Who

The Ontario Womyn’s Drum Camp is the co-creation of Judith Comartin and Laurestine Swain, the duo who make up JT Productions. They have been organizing this fantastic camp for years and support women’s participation in the ancient and sacred rite of drumming.

JT Productions is thrilled to put on this annual event and invite women of all ages to this safe and supportive community and share in the rich traditions that have developed at these camps over the years!

Time and Location: Camp White Pine

Drum Camp is three fun filled days at Camp White Pine! The camp is located near the town of Haliburton in the magnificent Haliburton Highlands region of Ontario. Camp White Pine is set on a beautiful private lake, Lake Placid (Google and others may call it Lake Hurricane). The camp is nestled on over 1600 pine-scented acres of endless scenic beauty. The camp’s hub comprises approximately 80+ acres.

Key points:

  • Camp is for women ages 16 and up.

  • Drum Camp check-in is 3pm to 6pm on SUNDAY.

  • Dinner will be at 6:00 PM on SUNDAY.

  • The Opening Circle will begin after dinner. If you arrive after the dinner has begun, please join us and complete your check-in AFTER the Opening Circle.

  • Camp ends after lunch on Wednesday.

Sacred Rattle-Making Workshop (FULL)

Accommodations

  • Cabins: Camper Cabins sleep up to 10 women in lower bunks or in single beds, with electricity.

  • Tenting or RV-ing: Options for those who prefer being even closer to nature. No hookups. If you are RV-ing, call for details and the availability. (IF you are) We will need to know the size of your vehicle.

  • Washrooms: Lots of washrooms are within easy walks of the cabins and workshop areas. Private showers are located in the sleeping areas.

If you would like to share a space (RV, tent or cabin) with anyone registering at a different time, be sure you all identify yourselves with a group name on your registration forms.

Smoking is limited to specific designated outside areas only. All “butts” must be put into a tin can for proper disposal.

Airport Shuttle: We will help arrange rides from Toronto. So if you will need a ride from Pearson International Airport, we will try to arrange a shuttle for you at minimum cost. Before you finalize your travel plans call for more information & details of this service. Call Laurestine at 252-521-4755.

Activities

There’s lots to do at camp!

  • Drumming and Dance Workshops – Choose from many different workshops going on all day.

  • Hiking – Walk the beautiful trails that weave through the land.

  • Swimming – Swim in beautiful Lake Placid. Life guards are on duty throughout the day. Swimming is only allowed at the “Swim Dock” and ONLY when a guard is present.

  • Kayaks & Canoes – Paddle the lake and take in the scenery.

  • Sailboats – Feel the wind as you go.

  • Mini Golf – If you just need to relax, then there is mini golf.

  • Showcase – Share your talents with everybody at the talent showcase.

  • Bonfires and Late Night Jams – Join in some of the late night jams for more drumming, singing, and dancing.

What to Bring

  • Video taping is permitted for personal use only

  • Sleeping bag or linens for the beds

  • Tent

  • Pillow

  • Alarm clock

  • Towel and wash cloth

  • Something to carry your toiletries in to the shower houses and back

  • Flash light

  • Bug spray

  • Sunscreen

  • Drums and other percussion instruments

  • Camera

  • Notepad and pen

  • Water bottle

  • Clothes for hot days and cool nights. A warm jacket is always a good idea.

  • Bathing suit for swimming

  • Passport (if you’re coming from outside of Canada)

Scent Sensitivity: Please be aware that many people have sensitivity to scents. Please do not use scents in enclosed spaces.

Market Place

Drum Camp features a market place where you can purchase drums, percussion instruments, drum accessories, t-shirts, books, and other great things. Be sure to check it out. Only cash and cheques are accepted to purchase the great items offered here.

Mobility or Visual Considerations

If you have mobility or visual concerns, please email JT Productions with your specific requirements: drumcamps@gmail.com.

We will work with you and hopefully meet your needs.

Reduced Rate

  • Work Exchange: Work exchange positions are integral to the success of our camps. This involves assisting throughout drum camp with various jobs. We will need several helpers able to be at camp at 2pm on Sunday.

  • Student: Ages 16-24.

Email us at drumcamps@gmail.com for more information and availability.