"Empowering you to awaken the Universal energy within"

















  with the Reiki Drum Master Practitioner Course. 

Would you like to expand your Reiki experience and add a new therapy to your repertoire? Learn beautiful techniques for deep healing and become a Reiki Drum practitioner on this intensive two-day course.
Drumming for healing and meditation is an ancient practice. In tribal cultures the power of sound over the body and spirit is well known, and now in the western world there is research supporting this - making this ancient wisdom more palatable to modern minds. Research shows that brain activity is affected by drumming, and there are studies showing how the sounds of a drum can help with illness and emotional trauma. Group drumming has been linked with improving the immune system, helping Alzheimer's patients, building self esteem, and supporting recovering drug addicts and alcoholics. These studies are hinting at what has been known by shamanic practitioners over the ages, and shamans today still know as they practice what is often known as medicine drumming.
Reiki Drum practitioners use the drum to introduce Reiki into the client's body, shifting blockages and rebalancing the energy field. The bringing together of these two systems means that the energy of the drum becomes gentle, protective and works for the highest good of the client just as in a normal Reiki treatment.

The Reiki Drum Technique is the fusion of Reiki and shamanic medicine drumming. Popular in the United States, (where it was formed by Michael Arthur Baird of the Infinite Light Healing Studies Centre, and is known as Reiki Drumming TM) it is still very new to the UK.
The technique is broken down into three main types of session: the basic Reiki Drum healing, where the drum is used intuitively over the client’s body to deliver a deep healing treatment, followed by a hands-on Reiki session to fully integrate the work and ground the client; the mental/emotional reprogramming technique, where the intuitive drum treatment is combined with the use of powerful positive affirmations to support growth; and the Reiki Drum journey technique, where the practitioner uses the drum to take the client into a deep meditative state to receive insight, spiritual guidance and healing.
This is more than a professional development course. Much of the practical work is rooted in shamanic practices, and on this course you will experience several journeys and work on your own self healing. Many students find that they release blockages over the course of the weekend, and find it a profound experience of personal, spiritual development and deep healing.



Here is the Course Schedule:

The course runs from 9.30-5.30 on both days. As the work is energetically intensive there will be tea breaks mid-morning and mid-afternoon, as well as a 45 minute lunch break. Here is a breakdown of what will be covered on the course:

Day 1

  • Welcome
  • Preparation of self and creating sacred space
  • Honouring the seven sacred directions meditation ceremony
  • Origins of Reiki DrummingTM
  • Differences between shamanic drumming and the Reiki Drum Technique
  • Scientific research in support of drumming for healing
  • Drum selection ceremony
  • Reiki Drum attunement
  • Journey – finding your voice
  • Group drumming session – celebrating finding our voices
  • Developing intuition and working with symbols
  • Journey – meet the healing spirit of the drum
  • Ethics, and what it is to be a healer
  • Reiki Drum healing technique
  • Practical drum healing sessions

Day 2

  • Preparation of self and creation of sacred space
  • Honoring the seven sacred directions meditation ceremony
  • Journey – meet your power animal
  • The power of the mind – the importance of positive thinking
  • Mental / emotional reprogramming technique
  • Practical reprogramming sessions
  • Reiki Drum journey technique
  • Reiki Drum journey timeline
  • Practical journey sessions
  • Group drumming exercise
  • Certificate ceremony

Course requirements

You will need to be at Reiki 2 level or above since we will be working with the Reiki symbols. No previous drumming or musical experience is required. The course will qualify you to work professionally as a Reiki Drum practitioner.

Course materials

The course is accompanied by a course manual/workbook and your very own drum.

The Certificate

All courses are accompanied by an attractive certificate provided by Catherine Birkinhead.

Course Fees

The fee for the Reiki Drum Technique Course is £280, with a £150 deposit paid in advance, and the remaining balance of £130 paid to Catherine Birkinhead on the day of your course.  NEXT COURSE DATES :
16th & 17th May (FULLY BOOKED!) & 19th & 20th Sept 2020  9.30am - 5.30pm at The Barn studio Potten End, Stonehouse, Vicarage Rd, Potten End, Berkhamsted, Herts

Ongoing support, advice & development

Once you've been on your Reiki Drum Technique course your teacher Catherine will be on hand to deal with any questions or queries that you might have.
Reiki Drum Master Teacher
You will need to be qualified and insured as a Reiki Master Teacher having had at least one year's teaching experience including one Reiki level 1 class and one Reiki level 2 class. You will need six months experience of giving practical Reiki Drum treatments. You will be required to provide 6 Reiki Drum case studies (a course of four treatments for each case study). Attendance of assessment day - this will consist of written and oral presentation of your case studies, demonstrate a Reiki drum healing, mental/emotional re-programming and drum journey treatments. You will learn how to conduct the Reiki Drum Attunement. You receive your Reiki Drum Master Teacher certificate on successful completion of the assessment day. NEXT COURSE DATES for Teacher assessment day: 25th Oct 2020


The Barn
Reiki Drum courses are offered at The Barn Studio Potten End near Berkhamsted



Have a Reiki Drum Journey available to use anytime,  this can aid in enabling you to access the subconscious mind  & experience deep insights.

