Time & Location
Jun 25, 2022, 9:50 AM – 4:30 PM MDT
3500 S King St, 3500 S King St, Denver, CO 80236, USA
About The Event
Please read all info below thoroughly before registration!!!
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED BY JUNE 12!
The summer solstice is a time of heightened personal power, radiance and light. Taita Inti (father sun in Quechua) is the primary ancestral energy to many shamanic cultures around the world. The solstice is a time of celebration and great time to make a drum. For our ancestors, life revolved around the cycles of the sun and moon, and to live in harmony with the cycles meant survival and communion was celebration of life and appreciation of the abundance the earth provides us. We now live with convenience, free from some of the struggles, but at what price? This an invitation to remember, gather and allow the blessings of the sun into our lives. You will be guided to make your own drum and carry forward the light of the ancestors to remember, and help others.
The medicine drum has long been used as a healing tool. It can be used for sound healing, shamanic journey, holding space and more. If you have been calling a drum into your life this workshop is for you...
There will be an altarspace and the drums are made in a sacred and fun way to begin a relationship of magic and healing. This is a day of connecting in community and healing as well as making a drum. The drums are soaked in water and herbs and we will be working with these plants while we make the drums. In the past, the herbs have included local (Colorado) Sage (Artemesia), White Sage, Mullein, Uva Ursi, Juniper, Tobacco, etc.. Working with the plants brings cleansing, blessing and earthy ancestral connection.
We gather outside when possible so please dress appropriately. Layers and sun hat are recommended. In the case of poor weather, we can move indoors.
16" Bison or Elk $279
18" Bison or Elk $298
Pricing is roughly the same as buying a drum pre-made, but you experience the process of bringing your drum to life in a beautiful way. 16 or 18 inch recommended for best combination of size, sound quality and ease of handling. Other sizes (smaller and larger) and hides (moose, horse, etc) may be available - Inquire for availability pricing. Please plan ahead as it takes extra time to acquire these materials.
A $100 deposit covers your material cost and is required to hold your space, remainder is due in CASH (for money blessing) at time of ceremony. If cash is not possible please contact ahead of time to arrange an alternative method.
Location will be in SW Denver near Hampden and Federal at private residence. Details will be sent in confirmation email when you register.
Message, Text or call Michael at 406-360-6111 for additional info.
About the drums, ethics, etc... * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
All materials are ethically sourced and of the highest quality and there are lots of prayers during the process of making the drums. All materials are honored as a part of the sacred circle of life. Michael has invested many hours in learning methods to make drums that are both functional and beautiful. He is aware of cultural appropriation and is sensitive to this important subject. He has worked closely with traditional healers and elders and traveled to North and South America and South Africa learning indigenous wisdom. His work is about healing the wounds of trauma and conditioning at the core of the conflict and injustice in the world and being a bridge of indigenous wisdom into modern society.
Anthropological research suggests the frame drum originated in Siberia thousands of years ago before migrating around the planet. Perhaps this is true but the poetic traditional stories say the spirit of the drum came from the stars or spirit world and is the heartbeat of the Mother Earth. Frame drums (there are many styles) have played very important roles in traditions from North and South America, Europe, Asia and all over the world. For some interesting info visit https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frame_drum where there is a compilation of info and photos in various styles from over the world. At the time of writing this, there are not references for Native American use of the hand-size drum. It would be nice to see that addition to the page from an authentic source. The drums made in the workshop are a contemporary style not intended to be connected with any particular tradition but representing the spirit of the frame drum, or hand drum as some call them because they are held in the hand while playing. Exact wrapping styles may vary between gatherings.
These workshops are offered with humility and the intention to heal, honor and lift the spirit of humanity, the earth, and the diverse life she carries.
Drum Making Deposit
Please pay remainder in cash at event