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Born To Drum - Women's Drum Camp

I am thrilled to be asked back to this powerful 4 day event! I will offer a despacho ceremony after the opening ceremony on Thursday July 19---- and Saturday July 21st we'll start the day with a gong journey to the upper realms.

You may go for 4 days and camp - or participate in day rate and attend one day only.

Any level of drummer/percussionist/singer - from brand new to maestra welcome at this amazing event of women drummers form all over the world. AND soak in the depths of nature.... 

HERE is all you need to know:




Women* Drummers International is Happy to Announce:


Happening at beautiful Bort Meadow in Chabot Regional Park

Oakland, Ca. (pls pull down menu ‘camp information’ for directions)

Born to Drum was birthed as a reunion of women drummers from all over the US and from all over the world. This will be the 12th year that we gather to celebrate culture; to make new friends and rejoice at being with old friends. We come together in community to drum, to share music, art, our stories, healing and women’s medicine with each other. Join us!

We have lots of Non-Drumming Classes

We welcome women to come who do not drum, or don’t want to drum all day! The non-drumming classes will include: hands on healing circles, poetry writing, the Mother Peace tarot cards, spirit-sound meditation, grandmother’s council circle, social justice alliance building, breema meditation, herbal medicine, altar making medicine, yoga, sign language, embodied movement, dance classes, singing classes and more.

Kid’s Camp

We are also starting a Kids Camp this summer. We will have a kids canopy, play items, and activities for our children this year. Bring your kids! Boys are welcome – 10 years old and under.


AND …ONCE AGAIN we have invited an incredible faculty to participate in camp this summer, headlined by the acknowledged fore-mother of the modern women’s drum movement: EDWINA LEE TYLER. Edwina is a beautiful woman with an amazing drum herstory. She has drummed all over the United States, Europe and Africa. Many remember Edwina’s riveting and healing performances at the Michigan Music Festival with her group: A Piece of the World. Edwina has appeared with many groups in NYC, such as the Urban Bush Women, with Jawole Zollar, and has also appeared on Broadway.  She is a powerful woman and drummer, and we are DELIGHTED that she will be at camp. We are also bringing ANNETTE AGUILAR from NYC. Annette has been performing all over the country with her band String Beans and is an incredible percussionist!

New Faculty

This summer we are delighted to have several more NEW faculty members at Born To Drum: PETA ROBLES from Peru will be teaching 2 classes in the Peruvian Cajon; CHRISTELLE DURANDY an incredible singer and percussionist will be teaching; also SHAKTI BUTLER will be joining us in the Healing Tent!  And we are so happy that Native drummer APRIL LEA GO FORTH will be joining us once again.  We are welcoming Women, Women Identified, and Gender non-conforming folks to camp this year. We are very happy to join the conversation about gender identity and in this spirit we are scheduling several workshops so we can open our minds and our hearts to a broader way of understanding who we are. Q WILSON will be giving several workshops about Gender Identity. It’s a whole new world out there folks and BTD is very happy to have Q at camp this summer!!


The Born to Drum 2018 Faculty will once again be Maestra drummers, dancers, musicians, artists, writers and healers from ALL OVER THE WORLD:  Congo, Ghana, Peru, Panama, Nicaragua, Harlem, France, Jamaica, US, Native American, African American, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Middle East, West Africa, Venezuela, Zimbabwe and more.

Full Faculty List

Full Faculty List:  Bobi Céspedes, Mabiba Baegne, Annette Aguilar, Peta Robles, Christelle Durandy, April Lea Go Forth, Adwoa Kudoto, Sheree Seretse, Shakti Butler, Afia Walking Tree, Amidaeyla, Angela Porter, Arisika Razak, Avotcja, Ayisha Knight-Shaw, Carolyn Brandy, Christina Tavera, Corrina Gould, Debbie Fier, Denis Solis, Elizabeth Sayre, Jennifer Berezan, Jeni Swerdlow, Jnana Gowan, Julia C. Cepeda, Kanchan Dawn Hunter, Lali Mejia, Larissa Montfort, Michaelle Goerlitz, Neena McNair, NIkki Campbell, Odilia Galván RodrÍguez, Ouida Lewis, Regina Wells, Sena Kugbega, Sue Kaye, Susana Arenas Pedroso, Susu Pampanin, Q Wilson, Queen Hollins, Fatima Lahlou, Vicki Noble, and more… WOW!

*The Board of Directors of Women Drummers International is proud to define the words Woman and Girls as: Women, Women Identified and Gender Non-Conforming