THE SACRED DRUMMING ACADEMY


LEARN THE ANCIENT ART AND MODERN SCIENCE OF FRAME DRUMMING FROM YOUR OWN HOME


Sacred Drumming is an ancient and thoroughly modern, worldwide cross-cultural phenomenon

- Krista Holland 

Photo credit: left and upper mddle; Layne Redmd Archives Upper right; Antonis Kelaidis Lower right; Sequoia Miller Photography 



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LEARN TO PLAY THE FRAME DRUM OR EXPAND YOUR TECHNIQUE...!

What is Sacred Drumming?

The frame drum is one of the world's most ancient and sacred instruments played for health, connection, and wellbeing. From the very beginnings of its inception, the Sacred Drum has been played predominantly by women. All around the world, people of all orientations are returning to the heartbeat-like rhythms of the sacred drum. 

Ancient Herstory of Drumming In the ancient world, the drum was played by women and priestesses. Discover the fascinating history of feminine drumming.

Elemental Drum Strokes Learn to play the frame drum through elemental strokes ~ earth, water, fire, air & space.


Connect to Your Natural Rhythm Every human gestates to the sound of their mother's heartbeat and pulse of her bloodflow. Learn to reconnect with your natural sense of rhythm.

Supportive, Inclusive Community Connect with other drummers through our online group and join us on retreat one day to be together and drum in circle. .Dedicated students can move on to become Sacred Drumming circle facilitators.

Rhythmic Meditation Practice Drumming can help to synchronize the mind, heart, body, brain, and soul leading to meditative flow states.

Strengthen Your Brain Rhythmic hand drumming offers a host of health benefits. Modern research conducted on drummers and drum circles is beginning to show drumming to be a powerful adjunct and complementary tool for health and wellness.


Did you know that all over the world throughout history, the drummers were women? 

Or that the drum was once forbidden to women and for a very long time the ancient lineage of women drummers was forgotten?


Photo credit: Antonis Kelaidis

People the world over are now reclaiming the Sacred Drum


Learn the ancient art and modern science of frame drumming from your home


Your Online Training Includes

Inspiration to engage you in learning the art and science of frame drumming 

Learn - Frame Drumming Basics

This module will give you everything you need to begin learning how to play the frame drum. All you need is a drum! 

Explore - World Rhythms 

Frame drumming is in a renaissance worldwide; amazing cross-pollination, rhythmic communication, and connection are happening between cultures. Music is the universal language! 

Study - The History of Ancient Frame Drumming

The history of frame drumming is still relatively unknown. In ancient days ~ the Drummers were Women; We welcome and honor people of all ages, genders, faiths, continents, orientations, and colors - and - this tradition focalizes the feminine historical rhythmic traditions and wisdom. Join us!

Discover - Drum Meditations 

Drumming is a powerful way to focus the mind as well as connect to individual and cosmological rhythms. Rhythmic drumming has been shown to affect the brain waves much like years of dedicated meditation practice. Rhythmic entrainment is one reason shamans of every culture and gender have traditionally played the frame drum.

Uncover - Instruction for playing the frame drum in a way that adapts to your unique learning style.

Explore creative extended techniques, easy-to-follow rhythm notations, odd and even time signatures, and unique ways of approaching your frame drumming practice. We honor diverse learning styles and have designed this program to support people of various backgrounds to learn and thrive in their sacred drumming practice!

 Engage - The Romance of Practice 

Learn how to romance yourself into a love for the practice. Receive guidance on setting up a focused and sacred space to support and enhance your frame drumming practice. Plus tips, hints, and secrets for honing your skillset.

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“The frame drum is considered one of the most simple and one of the most powerful instruments known to humankind. Most anyone can learn to play the frame drum, and some will go on to connect with the drum as a potent instrument for invoking the sacred and transforming the mind."

- Krista Holland

Frame Drumming is a cross-cultural art form much like dancing is...

Krista Holland

Most every culture across time and place creates a sacred drum.

