List of what to Bring


  • Warm clothing for evenings
  • Cool clothing for day-times
  • Loose, comfortable clothing for dance classes
  • Check the weather and bring appropriate gear (hot/cold, sun/rain)

Sleeping Gear

  • All linens - The cabins include a simple mattress (see image), but you need to bring everything you want to sleep on:
    • A cold-weather sleeping bag or equivalent with a pillow and extra blanket
    • Extra blankets for folks who forget to bring blankets! (Bring blankets)
    • (Safe, Fire-Resistant) Electric blanket or Space Heater

Toiletries and Supplies

  • All bathroom supplies you might need - soap, shampoo, toothpaste, etc.
  • Towels (good to have 2 in case one doesn't dry in time)
  • Shower shoes
  • Extra supplies to help with lots of drumming and dancing, e.g. shae butter, salves, ointments, bandaids, athletic tape, rehydration packets, ibuprofin, etc. 


  • If you have drums, please bring them with you
  • Please bring instruments for others to use, if possible
  • Anything you want to show off for student performances
  • Instruments to play around the campfire
  • Instrument maintenance supplies
  • A comfortable way to move around the Retreat grounds with your drum - a high quality bag with backpack straps or a small cart are two options.


  • Yoga Mat for Yoga and Meditation classes
  • Fabrics, flags, etc. to decorate your cabin/remember where you live
  • Your preferred snacks (we provide all food and snacks but you might like your own thing)
  • Your preferred drinks
  • Earplugs
  • Swimming suit for the swimming pool
  • Comfortable walking shoes to get around camp
  • Sunscreen
  • Audio recording device & camera
  • Wifi device for wifi (available near the camp office only)
  • Smartphone to access the digital Retreat program
  • Money for the marketplace (Wula Drum store, lots of other vendors, t-shirts, sweatshirts, etc.)

Driving Directions, Mileage, MARTZ bus

Directions to Pocono Valley Retreat Center

Pocono Valley is located in the heart of the Pocono Mountains, conveniently located within 2 hours of both New York City and Philadelphia. 

The Official Address of the Pocono Valley Resort is:

300 Camp Akiba Rd, Reeders, PA 18360

You may see it come up as this after you type it into Google Maps:

300 Camp Akiba Rd, Stroudsburg, PA 18352

Stroudsburg and Reeders are both fine, as long as you are going to 300 Camp Akiba Road you'll make it there!

Driving Directions

From East: (NYC) Take Interstate 80 (I-80), then follow directions below:

After Stroudsburg:

  1. Take exit 302 toward State Route 611/Bartonsville 0.4 mi
  2. Merge onto PA-33 N 203 ft
  3. Turn left onto PA-611 N 1.0 mi
  4. Turn left onto Golden Slipper Rd 1.6 mi
  5. Continue onto Bartonsville Wood Rd 1.3 mi
  6. Continue onto State Route 3028/Bartonsville Woods Rd 1.1 mi
  7. Turn left onto Neola Rd 0.7 mi
  8. Take the 1st right onto Camp Akiba Rd/Smith Hill Rd
  9. Continue to follow Camp Akiba Rd

From the west: (Pittsburgh) Take Interstate 80 (I-80), then follow directions below

  1. Take exit 284 toward PA-115 S 0.4 mi
  2. Keep right at the fork, follow signs for Lake Harmony/Brodheadsville and merge onto PA-115 S 10.2 mi
  3. Turn left onto State Rd 1.1 mi
  4. Continue onto Sugar Hollow Rd 1.8 mi
  5. Sharp right onto PA-715 S/Sugar Hollow Rd
  6. Continue to follow PA-715 S
  7. Turn left onto Akiba Rd
  8. Destination will be on the right

Miles To Camp from: 

NYC: 90 miles

Philadelphia, PA: 90 miles

Morristown, NJ: 67 Miles

Rochester, NY: 257 Miles

Chicago, IL: 707 Miles

Albany, NY: 174 Miles

Hartford, CT: 185 miles

Ottawa , Canada: 586 KM

Toronto, Canada: 634 KM

Ashville, NC: 637 Miles

Pittsburg: 286 miles

Atlanta, GA: 828 Miles

Nashville, TN: 832 Miles

Boston, MA: 294 Miles

Washington, DC.: 224 miles

Ann Arbor, MI: 528 miles

Peurto Rico: 1,693 miles

Conakry, Guinea: 4,336 Miles

Bamako, Mali: 4,493 MIles

The Moon: 238,900 MIles

Public Transportation

Take MARTZ TRAILWAYS Bus to either of the Stroudsburg stops (there are two, they are right near each other)

Then you will be a 20 minute drive from the Retreat - you'll need to get an Uber, or a Taxi, or use the Retreat Forum to find others who are coming on the bus to share these costs with.

As of 9/5/18 the round-trip fare is $71.75.

Check in for Retreat

Please consider the arrival time on your ticket. All arrivals (except Saturday day tickets) are at 4pm. so that you can be in your cabin by 5 pm., join us for dinner, and then dive in. 

If you want to take any classes before 4 pm., you need to buy the Ticket Extender Add-On for $75 - then you can arrive at any time after 8am on the day of your ticket!

When you arrive at the Retreat, please:

  1. Check in at Registration - follow signs from the parking lot when you arrive.
    • Tell us your name/the name of the person who bought the ticket
    • Get your cabin assignment
    • *If you have a "One-Nighter" ticket, you will need to put a credit card on file (like a hotel), which will be released when you check out.
  2. Settle up any remaining balance or ticket adjustments
  3. Do not drive your car onto the Retreat grounds - all vehicles can only be in the parking lot. We have a crew with golf carts that will help you get your luggage to your cabin. 
  4. Get settled in your cabin and then dive into the Retreat!