Chris Southall
Shamanic drummer and drum-maker

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here is a little information about my path as a shamanic drummer:  
I started drumming at seventeen - at the start of the Beetles era!  I played drum kit for many years with many groups  (without ever appearing on TV!)  About 13 years ago I discovered Five Rhythms dance.  The dance changed my life.  I then wanted to drum for the dance and this led me to the djembe.  Which I have drummed on, made and taught other to play ever since.

y main interest is in life energy, how it flows and what blocks the flow.  The vocabulary I have learnt for this process is in the Five Rhythms movement practice of Gabrielle Roth which describe life energy  through 'Flowing', 'Staccato,' 'Chaos,' 'Lyrical' and 'Stillness.' 
The tools I use are:

  • Drumming - a great way to move our own energy and activate the energy of others.
  • Dance - letting our body speak its truth and by moving its energy, heal ourselves.
  • Creative play - giving ourselves permission to be free.
  • Ritual theater and sweat lodge - making space for our spirit.

Our energy for life is our creative energy.  I have a fascination with creativity, creative blocks and the relationship between our inner child, inner parent and mature adult self.  I feel that understanding the nature of this relationship is the key to accessing our creative flow. 
My way is the way of the body, opening a path for communication between the different parts of ourselves:
The spirits of our animal parts;
Our elemental nature - water, fire, earth, air and spirit - the Five Rhythms of life;
And the younger layers of ourselves.
By their nature these parts of us may need non-verbal or non-intellectual ways of communication. Making space for this communication is one of the vital challenges facing our civilization.
My desire is to do this and make it fun; to go for joy, even if it means moving through difficulty on the way. My goal is to be whole.


On Chris's home site:
Learn to drum and Shamanic Journeying workshop CDs
Interactive drumming tutorial

High quality Djembe drums
Shamanic drumming and dance workshops
Articles by Chris Southall
Build your own geodesic dome tent
Free 2001 year planner PDF download


Chris Southall - Parsonage Farm - 128 Low Rd - Burwell - Cambs CB5 0EJ- UK
Phone: +44 (0)1638 741280