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Make Your Own 18" Hand-drum
Saturday, February 17th, 2024
Noon - 4:30pm

Choose Elk, Horse, or Buffalo Rawhide for your drum

Learn to make your own 18” rawhide drum on a maple hoop frame, and drum beater, in sacred ceremony and ritual the way our ancestors did. Call in the spirit of your drum, and infuse your drum making with love and intention.

This workshop includes all materials to make your drum, within the practice of sacred shamanic ceremony. Everything will be taught in a ceremonial way, with prayer, smudging, and connecting to the spirit of your hide.

The ancient style drum is a beautiful instrument of the heart. It is used often for personal pleasure, shamanic healing work, drum circle gatherings, and shamanic journey work. The melodic beat can help you enter into trance-like, meditative states to assist you in accessing wisdom, guidance, and the place of calm of the heart center.

Drumming is an excellent way to clear low-frequency energy, open the heart, and recenter into joy. A shamanic practitioner use drumming to journey to meet their spirit guides and totem animals for wisdom and healing. Drumming can move one out of the linear, left brain, into the frequency of peace obtained in meditation, which is also associated with the right brain.

Making your own drum in a sacred, shamanic environment helps you to get in touch with the spirit of your drum, as well as the spirit animals associated with your drum hide of choice. There is ceremonial work to connect you to the essence of your drum as a heart instrument. You will have the opportunity to infuse prayers, intentions, blessings, and gratitude energies into your drum.

Choice of Rawhides for Your Drum:

Choosing your animal hide for your drum - Most people lean to choosing the animal rawhide for their drum based on the animal energy and totem they prefer working with. That is a great way to go. AND, if you are making your first drum you may consider working with Elk as that is typically an easier hide to work as you learn to make a hand drum in ancient style.  The thicker hides are more difficult to mold around the hoop. though  it is often a bit more challenging to work into making a drum. If you are good with your hands it may not matter. Everything you need to make your drum, whether it be your first or your 5th, will be provided in class.

Buffalo -  a totem of strength, abundance, stability, freedom, gentleness, gratitude, and prosperity. Helps to keep you grounded and connected to Mother Earth.

Elk - a totem of stamina, steadiness, strength, sensual passion, nobility, pride, respect, and survival. Elk is also known to bring divine protection, helping one to also follow the right path. It helps people with good hearts.

Horse - is the totem of freedom above all else. The horse is a majestic animal that embodies the spiritual power of independence, freedom, nobleness, endurance, confidence, triumph, heroism, and competition. Its symbol is associated with strength, courage and freedom.

Maple Tree Medicine (the hoop frame wood) - a symbol of strength and endurance.

Alder Tree Medicine (the drum beater stick wood) - a symbol of determination, inner confidence and release.

You will leave with a completed drum and drum beater.

Register Early. Deposits are due at the latest by January 31st, 2024 to insure your space in the workshop and to buy the materials for your drum. Limited to 10 participants.

All creative materials provided: rawhide drum head and lacing, maple hoop frame; alder stick, leather, padding and sinew for drum beater.

Class will be held at Katherine's Studio, 3148 Birmingham Drive in Fort Collins, CO

Make an 18" ELK Hide drum or 16" DEER Hide Drum
Sunday, August 27th, 2023
11am to 4pm

You have the option of what animal medicine you would like to work with, as well as the size drum you will make.

Come into a sacred ceremonial setting with Master drum maker Katherine Skaggs to make your own hand drum in ancient style. Katherine Skaggs will provide all materials, demonstration, and instruction to make your drum, within the setting of sacred shamanic ceremony. Within this ceremonial drum making you will have the opportunity to infuse your drum making process and the drum itself with prayers, blessings and intentions.

The drum is a beautiful instrument of the heart. It can be used for personal pleasure, shamanic healing work, drum circle gatherings, and shamanic journey work. The melodic beat moves you into trance-like, inward, meditative states for accessing wisdom, guidance, and the place of calm of the heart center.

In shamanic healing work the drum is known to bring in a powerful vibration that clears blocks in the energy bodies as well as opens the spiritual heart center. A practitioner may assist another in journeying to meet their spirit guides and totem animals for wisdom and healing, or may journey for the them. Drumming can move one out of the linear, left brain, into the frequency of peace obtained in meditation, which is also associated with the right brain.

You will leave with a finished drum and drum beater. 

Deer Medicine Totem

Deer Medicine is a powerful totem of gentleness, unconditional love and kindness. Its qualities are often seen as gentleness, grace, sensitivity, beauty, innocence and keen observation. Deer are able to see through the illusions of this world’s chaos and duality. Its heart medicine is able to sense through great intuitive and instinctive skills to avoid danger and to stay in peace.

Elk Medicine Totem

Elk Medicine is a powerful totem animal of stamina, strength, sensual passion, nobility, pride, respect, and survival. Elk teaches us the lessons about life that we need to learn.

Costs - Register Below

Cost - Make a 16" Deer Hand Drum and Beater $ 215
Deposit of $115 due to hold your place in class, or full tuition. Balance due in Cash day of class.

Cost - Make an 18" Elk Hide Hand Drum and Beater $235
Deposit of $135 due to hold your place in class, or full tuition. Balance due in Cash day of class.

Payment due by August 10th to insure your place in class and so materials can be ordered. Class limited to 10.

Register early to insure your place in class.

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