West African Drumming, Dancing & Cultural Holiday
Jan 24- Feb 7, 2020
Join us for an unforgettable experience of cultural immersion in Gambia, West Africa. The focus of this holiday is on dancing and drumming lessons each day with Master Djembe drummers and master dancers from highly successful troupes from Gambia and Guinea-Bissau.
Beginners, intermediate and advanced drummers are all welcome! We’ll have different levels of lessons and we’ll have fun learning in the Family Compound and on the beautiful beaches of Gambia.
We’ll also have Batik and cooking classes to explore the flavors of West African cooking and art!
Immerse yourself in the amazing culture of West Africa and experience community West African style. We’ll have evening entertainment with local musicians showcasing their talent, and women groups performing their traditional song and dance. Our Family Compound is run by both British ex-pats and the local Gambian staff.
This will be Megan’s 4th Sacred adventure to Gambia, where she learned Djembe drumming and dancing.
Arrival date: Friday January 24, 2020: Health and safety brief – meet the team – meet your teachers. Guided walk around Kajabang village and down to fishing center and understand the importance of the fishing community. Evening Camp fire
Saturday January 25: Morning walk around bolong fenyo protected nature reserve, spot wild crocodile and see the indigenous trees and large array of bird life. Lunch at Family Compound. Afternoon djembe workshop. Evening: Djembe and Kora band come to perform.
Sunday January 26 : Morning Batik and tie dye workshop with Mr Bojang, arts and crafts teacher. Lesson will include 2 colors and 2 meter of cloth. You may decide to bring a t-shirt or garment to work with. Go to Sanyang beach around 130pm – time to relax and chill on paradise beach – watch Gambian wrestling 330-430pm then meet with Sanyang drummers. Have lesson on beach – interactive and fun. Evening: Have a BBQ on beach with the drummers and return to Family Compound.
Monday January 27: Go to the village with Fatou to collect ingredients for compound cooking. Go to Omars compound and cook lunch for the family. Everyone eat together at the compound. Lunch at Family Compound. Afternoon djembe & dance workshop Family Compound. Evening: Roots of Gunjur band perform at Family Compound
Tuesday January 28 : Morning visit to Brikama market – see the hustle and bustle of a Gambian market. Option of buying material and have tailor make up clothes for everyone. Option of lunch in Brikama or Family Compound. Afternoon djembe workshop at Gunjur project
Wednesday January 29 : Morning djembe and dance workshop on Gunjur beach. Lunch @ Family Compound. Late afternoon visit women’s gardens – help pull the water from the well and see how the crops are food security for the women and their family
Thursday January 30: Morning djembe and dance workshop. Lunch @ Family Compound. Evening celebration with Bamba Dinka 20 piece djembe and dance troop from manjikunda – BBQ / buffet dinner
Friday January 31: Morning djembe and dance workshop. Lunch @ Family Compound. Afternoon and evening TBD
Saturday February 1 : Morning djembe and dance workshop. Lunch @ Family Compound. Afternoon and evening TBD
Sunday February 2 – 7 Adventure to Kairaba Beach Hotel: 5 nights in a beautiful Kairaba Beach Hotel for relaxation, more adventures and daily Djembe lessons at our new hotel. We’ll also visit different performing troupes around the tourist area. MIND blowing drummers and dancers!
Only 7 spaces left!
This includes flights from the UK, 9 nights shared accommodation at the Gunjur Lodge, ALL drum and dance lessons, ALL food, all evening performances, plus batik and cooking lessons. Plus 5 nights ALL INCLUSIVE at luxury Kairaba Beach Hotel. Does not include Flights from USA to UK.
Deposit $400 and payment remainder are both found on the drop down menu. (PayPal adds an extra fee)