The Sacred Drumming Practitioner Training is a certificated training programme held over five weekends within the period of one year. Completion of this training will give participants the information, knowledge and tools required to become a specialist Sacred Drumming Practitioner. The course is certified by the College of Sound Healing, and is evaluated and approved by the CMA (Complimentary Medical Association) and the TSA (Therapeutic Sound Association).
The power of the drum and its use for healing is universal, wide ranging and all embracing.
This training course aims to give you the confidence to use the drum and rattle for self healing, helping others and healing your home and the Earth. Information and wisdom from other cultures are imparted to reinforce up-to-date scientific studies on the use of drum in sound healing.
In many cultures the shamanic drum is still used to help heal individuals and hold the social fabric of communities together. This course reawakens each student to this healing potential in ourselves and our society. Students are encouraged to develop through reading, study and dedicated practice a deep and personal understanding of themselves as a shamanic healer. Each student starts the course by making their own personal medicine drum and rattle.
Homework will be given after each weekend and case histories accompany each module - these all need to be completed for final certification.
The cost for the course is £1,000 (£200/weekend) plus £120 for drum and rattle making materials to be paid upon application. Accommodation and meals are not included in the price.
Smudging and the importance of creating sacred space
Study of the Sacred directions of the medicine wheel
Creating in ceremony your own medicine drum, beater, and a rattle
Drum meditation and drum opening
Opening each day the medicine wheel with your drum and rattle
Develop ideas for painting your drum
Explore your personal allies and spirit guides with your drum
Explore using your rattle each day for personal cleansing
This will be an exploratory weekend to see if you wish to do the whole course.
Review of Weekend One
Introduction and foundation to drum medicine, smudging and drum meditation
Human energy anatomy, acupuncture meridians and 13 chakras
Learn to use your drum to seek for your allies in the sacred directions for guidance and protection
In-depth study of your place in the medicine wheel
Learn to do distant drum healing
Initiating and blessing your drum and rattle with the four elements
Learn to do drum healing with one person in the centre of the circle
Drumming and singing Medicine songs
Daily drumming and singing to the Sacred Directions
Explore finding your medicine song and stone
2,000 word essay on your discoveries of the medicine wheel
This is the weekend of forming a solid foundation and anchor for a powerful sacred drumming future.
Review of Weekend Two
Learn the Drum Healing Sitting and Standing Protocols
Learn rattle medicine
Trance journeys into the middle world
Intuitive listening using different drum sound techniques
Learn drumming to become in-tune with nature
Accessing your ancestors, tree, stone, herb and animal helpers and allies
Anatomy of the drum and rattle
Learn Earth healing and creation of sacred space in the environment
Complete your 3 case studies on trance journeys into the middle world and 12 case studies on sitting and standing drum healing protocols
Review of previous weekends
Exploring subjects for dissertation
Learn the Drum Healing Lying Down Protocol practice sessions
Learn to run a drum circle
Trance journeys into the lower and upper worlds
Group drumming with one person in the centre (review) and drum bath
Using the voice, medicine songs, toning and chanting
Other sound medicine instruments
Research drum healing
Create project/dissertation on chosen drum subject
Complete 3 case studies each on journeys into the lower and upper worlds, plus 12 drum healing case studies with client lying down, and 3 case studies on facilitating a sacred drumming group
Review of 36 case studies
Review and practice of drum healing protocols
Review of trance journeys with rattle and drum
Demonstrate a drum healing session to the group
Discuss status of dissertations
Working with the Goddess of the sacred directions
Final graduation ceremony
Participants will make and paint their own double-sided hoop drum and a rattle as part of the course. The cost of drum and rattle making materials will need to be paid in advance of Module One.
Students will need to join the College as a student member (costs £30.00 for the course) and have insurance cover by the start of Module Two while they are training.
The College has a Block Insurance Scheme. The premiums are £35.50 for Student Members and £54.50 for Graduates in the UK. Students need to have insurance cover while they are undergoing the Practitioner Training. Practitioners who already have insurance cover may be able to add sound healing to their existing policy at no extra charge.
It is helpful if participants have had some experience of healing before attending the course.
To graduate, participants must attend each module, and complete the assignments and case studies that accompany each module. Students need to join the College of Sound Healing as a Student Member, have insurance cover and a current first aid certificate. Students must also complete the additional Sound Healing Workshops.
Sound Healing Workshops
As well as completing the core curriculum students will need to complete one or two additional Sound Healing Workshops. These workshops can be taken before or during attending the core curriculum.
Students can choose from one of these options:
Students need to do their additional Sound Healing Workshops with College Tutors or attend the College Conference. Any day or weekend workshop shown on the College web site counts as an additional Sound Healing Workshop.
Exceptions are made for students coming to do the Practitioner Training from Overseas. They can attend equivalent workshops in their own country.
Participants will be assessed on their intuitive ability to perceive the changes in the client’s energy field as a doorway into their physical, emotional and spiritual condition; and to be able to create a positive outcome for the client with drum, rattle and voice.
At the end of the course, if participants have satisfactorily completed the practice treatments, written work and the evaluation, they will be presented with a certificate of competence by the College. A fee of £20.00 will be charged by the College for certification.
At Part Two of the Practitioner Training Course you will need to become a Student Member of the College. Student Membership is £30.00 and has a duration of two years, giving you plenty of time to complete your Practitioner Training. To become a Student Member please go to the Membership page.
Once you have completed the Practitioner Training you can become a Member of the College of Sound Healing (MCSH) and the Therapeutic Sound Association (TSA). The cost of College Membership is £45.00 per annum.
Anatomy And Physiology
Students are expected to have a basic knowledge of anatomy and physiology and hold a current first aid certificate.
After qualification, College members are expected to do a minimum of 16 hours a year Continuing Professional Development. Please check the College website for available courses and options.
The cost for the course is £1,000.00 (£200.00/weekend) plus £120.00 for drum and rattle making materials to be paid upon application. Accommodation and meals are not included in the price.
Aoife B: "I am still buzzing from the weekend and very excited about what's to come!"
Brian J: "It was a revelation to find that the drum is the main source of my learning; in listening to it and working with it, I find that my senses are heightened and that tuning into my clients is so much more powerful and natural. I would certainly recommend this course."
Emiliye A: "I should like to express my very deep gratitude for the wonderful course you are offering and sharing with us. It is such a privilege to have met you both and to be a part of something so special."
Gabriella K: "Without this course, without this work, without the depth of prayer of the medicine wheel, and the healing from the drum and from Spirit I would not have made it through the challenges of these last months."
Giusi M: "Thank you very much for the wonderful weekend; you are two beautiful souls and I'm very grateful to have crossed your path."
Julia C: "Thank you for a beautiful weekend with the medicine wheel, it touched my heart and life has felt so different afterwards. Everything has felt like it makes a bit more sense and I drum to the wheel daily."
Pat P: "The Sacred Drumming Practitioner Course with Steven Ash has been so much more than a course - it is a transformational and powerful journey of self discovery. Guided by Steven and Renata and working with my beautiful fellow drummers, this course has been an incredible experience way beyond my expectations."
Dr. Peter V: "Sacred Drumming with Steven Ash is a deep journey into Self-development and Self-cultivation... This course is a true voyage towards understanding your Nature of Being using the power of the Drum."
Tam-Wahra-Tam K: "We all seemed so tuned in and tuned up, and even the trees took to prancing and dancing all about - unforgettable! The healing sessions were powerful, energising and explained so much about what we are all eventually aiming for."
Steve W: "Thank you both for a wonderful weekend full of love and spirit and for the gift of the song!"
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Eva Greenslade - Tutor Steven Ash
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