Spring Retreat

5th – 7th October 2018
Great line up of teachers in pristine location. Performance shows, Communal Sat dinner and Jam



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 

Simon Fraser
Simon has been drumming his heart out all his life. Starting with plastic drum-kits and pots n pans as a kid and then graduating to a drum kit, he’s played many styles of music and found his passion in West African rhythms. Annual trips to West Africa since the mid 1990’s have seen him collaborate with some of the regions’ great percussionists. Simon returns to the region every year in search of new music, running a Tour to Africa. His love and knowledge of rhythm translates to his teaching where he focuses on tapping into your creativity, dexterity, honoring tradition and having fun.

bouba drummerBoubacar 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.

mohamed-camaraMohamed Camara
Mohamed Camara has been performing and teaching traditional Guinean percussion for over a decade. Former djembe soloist for internationally-renowned Guinean ensembles Ballet Destin, Ballet Bolonta and Les Sorciers de Guinée, Mohamed has studied and performed with master drummers Aliou Sylla, Fadouba Oularé, and Miriam Makeba’s percussionist Papa Kouyaté.


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.

– Comfortable bunk-style log cabins
– Camp sites or campervan parking available if preferred (same rate as normal accommodation)
– 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















It’s going to be a Choca Block schedule!

Friday night – optional (+$35)
5pm: Let the music begin – chill jam
Bonfire Jam


9.00am……. Registration
10.00am       Communal Welcome & Warm Up with SF
10.45 – 12.30pm    Drumming (Beg & Int/Adv)
2.00 – 3pm        All in Dun Class with Bouba ( all Levels)
3.15 – 5pm         Drumming (Beg & Int/Adv)
5.30 -6.30pm       Dance and Drum session
DINNER **Special African communal dinner ** Please book in for this prior to the weekend $10 for Senegalese Mafe (Beef or Tofu)
8pm: Live show with Dun Teke (6 piece ensemble)
9pm – Bonfire Jam

9.30 – 10.15am       All in Boot Camp Warm Up with SF – get those hands moving!
10.30 – 12.15pm    Drumming (Beg & Int/Adv)
12.20 – 1pm         All in Duns with Bouba
2.15 – 3.45pm        Drumming (Beg & Int /Adv)
4 – 4.30pm        Final Group Show


retreats-ratesPayable in 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………….. $200/$180
Friday Night Accommodation……………….. $35
Standard Day Rate……………………………….. $100/$90
Non – Drummers weekend (includes Sat night)…………………….. $100/$90
Non – Drummers day……………………………. $35
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