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Summer Music Camp on Orcas Island

Music Camp at the Aug 5-7 Wonder Camp, Orcas Island.

The forest will be flowing with fascinating sounds during the music workshops and concerts at Wonder Camp on Orcas Island, August 5-7. During engaging workshops, learners of all ages will explore voice, sound bath, string, drum, flute, electronic and didgeridoo music experiences at a historic retreat center in Moran State Park. Campers are invited to become familiar with new musical instruments and delve into deep, primal ways of connecting to nature through music. Exploring voice as an instrument, ways to discover new vocal experiences that evoke the sounds of the wind, the wisdom of the trees, and the voices of wild animals and birds.

The Camp’s instructors are professional musicians who regularly perform on the island and afar and are joining together to form the faculty and performers for this intimate and enriching opportunity to make music, together, in the forests and meadows beside Cascade Lake. The varied workshop programs are a special chance to learn directly from accomplished instructors to develop your own musical skills and inspirations. Familiar musical styles and instruments and more exotic ethereal sounds are highlights of the two-day and three-night Music Track during Wonder Camp. Come stretch your range and your imagination.

Overnight lodging and meal packages are available to provide an enriching time away – and with in.

At the hands-on learning programs hosted by Wonder Camp, you become a maker of music and experiences that enrich your life and add range to your own self-expression. Sessions invite adults and mature teens to join circles of learners under the trees and at the amphitheater for unforgettable days and evenings of music and sound experiences. A parent/child afternoon workshop is also available.


Daytime Workshops features and examples of instructor works include:

The Animals Speak, Sunday, 9am-12


Voice and sounds in nature and from deep with-in, magical vocal song workshop with musician Rafe Pearlman. Storytelling, vocal sound teaching, and interactive song.

Weaving Magic in the Air, Sunday, 2-5pm


Join Josephine and Burke for a fun and interactive exploration of the Spirit of Music. We will employ body percussion and our voices to explore rhythm, melody and harmony as a group.

Inspired Sound, Monday, 2-5pm


Keyboard, strings and drumming hands-on music and music theory with Joel Gamble. Parent/child workshops. Option to participate in a performance piece for the Wonder Review.

Sound Bath with the Didgeridoo, Monday, 9am-12


Learn to make a didg with Joy Hughes and enjoy an introduction to playing this evocative instrument. Take home your didgeridoo.  

Evenings & Performances

Special performance events during the Camp include:


Saturday evening dinner, healing sounds with Joy Hughes and Hayley Shannon, and then music from the wilds of nature – and wilds of the soul – with Rafe Pearlman create a deep and moving, textured listening experience. Likely howling to the wild, of course.


During the day, ambient electronic music will emerge from the forest with John Raymond Berry and friends. Sunday evening, poetry follows dinner and then the magical flute and other-worldly hand drum music of Burke Mulvany and Josie Dow create expansive portals within our imaginations and beyond. Monday evening, Joel Gamble is featured along with a review of Camper music, dance, poetry and art.


Enrollment in 2 or more music workshops provides access to daytime and evening activities that will enrich and engage your wonder. Lunch is included. Workshops are Sunday August 6 and Monday August 7. Evening activities are Saturday the 5th, and Sunday and Monday. Day camp, meals and overnight lodging options for islanders and visitors.

100% of ticket sales benefit the artists and help defray event costs for this non-profit program.

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