Nineteen beautiful Women gathered last Saturday in Melbourne for an amazing day of sacred circle, story telling, listening, being heard, and sitting together to make Medicine Drums.
After weeks of rain, Melbourne gave us a gorgeous day.. we gathered at Sarah Miller‘s welcoming home. Thank you Sarah for the invitation to bring my workshop to Melbourne, you were a joy and blessing in helping to create this experience for the Women of your area. Click on Sarah’s name above to check out the amazing work she does in Embodiments Dance.
Thank you to Sarah, Alenka and Nahalyana for your help in preparing the hides into the wee hours of Saturday morning! And to Melody and Sarah for assisting me all day Saturday.. awesome pod of Mermaids (Shamanic Midwives).. xx
Each drum making workshop I do, I ask the women to learn about the story of their birth.. and if they cannot find out about their birth I ask them to reflect on their experience of Menarche, giving birth and Menopause.. through revisiting these stories we get a sense of how we were received in our rites of passage and begin to understand our process around creation.
So we shared our stories in pairs..
and then it was time to choose a hoop and hide..
Even this part is a big process… everyone has their stories around choosing.. ‘I was never picked first’ or ‘I never get the one I want’ and so many other stories we have played out in our lives. Each moment in this workshop means something.. so each part is treated with reverence and significance.
Then, drum making begins..
The drum making is an individual process.. the women work side by side, but it is not a chatting time.. there is great magic at work, and women weaving together is a familiar feeling for many of us, though we don’t remember doing it in this life time..
The first drum I made was in a circle of women around a fire.. we wove together, each focused on our task, and I knew I had been there before, I had done this before.. the sounds, the smoke from the fire, the baby chattering beside me. We used to do this all the time, for All time.. and now we do again..
So many beautiful drums born! Each so different..
Thank you so much beautiful Women, it was such a flowing day, each of you weaving together in gentle, silent encouragement of your sisters, with such grace.
Sarah and I are planning to hold another Medicine Drum making workshop next year in Melbourne, and I will hold one in Sydney during this Winter 2014. I will post details soon..
Sixteen more drums out there in the world.. drying now until Sunday.. I can’t wait to hear of your journeys with your drums!
Love Talulah x