Archaic Roots is a manifestation of many years of study, practice and passion for hand made crafts/artistic media combined with knowledge of indigenous instruments and traditions. The custom made drums and instruments, indigenous instrument education presentations, drum circle facilitation and instrument building workshops provided by Archaic Roots are all inspired by the traditions of our global ancestors.

Offering one of a kind experiences with our unique workshops, retreats, and personal instrument building immersions. Additionally, we can provide an awesome private guest room or primitive artist cabin on the Archaic Roots property (located in the Southern Appalachian wilderness within the largest dome community on the East Coast of the United States). We can host and offer a unique experience while you’re here in the Southern Appalachian Mountains! Focus on yourself, delve into true wilderness areas, connect with our Mother Earth, hike to waterfalls, create art and instruments with a variety of media, and so much more!!

Looking for repair services for a variety of indigenous instruments such as drums, flutes, whistles, didgeridoo, and more; we can help! We can also create hand crafted custom instruments on a commission basis based on your vision and requirements.

Combining the elements of earth, water, air, and fire to produce functional art with a purpose of making music that transcends the art you are accustomed to seeing in most galleries. There’s no other place like Archaic Roots, come see visit us and see what we do!

Transformational Workshops & Classes!

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

Experience one of our events!!
Indigenous Frame Drum Building Workshop

Learn to build your own frame drum (shamanic drum) in this wonderful workshop. In just a few hours you will learn the process of making this type of drum and be educated on the history and cultural/ceremonial aspects as well. … Continued

July 18, 2020 - July 18, 2020 $200.00$220.00 BOOK NOW
Mystic Arts Immersion Gathering- 2020

Mystic Arts Immersion Gathering 2020: Experience Alternate Perspectives

Mystic Arts Immersion Gathering was envisioned to be a networking and sharing event; sharing tools & techniques in cross-cultural perspectives. This year we will be focused on altered states of consciousness and entheogens, but other workshops will vary from those two subjects as well.

     
May 1, 2020 - May 3, 2020 $150.00 BOOK NOW
Native American Style Flute Building Workshop- 2020
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. 
 
May 30, 2020 - May 30, 2020 $100.00 BOOK NOW
Djembe Drum Building Workshop- 2020
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. 
June 27, 2020 - June 27, 2020 $150.00$350.00 BOOK NOW
Pre-columbian Whistling Vessel (huaco silbador) Making Immersion 2020
Make your own pre-columbian style whistling vessel! Learn the process of building your own whistling vessel by hand with clay. Explore the depths of knowledge about whistling vessels, how they make sound, and the intricacies of making your own. Dive into the mixture of earth and water to build a vessel, learn about how fire transforms clay into pottery, and use air and water to make sounds with your vessel.
  • This is an intensive workshop that lasts three days, starting Friday and ending Sunday afternoon.
  • Learn hand building techniques for making vessels
  • Learn the process of creating the whistling mechanisms for each vessel
  • Decorate your vessel once built.
  • Presentations on history and culture around these vessels, and theories on how they were used in ancient pre-columbian cultures.
Each piece will require a week of drying time and be fired the following weekend. Feel free to take home and fire yourself, pick up at the end of the weekend, or get final piece shipped to you upon completion the following weekend.
August 14, 2020 - August 16, 2020 $300.00 BOOK NOW
Root Gathering 2020
In the not so distant past, those who carried ancient knowledge were called root gatherers or root workers. These people not only used roots & plants as medicine, but also connected with our ancestral roots for ancient healing practices and traditions. The "Root Gathering" is a mini-festival that will help to facilitate intimate connections with others who hold ancestral knowledge and wish to share it with the world. During this event we all will co-create an environment where we help spread our passions of ancient traditions with a quality selection of participants. This is a consciously limited event to sustain greater sharing and connection. Limited to 30 tickets sold and not open to the public.  
September 25, 2020 - September 27, 2020 $40.00$160.00 BOOK NOW

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The mysterious pre-Columbian mouth whistle (shepherd’s whistle)

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Making a Conch Shell Trumpet

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My perspective on making ceremonial tools & instruments

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What type of drum is this?

Reading Time: 6 minutes A common question I have been asked by people contacting us is… “What type of drum do I have?” One of my first answers is usually… “No, your drum is probably not a bongo or conga, though those are some … Continued