Black Elk, an Oglala Sioux holy man featured in the book Black Elk Speaks by John Neihardt, details the sacred cultural use of the drum from his perspective: “Since the drum is often the only instrument used in our sacred rites, I should perhaps tell you here why it is especially sacred and important to us. It is because the round form of the drum represents the whole universe, and its steady strong beat is the pulse, the heart, throbbing at the center of the universe. It is the voice of Wakan Tanka (Great Spirit), and this sound stirs us and helps us to understand the mystery and power of all things.”
Drumming is a very effective tool to expand consciousness.
I find it remarkable how quickly we enter into deep meditative states through drumming, which is magnified in groups. The drum has been the instrument of choice throughout the world since ancient times for ceremony and sacred practice. Shamans use the drum to travel to other dimensions. High priestesses of ancient times used the frame drum to invoke higher states of consciousness.
Studies show there are also many health benefits to drumming. Drumming induces deep relaxation, lowers blood pressure, produces feelings of well-being, releases negative feelings and emotional trauma, helps control cronic pain, and reduces stress. Research indicates that drumming accelerates physical healing and boosts the immune system. According to a specific study conducted by Barry Bittman, MD, group drumming increases cancer-killing cells, as well as combating many other viruses.
Drumming engages and harmonizes both sides of the brain. Most people use one hemisphere more than the other, creating an imbalance. “By integrating both hemispheres of your brain and allowing them to work in sync, you will experience an increase in overall mental health, enhancing cognitive performance, better memory and intellectual functioning. You will begin to notice a limitless supply of insightful thoughts, with far less anger, anxiety, depression, and addiction. You will be happier, more optimistic, while feeling more "at one" with the world. All of these benefits do build one on top of the other, accumulating over time.“ (EOC Institute, USA).” In addition,ectroencephalograph (EEG) studies have shown that humanity's greatest philosophers, thinkers, inventors, and artists use both brain hemispheres together, in unison. By synchronizing the brain hemispheres we may also enter into deep meditative states.
Drumming is a great way to harmonize our inner rhythms and to connect with the earth. Life is always in a process of change and through drumming we can reconnect with our natural rhythm. I invite you to discover the joy of life through rhythm.
I teach the frame drum to groups of non-musicians and musicians in a meditative atmosphere, both in person and online. You don’t have to have any musical background to join. We learn rhythms and songs from around the world, and we have a lot of fun doing it!
Learn to play the frame drum and be part of our rhythm community!
Find your rhythm!
Drum intensive course
Frame drum classes for beginners
Why learn to play the frame drum?
The drum is an instrument that permits us to add some magic to our daily life. It’s very easy to learn and a lot of fun to integrate into our life. It facilitates a profound connection with others as we connect to our own interior rhythms. As drummers, we learn to create time outside of time and travel through time. Rhythm is the time of music which is not measure by a clock, but rather determined by the musician. The drum is an extraordinary tool for meditation and relaxation. It is a unique tool for transformation that gives a new sense of depth to our life.
No musical knowledge is necessary! The drum is easy to learn and easy to play. It’s accessible to all!
Benefits of playing the drum:
Activates immune system
Helps to alleviate chronic pain
Induces synchronization of brain hemispheres
Creates a state of connection and union
Facilitates cohesion, inclusion and authenticity in groups
Transports us immediately to the present moment
Promotes deep meditation and altert states of consciousness
Feeling of belonging within a sacred community
Happiness flows freely in drum circles!
What will you learn?
What is rhythm and how to identify rhythm
How to read and write rhythm
Technique: how to play the notes
Rhythm and the elements
Meditation in rhythm
Rhythm and song, mantra
Classical rhythm from the Middle East
Improvisation, rhythm games, call and response
Lap style and upright style (seated position and standing)
What is included in the Course?
Remo Frame Drum (*In Portugal* For other locations, check with the local organizer)
Drum reception ceremony and introduction
Shamanic elements and ritual
Meditation, Visioning, Breath Work (Satpreet's 3 Pillar Method: BMV)
The drum circle is a ideal place to connect to your inner essence, establish connection with others, and to manifest magnificence. We are nurtured within the drum circle. It is a moment in which we feel our true nature, live our power, and also a time to have a lot of fun!
The drum circle serves as a point of celebration of various cultures and traditions. The frame drum is a universal spiritual technology and archetype found throughout the ancient world. It was commonly used as a powerful tool to access new states of consciousness. It is a tool used to unify community and also for individual transformation. The frame drum satisfies the innate desire to reestablish rhythmic connections with nature and between peoples.
The frame drum is known through various cultures, preceding written language. It is both a modern and ancestral practice. All cultures create rhythms and the drum is a symbol of diversity and cultural uniqueness. We celebrate the uniqueness of all individuals in the drum circle and at the same time tap into the sounds that unite us as one Humanity.
Satpreet's frame drum circles focus on meditation and ritual within the context of sacred sound and sacred community. The drum is the perfect tool to help you dive deep into meditation. Even the most restless mind can easily meditate with the drum. Whether you are new to meditation or have practiced for many years, you will find yourself quickly going much deeper into meditation through the power of the drum.
Satpreet’s unique approach to drumming will take you on a journey into the depths of meditation, visioning, and breath. Her teachings will enable you to deeply connect to your inner essence to find a profound sense of peace as you tap into your true power. Are you ready for some drum medicine?
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After signing up for the waiting list you will receive additional information such as exact dates and times, and investment value.
Students who would like to repeat the frame drum intensive receive a discount of 50%.
What students are saying
"Katrina really puts us at ease and miraculously enables us all to play together without us even realizing how! Our time together in the drum circle is a moment of peace; and this along with the ambiance of the studio, and the carisma of Katrina elevated me to a level I couldn´t previously imagine, which in many moments permitted me to experience the Sacred, transporting me to times imemorial.
I especially appreciate the way Katrina transmits and shares her knowledge. She uses a very accessible language while demonstrating enormous patience and a great sense of humor and joy. She makes us feel welcome and gives us confidence while helping us create an atmosphere of camaraderie among all participants."
- Nazaré Baptista
"Learning to play the frame drum was a excellent decision for me! The drum is a great tool for meditation, and I am already able to accompany some of my favorite music which gives me great enjoyment!"
"Katrina’s well structured and well oriented teaching methods along with her tranquility facilitated so well the entry into the drum circle as well as supported peaceful meditation for the whole group."
"It was a great feeling to connect to the energy of the drum, and the joy and compassion of Katrina. I was able to sit for hours and hours in that studio, feeling serene and tranquil. The drum is really therapeutical!"
"It is remarkable how the drum classes with Satpreet support our inner connection and awaken another level of consciousness.
When I arrived home after the drum sessions, I felt more creative, communicative, and energetic. It was as if my mind and body continued in this dance and dialogue of rhythm!
A highlight for me were the meditative moments accompanied by flute and other instruments as well as connection to the group. It's wonderful to learn rhythms together in community and play together in sync!"
The day I have drum class sets the pace of the week for me. Learning how to play the drum has given me new self-confidence, sensations of peace, and new level of well-being. I feel a strong connection to the drum, to Katrina and to the entire group. Katrina and her classes inspire a sense of calmness which has had an amazing impact in my life. I love it and I want to have more!!
-Joana Roma Torres
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