Medicine Drum Birthing Day – Make a 14″ Drum

Rachael Crow courses, Drum Making, Workshops

21st May in Pembrokeshire

Book by 18th April*



Learn to make a 14” deer/stag hide medicine drum & drum beater from natural materials.

11 AM – approx 3-4 PM

To book please email 

£100 booking fee will be required, pay here.

Numbers are strictly limited! So book early….

(*late bookings MAYBE possible, but it’s unlikely you will be able to choose any hide other than Deer 14″, unless I have stock in already)

Spend a day creating and birthing a drum, tuning in with the natural materials, giving thanks and prayers as you use your hands, putting your love, energy and intent into this medicine tool to create a truly special drum for yourself!

The day will begin with a journey to connect with the energy of your hide and close with a ceremony to connect and bless the drums.

Using natural and traditionally prepared hides and timbers you with birth a sacred drum made from deer/stag skin.

EXTRAS Horse/cow/buffalo/goat skin may be available at special request for an extra £20, I am also offering “hair on cow/deer hides” for an extra £25 for cow, £35 for deer – see pics below
16″ Drum is a larger drum, ideal for ceremonies can be chosen for an extra £30.

Hide medicine/ meanings are listed below.

Hoops are crafted from Ash, the world tree. Beaters are made from Welsh coppiced wood, stuffed with raw sheeps wool. (let me know if there are any lanolin allergies or if you may be pregnant!)

Hides come from mostly within the United Kingdom and are either from culled wild fallow deer/stags. The hide is a waste product so by using it we are honouring the animal. As a life long vegetarian I’ve wrestled with the ethics for a long time, in the end my calling to make drums and bring women to the heartbeat of our Mother was too strong! I source them as ethically as possible, supporting local crafts people. On occasion I may have to source hides from outside the UK, hides such as buffalo /cow are from the US.

All teaching, tools and materials are provided.
Suitable for those used to crafting and complete beginners!

£100 booking deposit will be required, pay here.  please note deposits are non refundable due to the small amount of places. Please remember to bring the rest of your payment on the day.

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About Rachael Crow- I have experience of holding ceremonies for almost 30 years, I’m a Reiki Teacher, workshop facilitator and Earth keeper! I made my first drum on Dartmoor over 20 years ago and love to share this skill with others.

Please bring your lunch and an old towel to make your drum on and wrap your drum in.
You may wish to dream into some symbols to paint inside your drum hoop, I will bring some natural ochre for this. Some people put reiki symbols, personal symbols, healing symbols… you may also like to bring personal items such as feathers, crystals, hair, fur…which can personalise your drum and beater. I will bring some things with me for this too.

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Custom drums avaliable, browse my collection

I sell  Drum making Supplies and have drum making kits available with video tutorial

1-1 sessions and mixed groups are available on request,  or maybe you have a group that would like to birth drums with me? I can arrange a drum day for you and your friends, contact me to discuss.


Hide Medicine/Meanings-

Deer’s medicine includes gentleness, the ability to listen, grace and appreciation for the beauty of balance, power of gratitude and giving, ability to sacrifice for the higher good, connection to the woodland goddess, alternative paths to a goal. Deer teaches us how powerful it is to have a gentle demeanour, to exert keen observation and sensitivity. Deer’s are in tune with nature and all it comprises. They are sacred carriers of peace and show us how to open our hearts and love unconditionally .Deer teaches us to touch the hearts and minds of wounded beings who are in our lives, to gently nudge them in right direction, with the love that comes from deer.

To call upon the Stag is to call his divine power to enhance a new beginning or new venture, to bring dignity, power and integrity and to fertilize new ideas. With the stag as your drum it is a time to stand tall and be seen, now is the time to attract those that you desire. It is your time and thoughts manifest reality, be positive, assertive and diplomatic and your dreams will materialize.

