My name is Gayla Drake. I’m a wild creative who excels at helping people discover the magic inside themselves so they can use it to get happy and do cool stuff. Yes, that’s vague, because to get specific would make what should be short and sweet into the dictionary definition of TL;DR. If you want to explore the services I can offer, please do that here.
I’m fond of comparing Iowa to a greenhouse for musicians. There’s no scene here which compares to the bigger cities, so we are free to create what our hearts call us to create. And I have been creating for nearly all of my life. According to my mother, I was singing with the church choir at six months old.
Back in the early ‘80s, I got serious about writing songs, and started traveling around the upper Midwest to gig. I worked my ass off to acquire mad skills as a guitarist, and sought out the knowledge that would allow me to turn what I heard in my head into magical songs. Throughout the ‘90s and early 2000s I played the music industry game, touring to gig, releasing records, signing on with manufacturers to endorse gear, and performing in booths at NAMM shows and other conventions.
Eventually, I realized that I was not cut out for the long road and that all-too mundane game, and began to indulge my other life-long passions: healing and Magick. Again, I worked my ass off to acquire mad skills and much knowledge. My dream was to rediscover the ancient Bardic mystic musical teachings and apply them to our increasingly urban and disconnected lives, and that is the beating heart of all the healing and coaching work I do. I became a Reiki Master/Teacher, and soon after that a Light Language Master. My cousin and I co-founded The Blackthorn Path weekly web-radio show, and we spent 18 months researching, writing and producing the show, which offered Neo-Pagan philosophy, magical instruction, and healing and wellness information. And yes, once again asses were worked off.
Several years ago, I began teaching guitar and violin simply as a way to make a living, but quickly realized I was teaching much more than music. With many of my students, I was counseling and healing; offering support, nurturing and coaching. I was astonished and delighted to see my students bloom personally as they developed musically. An idea was born: and this website came into being. I longed for a chance to intentionally teach the esoteric skills that my music students were benefiting from unintentionally; an opportunity to foster a sense of tribe, teach radical self-care, do life-purpose counseling, teach some magical and meditative skills, and help amazing people write incredible songs with the power to transform their lives into the joyful creations they are meant to be.
I am so blessed to be able to live my passions, to teach music, healing and magic, and work with coaching, healing and Light Language clients. Please visit the Programs page to choose an option that fits you.