Drumsong Sanctuary for the Soul
Miriam Lieberman, MA, LPCS

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The name Drumsong Sanctuary for the Soul came to me in a dream years ago before building a home and office here. I knew it was a significant dream and took note immediately. This is precisely what the land here fosters, the ability to take note of what is significant and essential in life and build on that. I work with people to heal what no longer serves them so they can devote their attention to what they wish to do with their lives. Like the forest, our lives are often cluttered with dead wood and debris that needs to be cleared out.
We can do this ceremoniously by choice or we can be taken by storm with a lightening strike that blazes before us. The land here serves as a place to learn how to work with nature, including our own, rather than against it.

Drumsong Sanctuary is located on a wooded ten-acre lot within a 250 acre corridor of minimally developed land. It is a 15 minute stroll from the Haw River, in the southwest corner of Orange County, North Carolina.

This is precisely what the land here fosters, the ability to take note of what is significant and essential in life and build on that. I work with people to heal what no longer serves them so they can devote their attention to what they wish to do with their lives.
It is a 20 minute drive through the countryside from Chapel Hill, Hillsborough and Mebane respectively. From Durham or Pittsboro (depending upon which end and route taken) it is a thirty or forty minute drive; and just under an hour from Raleigh.

Listen to a Recent Interview with Miriam (mp3)
with DreamFreedomBeauty.com

I have always felt that reconnecting to nature is an important part of the healing process for people with our fast paced, over extended and fragmented lifestyles. For this reason I have maintained a private office with close proximity to the natural world where we can tangibly feel our roots, look out the window at the hummingbirds, gardens in bloom, or fall leaves fluttering by. For some, the inner work may even take place outside. Children often benefit from strolls in the woods while working on their issues for example. Many a bereaved person has found solace, grounding and support sitting at the base of one of the grand beech trees found on the land. In this private setting freedom of expression is encouraged and aided by the non-judgmental spaciousness and comfort of the natural world. Time seems to be altered when we allow the beauty of nature to hold us in her healing embrace.

On the land here we have a sweat lodge, womenís moon lodge, medicine wheel and fire circle for ceremony and drumming. See Pictures There is a creek that meanders through the ten acres and walking trails. The perennial gardens are in their glory through spring and summer attracting songbirds and butterflies. Deer may cross your path while approaching, please drive slowly.

Sometimes we hold healing retreats here for people to come together on the land in ceremony, workshops, and gatherings all pitching in to create and experience a healing community. This rejuvenation, fresh perspective, and deep connection is then carried out into our lives and larger communities.

Feel free to call Miriam Lieberman, MA, LPCS for an appointment for counseling, to request a ceremony, or to attend one of the group healings or ceremonies here at Drumsong Sanctuary for the Soul.

(919) 304-5754 or email me at melieber@mebtel.net


This circle is currently full but there is a wait list for anyone interested should shifting occur. Do let me know of your interest. If enough people are interested perhaps a second group could form.

Spirit has been whispering in my ear for a bit now to start another circle that meets on a regular basis (bi-weekly for starters) to deepen our relationship with our guides and helpers, to heal ourselves , to dream to the sacred beat of the drum, to share wisdom teachings and step out of the frenetic pace of life, to be authentic clear channels for spirit. I am proposing some dates (alternate Monday evenings beginning on All Souls Day). Once a group is formed we can decide together if these dates and times will work or need to be changed. I will be sharing teachings from the elders I have had the privilege to sit with, from my fifteen years of annual pilgrimage to vision quest in sacred community (as quester and supporter) and as one whose life purpose it is to serve and feed the people on this path with heart. I invite you to bring your wisdom teachings, healing gifts and spirit of love. The drums are calling to be played and for their medicine to be shared in the service of humanity.

If you too feel this call, please let me know your intentions, needs, desires and willingness to commit to holding sacred space together. I can be reached at 919 304-5754 or 919 618-4919.

A suggested donation for the holding of the space and facilitation of the circle: $ 25.00.
As always the amount of your gift is between you and spirit.

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Deep gratitude to David Gellatly for the rights to use his photos. Go to http://davidgellatly.smugmug.com/ to view his galleries or call him at 919 304-5754 to reserve a time for a family photo session.
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Drumsong Sanctuary for the Soul
1920 Western Trail
Chapel Hill, NC 27516
(919) 304-5754


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Sunday Sept 23 Autumn Equinox Fire 6:00 pm potluck and ceremony
Friday November 2 Day of the Dead Fire 6:00pm potluck and ceremony
Friday Dec 21 Winter Solstice Fire 6:00 pm potluck and ceremony

Come bring your inspiration or find some here for yourself. The fire is where we lay down our fears and excuses and take responsibility for what we are willing and able to do to make this world a better place right now! Take strength, courage, love, light, growth, resilience, clarity, innocence, playfulness, and joy away with you. You will have the opportunity to release beliefs, grief, feelings, thoughts, relationships or anything else that is hampering your ability to be fully and completely who you are by offering them to the fire. We will witness each other as we make new agreements with spirit and dream our lives into being. We will feed the holies and ask their assistance in co-creating ourselves, our thoughts and our lives as we wish them to be. If your health and circumstance permit you to stay for the entire ceremony we appreciate that greatly and it is always ok to take care of yourself and your children so please plan accordingly. This is not about rules or permission, it is about respecting ourselves and others, witnessing and being witnessed in sacred community. The choice is yours!

