My intention is a functional extended family and community.
Through classes, drum circles and other offerings, this community is growing.
Creating with the hands awakens and empowers the heart. I learned from fellow craftspeople the spirituality of creation Ė that I give thanks to the spirits of the wood, the animal and the drum, rattle, talking stick and to only make these when my energy is clear. It isnít just our products, rather the process of how they are made that I teach. Our main craftspeople are Michelle, Mandi,
Chase, Britta and Patrick. Our artists take our drums and create beautiful artwork, so you have the best functional healing tool that you will be proud to display. Other friends also help out when asked, and all are taught the ways of creating our products with loving intention and respect.
I created Cedar Mountain Drums following a Vision Quest
after making drums as a hobby for two years. I had previously been a Gestalt Therapist, stockbroker, fund raising consultant and play therapist.
I have published many articles on drumming as an alternative to drugs and alcohol to achieve high states, and have led drumming circles for corporations such as Nike, The Design Management Institute, prisons, churches and rehabilitation houses.
I lead weekly drumming circles here at our home. I also leads circles for men, personal growth groups, and travels doing shows and drum making workshops across the world.
Meister is the resident Computer Goddess and all around helper. She can
be found in the retail store, working on the website, or making drums,
rattles and other sacred objects. Her journey to Cedar Mountain has included
a lifetime of study of the common threads found in the wisdom and mythology
of many indigenous cultures, including that of the Old Religion in Europe.
She seeks to always walk in balance and to follow her heart in all that she
Traveling/walking along her pathway in life, following her heart/vision and guided by Spirit, led Mandi to Portland and Cedar Mountain Drums in 2007. She says, "I am so grateful for the opportunity to contribute towards creating some of the many traditional instruments/implements used to aid healing and well being here at CMD. My hands are my tools ... The inspiration and guidance I receive are through prayer connecting me with Spirit which gives me great joy and passion. I am Nanny for Jasmine (Patrick's
8 year old daughter). Being with children is another of my great joys... I am living my dream. Namaste."
receiving from my heart, moving through fear, and bringing play into every
aspect of my life are my core commitments. On this path, the drum calls
to me as an instrument of profound healing medicine, helping me deepen into
heart-centered wisdom and courage. I cherish the opportunity to work in
a business that increases my opportunities for connection rather than
encouraging disconnection. As Patrick says, drum making is like giving
birth: I breathe through the tight spaces, transforming the gifts of Mother
Earth with the alchemy of love and offering something beautiful in humble
gratitude for all that I have been given.