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


NEW SHAMANIC HEALING CIRCLE


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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2012


Drumsong Sanctuary for the Soul
1920 Western Trail
Chapel Hill, NC 27516
(919) 304-5754
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Calendar of Events 2016

GRIEVING CEREMONY
The heaviness in the air these days weighs on our hearts as we watch our country and the world sink to new lows with deranged acts of violence and idealogic warfare heading into the election. People are looking harangued, sad, angry and fearful during this season usually designated for summer fun and play. Many are numb with the burden of trying to respond to horrendous acts of violence day after day. In speaking with others lately it seems that many of us are carrying so much grief about the state of the world, politics, the environment, and feeling overwhelmed, perhaps even frozen. People are losing the civility we have been cultivating the past decades and shooting words like arrows at one another. As some would say, the wounds are festering and we can certainly see the sickness that hate, fear and unresolved grief can cause. In order to compartmentalize and control the pain and grief, to hold it at bay, we also contain and dampen down our joy, our love, our playfulness, and our trust of one another.

In response we would like to offer a GRIEVING CEREMONY here at Drumsong. I have asked my dear sister Jaki Shelton Green to co-faciliatate this ceremony with me. We will create a space for people to come together to feel as safe as possible, to join hearts around a fire, to cry into a communal well together. We will make sacred space to listen to each other express our grief over the many deaths, be they of our laws, ideals and hopes being dashed left and right, or of the many people being killed due to the color of their skin or the uniforms they wear while celebrating who they love, or while dancing on the land they inhabit or are passing through. In so doing we will make room for the joy, the safety, the mutual respect and the peace among us as well. We will share our laments over the violence of word and deed that is a daily byline and we will commit ourselves again to the beauty of who we all are in this rainbow nation. We will come to together to hear one another's words, hearts, songs, to uplift one another or stand by one another as we let the sorrow rise out of us and with praise and gratitude we offer it to the fire or the water. This is a time to be fully human together. If you wish to shimmer and shine with others, to shed the mantle of fear and to stand vulnerable and strong together come join us. Our intention is to create a space here where everyone can feel safe regardless of the color of your skin, the people you love, how you identify in your own body, or the work you do for a living. We are ALL precious beings. Let's come and hold each other up as we let go of the grief weighing us down. Feel free to invite anyone who desires a safe and loving place to be heard and held and who can offer the same to others.

Friday August 5th at Drumsong Sanctuary of the Soul at 6pm for a Potluck Feast before we make our way out to the Fire. I do not know how long this will last since I have no idea how many people will show up, Probably between 9 and 10 pm, but take care of yourselves as you need to. Please come prepared for outdoor weather and NC summer night air replete with those that fly, crawl and buzz about. I suggest you bring a chair, flashlight, and water bottle along with your full hearts, words, poems, songs, prayers, drums, instruments and good will for humanity. Their will be a gift basket available to support the elders who are being called to serve our community in this way.

Please bring some food to share as well.

Fire Ceremonies 2016

Fall Equinox
Friday September 23 6 pm
Day of the Dead
Sunday October 30 4:30 pm
Winter Solstice
Sunday December 18 4:30 pm

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 or 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 always 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.

Arapaho Little Boys and Girls Sweat Lodge

  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.  

 



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