Sacred Drumming

About Your Instructor

Krista Holland, a multifaceted teacher, frame drummer, and independent researcher, is the founder of the Sacred Drumming Academy, where she shares her in-depth training and studies of the frame drum and leads sacred drumming circles and ceremonies. She has devoted more than 25 years of research and practice to the frame drum and its incredible cross-cultural history and has over 15 years of experience teaching the frame drum to others.

Krista learned the art of frame drumming along with ritual, myth, and ancient feminine drum history while apprenticing for 14 years under the tutelage of the late Layne Redmond, author of When the Drummers Were Women.

Krista has drummed privately for cancer patients in hospice, pregnant mothers at their blessing ways, grieving parents, modern temple dancers, trance journeys, children at bedtime, elderhood rites of passage, and a variety of other life ceremonies and rituals.

Krista is known for her unique style of playing, her transformative teaching, and her knowledge of the mythology and widespread history connected to the ancient lineage of global frame drummers. She teaches sacred drumming through online and in-person private classes, group workshops, immersions, and international retreats. Learn more @ www.sacreddrumming.com

My name is Krista Holland teacher and guide of Sacred Drumming. 

When I picked up the frame drum over 20 years ago, I never could have imagined the amazing journey of depth and discovery the sacred drum would lead me on…

To the ancient Goddess temples of Greece...  

To the high desert of New Mexico...  

To scouring museums searching for images of women with the sacred drum from the ancient world as my teacher had done before me... 

To leading circles of women and community members in ritual and ceremony..

To discovering the fascinating and mysterious connections between the ancient frame drummers, the Bee Goddess, priestesses, oracles and the honeybees...

Since learning to play the frame drum, I have drummed for cancer patients in hospice, for pregnant mothers at their blessing ways, for grieving parents, for modern temple dancers, for trance journeys, for children at bedtime, for elderhood rites of passage, and a variety of other life ceremonies and rituals. Even dogs and other animals respond positively to the sound of the sacred drum.

This style of frame drumming is known for its incredible range - from dreamy lullaby-like softness to intense trance-inducing power

The sacred drum has been utilized around the world in rituals for healing, prayer and celebration for thousand upon thousands of years. 


The drum has guided me and many others onto a path of mythic exploration.


Reflections from Students 

"Krista's ability to demonstrate, entrain and teach the drum without ever losing touch with the sacred, ancient roots of the practice is a true gift. Her class is part of the voice of the ancestress, calling us home to the powerful mystery of belonging to an endless lineage of holy women and mothers."

Jumana Sophia Founder ~ Her Mystery School

www..hermysteryschool.com

“Taking sacred drumming with Krista Holland is something that truly changed my life in so many ways. During the time that I was taking this class, I was going through a lot of transitions and shifts in my life, dealing with relationships that came up and looking for a sense of community, a sense of sisterhood and I found that in sacred drumming,

I found a friend in the drum. I found the rhythm of my heart that I was so deeply missing and looking to connect with, and I found a sacred sisterhood. During these times, especially having a community that you can come to, and fully release everything and drop into sacred rhythm is incredibly priceless.

I would recommend Krista sacred drumming 1000 times over. If you're looking for a way to deeply connect to yourself, to sisters to a circle to a community, to the drum, then sacred drumming is the way to go.”

C.J. Thomas

 "I began a journey of healing, reuniting, honoring, remembering my inner feminine prior to the Sacred Drumming retreat but it was here that I finally began to feel ease and joy in the journey. She had been shoved into the shadows and the circle of this retreat created a safe space for her to step into the light."  

Marcella Bell  

Author and yogini

https://www.harpercollins.com/blogs/authors/marcella-bell


"This entire experience gives us a taste of the transformational potential in women's Sacred Drumming, as Krista teaches it. Combined with gentle yoga and the beauty of Ghost Ranch, it is a uniquely powerful experience. I would come again and again, if I could.  p.s. It works for all ages

Demaris Wehr  

Author  

Jung & Feminism

Psychotherapy and Counseling

https://demariswehr.com/

I’m very grateful to have met Krista Holland and taken frame drumming lessons with her live, via Skype. After reading “When the Drummers were Women “ by Layne Redmond. I felt so inspired to play the frame!!! I was thrilled to discover Krista. Her way of teaching is simple, sacred, clear, and with depth.

