Archaic Roots a manifestation of many years of study, practice and passion for ancient practices and traditions. The visionary artdrums and instruments, indigenous instrument education presentations, drum circle facilitation and instrument building workshops found here are all inspired by traditions of our global ancestors.

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Frame Drum Building- Weekend Workshop
Birth your own frame drum (shaman drum) from scratch weekend! Learn the process of cleaning drum skins, building frames, and birth your own drum in one weekend!
August 10, 2018 - August 12, 2018 $175.00 BOOK NOW
Private Visionary Immersion
This weekend long retreat is built for you, with the instruments and topics you would like to work on during our time together.  During your personal immersion we can build various instruments like a bamboo didgeridoo, Native American style flute, drum, rattle, or a pit fired ocarina. If you don’t want to build an instrument, we can work on other projects such as a personal smudge fan, dream-catchers, or whatever your heart desires. Want to explore rarely seen natural treasures in southern Appalachia? Let’s go explore the local waterfalls, trails and more; collect materials for art or instruments, learn about medicinal plants, or discuss historical or cultural aspects of the area or world. Spend the weekend in a your own tent, in our tipi, primitive cabin, or in a private in-dome bedroom with bathroom; it’s all up to you.
$300.00$500.00 ADD TO CART
Native American Style Flute Building Workshop
Cost & Materials: $100 includes all materials for creating your own flute around 18″ long or less, standard tuning of A, C, G, and F are available. All other materials will be provided and are included in the price of the workshop. Also, please pack a lunch, I will provide fruit and vegetables for snacks.
March 10, 201810:00 am $100.00 Expired
Mystic Arts Immersion Gathering
Mystic Arts Immersion Gathering was envisioned to be a networking and sharing event sharing tools & techniques in the cross-cultural mystic perspective. An eclectic group of facilitators will lead you in tool and instrument making workshops, classes, unique ceremonial spaces, and inspirational experiences in our natural surroundings via hikes and outdoor discussions. Our community will share time, wisdom, and skills to help create a weekend full of learning and reciprocity. We will gather to share our perspectives and skills to help spread those into the world, and connect with like minded individuals.
May 25, 2018 - May 27, 2018 $50.00$100.00 BOOK NOW

About The Artist- William A. Rodriguez

From a young age I was always intrigued with ancient cultures and my more “primitive” and distant ancestors. That tribal connection and the unique cultural perspectives called to me from the past, almost as if my DNA demanded it. At around 10 years old my interest in learning about ethnic traditions blossomed, which led me into finding “the zone” in karate, meditation, yoga, running and so on. As a teen I was entranced by the ancestral heritage ingrained in many of my ancestors cultures, and a few years later I found the drum.

The drum started me on my path of learning about a multitude of ancient instruments, then learning to repair and make those instruments, which then led into teaching. I started teaching about indigenous instruments when my oldest son was in pre-k and asked me to bring some in for show and tell, and what started as a few drums being brought to his school, ended up being large collections of instruments and detailed presentations in the later years as he aged.

Now I teach groups like scouts and at festivals and venues facilitating my instrument education presentations and instrument building workshops, braiding culture and traditional knowledge and myth into each presentation. My passion for learning and teaching about indigenous instruments constantly evolves and integrates new history, techniques and cultures. Each event is facilitated in an organic nature, with no two events exactly the same.

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