Annual Drum & Dance Retreat


September 27-30, 2018 (Thursday night thru Sunday)
Camp Timber Trails, Tolland, MA was fun! Updates to this page coming soon
Next year's Camp dates coming not-so-soon


Camp 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

Over the course of a day, we will dive deep into a traditional rhythm from Guinea, West Africa. full description

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

10:00-12:00 - workshops
  >> Moving Nature Mandala (Maya Apfelbaum)
  >> InterPlay (Judith Reichsman)

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

3:30-5:30 - workshops
  >> Rhythm & Flow Drumming (Cornell Coley)
  >> Dancing All Over the World (Catherine Williams)

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

10:00-12:00 - lightly facilitated group activities
  >> Playing with Rhythm (Mieke Geffen)
  >> Vocal Voyagers (Glenn Smith)

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

9:00-11:00 - pre-camp dance

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

8:00pm - Drum & Dance begins
10:00pm - Main camp opening circle
~~Drum & Dance continues until late

6:00-7:00 - dinner

7:30pm - Drum & Dance begins
10:00pm - heartshare council;
ritual: welcoming yourself home
~~Drum & Dance continues until late


Home is where the drums are...

Workshop info and descriptions




          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!