Shamanic Drum Birthing Retreat

dawn with drum

You will be birthing your own shamanic drum and drum beater in powerful ceremony under the expert guidance of my friend and colleague Ansgar, who joins me again from Germany for this special weekend retreat, and myself.

Ansgar Kuchle

Ansgar is an experienced teacher having previously taught young adults 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 foraging & cooking outdoors.

I have been working with the drum for several years and have run shamanic drumming & journeying groups for over two years. Having birthed my own drums I know first hand how powerful the experience is and the depth it brings to your drumming and journeying as you develop and deepen the relationship with ‘your’ drum.

Spirit of the Drum

stag drumDrums 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

Shamanic Drum

During this residential weekend you will be birthing a 40cm/16inch (approx) frame drum covered with deer hide. We will be using the energy of the burn (stream) which runs alongside my home in the process, connecting you and your drum to Scotland. 

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/outbuilding if the weather (or midges) dictate.


Shamanic drum 2

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 your 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.

Ansgar Kuchle 2

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Date: Friday 11th October – Sunday 13th October

Timings: Gather at 5:00pm on Friday 11th October. Depart at approx 10:00am on Sunday 13th October.

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 including warm footwear. Midge spray and any medication you may need if you tend to react badly when bitten – though you should be safe in October and I have plenty of repellent.

Plus, any feathers etc that you want to decorate your drum beater with.

Maximum number of places: 4 residential, 2 non-residential – you will need to be very local for the non-residential option due to the timings and length of the days.

Early-bird Fee: £295 if deposit or full payment made by 6th September 2019.
Full Fee: £325 – last date for booking is 20th September.
Deposit: Non-refundable £100
Balance due by: 20th September 2019 to enable materials to be purchased. 

You will need to be fairly local as we will be working into the evenings on Friday and Saturday and have a very early start on Sunday morning.

Non-residential Early-bird fee: £240 if deposit or full payment made by 6th September 2019.
Non-residential Full Fee: £265 – last date for booking is 20th September.
Deposit: Non-refundable £100
Balance due by: 20th September to enable materials to be purchased.


Shamanic Drum Birthing Retreat