WHAT IS MEDICINE DRUMMING?
It is a form of Shamanic drumming which is played on a ‘frame’ drum or ‘Medicine’ drum. ‘Medicine’ is used in the ancient Native American sense, from the teachings of the Medicine Wheel – a time-honoured spiritual practice which guides you to a deeper understanding of yourself, to your loved ones, the world and the universe… Jana’s training courses are based on the numeric system called the ‘Ancient Mayan 20 Count’, playing repetitive Shamanic rhythms which take you into a deep trance. Here is a description of the 20 Count:
“The twenty sacred powers of the Medicine Wheel are the gateways of perception that make the experience of Oneness possible for all humans. Some gateways are visible and some are invisible… both will show us complete reality when they are opened. The Medicine Wheel is Humankind – it is our tool for measuring the infinite. It is our blueprint for balancing spirit and matter in our lives and for understanding the wisdom of our Divine natures. The focal point is the development of our consciousness from the sacred five to the sacred twenty. When we are fully conscious and empowered as human beings (the sacred five), then we can understand our RELATIONSHIP to each of the powers”.
Click on the photo of Jana to see a Youtube video of a workshop in Spain - the group are playing 'Sun & Earth' rhythms together.
The vibrations of the drum have a deep, transformative effect on the body, bringing about profound and lasting changes. As a form of sound healing, it is undoubtedly one of the most accessible methods to experience. The drum is an ancient tool used by our ancestors throughout time. It is a way of understanding the subtle language of sound and vibration.
Click on image for a video of this drum healing session.
GRANDMOTHER DRUM AT ANCIENT STONE CIRCLES:
Jana also works with a large group 'Grandmother Drum' - with it's deep, powerful resonance, the drum connects everybody to Sacred Mother Earth. Jana takes this drum to sacred sites in the UK, like Avebury Stone Circles and Stonehenge. Click on the photo to see a Youtube video of drumming and chanting at Avebury on the Grandmother Drum.
Click on this photo to see the drum being played at Avebury, chanting 'The Ancient Altar Song'.
HONOURING THE SACRED FEMININE:
With Her feminine Goddess-energy, the Grandmother Drum is ideal for circles of Goddess-loving people, especially the 'Red Tent' movement around the world!
Here she is being played by a group of women a the 2015 Goddess Conference in Glastonbury, UK.
Click on photo for a video of women playing the Grandmother Drum, chanting a Navajo chant called 'Wisdom Woman Song'.
And for those of you involved with the Shamanic Movement, click on the photo for a Youtube link of the Grandmother Drum being played at the 2014 Shamanic Conference in the UK, as we play a 7 beat, invoking the new dream...
MEDICINE DRUM CIRCLES:
Everyone of all ages can benefit from 'tuning in' to the tones and harmonics of the Medicine drum - it is both enjoyable and deeply healing. Drum healing is a simple yet powerful technique which has a life-changing effect. Repetitive drumming slows down our brain rhythm helping us to experience trance like states. These techniques, prominent in shamanic practices, allow the healer or client to leave normal conscious awareness in order to journey to other realms of consciousness. Here, healing can take place.
5 RHYTHMS FOR BEGINNERS:
Come and visit us in Glastonbury to try out the first 5 rhythms of the 20 count - Jana will be facilitating beginners' classes on the last Saturday of the month, from February 2016. She has plenty of drums, so if you're visiting our powerful little town for the weekend, come and give it a try! Click on the photo for details...
REGULAR 20 COUNT SHAMANIC DRUMMING CIRCLE:
And if you're a more experienced drummer, come and join us on Tuesday evenings for the regular Spiritsound Drumming Circle - click on the image:
In the Medicine Drumming circles, Jana works with sacred songs from different spiritual traditions, some in English and others in Native American languages and, of course, the most sacred language of all - Sanskrit. The healing aspect of this work is on-going - as we release our fears and find the courage to face our karmic patterns, we find 'spiritual liberation'. In re-creating a sacred space or 'temple' in which to make our ceremonial music, we give ourselves permission to express ourselves from our 'HIgher Selves' - and this is the most beautiful, blissful connection to Spirit...
SOUND - MUSIC - SPIRIT - HEALING - MEDICINE - MAGIC
SONIDO - MÚSICA - ESPÍRITU - CURACIÓN - MEDICINA - MAGIA
MAGIA DE LOS TAMBORES CHAMÁNICOS:
Jana visita regularmente España para facilitar talleres de tambores chamánicos. Si usted quisiera que viniera a visitar su comunidad, no dude en ponerse en contacto con ella para hablar de ello.
HAGA CLIC EN ESTA FOTO PARA VER ESTE GRUPO JUGAR TRES DIFERENTES RITMOS DE LA RUEDA DE LA MEDICINA JUNTOS EN ESPAÑA.
En los círculos de Medicina del Tambor, Jana trabaja con cantos sagrados de diferentes tradiciones espirituales, algunos en Inglés y otros en lenguas indígenas y, por supuesto, el lenguaje más sagrado de todos - sánscrito. El aspecto curativo de este trabajo está en curso - como nos liberamos nuestros miedos y encontrar el coraje para enfrentarse a sus patrones kármicos, nos encontramos con la "liberación espiritual". En volver a crear un espacio sagrado o "templo" en el que para hacer nuestra música ceremonial, nos damos permiso para expresar nosotros mismos de nuestros "seres superiores" - y esta es la más bella, la conexión dichosa al Espíritu.
CEREMONIES, RITUALS AND SPECIAL EVENTS:
Jana is available with her team of drummers for private and public ceremonies here in the UK - feel free to contact her to discuss your ideas.
Drumming for the Beltane Fire, Chalice Well Gardens, Glastonbury
CLICK ON THIS PHOTO TO SEE A SPONTANEOUS CEREMONIAL DANCE AT THE BELTANE CEREMONY IN CHALICE WELL GARDENS, 2014, CALLED 'ONE LOVE DANCE"
HOW TO HOLD YOUR DRUM:
Hold in the centre at the back, with the skin of the drum slightly facing you:
This is ‘Shamanic Drumming’ – your drum is like a horse which you are riding through the world of Spirit. Therefore you need to guide the horse with consciousness and will-power, just as you would with a physical being, so that you do not lose control. It is important to stay physically present, even though you may be journeying into other worlds – this tunes you into your own personal power and also will teach you about balance and unity.
So remember, don’t let the horse run wild!... EMPOWER YOURSELF!!