You will be birthing your own shamanic drum in powerful ceremony under the expert guidance of Ansgar Küchle who joins me from Germany for this special weekend retreat.
Ansgar is an experienced teacher having previously taught youth and adults for twenty years.
After working with several indigenous teachers, he now shares his passion for working with nature through ‘wilderness-pädagogic’ – which doesn’t translate into English very clearly! Essentially, Ansgar re-connects people with themselves through the environment using ceremonies such as drum-birthing, smoke ceremonies, sweatlodge, fire-walking, survival techniques and cooking outdoors.
Spirit of the Drum
Drums have been used for thousands of years by indigenous peoples as an instrument for making music, for celebration and dance and for shamanic journeying, vision seeking and ritual.
Having a deep relationship with your own personal drum is transformational. As you use it and work with it you become the drum, the beat resonates with your heartbeat, you become one with your drum and are easily transported to non-ordinary reality from where you can journey to meet with your guides and receive healing and guidance.
The drum is Great Spirit’s favourite instrument, that is why we were given a heartbeat ~ Mano, Navajo Elder
The Drum Birthing Retreat
During this residential weekend you will be birthing a 40cm/16inch (approx) frame drum covered with deer hide. You will also make a drum beater made of natural materials to accompany your drum.
You will be mostly working outside around the campfire – weather permitting! We will retreat to the bell tent if the weather (or midges) dictate.
Accommodation is at my home on Argyll’s Secret Coast in twin shared rooms with shared bathroom. Simple vegetarian food is included, e.g soup at lunchtime plus breakfast and evening meals. Drinks and snacks are included during the day.
Starting after dinner on Friday and working through to around 9:00pm is the preparation time. Breakfast is at 8:30am, giving you plenty of time for an early morning stroll on the beach. Then from 9:30am-5:30pm approx on Saturday you will be birthing your drum. On Sunday we rise early to inaugurate your newly created drum.
Date: Friday 26th July – Sunday 28th July
Timings: Gather at 5:00pm on Friday 26th July. Depart at approx 10:00am on Sunday 28th July.
Location: Innellan, Argyll PA23 7SP
Please bring with you: A scarf or blanket to wrap your drum in to take home. Towels and toiletries. Waterproofs and layers – it might be July but it is Scotland! Midge spray and any medication you may need if you tend to react badly when bitten.
Maximum number of places: 4
Early-bird Fee: £295 if deposit or full payment made by 31st May 2019.
Full Fee: £325
Deposit: Non-refundable £100
Balance due by: 30th June 2019 to enable materials to be purchased.
Update: There are now a small number of non-residential places on the retreat 🙂