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Life at Camp

Dance Camp is different for everyone!

A Day at Camp can include:

  • Classes from early-morning yoga to dance, movement, drumming, massage, breathwork, and more!
  • Swimming at the beautiful waterfront
  • Chores - many hands make light work
  • Community time - morning dances, beach boogies, FreeU classes, forums, and our annual community meeting
  • Open times to explore the land and find your flow
  • Baby blessings, sweat lodges, and other rituals and special events

Night time activities:

  • Barefoot boogies
  • Community offerings
  • Contact jams
  • Drum & dance fire circle
  • Family friendly festival
  • Live music events
  • Masquerade costume ball
  • Other spontaneous activities

Food at Camp

We eat together in a beautiful dining hall and outdoor picnic tables. All food at Camp is vegetarian, using organic and local ingredients when possible. Breakfast and lunch are served buffet-style. We gather the community together for dinner each night. We can accomodate most special dietary requests.


Chores are love-in-action, building community and a spirit of cooperation, as well as keeping camp affordable. Everyone at camp commits to a chore contribution. We will help you find chore(s) that work for you. Chores are a camp highlight, where you can meet new people and sustain the community.

Safety at Camp

Camp Agreements

As a community, Dance Camp members have developed a set of agreements and guidelines through consensus decision making. We have a drug and alcohol policy, consent, conflict resolution through our Peace Counsel, and CARE.


Camp Timber trails has a beautiful private lake with 2 waterfronts. It is a great place to relax and bask in the sun. Our waterfront has clothing optional swimming.

DNE’s waterfront rules

Our waterfront can be relaxing, rejuvenating, and fun, but it can also be hazardous. Swimming hours are between 7:00am and 8:30pm, and only when a lifeguard is on duty. There is no night swimming permitted. Swimming may only occur when a lifeguard is present and on duty.


Boats must be signed out with the boating lifeguard on duty and returned by 7pm. You are welcome to bring your own non-motor watercraft: canoe, kayak, or small sailboat. Sign out and in with the waterfront staff and wear a life jacket. We need to be aware of your presence out on the water for your safety. Each person in a boat must use wear a life jacket at all times.

More detailed safety requirements will be posted at the waterfront and outlined in your Orientation Booklet.

Contact for more information about bringing watercraft or a lifeguard position

The Wellness Center

The Wellness Center is a self-service facility open 24/7 to help care for your body at Dance Camp. It provides a variety of basic conventional and alternative first aid supplies for your use. A healthcare professional is available several hours each day to provide advice and assist with first aid. Wellness Center supplies include:

  • Over-the-counter medications
  • A refrigerator for medications (only)
  • Electric tea pots, hot packs, and ice packs.

Please only use what you need as we have limited supplies. Any donations or replacements of medical supplies is greatly appreciated.

Staying Healthy

DNE’s goal is for everyone to be 100% healthy! To accomplish this we all need to do our part. It is your responsibility to protect and love your DNE friends by:

  • Staying home if you are sick
  • Always washing your hands before entering the dining hall and after using bathrooms or porta potties.
  • And to love and protect yourself by:
  • Wearing closed toed shoes for all kitchen shifts (mandatory)
  • Check for ticks at least every 24 hours

If you have questions regarding health and wellness at camp, contact

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