Make a medicine drum

Wednesday July 20, 2016, 12-4pm, Rock Tavern NY

Saturday July 23, 2016, 10am – 2pm, Location TBD

Workshop limited to 10 participants.

Cost: $100 + Materials Fee (See Which Drum, below)

The sacred process of making your own personal medicine drum takes you deep into your primal self. Your heart has a knowing. Touching parts of you that may have been hidden in this lifetime. You make tactile contact with the animal through its hide and with the sacred wood hoop, connecting to the elements of water, air, earth, fire and spirit. Using your inner wisdom to create a sacred instrument for Ceremony, Celebration, Healing and Journeying with intent, respect and honour.

Do you feel called?

The drum holds great cultural and symbolic power to Native America people. The beat of the drum is in harmony with the heartbeat of Mother Earth. The round form represents the circle of life and the whole universe and its steady strong beat is the pulse, the heart beating.

They believe the drum has a life of its own, as well as its own powerful spirit.

About Nadia

Nadia Khan Kimmie is a student of life! She started her inner journey of working with her shadow side and has been transformed through the powerful work of Family Constellations and Shamanism, of which she is an international practitioner.

She has been studying Shamanism since 2011, practicing Earth Medicine such as Vision Quest and Sweat Lodge, Wheel of Elements, Sacred Fire Ceremony and Women’s Healing circles.  She began facilitating Medicine Drum making workshops in her native South Africa, and has continued these offerings in Germany and the United States. Nadia is a natural healer and her teachings carry this essence. “All aspects of her work are based on healing and sharing the wisdom she has learned from her teachers and her own life lessons.”

Nadia trained as a Family Constellations facilitator in 2012 in South Africa, with Tanja Meyburgh of African Constellations, when she started observing how she was repeating her own family patterns and how it was manifesting in her children and witnessing the positive impact of the knowing field in her life.

She has been a lifeline councilor and in 2015 she pursued her gentle Yoga teacher training certification in California to incorporate more healing modalities into her work. Nadia is also an artist who plays with porcelain, loving that medium for its translucency and working with the light and shadow.

In her ‘previous’ life Nadia was a Managing Editor and she has a BA majoring in English.

Akehela Mitakuye Oyasin

Thank you to all my Relations

Which Drum?

Which Hide?
Drum Stick Included


When we are working in the West on the Medicine Wheel – the Water, emotions, shadow self – then Elk Medicine gives us the stamina and endurance to get through the edges, from the known to the unknown.  As we go through our fears, we expand ourselves and add more trust to our circle.  Trust is the lubricant that helps us take the “leap of faith” that leads us to unity with spirit and to a reclaiming of our original grace.

Elk is powerful medicine for healing child abuse and addictive patterns.  The Elk will bring up our unresolved grief and help purify and cleanse us through crying and grieving our sweet tears.  The vibration of Elk opens the third Chakra, the belly, where we carry our fears and undigested values that interfere with our pure will.  The Elk is a communal animal, hanging out with members of the same sex except during mating season.


When we are working on the natural laws of circulation – the circulatory system, the heart – then Deer is our Medicine.  Many of us are taught to “figure life out”, so we live in our heads with little attention to our hearts.  Deer opens the heart Chakra, teaching us to trust and to empower the feminine qualities of Love and Wisdom.

When we are healing “poverty consciousness”, the belief that there is just not enough time, money or love, drumming with Deer reminds us that we live in an abundant universe, with more than enough of everything.  Deer helps us learn the Laws of Circulation –when we feel unloved, then it is time to love others, and that love comes back many-fold.


Horse takes us on the Shamanic Journey, keeping us in third dimensional reality so we may ride the vibration to the spirit world to get the healing we need for self and others. Horse is pure energy – like lightning, it can transport us quickly through the cracks and crevices to the other side.  Drumming with Horse will lead us to trance states and to the higher vibrations.

The medicine of Horse teaches us that true power is the wisdom found in remembering our total journey. Strength, power, endurance.


When we seek wisdom and guidance from the Ancient Ones, the Ancestors who came before us, drumming Buffalo opens the door to that vibration.  Buffalo is associated with Wisdom and Abundance and is the source of the Sacred Pipe, as White Buffalo Calf Woman brought the Pipe to the People.  When we pray with the Pipe, we are joining the masculine Sky Energy with the feminine Earth Energy, and whatever we pray for will be given.  If we are manifesting from Spirit to Form, drumming with Buffalo is an ally in that intention, reminding us of the connection of Prayer (spirit) to Form (physical).


Drumming with Moose is empowering the Feminine Energies, as Moose hangs out near the water, and can stay under water for up to a minute while eating from the bottom of ponds and lakes.  Moose reminds us to go into and through the feelings and to take the nourishment available in emotional honesty.  Moose is also associated with self-esteem, learning how to get our nourishment from the inside, and spontaneity, trusting ourselves to act in the moment rather than controlling future decisions through planning results.  Moose is a great protector of the child, and working with Moose can teach us to nourish and protect the little one inside.


Cows can teach us about the home and community and the joy, contentment therein. Cows aid us in realizing to be easy going and live in the moment. They show us about love and connections at work and home. Cow also may demonstrate how to eat properly. Are eating enough fruits and vegetables? Are you happy at home? Cow can teach how to make those changes that are needed to balance to the joy in your surroundings.

Send your name, phone and email, hide and hoop size to Alison: apfornes (at) gmail (dot) com

She will confirm your workshop space and send payment information. Hide payment for the July 20 workshop due by JULY 1, 2016. Teacher payment can be made in advance or when you arrive.

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