Shamanic Drum Making Weekend Workshop

Shamanic Drum Making is way of bringing yourself back home. Back to the fully re-membered self that you were when you were born. The creation of the drum is a prayer and ceremony in itself.

The shamanic drum is a sacred instrument that invokes the heart and speaks a universal language. Its rhythmic heartbeat is at the centre of ceremonies held by people all over the world. It is a powerful medicine that heals mind, body and soul.

The process  of making your drum is reflective of your own birth story, the births of your children (if you have any) and how you do “process” in your life both creatively and in relationship to Other. Birthing a drum becomes a ‘way in’ to your inner workings, a way for you to be present with the imprinting from your own birth and early childhood. 

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By approaching the process with awareness and consciousness, you not only make yourself a personalised shamanic tool, you have a shamanic experience, connecting with the animal of the hide you are using and the wood of the frame. 

A Woman Drawing a Circle in Women in Shamanic Drum Making Workshop at Acorn and Oak


Drumming can be for healing (it actually boosts your immune system), for prayer, for calming, and for inducing altered states of consciousness for the purpose of shamanic journeying.

Sample Drum Created in Shamanic Drum Making Workshop at Acorn and Oak


Using the drum during the labour of childbirth helps reduce the intensity of contractions – the vibration of dissipating pain and offering the woman a focal point that enables her to access an altered state of consciousness.

Birthing A Drum in Shamanic Drum Making Workshop at Acorn and Oak


Beating the shamanic drum reunites us with the heartbeat of Mother Earth. The instrument is as old as human kind and has been used in all cultures. It is a feminine symbol – a round container that vibrates life. It connects our spirit with the ancient knowledge of the Universe.


In the course of 2 days, you will be sitting in circle with yourself and others, who, along with birthing a drum, have desire to awaken and deepen the connection they have with self, the wisdom of their menstrual cycle (if you have one), and the moon cycles as well as the seasonal cycles.


The Making of Shamanic Drums

In shamanic traditions, the drum is used to call the spirits and to facilitate the transition of the shaman, via a trance state, to the other realms for the purpose of mediation and healing. Often referred to as the Shaman’s Horse, the drum and its beat are what the shaman “rides” between the physical and spiritual worlds when she is journeying.

Within “The Shamanic Drum – a guide to sacred drumming”, Michael Drake describes the different beat patterns of the drum and their effects and explains how drumming synchronises the hemispheres of the brain, resulting in a sense of balance that creates the knowing of what to do (next).


What Others Have to Say about the Experience of Birthing their Drum

“A deeply transformative process (as all births are) and reflective of my own birth story and the births of my children.  I laughed, l cried, l held space for others… struggled with anger, fear, and self doubt during the transition. I really leant into those spaces and sharp edges and came away today with a deeper knowledge and a deeper knowing of myself…..and a beautiful drum!”

“This process beautifully mimicked each of my birth experiences! From my birth through to my 2 boys! It was a journey but one with so much love, pride and excitement!”


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Katherine Knott

A naturopath, herbalist, shamanic womancrafter and mother to her 4 crazy wildings who are her greatest teachers. Katherine has always been drawn to the inner stories that a person weaves from the moment of conception until the present time and how that impact who and how they are in the world. She intertwines the medicine of her drum throughout clinical practice as a naturopath as well as whilst facilitating  regular full moon circles. 

Nicki Stewart

A grass roots herbalist, naturopath, and mumma to 3 amazing children, Nicki has always been drawn to energetic medicine/healing, especially drum medicine. Birthed her first drum 13 years ago, just after the birth of her first daughter, she found out it was both a powerful and life-changing experience. She works with her drum both in clinic and with her family; to raise the body’s vital force to assist in healing and supporting wellbeing. Completed a mentoring program for young girls called ‘Journey of Young Women’ created by the amazing Katherine Krueger, she has been facilitating maiden circles on her country property for a number of years.

Event Details

Saturday 29th October 9:30-4:00pm

Sunday 30th October 9:30-4:00pm


Dja Dja Warrung land – Castlemaine/Daylesford Region

You are welcome to camp on the property overnight on the Saturday – BYO camping gear


Payment includes materials needed to make your drum, as well as morning and afternoon tea on both days.

You are also welcome to camp on the property overnight on the Saturday.

What To Bring

  • 2 towels (to lay your drum on whilst it is being birthed/made)
  • scissors strong enough to cut through hide
  • pillow case to take your drum home in
  • a shawl/blanket to cover yourself when drum journeying
  • a journal and a pen.

What is the story of your own birth?
(particularly regarding situation for your mother during your pregnancy: weeks of gestation at birth, breech?, twins? premature labour?)

How did labour start: Induction? Natural? Drugs in labour? Length of labour?

What is the way of birth: Forceps? Vacuum? Normal vaginal? Caesarean?

What are the stories of you giving birth?
The stories with your babies (all pregnancy’s result in a birth including abortions, miscarriages, etc) and if there have been no pregnancies, then what are the stories of you birthing/creating? You can name projects at work, business, craft, new versions of yourself, and the likes.



We offer payment options for our Shamanic Drum Making Workshop:

Option 1 – Pay a One-Time Payment for $750 by clicking here.


Option 2 Payment Plan: 4 payments of $199 every 2 weeks starting from first payment. Click here.


OR, if you would prefer to pay via bank transfer 

Please make full payment and email with your name and phone number

Katherine Knott

BSB 083449

Account Number 619642939

Once payment has been received, you will receive an email with more details.


Katherine Knott

Katherine is a certified naturopath and the founding director of Acorn and Oak.   She began studying Naturopathy when she…