Last week I had the pleasure of presenting at the inaugural North American TaKeTiNa Association Conference in Portland, Oregon. It was a marvelously rewarding and fun collegial gathering that gave us the opportunity to deepen our community of practice and appreciation of the work.

TaKeTiNa is Rhythm For Evolution…and you have no idea what I’m talking about do you? Yeah, that’s part of what we were meeting about. (sigh)

As you probably know, I’m big on learning. Convential adult learning theory works for a great many things, and I use it all the time. However, such ideas fall down when it comes to the important things like presence or creativity or awareness. Learning with TaKeTiNa opens these things up more beautifully (and faster!) than anything I know.  The individual patterns which inhibit our lives and relationships somehow make their way into this seemingly simple circle of people stepping, clapping, and singing. It’s still astounding to me just how well it works.

Here is The TaKeTiNa Institute‘s founder, Reinhard Flatischler, with a bit more about it. And if you don’t blink, you’ll catch me in this video 😉

Back to the conference. There are less than 100 Certified TaKeTiNa Teachers in the U.S. & Canada, and maybe 1000 worldwide, depending on how you count. I am very proud to be one of them. Some of my fellow TaKeTiNa Teachers have focused on working with seniors, kids, the disabled, in the mental health field, or in the drum circle facilitation world. It is always inspiring to see what others are doing, and to learn from their experiences. I’ve led or co-led TaKeTiNa public workshops across 4 continents over the last 5 years, and it was great to share some of my experiences too.

Here were my two sessions:

Embracing the Voice You Have

You have a voice already. It may not be the one you want, but there it is. What if you could use it with confidence and clarity in your TaKeTiNa circles, regardless of range or strength or quality? In this session, we’ll explore together using a mix of CircleSong, TaKeTiNa, and facilitated group discussion. You’ll leave with new tools, techniques, and awarenesses to guide you on. Please do your best not to bring the voice that you wish you had, the voice that shows up at this particular date and time is the only one we want to hear…

and, co-presented with my friend Deborah Masterson of Hawaii,

Drawing Circles & Marketing Mysteries

We all learned how to lead TaKeTiNa circles very well, but not how to fill them very well. Marketing a service as esoteric as TaKeTiNa presents a special set of challenges. In the first half of this collective working session, Deborah brainstorms naming, branding, and positioning (What do you offer? To whom? Why do they care? How can you keep your message simple?). Then in the second half, Sam uses all this to inspire greater focus and unearth new opportunities/partnerships.  Together we can forge sustainable models that serve us each individually, our TaKeTiNa field, and our larger community.

This also gave me the chance to draft a fun new bio:

Sam Rogers is a Learning Strategy Consultant (Google, Capital One, Deloitte, AAA, Del Monte), writer/director/producer for stage and screen, international award-winning solo a cappella act, TaKeTiNa & CircleSong Leader, and…like a million other things. Sam is also a frequent presenter (International Body Music Festival, Drum Circle Facilitators Guild, Seattle World Rhythm Festival, A Cappella Summit, eLearning Guild, etc.) and is very happy to be a part of this inaugural gathering!

I highly recommend that you find some TaKeTiNa in your area. It may not be a frequent occurrence, but it likely comes to your town every so often. No musical instruments or experience required. You and your curiosity are most welcome!

Tell’em Sam sent you.