Bring a chair, flashlight, drum, rattle, closed water bottle and dress for outdoors (if super cold or heavy rain we'll be indoors by the woodstove). Feel free to bring some healthy food to share if you are so moved. If you are drawn to be here please call or email Miriam at (919) 304-5754 or melieber@mebtel.net so Iíll know how many people to expect and give you directions if needed. Come prepared for both indoor and outdoor conditions weather depending. I invite all women to wear a skirt or sarong over pants to honor our sacred grandmothers and the circle of life. There is never a fee for ceremony but Gifting is appropriate and appreciated to support the life and work of the elders who dedicate their lives to keeping the old ways available and for wood and supplies needed for ceremony and the upkeep of the land.



In January, I started a new Shamanic Teaching Circle largely based on the teachings from my longtime teacher. Cherokee Elder Will Rockingbear, who is now back in the realm of spirit. This circle meets 2nd and 4th Monday evenings of the month 7-9 pm and is gender inclusive. We have had a lot of interest in this spiritual development circle. As we settle in, our "just right" size is coming into shape. For now, if interested there is a wait list in the event someone steps away from circle making a space for a new person. Or, if it feels right, we will grow bigger in the near future. If you feel drawn to be a committed member of this circle please give me a call and we can meet to see if it is a good fit, answer your questions, and let you know what this dance with spirit could look like ...

If you too feel this call, please let me know your intentions, needs, desires and willingness to commit to holding sacred space together. I can be reached at 919 304-5754 or 919 618-4919.

A suggested donation for the holding of the space and facilitation of the circle: $20.00-25.00. As always the amount of your gift is between you and spirit.
Arapaho Little Boys and Girls Sweat Lodge
( Available by request unless specific dates are listed herein.)

The lodge is poured by Miriam / Firebird in the tradition passed down to me by my beloved Elder Sharon Mitchell. This is a beautiful teaching lodge that has the strength and heat for those with experience and the gentleness and ease for those who will join us for the first time (which is how it came to be known as the Little Boys and Girls Lodge). It is not a lodge specifically for children as some have asked, but supervised children are welcome to attend ceremonies here unless otherwise specified. Please notify me if spirit is calling you to join us, so I can let you know how to prepare and know how many people are coming. Please know that we need at least 8 people to pour a lodge due to all the preparations involved so let us know if you would like to join us in ceremony.

People always ask me "how long does a lodge take?" My first thought is how much we need these ceremonies to take us back to soul time where it is the experience, the prayers, the being together in community, the work as worship that really matter and not the construct of time that we are forced to run our lives by. I have learned for myself to not schedule anything else on lodge days as I step outside of "time" to be present to what is, the stones, the fire, the people and their prayers, the feast and then basking in the richness afterwards. Please take care of yourselves however you need to with "time". You are welcome to join us for the time you can be with us and if you need to leave due to other commitments that is yours to keep track of. My wish for you is that you can be timeless with us and sink into the ceremony as it unfolds organically. If for some reason you need to leave during the lodge please be sure to let me and/or the firekeeper know so we can assist you.

We usually light the fire around 9 am and close the ceremony with a feast in the afternoon after cleaning up the ceremonial grounds. It is tradition to leave a place better than you found it. Please bring a dish to share for the feast following the lodge.

Workdays: I'm looking forward to hearing from those of you who want to build this community, be you newcomers, or those who have been here often to share in the love of lodge from beginning to end.
We can always use help with gathering or purchasing, and splitting and moving wood, raking, moving blankets, etc. We are in need of stone people if you can bring some stones that have not been in an active creek bed (cantalope size) If you have a truck and/or chain saw and want to help gather some wood between lodges please let me know so we can find times to work together, it is an ongoing need. The preparations are part of the ceremony and are a labor of love and communion with the land, the tall standing ones, the stone people, mother earth, the water and help deepen oneís experience of the ceremony as we joyfully prepare the grounds together.

Contact Miriam/Firebird at 919 304-5754 or melieber@mebtel.net if you are called to attend. Please RSVP with contact info if you would like to join us. I will let you know what to bring, how to find us and how to best prepare once I know you are coming. Feel free to call with any questions as well. Checking in the day before lodge to verify last minute information or changes due to weather, illness or attendance is strongly encouraged as we have to have a certain number of people to hold this particular ceremony.

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