The Stag is an Earth tied energy and will bring harmony and a sense of natural progression, he encourages stability and patience, patience is a virtue bestowed upon the wise. To be able to wait and be comfortable waiting. The stag is a solitaire for most of the year, but with his antlers comes his need to share, he will make himself known to all that seek his influence and will give willingly to all that are prepared to accept his ways. The Stag has always occupied the Celtic lands and is the source of many a myth and legend. It takes a skilled hunter to find an older stag, with age comes wisdom, with responsibility comes a stronger will to survive.

Goat Medicine is letting you know that this is a time to begin new climbs and new endeavours. Plan your course and take your time. In other words, look closely at what is ahead so that you can be surefooted along your path. Mountain Goat meaning is also be letting you know that it is time to stretch yourself. Therefore, reach for new and higher goals.

Goat symbolises trust ing your ability to land on your feet. Having faith in yourself and your skills is a potent tool that is available to you at all times, move forward one step at a time. The ‘sky is the limit.’  In other words, allow yourself to reach for lofty goals. The only one stopping you is yourself, believe in your power and move forward with your life.

Cow Medicine- In many cultures, animal symbolism of the cow is married to the concept of Mother Earth, and has been a symbol of fertility, feminine nurturing and power for centuries.

Other qualities of cow are: Beginnings, Patience, Nourishment, Abundance, Fertility, Female Power, Potential, Possibility, Calming, Grounded, Provision

Buffalo medicine includes manifestation, protection, earth creativity, feminine courage, abundance, knowledge, generosity, hospitality, sharing work, courage, strength, challenge, survival, giving for the greater good, formulating beneficial plans.

Buffalo will assist you in establishing a deep connection with Mother Earth, Father Sky and Grandmother Moon.

The story of the White Buffalo Woman originates from the Lakota people, she taught them that all things are inter connected and that it is not necessary to struggle to have abundance. The one thing that is necessary, however, is to be connected with Spirit. Buffalo’s relationship to the Native American People of the USA highlights these lessons. Every part of this animal was used, right down to the hooves, which were used to make glue. Buffalo gave others the gift of life by sacrificing its own. Food and hides for clothing and shelter were provided. Prior to a buffalo hunt, prayers of gratitude were offered up to great spirit by the tribes. Post hunt, ceremonies were performed that honoured the buffalo’s spirit. Without the buffalo these tribes would not have survived the harsh winters. This is just one lesson of abundance – use whatever resources are available.

Horse medicine is physical power and unearthly power. In shamanic practices throughout the world, horse enables shamans to fly through the air and reach heaven.
In understanding the power of horse, you may see how to strive for a balanced medicine shield. True power is wisdom found in remembering your total journey. Wisdom comes from remembering pathways you have walked in another person’s moccasins. Compassion, caring, teaching, loving, and sharing your gifts, talents, and abilities are the gateway to power.
As a power animal, horse, is primarily a message carrier and is often concerned with traversing “gateways.” It is associated with the power and responsibility that comes from exercising authority, and the wisdom required to use it in a balanced way. On an emotional level, horse is connected with the need for compassionate understanding.
The horse enabled people to explore and find freedom from the constraints of their own communities. This enabled them to travel and thus discover the multiplicity of life and all of its powers. Horses have great appeal to most people. We are fascinated by them, and riding one raises us above the mundane, and renews our sense of power. They signify the wind and even the foam of the sea.
Horses were given powers of divination. More than one legend speaks of the clairvoyance of horses and their ability to recognize those involved in magic. They are symbols that can express the magical side of humans.

Feedback from my Drum making days-

“Thank you with all of my heart for such a special day. It was incredibly nourishing and enriching. You created a beautiful space for us not only physically, but also spiritually. I loved all the elements you included into the day and how patient you were teaching us! You are an incredibly inspiring and powerful being, full of so much light and love and it’s been an honour to meet you. I very much hope I get to meet with you again before too long. It felt a magical connection between us all that day. Thank you so much again for all you brought to the day.”

“A very big ‘thank you’ for such a beautiful day, way beyond what my imagination had given me.
I feel a wholeness within.”

“You are an amazing woman & such a natural teacher & leader & we all had just a totally magical day.
Thank you from my heart.”

“Thank you for making the day so special”


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