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Rain Forest Drum Making Workshop

August 28, 2021 @ 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM


Join Us for a Day of “Creating your Heartbeat” by Crafting and Creating Your Very Own 14″ Deer Drum

At the end of this workshop, you will have created  your own 14′ Deer drum which you can use for the many benefits of drumming. 

You will be guided by Drum maker instructor, Laurie Morningstar as she starts the day with “Emotional Alchemy” session to attune and energy your drum. She will lead us through the process of creating our very own musical masterpiece.

Once made, the drum will need to dry! Once dried you will be able to “Beat and march to your OWN drum!” You can then join us for our regular drum circles and even be guided by Cynthia Joy to paint your drum if so desired(separate workshop once drum is complete)

Drumming Has It’s Benefits! 

The physical sensory nature of drumming provides a unique aesthetic experience. Recent research – though the indigineous peoples have know and used drums for as long as history has been recorded –  indicate that drumming accelerates physical healing, boosts the immune system and assists in releasing emotional trauma. Drumming has a positive effect on anxiety, grief, fatigue, depression and behavioral issues.

10 Health Benefits to Drumming

Drumming can have positive effects on your health and may help with many conditions from stress, fatigue, and anxiety, to hypertension, asthma, chronic pain, arthritis, mental illness, addiction, and even cancer.

Here’s why drumming is good for you:

  1. Makes you happy. Participate in a drum circle or take a cardio drumming class and you will see how happy it makes you. Drumming releases endorphins, enkephalins and Alpha waves in the brain, which are associated with general feelings of well-being and euphoria.
  1. Induces deep relaxation. In one studyblood samples from participants who participated in an hour-long drumming session revealed a reversal in stress hormones.
  1. Helps control chronic pain. Drumming can certainly serve as a distraction from pain. And, it promotes the production of endorphins and endogenous opiates, which are the body’s own morphine-like painkillers.
  1. Boosts your immune system. Studies show that drumming circles boost the immune system. Barry Bittman, MD, neurologist and President of the Yamaha Music & Wellness Institute, has shown that group drumming actually increases natural T-cells, which help the body combat cancer as well as other viruses, including AIDS.
  1. Creates a sense of connectedness. Drumming circles and group drumming classes provide an opportunity for “synchronicity” in that you connect with your own spirit at a deeper level while also connecting with other like-minded people.
  1. Aligns your body and mind with the natural world. The Greek origin of the word “rhythm” is “to flow.” Drumming allows you to flow with the rhythms of life by simply feeling the beat.
  1. Provides a way to access a higher power. Shamans often use drumming as a means to integrate mind, body and spirit. They focus on the whole body and then integrate the healing at both the physical and spiritual level by drumming, which connects spiritual forces.
  1. Releases negative feelings. The act of drumming can serve as a form of self-expression. You can literally drum out your feelings. When held, negative emotions can form energy blockages. The physical stimulation of hitting the drums can help remove those blockages. Drumming has even been used therapeutically to help addicts deal with their emotions.
  1. Puts you in the present moment. While drumming you are moving your awareness toward the flow of life. When you are flowing with the rhythm of life you cannot be caught up in your past or worrying about your future.
  1. Allows for personal transformation. Drumming stimulates creative expression. When you drum in a group, you not only get to self-express, but you get feedback from the other drummers.  It’s the equivalent of talk therapy! Drum circles provide a means of exploring your inner self, and expanding your consciousness while being part of a community.

About Laurie Morningstar

Laurie is an Emotional Alchemist and Ascension teacher. Her spiritual journey began in 1996 making a drum at Phoenix Bookstore in Surrey, BC. with elder Danyo Braun.

For many years she participated in sweatlodge and sundance, assisting Danyo in drum making workshops, the largest being over 100 drums for the First Nations of Conklin, Alberta and the Suncore company. Laurie carries a sacred pipe for the people that was given through the sundance.

She has facilitated her own workshops for over 20 years, adding Emotional Alchemy to allow deep healing and giving people a tool to help themselves move forward quickly.

Guiding you as you create your heartbeat to open your heart and soul, has been a passion since her first workshop.

The teachings about the drum come from Lakota and sundance.

The drum can be used for many purposes…songs, sound healing and journeying. You will find your own way with your very own “DrumBeat”


Location & Accommodation

This event will be held and hosted at:

Rain Forest Ranch Retreat – A Healing Sanctuary – Maple Ridge, B.C



Snacks provided during breaks

Post Workshop Potluck

**We always invite attendees to bring a dish to share in community, as sharing and “breaking bread” together is wonderful way to connect with each other**

Accommodation available for Friday Evening:

Tenting – Bring your tent and your “nest” and enjoy sleeping outdoors in nature on this beautiful 5 Acre property.

Ceremonial/Communal Sleeping in the Ceremony Space – Please bring your “nest” – Pillows, blankets, trifold mattress(there are some available for those who may not have a mat for sleeping – there is plenty of comfortable sleeping space.)

Private Rooms – available on request and booking(shared Bathroom)

Swimming Pool – bring your trunks and towel for a refreshing dip in the pool!


August 28, 2021
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Rainforest Ranch Retreat – A Healing Sanctuary, Maple Ridge, BC
25676 112 Avenue
Maple Ridge, BC v2w 1h1 Canada
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