What Do We Do at Middle Eastern Music and Dance Camp?
~~Activities and Things to Do~~
CLASSES: Middle Eastern instrument and dance classes from 9:30am to 6:30pm every day. MUSIC: We offer small-group instruction on the following traditional instruments: Saz and oud (lutes), riqq (tambourine), darbuka (hand drum), qanun/kanun (zither), santoor, ney/nay (flute), violin, bass, clarinet, zil/finger cymbals, frame drums, dayereh, daf, beginner dumbek, tombak, tablah with Turkish, Armenian, Persian, and Arabic styles taught.
We will offer daily classes for those who wish to participate in ensembles. We also generally have Arabic, Sephardic, Turkish and Jewish singing classes. In addition, we will have on-going sessions in maqam (modal theory) for those experienced players who wish to learn improvisatory techniques.
DANCE: Traditional dances of Turkiye, Armenia, Lebanon, Egypt and Iran are taught with each of our more than 10 dance instructors teaching usually twice a day. In the evening, dance parties with live music exclusively continue long into the night. If you're used to recordings, you don't know what an experience this can be.
CONCERTS start around 8pm after dinner. Evening concerts from a different region of Middle East by our world famous musicians and a dance party afterwards lead by a dance instructor are the highlights of our week long festivities.
Every day after dinner, we give concerts representing numerous oriental regions from Middle East such as: *Persian Concert *Jewish Concert *Armenian Concert *Turkish Concert *Arabic Concert *and University Ensembles
CABARET starts right after concerts (starts around 11pm till 2am)
NIGHT PARTIES till 5am with live music every evening/night. A FABULOUS late-night dance party in an intimate setting that starts after the more formal evening Concert in the Dance Hall. Usually the style of music will be different in the Cabaret than was featured that evening in the Concert. Usually we get started around 10:30 or 11:00pm and it may go until 3:00am or even later! There are usually around 6-8 Belly Dancers performing along with fun Open Floor dancing and folk dancing time for everyone.
FOOD and KITCHEN Middle Eastern cuisine at the Camp is the cuisine of the various countries and peoples of the Middle East. It includes Arab cuisine, Persian cuisine, Israeli cuisine, Armenian cuisine, and Turkish cuisine.
We serve breakfast (7:30am-9:30am), lunch (12:30pm-2pm), dinner (6:30pm-8pm) and late night snack (12am-1:30am) every day. Food and beverages are included in the Camp fee. NO EXTRA CHARGE! Salad, desserts and fruits are also served with every meal.
Kids are also welcome to Middle Eastern Music and Dance Camp Activities for kids - Opportunities for lessons in Music and Dance - Daily Arts & Crafts activities - Scavenger Hunts - Guided Nature Hikes by Woodlands staff - Evening Kids Area with board games, songs, a costume contest, s'mores party, and more - Glow Party the evening of the Fire Show - Hikes to the Water Hole (bring your swimsuit and towel!) - Special activities for the tiniest campers - Bring and share your favorite activities too!
Fire Show: Fire performance is a group of performance arts or skills that involve the manipulation of fire. Generally on Thursday night after the concert, we have magical and breathtaking fire shows. This once in a lifetime experience includes The Dancing Fire Entertainment, Fire Dancers, Fire Eaters, Fire Breathers. Let there be fire!!!
Yoga: Let your inner peace bloom with our yoga classes every morning at 9:30am. Yoga is a group of physical, mental, and spiritual practices or disciplines which originated in ancient India. Hiking: Day Hiking Areas
Chico Seed Orchard.
General Campgrounds & Trailheads. The Mendocino National Forest is one of 18 National Forests in California, and is nearly one million square acres in size. ...
Hell Hole Trailhead.
Rattlesnake Firefighter Trailhead.
Red Bluff Recreation Area. ...
Sycamore Grove Picnic.
Bear Creek Campground.
Swimming: There are swimming holes and lakes nearby. The cool, clean lakes, rivers and streams of the Mendocino National Forest can be a welcome relief from the heat and sun of the California summer. Always use caution when enjoying the water. Never swim or float alone and always wear appropriate safety equipment. Keep children close at all times and enjoy!
Vending: Sell. Buy. Make money. Make Friends. Vending is allowed ONLY for those who are registered as Campers. There will be NO vending or attending of Camp unless you are registered! Vending is for participants. If you have items to sell, such as records, tapes, instruments, costumes, jewelry, etc. We will ask a 10% commission on your gross sales. Fire Circle Activities: Fire circle activities can include; conversation, sacred dancing, chanting and singing, drumming, story and myth telling. Fire circle is an ecumenical tradition: it has no central ideology of its own beyond the power of the fire circle ritual itself to help us to become our highest vision of ourselves. Fire Circles have ever been the central gathering point for groups, providing warmth, friendship and camaraderie among individuals.
Camp Parade: In celebrating over 25 years of tradition, there will be parade on Friday (right before sunset). Our parade is a procession of people, usually organized along the path towards Dance Hall down the hill, often in costume, and often accompanied by dancers, musicians or sometimes large balloons or flowers to show our appreciation for nature, camp family and peace.
Bicycling: Although most areas in the Forest are open to biking, there are a few places where you can not ride. Bikes are not permitted within the Wilderness Areas, or in areas specifically signed as off-limits to bikes.
Many areas suitable for mountain biking are not maintained. Loose rocks, ruts, limbs and logs across routes, steep dropoffs, and other hazards are part of the sport of mountain biking.
Exploring Nature: Outdoor learning opportunities at our interpretive areas are available throughout the forest.