Frequently Asked Questions

Please take a good look at the FAQ below before contacting us. Of course, you can always contact us at

Q: None of those tickets work for my schedule, can I come from _____ to _____?

A: This is a Retreat Weekend, so it is designed to dive in and go deep. For this reason, we provide a variety of ticket options for different schedules and budgets. We want as many folks as possible to enjoy the Retreat and we will try our best to work something out for you. For those of you who may live locally, individual classes (a la carte) may be possible.  

  • There are many ticket options - please find one that fits your schedule
  • Every ticket is all-inclusive, we can't give you a discount for "I won't eat lunch there on Friday, can I get a discount"?
  • Contact us and we'll work with you to include you in the Retreat.
  • Please understand that we are limited in the amount of support and correspondence we can provide if you don't get a regular ticket - there is a lot of extra communication involved and we tend to have a lot of these requests every year.
  • Please don't just show up... we have to check in everybody who is on campus.

Q: Can I get a discount? 

A: There are two ways to get a discount at the Retreat:
1.) Sign up early to get the Early Bird Discount (through July 12th)
2.) Bring more people. If you bring a group of 10 people, we'll give a Group Discount of 10% off the total. You must register as a group through the website in one transaction - or you can contact us to arrange alternate scenarios. 

Your ticket price includes all our costs, from paying John to type this FAQ, to renting trucks to bring down all the equipment, to buying the plane tickets for all the faculty.

If you do write us to ask for a discount, please let us know what you can offer in exchange in these crucial areas, and we can consider working out an exchange:

  • Major transportation to the Retreat (buses for people, trucks for instruments)
  • Chaperone services for kids programming
  • Printing services (print 400 schedules, maps, etc.)
  • Clothing racks, display racks, drum racks, etc. for Wula Store
  • Fetching campers from the their public bus/driving people to town at odd hours
  • Provide sound re-enforcement services for Saturday concert
  • Professional videography services
  • Professional photography services
  • Digital design services
  • Professional publicity and promotional services

Q: Can I Cancel my registration?

A: We hope you don’t need to, but if you must cancel, our policy is you must cancel more than one week before Camp. We will only keep a $25 fee (per person) and refund the rest. Please give us 1-2 weeks to refund you.  If you cancel within one week of the beginning of camp, or after camp starts, we cannot refund you. This is because we have to pay the camp in full before everyone arrives so they can make all their preparations.  Please let us know more than one week in advance by emailing

Q: In General, What Do I bring?

A: There is a packing list in the Retreater's Handbook. The accommodations are rustic - it's like camping in a cabin, but with hot showers. Please bring your own linens/sleeping bag, pillows, towels, soap, toothpaste and positive attitude. The main thing you need to know is that the cabins are not heated. It gets chilly when the sun goes down, so please bring some clothes for warm days and cool evenings/mornings. An electric blanket is a good idea - there are outlets near every bed. This is the last weekend of summer, so we just don't know if it's going to be hot or cold. Keep yourself posted on the weather, and come prepared for either so you can be comfortable. You can bring a space heater if you wish, but the camp will want to check them out to make sure they are fire-safe.

Please bring instruments - we provide as many instruments as possible, and we provide rentals for certain items, but it is always better if you bring your own djembe, conga, cajon, frame drum, Brazilian percussion, etc. so that we have have more instruments for folks who don't own any.

Q: What is the weather like out there?

A: The past couple of years have been a beautiful 75 degrees and sunny during the day, and in the 40s, 50s, and 60s at night. Please look at the weather online for examples in that area around the time of camp. Use "Reeders, PA" for the most accurate weather, since we are in the mountains. We have put in a request for the best weather possible as always, but you never know. Because we are due west of NYC it should be the same weather as there, except evenings and mornings are cooler.  Please see the last Q: "In General, What do I bring?" for more on this.

Q: Which airport should I fly into?

A: The Retreat is only a couple hours from New York City, and we have Wula Bus transportation available from New York City to and from the Retreat. If you are planning on renting a car or getting picked up somewhere, EWR airport in Newark, NJ is much closer and you can skip the whole NYC traffic, etc. Most folks flying in should fly into any New York City Airport and then take the Wula bus.

The airport closest to the Wula Bus in Harlem is LGA (LaGuardia).
Other airports in the area are JFK International and EWR (Newark, NJ).

You can take public transportation (NYC Subway, Long Island Railroad, other trains) from ANY of these airports to the exact block where the Wula Bus stops in Harlem (149th + 7th Ave. or 2580 7th Ave New York, NY 10039).

Q: What Class Level am I? Where do I go?

A: You will notice when the schedule comes out that classes are organized by level (beginner, advanced, etc.) We don't do auditions or placements but the basic idea is: please don't go to an "Advanced" class if you are not an "Advanced" drummer. The beginner classes have plenty of action, and Advanced does not necessarily mean "faster" or "more exciting". Please be modest and start small - there is plenty of opportunity to grow over the course of the weekend. You are always welcome to watch! 

Q: Can I bring my kids?

Yes.  All tickets include a pull-down option for a kids rate. Youth Rates are published on the Tickets and Rates page. Kids 6 and under are FREE.

Q: Are the cabins heated?

No.  Sorry.  Although there are hot showers and beds in every cabin, they are not heated and you will need to prepare for this like a Fall camping trip.  Bring a good sleeping bag and/or extra blankets and warm clothes for sleeping.

Q: I forgot to get a bus ticket, what should I do?

Please go back to the Registration store and checkout with a bus ticket so we have you on the list!  That way you will be sure to receive all information pertaining to the bus.

Q: Do you have bottled water?

No. There are plenty water fountains at the camp so please bring your water bottle! (see "List of what to bring")