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i am that i am / אה׳ה אשר אהיה

Healing hymns to soothe the soul

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Yael illah is a devotional musician, emerging Kohenet / Hebrew priestess and ritualist. She sings and prays in multiple spiritual lineages and offers intuitive sound healing. She also crafts drums and leads drum-birthing ceremonies. She lives in Northern California where she is pursuing a Masters in Divinity at Starr King School for the Ministry, a progressive multi-religious seminary at the Graduate Theological Seminary

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The way of the drum

The drum is the instrument of past, present and future - uniting all things. It connects us with our origins and to the primordial heartbeat of life. Drumming is an ancient cross-cultural technology used to connect with the unseen, to clear the mind, reorient the spirit and awaken the heart. These drums are created as an offering from and to Spirit, with prayer and aligned intention. The resonance is profound and the sound invokes deep healing.

I am an apprentice of Master Drum Maker Yolanda Martinez*, who has been making drums for more than thirty years.  The design and process of creating these sacred tools has been channeled through her. I offer this craft with Yolanda's guidance and blessing. I work with the drum because it supports my connection with creation, grounds me in my body and on the Earth and supports vitality. It brings me great joy to share these drums with you.

*Feel free to order a drum directly through Yolanda or to read more about her story and path.

Find Yolanda Martinez's music on YouTube and iTunes.

Order a drum

Drums can be ordered from current stock or created to order. For drums in stock allow 1-2 weeks for delivery in the United States. For special orders, allow 3-4 weeks for plus 1-2 weeks for delivery. Drums can be hand delivered to California Bay Area locations for an additional fee. All drums come with a hand-made beater. For special requests, email drums@yaelillah.com.

 

Price list

14" Elk - $165

16" Elk- $225

18" Elk- $260

*Buffalo available upon request for extra $20

 

 

 

 

drum birthing

Yael is available to facilitate private drum birthing ceremonies for individuals and small groups. This is a special opportunity to co-create your own drum!

Everything is provided for in the drum-making workshop including hide, hoop, sinew leather and a beater. Contribution for a drum-birthing is the price of the drum + sixty dollars /  person. Drum-making is generally a two day process. Day 1 includes wrapping and opening ritual (3-4 hours). After the drum dries overnight, Day 2 is the drum-birthing ceremony when we welcome your drum into the world and hear it's voice for the first time! (up to 1 hour)

 

Also, Yolanda are Yael are available to co-facilitate drum-making workshops for large groups with several month advance request. 

For more information or to schedule a drum birthing ceremony contact Yael 

In acknowledgement of the ongoing legacy of colonization, a portion of all drum purchases / drum birthing ceremonies goes to the Shuumi Land Tax which supports the The Sogorea Te Land Trust, "an urban Indigenous women-led community organization that facilitates the return of Chochenyo and Karkin Ohlone lands in the San Francisco Bay Area to Indigenous stewardship."

Intuitive Sounding

"Our whole being is music: our mind and our body, the nature in which we live, the nature that has made us, all that is beneath and around us, it is all music."

-Hazrat Inayat Khan-

 
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Intuitive Sounding Sessions: 

"Every atom confesses by its tone, "my sole origin is sound." 

Everything is vibration.

We can attune to vibrations and frequencies that support wellness, connection to self and to the consciousness within and all around us.  Through sound, we can awaken the memory of our inherent dignity and belonging to life. We are each instruments in the orchestra of creation. 

"There is a way between voice and presence where information flows" 

              

Each session is unique and intuitively guided. Sessions may include: Interactive sounding exercises; conscious sounding with voice and breath; instruments; gentle touch/hands on energy work; ritual use of plants (oils, holy waters, flower essences, essential oils and smudge).  

Through voice, sound and presence, we will co-create a space where the psyche, soul & body are available to receive, realign and harmonize.  Some benefits of intuitive sounding work may be: feelings of peace, calm, centeredness, increased self-awareness, relief of physical pain, emotional release, energetic balance, increased capacity / resilience to be with challenge or struggle. 

My approach to healing is informed by my ongoing spiritual studies as well what I continue to glean from my personal journey with chronic Lyme disease. I am inspired by/draw upon multiple spiritual lineages, healing cosmologies and modalities that all share a common threads of: earth reverence, mysticism, connection with benevolent spirits, guides and ancestors, attention to vibration, somatic awareness, utilizing sound as a tool for healing and communing with consciousness, ritual/ceremony.  

*I offer private sessions at a private sanctuary in El Cerrito in the East Bay, CA and I am available to facilitate group sound circles and workshops.

Contact me to schedule a session. 

 
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