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Magickal Drum and Rattle Making Playshops

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

Magickal Drum and Rattle Making Playshops

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 here in the Shamanic Oasis!


Saturday and Sunday, April 24 & 25, 2021

Register with Don at The Different Drum!

Magickal Drum and Rattle Making Playshops

I made it myself!

Your invitation from Don:

Some of the oldest Magickal tools are the drum and rattle. Here’s a new opportunity to make one of your own, infused with your energy and spirit!

10:00 Drum Playshop Prices:

Deer –

14″ – $160

16″ – $180

18″ – $210

Elk –

14″ – $170

16″ – $190

18″ – $220

20″ – $270

Buffalo –

16″ – $240

18″ – $270

20″ – $320

“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.

2:00 Rattle Playshop Prices:

3″ Deer – $40

5″ Elk – $60

5″ Buffalo – $70

All paid registrations are due by 4/11/21. No Exceptions.

If playshops expand beyond a “COVID comfortable” size – say, 10-12 people – overflow will be picked up on Sunday, April 25th. If that day works better for you, let me know ASAP and we’ll just build it into the schedule.

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.

$20 Site Fee payable to Mara the day of the event, please, for her time, trouble, and donation of the space. Thank you. 


You can contact me here on Facebook,

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 ant beads, baubles, featers, fur, leather, or anything else that feels good for adornment. I’ll bring a bunch of goodies and paints, as well.


This event is held for the benefit of the local Love Tribe.

The Shamanic Oasis

Contact Mara for Directions

4753 Jessie Avenue, La Mesa, CA 91942

Park on the street and walk in!


April 24 @ 10:00 am
April 25 @ 4:00 pm
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Mara’s Shamanic Oasis
4753 Jessie Avenue
La Mesa, CA 91942 United States


Don Schultz
Mara Clear Spring