First Nation Aboriginal Drum Making Workshop with Phil & Gisèle L'Hirondelle


First Nation Aboriginal Drum Making Workshop with Phil & Gisèle L'Hirondelle


A drum is a medicine used as the heartbeat of Mother Earth. This is a tool for bringing out someone’s voice or songs and can be used as one beat with all the drums of the world for bringing out creative energy.

The making of a drum is a two-day sacred event as it is the creation of a medicine for personal use. One has to be in a sacred space within them and have good intentions in order to bring a drum to life. Mechuskosis has a way of keeping the sacredness alive and the teachings of the drum are delivered in a fun and creative way.

After the 2nd day of the workshop, you take  home a 14-inch drum made with elk hide, a beater, some songs and instructions on how to keep your drum in good condition.

Saturday, March 17th - 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Westcoast Reiki Centre

Sunday,  March 18th - 12:00 Noon to 3:00 pm at the Van Dusen Gardens (outside in the Heritage Garden. Park on 37th St near Gate 4.) Come for the Drum Blessing Ceremony and then you can stay and participate in Spring Equinox Medicine Wheel Gathering.  Further details at

Please register before February 28th (We need time to order & prepare materials)

Reiki Master Dana Kerry 604.644-2355 or

Cost is $160 (includes 14" drum with elk hide) $60 Drum bags available by request upon registration

Workshop Leaders

Phil Mechuskosis L'Hirondelle

Phil Mechuskosis L’Hirondelle is a Cree Elder who has been a Sundancer since the early 90’s.  He was born in Calgary, Alberta and was trained from age 5 while traveling with his Father.  He has also trained with other elders from his late teens such Chief Robert Smallboy, Wallace Black Elk, Grandfather Vince Stogen, Grandfather Sylvester Joe, Grandmother Mary Uslick and others.  His Eastern influences are: Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Devananda Saraswati, Ramana Maharishi, Ram Surat Kumar and Master Dhyan Vimal. He brings a unique blend of Aboriginal and Eastern tradition to his present day Sacred Work teachings.  He works with his wife Gisèle of Mi’kmaq and Acadian heritage (Blue Heartstone Flicker Woman) and together they have a wide variety of programs and ceremonies.

Phil also works at the Native Education College in the capacity of Elder and also brings workshops and teachings and Elders in the Vancouver Community Colleges, Downtown and Broadway campuses, and also at Capilano University. He is also active in the Lower Mainland bringing ceremonies, teachings and workshops in the community.

Phil also worked as an Aboriginal Liaison Officer at Kwikwexwelhp Healing Village working side by side with elder’s Robert Nahanee, Grandmother Rita Leon, and Helen Joe. He is presently an Elder and Programs Officer for Corrections Canada medium security in the Lower Mainland.

Gisèle L'Hirondelle - Blue Heartstone Flicker Woman

Gisèle L’Hirondelle, also known as Blue Heartstone Flicker Woman, was born in New Brunswick in the Acadian Peninsula. She has Mi’kmaq heritage on her Mother’s side. She moved to Vancouver BC in April of 1985 to start a new life with her two children. She has a background in marketing and for the last 10 years, in Human Resources. She is now involved with Friends To Mankind and the School of Mastery, which are based on Master Dhyan Vimal’s teachings.

Phil and Gisèle got married in June 2000 and they have been working together doing Native Teachings and ceremonies since the mid 90’s. Gisèle has been involved in crafts all her life; it is her passion and her meditation. She is well known for her ribbon shirts, ribbon dresses, sweat dresses, bundle mats, and her unique drum bags amongst many other things. You can find her drum bags all over the world. She also loves teaching others how to make their own drum, dream catchers and rattles.

Bringing Native Aboriginal teachings to the world in a sacred way for the uplifting of Humanity.

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