“Combined with the beautiful location, the company, food etc, this made a perfect retreat to nourish my soul whilst deepening my skills/ knowledge in Afro-Cuban music which I love. It was an amazing week – I’m definitely going to return at some point in the future!”
18th – 25th May 2023
1st – 8th September 2023
Our small-group Afro-Cuban folkloric percussion retreats offer an intensive study of batá, rumba, makuta, bembé, gúiro, palo and iyesá, among others. These highly polyrhythmic genres improve timing, ensemble skills, focus and confidence. This is also a great place to socialise with like-minded people. We tailor-make our course material to accommodate each group’s needs and level.
The week-long retreats are split between tuition and practice time, making the most of the amazing location (mountain walks, beaches, snorkelling, sunbathing, star-gazing, horse riding etc. ), relaxing and, of course, eating and drinking.
David Pattman and Vicky Jassey
(Read more about them here)
Included in the price are 7 nights accommodation, three meals a day and 5 days x 5 hours of tuition. (Please see below for costs not included).
We have three apartments, each with two bedrooms and this year; we will introduce a two-bell tent glamping area. We offer various price options depending on whether you sleep in a single room, a shared room or share in the glamping area and whether you get the *Earlybird rate, which is when a non-refundable deposit of £150 is paid before the Earlybird deadline or the regular rate which is the deposit paid after this.
May retreat £150 by Feb 18th.
Full payment by April 18th
September retreat £150 by June 1st.
Full payment by August 6th
If you would like to arrange to pay in instalments, let us know. Scroll down to see how to book your place.
Single Room: 2 Available (please note, you will still be sharing a bathroom)
*Earlybird Single Room: £720
Regular Single Room: £790 (1-2 available)
Shared rooms: 3 available
Earlybird Shared Room: £595
Regular Shared Room: £680
Glamping (2 x 4m bell tents, 2 people per tent):
We will use the glamping area as overflow accommodation if we have more than 7 people booking on the course. Our tents are luxurious, spacious and comfortable. (Please note; the photo is from the company that has made our bell tents)
Earlybird Glamping: £565 each
Regular Glamping: £635
Please visit our Accommodation page to read more about the facilities available at Finca Ará Oko.
We need a minimum number of guests for a retreat to go ahead. Please check with us before buying your flights. A full refund will be issued if Covid restrictions prevent the course from happening or if we do not have sufficient numbers for the retreat to run. Please also see our Retreat Cancellation and Participation Guide.
If you are interested in a bespoke percussion music retreat or would like to stay and have some 1-1 tuition, drop us a line. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Not included in the price
– Extra accommodation: please see our accommodation page for prices.
– Extra meals: Breakfast £5, Lunch £7, Dinner £10
– Flights: The nearest airport is Almeria (1 hr 20mins drive), then Granada (1 ½-hour drive), then Malaga (2-hour drive). Fares range from £50-350 return. Malaga is often the cheapest and has the most frequent flights.
– Transport to and from the airport: Public transport, unfortunately, is rubbish. The cheapest way is to coordinate your flight times with others attending the course. We will help facilitate this and may suggest a flight time. Here are some taxi prices from 2022.
Taxi to/from Almeria (7-seater) – €110.
Taxi to/from Malaga (7-seater) €170.
Bus to/from Malaga to Motril (Alsa bus company) – €10
Taxi to/from Motril €80.
Taxi to/from Granada €110
– Transport during your stay.
Car hire: Some of you may wish to hire a car during your stay. It is a lovely place to drive with good roads and no traffic. If you choose this option, please let us know, as we have plenty of experience of how not to get ripped off by car-hire firms.
– Travel insurance: Please make your own arrangements.
– Extra lessons
– Extra excursions or activities: There are horse riding, cycling and water sports activities available nearby. If you would like us to organise any of these events, please let us know beforehand.
*If you wish to stay longer than 7 nights, please check with us to see if we can accommodate you. If we can’t for any reason, we will be able to suggest places to stay nearby.
Step 1: Fill out this REGISTRATION FORM
Step 2: Make a deposit of £150. If possible, please pay via our bank account (details below) as we don’t get changed commission or if you prefer, you can use Paypal, which includes a charge of 3.5%.
Step 3: Pay the outstanding balance by the date listed directly to the bank details below.
Please see our Cancellation and Participation Guide before booking.
Our Donation Policy
Would you like to support young artists (under 25 years) or female survivors of human trafficking access our retreats? If you can spare any amount to this cause, we will match your funding. All you need to do is add the amount you would like to donate to your total when you make a bank transfer and let us know via the sign-up form. We will inform you as to how we spent the money. Thank you for your generosity.
Find out more about our work with female survivors of human trafficking – Moving Voices UK
Account name: Bombo Arts
Account number: 63017399
Sort code: 08-92-99
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Deposit £155 – Afro-Cuban Folkloric Percussion ’23