Travel without leaving home: Drum Circles in Los Angeles


Peace Corps and the Princess

Four Seasons Kuda Hura, Maldives
Photo by Tim Yeung

George was in the Peace Corps, lived in Paraguay, dug his own latrine and was the only one in his village who could wash dishes inside since he created the only “sink” in “town.” During the same time, I lived onboard a 5 star cruise ship and my job was to be Julie MaCoy from the Love Boat. You might imagine that our traveling styles were VERY different! What an understatement! We have learned that what is GREAT to one of us can be very far from GREAT to the other. Over the years, we have tried different styles and stayed in places from 5 star as in the Four Seasons Kuda Hura in the Maldives to the YMBA in Kataragma, Sri Lanka where most rooms had no bed, light, bathroom or much besides a door. We have learned to travel in many different ways.

Besides the ability to stay in places with no water, or electricity (what do you want for $4.50), we have also shared other interests. George is a great musician and travels with his ukelele. While we were in Morocco at the Flint Oasis, which is gorgeous and amazing, we participating in a fantastic drum circle.
I am happy to report you do not have to fly to Morocco for a spectacular cultural experience and drum circle. We went to two here in Los Angeles in September.

With the RPCVLA (Returned Peace Corps Volunteers Los Angeles), we participated in the annual summer picnic and drum circle in Rustic Canyon Park. What a group of committed individuals, volunteers were staffed everywhere from Kenya, Liberia, Jamaica, Hungary, Ecuador, Columbia, to Madagascar. The energy and friendliness was INCREDIBLE! We look forward to to celebrating the 50 year anniversary of the Peace Corps in the Fall!

Nashuva Tashlich and Drum Circle at Venice Beach: As part of Rosh Hashannah, Jewish New Year, there was “a service at Venice Beach. We will do Taschlich, cast our burdens and wrongs into the sea, have a drumming circle and blow the shofar.” We threw our bread (symbolizing our sins) into the Ocean and asked for a wonderful New Year. It is inspiring to be by the water and join in percussion with over 100 people. The drum circle which is the largest Jewish Drum Circle in the world is always amazing. And so is Rabbi Naomi Levy! Not only are Nashuvah services inspiring but she has a new book, Hope will Find you

Please see the recent Jewish Journal Cover Story on her and her new book.

It is possible to find hope or let hope find you. It is possible to have travel or cultural experiences while staying at home.

We hope that all your dreams come true this year!
Lisa and George

Coming soon: TUK TUK BLUES
Music composed on the road with friends from many countries!

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Lisa Ellen Niver

After exploring 99 countries and sailing for seven years on the high seas, Lisa Niver is ready for more active adventures! Find her We Said Go Travel videos with over 1.25 million views on Roku, Amazon Fire TV and YouTube. Her stories include Dutch designer villas for Luxury Magazine, interviewing Fabien Cousteau for Delta Sky, skiing with the blind for Sierra and WWII for Saturday Evening Post and Smithsonian. She is verified on both Twitter and Facebook and is the Adventure Correspondent for The Jet Set TV. Her latest projects are 50 new things before she is 50 and Facebook Live for USA Today 10best. She has run 13 Travel Writing Awards publishing nearly 2000 writers from 75 countries and this summer is the first We Said Go Travel Photo Competition. She was a winner in the 59th annual 2016 Southern California Journalism Awards for her print column in The Jewish Journal. She was invited to the United Nations as a Champions of Humanity ambassador, to the red carpet at the Oscars with United Airlines and to New Orleans with American Express and Starwood Hotels. She also contributes to USA Today, Wharton Business Magazine, the Jewish Journal and was a 2012 nominee for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching, a 2014 nominee for the Charles Bronfman Prize and a finalist in two categories for the 59th annual Southern California Journalism Awards.

4 responses to “Travel without leaving home: Drum Circles in Los Angeles

  1. HI Lisa:

    The drum circles sound amazing. Thanks for passing that on. Our Yom Kippur was more traditional as you can imagine since you have been to our schule. I had a two hour security shift as well which helped to pass the time. Your trip to Sri Lanka and the Maldives sounded great. You certainly saw more things in your month in Sri Lanka than I did and I am glad it was a good destination for you as it was for me.

    Roslin and I are on our way to Hong Kong where we will spend a week with her nephew Mike who is working for Macquarie Bank and then to Bali where I will spend 5 weeks and Roslin 2 weeks.

    Wishing you and George a happy and healthy new years and look forward to seeing you both on Dec 14th.



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