5 Element Drumming – Rhythms For Transformation
5-Element Drumming with The Healing Drummer


This is one of funnest and most rewarding days you will have in your life!

Toby Christensen’s 5 Element Drumming has been developed through years of study with tribal leaders and elders from the Dagara tribe of West Africa. Since 1991 Toby has worked with Dagara Elder Malidoma Some` in translating tribal wisdom and tradition into Western language so people in the West can receive the healing wisdom of Africa.

No Experience Necessary!

Toby has translated the challenging polyrhythms of traditional African drumming to an easy to learn series of rhythms that help you:

  • Enhance Motivation
  • Increase Clarity
  • Help you find Purpose
  • Find Peace
  • Experience Nurturing
  • Transform your life

Drumming is the language of the soul. This non-verbal communication decodes the confusion of our minds and speaks directly to your heart, bringing transformation to your life on many levels.

Being in harmony with the elements through drumming puts you in harmony with yourself, your community, family and the world.

Based on a 5 Element system comprised of Fire, Water, Earth, Mineral and Nature this age old system brings balance, healing and transformation. Each rhythm calls to the energy of each element to enhance your quality of life and connection to those you drum with. This workshop is fun, entertaining and will enrich your life.

You will learn:

  • Proper hand techniques for drumming
  • Each of the 5 element rhythms
  • The energy and meaning of each rhythm
  • How to use drumming for stress relief
  • Drumming for meditation
  • Drumming to support community
  • Drumming for peace

To learn more and to schedule this workshop for your group, click > Contact Toby

Workshop Duration: 1 Day – 10am to 5pm

Cost Per Participant: $175

5 Element Drumming Level II – Drum Circle Facilitation

“As we learn to drum together we learn to live together, as our drums unite so do our hearts.”  – Toby Christensen

How would you like to make an extra $5,000 to $10,000 per year having fun and teaching people how to drum?

In this workshop you will learn how to lead your own 5 Element drum circle, how to market your skills and how to maintain an ongoing community of drummers.

You will learn to teach:

  • Proper hand positions
  • Proper drumming techniques
  • Drum circle etiquette
  • 5 Element Rhythms
  • How to add shadow beats
  • How to link the rhythms
  • How to create a 5 Element circle
  • How to initiate the healing aspect of drumming

You will learn how to:

  • Market your skill
  • Create a community
  • Create and properly use a mailing list
  • Grow your community
  • Charge for your service
  • Use social media to connect to drummers in your area
  • Partner with drum shops and music stores
  • Grow your business
  • Take your skill into the workplace
  • be an effective leader

This event will provide a launching pad for you to make a difference in the world. I have been leading drum circles for over 20 years and I am happy to show you the way I have been successful in uniting people from all walks of life around the drum.

To learn more, click > Contact Toby

Workshop Duration: 1 Day – 10am to 5pm

Cost Per Participant: $295

5 Element Drumming Level III – Rhythms And Ritual


Change your rhythm and change your life is the fundamental promise of my work. Combining ritual with drumming takes it to a whole new level!

In this workshop you will review the powerful 5 Element drum rhythms and how to apply these rhythms to overcome difficulties and set the course of your life in alignment with purpose. You will also learn the fundamentals of therapeutic drumming to complement the energy of each of the elements and apply them in a way to further empower your life’s purpose. In addition, you will learn to add the component of ritual to the mix which will clarify your intention and amplify the beneficial influence of the 5 element rhythms.

You will also you learn and experience:

  • Fundamentals of ritual
  • Fire Ritual – Burning off the past and dreaming into the future
  • Water Ritual – Letting go of grief and embracing the flow of healing
  • Earth Ritual – Embracing nurturing and birthing yourself into abundance and belonging
  • Mineral – Rewriting your story
  • Nature – Allowing your life to transform through the power of magic

This event will create a compelling and moving influence in your life where you can bring about the physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional changes you need and desire. These practices changed Toby’s life helping him discover his purpose and mission in life. They will yours as well!


To learn more, click > Contact Toby

Workshop Duration: 2 Days – 10am – 5pm day 1/10am – 2pm day 2

Cost Per Participant: $395

Sound Therapy Certification

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“Where the Soundship goes, everybody goes.  To forget how to drum is to forget how to feel.” —Malidoma Some’, African Elder

Your job got you down?

Ready for a career with purpose, fulfillment and fun?

Join Toby for this dynamic workshop where you will learn the fundamentals of Sound Therapy.

In this workshop you will learn how to incorporate different sound instruments into your life, helping you to provide immediate and permanent balance and realignment to all systems of the body for you and your clients. There will be skill development, assessment protocol, and intention setting practices along with other teachings to get you ready for a new vocation!

You will learn at least 2 techniques for each of the Five Element Sound Therapy tools:

  • Hand drums
  • Native hoop drum
  • Tuning forks
  • Rattles
  • Singing Bowls
  •  Voice

You will also develop skills in:

  • Information gathering,
  • Diagnostic techniques, and
  • Intention setting
  • Treatment protocol
  • Effectively and systematically applying the techniques acquired

Upon completion of this course you will have a fully established protocol and appropriate knowledge of sound therapy to begin a basic practice as a Sound-Therapy Practitioner. You will be able to move on to the “Mastery of Sound Therapy” where you will then qualify as an instructor for this course.

