Recent News

April 30, 2011

River Community raised the level of Cultural Awareness and involvement with a special program centered around Native American food, lore, spirituality, community and self-expression. Our guest speaker led the participants in a meditative exercise which is common in Native American experience -- the Medicine Wheel. Following this exercise the entire community was equipped with drums.  To everyone's delight, four drummers at the mother drum led the room in a Native American drum circle. It was coordinated with a delicious lunch of Native American recipes including fry bread and stew. The event created an electric atmosphere that participant's and staff spoke about for days.  We were honored to have various SMRS staff at our facility to share this wonderful experience with us.

April 30, 2011

Touchstones Primary Counselor, Irene Martinez CASII, attended a recent training where she was introduced to the use of drums in the Native American culture. Irene was moved by her own experience in the training and brought the idea of drumming back to the residents at Touchstones.

In their first drumming experiences, a group of six residents learned to compare the beating of the drum to the beating of the human heart. The drum beat is said to represent the heart beat of the earth. Residents talked of life being sacred as they drummed. They talked of respect for the earth, themselves and one another. This Group will drum for four weeks exploring the beautiful culture of the drum and its use in song, dance and prayer.

We hope to expand the use of the drums as staff obtains more training.


April 27, 2011

Today our River Community Covina and Wellness staffs facilitated a group that educated our participants on the significance of “Denim Day”. After viewing a brief power point presentation, each participant made their own pair of denim jeans and created a collage in support of this important day.