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Born To Drum 2019

Women* Drummers International is Happy to Announce:


Happening at beautiful Bort Meadow in Chabot Regional Park

Oakland, Ca. (pls pull down menu ‘camp information’ for directions)


Born to Drum was birthed as a reunion of women drummers from all over the US and from all over the world. This will be the 14th year that we gather to celebrate culture; to make new friends and rejoice at being with old friends. We come together in community to drum, to share music, art, our stories, healing and women’s medicine with each other. Join us! Click here to Register!

Important Parking Information and Shuttle Schedule

Please click here for important Parking Information at Born To Drum 2019.

The Bort Carpool is now available, please click here. Print a copy for yourself. 

Parking Procedures at 11880 Skyline Boulevard.

We have lots of Non-Drumming Classes

We welcome women to come who do not drum, or don’t want to drum all day! The non-drumming classes will include: hands on healing circles, poetry writing, the Mother Peace tarot cards, spirit-sound meditation, art classes, grandmother’s council circle, social justice alliance building, herbal medicine, altar making medicine, yoga, embodied movement, dance classes, singing classes and more.

Youth Village

We will also have the Kids Camp this summer. We will have a kids canopy, play items, and activities for our children this year. Bring your kids! Boys are welcome – 10 years old and under. Please click here for the Youth Village Schedule of Activities!

Work Study is OPEN!

Work-study is available for women who would like to attend camp but can’t afford full camp fees.  Work-study tickets are available for $20 to $0 each day.  BTD values and depends on your work offering.  This year, work study is available in four areas. The Work Study program helps us to make Born to Drum accessible to all women. Hundreds of women have attended Born to Drum through work study since the start of Born to Drum in 2006.  Some of the tasks for work/study women are listed under the main menu item BTD Camp information.   If you would like to register for Work/Study please contact Ngaire at:


The Born to Drum 2019 Faculty will be Maestra drummers, dancers, musicians, artists, writers and healers from ALL OVER THE WORLD:  Congo, Ghana, Peru, Hawaii, Panama, Nicaragua, Jamaica, US, Native American, African American, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Middle East, West Africa, Zimbabwe and more.

Full Faculty List 2019:

Melanie DeMore, Julia Chigamba, Mabiba Baegne, Carolyn Brandy, Sheree Seretse, Vicki Noble, Leilani Bireley, Shakti Butler, Barbara Borden, Adwoa kudoto, Sena Kugbega, Afia Walking Tree, Denise Solis, Julia Cepeda, Amikaela, Susu Pampanin, Qween Hollins, Ouida Lewis, Peta Robles, Nikki Campbell, Ava Square-Levias, Debbie Fier, Mar Stevens, Arisika Razak, Corrina Gould, Neena McNair, Jennifer Berezan, Kanchan Dawn Hunter, Isabelita Papa, Elizabeth Sayre, April Lea Go Forth, Avotcja, CJ Grossman, Christina Tavera, Jeni Swerdlow, Larissa Montfort, Regina Wells Oji, Jnana Gowan, Alexandria Nichandros, Renée Benmeleh  AND MORE …  WOW!

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations before July 16, 2019 are subject to a 25% service fee. There are no refunds for cancellations on or after July 16, 2019.

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*The Board of Directors of Women Drummers International is proud to define the words Woman and Girls as: Women, Women Identified and Gender Non-Conforming.