Women’s Drum-Making Journey & Retreat

Making your own frame drum (also called medicine drum or shamanic drum) is an empowering experience that women from many cultures have practiced for thousands of years. Throughout herstory, the frame drum has been played as a sacred musical instrument, a shamanic healing tool and a powerful symbol of the Sacred Feminine. When crafting your own drum, you're also taking a spiritual journey, a deeply transformative process that culminates in the joy of birthing a beautiful new creation.
Hand-crafted with gifts from nature ~ timber and rawhide ~ the journey of making a frame drum is an alchemical process that engages the maker on many levels as she works to transform the raw materials into a new and unique drum. It’s a labour of love during which wonderful, mysterious and challenging things can happen... a drum is born and a woman is re-birthed.

 If you're going through a transition in your life, if you’re finding your voice or healing an old wound, if you wish to birth something new within yourself, if you're seeking to nourish your creativity or deepen your connection with the Sacred Feminine, or if you're simply hearing the inner call to make your own drum, this powerful Journey is for you.

Anne-Marie guides small, intimate groups of 4-6 women who gather for three days in the beautiful south-west bush to birth their drums and journey with their personal intentions.

The retreat is residential with breakfast and lunch provided; evening meals are shared contributions. Held and nourished by beautiful Wadandi Boodja, you can be fully immersed in your experience to receive maximum benefit, value, enjoyment and satifaction.

Date and Times:

Dates for 2024 will be announced soon...

To express your interest, or if you have a group of women who would like your own retreat, 
please contact Anne-Marie via the link below.

Venue and Accommodation:

Our venue is the lovely Glenbrook Country Retreat in Margaret River, set within a large acreage of bush, only minutes from town, river and beaches.  Accommodation is rustic, wholesome and comfortable. You will have your own room, and bathrooms are shared.

What's Included:

~ All drum making materials including frame and your choice of Goat, Kangaroo or Deer hide
~ A safe, sacred journey and retreat space held by Anne-Marie including sharing circles, drum making guidance, drumming & singing circles, beautiful closing ceremony, and drum care instructions
~ Delicious breakfast/lunch; nutritious snacks, teas & coffee all weekend
~ Gathering in Sisterhood on beautiful Wadandi Boodja in the stunning south-west forest
~ Precious time and support for your personal journey to unfold


$1395 per person
You will also be asked to contribute to the preparation of our shared dinners.

Bookings and Payment:

Book your place by Email or call Anne-Marie on 0408 744572

All bookings require a Deposit of $200 to secure your place. If you wish to negotiate a Payment Plan please discuss this with me when booking. Before booking please read the Refund Policy below.

Refund Policy:

• Your deposit of $200 covers the cost of your drum-making materials and is therefore non-refundable. If you cancel and I can fill your place, you may transfer your deposit to another drum-making retreat.
• Full payment is required prior to the commencement of the retreat, unless we have negotiated another payment plan.
• If you cancel after you have paid in full, I will try to fill your place. If your place can be filled, you may receive a refund (minus the $200 deposit) or you may choose to transfer your full payment to another workshop. If your place cannot be filled there will be no refund or transfer available.
• If I need to cancel the workshop due to any unforeseen circumstances, I will refund your payments in full or you can choose to transfer your deposit or full payment to a future drum-making retreat.

Honouring Our Lineage

Anne-Marie is grateful to have learned her drum-making skills from her beloved teacher and friend, master drum-maker Jane Elworthy, and she carries a deep respect for this lineage in her drum-making journeys with women. Anne-Marie also honours Carolyn Hillyer, whose life as a ,shamanic drum-maker, writer, artist, songwriter and musician inspires Anne-Marie in infinite magical ways.

Contact me if you have any questions about this event.

We are all born with the inherent ability to love, to be loved, to heal and transform. This is our essential nature. As social beings, we all need other people to walk alongside us in the journey of life. That's what it means to be human. You Me We.

Nurture Mother Nature

Mother Nature provides everything we need to live a healthy, balanced and beauty-filled life. Her sacred presence is alive within us, supporting us in every moment, guiding us towards natural healing and transformation. Along with this gift comes our role in reciprocity, to read Her signs, take responsible action, give thanks, love and care for Earth.
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