Information and Registration

Special COVID info

For full details see 24th Annual WOMENDRUM. All attendees must be fully vaccinated (apologies to those who cannot or don’t wish to be vaccinated), and attendees will be asked to sign a health risk waiver saying that they won’t hold Sally or Oakwood liable if they get Covid during or after the event.  Private and shared rooms are available; if you want to share a room, BYO roommate. We will not match people who want to share a room as we have in the past, but you can use the WomenDrum FaceBook group to ask for roommates.  Camping is available, as is Saturday-only registration for a total of 30 people per day.

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, owner of  Shekinah Rhythm Instruments, has been building drums since 1992 and has perfected high performance, light weight, stave-built African Style percussion: ashikos, djembe, and dun duns. Steve also builds custom sized African style drums with local hardwoods and woods from around the world.  You can find Steve on Facebook. Many of the ladies at WomenDrum gatherings have his drums. 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!

24th Annual WomenDrum

Oakwood Retreat Center, Muncie, IN, September 16-18, 2022


Questions? Contact Sally via email or at 317-502-2308. Housing, dietary or accessibility issues: contact Oakwood at 765-747-7027.

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 Sally Childs-Helton.
City: State: ZIP:
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Drum rental needed?  Yes No
Vegan diet needed?  Yes No
I want to room with:
Pre-register for body work, if desired: Full hour Half-hour
I want to have heated pool access for an extra $5 Yes
Cost: Fees are higher this year to include single room occupancy and event insurance.  Fees are on a sliding scale based on annual household income and include room, board, instruction, and supplies for the weekend (Oakwood room and board is $318 for a shared room; the remainder pays for the facilitators, supplies, etc.).  General guidelines: lowest price less than $40,000/household; middle price $40,000-$75,000; highest price $75,000+/household. Contact Sally for more information.

Prices for shared rooms (private room add $45): Early Bird $358/$378/$398 (by 07-15); Timely Bird $363/$383/$403 (by 09-09); Procrastinating Bird $373/$393/$413 (after 09-09).

Prices for camping (includes meals and inside bathroom): Early Bird $240/$260/$280 (by 07-15); Timely Bird $245/$265/$285 (by 09-09); Procrastinating Bird $255/$275/$295 (after 09-09).

Saturday only (all classes, evening activities, 2 meals) is $110.  Saturday and 3 meals is $130. Drum rental is $15. Heated pool access is $5. No registration at the door.

Full fees enclosed:  (circle above what’s included)