Krista showed me how to connect to the drumming path in a very satisfying and personal way on all levels, a way I had been longing for. She helped me to develop skills and confidence to facilitate Sacred Frame Drumming circles in my community here in a remote area on the far south coast of Australia. I

love this!! I feel so blessed to be living with this ancient, mysterious rhythmic thread which continues to weave and unravel its magic and beauty in and through me.

Lynne Bowman 

Yogini and Sound therapist

lynnemareebowman.weebly.com

"The delicious weave of knowledge, wisdom, playfulness and skill was a treat to be with. Krista is a bright light with much to share! I encourage anyone to check out her drumming class!"

Shellee Rae

Spiritual Guide, Healer, Author

www.shelleerae.com

“I wholeheartedly recommend my mentor Krista Holland, as a guide for those seeking a deep dive into the divine feminine art form of sacred drumming.

Following in the footsteps of her own mentor Layne Redmond, Krista offers an approach that is rooted in tradition with a genuine touch that is uncommon in our times. One can feel the link between the ancient presence of countless generations of women who have gathered in this way to make music together represented in the way that Krista carries the group.

Krista has a transformational quality about her that touches all that she meets. Studying with her will change your life, as she tends to see, magnetize and encourage your true unique essence to come through. If you find yourself drawn into this mandala of feminine wisdom, Krista will meet you there in the center of your own gifts, reflecting back your own inner heartbeat.“ 

Annie Moon

"Krista Holland~historian, instructor, mentor, story-teller, spiritual-guide, community builder, and, frame drum teacher. I found your relaxed sharing style so rich in nourishing knowledge and exquisite drumming techniques. Your fingers dancing the beat, I felt I was listening to the transmission of arcane wisdom through "drum brushing" sounds of parchment pages turning inside the lost library of Alexandria as you de-coded & translated the alchemy of hidden treasures.

Your words - an art form

Your drumming - soul food

Your presence - heartfelt, timeless, spacious"

Elise Lockhart, M.ED

"I love having the accessibility of the Sacred Drumming Academy courses wherever I go and I can access them at any time.  I am a traveler of the globe and the sacred drum is something that can easily be transported with me on any of my journeys. 

I have been drumming with Krista for over 2 years and this academy has helped me to really indulge in the foundations and learn more about the vast history of women and the drum. 

The academy courses are intelligently outlined and easy to follow.  Krista’s passion and adoration of the sacred drum really shines through and is indeed infectious!  I am so grateful I purchased this course and now have lifetime access."

Aubrey Sharp

Frame Drumming is Fun!!!


"Drumming is a human birthright. Every one of us gestates to the rhythm of our Mother's heartbeat ~ when we play the drum, we return to our most primal rhythmic knowing and sense of belonging."

- Krista Holland


There's a good reason why most every culture worldwide, throughout time, creates a sacred drum and why people of all ages, ethnicities, and genders around the world are reclaiming the drum.


Music is the Universal language that creates cross-cultural conections

Photo credit: upper left and right Layne Redmond Archives - Center: Sancha Demetriou Lower right: Meghan Frasheski

🤍Sacred Drumming is open to anyone ~ with a heartbeat! 🤍


Modern research studies are now proving what people globally discovered long, long ago...

Drumming and being in rhythm creates a cascade of benefits for a player's mind, mood and immunity, both while playing individually, and especially while playing in community. 


Learn to play the frame drum and discover the benefits for yourself!

What you'll receive in this course: 

Everything you need to know to begin your Frame Drumming Journey!

Three stand-alone modules

Learn at your own pace from your own home 

In-depth yet straightforward instruction on the art and science of Sacred Drumming 

Modules delivered via video, PDF, written transcripts, easy to read notation, and slide presentation format to a private members-only website

100 + easy to follow lessons from beginning through intermediate

Completely downloadable with a lifetime membership

All yours to download and keep forever. 

