Shamanic Drum Birthing Retreat
Create your own shamanic drum & beater in the sea-tree environment of Argyll, Scotland
May 13th-15th, September 9th-11th, October 7th-9th
Non residential option - enquire about your non drum-making partner joining you :)
This 3 day/2 night, intimate, in-person experience on the stunning Argyll coast, is for spiritually aware souls who want to enjoy the deeply transformative and restorative feeling of playing and journeying with your own, personally hand-crafted shamanic (frame) drum, imprinted with your own energy.
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
I attended Dawn's first Drum Birthing retreat in Oct 2019. What a wonderful, gentle and loving experience I had! Dawn's compassion and dedication to drawing in spirit while birthing our drums was extraordinary! She allowed us to connect to our drums on a spiritual level; helped us to draw out our drums individual characters. I love the drum I made with Dawn. Every time I pick it up I feel it's love for me too and the relationship we are creating together.
Thank you Dawn for holding such a wonderful space while we went through this process. For guiding us so beautifully and gently with your loving heart 💓. Thank you for welcoming us into your home and taking such tender care of us. It's an experience I will treasure.
Watch the birthing process!
Please note that the drums being played are not fully dry so not at their otpimum sound yet.
It takes 4-5 days for your drum skin to fully dry out :)
Check out what's included!
During this weekend retreat 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.
In the summer months 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. At other times of the year we will mostly be indoors - as the weather in Argyll dictates!
Luxury accomodation in Innellan, Argyll in twin (shared) rooms with 1m distancing
Enjoy a sea view from the Stag room OR
Rear garden view from the Leaf room - with vanity unit
Two fully refurbished bathrooms are shared by all guests (allocated by room)
Towels included, please bring toiletries and hairdryer
Enjoy simple, home vegetarian cooked food - most diets can be accomodated, please enquire before booking if you have complicated requirements
Easy access via road or train, or even plane!
Starting after the evening meal on Friday and working through to around 8:30pm is your preparation time. Breakfast is at 8:30am, giving you plenty of time for an early morning stroll on the beach or to meditate in my private woodland.
Then from 9:30am-5:30pm approx on Saturday you will be birthing your drum. Saturday evening will be more relaxed.... though you will still be creating!
On Sunday morning you'll be finishing your beater before we awaken your drum through ceremony. You're drum and beater will be complete by late morning, giving you plenty of time to travel home, or you're welcome to stay for a light lunch before setting off.
What to Bring
Toiletries - towels are provided. Indoor footwear.
Waterproofs and layers including warm footwear.
Feathers etc that you want to decorate your drum beater with.
If you've found a favourite fabric for your beater - or a beater stick, please bring it, otherwise I have a good selection of driftwood collected from the beach, and of fabric too.
Or instead, you also have the option of creating a felted drum beater head.
A notebook to capture your insights from the shamanic journeys.
A towel/cloth to wrap your drum in as it will still be damp when you leave.
The drum birthing experience
Shamanic journeying and ceremony forms a key part of the weekend as we journey to make deep connections with all aspects of your drum.
Ideally, you will be familiar with shamanic journeying but if not please get in touch so that I can teach you beforehand.
There will be some free time allowing you to relax or explore the beach and woodland - weather permitting!
Creating anything, but especially a drum, can bring up some of your 'stuff', e.g. 'I'm not good enough', 'I'm not creative' etc. Don't let this put you off! I am here to guide, support and assist you so that you go home with a drum that you're proud of.
As we create the drums from deer skin they won't be fully dry by the time you head for home, which means that you won't know what it will sound like. Your intention and presence in selecting the part of the deer skin that you are drawn to, and the way you work with the drum frame and handle all affect the sound. Trust that you will create a drum with the perfect sound for you and all will be well.
I can highly recommend this workshop 😊 I’m loving my new handbirthed drum. Dawns
guidance through the process and kind, supportive energy kept me inspired. Staying in her beautiful home was a bonus.
Sophie Marsh, September 2020
Engaging, welcoming, warming experience held by Dawn. The whole experience from the moment I walked through the door took me on a journey I will always remember. Thank you so much Dawn for helping me to birth my first drum.
Cheryl Brind, OCtober 2019
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Hi, I'm Dawn Petherick,
I support 'women on the edge' (and men too!).
You'll know if you're 'on the edge' because you'll likely be feeling stuck in life, or a bit lost. Not sure where you're heading but at the same time feeling an inner longing to change and for something more.
This was me twenty years ago and I've spent the time since then raising my self awareness, getting to know ME and what I value, connecting to my divine, higher self and my spiritual guides. I've invested £000's in my own personal and spiritual development and have been supporting women to do the same for the last 10 years.
It's an ongoing journey as we continually grow and develop and I still pinch myself that this now my full time 'work' - not that it feels like work!
I support you through retreats, my Soulfull Living Sanctuary monthly membership group, 1:1 therapeutic sessions and workshops/trainings.
I look forward to meeting you on retreat soon!