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

Ya'Acov has been studying and practicing shamanism all his life. When he was 21, he was hit by lightning and through this, began a three-decade-long journey of initiation. He has been recognised as a practicing shaman by Elder Shamans from the Sami (European tradition), and Achuar and Sápara peoples of the Amazon. Together with his wife Susannah, he is the Co-Creator of Movement Medicine, a contemporary and dynamic shamanic practice designed to support people from all walks of life to be who they are and give what they’ve got.

Ya’Acov’s work comes straight from the heart. He inspires people, often with great humour, to remember who they are. He is the best-selling author of Jaguar in the Body, Butterfly in the Heart (Hay House 2017), the creator of Shaman’s Song - Shamanic Journeys to Empower, Inspire and Re-Connect (Hay House 2018), and the Co-Author of Movement Medicine - How to Dance, Awaken and Live your Dreams, (Hay House 2009). His new book, Shaman – Invoking Power, Purpose and Presence at the Core of Who You Are was published by Hay House in Spring 2020.

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.