TaKeTiNa. Yes. You *have* to try it.
I’m still reverberating from it. I went this weekend to Alameda, California for the third-year student training of TaKeTiNa.
John Fitzgerald of Remo generously offered to drive. I’m so grateful. Arturo Carrillo, a conguero, generously offered his place to stay. We met up with SUPER awesome, talented folks for dinner Friday night: Kathy Quain, Jeni Swerdlow, and John Niec. Look to the left to learn more about the jokesters I hung out with. Crazy times!
Now, let me paint you a picture of TaKeTiNa.
Imagine 3 hours of chanting, walking, and clapping in a repetitive drone-like fashion. Sometimes call and response, sometimes connecting with others through eye contact and high-fiving, sometimes sitting, sometimes lying down, sometimes walking. Everything happened in a nice, neat sequential way so as not to confuse our brains.
It was incredible. I kept dreaming of recording a video for you here on the blog, but it would not do it justice. You just have to try it in the flesh. We did 3 hours Friday, 6 hours Saturday, and 6 hours Sunday. Each third-year student had a chance to facilitate. Each session was special and beautiful.
The facilitators were from Australia, Germany, Switzerland, and the US. They all had unique talents to contribute to each experience.
We learned the steps, claps, and chants sequentially while a co-facilitating surdo player supported us. And then when we were ready, the facilitator brought out the call and response MUSIC with the berimbau. An incredible, out-of-this-world experience.
The coolest thing was that the founder of TaKeTiNa Reinhard Flatischler did not derive the chanting syllables from a particular culture or tradition. He just came up with them himself in a very matter-of-fact way. Each syllable is placed in a different spot inside the mouth, creating a circular pattern. I loved the element of detachment from traditions because I never felt strapped down to the years and years of practice and meaning and joy and pain from a specific culture that so often colors chants. It felt light and airy in that way. Although now Taketina has turned into a new culture of its own!
I’ve never experienced anything like TaKeTiNa, and I’m already looking forward to the next one! Have you ever had a meditative rhythmic experience like TaKeTiNa?