Adwoa Kudoto & Sena Kugbega
Drum & Dance from Ghana
Drums, Dance, Songs and Culture from Ghana. This class will include basic drum rhythms and songs from Ghana with some history of what they are used for. We will learn the drumming that goes with the dance. This is an opportunity to put the drum, dance and song together.
Come experience a soothing space to lay your burdens down and heal through silence and sound. Envelope your senses in calm tranquility and let your stress melt away in this sonic sanctuary.
Several incredible healers are donating their talents. Jnana Gowan will be doing Gong healing; Debbie Fier will be using her healing Hang (Handpan); Amikaeyla will be doing crystal bowl chakra clearing, and Regina Oji will be doing vocal tone healings.
While you wait for the start of your session, you can sit and enjoy soothing sounds from chimes and fountains while you journal or do arts, crafts, or make prayer ties. This is going to be a special & beautiful area to visit!! The Sonic Healing area will be under the Big Tree across from the Amphitheatre.
West African Dance with Live Drums
The Conga Drum!
Orisha Song Class
Conga Drums: The Rhythm Güiro & Iyesa
Conga Drums: Rumba!
A knowledge of conga technique, clave, palito and the basic parts are recommended.
Middle Eastern Percussion
Afro-Puerto Rican Bomba
Dancing the Drum (Saturday)
(Please see Julia Cepeda’s class description.)
Dancing the Drum (Sunday)
Students will review Sica, Yuba, and Cuembe rhythms and then practice some intro language phrases with a call and response exercise between the Buleadoras (accompanying drum) and the Subidora (lead drum).
The Batá Drum!
All Levels (see note below)
The batá drums of Cuba are part of the collective musical genius preserved and still developing in Afro-Cuban communities in Havana and Matanzas. The batá drums salute the revered forces of nature known as orisha (the crossroads, iron, the forest, the mountain, the wind, thunder & lightning, the river, the seas, etc.) and are part of a living spiritual tradition. They have also over time become part of the national cultural heritage of Cuba.
This class will introduce a bit of history (or herstory–crucial in the case of the batá for women students and players), correct posture and hand technique, several fundamental rhythms (such as Lalubanche, Ogún, Yakotá, Egbado [Rumba Obatalá] or others) and possibly some orisha songs. We will cover different material in each class.
At least one year of hand drum study and knowledge of 6/8 bell patterns/clave are recommended for the classes. The batá have their own hand technique (similar to congas and bongo) and require the constant development of listening and ensemble-playing skills.
Students at all levels are welcome: beginners will have a crash course in the batá; intermediate and advanced players can try a part or drum they have not played before.
Please bring batá drums (no other type of drum) and maracas (or a similar type of shaker with a handle and a clean sound). Some drums will be provided for those who don’t have them!
All Levels–Friday Night All-Camp Jam
Puerto Rican Bomba, Drum and Dance
Dunun (Bass Drums) from Guinea
Those drums are the heart of the Malinke rhythm: the bass drum are made from hallowed tree trunks cut to a cylindrical shape and covered with cowhide at both end: the musician strikes the drum with a wooden stick on one hand, while the other hand simultaneously holds a metal stick that is used to strike an iron bell attached to the drum. The Dunun comes in three different sizes.
The names of the drums are: Kenkeni, the smallest and the keeper of the time; Sangban, the middle one is the heart; Dununba gives power and heat to the rhythm as well adding great rhythmic dimension; the bells bring another tonality and fill the space between the beats. In some regions they play one or two. Only in Kurussa and Kankan region, they play all three Dununs and bells.
West African and Congolese Dance with Live Drums
The Game of Griot
Native American Drum
Sacred Magic Wand / Staff Making
Join us to re-remember the sacredness of making Magic staffs and wands. Wands and staffs are made to connect with the invisible world, to extend and direct energy and to magnetize energy. This ancient practice is used by many indigenous people around the world. The journey into the magic of sacred wand / staff making allows us to tap into a childlike space to a time when we remembered our unlimited connection to Source. The only thing required for attending is an open heart and no judgement around the capacity of your creativity.
Some craft materials will be provided and if you have crafts to share, please bring them.
Bells, Cowry shells, Burlap, Buttons, Pipe Cleaners,Yarn, Needle and thread, Raffia,Twine, Sand paper. If time permits: a wood burner, different carving tools. A couple of knives for carving. Silver and gold spray paint. Acrylic paints of eight basic colors: purple, yellow, orange, blue, red, black, white, green. All kinds of copper wire. Glue guns and packs of glue sticks. Fake flowers that look real 🙂 with leaves. Fake leaves that look real. All different sizes of crystals, but not super big or heavy. A saw and shears.
Regina Wells (Rashida Oji)
Warm, stretch and prep for whole-self drum, dance, song and healing. Connect to places inside you that drum, dance, sing and heal with effortless passion, physical ease and presence. Learn and create simple moves that lubricate joints, renew muscular elasticity, reduce strain and invite Goddess presence to pour through you with unhindered joy.
Your Brain On Drums
In my workshop, we will create new rhythms! I will not teach traditional rhythms, (although some patterns based on traditional rhythms in the African Diaspora will be used). We will create new rhythms, in the moment, with my guidance. You, see, I am especially excited to invite those who may have experienced nerve damage, or brain trauma, or who may be on the spectrum to come create rhythms based on your capacities and interests.
Long ago in the womb-environment you were surrounded by various sounds and motion, and all were rhythms of one sort or another; the heartbeat, the ebb and flow of your mother’s blood, your mother’s walk, her dancing. Those rhythms are still in you. Once born, other repetitious movements, sounds and patterns were useful for learning in general, and your brain instantiated that learning by creating new neuropathways.
Emotionally, rhythm is a wonderful way to calm babies, and older children. Children, especially those on the spectrum, employ it spontaneously, often rocking themselves in stressful social encounters. Many published studies show that drumming repairs nerves from strokes, chemical exposure, accidents and brain trauma. Furthermore drumming can help with the following: improve moods, boost immune response, and encourage the development of fine and gross motor skills.
It’s my hope that this can be an exciting mutual exploration of the deep rewards of drumming, and that we will learn much from each other. I hope you’ll come and participate. I look forward to meeting you.
Sahar El Khatib
Traditional West African Rhythms
Susu Pampanin and Amina June Goodyear
Middle Eastern Percussion
“Belly Dance” is a term used to describe a style of dance enjoyed for fun and entertainment that originated in the MENHAT (Middle East, North Africa, Hellas Greece, and Turkey) and is now performed and appreciated all over the world.
Middle Eastern Percussion and Dance with Live Drums
With live accompaniment led by Susu Pampanin, who will be joined by Amina Goodyear and Friends, we will learn MENHAT rhythms and the core movements of belly dance, including shimmies, undulations, hip circles and more. Using both fast and slow movements, we will connect the moves into creative combinations. This is a chance to flow, to be present, and to play and smile with other dancers. As we dance, we will also touch base on the history and stylizations of belly dance, comparing & contrasting Egyptian style with other styles of belly dance, and talking about the cultural roots of the dance and music.