The Spirit of the Drum is a profound and hugely rewarding course. It provides the opportunity to open the mind, connect with spirit and discover the true nature of the drum. You will never hear a drum beat in the same way again, and all for the better. There are many aspects to the drum which are explored throughout the course, providing enlightening insight and perspective. Not a word is wasted by the course leader, every statement and phrase both eloquently delivered, and full of purpose and meaning. There is much to gain from this course, and you will have your efforts returned in abundance. Come with no expectations and you will leave with the unexpected. As a musician, I wanted to leave the technical side far behind see what lay beyond the everyday musicality of the instrument. I came away with much more than I could ever have thought possible. The knowledge gained from this course has many levels, for some it can enhance and build on existing skills and experiences, for me it was a gear shift into new unchartered waters of understanding. I had felt the call of the drum for some time, but never managed to act on it until now. I only wish I had done this sooner. If you feel drawn to it, with a sense of intrigue, then it is for you.
Period Musician & Historic Life Interpreter
For more than 3 decades I have been attending workshops not just in the UK, but in Europe and The U.S. I have also spent months in the Amazon Jungle, being trained by a Shipibo master healer.
I was searching for serious shamanic training when I came upon The Sacred Trust. After all the years of searching, I have finally found the diamond I was looking for. The level of teaching is the highest I have encountered and it is an ongoing joy and an ever enriching and deepening experience attending the courses on offer.
I am now on the second year of the three years shamanic practitioner course. It is the best thing I have ever done. I feel blessed.
Airline Pilot (retd)
Its hard to describe The Serpent Fool workshop. Firstly because it left me practically speechless and secondly because its transformative potential is so huge. Both in terms of ones own personal development but also how this specific work can serve as a catalyst in the major shift that is needed between the feminine and the masculine, between the humans and earth herself. In this new body of work Naomi Lewis takes teaching to a new level. She holds the work with grace, compassion, sincerity and humour. As a trained actor I knew that there are sacred and healing aspects of the fool that we haven’t seen in our time. But that I could be so powerful, true and funny, I could never have guessed. The healing mirrors that the Serpent Fool holds up is very much needed in our time.
Actor & Director
During this exquisitely delivered workshop I re-learnt so much of what I had un-learnt over the span of my life so far. Not only was this re-learning a sheer wonder, it was also essential for me at this time. The effects upon my state of being have been beyond anything I could ever have imagined, effects of truly cosmic proportions. Be prepared to be delightfully shocked out of any smallness you may have picked up along the way in life, be prepared to be wondrously fired into intense beautiful orbits, be prepared to be held in the most safe and understanding arms possible. Endless thanks to Naomi, Deborah, all the team at The Sacred Trust and all the participants in this most extraordinary, unique work.
Earth Caretaker & Drum maker
The Spirit of the Drum course was beautifully constructed and taught to deepen and broaden our relationship with the drum in many heartfelt ways. It was a very full. rich, powerful and compassionate time. It has been a transformative healing experience, and has caused a big shift in my life. I am so grateful for its many gifts, which continue to grow.
I would love to share my utmost admiration to this unique body of work, known as The Path of Pollen.
I am writing these lines as a complete beginner along the shamanic path. Although I find this work suitable for everyone feeling called to it, even if they don’t know why, yet.
I won’t describe my personal journey because everyone’s is unique and there are simply not enough words for it. The work and practices taught are empowering, healing, mind enhancing although grounding, igniting, spiritually connecting and ascending and very transformative on so many levels. It is absolutely intriguing to be taught some of these arcaic practices and I simply love and trust it. I feel that it brings harmony back to the body, mind, soul and spirit and teaches us to listen to our womb wisdom and the ancient female instincts long forgotten and so much more…
With these lines I thank Naomi, India, Deborah and Arianne for their hard work, energy, love and dedication along this Path. Who can truly move between these worlds at ease and it is an honour to witness these exceptional practices. I am glad and grateful those teachings are brought into this world by you with such a lovely touch of humour!
You are creating a very safe and sacred place for this beautiful and compassionate Path of Pollen and connect it into this contemporary time. I also felt very held and cared for. There was always someone you could double check with, the instructions were clear and the work very authentic! Now it is up to everyone practicing what has been taught to bring forward the individual change we desire.
And not to forget, the place where it is held is already very charming and magical, with beautiful woods and ancient trees! And on top of it, there is super delicious healthy food. In every way, the student is very much looked after!
The Spirit of the Drum course dropped me into depths and connection with the drum I have not experienced before. Simon’s facilitation and guidance felt very grounded and authentic, enabling the establishment of what felt for me to be a strong cohesive group. This in turn enabled me to quickly trust Simon, the group and the process and to be open and receptive to what the drum was bringing forth for me to experience. It is definitely a course I would recommend and one I will want to experience again.
Teacher, Art Therapist & Supervisor
The Sacred Trust’s Spirit of the Drum workshop was possibly the most extraordinary four days of my life.
I’ve never had to work so hard, been so challenged, so full of wonder and had so much fun all in one place before. The Sacred Trust training’s always seem to give you way more than you bargained for – but in a good way! I feel stronger, more settled, better aligned, braver, full of optimism and energy even a week after this workshop ended. Its experiences and teachings will stay with me for life.
The other 19 participants were exceptional group of people with whom it was an honour to work, and Simon Buxton is simply the best teacher I have ever met. You couldn’t wish for someone with greater wisdom, kindliness, sheer strength, a safer pair of hands – or indeed a better sense of humour (which sometimes he certainly needed!)
Blessings, delights and grateful thanks to all of you for a truly astonishing time.
Author, Artist & Storyteller
What happened on The Spirit of the Drum weekend for me was profound beyond the spoken word.
For anyone who desires the sweet surrender of truth – will find the most beautiful arms to be held in with The Sacred Trust.
Allow yourself to be guided by these wonderful teachers…they will show you the possibilities like no others! And then, when all is done…you will experience the beyond…the sensation of connectivity. The one that humanity is crying out for in these times.
Equine Facilitated Psychotherapist & Soul Guide
Arte Triptych Melissae, beautiful work, which the more I practice, it brings me ever deeper into embodied and loving relationship with my body. A re-learning of my body as a temple. A healing of the desecrated and an enlivening of the forgotten. A magical empowering experience that has launched me back into the world with practices to play with and my perception of the world altered.