Shamanic Drum Making
This is an opportunity to be a loving witness to yourself, and reflect on your own birth story (and how it has shaped you) whilst also birthing a kangaroo hide frame drum. A drum birthed in this way is sacred, a healing instrument to use for yourself, and others if you choose.
This method of drum making comes to me through the teachings of Jane Hardwicke Collings (creator of the School of Shamanic Womancraft) who has woven the wisdom from her teachers Black Bear, Jeannine Parvati Baker and Cedar Barstow with her own experience of being a midwife.
The Shamanic Drum Making Journey involves:
Reflecting on your birth story
Sitting in sacred Circle
Learning about the drum, animal* and wood
Choosing your animal hide* and frame
Shamanic drum journey with the kangaroo
Cutting the hide into the pattern of the drum
Allowing your hide to soak over night
Collecting your hide from the water
Threading your drum onto your frame
Closing circle – sharing and listening
Taking your newly born drum home, to care for it until it is ready to be played (8 days from this day)
Drumming together on the 8th day from wherever we are at an agreed time
* The kangaroo hides are all sourced, killed and prepared ethically in Western Australia.
What does SHAMANIC mean?
I am using this word in relation to the earth-based practice of connecting to ourselves through connection with nature and all that is. To recognise that we are nature, that our inner cycles are the same as the greater cycles of mother earth, and the universe. To live in harmony with the natural world around us, understanding that everything is 'alive' and maintaining a dynamic relationship with this living world.
Disconnection is one of the biggest causes of depression, anxiety and addictions… and probably many other issues we are currently facing as a modern society.
Shamanism is the oldest spiritual practice with evidence of the first shamans from over 40,000 years ago. So why has Shamanism been around for so long, and why is it still relevant for us today?
“It is because shamanism is the path of direct revelation. It requires no dogma and no outside authority. Shamanic practice gives you the tools to enter the spirit world yourself and discover your own power.” (Sandra Ingerman)
The Shamanic Drum Making Journey is an invitation to take time to connect more deeply to yourself, Mother Nature, and to birth your own medicine drum.
Creating a drum in a shamanic way is to:
be fully present, observant of yourself and your processes
fully connect to the medicine of the animal (kangaroo)
appreciate the wood used to make the frame
create with reverence; for the animal and plant, and also the chosen purpose and significance of the drum itself
When we play our drum with presence we are connecting; to ourselves, others (human and more-than-human) and the heartbeat of the earth.
Shamanic Drum Making in 2020
This year I was planning on running two Shamanic Drum Making workshops with a dear friend, Evonne. You can meet Evonne on her YouTube channel.
I met Evonne through the School of Shamanic Womancraft in 2016. She is a magical woman who definitely understands how to lovingly hold others and, through our shared experience of apprenticing with the school, we know that we can do this very special work together.
Unfortunately due to COVID-19 and the related (constantly changing) social distancing recommendations these in-person gatherings have been put on hold. If you are interested for future events, please get in touch via my contact form. I'd love to hear from you, and hope to share this work with you in the future!
Create Your Own ...
Do you have a group of friends, colleagues, or perhaps a women's circle that feel called to share this Shamanic experience together?
I am open to travelling to you if you are able to arrange a suitable location to host this type of event.
If this sounds like something you might be interested please get in touch so that we can discuss possibilities and requirements.
If you would like to be on my mailing list for future events, or would like to organise one of your own, please use my contact form to get in touch.
I look forward to hearing from you like-minded souls! x
Photos above showing finished drums, sacred altar, and women (proud mothers) with their newly birthed medicine drums. December 2019.
Three of my hand crafted drums:
1. Fallow deer hide on pine wood frame
2. Kangaroo hide on paulowina wood frame
3. Red deer hide on paulowina wood frame
What does the
DRUM MAKING look like?
1. You choose your hide and your frame
2. You cut out the template for the drum
3. You allow your cut hide to soak overnight, to become soft and malleable
4. You collect your hide from the water the following morning
5. You thread/weave your hide around your frame
6. You take your drum home, allow it to gestate over 7 days, and play it for the first time on the 8th day