From this earthen spot on the island of Crete to the cyber webs of modern technology the sacred drum is a simple yet powerful instrument that can remind us of our individual and global connection to universal rhythms.
This was a completely improvisational Sacred Drumming composition that came to me while on the island of Crete last summer, where I was continuing my research of the sacred drummers, oracles, muses, and bee priestesses of the ancient/modern world.
Photo credit: Jaya Deva We are all still integrating the mystery and magic and of this initiatory journey to Athens, Greece and Crete. It was a powerful rite of passage and pilgrimage to the ancient temples, beaches, and vibrant landscapes of the island of Crete and mainland Greece. Two groups of 25 women heard the call to join us to learn to play the Sacred Drum - a ceremonial instrument of women from the Middle East, the Mediterranean, Old Europe, and beyond. The frame dru
The glimmering Aegean Sea and rugged wild nature of the Greek island of Crete are still pulsing through my veins after having spent three weeks immersed in the rhythms of the island lifestyle there this summer. I went on a personal pilgrimage to visit some sacred sites, to continue my research of the ancient Sacred Drummers and Bee Priestesses of Greece and the Mediterranean and to film content for my soon(ish) to be released Sacred Drumming Online Academy. The island of Cret
Sacred Drumming helps us to attune ourselves to nature’s cycles & rhythms
tidal rhythms 🌊
lunar rhythms 🌙 circadian rhythms 🌕
diurnal rhythms ☀️
Biological rhythms 💋
Heartbeat rhythms ❤️
Earth rhythms 🌎 and more... Our modern culture has mostly lost a connection to these natural rhythms, and we are seeing an epidemic of arrhythmic people that oftentimes feel out of sync and step with their larger environment and atmosphere. Sacred Drumming is a
We are two molecules away from seawater - our primordial Grandmother. Our breath and emotions are like the tides ~ rolling in and out, cresting and crashing, sometimes tempestuous and other time lapping gently at the shoreline of our heats. Do you think we can truly feel anything if we don’t open up to feel everything? “Everbody has a little bit of the sun and moon in them. Everybody has a little bit of man, woman, and animal in there. Darks and lights in them. Everyone is pa
Many believe the origins of the frame drum originate in the grain sieve. When humans first settled down into agricultural settlements and began cultivating grains, women were traditionally the artisans of rhythmically winnowing the grain. Of course, women were also bleeding in rhythm with each other and the cycles of the moon. There is such deep herstory of women being together in rhythm. In looking at cultures that still employ the ancient technologies of grain winnowing, we
On my journey to Crete and Greece, where I was filming content for the Sacred Drumming Academy online program, I scoured the museums in search of images of the women with the frame drum. I found some new and a few familiar photos of the women frame drummers - The Melissae of Ancient Greece. I hope to live to see the day that a museum does a major retrospective on the frame drummers of the ancient world. There are undoubtedly countless more images cloistered away in the museu
While some long to meet movie stars, others of us long to meet up with old pithoi jars. I know it’s weird...I would be the first to admit how strange it is. Half the time, I can barely understand it myself, but it’s true - I have looked at this jar untold countless times in books and images. I could chalk it up to a past life, but that would be to cliche. I know the reasons deep down in my heart and soul and gut, but it would be too lengthy to explain in the forum so I will s
Drumming under the shade of carob trees at Elafonisi Beach on Crete. Being in circle framing drumming together creates such an effortless sense of rhythmic bonding and wordless coherence with others. Plus it's now been scientifically proven to help relieve symptoms of depression, addiction, social anxiety and a host of others, It''s simple, cheap and fun to do alone or with others. Almost every culture, worldwide, throughout time creates a drum for the people to play! Anyone