Course Curriculum:

Module: 1 Introduction to the Sacred Drum

  • Honoring and befriending your drum
  • Setting Intention
  • Creating Sacred space
  • Learn the 5 Basic Elemental Drum Strokes ~ Earth, Water, Fire, Air, and Space  
  • Finger and Hand Warm-up routines
  • Frame drum techniques - learn the secret techniques of hand drumming 
  • Basic frame drum patterns and rhythms to get you started in your connection to the art of Frame Drumming

Module: 2 The Romance of Practice

  • How to seduce yourself into a love for practice
  • Entrainment and Focus
  •  Drum stroke combinations 
  • Odd and Even rhythmic time signatures
  • How to build drumming stamina and speed without strain
  • + Tips, hints, and secret techniques for honing your hand drumming skillset. Woop!

Module: 3 World Rhythms

Sacred Drumming honors both the ancient origins and the modern innovations and cross-cultural fusions happening in the global renaissance of frame drumming.

  • Learn world rhythms and traditional grooves
  • Gain an archive of classic open-source hand drum rhythms from around the world. Rhythms handed down to me from my teachers and my teacher's teachers..
  • Rhythms and methods that can be adapted to almost any style of hand drumming!

+Plus!!!

 3 LIVE Q&A Group calls (Can't make the group calls? No problem! Recordings sent to your inbox via email - watch later if you can't make that live call)

Private Facebook Group ~ Connect with a worldwide circle of Sacred Drummers. Make connections + share your tips!

🌎

Lifetime Access

Learn at your own pace.

You can't fall behind!


What you'll receive in this course: 

Everything you need to know to begin your Frame Drumming Journey!

Three stand-alone modules

Learn at your own pace from your own home 

In-depth yet straightforward instruction on the art and science of Sacred Drumming 

Modules delivered via video, PDF, written transcripts, easy to read notation, and slide presentation format to a private members-only website

Twelve weeks of content delivered over three months—yours to download and keep forever. 

100 + easy to follow lessons from beginning through intermediate

Completely downloadable with a lifetime membership

Course Curriculum:

Module: 1 Introduction to the Sacred Drum

  • Honoring and befriending your drum
  • Setting Intention
  • Creating Sacred space
  • Learn the 5 Basic Elemental Drum Strokes ~ Earth, Water, Fire, Air, and Space  
  • Finger and Hand Warm-up routines
  • Frame drum techniques - learn the secret techniques of hand drumming 
  • Basic frame drum patterns and rhythms to get you started in your connection to the art of Frame Drumming

Module: 2 The Romance of Practice

  • How to seduce yourself into a love for practice
  • Entrainment and Focus
  •  Drum stroke combinations 
  • Odd and Even rhythmic time signatures
  • How to build drumming stamina and speed without strain
  • + Tips, hints, and secret techniques for honing your hand drumming skillset. Woop!

Module: 3 World Rhythms

Sacred Drumming honors both the ancient origins and the modern innovations and cross-cultural fusions happening in the global renaissance of frame drumming.

  • Learn world rhythms and traditional grooves
  • Gain an archive of classic open-source hand drum rhythms from around the world. Rhythms handed down to me from my teachers and my teacher's teachers..
  • Rhythms and methods that can be adapted to almost any style of hand drumming!

+Plus!!!

3 LIVE Q&A Group calls (Can't make the group calls? No problem! Recordings sent to your inbox via email - watch later if you can't make that live call)

Private Facebook Group ~ Connect with a worldwide circle of Sacred Drummers. Make connections + share your tips!

🌎

Lifetime Access

Learn at your own pace.

You can't fall behind!


LEARN TO PLAY THE FRAME DRUM!!!


