A celebration of your child’s birth and your shared birth story conveyed through an intimate creation of a treasured keepsake.- your child’s very own medicine drum. Your child’s birth drum will hold a deepened connection of the love you share for each other, a creative joy and a protection imbued in the raw materials of your creative work.

This process works to journey through your birth memories and shared experiences through the retelling of your child’s birth and re-envisioning a shared future together. This experience is a deep celebration of Womanhood, Motherhood, Kinhood. It aims to strengthen your spiritual self and your life long relationship with your child.

An en-wombed and transformative harmonised birth beat. A cherished connective time capturing your child’s special place within the world symbolised by their unique rhythmic drum beat. A weekend of:

  • Exploring the realms of birth and re envisioning a new version of a shared tapestry of love, belonging and a profound connection to self and land.
  • Exploring birth lineage and crafting a medicine drum.
  • Connecting with others and living in community with like minded souls.
  • Connecting to the rhythms of the season
  • The workshop includes and is suitable for all caregivers including foster care, grandparental care, and fathers.

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This Workshop is for you if you seek to:

  • Explore and Deepen your connection with your child
  • Open up a different way of being in way of self awareness, triggers and protection
  • Alchemise your child’s or your own birth trauma and/or ancestral lineage from being a wound that is a burden to carry into a gift/strength that you share with the world.
  • Heal the land and deepen your connection to mother nature

Connect with her child’s true essence which is then woven into the drum. Once we clear old stories that no longer serve us then we are left with the core essence of who the child is . Then the weaving can take place. The medicine within the drum serves to send the innate gifts of this child out into the world.  The medicine drum can be used to support bringing your little one back into balance, strengthen the connection between the two of you, support the physical health of your child and send healing energy to mother earth.  

The weekend will involve sessions where parent and child gather together as well as times where both mother and child will be supported individually.

 

Each drum will be crafted using kangaroo hide and a 12 inch willow framed hoop

 

Kangaroo Medicine

Kangaroo medicine offers the characteristics of the animal’s qualities – symbolising a safe pouch-like home environment, the ability to adapt to new situations, strength, stamina and balance.

Willow Medicine

Willow is associated with the moon, water and the goddess. It is the tree of dreaming, intuition and deep emotions. It belongs to the beginning of spring and the first stirrings of life after the winter, the shooting of the first leaves. When used in a drum, it helps with the release of emotions and assists us in expression.

 

 

Workshop Details:

  • September 30th and October 1st (for children aged 3-12 years of age)

Day 1

9.30am – 4pm | Overnight camp together

Day 2

9.30am – 4pm

 

  • Where

10 Shirley Drive, Taradale Victoria

Dja Dja Wurrung land

You are welcome to camp on the property overnight on the Saturday – BYO camping gear OR you are welcome to camp in the communal 5m lotus belle tent.  Please note- there is no showers, but you are welcome to swim in the dam.

 

Meals

You will nourished by a selection of delicious seasonal vegetarian meals including

SATURDAY

Morning tea- hummus, carrots, celery, cucumber, corn chips and muesli slice

Lunch- wraps with selection eggs, tuna, cheese, freshly grated carrot and beetroot, lettuce

Afternoon Tea- chia seed slice with seasonal berries

Dinner- dahl, rice and salad with apple crumble and yoghurt for dessert

SUNDAY

Breakfast- Creamy oat porridge with hints of cinnamon and cardamon and an array of toppings including berries, banana and honey

Morning Tea- hummus, carrots, celery, cucumber, corn chips and muesli slice

Afternoon Tea- Banana bread and yoghurt

 

  • Cost- $1150 – One off payment OR
  • Payment Plan of 4 fortnightly payments of $310 OR
  • If you would prefer to pay via bank transfer, Please make full payment and email info@acornoak.com.au with your name and phone number:

Katherine Knott

BSB 083495

Account Number 619642939

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

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  • 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

All Food is included- please let us know if there are dietary restrictions

 

  • What is the story of your own birth?

(particularly regarding the 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? Cesarean?

 

  • 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.

 

 

Facilitators

  • Katherine Knott

Katherine is a naturopath, herbalist, shamanic womancrafter, and mother to 4 crazy wildings who are her greatest teachers. She is the founder of Acorn and Oak, an apothecary and natural health clinic in Ballarat. Katherine has always been drawn to the inner stories that a person weaves from the moment of conception until the present time and how they impact who and how they are in the world. She intertwines the medicine of her drum throughout clinical practice as a naturopath. She also facilitates monthly women’s circles, herbal medicine workshops and shamanic drum making weekend workshops.

 

  • Rose DeMaria

Rose is the founder and facilitator of Wild Wisdom and Castlemaine Bush Kinder. She is a Nature Educator, sessional lecturer, teaching consultant and advocate for Nature Education and accessing natural environments for life learning, with particular emphasis on Early Education, Nature and Kinship pedagogy.

Rose weaves her love of box ironbark bush flora with her skills in nature crafts, local plant dyes and weaving work. Her connection to our living Djarra mother and her love of children are her great motivators.. Rose is a mother of 5 children. She has worked tirelessly on improving early education frameworks and a child’s right to quality care.

 

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Practitioners

Katherine Knott

Katherine is a certified naturopath and the founding director of Acorn and Oak.   Her journey into studying Naturopathy started…

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