Annual Drum & Dance Retreat


September 27-30, 2018 (Thursday night thru Sunday)
Camp Timber Trails, Tolland, MA


Preliminary schedule

Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday



Staff orientation

Teachers may arrive after 2:00pm

All Thursday-only drop-ins out by 8:00am (unless also registered for main camp)

by Ult Mundane
(for drummers)
8:00am - Breakfast
9:00-5:00 - workshop (includes lunch break)
5:00-6:00 - rest

7:00-10:00am - self-serve breakfast
8:00-9:00 - yoga

10:00-12:00 - workshops

12:30-1:30 - lunch
1:30-3:00 - community meeting

3:30-5:30 - workshops
     >> CONFIRMED: Rhythm & Flow Drumming (Cornell Coley)

7:00-10:00am - self-serve breakfast
8:00-9:00 - yoga

10:00-12:00 - lightly facilitated group activities

12:30-1:30 - lunch

2:00pm - closing circle

Thursday night Friday night Saturday night  

Camp opens at 5:00pm
no meals provided on Thursday night

7:00-8:30 - opening ceremony Drum & Dance

9:00-late - pre-camp dance

6:00-7:30 - omnivorous potluck
Dinner provided for intensive workshop participants

8:00pm - Drum & Dance
11:00pm - ritual fire & main camp opening circle
Drum & Dance continues until late

6:30-7:30 - dinner

8:00pm - Drum & Dance begins
11:00pm - heartshare council;
ritual: welcoming yourself home
Drum & Dance continues until late


Home is where the drum is...

Please extend your patience to us as we work quickly to make the Camp pages and registration system more user-friendly and fill out the program.

Early registration cost chart (thru July 28)

  Pre-Camp Dance
Thursday 5pm-overnight

Intensive Workshop
Friday 8am-5pm

Main Camp
Friday 5pm-Sunday 2pm
Sponsor  $25 $100 $200 $325
Adult (sliding scale)  $15-20 $50-75 $100-150 $140-210
Adult (work exchange)  n/a tbd $60 + 3 hours $90 + 5 hours
Ages 10-17  $10 Participating - $50-75
Non-participating - $25
$60-90 --
Ages 0-9  free free free --

Campers wishing to register for only Thursday night & the Main Camp may remain on site Friday, but will not have access to the intensive or meals.

Register at early bird prices (as advertised above)


With a $25/person deposit, save this price and register anytime before September 15!


          You may notice that this schedule has a lot of time in it. This is on purpose. The true beauty of The Drum at the End of the Rainbow is that you are giving yourself the freedom to exist, and once there, you will cherish the moments without scheduled content as much, if not more, than the tremendous gifts programmed into the agenda. To the limitless bounty of humanity inside of you - welcome home.

          More details about the schedule and workshops will be added to this page as it becomes available.

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Recap - 1st Annual

June 16-18, 2017 - Chesterfield, MA

44 attended as registrants
23 attended as drop-ins

Here's what we did:



  • Arrival & welcoming committee began at around 5:30pm
  • As people arrived, they added to the omnivorous potluck, such that it went on for hours!
  • Drumming and dancing commenced at around 8:15; fire was lit at about 10:00; we played together in thick, mystical fog
  • Camp opening circle at 1:00am, followed by ritual drumming and chanting
  • Night closed at ~2:00am


  • We started bright and early. Breakfast was served at 7:30, and yoga started on time at 8:00am. Wow!
  • The morning workshops were staggered by about 1/2 an hour to accommodate people who slept late
  • Vegetarian lunch was followed by a 2-hour community meeting
  • Drum & Dance themed workshops, very well attended, followed by meat & vegan dinner options
  • We kept a relaxed schedule - plenty of downtime for swimming, napping, and connecting in between activities


  • Drumming and dancing around the fire started at around 9:00pm
  • It was a high-energy night, with a lot of people dropping in for the evening
  • We circled up a little after 10:00, then resumed - the fog started to come back around this time
  • We transitioned, slowly, piece by piece, to ritual drumming and chanting, starting at around 11:30pm
  • After the ritual was over, a small group of us stayed at the fire, chatting and singing until close to dawn!


  • Another fresh morning, with yoga starting at about 8:15am
  • After yoga, we had a contact improv jam opposite a fun & silly rhythm play group
  • Lunch was epic (the amount of food, I mean)
  • About 20 of us gathered for a heartwarming closing circle at around 2:00pm
  • We all ran whistling off into the woods! (well, we drove home.)


  • Breaking Through Resistance (Gabrielli Lachiara)
  • Rhythm & Flow Drumming (Cornell Coley)
  • Moving Nature Mandala (Maya Apfelbaum)
  • Rhythm in the Body (Lani Nahele)
  • Yoga for Everybody (Anjali Rose)
  • Mindful Flow Yoga (Chandra Cantor)
  • Contact Improv Jam (Moti Zemelman)
  • Percussion Bonanza (Glenn Smith)


Join us this year!