Medicine Drum Making Workshop

May 29, 2022 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Hawk Mountain
1700 Hawk Mountain Rd
Kempton, PA 19529

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED – Contact us if you are interested!

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.

Create this medicine item at the beautiful Hawk Mountain Sanctuary and take in the beautiful trails before and/or after the event! We will have the opportunity to perform our Blessing Ceremony in a very special natural space. Our mid-day break will include a visit with a live Raptor! More info about Hawk Mountain HERE

Cost & Materials – options – Choose your drum:

$195 includes all materials for a 14″ diameter Maple Frame/Deer Hide drum and drum stick
$195 includes all materials for a 14″ diameter Maple Frame/Elk Hide drum and drum stick
$225 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, May 11th!

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