This course is for you if: 

  • You have always wanted to play the drum or learn a new instrument.
  • You have absolutely no musical or drumming experience, but would love to learn! 
  • You are a seasoned drummer that would like to expand and refine your drumming skillset, improve your drumming stamina or want to deepen your understanding of the amazing history and science behind frame drumming.
  • You enjoy learning in a relaxed but focused environment ie; hanging out with me (via pre-recorded videos) and your drum(s) at your own home! 
  • You are interested in the idea of learning the foundational practices of Sacred Drumming so that you can lead your own Sacred Drumming circles in your community one day.
  • You are ready to learn and practice the sacred drum! 
  • ✴︎  The Sacred Drumming Academy Foundations Training ✴︎

<<<<<<< is the foundation for our upcoming >>>>>>>>

 The Sacred Drumming Academy Facilitators Training! 

✴︎✴︎Students must take the SACRED DRUMMING Foundations as a prerequisite for the upcoming facilitator training

(dates TBD)  


FAQ

Curious about What Frame Drum to start out with?
Sign up here to receive our free guide on how to choose a Frame Drum.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can a person learn to play the frame drum by taking this course?


A: Yes! The Sacred Drumming Academy will teach you everything you need to know to start your frame drumming journey. All you need to do is apply the teachings by playing along while you watch the videos and practice the material independently. If a person plays and practices the material consistently this course will provide a wonderful foundation in learning to play the frame drum.

Q: Is this course live or pre-recorded?

A: The Sacred Drumming Foundations Course is a combination of live and pre-recorded teachings. Over 100 + easy-to-follow pre-recorded videos take you on a journey into the art and practice of frame drumming. Additionally, you will be invited to three live Masterclasses with Krista held via Zoom video conferencing. 

For those who can't make the live sessions - recordings of all sessions will be posted on the private Academy website within 48 hours of the live classes

How long do I have to access the course materials?

A: You will have lifetime access to the course content. Once you receive each lesson, you can access them anytime, and they are yours to download and keep forever. 

Q: Can you tell me about the private online community group?

A: The optional private online Sacred Drumming Foundations course community is a group for all course participants on Facebook. The online group is a place to share insights, make connections and engage in topics related to frame drumming practice, history, and mythology. The group is a diverse private forum to share your voice and practice with other frame drum enthusiasts from around the world.

Q: Are there scholarships available for this training?
A: Yes, we do offer a limited amount of partial scholarships for those who otherwise would not be able to enroll at the regular rate. If you’d like to apply for a scholarship, please contact us at sacreddrumming108@gmail.com to inquire.

Q: What’s your refund policy?
A: Your satisfaction with The Sacred Drumming Academy and this course is our highest priority! We offer a 100% Percent Risk-Free Guarantee.

Here's how it works...

Sign-up today and complete the first module; if after 14 days of playing, you are not happy with what you're learning, you can request a full refund.  We always appreciate feedback and the chance to resolve your concerns first. If there’s something we can assist you with, please email us at sacreddrumming108@gmail.com and we’ll be happy to help!

Q: How can I reach Customer Support?
A: Please contact us at sacreddrumming108@gmail.com

What supplies do I need for the course?
All you need is a computer, mobile device, or telephone and a frame drum!

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“It’s nothing short of magic...”

Krista is one of those rare magicians that can combine sacred drumming, deep knowledge of the Sacred Feminine, and equally deep knowledge of modern psychology and neuroscience with dexterity and mastery. The resulting alchemy is quite a heady mix, and a workshop with her is the equivalent of diving deep down the rabbit’s hole with Alice. It’s nothing short of magic!


— Raja Choudhury, speaker, filmmaker, and teacher of Awakening Your Kundalini

The Sacred Drumming Academy created by Krista Holland started for me in November 2020, which was, by all means, a dreadful year but it also gave me the opportunity to finally begin studying frame drums, since everyone was home and a lot of amazing online courses started popping up in my Facebook feed. Before that, living in Italy, I couldn't find any in-person training from teachers of Layne Redmond's lineage or at least focusing not only on the technical aspects of the drum but also on its uses as a sacred tool.

The most important thing I learned from Krista, apart from techniques and rhythms, was to feel my personal connection with the drum, to feel it not like an external tool in my hands, something "other" than my body, but more as an extension of it, a gateway to express my inner world, just like singing and dancing feel for me. She encouraged us all to fall in love with the drum, setting space and time to practice, some sort of ritual of daily connecting with the drum.

