Monthly Archives: December 2014

Join the Circle Within a Circle at the Healing Festival, Coming Jan. 17, 18

healing festival in Elizabethtown KY

I am so eager and looking forward to sharing time with you at the annual Healing Festival here in Elizabethtown, January 17-18, 2015 (see details, left). It will be a great light in the heart of dark winter.

And there will be a circle within a circle!

You’ll find many, many healers and vendors on hand, many of whom will offer free mini-seminars on the hour throughout both days. Some of these include aromatherapists, energy healers, clairvoyants, alternative and complementary healing practitioners, and a host of others, all dedicated in service of one sort or another to your well being and spiritual interests. It looks to be a great gathering at just the right time of year to lift your spirits amid the coldest days of winter and while the moon sleeps. You will be amongst like-minded people and in a circle of friends.

For my part, I intend to offer a short talk about the power of healing available from drumming, and to then lead a drumming circle so you can feel that powerful medicine–and help to generate it– for yourself and others. A circle within a circle!

I’ll have a few extra drums on hand so you can play one during the circle, or please feel free to bring your own drum if you have one. All are welcome!

I’ll post the time for the talk and drumming circle here on the blog as soon as the event organizer lets me know. There will also be impromptu drumming throughout the Festival, too, and you can join in anytime you wish.

You’ll also have access to a bevy of new shamanic drums for sale at my booth, including a new LIGHTNING-STRUCK drum that will be born on New Year’s Day. A beautiful New Year’s baby! Plus, I’ll have an armload of fresh herbs and sweetgrass available so you can stock up on smudging supplies, as well as some recently made medicine bags and other items. Also, and for the first time at the Festival, I will be offering short shamanic healing energy sessions on a first come, first served basis in the afternoons for a slight cost.

Admission to the Festival is only $7, or if you bring a canned food item to donate to a good cause, it’s a mere $5 for the entire day.  For more information, contact Virginia Gilpin at, or visit her Website (which will be updated with current info for the Festival around Jan. 1).

Hope to see you there, my friend!

Aho & Namaste,

Where Will These Buffaloes Roam?

Oh, Give Me A Home… Where The Buffalo Roam

Well, things have slowed down a little bit. For several weeks I’ve been pressed to make drums and other items for folks who wish to give them as gifts during the holiday season. There is always such joy is doing this because I know the recipients will be delighted to open the wrapped box, only to find something inside that is also wrapped in bright paper. It’s long been my habit to wrap drums in preparation for their journeys to healers and drummers. So they will be unwrapping their gift twice!

Drum HintAnd now that the Holiday Rush is over, for TVD at least, I’ve been able to turn my attention to that special TVD project I mentioned a few weeks ago here on the blog.  I gave you a sneak peek of it at that time, but here it is again (left), in case you forgot.

I’ve made great progress since then, so I’d like to provide another hint. Well, four of ’em! And wow, these are strong hints! Behold–

Four BuffaloesYou are probably putting the pieces together by now, right? Or not.

Four buffaloes (and yes, I looked up the proper spelling for the plural and decided I liked the “-oles,” though it was optional), all in different poses and colors. They represent the different aspects of your (and my) journeys around the medicine wheel throughout our lives. The colors are borrowed from the sacred tradition of the Lakota Sioux and some other tribal peoples, which I seek in part to honor with this project. The buffaloes’ colors are connected with honored directions, East=Red, South=Yellow, North=White, and West=Black. And when you connect with these magnificent animals’ totemic medicine, it can shake your world like a temblor of the thundering herd. But how does that figure into the project?

Well, in just a few weeks, in early 2015, you will know for sure, as it will be time for the unveiling of something to which I have dedicated many years of my life, an expression of a heart dedicated to service. It hasn’t been a lonely pursuit, though. I had four wonderful companions leading the way!

Aho & Namaste,