circle of Heroes

What more do I need to say about WolfStone Ranch’s spiritually-based, activist drum circle and musical ensemble than what I’ve already said on my Home page?

Okay, listen… I realize that many of you may already know all about drum circles, but for those who don’t… a drum circle is any group of people playing hand-drums and percussion in a circle… although anything can be used as a percussive instrument, everything from natural objects such as sticks and hollow logs to manmade objects such as buckets, pipes and cans.

There are many purposes for drumming together, including recreational music-making and celebration, personal growth and healing, team-building, and spiritual activism. That is, one can drum together for entertainment, wellness or any prayerful intent… such as drumming for peace or for justice or to save the environment… or to build and strengthen community relationships.

Indigenous cultures around the world have been drumming as medicine for centuries… and now science is documenting what our ancestors have long known. That is, the beat of the drum is one of the most primal sounds of life. And at its simplest, it can connect us with our own heartbeat… as well as the heartbeat of others.

Research has now shown that participating in a drumming circle reduces tension and anxiety… boosts the immune system… accesses the entire brain, and even synchronizes the two cerebral hemispheres… which produces feelings of insight, understanding and integration, thereby creating a sense of connectedness with oneself and with others.

“When we drum together, we create sacred space.” ~ Mickey Hart, drummer for the Grateful Dead

Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart once said, “When we drum together, we create sacred space.” Think about it... When we create sacred space, through the common language of rhythm, we have the potential to dissolve enemy lines… and bring people together for conflict resolution!

And we can start prayer-drumming together, just as soon as a handful of you think you want to get involved with WolfStone Ranch! At first, it’ll be just us… drumming for our own personal healing and to build our own sense of community. But before long, we can start reaching out to others… to share the benefits of drumming together, and to build that sense of community with our family and friends, and beyond… performing at appropriate private or public events. The key word here is “appropriate”…

Because remember, I want Circle of Heroes, WolfStone Ranch’s community drum circle, to be intentionally and meaningfully all about SPIRITUAL ACTIVISM. As I said previously, our drumming will ALWAYS be PRAYER. Now, that actually covers a lot of territory! We can prayer-drum just for personal healing. Or we can prayer-drum for a specific outside cause… for instance, at an event for a particular social-justice issue. But always, when Circle of Heroes performs, whether by ourselves (within the WolfStone Ranch Community) or with others, I want the message to be clear to everyone… we are drumming as prayer, for spiritual goals.

I say this because I’ve had some experience with community drumming, and while I have no problem whatsoever with drumming just for fun and entertainment, that’s not what Circle of Heroes is to be about. Now, my hope and goal would be that every time we drum, it would be fun! Or if that’s not an appropriate emotion for some situations, then it might be more apt to say, I would hope that whenever we drum, it would be “rewarding”.

But bottom line, I want our drumming experience (and later on, our reputation) to be spiritually powerful. I want Circle of Heroes to be able to miraculously open peoples’ hearts and minds… to inspire them to get in touch with their own Sacred Selves, and to get in touch with each other’s Sacred Selves, and from that heart space to become passionate about making the world a better place for all. So I don’t want to ever dilute the potential for powerful healing by ever performing for any purpose other than spiritual activism. Make sense?

Eventually, I want to expand the drum circle into a full musical ensemble, with other instrumentation and singers. I’ve written some prayer songs that I’d like us to perform… and of course, others will want to write prayer songs as well. But this is something that I want to grow “organically” out of our drum circle community, and I don’t want to set up rules here and now. Still, I think I’ll keep my old web page about this, just to give you some idea of my thoughts from when I originally set up my website (back in 2014). This is one of those places you’ll definitely get a different feel between the old way I was thinking and expressing myself… as compared to the new way I’m approaching the mission of WolfStone Ranch! Quite a “sea change”, I think you’ll agree! Read more…

Our Mission

  • Building a Spiritually-Based, Activist Community around the Ethos of Compassionate Treatment of All Animals
  • Creating an Environment that Supports Healing for All Living Beings
  • Canine & Feline Rescue, Rehabilitation and Adoption Within Our Own Growing Community

Contact us:

WolfStone Ranch
Farmington MO 63640
Email • 573.756.1367

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Please Note

WolfStone Ranch is a small, exclusive facility. We are not a typical shelter open to the general public. We do not accept owner surrenders because we are simply not set up to be that kind of rescue operation. Instead, we are able to take in only a small number of “unadoptable” shelter animals in need of intensive rehabilitation. Once we are able to adopt out one of these animals, we are then able to pull another “unadoptable” animal from one of the local shelters so that they can take in more animals in dire need of rescue. With this in mind, we suggest that you contact the Farmington Pet Adoption Center if you need to relinquish an animal (be it your own pet or a stray you’ve picked up). Thank you for your understanding and cooperation!

Links of Interest

Farmington Pet Adoption Center
Humane Society of Missouri
Best Friends Animal Society
KRCU, Public Radio for Southeast Missouri
St. Louis Public Radio News