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34th Kumandi African Drum and Dance Camp

Monday, May 6th through Sunday, May 12th, 2019

Wildacres Retreat, Little Switzerland, North Carolina

You are invited to come and experience the warm, high-energy sense of community created at the annual Kumandi Drum and Dance Camp.  Join long-time attendees and first-time friends to create an inviting atmosphere of fun, play, learning and togetherness in the spirit of West African drum and dance. Enjoy a full week immersed in the community, music and culture, or come for a shorter time- various packages are available.

The experienced and highly talented staff of instructors is brought together by Julie and Andrew Moore, with the support of Chuck Cogliandro, director of Kumandi Drums, to satisfy everyone from the beginning beginner to advanced-level participant. Come and enjoy:

  • Four levels of djembe classes
  • Two levels of dance classes
  • Classes in balafon, dunun, and krin
  • Percussive dance instruction on tambours
  • Singing class
  • Drum-maintenance and tuning instruction
  • Drum-making session led by Tom Harris (click for details) – build it Wednesday, finish and play it on Thursday!
  • Open community drumming under the moon and stars
  • Guinea-style folklore celebration
  • Free morning yoga classes
  • Massage and healing arts practitioners
  • Grand Finale talent show and concert 

All of this takes place in the natural spring-time beauty of Wildacres Retreat in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway northeast of Asheville. All accommodations are in very comfortable, double-occupancy hotel-style rooms with private bath.  Delicious family-style, dining-hall meals include vegetarian and vegan options.  All classes 90 minutes long.   Rental drums are available.  A deposit of $100 per person is required to hold your space.  For cancellations up to April 1st, all but $50 of the deposit is returned.  After April 1st, no refunds except for health emergencies.

      2018 PRICES- Note that when you complete the survey and get to the payment page, the Paypal prices will be 3% higher than these prices because they include the Paypal fee:
Adults/Teenagers, Arrival:  

     Monday  6pm                       695 
     Tuesday  6pm                                    645
     Wednesday  6pm                              590
     Thursday  12noon                              565  
     Thursday  6pm                                   535 

Youth, age 6-12, Arrival:
     Monday  6pm                                     415 
     Tuesday  6pm                                    385
     Wednesday  6pm                              355  
     Thursday  12noon                              340  
     Thursday  6pm                                   325  
Children, age 3-5 Arrival:
          Monday  6pm                                 250 
    Tuesday  6pm                                220
          Wednesday  6pm                          190  
          Thursday  12noon                          175  
          Thursday  6pm                               160  
Children, age 0-2 attend free
Daily Commuter:  
   Day attending- (only offered in limited numbers, 
   and does not include meals if camp sells out):
  Adult      Th ___  Fri ___  Sat ___  x  $75/day   = _____
     age 6-12        Th ___  Fri ___  Sat ___  x  $60/day      =   _____
   age 3-5    Th ___  Fri ___  Sat ___  x  $45/day     =   _____

These Drum and Dance Camps at Wildacres have been sold out well before the event, and have been very highly regarded (click here to read comments from participants) - you won't want to miss out! 

About Wildacres: Wildacres was acquired by Mr. I.D. Blumenthal, of Charlotte, North Carolina, in 1936, and was "dedicated to the betterment of human relations" in 1946. Since then it has been used as a retreat and conference center by non-profit groups. It has been operated by the charitable Blumenthal Foundation since 1972, and hosts over 50 non-profit groups annually – musical and choral workshops, groups of naturalists and environmentalists, and groups concerned with education, medical and civic issues. For more information about Wildacres Retreat visit their web site at www.wildacres.org or call (828) 756-4573.

While making music together, people surpass invisible frontiers- as music is the only language which reaches from heart to heart without words or aggression.     -Yacoub 'Bruno' Camara of Fatala




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