I have been leading, teaching, performing and holding ceremonial space for 20 years.
I’m blessed with a strong lineage and amazing teachers. I love creating
with people of all ages and races, in celebration of our shared indigeny, our gifts, our uniqueness.
I bring a colourful blend of warmth, humour, empathy, clarity and intuition into well prepared practical workshop space,
immersed in art, altars and beautiful wild surroundings.
I offer ceremonial drum making as a deeply personal elemental journey, as one-to-one day workshops,
small (from two people) to large (over 20 people) groups,
Day and weekend workshops, for both men and women, couples, friends, families and children.
These workshops are affiliated with Northern Drum and The School Of Movement Medicine, and come highly recommended.
The price of a drum workshop is approximately £250, depending on materials used and type of workshop.
All materials are carefully, ethically and locally sourced, and hand prepared with honour and care.
Through working closely with these organic materials, I specialise in the creation of drums that are intimate
reflections of the unique beings we all are.
Most small workshops are held in my Somerset home. I travel regularly, nationwide and internationally,
to hold workshops in drum making and other crafts.
Regular dates are available and open groups are often updated on my Facebook page.
It’s best to contact me directly, by email, then we can speak on the phone about the right drum and workshop for you.
I hold workshops in many other crafts, including weaving, rattle, shield and fan making, leather work, beadwork,
sculpture and creative writing.
I hold sacred spaces for women, rites of passage ceremonies, menarche, moon lodge and deep journey groups.
Prices vary according to workshop length and materials. Contact me directly for more information.
"... Dorrie works in a cave of care, her empowering, safely held space allows authentic unfolding, deep womb breaths and straight arrow journeying.
With all the gentleness of her strength and knowing, within the rich colours of her temple and the river of her songs, we deepen our dance with the mystery and beautifully unfold in the myriad layers of ourselves we are welcomed in our paths and process by the depth and integrity of dreaming that she weaves ...''
Nell Aurelia Admiral, Poet and Counsellor,
speaking of Women's Journey Groups.
" ... 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
"... Making your drum is a spiritual journey in itself. From the very beginning as you wind the rawhide around the tension ring your pulse begins to race. You tenderly caress the sanded wooden hoop with your fingertips feeling the tree spirit within resonating with the expectation of what is to come. Dorrie's enchanting voice is softly singing the sacred making songs of her Lakota ancestors while you thread the skin. With each pull on the rawhide string you are weaving your very heart and soul into your drum.
The skin getting tighter and tighter as round and round you go in a spiral of our origins, imprinting your every breath and prayer into the delicate skin as it starts straining...tightening...being born into your own hands....but not yet ready to speak with its own voice. It must rest after its birth and so must the maker..."
Andy Deaves, London scout leader,
on attending a drum making workshop.
"... 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, Northern Drum,
on attending a drum making workshop
"... 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 love...giving 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, Northern Drum,
on attending a drum making workshop.