For the first time we are offering an Easter retreat exclusively for beginner-level drummers and dancers. Immerse yourself for a weekend – feel the rhythm and get to know your community.
No experience required. Limited numbers.
Moora Moora – 17/109 Moora Rd, Mount Toolebewong
This mountain-top setting is located about 1.5hr drive from Melbourne (20min drive from Healesville).
Moora Moora is a residential cooperative community which provides spaces for workshops and seminars, and is surrounded by forest. There is a picturesque lake in which you may swim, plus beautiful rooms for classes and lounging. Play equipment and farm animals to keep the kids busy!
The property is supplied by solar power, has 2 showers and 4 toilets. Capacity is limited so places will be capped at 30.
You have a choice of accommodation options:
- The Lodge – 20 bunk beds available in a range of room configurations. BYO bedding
- Camping – boundless lush grassy areas. Toilets and kitchen available for use.
- Find your own accommodation. Lyrebird Cottages BnB is across the road if you’d like something more comfortable (get in quick) or find accom in Healesville & drive up the mountian (20min).
Please note – Moora Moora runs on solar power thus showers are to be kept to minimum duration and frequency. Feel free to have a rinse in the lake at any time of day or night!
Delicious lunches and dinners are provided courtesy of Susannah Luebbers. Vegetarians, vegans and gluten free meals are provided upon request.
Bring your own breakfasts and snack foods (kitchen available for use)
What to bring
- Drum (or hire a djembe)
- Breakfast & snack foods, drinks for evening parties
Djembe classes will provide an opportunity for beginners to learn how to make the basics sounds, and improve coordination. Learn traditional West African rhythms which accompany the dances.
Dundun class. Learn some basic technique and patterns on the dunduns. These are stick drums which provide the bass element of an ensemble.
West African Dance Classes will all be accompanied by a live drumming ensemble. Learn how to respond to djembe calls and discover how movements fit with specific rhythmic patterns.
Dundun dance – play the dundun drums and dance at the same time! Simple choreography, accompanied by drumming ensemble.
Soukous-style dance class. Enjoy some west African pop music and explore contemporary African dance moves.
In the evenings
On Friday night, you are invited to a drumming jam – either in The Octagon (space where classes will be held), or around a camp fire if the weather is appropriate. If you prefer a quieter evening, will also be screening ‘Djembe Fola’ – a documentary about the Guinean master drummer Mamady Keita.
On Saturday night, we will be holding a singing and story-telling session, accompanied by live Kora (West African harp). You are most welcome to continue drumming after this until 11pm.
In order to secure your spot, you will need to pay your deposit and complete the registration form. We will be in touch regarding payment of balance.
Please complete this contact form, including the following information:
- Full camp/part duration
- Your accommodation preference
- Dietary requirements
- Will you require drum hire?
- Which classes you will partake in (most importantly – do you intend to dance/dundun dance?) This info is essential for planning purposes