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.


West African Dance & Drum Retreat on Vashon Island

Friday, May 31 - Sunday, June 2, 2019


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 2019 instructors:

• Afua Kouyate - Dance   
• Boka Kouyate - Drum
• Bolokada Conde – Drum
• Derrell Sekou Soumah Walker - Dance
• Fode Bangora – Drum
• Fode Sylla – Drum
• Karim Camara - Drum
• Kerfala Fana Bangoura - Drum
• Manimou Camara - Dance, Krin
• Michel Diallo - Drum
• Mouminatou Camara - Dance, Dundun Dance
• Naby Bangoura - Dance, Dundun Dance
• Naby Camara – Balaphone
• Ousmane Sylla - Dance
• Sarah Lee Parker - Dance
• Sekou Fofana - Drum
• Tyler Richart – Kora
• 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!

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 Dundunba 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.


Retreat pricing & options

Retreat cost - $375, or $325 if registered by May 1, 2019

DISCOUNTS: Two of the following 3 discounts can all apply for people registered by May 1st:
• $50 off for early bird registration
• $15 off if coming from more than 3 hour drive from Seattle
• $15 off each if 5 or more people come from the same city outside of the Seattle metropolitan area (to receive this, please list the other people from your city who are also attending)

ACCESS FUND: An anonymous benefactor has started an “Access Fund” making it possible to offer some special pricing and discount options for people born in Africa and for people of African descent who would like to attend the whole weekend event. The discounts are available on a first come first served basis, and youth from 12-18 are especially encouraged to participate. Please contact us for more information.

Please consider contributing generously to this fund to expand the availability of this opportunity. If you would like to contribute to this fund, please contact us.

A portion of the proceeds for this retreat will be donated by OWD&D to our sister organization Guinea Exchange.

Cancellation fees

  • $25 by May 7, 2019

  • $50 between May 7 & May 25, 2019

  • 100% after May 25, 2019

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 – 3:45 Welcome and check-in!
4:00 – 5:15 Dundun dance class
4:00 – 5:15 Drum class, all levels
5:30 – 6:15 Dinner
6:15 – 6:45 Introductions/Announcements
7:00 – 8:15 Drum class, all levels
7:00 – 8:00 Song/Story class, all levels
7:00 – 8:15 Kora class with Tyler Richart
8:30 – 9:45   Dance class, inter/adv
8:30 – 9:45 Dance Class, beginner
9:45 – 11:00 Dundunba Party

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8:30 – 9:15 Breakfast
9:45 – 11:00 Drum class, all levels 
9:30 – 11:00 Drum class, advanced
9:45 – 10:45 Kids dance class, all levels
10:00 – 11:00 Language class, all levels 
11:15 – 12:30 Dance class, all levels
11:15 – 12:15   Dance class, beginner
12:30 – 1:15 Lunch
1:30 – 2:45 Drum class, all levels
1:30 – 2:45 Dundun dance class
3:00 – 4:15 Dance class, all levels
3:00 – 4:00 Krin class, all levels
4:30 – 5:45 Dance class, all levels
4:30 – 5:45 Kora class with Tyler Richart
6:00 – 6:45 Dinner
7:00 – 8:15 Dundun dance class
7:00 – 8:15 Drum class, all levels
7:00 – 8:15 Song/Story class
8:00 – 9:15 Dance class, all levels
9:30 – 10:15 Talent Show
10:15– 11:30 Club miniGUINEA
10:15 – 11:30 Fireside chat/hang out

8:00 – 8:45 Breakfast
9:00 – 10:15 Drum class, all levels
8:45 – 10:15 Drum class, advanced 
9:15 – 10:15 Language class, all levels
10:30 – 11:45  Dance class, all levels
11:45 – 1:00 Dance class, all levels
1:00 – 1:45 Lunch
2:00 – 3:15 Dance class, all levels
3:15 – 4:00 Closing circle, clean-up
4:00 – 4:45 Clean-up
5:00 Depart

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.

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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