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The Spirit of the Drum—A Drum-Making Workshop

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The Spirit of the Drum—A Drum-Making Workshop - With Rob Murphy

Workshop price does not include material fees - see below for details!

Join us to dream your Spirit Drum into being

Engage in a sacred ceremony of journey work and shamanic crafting

Boom-boom, boom-boom, boom-boom, boom-boom—the steady drumbeat of our mother’s heart soothing and anchoring us in her womb is the first musical sound that our ears perceive, keeping us grounded on our journey to birth.

Besides the human voice, or our hands and feet, our first musical instrument was most likely the drum, whether discovered by beating a stick on a hollow log or some other hollow surface. The beat of the drum naturally compels our bodies to want to move—almost involuntarily like breathing.

The shaman/spirit/medicine drum is used universally, and is prevalent among many original peoples as a living and conscious tool to bridge into expanded reality. It is used widely among Siberian shamans, where the word shaman was conceived. Here in North America, the drum has always been a sacred instrument in their communication with spirit. Even in Europe, there is much history that reaches far beyond the advent of Christianity that included drumming in sacred ceremony.

In this workshop, you will:

- Journey to meet the Spirit of the Tree that gifted you the wood for your drum frame that will become the drum’s body.

- Journey to meet the Spirit of the Four-legged who gifted the hide that will be the flesh of your drum.

- Learn a unique spiral lacing technique as taught in the Saghic tradition [a re-dreamed Celtic tradition.]

- Engage in sacred ceremony to breathe life into your using the four elements.

- All these lead toward and create an intimate bond between you and the drum’s living nature

- Learn to work with the drum as a conversational aid with your Guides and the Ancestors when you journey into the heart of your Spirit Drum.

- Learn to care for and "feed" your drum—this drum will be different than any other drum that you will have and thus needs to be treated always in a sacred manner.

- You will become aware of the Do’s and Don’ts for your drum.

As one elder puts it,

“The Spirit Drum is an external embodiment of our lives.

It expresses our joy and sadness and is an implement of prayer.

The drum is also the vessel that carries us on spiritual explorations and journeys.

As such they tell the story of our relationship to the divine

and to those we call the Ancient Ones.”

This is a 2-day Spirit Drum making workshop and, and needs to be pre-booked by the payment of material fees by noon Friday, May 25th, and the workshop fee of $225 paid by Friday, June 8th.

Material fees must be paid directly to Rob Murphy and are non-refundable. Contact Rob for details: robmurphy.shaman@gmail.com. Purchase workshop tickets here! For more information about Rob Murphy, visit his website: http://www.robmurphy-shaman.com/

Prices for Materials:

13” skin drum w/cedar frame - $110

14” skin drum w/maple frame - $110

15” skin drum w/cedar frame - $125

15” skin drum w/maple frame - $125

16” skin drum w/maple frame - $125

17” skin drum w/cedar frame - $140

18” skin drum w/maple frame - $140

deer, horse, elk, cow, buffalo and moose skins are available

Cedar frames are much lighter in weight than the maples frames. If you do a lot of drumming for extended periods of time this lightweight frame will be perfect for you.

Participants need to bring a small empty spray bottle for water to keep drum skins moist, journal and pen, bug spray, sunscreen, and a blind fold or mask if desired for use in journey work.