Making drums for troubled times

Drums giving back to me in the time of COVIDMy drums are healing drums and part of my medicine role. Right now they are keeping me well as creativity helps me stay well to support others. We are shielding and they are such a boon. Making them is one thing that has kept me working through lockdown as a public service therapist working from home and being a carer at the same time.  
Sales are ploughed back in to buy materials as much of my drum work is probono. See below some things we have been doing to stay strong and help others. 
Photo below Lemmy helping my daughter pull a fur drum. COVID has delayed her operation so she has been very unwell but she is putting her artistry to good use. #artforwellness #covidart#kittyhelper #healingdrums

 13" horse drum has been reserved for a lovely woman who heals the land. 

10 " women's drum.  Tied with a women motif and showing "Our love is our strength" inscribed in the middle. Reserved and going to support an amazing public…

When I post this it should be fun...

This is white privilege. A facebook post. I love you my friend x Lazing in bed I notice my dear friend a beautiful Elder who introduced me to Chief Robert Joseph and other " indian" residential school survivors at the 20 yr IRSSS anniversary event posted this game . She helps me speak out on this horrid history. I have a look at her post and freeze... When she posts this game on how friends met her she receives messages from her (colonial prison) schoolfriends on how they met and it is heartbreaking to read. I am grateful witnessing her IRSSS work is how I met her. I don't usually do these posts but indigenous lives matter and this example, it explains white privilege well. The original post FUN GAME:- Those of you who are also in isolation, home quarantine or quarantined somewhere else and who have known me in some way, no matter what stage in my life, surely know a little about me. Maybe we’re not linked anymore, but I want to believe that we are. I decided to part…

Drum making workshops - dates when safe.

A one day drum making workshop with Lorna of Celebrate your Heartbeat and Ann and Dan of Spirit of the Sound
Come and ceremonially craft your own drum with love and intent. You will experience the space to birth a medicine tool for your personal journey to connect you with Spirit and your heart.
The cost will START at £150 for making a 12" lighter colour deer DRUM and beater. Other options will cost more as there will be the possibility to choose different hoops (style and size) and horse and red deer skin at added costs. We will have photos and descriptions of the various options and full payment will secure a choice. First come first served. More details to follow and please get in touch by message if you wish to come and reserve a spot with payment of £100 deposit. Please email via the get in touch button for booking instructions.

Ann and Dan Teague are well respected Elders locally who have sat under many teachers in the medicine way and now have been embraced by Sandy to join…

My Celebrate your Heartbeat drums are coming out to play for Australia!

Come and join Clare Chel and Ness for a blissful and nurturing evening
Onward House, 55 Greenbank Rd, Plymouth PL4 8PE 6-10 pm 23rd November So far in our Blissed out space we will be offering three different card readers, a healing area, Head massage, Enchanted doll making, Face painting, Photo booth, Free Hugs!
All this followed by storytelling and a Beautiful drum circle held by Lorna of Celebrate Your Heartbeat.
This is going to be a lovely, lush, special event.

We'll be asking for donations , as this is a fundraiser to bring over the
Elder Sandy La Framboise from Canada, next year for teaching and ceremony.

Delicious food, £5 for a plate of curry. Other refreshments will be for sale (including yummy cake!)

We have some awesome raffle prizes, including original art and if you have a prize to donate, please bring it along on the night.
Raffle tickets £1 a strip.
Prizes so far: An eagle medicine healing with Lorna Coulson

Drumming for the people

I seem to be doing a lot of protest drumming. This is sad as there is so much else to do but we seem to be facing so many changes and lots of people are in poverty and dying.

The drums are out sounding for the people here and in Canada where my elder gave a drum to a community group. . I am also getting ready to run some drum making sessions.

But what else is happening .... 
I am off to the Journal of Dementia Care conference soon and hope to inspire more Dementia Drumming like we did at Age UK some years ago!

Women's day here in Plymouth this coming  Sunday the 20th October . Come and light the fire in your belly and explore...Who you truly are and Who you want to be...
“As women we give out so much of the time. This is a workshop designed for women who give and who would like space for themselves to replenish their internal storehouse.
Women who would like to reconnect with themselves with music, creativity, laughter and maybe a few tears...” Drums will be available to buy if anyo…