I can’t believe its a month since my last entry. Busy times!
Anna and I went to Hamburg recently to run a drum making workshop. We were working with our Shamanka sister Monika, who lives and facilitates a Shamanic group on the outskirts of the City.
The flight from Gatwick was uneventful and we arrived at Monika’s late in the evening. Next day we went to the garden where the workshop would take place. Soaked the hides and set up a Medicine Wheel. We prepared ourselves for the weekend. The weather forecast was dismal so there were tents and a Gazebo erected in preparation for the coming downpours.
The group were concerned that we would have communication problems. However with my pigeon German, Monika’s good English and plenty of body language we managed easily!
Much of the Art of Drum Making cannot be spoken-it is about tapping into our creative centres, contacting Spirit and bringing into being what we are given. Drums are a Shamankas most important tool. When she makes her own it is a birthing process-a moment of conception when the seed of the idea meets materials given by Mother Earth. A gestation- as the process unfolds. A birth as the drum is completed and then honoured and named in Ceremony. Her drum becomes her companion, her most powerful ally and teacher.
If cared for it will mature and grow old with her. When the Shamanka Sister walks the Rainbow bridge the Drum Spirit will go with her- keeping rhythm for the next dance.
A lot of photos were taken in Germany and I am waiting to receive a disc with them on. As soon as I do I will post some here.