Medicine Drum Workshop (next time and place)
Sacred CraftingCrafting connects us, the action of moving out of your mind and the focus of the stitch, the weave, the stroke of a paintbrush or pen. Being human means we are creative beings, what can possibly flow through us is infinite in its expression. The journey with sacred crafting uncovers this. Crafting connects us, brings reverence and meaning to the lives we live. There was once a time when we knew where everything came from, every item we owned, or used had a story woven into it. We also had within us knowledge of how to create these items, whether it was weaving, sewing, making wooden bowls, shoes, even houses. There is a feeling with objects made in this way, an energy, they become alive. I once saw a handmade blouse, there was simple stitching down the front, some of them were a bit uneven, the delicate stitches, the soft fabric, the work and focus in the making it was simple and exquisite. Bringing in the sacred we create space. This may mean spending an hour cleaning the house, making sure you feel comfortable and ready to meet your muse. Ritual is important, ritual creates a focus in us to connect and open to that dance of creative expression. First we need to become empty. This is a practice that can challenge us at times. To allow ourselves to connect to how spirit flows and works through us. I am often surprised at the incredible uniqueness that can flow through each individual. This excites me, and what I wish to celebrate more here on earth. What would a suitable ritual look like for you? To cleanse and create space for your tools and materials so you can begin clear and focused. Smudging your tools and materials you are using, coming to a deep sense of gratitude for your crafting materials. There are moments for some, where they are bursting with ideas, for others they look from the sidelines at times with a deep sense of yearning. We can have too large an expectation of what we wish to create. This can get in the way. Our mind has one idea and the finished object can look completely different. There is a threshold here we need to cross and simply start, in creating in this way we are also bringing that threshold into that which we are creating. This is so important as it is also bringing a transformative aspect into the object. This is the true beauty walk. To be able to honor and see it all for what it is and for who we truly are.
"Every action of creation is first an action of destruction"There is a particular truth to making such things as Shamanic drums or rattles that are made from animal hides, working with the skins, journeying to the spirit of the animal that is no longer on this earth, connecting and coming into relationship with this animal's spirit. This is an incredibly humbling experience. I facilitate the WildHeart Drum workshops, and so far we have birthed over 100 Drums. Each one is unique and has its own particular medicine relating to the creator of the drum. In the process of making a drum we take time to come together as a community, create an altar, honor the directions and the land we are working on. All of this sets a space to work with our connection and honoring of the materials, our individual gifts and how we can align this to our relationship to spirit and earth. We take our time in the making, and give space to each step. To access the knowing that is deep within us, we respect the sacred space and get a feel of how it is. It is beneficial to breathe out, bring in the noa, the ordinary, take breaks, laugh and eat nourishing food. The Drum is a potent tool. Our relationship to it builds over time. The resonance of the beat changes as our relationship to the drum changes. It can change the energy of a room, connect you or others to shamanic journeys. It can be used to support you to pray.
"Drums are individuals, they can be very special things"
Next Workshop Time and Place11 - 14 February, 2021 (please visit Bird Song Retreat for registration)
Bird Song Retreat, Akaroa, New Zealand 4 - 7 March, 2021
Tatu Gardens, New Zealand