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

We also offer unique experiences with our retreats, personal immersions, and awesome private guest room and primitive artist cabin on the Archaic Roots property, located in the Southern Appalachian wilderness. We can host you and offer you a unique experience while you’re here! Focus on yourself, delve into true wilderness, connect with our Mother Earth, hike to waterfalls, create art and instruments, and much more!!

Looking for repairs on your African drum or native style flute? Reach out and maybe we can help! We offer djembe and other drum re-heading and /or repair services, and repair a number of other indigenous instruments such as flutes, and didgeridoo.

Transformational Workshops & Classes!

Learn more about the classes, workshops, and retreats we offer!

Experience one of our events!!
Native American Style Flute Building Workshop
During this workshop you will be learning how to make your own Native American style flute. We will start with a pre-drilled square flute blank, then we will be making the sound hole (splitting edge) and channel, rounding the blank, carving a totem, adjusting the key, adding the holes and tuning each, decorating the flutes, and discussing the history, culture, and playing techniques. This class usually takes around 6 hours to complete, and you will be birthing your own custom flute by the end of the class.
We try to refrain from using any power tools in this process. Please be prepared to use files, hand drills, sand paper and fire to create your flute. 
April 6, 2019 - April 7, 2019 $140.00 Expired
Djembe Building Workshop- Spring 2019
This workshop will provide you with all the supplies and guidance necessary to build your own personal djembe drum. During the building process, where you will birth your own drum, I will teach you how to build and take care of your drum, in a sacred setting. This workshop will give you all the knowledge necessary to repair and tune your djembe in the future!  You can choose to place a non-refundable deposit for the event, or make a full payment, each depending on the kind of shell you would like to build.  This class will take place at my studio in the North Georgia mountains near Tallulah Falls, GA; about 1.5 hours away from Atlanta and Asheville. Please consider this trip in your plans for the day. Directions will be given upon receiving your deposit. Remaining payment after deposit is due on day of class, no refunds but rescheduling is welcome. All deposits are required at least 7 days before workshop date. 
April 27, 2019 - April 28, 2019 $150.00$350.00 BOOK NOW
Mystic Arts Immersion Gathering-Spring 2019
Mystic Arts Immersion Gathering was envisioned to be a networking and sharing event; sharing tools & techniques in the cross-cultural shamanic 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.    
May 25, 2019 - May 26, 2019 $50.00$120.00 BOOK NOW
Aztec Death Whistle Building Workshop

Learn the process of creating Aztec death whistles with clay. Discuss ancient whistle construction methods, uses, and more! Build up to two whistles throughout Saturday, pit fire them overnight, and bring them home Sunday evening. Free camping, group campfire potluck, … Continued

June 1, 2019 - June 2, 2019 $100.00 $80.00 BOOK NOW

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Roots of an Instrument Maker – Eddie Osborne of Ancestral Memory

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Spirals from the Past- Sea Shell Trumpets

Reading Time: 10 minutes The beautiful conch shell trumpet above was found in Mexico, and is estimated to be over 1,000 years old. At first glance this trumpet may catch your eye; it’s beauty and intricate designs. The fact that intrigues me is that … Continued