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miniGUINEA: West African Dance & Drum Retreat

Stay tuned for more information on 2019 Retreat!

(Likely May 31, June 1 & 2)


Friday, June 1 - Sunday, June 3, 2018

(approximately 45 minutes from West Seattle)

What to expect

Your dance & drum filled getaway weekend will inspire and enliven your life with the infectious rhythms of Guinea, West Africa! Whether you are new to dancing and drumming, or you have been studying for years, you will find value in the 11+ high energy dance classes and 8+ amazing drum classes taught by our incredible 2018 instructors:

• 'Boka' Aboubacar Kouyate - Drum
• Bolokada Conde - Drum
• Fode Bangora - Drum
• Mamady Mansare - Flute, Song, Language
• Manimou Camara - Dance, Krin
• Mouminatou Camara - Dance, Stand up Dundun
• Naby Bangoura - Dance, Stand up Dundun
• Youssouf Koumbassa - Dance
• 'Wadaba' Mamady Kourouma - Drum

AND, we are sure that most, if not all, of the incredible Seattle-based Guinean artists will be teaching/attending as well as others, stay tuned!

Previous artists in attendance/teachers likely to attend this year:

• Afua Kouyate - Dance
• Karim Koumbassa - Drum
• Naby Camara - Balaphone
• Sekou Soumah - Drum, Dance

In addition to these classes, you will deepen your understanding of the magnificent Guinean culture, music and dance at the fireside chat & storytelling, song classes, and while dancing and drumming the night away at the Dununba Party!

You will have time to…explore the beautiful surroundings with a walk or a hike; unwind with a relaxing massage; read a book on the deck; or, perhaps best of all, chat and connect with other amazing people attending the retreat.

The inspiration, knowledge and connections you will gain from attending this retreat promise to last long past this incredible weekend.

TENTATIVE weekend schedule

Get in the car Friday, arrive at the Fauntleroy Ferry Terminal in West Seattle by 2pm to allow for heavy summer traffic. Cross the water (20 minutes), and drive 25 minutes south to arrive at the retreat location Friday evening at or slightly before 3:15pm.

3:15-3:45pm:  Arrive & settle in...aahhh!
4:00-5:15pm:  Stand up Dundun Dance Class
4:00-5:15pm    Drum Class
5:30-6:30pm:  Dinner, Intros & welcome
6:45-8:00pm:  Drum Class
7:00-8:00pm:   Song & Flute Class
8:15-9:30pm:  Dance Class
9:30pm-late:  Dununba Party!

8:30-9:15am:  Breakfast
9:30-11:00am:  Drum Class (adv)
9:45-11:00am:  Drum Class (beg/Int)
10:00-11:00am: Language Class
11:15-12:30PM: Dance Class
11:15-12:15pm: Dance Class (Beg)
12:30-1:15pm:  Lunch
1:30-2:45pm:  Drum Class
1:30-2:45pm:  stand up Dundun Dance Class
3:00-4:15pm:  Dance Class
4:30-5:45pm:  Dance Class
4:30-5:30pm:  Song Class
6:00-6:45pm:  Dinner
7:00-8:15pm: Dance Class (Int/adv)
7:00-8:15pm: Drum Class
8:30-9:30pm:  sharing - get questions answered about this music, dance & culture we adore!
9;30-10:30pm:  Dance Class & Party!
9:30pm-late:  Fireside sharing, songs & stories

8:30-9:15am:  Breakfast
9:00-10:15am:  Drum Class (adv)
915-10:15am:  Drum Class (beg/int)
915-10:15am:  Language Class
10:30-11:30pm:  Dance Class
10:30-11:30pm:  Krin Class
11:45-1:00pm:  Dance Class
1:00-1:45pm:  Lunch
2:00-3:15pm:  Dance Class
3:15-3:45pm: Closing circle & clean up
3:45-4:30pm: Clean-up & check out:  Return home with lots of fond memories & new friends!

About the location

Beautiful Camp Sealth is located on nearly 400 acres of incredible forest and wetlands on the southwest shore of the magnificent Vashon Island, Washington. The property includes over a mile of gorgeous saltwater beaches along Colvos Passage.

The main camp area, right on the water, features a large play-field, dining hall, campfire amphitheater, beautiful views, plants and fresh sea air. Enjoy near-pristine forests while hiking miles of trails along and within the wetlands and waterfront.  Relax, refresh and revive in this revitalizing outdoor environment, a perfect setting for those who appreciate a relaxed wilderness atmosphere.

Classes and meals will be held in the spacious main lodge with wood floors and big windows that bring the outdoors in; this is the essence of the best of Pacific Northwest life! Group sleeping accommodations in cabins clustered throughout this amazing north woods setting provide you the chance to really experience this incredible natural location while connecting with others attending the camp.

Enjoy delicious food prepared by our own personal chef, able to cater to any of your specific dietary needs.

What's included

    * Group Accommodations - comfortable group sleeping accommodation
    * Meals - delicious freshly prepared group meals (vegetarian fare available on request)
    * Classes - 11+ dance classes and 8+ drum classes
    * Facilities - access to main lodge and expansive grounds for activities and relaxation


This comfortable camp can accommodate up to 230 guests.
Invite your friends and family and register here on or after March 1!