Summer Retreat

16th – 18th of February 2018

Join us and share the wonderful spirit, music and culture of West Africa on our weekend retreat



Our Camp offers drum classes at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels with a variety of teachers.

Learning in this environment will do wonders for your drumming: the djembe always repays the time you invest in it. A weekend of drumming will challenge you in terms of stamina and retention, as well as the content you tackle. You’ll actually notice the difference in your playing most after the event – the flow given by training muscle memory and the tuning of your ear to an immersion in the music will show the few days after.

Drum Teachers    

bouba drummer Boubacar Gaye

Bouba first laid his hands on a drum in Senegal at the budding age of 14. Inspired by the musical mentors around him he became a member of the infamous Mama Afrika. Under the guidance of ballet professor Joseph-Raphael Bouschanzl, Bouba’s skills and passion grew quickly and soon he was also a member of the renowned Foret Sacre Ballet. In 1997 Bouba ventured to Europe and then onto Japan where he established himself as a leading African percussionists. With an energy and peace of mind that resonates from deep within – Bouba speaks a thousand words with his drum.


Dave HDavid Hickey

Dave has been studying and performing west African percussion for the past 6 years. Dave studied with traditional masters in Ghana in 2010 and continued his apprenticeship in Australia under the guidance of Simon Fraser, Mady Keita, Boubacar Gaye and Jeremy Prentice. Dave performs regularly in Oz and Ireland incorporating his love of African beats into myriad genres of music. He always brings his Irish charm, warmth and a sense of humor to his classes whilst still respecting the traditions and history of its origins.


Laura Kirkwood

Laura has been studying percussion for over 12 years, touring and recording with various bands ranging from jazz to ska. Following the beat of her own drum, she attended African Drumming’s 2013 tour to West Africa, studying with Master drummers in Ghana and Burkina Faso.  After completing African Drumming’s Teacher Training Course, Laura had the opportunity to teach workshops across Australia, and began teaching her own music therapy classes in Brisbane. Laura believes that music can transcend language barriers and is sometimes a language of its own.




Set in a peaceful valley, we’ll be completely surrounded by the pristine Great Otway National Park. At 90 minutes out of Melbourne, it’s far enough to feel like a real get away, but still an easy journey by car.

Sokil is a real get-away-from-it-all camp. We’ve been running our Camp here for years

– Comfortable bunk-style log cabins
– Camp sites available if preferred
– Big communal kitchen with utensils and cutlery
– Large performance hall with fireplace
– Bonfire area

Sokil – 90 minutes from Melbourne
425 Breakfast Creek Road
Melways Ref: 611 C10



425 Breakfast Creek Road
Melways Ref: 611 C10

From Melbourne (aprox 90 mins)

Take the M1 heading West
Bypassing Geelong, this becomes the A1 (Princes Hwy)
Turn Left onto Cape Otway Rd
Continue through Moriac and Modewarre
Turn left at Wensleydale Station Rd. Wurdiboluc Reservoir will be on your right
Continue approximately 7kms, until the road turns to gravel
At the intersection, follow the road straight into the Great Otway National Park (do not turn left here into Gum flats road)
Continue on the gravel road, past Alsop Track
Turn left onto Breakfast Creek Rd (do not turn right onto Hammonds Track)
Continue 3.5km into the valley
Sokil’s gate is on the left – just over the small bridge!


Drum classes, body percussion & bonfire jams on the Friday and Saturday evenings

Friday night – optional (+$35)
8.oopm – 11pm Communal Jam


9.00                 Arrive & Registration
10.00am          Communal Welcome, Introduction and Warm Up
10.45 -12.30pm   Drumming (Beg. Int & Adv)
12.30pm                Lunch
1.45 – 3pm          Dun Class
3.00 – 4.45pm   Drumming (Beg. Int & Adv)
5.00 -6.15pm      Dance
8.30 – 11pm        Bonfire Jams

10.00 – 10.45am    Warm Up
10.45– 12.30pm     Drumming (Beg. Int & Adv)
12.30 – 1.30pm         Lunch
1.30 – 2.30pm        Dun Class
2.30 -4.00                Drumming (Beg. Int & Adv)
4  – 4.45pm        Final Group Show


retreats-ratesPayable as cash on the weekend

We can easily put together a discount for families or large groups – please call or email us for details. Non-drumming friends and family are very welcome

Tuition & Saturday Accommodation………….. $180/$160
Friday Night Accommodation……………….. $35
Standard Day Rate……………………………….. $100/$90
Non – Drummers weekend…………………….. $80/$70
Non – Drummers day……………………………. $30
Drum Hire (booking required)……………….. $10



What should I bring?
A drum if you have one – if not you can hire one for $10
BYO food/drinks (Sokil has a large commercial kitchen with cutlery etc)
Shoes to dance in
Sleeping bag and pillow
Warm clothes

I’m an absolute beginner, can I come along?
Sure! We welcome beginners and our sessions will suit you. It’s a great chance to mingle with those who have been drumming longer and pick up tips and tricks from peers

What’s the address?
425 Breakfast Creek Road
Melways Ref: 611 C10


retreats-bookingsPlease book in early to ensure your spot!

Family and group rates are available – please ask us for more info

[email protected]
(03) 9525 3073


Please book in early to ensure your spot!

Family and group rates are available – please ask us for more info

For bookings please fill in the questions below and email to: [email protected]

For any queries please call
(03) 9525 3073