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2016 Woods Update – The End of An Era

Dear Friends,

2016 marks the 35th year for The Woods Music and Dance Camp. It has been an incredible 35 years of music and community, and this year will be no different. But we feel it’s our responsibility to let you know that this will be the last year of The Woods.

When The Woods began there were no other regularly scheduled music camps for adults in Canada. In the subsequent decades, dozens of camps have emerged, often with a particular focus on specific instruments, genres, dance, and so on. Today you can have your pick of any number of residential music experiences to suit your every musical whim, winter or summer, spring or fall.

In addition, after many years of putting our hearts and souls into The Woods, as volunteer organizers we find our lives are over-filled with responsibilities, career, and health issues. Essentially, we don’t have the same time and energy to devote to this event that we love so much.

That is why we have decided to make this the final year of The Woods, although we are certainly going out with a bang! We have booked another extraordinary staff lineup for this year and once again it will be a unique opportunity to learn and share incredible music. We will be planning some special activities to honour and celebrate our 35 years and we are sure that The Woods will end on a very high note indeed.

35 years of music and community, of delivering amazement and inspiration. That’s a record we’ll remain proud of.

Though the camp will not continue after this year, The Woods Music And Dance Society will still exist, and we have plans for occasionally presenting music or events in the community.

There are still some spots left for this year’s Woods, and some scholarships available. All the information is available at www.the-woods.ca, or through the links posted below.

If you have registered for The Woods already, you will receive more information later in May.

Thanks for all your support over the years. We are looking forward to a fantastic week of music July 28th – August 2nd!

Eve, Grit, Judith, Doug, and Catherine

2016 Registration Information

Registration Opens Fri March 4 at 10 am.

Please read all the information carefully if you plan on registering for The Woods this year.

Online Registration Process

The Woods uses an online registration process, which means you will be able to register for The Woods from anywhere that you have access to a computer and the internet. If you cannot access a computer or the internet, and you are worried about getting your registration in early, please arrange to have someone else register for you.

In order to register, you will be asked a series of questions about the use of your contact information, your food/dietary needs, ride sharing, scholarship requests, room preferences, and who you would like to room with if you are registering for a double or triple. If you would like to see a list of the questions you will be required to answer, please click here. If someone else is registering for you, please make sure they have all the information they need to complete your registration.

The registration must be completed in one sitting. You will not be able to save your work and return to your registration later, so please be prepared to answer all the questions and have your payment information ready.

Payment

In order to register, you will need to pay a $175 deposit. You may pay this deposit using your PayPal account. If you don’t have a PayPal account you can still pay with a credit card using the PayPal website. If you prefer to mail a cheque, you will have that option as well, but your registration will not be considered complete until the cheque is received.

You will have the option to pay the registration deposit for another person (for instance if a couple would like to pay for two registrations at once), but you will still need to fill in the registration form for each individual person separately. When you pay for a second person, you will fill in the name of the person you are paying for. When the second person registers, they will be asked who is paying for their registration. These two names must match up or we will not be able to accept the registrations.

Your registration must be paid in full by June 17, 2016. If we have not received your full payment by that date, we will offer your spot to someone on the waiting list. No refund on cancellations after July 8, 2016.

Roommates
If you are registering for a double or triple room, you will be asked who you would like to share a room with. If you leave this blank, we will match you up with roommates. If you fill in names, it is your responsibility to ensure that the others you would like to room with fill in the same names on their registration. Your registration will not be complete until all of the people sharing a room have registered. Any discrepancy in the list of names sharing a room may cause delays in your registration process. We will not be able hold a room for you that is only partially filled.

Link to Online Registration

Once registration opens, you can click here to register.

Note: This page will not be active until Friday March 4 at 10 am.

Woods Brochure

Click here to see the 2016 Woods brochure and read about our amazing staff!

Important Dates

  • The Woods Music and Dance Camp: Thurs July 28, 2016 – Tues August 2, 2016.
  • Registration opens: Friday, March 4 at 10 am
  • Balance of Registration Fee Due: June 17, 2016 
  • No refunds for cancellations after: July 8, 2016

2016 Brochure Available

2016 Woods Brochure

The brochure for the 2016 Woods Music and Dance Camp is ready! Click here to download the .pdf file. The brochure will give you more information about our amazing staff line-up, pricing, deadlines for payment, and more.

2016 Pricing

Pricing for The Woods is split into two different categories based on your accommodation: rooms in the Oak Centre, and rooms in cabin/dorm accommodations.

The Oak Centre features single and double rooms with en suite bathrooms and has the feel of a hotel. These rooms are priced higher than other rooms on site.

Cabin/dorm accommodations feature single, double, and triple rooms in cabin or dorm layout with shared washrooms.

The prices for the 2016 Woods are as follows:

Rates:    Oak Centre    Cabins/Dorms
Single:      $1,430              $1,180
Double:    $1,230               $1030
Triple:                                 $880

Registration Opens Friday March 4 at 10 am

We will once again use an online registration process, which means you will be able to register for The Woods from anywhere that you have access to a computer and the internet. If you cannot access a computer or the internet, and you are worried about getting your registration in early, please arrange to have someone else register for you.

Registration will be accessed from a webpage that will not be active until March 4th at 10 am.

We will send further information about the registration process soon. Please read all the information about the registration process carefully in order to avoid problems or delays with your registration.