Upcoming Southern Alberta Workshops (please scroll down for course description)
- Rattle Making Workshop May 7, 2016 - Presented by Marcia Rich, Ph.D. (Limited to 10) - see below for course description.
Rattle Making Workshop
May 7 in Lethbridge, AB
The rattle is a sacred instrument; the only instrument that is universal in its use for ritual and tradition. With its sacred sound human consciousness is transported to and connects with the spiritual realm for shamanic practice, healing and divination. In many cultures it is believed that the rattle is a gift from the divine and carries the voice of the gift giver gods, goddesses and nature spirits. For many, it is a sacred instrument that is a conduit of spiritual power, for others it is valued for simpler purposes as an object to soothe frayed nerves or entertain us musically.
From the beginning of its use in history creating a rattle was an ancient art form. For many cultures this was a spiritual and communal experience where ritual and ceremony were paramount to birthing this sacred instrument. As a communal practice rattle-making gatherings also inspired story telling, shared joyous creativity and laughter.
The rattle has been universally crafted into an infinite number of shapes and sizes and from a vast array of natural materials, such as seashells, dried gourds, or animal skins. In this workshop, participants will birth two rattles in a communal setting that honors storytelling and celebration. Rattles will be made from deer rawhide with natural wood handles. All materials will be supplied including decorations, but if you have some feathers, beads, small pieces of leather or fur at home that you want to use then please bring them.
Please note: this workshop is limited to 10!
About our Instructor: Marcia Rich began passionately pursuing a formal shamanic path in her forties. Since beginning her training with The Foundation for Shamanic Studies, she has maintained a shamanic practice providing individual and group sessions for healing. Marcia has a Ph.D. and previously worked as a private practice psychotherapist and an assistant professor (U of L), teaching courses in counsellor training and mental health and addictions issues. However she has left academic life to more intensely pursue offering shamanic and psychotherapy services for others. What is most inspiring, for her, is having the opportunity to support others to complete their own deep healing as they become increasingly independent and autonomous in their own understanding and use of shamanic practice. This passion comes from her personal experience of intensive healing and transformation through the engagement of shamanism as a spiritual path.