This is a seperate service and is available at a fee of £6.99 which when paid will enable the user to download both Audio files using the code provided to unlock the files. Go to the "Contacts Page" to arrange payment and to contact Catherine to obtain the code.

When the code is obtained use this link to go to the download page:-

Reiki Drum Journey Audio

Please note that it is recommended that either the Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome or Apple Safari Browsers are used for this operation as it is far easier to save files using either of these in place of Internet Explorer.




"I wanted to work with Sound for healing and had been drumming for a year in a chanting circle so when I discovered there was such a course in 'Reiki Drumming' I was drawn to it. I loved the drum circles we had all together. I felt the balance throughout the course was perfect and I was most impressed at how we fitted everything in without feeling rushed and completed the 2 days at the appointed time.  Very well done Cathy!

Initially I felt the course was expensive, but it included the drum and such a comprehensive manual and I now believe it was good value. Facilities were fabulous.

I found it an amazing two days, many thanks for all your generous sharing of all your wisdom. Thank you Cathy x"


"The course helped me so much! I feel this has cemented the healing process I began in Reiki 1 and 2, as well as giving a whole other level to my healing work. I really feel it's what I've been waiting for in order to work properly in Reiki.
The most profound experiences were the treatments and journeys, but the sense of empowering and the strength of the teaching means I feel I can do that for others now. If I just did a journeying weekend, I would be the passenger. Having the ability to do it myself makes me the driver and that is an incredible feeling. I have been seriously impressed by all of the other things offered, like the weekly empowerments etc. Thank you so much!!!!!!!!!!!"
J. Ferris

"it was a really enjoyable experience and I feel blessed to have been a part of it."

"The group drumming session on Sunday morning after the seven sacred directions was what I enjoyed the most - and thank you again for doing that for my birthday x The course is very good value. Absolutely wonderful setting - would have liked to have stayed in the yurt overnight! Perfect manual - didn’t need to add anything to it, very clear and detailed & support received was just right.
The course was certainly one of the most enjoyable I have ever done. I felt the items covered flowed very naturally. But I think the best thing was the participants and Catherine as teacher - they were definitely what made it a beautiful experience"
V. Hill

"Great organisation and pre-course information, preparation and care, lovely venue, lovely people, really well planned and thought out course, beautifully held space with love, brilliantly led by Cathy.
Having seen the amount of work and effort that Cathy put into the course, the quality of the venue, the quality of the drum and all the after care and advice that is offered, it is well worth the money.
 I felt Cathy was extremely knowledgable in all aspects of the course and more, and was very open and available to questions at all times.
Cathy, please know that you are sharing your experience and knowledge with love and compassion brilliantly, to people who will go on to spread the love further and it is a great thing you do. You are greatly appreciated and you are helping people to raise their consciousness and vibration one person at a time, which is Awesome. Thank you, thank you, thank you xxxx"
A. Grappy

"My goals were to learn a new technique, and discover some more about myself and what I needed to be doing - having been inspired by the journey at the Reiki Evolution gathering. I felt that my goals were more than met, and that I not only have all the benefits of the course for my own healing but am really confident about sharing them with other people.
 It's difficult to choose a favourite part of the course - everything! I really like the journeys as a way of working with myself, and felt that I gained a lot from the journeys on the course - even though I know they were just the beginning! I enjoyed the practice sessions, both receiving (I was reluctant to get off that table!) and giving (I could really feel the way the drum magnified the energy). I thought that the opening meditation was really strong, a great way to connect in, and have started using that visualisation of connection to Earth and Universe to centre myself before most work. So, yes, my favourite bit was all of it!
 I thought the timing was good, it was very succinct. Of course as with all Reiki work any of the activities could've been expanded to last all day, and I was amazed at how much we had got in on each day. At the beginning of the day that amount of work seemed rather daunting, but as soon as we got into it just seemed to flow really naturally, and the timing seemed perfect.
 I thought the course was very good value. I did have to save up for it but considering how good it was for me I was very happy with that.
 I think the group size came down to the right people being there at the right time, so it was just right.
 The facilities were great, it felt like the right place to be. I like the training manual, it gave me an idea of what we would be doing and allowed me to prepare myself for the course beforehand. I get the feeling that I will be referring back to it a lot as well! The references to other sources are also useful.
 I felt very supported during and by the course. For me, the course was just as it should have been, and I was happy with it.
 Just want to say thank you again for how empowering the course has been."


"I wanted to learn more about drums after connecting so strongly with them when I painted them for others and it just seemed ideal to learn Reiki drumming as I've done Reiki 1 & 2. It’s difficult to say what part of the course I enjoyed the most, I loved it all. Experiencing the power of the drums in treatments as well as in journeying was incredible.

