A Course for Women
with Lorraine Grayston & Dawn Russell

Weekends in:

Autumn 2022 Dates TBC.

In ancient times women were drummers

It was the women who held the deep rhythm of connection and ceremony for the community.

Shamanic drum journey 2021
Shamanic drum journey 2021

The sound of the beat of the drum is ancient and touches us deep in our bones (our psyche), it is the heart beat of the Earth and can bring us back into health and balance, not just within ourselves but with the Earth and all of nature.

It helps us to calm our mind and come to a deep place of peace where we can experience the ‘extra-ordinary,’ we can hear the vibration, the pulse of life.

We celebrate that now both women and men are drummers.
Here we offer a space for women to re-connect with this transcending practice

The aim of this course is to teach the contemporary use of the Shamanic drum journey for yourself and for offering it for others (your community).

We will be working with the gift of the drum journey and will work in-depth with the practise of journeying with a hand held drum. The journey drum is often known as the Shaman’s horse, which enables us to ride the resonances of the drum to places deep within our energy being and connection, where we are able to communicate with, receive from and affect the energies of our lives.

We will experience various practices and learn the deeper understanding and application of them. The Medicine Wheel is our map. The Shamanic Journey, Soul Retrieval, Creating and Holding Space are our tools, your own unique creative expression is the vehicle.

Who is this course for?

This course is for women who are seeking their own healing, development and wellbeing. It also offers experience and understanding of the practises to enable women to offer these healing and enlivening tools to others within their community and personal practise.

The Team

Working within the collective consciousness of the Earth you can to find your spiritual family, especially in the form of animal and plant allies who help you to connect with your own deep instinctual nature. They will guide and support you in the work.

The Shamanic Journey is about exploring and affecting what is happening within your individual energy world and moving beyond the individual into the place where all things are connected. Our ancestors knew that all dis-ease originated in the energy matrix of our being and life, and would ‘travel’ to this source to effect healing. ‘Travel’ in this context means to expand ones awareness into the energy field which contains dis-ease on a mental, emotional, physical and/or spiritual level. In this place we find the patterns and habits that underpin our life. In this place also we are able to commune with the Spirit of our lives, we are after all co-creators of this life walk and so to go to the place of depth where we can hear our own nature and movement helps use to stay in the flow of life and to make choices that are beneficial to us.  We use a drum to access these places.

Soul Retrieval is using the medium of the Shamanic Journey to re-member ourselves i.e. to re-connect with parts of our life force that we have disconnected from through traumatic experiences.
Re-connecting with this life force can not only bring healing to those places of suffering but enliven us as we become fuller of ourselves, our life force. You will learn how to hold another (or yourself) and enable them (or yourself) to do their own (or your own) Soul Retrieval work.

Soul Release is a tool to work with when we become entangled with another’s energy through love or hate (and all the feelings in between) and they become entangled with us in a relationship which becomes detrimental to both.

Creating and Holding Space

When helping another in a healing capacity one of the most important (and simple) yet most difficult things to do, is to create and hold a space in which that person feels held and heard from a place of allowing and compassion. The preparation and holding of the environment and of ourselves is paramount to the creation of a healing space for the benefit of another and ourselves.

Enquiries & Booking contact:


  • Emerson College, Forest Row, East Sussex


  • Saturday 10am to 5:30pm, Sunday 10am to 5pm

Registration and Fees – non residential:

  • Early-Bird fee for Autumn 2021, paid by 24th July 2021, is £480.
  • The full cost of the course – is £540 (a deposit of £150 secures your place).

There are some residential places available (additional fee payable), these will need to be booked through Emerson College. There are also local B&B.