The journey connected me more richly to the legacy of my teacher and the essence of that which she helped uncover. It also coaxed me to more radically claim my own voice and feminine empowerment.
I spread Layne's ashes at the ancient sites of Delphi, The Temple of Artemis, overlooking an apiary deep in the Cretan mountains and at an unmarked cave on a beautiful beach on the Southern side of Crete overlooking the Libyan Sea.
I know Layne would have approved. Layne taught me so much about the ancient sacred sites of Greece, Turkey and the Middle East and had supported me in my own studies.
Layne's teaching always included elaborate slide shows of images of the ancient drummers and symbols, ritual, ceremony and stories of the ancient Goddesses and their mythology.
It was one of the aspects of Layne's teaching that struck me deeply. Early on in my studies with Layne I decided that the herstory of the frame drum and sacred usage was something I would personally focus on and one day specialize in. I have journals full of notes that I took during every training I took with Layne.
I have been researching, studying and contemplating the images and symbols in association with the frame drum pretty much non-stop since the very first training I took with Layne back in 1995.
On this last trip to Greece and Crete I scoured the museums to find images of the frame drummers, melissae and Bee Priestesses and was blown away to see the ancient art, funerary goods and relics in real life!!
The frame drum has taken me on an incredible journey ~ inside myself, into the ancient past, through the time-space continuum and across continents.
I am forever indebted to my teacher, friend and mentor Layne Redmond for initiating me into the ways of the frame drum with such generosity, beauty and depth. This path has given my life powerful meaning. The frame drum connects us to an ancient, long forgotten feminine lineage and a way of being in rhythm with the world and the greater epic eras and cosmological cycles.
The Sacred Drum has stirred and awakened something within me that I will be following and sharing until the end of my days...⚪️ Thank you Layne. I love you. Blessed be. 🐝