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7-Day African Drumming & Dance Festival October 7-13

If you loved our Inner Joy drumming session, this might be just your vibe!!

Dive in whole-heartedly into West African rhythm, drumming & dance with two of the most passionate West African Drum Masters.

Plus, there will be all the usual Happy Buddha vibes, morning yoga, evening meditations and nourishing vego food to keep you energised!

African Drum and Dance

This retreat is a little different.
It’s a choose your own adventure! ✨🪘🙌🧡

You can stay with us for the whole 6 nights (twin-share and including food and yoga) for $700 per person. This DOES NOT include your sessions – sorry!
OR you can stay elsewhere and join us for your chosen sessions.
✨✨✨ Just remember, workshops are additional to the accommodation package and payable cash to your facilitator ✨✨✨
AVAILABLE PACKAGES
We’ve got a range of tuition packages starting from single-class options up to full 7-day packages!
VIEW HERE
You can even choose to travel up to the mountains and participate in individual sessions.
Staying with us? Book here you accommodation component here 👇
(Remember, your sessions are additional.)

Learn from West African Drum Masters

Participate in our West African drum and dance classes and take your drumming to the next level!

Epizo and Sibo Bangoura were born in Guinea, West Africa and have a proud musical family lineage.

The brothers are good friends to Happy Buddha Retreats and we’re super excited for this opportunity to share their music & mastery with our fans, community and crew.

There are a variety of tuition packages for this drum and dance program. You can even drive up for the day and participate in a couple of sessions, or stay local or with us and curate your own program.

If you do want to stay with us and soak up the good vibes, we’re offering a subsidised 6-night accommodation package of just $700, per person in twin-share rooms, including meals. (This does not include your sessions which are $30 each and payable cash to the facilitator.) We like to think of it as our way of giving back to the arts community and supporting amazing talent like Epizo and Sibo.

Sibo-Bangoura

“Within rhythm lies the harmony of our souls.”

A group of happy retreaters pose with facilitators and african drums

Choose your own adventure

Choose to stay with us and participate in the classes that pique your interest. Or, stay locally and come to a class or two. It’s totally up to you.

  • Stay with us for the 6-nights and book your twin-share room for $700 per person, including food. (This does not include your sessions.)
  • Take part in complimentary yoga sessions to stretch & zen out
  • Get your groove on with various drum or dance classes
  • Stay elsewhere or join us for the day

Classes & Offerings

Sessions with a star* are complimentary from Happy Buddha Retreats.

If you’re staying with us please book below for your nightly accommodation.

DAY 1: Mon 7 October

9:00am
~ Arrival

Arrival to venue if you’re staying with us

9.30am
~ Drum Class

11.00am
~ Dance

12.30pm
~ Lunch

1:30pm
~ Dun Dun Class

3:00pm
~ Drum

4:30pm
~ Dance

6:00pm
~ Open Yoga* or Kora Class

6:45pm
~ Dinner

DAY 2: Tues 8 October

7:00am – 8:00am
~ Yoga*
.

9:00am
~ Break Your Fast

9.30am
~ Drum Class

11:00am
~ Dance

12.30pm
~ Lunch

1:30pm
~ Dun Dun Class

3:00pm
~ Drum

4:30pm
~ Dance

6:00pm
~ Open Yoga* or Kora Class

6:45pm
~ Dinner Delight

DAY 3: Wed 9 October

7:00am – 8:00am
~ Yoga*
.

9:00am
~ Break Your Fast

9.30am
~ Drum Class

11:00am
~ Dance

12.30pm
~ Lunch

1:30pm
~ Dun Dun Class

3:00pm
~ Drum

4:30pm
~ Dance

6:00pm
~ Open Yoga* or Kora Class

6:45pm
~ Dinner Delight

DAY 4: Thurs 10 October

7:00am – 8:00am
~ Yoga*
.

9:00am
~ Break Your Fast

9.30am
~ Drum Class

11:00am
~ Dance

12.30pm
~ Lunch

1:30pm
~ Dun Dun Class

3:00pm
~ Drum

4:30pm
~ Dance

6:00pm
~ Kora Class

6:45pm
~ Dinner Delight

DAY 5: Fri 11 October

7:00am – 8:00am
~ Yoga*
.

9:00am
~ Break Your Fast

9.30am
~ Drum Class

11:00am
~ Dance

12.30pm
~ Lunch

1:30pm
~ Dun Dun Class

3:00pm
~ Drum

4:30pm
~ Dance

6:00pm
~ Open Yoga* or Kora Class

6:45pm
~ Dinner Delight

DAY 6: Sat 12 October

7:00am – 8:00am
~ Yoga*
.

9:00am
~ Break Your Fast

9.30am
~ Drum Class

11:00am
~ Dance

12.30pm
~ Lunch

1:30pm
~ Dun Dun Class

3:00pm
~ Drum

4:30pm
~ Dance

6:00pm
~ Open Yoga* or Kora Class

6:45pm
~ Dinner Delight

7:30pm – 8:30
~ Performance by Epizo + Sibo

DAY 7: Sun 13 October

7:00am – 8:00am
~ Yoga*
.

9:00am
~ Break Your Fast

9.30am
~ Drum Class

11:00am
~ Dance

12.30pm
~ Lunch

1:00pm
~ Retreat Complete

Tuition Packages

7 DAY PACKAGE
Drum OR Dance $420 + Dundun dance $560
Drum AND Dance $620 + Dundun dance $740

3-DAY PACKAGE
Drum OR Dance $220 + Dundun dance $310
Drum AND Dance $360 + Dundun dance $435

2 DAY PACKAGE
Drum OR Dance $150 + Dundun dance $210
Drum AND Dance $240 + Dundun dance $295

KORA SESSIONS
1 class $50
2 classes $80 ($40 per class)
3 classes $120 ($40 per class)
4 classes $140 ($35 per class)
5 classes or more…. ($35 per class)

DRUM/DANCE INDIVIDUAL SESSIONS
1 class $50
2 classes $80 ($40 per class)
3 classes $120 ($40 per class)
4 classes $140 ($35 per class)
5 classes or more…. ($35 per class)

BYO drums please. We do have some available to borrow but it will be first in, first served.

Staying with us?

Fantastic! Here’s a little more about what to expect!

You’ll be staying twin-share, nestled in the surroundings of Happy Buddha Retreats located at Wentworth Falls, Blue Mountains, NSW. You’ll have access to our pool, chill out zen den and local hikes during your stay.

Stay with us the entire 6 nights. We’re subsidising twin-share accomodation for this event so you’ll only pay $700 per person, including meals.

Yoga and meditation sessions are complimentary!
But remember, you’ll need to pay cash to The Bangoura Brothers for your classes or class packages.

Parents – for the first time ever, we’re opening up this retreat to children too. You can bring up to 2 kids to stay with you in your booked room. Please BYO camp beds and sheets. The cost is $100 per child for the week – including food.
The kids can participate in sessions for free.

Our only request is that children are accompanied by an adult at all times.

Join us for our African Drum and Dance Festival
October 7-13

Get your groove on with the Bangoura Brothers!

Tuition is payable in cash direct to the Epizo, the facilitator. To pre-book your sessions please email him at [email protected]