Taketina Rhythm Workshops/Events With Greg Burrows

Taketina is a group rhythm process/experience, offered in a workshop format [single afternoon/evening or multi-day], which enables anyone—from complete musical beginners to experienced professionals—to experience rhythm in a profound new way. It is not only a new model of non-linear learning, but has been clearly shown (as recent research results now prove) the potential to have beneficial, healing effects on participants’ lives.

Taketina: Groove, joy, group connection [in an era where we are becoming more and more alienated from one another, even when in the same room or dinner table], intense stirring up, bursts of laughter or release...as well as: real serenity and inner quiet. All in one event or gathering? Quite possibly, yes!

In 2003, Greg completed Advanced level teacher training with Reinhard and Cornelia Flatischler on the USA West Coast. He and many of his colleagues now offer all-day, 2- or 3-day (or longer) workshops in the US, Canada, Europe, Australia, and Brazil.

Single or weekly 2- or 3-hour formats are also possible. Repeating weekly groups are a great way to derive even more from these amazing, expansive (and potentially healing) rhythm events if booking a full 3-day workshop, for example, is not an option for you.Contact Greg to set up a rhythm event in your community or with any questions you may have, or visit the Events page on this website for info on upcoming workshops.Greg has led Taketina workshops in New York City, New England, Estonia, and Canada (Ottawa) and regularly plays surdo drum for his colleagues’ events.

What is a Taketina rhythm gathering like?

Imagine walking into a large, open room on a beautiful springtime morning, with sun filtering through the trees just outside the large windows. The space is large enough for a medium or large yoga group or dance class.

About 20 people (more or less) are gathered in a circle around a person playing a somewhat large bass drum strapped onto her shoulders—a surdo drum. On this drum she is playing a simple pulsation that is guiding the gentle rhythmic stepping of the group—and the sound of the ankle bells worn by this drummer add sparkle and clarity to the beat. The drum has a warm, inviting resonance.

You notice the sound of voices: the people are chanting or rhythmically, speaking a series of repeating, unrecognizable “words” — syllables, or a sort of mantra? — yet doing so together, united in their voices, stepping, and gentle group movement. You feel an almost magnetic, irresistible urge to join this circle, and so you do.

Finding your way into this brew of pulsation and voices, you immediately notice that a second person inside the circle, a sort of leader or guide, is walking around, speaking, inviting, building up layers of added elements into this mysterious brew. One by one, some claps are added, and before you know it, all members of this newly formed ‘tribe’ are falling in to this journey of discovering rhythm.

On one side of the circle a person burst out laughing, while in another part of the circle somebody has an exasperated look and throws his hands up—not to worry, as any negative feelings or thoughts of “I can’t do this” [or whatever may come up] will have plenty of time and space to melt away.

As time passes and the energy builds in the rhythm and in the group, a couple of participants lay down inside the circle on the floor or sit on the side of the room, taking a rest and maybe later, rejoining—but all of these people are somehow joined as one in rhythm, whether expressing it directly or not.

Over an hour or so passes, but who knows how long it’s been going? Your sense of linear time has vanished. Your group’s energy and sound have now built up collectively to nearly the boiling point! Eventually, things cool down again to a gentle simmer, until finally, a profound, relaxed silence envelopes the entire group as a feeling of peace permeates the room and everyone in it. Finally, all members of the group lay or sit down somewhere in the room.

Welcome to a Taketina rhythm journey!

Taketina® was formed and established by Austrian percussionist, composer and pianist Reinhard Flatischler, who has just entered his fifth decade as a workshop leader and teacher. For info on global Taketina events and teacher trainings, please visit www.Taketina.com.

US and Canada Taketina information [and matters concerning NATA—North American Taketina Association, of which Greg is a board member]: