Yoga at the Retreat

Yoga at the Retreat

“The language she uses in her yoga class is often heavily influenced by her extensive training in dance, chi-gong, and the Iyengar practice.  She loves to fuse different forms of movement into her vinyasa flow. With passion, she hopes to build a healthy community while helping people gain body-awareness and tap into their chi/prana by offering fun new ways of connecting breath with movement. “

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CELEBRATING THE ORISHA: Special Class with Baba Richard González and Quenia Ribeiro

CELEBRATING THE ORISHA: Special Class with Baba Richard González and Quenia Ribeiro

2018 RETREAT - SATURDAY AT 1:45 PM in REC 3

In this special workshop Baba Richard and Queñia along with Tiga, Atibon and the drummers lead participants with songs and dances associated with these specific cultural rhythms, absorbing the strengths and phenomena of these forces such as OBATALÁ / ORIXALÁ / DAMBALLAH - DIVINE FORCES OF AUTHORITY, PEACE AND ASHÉ.

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Arturo Stable to teach Afro-Cuban percussion at Wula Retreat

Arturo Stable to teach Afro-Cuban percussion at Wula Retreat

We are thrilled to have Cuban percussionist Arturo Stable join the Wula Retreat Faculty in 2018. An expert on Cuban percussion and drumset, he also represents a true modern percussionist, fusing many styles together to create his own sound. 

Here are some excerpts from a Modern Drummer Magazine interview:

"MD: How is percussion taught in Cuba?

Arturo: Until the late ’70s, everything that was taught in school was classical music, while popular and folkloric music was taught on the streets.

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Abou Sylla Teaches Balafon at the Wula Retreat

Abou Sylla Teaches Balafon at the Wula Retreat

“Sylla’s mastery of the instrument comes from a life spent absorbing and playing music. Now 60, he grew up among musicians in Guinea. As a kid, he would lie between two balafons as his father and others played, soaking up their sounds. Sometimes his dad had him on his lap during the sessions.”

“For Sylla, it’s not just about the music, but also about connection. “You don’t have to be black or you don’t have to be yellow or you don’t have to be white or you don’t have to be healthy or you don’t have to be sick,” he said. Each person brings “their own sense” to his music."

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Babara Bangoura joins the 2018 Wula Retreat Faculty

Babara Bangoura joins the 2018 Wula Retreat Faculty

We are happy to welcome Babara Bangoura to this year's Retreat Faculty! 

Babara Bangoura, a Guinean djembefola, is the spiritual son of the Guinean djembe-master Mamady KEITA. Babara is a member of Keita’s mythical group SEWA KAN. In Conakry, the capital city of Guinea, Babara joined the Guinean Junior Percussionists at a very early age and later on joined the National Ballet 'Djoliba'.

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