Samba Winter Retreat, June 2017

What is it? 


For several years the WA Samba drumming community have come together for a fun filled weekend of drum, dance, games, and general stuff and nonsense known as the Winter Retreat.  Daytimes are mostly about samba drumming – coming together to learn and play new and old rhythms, and single instrument sessions to develop technique.. but there is always down time for other shenanigans too.

Evenings often have a choice of activities depending on where the mood takes us – dance, African drumming, community singing, films, challenges, or just chilling out over a wine or two have all featured in the past. One thing we’ve learned is to expect the unexpected – it’s often the impromptu stuff which has been the most fun.  Tickets available here: trybooking



A drum circle in the outdoor area.

A drum circle in the outdoor area.


Who is it for?

Old, new (and often lapsed!) members of the samba drum community in WA.  Every year around half the people who come are first-timers, so even if you’ve only just started playing, do not worry – we throw in lots of activities designed to help people get to know each other.

We draw on the vast range of skills, talents, and general ability of our incredible drumming community to amuse, amaze, and entertain ourselves and each other.  If you have a hidden talent, a great group game or any ideas for activities – we would love to know.

When is it?

Long weekend, starting Friday evening 2nd June to Monday morning 5th June 2017.  It doesn’t matter if you can’t stay the whole long weekend – come for as long as you can.

Where is it?

Manjedal Scout Camp up in the Perth hills just outside Byford. We will be taking over Gilwell which offers dormitory accommodation in small dorms, a large carpeted communal hall, industrial sized kitchen and dining room. It is a 54 minute drive from City Farm. google maps

How Much?

The price for day trippers will be about  the same as last year. ($35 for day trippers and $100 for weekenders (3 nights) ).

Tickets are available here: trybooking

Past retreats

No two retreats are the same. To give you an idea here’s things that have featured previously:

Night walks (no moon this year), fire pits, fire twirling, a ‘blind’ trail, African djembe drums, egg shakers, mass ukulele challenge, mass acoustic sets on guitars, mass kazoo challenge, mandolin (even a trombone once), Indian dancing, clogging, salsa, tango, Jive, belly dancing (seriously – the guys that had a go were awesome!), junk percussion – who knew buckets, saucepans, metal teapots, or pool chlorine bottles made great instruments ??), Name that Curry, Tim Tam Challenge, Festival of Fur, Ninja statues, the  ‘cup game’, Portuguese phrases, snare and tam technique workshops, lagerfone making etc….

This Year

Preparations are underway for the Red 2017 Samba Winter retreat (are you Reddy). More details will be revealed as they are confirmed,  (Anyone with a particular skill that they would like to see added to the weekend, please let us know!)


Things we had in previous years:

  • AKWAABA  presented a djembe workshop
  • Junk percussion will be back – a HUGE hit in previous years
  • Rambo is leading a participation workshop after dinner each night
  • RIO Treat theme Saturday night (dress up encouraged but if you don’t fancy feathers and sequins… choose a character beginning with an R an I or an O) After all, it was Olympics there in 2016.
  • The Bassonovas have two exciting showcases in store.
  • Maureen is back by popular demand with her delicious relaxation session.
  • Brazilian food!

Never been before? Details will be forthcoming closer to the time, but be well-advised to expect anything!

General info:

  • Accommodation at Gilwell is in bunk bed dorms (most rooms sleep 6), plus huge hall with open fire, kitchen and dining room block, ablution block
  • Lunch and dinner on Saturday and Sunday will be provided – help to prepare, it is greatly appreciated. Tea, coffee, milk, margarine and bread also provided
  • Bring own breakfasts, snacks and Fri eve meal
  • Price is $100.00 per head – regardless of how many nights you stay. Stay all weekend or for as long as you can
  • If you can only manage a one-day visit, this will cost $35 per person
  • Partners are welcome


Monday jam 2016








And here’s a few YouTube links..

WInter retreat funk 2013

Winter retreat 2013

Winter retreat 2012

AXE at the samba winter retreat 2012


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Beginners Workshop Series
The next one is over the four Sundays of May, see Drum With Us.. New players always welcome anytime.

Regular Drumming Rehearsals:

City Farm, East Perth
Rehearsals: $5 per week ($2 unwaged)

Regular Dancing Rehearsals:

Thursdays, see the 'dance with us" page.