Sat, Feb 01 | Bellingen

Medicine Drum Making - Bellingen 2020

Join us on this 2 day Medicine Drum Making workshop! You will create your very own Shamanic Medicine Drum with a master drum maker, awaken your drum and discover the many ways that the drum can be a powerful healing tool.
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Medicine Drum Making - Bellingen 2020

Time & Location

Feb 01, 2020, 9:00 AM – Feb 02, 2020, 2:00 PM
Bellingen, Bellingen NSW 2454, Australia

About the Event

Join us on a powerful journey to create your very own Medicine Drum!

In this  2 day Workshop we will go on a journey to create a Shamanic Medicine drum and discover some of the many ways we can journey and heal with our drums. 


On Saturday we will begin the process of joining the tree and animal in the sacred dance as we weave our blessings and intentions into our drums.  We will explore totem energies that may present themselves for your drum and together in ceremony create a Sacred Instrument that will journey with you on your Earth Walk.  We bring all the elements and energies together as we create our Sacred Instrument.

On Sunday we have the opportunity to awaken our drums through a traditional sacred ceremony, and discover the many ways in which we can work with our drums. We will discover how to journey to different worlds, discovering our power animals, use our drums as a sound healing tool and experience a nourishing sound healing session.

Your facilitator:

Tamaryn has been making drums for over 13 years, she has always been a drummer at heart and it wasn't long after she discovered her love of playing the drums, that she began making them.  She has a true passion for medicine drums and working within the Shamanic realm.  Growing up in an alternative family, she was exposed to this realm from a very young age and has journeyed there ever since.  Tamaryn is also an artist and musician and loves bringing natural elements together to create works of art.  She has studied Transpersonal Art therapy and Kinesiology and continues to learn and discover all the wisdom that Mama Earth has so offer.  Tamaryn has always had a strong connection to the American Indian tribes, and is influence by much of their teachings and ceremonies.  She has had the great honour of learning from those who were able to spend many years immersed in their culture. 

About your Drum:

You will be making a 16" Willow drum, with your choice of Kangaroo or Deer hide.  The hoop of your drum is a solid piece of Willow that has been steam bent.  We use this type of hoop as it is strong, represents the circle of life and the cycles we pass through and will not delaminate over time. There is also an option for a 16" oak hoop or oak ovoid hoop at an extra cost.  Tamaryn uses a unique hand hold bead in the middle of the weaving on the back of the drum, which allows for a very comfortable and strong handle.  Tamaryn has unique weavings on the back of her drums, they add to the beauty and help us weave our intentions into our creation.  There are endless options for the weaving on the back of the drum, Tamaryn will guide you through the process of choosing the best one for you.   

Please visit our "Drum Totem Energies" page under "On Offer" for more info on the different energies.

If you do feel drawn to one of the oak hoops please see ticketing for different pricing options.  


Saturday 9:00am - 5:00pm 

Sunday 9:30am - 2:00pm 

What is Provided:

Morning/Afternoon Tea

All material for a 16" willow drum with choice of kangaroo or deer hide.

Drum beater manterials.

All Ceremonial cleansing herbs.

What to Bring:

Any feathers or special items for the alter or to adorn your drum with.

Cushion to sit on.

Shared Lunch for Saturday and Sunday 


Making your own drum is not a quick process, in order to create a Sacred Instrument we are required as the drum maker to give of our energy and time just as the tree and animal have given of themselves.  Saturday can be a big day of drum making.  We have a maximum of 10 participants to ensure that everyone receives the support they need in creating their Medicine Drum.  In some cases groups may be larger if a second facilitator is available.  

We do ask participants to not leave during the retreat, as this can distrupt the energy of the circle.  If for whtever reason you need to, please discuss with Tamaryn, prior to the event.

We do hold drum journeys as part of the workshop.  If you have never journeyed before, don't worry we will guide you through it.  

An important part of the process is the Awakening Ceremony.  This is done to awaken and breath life into your drum, as well as offer the drum as a tool of awakening and healing.  This ensures your drum is ready for the purpose for which is was created.

At the end of the workshop, you will leave with a beautiful drum and beater ready to embark on your journey together.

Total Cost :  $430 

Added Extra's:

16" Oak Hoop ...... +$50

18" x 14" ovoid Oak hoop..........+$70

There will be drum bags available on the day for sale.

$130 deposit is required at the time of booking to secure your place.  

The workshop will be held in Bellingen, NSW.  Address sent on ticket purchase.

We need a minimum number of people to run the course.  If minimum numbers are not met we may not be able to run the workshop.  In this case your money will be refunded in full.

Cancellations 30 days before workshop will receive a full refund.

Cancellations 15-30 days will receive a refund minus their deposit.

Cancellations made 14days or less before the workshop will NOT receive a refund.  Full Payment will be required.

Please note that we run smaller workshops to ensure you leave with a quality drum and experience.  We also often travel long distances to facilitate workshops.  Cancelling last minute means that we may not be able to run the workshop and will forfeit our hire charge etc.  If you find yourself in this situation please talk to us and we will do our best to help or transfer your funds to the next available workshop.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me, I am always happy to answer your questions.

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