SHAMANIC PRACTICE

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Shamanic Practitioner

A shamanic practitioner is a woman / a man that, in our Western cultures, is using shamanic methods for the wellbeing of the ones seeking support and help from her / him (usually clients).
A list of shamanic practitioners from all over Europe, that have completed at least part of their training with us, can be ordered or is available via download – see sidebar.

Certified Shamanic Counselors ®

Certified Shamanic Counselors® (CSC) have completed the curriculum as defined by the Foundation for Shamanic Studies. They work with a client on an individual basis and assist them to learn the technique of the shamanic journey for themselves. By this, the client should be enabled to get in direct contact with her / his spiritual helpers of the Upper and Lower World, and thereby get answers to essential questions as well as support for relevant challenges.
CSC are registered in the list of shamanic practitioners.

Drum circles

A drum circle is a group of people that meet regularly to work shamanically. Apart from topics relevant to daily life and specific aspects of shamanism, drum circles aim at fostering the development of the individual as well as collective shamanic practice, the exchange of experiences and working for clients.
The range of formats includes open groups, that anybody can participate in, to closed groups.
For contact persons of drum circles all over Europe, please, see the list of shamanic practitioners.

Days of practice

Days of practice participants mean intensive shamanic work, usually for a half day to a weekend. The spectrum of activities ranges from experimental and research-oriented formats to classical healing work for clients.
Days of practice are based on individual initiative and are regionally organised.

Drums and drum making

The drum is a very important tool in shamanism. Of course there are other items like the Dayak (a staff) or a flag and the human voice – but the drum is the usual attribute of a strong shaman in Siberia.
The life of the drum is similiar to the life of the shaman: it ends at some point. From ancient times there are no drums left to us except on cave paintings or rock drawings. Until present days the drum of a shaman is usually destroyed when the shaman passes over.
At some places, like in the Altai, the drum apparently “knows” before the shaman’s life ends.
In the following you will find selected names and addresses of artists and craftsmen with experience in drum making.

Miroslav Kaspar: Best price

For those who want to have a reasonable drum, at the same time of high quality.
Miroslav Kaspar lives close to Ceske Budeovice in Bohemia and works mainly with deer skin. His drums are mainly rough but with a nice, deep sound and resistant against humidity. Miroslav also creates rattles in different designs, in the shape of turtle, bear or bird.
Price: Drum – between € 40.- (37 cm) and € 140.- (60 cm); sizes inbetween are available. Rattles are between € 15.- and 20.-. Drums will also be built on individual request.

Miroslav Kaspar
Skridla 8, CZ-38232 Velesín
T: +420 602 864 331
E: miroslavkaspar@volny.cz
W: http://skridla.arcs.cz

Malachy Kearns: Only goat

Malachy Kearns lives in an old monastery building at Roundstone, Ireland. For 32 years he has been constructing Bodhráns, the old Irish drums.
“I take the life of the goat but I change it into another life. The soul and the compassion stay with the drum. The deep sound is the peak of the good feeling. The secret of a perfect drum is the treatment and the processing of the goat skin. ”
The process is old and secret, lime and sulphur are used. The skin looses its fat and the hairs will be dried on a birch frame. Different sizes and prices – from children’s drum (€ 24,95) to € 365.-. The drums will be painted according to your order; lots of items available – animals and motifs from old Irish manuscipts, etc.

Roundstone Music, Connemara, Co.
Galway, Irland
T: +353 95 35808
E: bodhran@iol.ie
W: www.bodhran.com

Manfred Quade: Siberian style

Manfred Quade is specialised on drums from Siberia, where he studied his drum making.
The Kets did their drums with 16 horns; in Tuva there are only nine of them, demonstrating their connection with the “nine planets” according to Tuvan belief. Manfred Quade is not restricted to these numbers. He follows your suggestions and will do as much you want to have.
“I am interested in a close connection with the materials I am working with. In wintertime the power of the animal is in the fur hairs, so I prefer summer skins. Deer from the Alps ‘produce’ usually better quality. But sometimes I also use goat, Mufflon and ox.”
Manfred is well known for the elaborate backside of the drum with comfortable handles.
Prices from € 230.-.

Manfred Quade
Fichtenweg 8, D-56355 Bettendorf
Tel. +49 6772-961544
quade@schamanentrommeln.de