Birthing the Shaman’s Drum

I came to Sogn to make my own skin drum, but I received so much more than that. I found a teacher who is down to earth, humble, inspiring, loving and wise. I re-discovered a sacred connection to Nature under his guidance and in his gentle tutelage, got a glimpse of what it takes to become a real healer. I have attended other shamanic practices and courses but none of them can compare to what Simon taught me in the 6 days I was there. He calls the course “Birthing the Shaman’s Drum”. This title aptly describes the journey I went on to bring my drum into being. He created a container within which each person on the course felt not only completely held, but also totally seen. It was the most incredible experience to be seen like that.

If you are someone who is interested in doing some real work of the heart and the soul, then I cannot recommend this enough! I will be going back probably a few more times this year and I will certainly be recommending Simon as a teacher to the people who are interested in this work. You will not find anyone better in my opinion.

I write this testimonial gladly and I hope the person reading this has an idea of what I feel in my heart. Thank you Simon.

Vivian Choi Johansen
Yoga Teacher (age 44)

Birthing the Shaman’s Drum.

The Birthing of my Drum with Simon was a heartfelt and wonderful experience. My drum skin was from a horse that had reached the end of her physical life. Horse has been an important power animal of mine from a young child when my sister and I used to ride our ‘imaginary’ horses in the fields behind our house. My skin leapt with spirit when it arrived, it was thick and tough to work with, which made complete sense to me and we needed to battle a little before we settled into each other’s company.

Simon is an excellent teacher, he gives practical support when needed but respectively leaves you to work alone too, as the work can be an emotional one-to-one process and contemplation is required. Each element, the wood the beater the string you use has deep meaning and working with them connects you to them, from heartbeat to drumbeat, you learn to be one through this beautiful process.

During the birthing of my drum I realised that the Spirit of Horse was as important as the spirit of my drum. I was guided with precision, love and care during the process of my drum coming to be in this world. With such loving kindness it enabled me to melt into and join the spirits as they came to life, merging into one. A wonderful experience.

I treat my drum with uppermost respect, take it with me on special occasions and use it for certain ceremonies that require the movement of the herd to join with the heartbeat of the drum. I joyfully recommend this course, you do not just leave with a drum, you leave with a close ally, a friend and companion to work alongside.

Dr. Joanna Gore
Artist and Shamanic Practitioner