The Shaman's Drum

3 module course with Ya’Acov Darling Khan

Full three-part shamanic drumming course with Ya’Acov Darling Khan.

Ya’Acov has been working with the shaman’s drum for more than 25 years. In this course, he shares some of the fundamentals of working with the drum as well as guiding you on a shamanic journey to meet the apparently opposite powers of the jaguar and the butterfly.

Enrol on This Course

  • Access to all 3 modules.
  • Work through the content at your own pace and in your own time.
  • Receive a certificate of completion in honor of your learning journey.
  • Lifetime access: Return to this great circle whenever you feel called.

We offer a limited number of sponsorship places, please get in touch if you would like to fill out an application form

The Modules

In this introductory course to the Shaman’s drum, you will learn the basics about the power of the drum from master shamanic drummer, Ya'Acov Darling Khan. You will learn about the mother beat and the father beat and how to bring them together - a powerfully grounding and healing meditation.


Introduction to the shaman’s drum

Ya’Acov will introduce the Shaman’s Drum to you and give you more context, history and information that will support you to connect with the drum.


Finding your drum, and beginning to play

Ya’Acov will teach about finding your drum and you will learn to work with the mother beat and the father beat.


Recap and shamanic journey with Ya’Acov

Ya’Acov will lead you on a shamanic journey with the drum, supporting you to be able to do the same for yourself with practice.

Course Overview

The benefits of working with the shaman’s drum:

  • A more focused mind
  • Deep relaxation that grows from that focus
  • More of a sense of rhythm in your body
  • A good way to check in with yourself
  • An ancient way to speak to the nature around you
  • An excellent way to feel more connected inside to outside with the imaginal world
  • Gain confidence to use the drum as a tool for meditation, prayer
  • Increase your sense of presence.

After you finish this course, you'll receive a certificate of completion from Ya'Acov  to honour your learning journey.

Ya'Acov Darling Khan

The author of the best-selling Jaguar in the Body, Butterfly in the Heart – the Real-Life Initiation of an Everyday Shaman (Hay House 2017), and the upcoming 'Shaman – Invoking Power, Purpose and Presence in the Core of Who YOU Are' (Hay House March 31 2020), is known for his blend of strength, humility and humour. He is acknowledged as a practicing shaman by the people who work with him world-wide and by many indigenous elder shamans and communities from the Arctic to the Amazon.

Travelling the world to work with groups delivering Movement Medicine, Ya’Acov has spoken to audiences across the globe at some on the most pre-eminent platforms driving the transformation of world culture and sustainability (California’s Esalen organisation, The Embodiment Conference), as part of line-ups which include our most influential voices of spirituality today including Marianne Williamson and Ken Wilber.

Ya’Acov’s message? Shamanism, and a shift from society’s focus on acquisition to reciprocity, is a powerful key to restoring our universal connection and solving our interpersonal and world issues in the process.

Ya'Acov, the great-grandson of refugees, was raised near Liverpool. As early as age 7, though he wouldn't have known to call it that at the time, he felt drawn to the down-to-earth connection with the spirit world that shamanism invites.

With age, the calling to explore this world intensified. After struggling for years to come to terms with a perception of life that only traditional Shamanism could explain, it was being struck by lightning on a golf course that proved to be the awakening which was to change the course of his life forever.So began Ya’Acov’s three decades of study and practise with spiritual teachers and Elder Shamans from the Sami (European tradition), and Achuar and Sápara peoples of the Amazon.

“Along the way I had to carve out a sense of normality and accept that this being’s soul, speaks the language of dance, ritual and prayer. I have come to recognise the fact that reawakening a sense of the magic, potential and splendour of creation in as many people as possible, is the blessing I am lucky enough to call my job!” says Ya’Acov.

His work is inspiring, contemporary and practical, and Ya’Acov’s audience includes people from all walks of life. In a time in which western society has become disconnected from ancestral and natural wisdom, much of his work is about education and removing the unhelpful mystique of the term ‘Shaman,’ meaning traditional healer.

His 32-year marriage and partnership with ‘Movement Medicine Woman’ and wife, Susannah, with whom he is Co-Director of The School of Movement medicine and Co-Author of Hay House published Movement Medicine, forms the loving foundation and union for a life dedicated to the transformation of our world.

“As a species, we are in a crisis. Our work? To reach as many people as possible and support them to know who they really are, find their purpose and live meaningful lives.”

This course is brilliant. I have been a drum maker for over 20 years and can say that working with the drum has changed my life forever. Yacov’s teachings are clear and practical and filled with a depth that can only be reached by dedicated and surrendered practice. His way of teaching reaches the heart and made me pick up the drum and join him right away. Anyone that follows this course will find a path that leads straight into the essence of this ancient way of the shaman’s drum.

Roel Crabbe, Course Participant

Thank you so much for the Shaman’s Drum course Yaacov Darling Khan. Just watched the final on a coach en route to Heathrow-bridging .worlds of the practical and the magic. Really enjoyed the clarity, passion and groundedness of your teaching. Hope there will be more of these short courses. Much gratitude.

Petra Bongartz, Course Participant

I have just completed the three modules of the The Shaman’s Drum and wanted to let you know how truly moving this experience has been for me. The ’traditions’ that you shared provided meaning and foundation to better understand the importance of drumming, which I had never previously known. My experience has been so important and enjoyable that I have also just enrolled in your course ‘Standing at the Centre of Your Own Circle: The Elementals of Engaged Shamanism’ which I can’t wait to begin!

Michael P. Hallé, Course Participant

Is this course suitable for me?

This course is for you if:

  • You have the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual stability, resources and support to engage in unsupervised, challenging, transformative, personal work and stay grounded and safe. If you have any doubt about this, please check with your doctor or health care professional.
  • You are ready to take responsibility for yourself on all the above levels, including being able to look after your physical body and its limits during the movement practice which is part of each module.

This course is NOT for you if:

  • You have any history with mental health issues or have been or are on any form of medication for mental health issues unless you have the full consent of your professional healthcare support teams (doctor, psychiatrist, therapist).
  • You are not able to take responsibility for your own physical, emotional, mental and spiritual stability while engaging in unsupervised challenging, transformative, personal work.
  • You don’t feel confident or are not able to look after your own physical body and its limits during the movement practice which is part of each module.
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