Remote wilderness locations, such as deserts, near the ocean, and national forests, can be a great place to enjoy drumming. I like to explore voice resonances with the drum, bringing tones of my voice to the same as the drum, and then adding a few words, and then back to into resonance with the drum tones. It almost seems as if the wilderness plays through you ! Rhythm and beat synchronize with the environment, through you, and you can find the song, and pulse of the space, of the environment.
I believe personal healing and reduction of stress can be facilitated in this way, via drumming and chanting. You can chant “kumbyah”, or any word of preference. Drumming reaches deep within us, like sitting next to the camp fire. The pulsations of chant and drum penetrate the body, emotions and mind, leading to relaxation and presence in the here and now, free of the past and future.
I use a Taos Pueblo drum for outdoors drumming, on my wilderness journeys. The water drum is best inside ( tipi, tent, yurt, cabin).
Respect others and their desire for quiet and solitude in wilderness places. Avoid drumming near campgrounds and public places; seek solitude and isolation where drum beats will not disturb anyone.
I find dreaming is enhanced in the wilderness, especially when alone. Survival awareness will (usually) prevent you from sleeping deeply, and you will surface back toward waking consciousness more frequently throughout the night. Energetic air and electrostatic fields ( especially at higher elevations) will help to keep you from falling into deep sleep. As with drumming, the environment can dream through you, singing in your dreams.
See my website archive article: “Drum Experience”
(c) Paul C Adams 2014 updated: 8/4/14