Information and Registration

Who Comes?

Women of all ages and from all walks of life. We’ve had teenagers as young as 13 come with their mothers, and we’ve had 60+ women come with their 80+ mothers. We’ve had college students, mothers who home school, lawyers, social workers, midwives, artists, dancers, musicians, writers, body workers, K-12 teachers, university professors, hair dressers, government workers, computer administrators, business women, women in religious orders, ritual practitioners, and retirees, for starters. They are diverse economically, politically, culturally, religiously, and in their sexual orientations. Most importantly, they are women who are open-minded, non-judgmental, curious, creative, spiritual, supportive, giving, playful, and fascinating, and they come to give themselves the time and space they need to feed their souls. You will be hard put to find a more amazing bunch of women anywhere! It’s worth coming to just hang out with these wonderful women for a weekend!

Beginning and End

Arrivals begin Friday at 4:00 p.m. Eastern. Come get settled in, hike and explore, take a nap, rent a drum, get your drum tuned or learn to do it yourself, or come do some warm-up drumming in the Thunder Barn or the Community Building. Dinner is at 6:30, and evening programming will start around 7:30. We end on Sunday after lunch.

Drum Rentals and Purchases

Steve Lange, an Oakwood resident, owns Shekinah Rhythm Instruments and makes gorgeous djembes, ashikos, and dun duns from recycled woods. His barrel-stave construction drums are much lighter than those traditionally carved from solid logs, and Steve’s drums are especially popular among women and smaller men because they weigh 9-13 pounds, and ashikos weigh even less. They’re beautiful and they sound great! Steve’s drums are priced in the $200-$400 range. You can rent one for the weekend for $15, and rental can be applied to a purchase if you buy a drum. There may also be other vendors there who will have a selection of drums for sale, so leave room in your car, just in case…a drum could follow you home!

14th Annual Spring Fling Drum Thing

Oakwood Retreat Center, Muncie, IN, May 19-21, 2017


Questions? Contact Sally via email or at 317-251-8099. Housing, dietary or accessibility issues: contact Oakwood at 765-747-7027. WomenDrum 2017 will be September 22-24. Space is limited to ensure individual attention.

Complete this form, print, and mail to: Sally Childs-Helton, 5271 Primrose Avenue, Indianapolis, IN, 46220-3314, attention WomenDrum. Make checks or money orders payable to IndyMuze.
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Pre-register for body work, if desired: Full hour Half-hour
I want to have heated pool access for an extra $5 Yes
Cost: Oakwood rates are up $48 per weekend due to rising costs. We offer a sliding scale; please pay what you can afford. The basic Oakwood cost for a shared room and board is $230 for the weekend; the rest is the facilitation fee (no increase). General guidelines: lowest price less than $40,000/household; middle price $40,000-$75,000; highest $75,000+. See the website for more information. Early Bird $270/$290/$310 (by 04-03); Timely Bird $275/$295/$315 (by 05-12); Procrastinating Bird $285/$305/$325 after 05-12. Camping: subtract $60. Single room: add $20. Heated pool access is $5. No registration at the door. There is a $25 fee for cancellation 30 days or less before the event.
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