I found the cost of the course was very reasonable & great value. Also the size of the group was perfect, I feel very privileged and the facilities where more than adequate. The training manual is very comprehensive & will remain my guide.

Cathy, your support was amazing. The lovely friendly emails before hand, the incredible looking after us during the 2 days and the great emails after each day with so many useful links.

I adored the course, it has moved me on and helped me to understand so many things on my spiritual path. "

N. Wilson, Manchester, Feb 2013

“I wanted to learn more about how Reiki Drum could help with my healing work. I wanted to experience the Reiki Drum for myself too. The course helped me achieve this….and more. I have learnt a lot about myself and feel that I have gained confidence in my Reiki Healing Work.

I enjoyed the attunment. Beautiful music , I liked having the course manual way before the start of the course. I found it was very well written, and It enhanced the learning. I loved the idea of the drums being charged with Crystals, and receiving the drum after connecting to it. Yes…lots of aspects I enjoyed :0)

The course timing was very good and right for each activity, and we kept to time too, I didn’t feel that any aspect was rushed. A weeks break between the two course days was beneficial…. It meant that I could reflect on what I had learnt and adjust to the attunement. Very important for me! 

I thought the cost of the course was good value and worth every penny. The group size was great and I was made to feel very welcome in the space. Plenty of refreshements, and lovely food / cake to keep us going :0)

The course materials where very good….packed with info and well written. Plenty of space to write, and I felt the follow up info was useful to. The support was excellent and invaluable. Cathy is a generous teacher… and supportive with regards to professional aspects. I felt there was a good balance of spiritual/ practical/ theory/ and also info for running our healing practices…Very Useful. My confidence has grown considerably since spending time with Cathy, thank you!”

V.Bonnett, Oct 2012


"My goals by taking on this training course where to learn another aspect of Reiki and more spiritual learning. Also give me more confidence in performing Reiki on others and a deeper understanding of drumming.

I have learnt so much and mostly about myself. This has increased my confidence tenfold.

I enjoyed all aspects of the course! Cathy, my new drumming friends, everything I learnt, My drum, The food, The location. Driving through Whipsnade - the views. The weather. It was all lovely. I liked the way the course flowed. Never bored. Full of content but really relaxed and never rushed.

It was beneficial to have a break between the 1st and 2nd day although I felt I wanted more! Will be lost this weekend without a whole day of drumming. The size of the group was perfect and the atmosphere was lovely and welcoming -  Garden, house, parking all good.

The content of the training manual was very good. Receiving it in advance gave us time to read through a couple of times to familiarize ourselves with the techniques. Cathy was so reassuring as I doubted my experience requirements and she was lovely throughout very approachable via email and in person. Glad to have been taught by such a lovely lady.

I would recommend this course to anyone who is Reiki trained to Shoden plus. It enhances your Reiki practice and I will be telling my Reiki family at our next Reiki share. A truly passionate teacher, Cathy was a welcomed tutor as she embraced every minute of teaching us. Thank you xxx"

K. Lowen, Herts

  "I was drawn to take this Reiki Drum course since it appeared on the Reiki Evolution site. I was so pleased when the dates were put up and I was able to make both days - a first for me, not having something else booked! 

The course has very much satisfied my interests in Reiki Drumming and has made me want to look further at Shamanic ways too - some which I already use and hadn't realised. The best part for me was the journey to find your voice. It was brilliant, emotional, unexpected and healing all in one.
Everything flowed together perfectly over the two days and I thought it was beneficial to do the course with a break in between as it allowed practise.

It was very good value - I'd have paid more, as it's something I really wanted to do.
I thought the facilities where great, everything was perfect.

The Training manual was very informative, gave me a chance to read through what we would be doing on the course and become familiar with it before attending, which in my opinion means you get lots more from the course.
I feel I received good support before, during and after my training. 

To some things up, what can I say, apart from that I really enjoyed the whole experience. Cathy is a brilliant teacher, she is very welcoming and puts everyone at ease. 
There was time for questions and discussions. It was lovely hearing everyone's experiences, sharing what we were all feeling. The Reiki drum journeys were amazing.

The treatments were very powerful yet so relaxing. There really is nothing you could do to improve this course, I will be recommending to all my students!
Almost forgot the lovely lunch too - thank you very much!"
S. Berrisford, Epona Equine Reiki Centre, Lincs.

 "I wanted to enhance my healing work and to work with my shaman guide who is amazing and it was this wonderful man that guided me to Cathy's Reiki Drum course.

I loved the course and it was so empowering too.

The part I enjoyed the most was taking the client on a journey with the drum and working with the mantras too, although I loved every part of it really.

I thought the timing and flow worked out really well.  There was no time wasting and it was put together in a very positive way.

I felt the cost was fine and good value, also the group was a perfect size and lovely people 

The venue was lovely, homely and very welcoming with a great energy and the training manual was very informative. 

I felt the support  was great, lots of communication and never a problem when a question was asked. 

I think Cathy is lovely and was a great and perfect teacher.  Thank you xxx"


D.Harrison, Herts. 

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