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Magikal Drumming Weekend

May 27 @ 10:00 am - May 28 @ 4:00 pm

Magikal Drumming Weekend

Magikal Drumming Weekend

Make and Play your Drum at our Magikal Drumming Weekend

May 27-28, 2023 at Mara’s New Shamanic Oasis!

Don Schulz returns to guide us through making and playing our drums – and you can make a rattle, too!

Get ready for fun, laughs, and the joy of creating your own Shamanic Hand Drum.


As Don says:

“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!”


Pre-Registration is REQUIRED 

Contact Don Schulz to REGISTER: 

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

He’ll help you pick the type and size drum best for you!


Magikal Drumming Weekend

Drum PlayShop

Saturday, May 27, 10:00AM 


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″ – $200

16″ – $220

18″ – $250

Horse –

14″ – $200

16″ – $220

18″ – $250

20″ – $300

Elk –

14″ – $210

16″ – $230

18″ – $260

20″ – $310

Buffalo –

16″ – $280

18″ – $310

20″ – $320

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


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


Rattle PlayShop

Saturday, May 27, 2:00PM


Just like Drum making, making your own rattle may awaken past lives or your own natural lineage. 


Rattle Playshop Prices:


3″ Deer – $50

5″ Elk – $70

5″ Buffalo – $80


Don supplies pre-made, ready to fill rattle kits, stuff to fill them with, and a host of crafting stuff for adornment. 

IF you have something personal you want to add to your rattle, for the filling, for example, bring it!

You may also bring imagination, anything you might like to add on, and something you can get dirty – dress for mess!


Saturday Night Drum Circle

Bring your drum!

$20 per person.


Free if concurrently enrolled in any of the other Playshops!

This “Facilitated” style drum circle is designed to help the beginners, encourage those that have never touched a drum, and bring the wisdom of more experienced players into a playful atmosphere of fun and experimentation. 


Perfect for newbies and “people without rhythm”, we’ll explore rhythmic possibilities with a specific direction, as opposed to the more chaotic “public” circles. 


By the end, we’ll be jamming and you’ll have learned to find your voice. Some drums and noisy toys will be provided for those that don’t have one, yet.


Magickal Drumming Playshops

Sunday, May 28 at 10:00AM

 $200 for the whole day.

($180 if concurrently enrolled or have previously taken the Drum Making Playshop)


All paid registrations are due by 5/7/23. No Exceptions.



All paid registrations are due by 5/7/23. No Exceptions.


Pay Don by:

Venmo (The-Different-Drum)

PayPal invoice by email drummaker@thedifferentdrum.net

CC by phone (916) 835-1863


or check by snail mail as long as he gets it before the due date.


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. Don will 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 and Healing.

Magickal Drumming 2: 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 3: 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 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 cover it ALL. Any questions? Contact Don!


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 helps longevity. They’re truly Pan-cultural and practically part of our DNA – no matter what your background.


“What are my hide selections?”

Buffalo, Elk, Horse, 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.

Horse – this can be all over the place sonically, from the light feel of the deer to the heavier resonance of a large elk. 

No promises, here. The real appeal of the horse hide is that they’re all natural deaths. No hunting, no farming. I find there’s a serious appeal there for a lot of people.


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 and, 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.



All paid registrations are due by 5/7/23. No Exceptions.


Pay Don by:

Venmo (The-Different-Drum)

PayPal invoice by email drummaker@thedifferentdrum.net

CC by phone (916) 835-1863


or check by snail mail as long as he gets it before the due date.



May 27 @ 10:00 am
May 28 @ 4:00 pm
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Don Schultz
Mara Clear Spring


Mara’s Shamanic Garden
4018 Agua Dulce Blvd
La Mesa, CA 91941 United States
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