Drums and rattles are only offered when I have hides. I do not order and rehydrate any of my hides. All hides must come from hunters I know, or my own kills.

The hides then go into the freezer ‘green’ to retain their life and integrity until it's time for me to work them.  

If sold out, please contact me to save your space on the wait list.


This experience is for women who want to create their own sacred tools of sound medicine. Those who desire a deeper connection to what it feels like to birth sacred objects and give their bodies spirit. Souls who have whispering aches to touch more of loving death, life, and rebirth. Women who are on the path of their own medicine keeping and desire to re-wild wholeness. This experience is for seekers of the magic in reflections and pathways to personal power by cultivating the medicine of sound & strengthening voice. This experience is for women ready to DO something with the sacred flowing in their veins. This experience is for women aching for a way to honor death, the dead, and create a strong footing in the cycle of Life.


drum making circle


Drums call to us, we hear it as a stirring in the belly. They cannot be ignored or rushed. 

Join the circle and learn to make that medicine with your own hands.

It is time to grow, to step just far enough out of bounds that it’s a little scary? 

Learn to grow expansively, out of the smallness, to connect with the sacred sound of your inner Truth. 

Drum making is a powerful step into having a deep conversation with your inner self. It’s big and scary, yes. There isn’t a person who has made a drum with me that hasn’t been challenged...AND...who hasn’t also been lovingly guided through the threshold. 

You won’t be alone, or abandoned to the wilderness after your drum is formed. We will continue to explore the magic medicine of drumming throughout the following month in an online circle after the workshop. 

P.S. I can hear you thinking: “but Nissa, I’m not a healer”. Guess what- doesn’t matter. Everyone, whether they’re healing consciously or not, benefits from drum work. Heal yourself, and you will change your world for the better.


Drums are connected to the heartbeat of the earth, in working with one, that energy is brought directly to the palm of your hand. The earthly energy calms the body, the stabilizing sound eases brain waves into a meditative state, opening it for shamanic journey. 

Sacred drums work because sound moves in waves, in every direction. They meet us where we are. Drums are liberating. They open opportunities to speak from the scar, not the wound. Their beats can calm and fortify a person being battered by anxiety.

Sacred sound medicine delivered by drums is loving, non-judgmental; it will call out self-made obstacles in a heartbeat. They are a trusted ally you can hold in your hand, against your body. 

Grip strength, the ability to hold a drum, is directly connected with heart health. Our heart center, home of emotions, is directly connected to our hands. Hands are powerful, capable of making, loving, feeding. Our hearts are powerful change makers. Partnered with strong hands and a steady beat, drums support our ability to heal on all levels. 

A drum holds the space for the sacred part of you, it calms and opens groups. Drums fill, cleanses, and supports the container of souls, so they can be open to healing. 


  • In-person drum making weekend in my home on September 22nd & 23rd. I live in St. Helens, Oregon.

    • Materials and tools will be provided

  • Online space in Ruzuku: a course platform utilized both before & after the making days. Preparations will be available upon enrollment.

  • Full support in the process, both energetically and logistically.

  • Lots of space for spontaneous magic to pop in. I don’t run on rigid ways. I do a flexible structure.

  • Shamanic journeys, free range guidance, and a wild place to transform YOU as you transform hide into drum.

  • Hide transformation video and space to dive into what that reflects to you.

  • The online circle continues for a month after you return home and includes 3 live-stream video tutorials via Zoom video. We will cover:

    • Finishing touches of wrapping handle, making beater stick, and creating the drums' voice.

    • Building a relationship with your drum.

    • Care and feeding of your drum.

    • Drum medicine teachings to build your healing skills..

    • Recordings of these live-streams in case you can’t make the live time.

"I loved the drum-making workshop. You held us all so fully in realness. I appreciated every minute of it: the glorious elk hide, the company, the wisdom from you, and your holding of us all plus King Elk. I am grateful for the way you cut through the bullshit and allow everyone to surrender."
~ Dawn


"Birthing sacred sound with Nissa as a guide is a holy experience. She creates space that takes you deep into the life and desire of these sacred tools…. allowing you to meet the animal allies that sacrificed their lives to come through in this new way AND to get comfortable with the gifts of death and rebirth. She helps facilitate dialogue between animal and human (or maker??), creating an intimate relationship that goes beyond physicality of simply a drum and rattle. The expression that keeps coming up is… practical magic."
— Jen Trulson www.jentrulson.com

online rattle making workshop


Making your own rattle brings you closer to the process of creation and the preciousness of the resources used to create. It is a transformative process for the maker...in ways one would never expect or plan for. This experience is for those who have a soul-need, a curious desire to make a rattle...even if they have one already.Rattles are epic energy cleansers. 


hand made drums

My drums are powerful tools, their voices regulate the beat of my heart when it's pounding like a runaway storm. Their BOOMS put my mind in it's proper, balanced, open place. Each drum’s spirit is a trusted and beloved ally that I continue to evolve in relationship with. My drums are powerful because they hear when pain and fear are closing in.  Being heard is healing, even if the drum is the only thing listening. Drums are powerful as they reflect the energy in that moment. They encourage us to be a living, breathing thing that changes tone, voice, and performance. Drums have taught me how to tolerate and work with perceived imperfections. I've learned to see what I need by tending to the needs of my sacred sound. They are powerful to me because I treat them as sacred. In using them I to, become sacred space.


hand made rattles

Rattles are epic cleansers; powerful, sacred tools.

Why? There are many answers to this question and they all have different languages. The "why" for you must be unearthed by you. I'll share my "why" with you. My rattles are powerful because each one has their own diverse purpose, medicine, and flair.

I have one rattle that is clear and serious about me not using it on anyone but myself...he's here just for me. I have a rattle who LOVES to be in service to my tribe and my sisters...and she is light and silly. Another rattle is warrior and takes no prisoners...she is fierce and gets right to the mud and blood of a block. See what I mean?


hand made rattle necklaces

Small, but mighty. Rattle necklaces are ready to travel with you, from within to without. Carry the power close to your heart. 

Just as powerful as a full-sized rattle, treated with reverence for the creature who allowed its birth. Each one is unique, each made by my hands from start to finish.