The first time I heard the beat of a shamanic drum something deep inside me stirred. I had no idea what it was but I knew I wanted more.
It was my first time at a journey circle and my introduction to shamanism in the modern world. I knew then that I came here to walk this path so I booked on the next available course and trained as a shamanic practitioner with Stacy Keast.
I gained amazing knowledge and a sense of 'coming home' from the course but the call of the drum was still strong and I became obsessed with learning more.
My first drum birthing workshop was with Jason and Nicola Smalley from The Way of The Buzzard and it was the most amazing experience.
It was then that I realised working with drums was going to be a huge part of my life. I went on to do further training with Stacy and I've never looked back.
Traditionally shamanic drums are made from animal hide. The animal is deeply revered by the shaman and the drum is made in ceremony, honouring its life.
The hide is soaked in water, often with plants, then stretched over a wooden hoop and held tight with hide lacing or wooden pegs.
Different cultures have unique ways of creating a drum.
The shamanic drum is also known as the shaman's horse? Why? Because we 'ride' the beat of the drum when we journey.
The journey beat helps us to transcend our everyday consciousness and slip into the altered state which allows us to visit the upper, middle and lower worlds where we receive insights and information to help us with a healing or even with our day to day lives.
The drum itself has the power to heal people and animals, and to clear the land.
Bringing a shamanic drum to life is a beautiful experience. We work in ceremony and honour the animal and the tree that gave us the materials and we treat every part of the process with the utmost respect.
We birth at the strongest times of the lunar cycle, the full moon and the new moon. Honouring our own ancestry, we also work on the Celtic sabbats of Samhain, Yule, Imbolc, Ostara, Beltane, Litha, Lughnasadh and Mabon.
Each drum has its own strength and personality.
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