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2024 Events

2024 Events

12th May - Embroidery & the Art of Altars, Somerset

Book with Dorrie +44 7842286779


16th-18th May - Retreat with Temascal, Drum & Rattle Making & Embroidery, Carmarthen, Wales

Book with Dorrie +44 7842286779 or Zoey +447805806569

4th - 9th June - Craft Workshop at Women's Retreat, Somerset, UK



14th-16th June - Retreat with Temascal, Drum & Rattle Making, Song Circles & Tai Chi, Belgium

Book with Mukta +32 485 63 30 37


6th/7th July - Paradhis festival, Cornwall

Speaking about Creativity as Connection


20th - 26th July - Holding Altars at the Summer Long Dance, Dartmoor, Devon, UK


26th - 30th July - Medicine Woman, Cornwall, UK

Art installation, workshops and ceremonial space



15th-18th August - Art installation & full workshop programme at Medicine Festival, Wasing, UK


13th - 15th September - Dreaming the Land, West Coast of Ireland

Drum Making and other crafts

Book with Benita +353873877344


 Additional dates to follow

Paradhis 2024
Medicine Woman 2024
Medicine festival


I offer workshop journeys as sacred spaces that centre creativity

as an intentional practice of soul mending & belonging.

I have been teaching traditional craft and ancestral skills for over 25 years. My workshops come highly recommended and are affiliated with Northern Drum, the School of Movement Medicine and Carolyn Hillyer at Seventh Wave Music.


 I have been hide tanning since my teenage years, working with the very best of teachers & elders to gain an international reputation of excellence in ceremonial craft.

Aswell as Drum Making, I also hold workshops in embroidery, weaving, roadkill handling, natural tanning, rattle, fan and shield making, wild food, the art of altars, creative writing & more.


I bring a warm and nourishing blend of intuition, experience, empathy and good humour into well prepared, practical workshop space;

immersed in art, altars, installations and beautiful surroundings. I work with individuals of all genders & ages; couples, families, groups large and small. My workshops are trauma informed, non-dogmatic, safe spaces, accessible to all.

Be welcome. Come as you are; no status or experience needed. 

I offer a limited number of concessionary places to keep these crafts accessible and available.

Concessionary places are by application and are prioritised to those from minority ethnic backgrounds, young people & other marginalised groups. Be in touch with me directly if this would be a support for you. 

I am committed to active decolonisation and inclusivity in all aspects of my work.

It is important that through this work, I keep giving back to, and neither appropriating nor taking from my own lineage

or the many Indigenous peoples who have worked to keep their drum cultures, songs and teachings alive through centuries of genocide.

10% of all profits go to charities supporting the land rights of Indigenous Peoples and those seeking asylum in the UK.

I've set up a sponsorship fund for those that wish to and are able to donate to support those with less privilege to come to my workshops. This goes towards the cost of materials. Contact me if you'd like to contribute.


We are always coming home.

Giving thanks for all the beauty of all the beautiful people shared through these crafts.

Honouring our origins.


‘Wherever you come from is a Holy Place.’ ~ Kae Tempest

Drum Making

Drum Making

Upcoming Drum Making Workshops:


15th February~ Algarve, Portugal

16th & 17th March ~Chester

 13th April ~Forest Row 

 11th May ~Somerset

 17th May ~Carmarthen

 15th June ~ Belgium

 22nd June ~Dorset

5th July ~Cornwall


 Additional dates to follow


Timings for group drum making workshops are approximately 10am-8pm 

Ceremonial Drum Making held in intentional space, birthing drums as soul vessels with a wide range of gorgeous ethically sourced hand prepared materials to choose from.

The cost of these workshops are:
£330 supporter 
£300 middle tier
£270 concession, by application, for those genuinely in need

Please note that I am working hard to keep my workshops as accessible as possible and the majority of the cost & value lies in the organic materials that are carefully sourced with skill, care, integrity and honouring.


I’m also available for private group bookings; eg gathering your people together & hosting me for a workshop in your community, host receives a discount or exchange.


Drum making workshops include working on floor level and require the full use of both hands. It’s nourishing but intensive. If you have additional needs then check in with me directly about accessibility, either I can offer extra support within a group setting or we can book a one to one workshop.


I will update this page & my social media pages with dates & additional locations and information throughout the year. 

WhatsApp on 07842286779 for all bookings & enquiries. 
I use WhatsApp for drum making groups & all email enquiries for drum making are referred to whatsapp.


Deposit required on booking, these are non-refundable but places can sometimes be transferred within the same drum making year

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One to One

One to One

One to One work with me includes drum making & other crafts but also personal & creative mentorship, rites of passage & ceremonial space.

I work online, from my home and within the south west UK with individuals, couples & children. 

Contact via WhatsApp on 07842286779  


"I woke up with so much gratitude in my heart after our drum-making day. Thank you for the conscious space you hold"
Lesley Asare, artist and facilitator

"Making my drum has initiated the remembering of my own creative skills. I started sewing again! Your perception is so clear."
Shaheen Alam, yoga teacher

"Dorrie Joy knows her medicine craft and approaches it with authenticity, sacred intention and good humour. I am more than delighted with my drum. And have no hesitation in recommending her tuition / workshops to others, whether for drums, rattles, leatherwork or other. She delights in enabling others to create the tool that matches their highest potential."
Brett Almond,  retailer 


" This drum making day was so much fuller than I could ever have imagined. Empowering and affirming. Thankyou for your prayers, sweat and love that birthed my drum. so grateful, Dorrie. Deepest love for your care and generosity."
Emily, facilitator

" I had such a special day making my drum with magical lady Dorrie Joy.  Walking around her house is like entering an enchanted world of visions and prayers from the earth that speak through her hands and are born in the most exquisite paintings, drums, rattles, weavings and felt. 
I truly feel her to be one of the most stunning visionary artists that I have come across, and I love to recommend and share her work for all hearts to be touched. Even her prints will bless your world "
Ayla Schafer, Musician

"Had an amazing day with Dorrie making a little drum for my journey ahead. She feels ancient, there are veins that run through her like pathways, she's got an old powerful spirit... I cant wait to hear her sound tomorrow once she's fully dried... The perfect mentor to my young bright big white moon drum I also made with Dorrie in 2016. If you're in the UK and would like to invest in one of the most beautiful life long musical companions- a Shamanic Drum or Rattle, or if you'd love to make one yourself with guidance in the most beautifully held environment full of blessings, i highly recommend getting in touch with Dorrie! She's a legend as a person and in her artistry, a beautiful woman filled with so much thanks for this beauty in my life! Muchisimo gracias Dorrie, what a gift you are to this world! "
Zuma, Clown, Puppeteer, Singer/Songwriter

" Wow. What an incredible weekend. So much more than drum making; also a deeply insightful experiential therapy session, a ‘replay’ of my life, meeting my shadow, my inner child, my strengths & ‘development points’, deepening and strengthening connection with spirit, power animals and Mother Earth. I could go on and on..! 
Thank you so much for your hospitality, sharing, teachings and facilitating the space to be able to access and experience a part of your culture and ancestry. What I’ve learnt will be treated with respect. 
My Drum continues to emerge. The colour and patterns seem to keep changing, it’s like there’s a smoke/vapour/mist shifting and rolling about within the hide. It’s unrecognisable from the hide I worked with saturday. The scars are beautifully phenomenal.  At times I’m sure I see the shape of her in the hide and then the shape melts away. She is so beautiful and curious"
Jason Middleton


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