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Magickal Drum and Rattle Making Playshops

September 24 @ 10:00 am - September 25 @ 4:00 pm

Magical Drum and Rattle Making

Make your own shamanic instrument with us at the Magickal Drum and Rattle Making Playshop!

Once again, our beloved Don Shultz, founder of The Different Drum, is guiding you through the process of making your Drum and or Rattle!

Saturday and Sunday, September 24 & 25, 2022

We’ll be at my new Shamanic Garden in La Mesa!

Register with Don at The Different Drum!

Magickal Drum and Rattle Making Playshops

Magickal Drumming Weekend – La Mesa

Some of the oldest Magickal tools are the drum and rattle. Here’s a new opportunity to not only make one of your own, infused with your energy and spirit, but to learn more about how to use them!

Saturday 10:00 Drum Playshop Prices:

(Note: all prices include a $20 fee to be passed on to Mara for her generous time, energy, and use of her wonderful, magickal space.)

Deer –

14″ – $180

16″ – $200

18″ – $230

Elk –

14″ – $190

16″ – $210

18″ – $240

20″ – $290

Buffalo –

16″ – $260

18″ – $290

20″ – $340

“Repeat Offenders” can contact me directly for “off menu” options.

Note that not all hides come in all sizes. Why? Simply, over the years, I’ve learned which ones work best at what range and this represents the best set of choices.

Saturday 2:00 Rattle Playshop Prices:

3″ Deer – $40

5″ Elk – $60

5″ Buffalo – $70

Sunday 10:00 Magickal Drumming Playshops – $200 for the whole day.

($150 if concurrently enrolled or have previously taken the Drum Making Playshop)

All paid registrations are due by 8/12/22. No Exceptions.

Payment by:

Facebook Pay,

PayPal invoice by e-mail,

CC by phone,

or check by snail mail as long as I get it before the due date.

You can contact me on FaceBook at 

by e-mail – drummaker@thedifferentdrum.net,

or by text or phone @ (916) 835-1863

Drum FAQ:

“Are these Native American drums?”

Yes and no. Yes, Native Americans still make similar drums, but so do a lot of other cultures around the world. These are, essentially, the same kind of drums any of our ancestors might have made thousands of years ago when they were still working with stone tools – only better, thanks to a little modern technology that help longevity. They’re truly Pan-cultural and practically part of our DNA – no matter what your background.

“What are my hide selections?”

Buffalo, Elk, or Deer. These are all hunted animals – no farm slaughters – and are all blessed and all the parts used long before I ever see the hides.

“What are the differences?”

Tough question to answer, as every drum is utterly different than every other one (the beauty of this particular medium), but IN GENERAL:

Buffalo – deeper pitch, less resonant, more grounding, heavier.

Elk – Medium to higher pitch, most versatile, longer resonance, energy varies. Elk is my “go to” hide for almost everything.

Deer – light weight, higher pitched, simple, clean resonance, very “air”/”Higher chakra” kind of feeling.

Again, remember, these are generalizations (really, I can’t stress this enough) and what your drum becomes is also DIRECTLY related to your personal energy resonance.

“What size can I make?”

14″, 16″, 18″ and 20″ Yes, generally, bigger is deeper and louder. If you want to wake the dead, do a 20″ Buffalo. For ceremonial/divining work, a 16″ Elk or deer might be a better choice. You get the idea.

“What if I want to make something bigger?”

Great! At that point, they get pretty time consuming and aren’t group class friendly. Talk to me about what you’d like to do and we’ll arrange to have you come up to my Home workshop in Nor Cal for a 1-on-1 session. This works REALLY well for mother drums if you’re so inclined.

“What do I have to bring?”

A sunny disposition, a sense of adventure, and two hands (or a friend with two hands). I supply all the hide, hoops, tools, and materials for drum sticks. Of course, drum sticks!!

“Will we be decorating our drums?”

Nope, not this time, but I’ll happily answer all your questions as to how to personalize your new baby. Save that artistic enthusiasm for making rattles!

“How long does it take?”

About 2-3 hours, depending on the group. About 3-7 days before the drum is ready to play.

“Do we get to take them home?”

Of course! What would be the fun, otherwise?

“What about the rattles?”

The rattles are a LOT more free form and are a great exercise for your artistic abilities. Please feel free to bring any beads, baubles, feathers, fur, leather, or anything else that feels good for adornment. I’ll bring a bunch of goodies and paints, as well.

“Soooo… tell me more about the ‘Magickal Drumming Playshops!”


Magickal Drumming Playshop Series:

NOTE – this is not a series for drummers only!! If you are a practitioner, priest/ess, solitary, or whatever, and you’d like to incorporate drumming into your core practice, this is for you. I’ll be bringing a brace of drums to each session, and possibly a few other goodies, so drums aren’t required, but always feel free to bring one. 

Parts 1 & 2 will start at 10 and run about three hours-ish, then a lunch break, and hopefully we can start 3 & 4 around 1 and head home by late afternoon. How long things run depends upon all of you, but this seems to be about the average.

Bring chairs and/or blankets for your bums, as well as your favorite drums and/or other noisy toys.

Magickal Drumming 1: Introduction to Magickal Drumming

This is exactly as it sounds, an introduction with a whole bunch of Q and A. No drums required as this will be primarily lecture. Topics to be included:

Foundations, Meditation, Celebration an Healing.

Magickal drumming 2: Ceremonial and Ritual Drumming

This is a participation session for drummers and practitioners alike. If you have a drum, bring it! If you don’t, that’s OK!

Topics to be covered, opening/closing sacred space, raising energy, “talking” to the spirits, types of drums to be used in which situations, planning and “winging it”.

Magickal Drumming 3: Meditation.

Pretty much as it sounds. Expect active participation. Drums not required, but would be nice. Practitioners welcome and desired.

Topics covered: Personal meditation, guided, and which drums to use under what circumstances. Working with Practitioners and why will also be covered.

Magickal Drumming 4: Healing

Ah, the original magickal practice. Bring your drums, ailments, ideas, and get ready to get your hands dirty as you’ll be working on your classmates.

Topics covered: Rhythm styles, appropriateness, drum choices.

OK, that should about cover it ALL. Any questions? Contact Don at (916) 835-1863


September 24 @ 10:00 am
September 25 @ 4:00 pm
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Don Schultz
Mara Clear Spring