To learn more about sound healing and the way the drum can be used, click here to order your 5 Element Drumming DVD/CD combo and learn the 5 Element system in advance!

To learn more, click > Contact Toby

Workshop Duration: 2 Days – – 10am – 5pm day 1/10am – 2pm day 2

Cost: $395

Fundamentals Of ShamanismHealing Drummer Shamanic Training

“What’s really important about shamanism is that there is another reality that you can personally discover…we are not alone.” — Michael Harner

“Core Fundamentals Of Shamanism” is a weekend of :

  • Shamanic journey – For clarity and guidance
  • Learning to walk with power and protection – Keeps you free from energy vampirism, spells and curses
  • Developing methods of self motivation – Keeps you focused and moving in the right direction
  • Energy maintenance – So you can sustain 100% all the time
  • Building your personal power – Helps you live with grace and confidence

According to the world famous anthropologist Michael Harner “The power of the shaman is in direct proportion to the relationships they build in the spirit world”. In our two days together you will learn the skill of safely establishing and enhancing these relationships.

These tools are very helpful for anyone, especially if you are a healing practitioner. They will help you stay strong, healthy and prevent energy vampirism and attachments from energies and entities looking for a place to land.  As you learn to maneuver in the world of the shaman your light gets brighter and the distractions of the ordinary world affect you less and less.

Learning these skills can be a game changer to boost your confidence, amp up the efficacy of your work and the quality of your life.

Because of the intimate nature of this work I keep these workshops small. So please contact me to see if you are a match for the program. You can click the Contact Toby link below.

To learn more, click > Contact Toby

Workshop Duration: 2 Days – – 10am – 5pm day 1/10am – 2pm day 2

Course fee: $395

M.O.V.E. Personal Development Workshop

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If you suffer from any of the following symptoms:

  • Feel stuck
  • Unclear
  • Set Goals but never reach them
  • Big dreams that never come to fruition
  • You know you have it in you but haven’t quite found it yet?
  • The brass ring is alway just out of reach

…it is ime for M.O.V.E.

M.O.V.E. is an acronym for – Motivation, Organization, Visualization, Execution

  • Motivation: Clarity equals Power
  • Organization: Alignment equals Ease
  • Visualization: Focus creates your future
  • Execution: Write your story & flow into your future

This is a one day intensive that starts with a series of questions and ends with a crystal clear vision and plan to get you to your desired outcome. If you are ready for success and are willing to do the work to achieve it, M.O.V.E. is for you!

To learn more, click > Contact Toby

Workshop Duration: 1 Day – 9am to 6pm

Cost Per Participant: $295

One On One Private M.O.V.E. Day: $1000

Healing From Grief: The Ritual Of Release and Restoration

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“Unlike people in the West, the Dagara believe it is terrible to suppress one’s grief. Only by passionate expression can loss be tamed and assimilated into a form one can live with.” —Malidoma Some’, African Elder

Have you experienced loss or trauma that you just can’t shake off?

Are you paralyzed with depression, sadness, or chronic misfortune?

Do you find yourself in a sea of despair with no hope in sight?


In this workshop you will learn the process of healthy grieving that will bring you full circle to a place of:

  • Comfort
  • Strength
  • Hope
  • Joy
  • Fearlessness

You will gain the understanding that grieving is a natural process, though often ignored in our modern culture. You will also learn how the expression of grief honors your loss, but more importantly it readies you to release the pain and tension you may be experiencing so you can be restored to peace, hope, and joy

I will guide you through a process were you can acknowledge, experience, and finally release your sadness and grief.

This event is an experience, a journey of self-discovery and self-mastery creating a sense and perspective far greater and deeper than what you had before.

In this group setting you also experience the compassion and support of community as you move from grief to comfort, strength, hope, and joy.

The results from this positive experience are freedom from chronic grief and sadness, release from depression and hopelessness, freedom from thoughts and experiences of the past that have kept you imprisoned. Freedom, joy, and hope!

To learn more, click > Contact Toby

Workshop and Session Cancellation Policy

Individual Registrants

We rely on an accurate attendance count to make important arrangements for our workshops. If an attendee needs to withdraw from a workshop, they must inform us in writing via email or fax no later than 30 days prior to the first day of the scheduled workshop. The Healingdrummer.com will confirm the receipt of the cancellation within three business days.

Toby with a Group of PeopleFor any cancellations that are made more than 30 days prior the workshop, you will be charged a non-refundable administrative fee of $100.

Cancellation requests made between 7 and 30 days prior to the start of the workshop will be charged a minimum of 50% of the original workshop fee.

No refunds will be available for cancellations within one week of the workshop. Please take this into account when you sign up for a workshop.

Workshop registration is transferable to another individual should you choose to withdraw.

We reserve the right to cancel or reschedule any workshop for any reason, including canceling a workshop that does not meet minimum registration requirements or canceling a workshop due to inclement weather.  If we cancel a workshop, paid registrants will be given full refunds.  Rescheduled workshop information will be posted on www.healingdrummer.com.

Individual Sessions

Notice of cancelation of an individual session must be given in writing or email 48 hours before the scheduled time. A full refund will be issued upon receiving proper cancelation notification.