Mark-play-drumEat Pray Drum Workshops present a special opportunity for you to learn  to make a drum from a master drum maker of 46 + years!  It is a weekend event with Mark Donehogawa Barfoot who will guide you in making your own elkhide hand drum and  drumstick. With this experience you also get a free colorful  weather resistant drum bag.  You are guaranteed that under Mark’s instruction, your drum will be of the same fine quality as all of Mark’s drums.

Scroll down to learn how you can host a drum workshop! 

“As you make your drum, I will share with you the significance of  drum materials and construction, and my knowledge of traditional native life and the essential role the drum plays in our spiritual journey.After the drum making is completed, we awaken the drums,  and I will share my Wolf Clan Medicine Wheel teachings, passed down for centuries. These teachings are freely shared, friends and family are welcome to attend this part of the workshop. ”

“If you have ever wondered why you instantly feel connected to some people, and not to others, these teachings will help you understand. You will also learn the practical ancient cultural wisdom of using your gifts to walk in balance through life. We can never learn enough about peace and harmony for ourselves, others, and our sacred earth.”

You Can Host an Eat Pray Drum Workshop


“Mark Barfoot, drum maker for over 46 years, will guide you on a journey of making your own elkhide hand drum and beater.

Host Responsibilities:

1. Provide available location where workshop can be held. A spacious room in your house, a studio space, we have work shopped in imaginative places! (barns, backyards, studios, parks, stores/shops, and more.)

2. Host should be able to provide photos of location and an accurate address for GPS.

3. Work with Mark or Web Admin to set weekend dates/schedule/ details.

4. Provide contact information (phone & email) and be available to those seeking info about workshop.

4. We provide an event flyer. Host should distribute these to strategic locations, provide online link to facebook, websites and the makeadrum workshop page if possible.  (It is helpful if you have an existing contact base or group of friends/acquaintances to outreach for workshop participants.)

5. There is a minimum number of  participants that must signup in order for Mark to travel to the location. Host should be willing to find signups to reach the minimum requirement. This minimum number of people will be provided by Mark, and may vary depending on workshop location/his travel distance and expenses for event .

6. Host makes decisions about  Saturday lunch, whether to provide drinks and snacks during event, or not.

7. Mark provides tables to work on during the workshops, host should provide chairs for participants, plus extra seating for Sunday afternoon teachings, as these teachings are open to the public.

8. The drum workshop weekend can be a flexible event.  Friday night can consist of a sweat lodge drum workshop, a powwow drum workshop demonstration, a flute concert by Mark.  Saturday is reserved for a hand drum workshop, completed on Sunday, along with Mark’s sharing of the Wolf Clan Teachings.

9. Participants should signup as soon as possible before event. Payment must be made online well in advance, as supplies must be purchased and prepared well in advance of workshop date.

Mark Donehogawa Barfoot will share with you his knowledge of the culture, the importance of the drum, and wolf clan teachings, wisdom ways taught for many generations. Mark’s drums have a beautiful resonance, and sound the heartbeat of our Mother Earth. Your drum will be an original work of art that has a deep connection to native ancestors. The cost of the workshop is determined by the size drum you wish to make. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to get to know Mark, learn more about native culture, and to create your own personal hand drum and beater, plus receive a free water resistant drum bag!”

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