Medicine Drum Making Workshop

June 28, 2020 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Kings Gap State Park - Cameron-Masland Mansion
500 Kings Gap Road Carlisle
PA 17015-9306

The drum is a part of native heritage from tribal cultures all over the world. This single sided drum is crafted using a wooden hoop or frame and a stretched rawhide head and lacing. Covered on only one side, the back is laced to form the symbol of a medicine wheel with the four cardinal directions that also serve as a hand hold. Great for drumming circles and meditation!

In this workshop you will be supplied everything you need to create your own frame drum and accompanying beater. While you are making your creations Valarie and Ian will teach you the care and feeding of your drum, as well as how to use them in healing and cleansing ceremonies.

We will begin with a Drum Journey to connect to the Heartbeat of the Drum, and then start the process of creating our drums and beaters.  After creating the drum, we’ll celebrate its birth with a special ceremony.  Birthing a drum is an intense process, one not easily forgotten. The drum face can later be painted with your Animal Totem or designs. You can also personalize the drum with beads and feathers to strengthen the connection with your drum.

Create this medicine item at the beautiful Kings Gap State Park Environmental Education Center at the Cameron – Masland Mansion and take in the beautiful trails before and/or after the event! Even make a weekend out of it and stay in this beautiful mansion (more info below). We will have the opportunity to perform our Blessing Ceremony at the end of our day in a very special natural space.

More info about Kings Gap State Park HERE

Cost & Materials – options – Choose your drum:

$185 includes all materials for a 14″ diameter Maple Frame/Deer Hide drum and drum stick
$185 includes all materials for a 14″ diameter Maple Frame/Elk Hide drum and drum stick
$210 includes all materials for a 18″ diameter Maple Frame/Buffalo Hide drum and drum stick

All other materials will be provided and are included in the price of the workshop.
If you have some special beads or feathers which you’d like to decorate your drum you may also bring them. Also, please pack a lunch. An email will be sent to participants with details and directions 1 week prior to the event.

Registration: Class is limited to 20 students only.
$50 deposit and registration is required by Wednesday, June 17th!

More about the Venue at Kings Gap State Park HERE 

There is an option to stay on site at the beautiful Cameron – Masland Mansion! Make a weekend retreat out of it! Rates are per room, per night with a two-night minimum stay of Friday and Saturday. Continental breakfasts are included with each stay. All suites and rooms come with a refrigerator, Keurig coffee maker and coffee/tea, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, linens, soaps, and shampoo.
Click here for details and to register. Saturday night only options will be available soon too!