Medicine Drum Making Workshop

January 14, 2018 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Churchville Nature Center
501 Churchville Ln
Churchville, PA 18966

Underside-drumRegistration for this class has ended – we have space for 2 more participants – please contact us no later then Friday, January 12th to reserve your spot!

Open to Adults and Children!
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.  This special workshop will be held in the “Lenape Village” at Churchville Nature Center (Weather permitting) or inside the geothermal Nature Center ending outside in a beautiful setting for the blessing ceremony!

Drum Class - 6-30-13 Dragonfly 2What type of Drum do you want to make?
Cost & Materials:

$165 includes all materials for a 14″ diameter Maple Frame/Elk Hide drum and drum stick
$165 includes all materials for a 14″ diameter Maple Frame/Deer Hide drum and drum stick
$195 includes all materials for a 18″ diameter Maple Frame/Buffalo Hide drum and drum stick
(Please contact us if you would like to make a different size or type of drum)

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.

Registration: Class is limited to 15 students only. $50 deposit and registration is required by January 3rd