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Drum Making Class

Why Drumming?

The universe is made of vibrational energy and it is a single, flowing, rhythmic being. According to quantum physics, everything in the universe, from the smallest subatomic particle to the largest star, has an inherent vibrational pattern. The entire universe is created through vibration and can be influenced through the vibrations of shamanic drumming. The shamanic drum is a tool for altering the vibrational state of the shaman, members of the tribe, or a particular situation in the community.

Shamanic drumming is for the purpose of inducing a range of ecstatic trance states in order to connect with the spiritual dimension of reality. Practiced in diverse cultures around the planet, this drum method is strikingly similar the world over. Shamanic drumming uses a repetitive rhythm that begins slowly and then gradually builds in intensity to a tempo of three to seven beats per second. The ascending tempo will induce light to deep trance states, and facilitate the shamanic techniques of journeyingshapeshifting, and divination. Practitioners may progress through a series of trance states until they reach the level that is necessary for healing to occur. When ready to exit the trance state, the practitioner simply slows the tempo of drumming, drawing consciousness back to normal. Shamanic drumming continues to offer today what it has offered for thousands of years: namely, a simple and effective technique of ecstasy.

A shamanic ritual often begins with heating the drum head over a fire to bring it up to the desired pitch. Shamans may strike certain parts of the drum to summon particular helping spirits. It is the subtle variations in timbre and ever-changing overtones of the drum that allow the shaman to communicate with the spiritual realm. The shaman uses the drum to create a bridge to the spirit world, while simultaneously opening the awareness of all the participants to that bridge. Different rhythms transmit different meanings and enable the shaman to contact different beings in different realms of the cosmos. Volume and tempo arouse feelings in the listener and communicate symbolic meanings directly as aural sense experience.

Shaman's Circle Drum Making Class

Master drum maker Wayne Manthey will be leading this class and guiding us on the proper techniques and fundamentals of drum making. You are asked to prepay for the class prior to May 14th, 2017. The total cost for the class and supplies to make a 16" drum is $180. The cost for a 13" drum is $155. 

$25 non refundable deposit registration fee due when registering which goes towards purchase of drum

Sunday, August 15th 2021 11:00-2:30

16" drum $180

13" drum $155

Please register here

Samples of Wayne Manthey's drums we will be making in class

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