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Born to Drum 2014

August 7 – 10, 2014

Bort Meadow, Anthony Chabot Regional Park

borntodrum2014Join us on August 7 – 10, 2014 at beautiful Bort Meadow, Anthony Chabot Regional Park, just 20 minutes from Oakland, California for a long weekend of camping, drum workshops, drum circles, shared meals, camp fires, performances, and fun for women and girls, 10 years and up.  We will also have a number of wonderful vendors and a massage therapist on site.

This year women’s drum camp will be at Bort Meadow the site of last year’s Community Camping Trip/fundraiser which was so wildly successful that we kept  this site at popular request.  Fees will remain very affordable with only a slight increase in sliding scale to accommodate increased class offerings and provide payment for teachers.  As always trade for service will be available.  Again this year all participants at drum camp will volunteer for one or two 45 min to 1 hr work shifts.  Last year’s participants reported that work shifts were enjoyable and community building.

Whether you are brand new to drumming or have been playing for years, you will find workshops that will both support and challenge you. We welcome women new to drumming and will offer workshops to help you build a strong foundation. Some drums will be available to use.  Workshops range from beginning to advanced with many all-levels classes.  All workshops and drum circles are outdoors.

Prices for a long weekend of drumming are $50-$150  day on Friday-Sunday.  You can register for the whole weekend or by the day. This year we will provide the option of arriving on Thursday  8/7, to set up camp and enjoy the evening for $20.    Register early. Space is limited. You can register online or come to the camp and register during camp as a Walk In. Please note that the price per day for the Walk In ticket is an additional $10.

We will be tenting at Bort Meadow.  Our cars will be parked at a designated spot a short distance away from the meadow with a drop off circle for convenient unloading of drums and gear.  We also will provide a shuttle on an as needed basis.  Carpooling is recommended.  Please network with friends to organize carpools. You can also post on the Born To Drum Yahoo site.  After July 31  you can  contact us at  if you want to offer a ride or need a ride,  and the organizers will help you.   There are no electrical or other hook ups for RV. There are clean porta-potties, but no showers. For those who do not want to camp out, the meadow is close to your homes or hotels in Oakland. Join us during the day!  If you want to spend the night, bring your tent and camping equipment. There is no RV or car camping as per the rules of Chabot Regional Park. Please bring a chair or stool for drumming. Potable water is available.  You will find more details about what to bring in the section on Practical Information.

While we will share meals, everyone is responsible for bringing and cooking their own food and snacks. We will have a communal kitchen area.  Last year we had sumptuous potlucks at every meal.

Work trades in lieu of fees is available for those who may not be able to attend because of lack of funds. NOTE: WORK TRADES ARE NOW CLOSED, AS OF JULY 31st.  For more information, see the drop down menu or email us at

You can register now using the button below, or go to the registration page.