These special offerings are led by the members of Dream Seed. To book one of these workshops please contact us. To find out when these workshops are next happening in your area please visit our tour page.
Heart Of The Earth: Drum Making Ceremony
Sacred Song Study
Sonadora: Healing with Sacred Sound and Vibration
HEART OF THE EARTH: DRUM MAKING CEREMONY
Full Day Workshop
The drum is a sacred instrument that invokes the heart and speaks a universal language. Its rhythmic heartbeat is at the center of ceremonies held by people all over the world. The shamanic drum is used to communicate with the Spirit and to connect our hearts with the heartbeat of the Earth. It is a powerful medicine that heals the body, heart, mind, and spirit.
In this workshop we will come together in a sacred space to create our own ceremonial drums and learn a frame drum-tying technique that we received from our communities spiritual leader and elder, Maestro Manuel Rufino.
We will be making one-sided hand drums, using wooden frames made of maple and elk, deer or buffalo hide, and sinew.
The creation of the drum is a prayer and a ceremony in itself. We will work with our drums as a visioning meditation for our lives and our paths, so that our thoughts and intentions remain in a high vibration as we create the drums and through that process they become part of the drums. During that time we will share and listen to sacred songs from different Native traditions. Making your own personal drum is a sacred journey and the power of making something like this with your own hands is incredible, it becomes an extension of your own heart & mind.
Cost includes drum materials and art supplies.
SACRED SONG STUDY
2 Hour Workshop
Join us in an intentional study group for sacred song practice. Together we will create an environment that promotes the development and deeper learning of traditional sacred songs from around the world. Our goal is to implant these sacred chants in our hearts so that we can share them in prayer, personal practice and strengthen the global sacred song community. We begin our classes always by honoring the directions; we ask that you come on time, so that we can open the space together in a good way.
3 Hour Workshop
This 3-hour workshop will cover the fundamentals of didgeridoo playing including: diaphragmatic breathing, the drone sound, harmonic overtones, cheek and ab rhythms, animal sounds, and the basic techniques of circular breathing.
Additionally the workshop includes a sound meditation where participants can either be up and meditate or lie down and as Dream Seed members play a number of different sound healing instruments such as the pan flute, the Native American drum/shaker, tank drum, singing bowl, jawharp, gong and didgeridoo specifically on various energetic centers of the body incorporating throat singing and ceremonial songs from the Native American traditions. A sound meditation will help allow the first half of the workshop sink in to your muscle memory, and be refreshed and inspired to learn for the next portion of class.
The workshop will conclude with a focus on world rhythms, beatboxing and guiding people into working and experimenting with the full range of their voices and exploring singing through the didgeridoo, which easily creates amazing transcendental sounds and is still rare to come across in the didgeridoo world even with experienced players. If participants are experienced we can begin to cover the process of learning to incorporate lyrics and normal singing intermixed with didge playing and cover more complex rhythms and advanced beatboxing effects.
Sonadora: Healing with sacred sound and vibration
A sonadora is one who is a sacred sounder, one who heals with sacred sound and vibrations. Sacred sound is an ancient science that is based on vibration, frequency and intention. In this workshop series we will focus on learning sound healing techniques, awakening to your inner voice and intuitive energies and opening the pathways to working with sacred sound. We will focus on opening the voice through vocal exercises, sacred mantras, indigenous songs and chants.
We will work with quartz crystal singing bowls, tuning forks, tibetan singing bowls, gongs, flutes, bells, drums, rattles and other sound healing instruments to explore and learn how to create healing spaces with sound. We will study elements of sacred sound, color, the medicine wheel and the elements, the chakras and various movement techniques to get into the body, move energy and access our intuition.
Participants are encouraged to bring their own sound healing instruments to work with but there will be crystal singing bowls and other instruments available. It is recommended to bring your own instrument so that you can begin to develop a deeper relationship with it and learn how to work with it.