Another thing I highly valued in the Sacred Drumming Academy was the fact that Krista taught us the history of female frame drumming throughout the millennia, making us feel connected to this ancient lineage of drummers.

Speaking of Krista as a teacher I must say she is very patient, kind, and loving. She pushed us to try our best but at the same time, she always encouraged us to try no matter what, to get in the flow. She is a very solar person, always smiling, never intimidating: it was a real pleasure studying with her.

Paola Coccia,

Italy


"Krista’s teaching and research are at the forefront of the global interest in sacred drumming. Her depth of wisdom and passion for her subject are sure to inspire those called to take up this ancient instrument for transforming consciousness and for creating greater health and wellbeing."


— David Crow, author, herbalist, educator, founder of Floracopeia Aromatic Treasures

"The beat of the sacred drum is ancient ~ modern ~ 'heart medicine,' which can help us synchronize in rhythmic coherence towards a more harmonious future."

"If there's any part of you that has a call to touch into the linage of women's drumming ~ sacred drumming throughout time. I highly encourage you to take the time and gift yourself the gift of having time with Krista ."

Jumana Sophia

Founder of Her Mystery School

"I found a friend in the drum. I found the rhythm of my heart that I was so deeply missing and looking to connect with, and I found a sacred sisterhood. During these times, especially having a community that you can come to, and fully release everything and drop into sacred rhythm is incredibly priceless."

C.J. Thomas

Simply Healthy Marketing

“I really want to recommend Krista Holland and her Sacred Drumming Academy as beautiful space that Krista has created for others to learn about such an ancient and amazing tool of remembrance, a tool of connection, a tool of creation as the frame drum. Krista has shared her knowledge and passion and her wisdom in such a beautiful offering. I have learned so much over my time already in the Sacred Drumming Academy and it is definitely due to Krista’s amazing way of working and creating a space that is warm and inviting and soft and intense as well. You can choose your path!”

Melissa Blodgett Vanek

Whispers from the Bee

Beekeeper, Conservationist, and Guide

“I really want to recommend Krista Holland and her Sacred Drumming Academy as beautiful space that Krista has created for others to learn about such an ancient and amazing tool of remembrance, a tool of connection, a tool of creation as the frame drum. Krista has shared her knowledge and passion and her wisdom in such a beautiful offering. I have learned so much over my time already in the Sacred Drumming Academy and it is definitely due to Krista’s amazing way of working and creating a space that is warm and inviting and soft and intense as well. You can choose your path!”

Melissa Blodgett Vanek

Whispers from the Bee

Beekeeper, Conservationist, and Guide

"I was just looking for a drumming teacher but what I got was so much more...Krista is a carrier of the lineage of drumming and I’ve been so grateful to learn not just how to play the drum but also the history and herstory of women and the drum. She always weaves this into her teaching and connects the playing of the drum with something older and vaster - it’s not just this instrument you're holding in your hand it’s this sacred lineage that she is really passionate to transmit to her students.” 



Aimee Ryan

Facilitator, Mediator and Restorative Justice Practitioner

It has forever changed my life. Krista's teaching style is so effective. She makes drumming fun. She makes it approachable. She teaches you how to integrate it into your life and how to bring much more joy into your life through drumming. She can take complex techniques and break them down into very approachable steps. I have had so much fun learning from her and have learned so much in the time I have been with her. I’ve also really enjoyed learning about the history of frame drumming. It allows me to connect with the drum in a different more sacred way.”

Lena Hirschler

Retired CFO, Mother, Teacher and Dancer

 100 % PERCENT RISK-FREE MONEY BACK GUARANTEE

I'm confident that this program can teach just about anyone how to play the frame drum IF a person participates fully, which is why I'm offering a 100% Percent Risk-Free Guarantee.

Here's how it works...

Sign-up today and complete the first module; if after 14 days of playing, you are not happy with what you're learning, you can request a full refund. 

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