Calendar of Camps
This is the place to check availability when planning your group’s camp, or to see about joining an existing camp. On this calendar, you will find possible available dates. If you want a date you don’t see specifically listed below, contact us for availability. The open dates are subject to change, so be sure and contact us as soon as you can to secure your desired dates.
For future years, note that several camps come back every year at about the same time. Contact us to check on availability.
The camps with links or contact information are open to accepting additional participants. If you’re interested in joining a group, you must contact them directly, as MWCA only operates the facility and has no specific information on any camping group. Joining an existing group is a wonderful way to come to the Woodlands and enjoy all that this magical place has to offer. If any of these camps are of interest to you, be sure to contact them soon, as space is limited.
Redwoods Men’s Center:
annual Men’s conference
may 24-27, 2019
The Redwood Men’s Center: Men in community, restoring wholeness to ourselves and Soul to the world. We at the Redwood Men’s Center recognize the need for men to come together in community to express and explore ideas which restore wholeness to ourselves and Soul to the world. As healing professionals and men of service, we move beyond the limits of traditional psychology with its exclusive focus on ego concerns, by embracing the deeper needs of Soul through mythos and ritual.
We provide a container in which to heal the wounds that result from our lost connection with Soul and support men in bringing this healing back to their communities. We accomplish much of this through our Annual Men’s Conference, a yearly gathering among the Mendocino redwood trees over Memorial Day weekend.
The community we create over these four days has a profound effect, lasting well beyond the weekend and carrying over into our return to daily life. Printed words don’t really do justice to the experience of the Annual Men’s Conference. This short video, spoken from the heart, will give you some insight into the value to be found here.
mendocino folklore camp:
Folk music & dance
June 15-22, 2019
Every summer since 1962, folk dancers from across the United States and beyond have gathered here to share a unique celebration of ethnic dance, music, and culture. Folklore Camp, pioneered by Madelynne Greene, was the first folk dance camp to use the Woodlands, and today carries on the tradition and spirit of this event.
The morning dance, music and singing classes are enhanced with afternoon choices of folklore sessions, special dance workshops, crafts, sight-seeing or relaxing. Special theme days highlight the diversity of cultures. It amazes people how the Woodlands is transformed with decorations, ethnic food, and activities to celebrate cultural traditions. The evening dances are enlivened by superb international dance bands. Late night revelers can enjoy request dancing or musical jam sessions by the cozy fire in the kafana.
balkan music & dance:
eastern european style
june 22-29, 2019
Since 1977 the West Coast edition of the EEFC’s Balkan Music & Dance Workshop has been gathering amidst the towering redwoods of the Northern California coast. Each year we welcome new friends along with old, as musicians and dancers and those who love them come together with our extraordinary teaching staff for a memorable week. Our rustic setting makes for a true getaway. Our programming offers numerous opportunities to learn, and our welcoming and warm atmosphere creates a friendly setting for your week at camp.
middle eastern music & dance:
asia minor, north africa, & the middle east
July 6-13, 2019
Workshops offering a program covering a broad spectrum of music and dance traditions from this tremendously diverse geographical region. Middle Eastern folk dance classes, belly dance classes, instruction on Middle Eastern classical and folk instruments, gatherings with live music, ensemble coaching, concerts, performances, Middle Eastern cuisine.
We welcome you to join us, a community of spiritual friends and seekers from many walks of life, at the annual Mendocino Sufi Camp, a warm-hearted and joyful camp for all ages. The Sufi’s aim is to remember the Divine in all aspects of life, and to serve humanity with love and compassion.
Toward that goal, we offer classes and gatherings (yoga, turning, singing, writing, meditation, esoteric studies, and others) as well as fun-filled programs for children, tweens, and teens (who are also welcome to delve more deeply in mysticism by attending adult classes). We hold a universalist world view, which sees and honors the truth in all religions. Click here to view “Mendocino Sufi Camp – A Deep Forest Experience.”
mendocino sufi camp
july 14-21, 2019
This camp has over 100 of the finest music and dance instructors from many cultures. Imagine idyllic days and nights in the magical redwood forest filled with all the music, dance, and good times a person could possibly stand. Campers are free to take as many or as few of the workshops offered as they like; jam sessions 24 hours a day, big dances every evening. There’s plenty of good food, new friends, and musical stimulation.
It’s truly a unique, total immersion into the joys of nature, music and dance. Many workshops are for the professional as well as the beginner. The Voice Of America spent a week recording music and interviewing people at Lark Camp for a special 2 hour show for broadcast in Eastern Europe to illustrate life in the United States. Click here to see their video.
lark camp: world music & dance
July 26-august 3, 2019
Ever August since 1989, women and girls have gathered at the Mendocino Woodlands to honor feminine spirituality through the Goddess. Join us in celebrating our spirituality by sharing knowledge, music, arts, ritual, laughter, and delicious catered meals. EWF is purely a grassroots organization; all the workshops, activities and performances are created by the vibrant group of women who participate. We are committed to providing a welcoming and empowering environment for all women, regardless of race, color, religion, orientation, or income status. For this year’s festival dates and more information, visit our website, www.elderflower.org.
elderflower womenspirit festival
August 7-11, 2019
Some of California’s best swing dance instructors host this event and collaborate to create an inspiring program for dancers of all levels. 25 different classes feature Lindy Hop, East Coast Swing, Shag, Balboa, Jazz, Latin Dances and more; great live music.
Learn more about this camp