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Drum Making Workshop

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The drum is a sacred instrument that invokes the heart and speaks a universal language. Its rhythmic heartbeat is at the center of ceremonies held by people all over the world. The shamanic drum is used to communicate with the Spirit and to connect our hearts with the heartbeat of the Earth. It is a powerful medicine that heals the body, heart, mind, and spirit. In this workshop we will come together in a sacred space to create our own ceremonial drums and learn a frame drum-tying technique that Brooke received from her community's spiritual elder, Maestro Manuel Rufino. We will be making one-sided, shamanic hand drums, using wooden frames made of maple and hides made of elk, buffalo or deer hide, and sinew. 


All ages are invited!

$75 off for 18 and under.

Saturday April 6th

12:00 - 8:00pm


14 Maple Leaf Farm Rd

Underhill, VT 05489

Register by 12pm 3/29/19



Brooke Flying Bear is a member of the Golden Drum Community and the Sacred Arts Research Foundation in Brooklyn, NY.  She is a student of Maestro Manuel Rufino and has been studying the Native American healing ways and sacred traditions of humanity with him for over 9 years.  She has been passed these sacred artistry ways by elders of the traditions and is very grateful for the opportunity to share these ways with you.  Brooke has traveled the earth and found that the practices of creating sacred drums and fans as well as other sacred tools and ceremonial objects are practiced all over the world, by all cultures on all continents.  Brooke is a member of Dream Seed, a shamanic sound journey group that holds sacred sound ceremonies and workshops as well as concerts and retreats and is currently working on producing an album of all original music. 

If you have any questions or would just like to inquire further, please feel free to contact her at


In this special class you will have the option of dying your hide in natural indigo dye. You do not need to dye your drum, but please do notify us if you would like to do this.  It will be an extra $40 to use the Indigo Dye bath.

Cost of the workshop includes art materials and drum supplies.
Please choose one of the following:

$275 for 16" Deer, Elk or Buffalo Drum

$300 for 18" Deer, Elk or Buffalo Drum

Teen Discount
$75 discount if under age 18
Things to Bring

Just yourselves!

ReTribe Hostel

Our ReTribe Hostel is open!

We have four bedrooms in the upper barn, with two bathrooms and a living room. There is a little kitchenette as well.

Cost to stay over is 35.00.

Text 802 858-5316 to reserve a room.

Things We Need

Here's a list of things we still need on the land. If you have any of these things let us know before you bring it over in case someone else has already offered. 

Back Jacks


Single bed Bunk Beds

Dining room tables/folding tables (bigger than card tables- the long ones)

Commercial pot hanging rack

Washer and dryer - 1 set small stackable

Single bed mattresses in good shape

Runner rugs for the long halls in the dorm

Nice Floor Rugs

A small wood stove for a cabin or sauna

Nice Standing Lamps

Good Condition Full Chest freezer

Single bed sheets, full bed sheets, 5 pillows, pillowcases


Clothing drying racks

Nice full bed futon couch frames

Folding chairs

outdoor furniture, chairs and benches

Bike Pump

Garden cart

Power tools

Wooden Pallets

Large pieces of canvas for shelter building

Corrugated metal roofing ( It doesn't need to be in good shape just able to keep things dry)

Construction staging

A beautiful donations box

x country and backcountry skis (youth and adult)


Metal and Wooden free standing Shelving

soup bowls (if you have a set of 10 or more)

Soup spoons

Thank you all so much! We are so grateful for our wonderful supportive community!

Directions and Parking


Our new land is at 14 Maple Leaf Farm Rd, Underhill, VT 05489.


You can park in our lot. 

We have some requests to help us make Northernshire healthy and accessible for all.  

We appreciate if you:

-Don't idle your car anywhere on campus, helping to keep our air clean.

-Wear only natural/unscented products (meaning no products with Fragrances or Perfumes including fabric softeners. We have some community members with chemical senstivities. 

-Bring your own dishware to functions, and feel free to wash them in our kitchen. 

Thank you so much!

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