Self-care #2 – Drum making

Music is the beat of a drum that keeps time with our emotions.

Shannon L Adler

I have previously written about self-care and the importance of taking a break, as both aid recovery and mental wellbeing.  Well last weekend, I took my own advice and attended a workshop on how to make my own drum.  Even though it was a long day – both physically and emotionally, it was well worth the time and energy for a variety of reasons.

The workshop was initially booked in for August, however, COVID restrictions put this on hold for some time.  As the borders opened up, the new date was scheduled in for early December.  The new venue was an outside setting, along the Murray River a few hours away. 

The view and serenity were stunning, the weather was lovely (apart from a very strong and persistent wind) and the company from the other women at the event was very supportive.  I knew some of the women already and met some new friends. 

We were instructed and shown how to make the drums and whilst we all received the same instructions, no two drums were alike – both due to natural materials and our own interpretation of the instructions and our skill levels and/or patience.  They all turned out magnificently and the tone of the drum is magical.

The process took many hours, punching holes into the material.  Keeping the material wet whilst working through the process (the wind was also very drying) and lacing all the pieces together to have the completed drum.  Whilst I enjoyed making the drum (although at times it was difficult and was assisted along the way), what I most enjoyed was the opportunity to meet and chat with seven other women and enjoy their company and support.  These are seven strong independent women with a range of strengths and valuable resources.  It was so wonderful to enjoy their company and discussions about many topics during the day.

It was a wonderful experience and one that I valued.  It is not often that we take the time out of our busy schedules to have a day of self-care and nourish our souls.  This was very beneficial on many levels, and I have got a new drum!  What’s not to love about that?

The thirteen hours (including travel) were well spent.

Thank you to all those present and especially to the instructor and one of the participants for hosting the event and her family for all their assistance on the day.

Now, I am looking forward to another gorgeous day of being creative with another group of women when this is rescheduled.  What do you do to replenish both the mind and spirit?