Date(s) - 7 Oct 2017 until 8 Oct 2017
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
The Art of Making, a Shamanic Medicine Drum
This two day workshop will take place in doors at Denmark Farm and will encompass you making your own shamanic drum and beater. On completion you have the option to take your drum on a Shamanic journey to find the Spirit of your Drum. All materials are included in the workshop fee; please bring any special items you would like to attach to your drum while making it (feathers, beads, hair braids, etc.).
During the workshop you will be using animal bi-products in the way of raw hide and leather. The process takes you through soaking the raw hide and stretching it over a pre-made wooden drum ring, making a handle and weaving on the back of the drum, which tensions the raw hide and makes your shamanic drum look good. After allowing the raw hide on your drum to dry and shrink for a taught fit over night. The second day will allow you time to finish off decorating your drum and drum beater, then when every one has finished, everyone will be invited to take part in a shamanic journey with their drum to find the spirit within.
Craftsman Tony Eames of Earth Encounters will help you to bring this beautiful medicine tool forth into being and journey to find the spirit within.
Drums are universal; there is not a country in the world, or tribe of indigenous people on record anywhere that does not make drums of some type. These drums are usually regarded as among the most precious elements of the group’s culture. Indigenous peoples in particular are inclined to surround their drums with deep significance as a spiritual or healing tool.
The shamanic drum, also known as the shaman’s horse is a medicine tool used for healing.
These same techniques can be used today in modern societies and they’re still as powerful as they have been for over 30,000 years. It is an ancient way in which medicine, magic and mysticism are inextricably merged. To the eyes of the shaman, illness and pain are paths in the forest, where we get lost, but can return — and shamans are the seekers of our lost souls. These techniques are so old and fundamental that they’re quite similar all over the world, used by peoples as far apart as the Amazonian Indians and the Australian aboriginals.