Camp Harmony - SFFMC's New Years Camp
Friday, December 27,
2019 - Wednesday, January 1, 2020
Join your friends in celebrating New Year 2019-2020 at Camp
We're excited to return to
our new site for Camp Harmony,
Walker Creek Ranch in the hills above Pt.
Camp Harmony returns to
Walker Creek Ranch for our New Year’s camp from Friday,
December 27 to Wednesday, January 1.
Attendees may come for all or part. We welcome newcomers, and
if you will be a first-time attendee, please feel free to
email or phone with your questions.
The Venue: Walker Creek Ranch, in rural Marin County,
is known to some in our community as a great retreat spot for
other musical gatherings. Its level site, nestled into
surrounding hills, features accessible buildings clustered for
Facilities include a central dining hall and other spacious
halls suitable for dancing, concerts, and large group
activities. There are numerous rooms for workshops, Arts &
Crafts, and lots of smaller spaces for jamming. The property
offers walking trails and a scenic bridge over the creek.
There’s even a natural history museum for learning about local
flora and fauna.
Housing: Walker Creek offers a range of housing
options, and our fees are rated accordingly. This location is
remote from any off-site lodging. The online registration form
will provide space to explain any accessibility needs. All
campers will need to bring their own bedding and towels.
• Dormitories are furnished with bunk beds, and all have easy
access to a large central bath house with separate facilities
for men and for women. We hope to be able to provide a lower
bunk to everyone who wants one.
• Semi-Private lodges have multiple rooms each accommodating -
people. These buildings have a common lounge area, some with
kitchenee, and shared internal bathrooms. There are no single
rooms available at Walker Creek Ranch. To help keep prices as
low as possible, no linens are being provided this year.
• Camping is permitted. A parking lot is designated for RVs
(power for some but no hook-ups) and tent camping is available
at locations around the grounds. If you live locally and wish
to stay off-site, the charge will be the same as camping.
Our registrars will make every effort to situate campers in
housing suitable to their needs and preferences.
Meals: Each camper day starts and ends at 2pm,
and includes dinner on the day you arrive, and breakfast and
lunch the next day. All meals will be prepared by Walker Creek
staff who will do their very best to accommodate individual
dietary preferences. When you register you have the option of
choosing gluten-free, dairy-free, omnivore, vegetarian, or
vegan. If you have additional dietary needs, please contact
Online Registration: Registration will be available
starting September 1, and prices will be posted on the
website. To register, go to www.sffmc.org and click on the
Harmony registration link. The site will guide you through
registration, and will send you an email confirmation when
your information has been received. Margaret Miles and Katie
Riemer are co-registrars; if you encounter any difficulties or
need help registering, please email firstname.lastname@example.org,
or phone (510) 684-1454 (before 9pm ) with your questions.
(Note: we are both volunteers, and it may take us up to
hours to respond. Please either call OR email, but don’t do
PLEASE NOTE: We need to provide Walker Creek with attendance
numbers earlier than we have in past years. ALL REGISTRATIONS
MUST BE RECEIVED BY NOVEMBER 22nd. THERE WILL BE NO LATE
You can pay online using a credit card, debit card, PayPal
account, or by check. If you choose to pay by check, the site
and your confirmation email will tell you where to mail your
For those who would not otherwise be able to aend camp, the
Club offers fee reductions known as “camperships.” If you are
able to donate to the Campership Fund, remember it is
tax-deductible, and you will be helping someone get to camp
who may be someone you will miss if they can’t aend. The funds
will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis on the
honor system. We encourage you to register early if asking for
a campership. Instructions for applying for camperships will
be included in online registration. TAX-DEDUCTIBLE DONATIONS
to the Campership Fund are welcome and appreciated!
Harmony is a self-made music camp for our Club members of all
ages and experience levels. Workshops include singing,
dancing, tunes, instrument instruction/technique, and there is
a great deal of spontaneous jamming that occurs day and night.
All workshops and activities are camper-led, and any camper
can sign up to teach or lead a workshop.
In addition, every
night we have a concert and a dance. If you would like to lead
a workshop, you can sign up at camp, or go to Mudcat café (
and sign up online. To see what workshops have been offered in
previous years, search Mudcat café for “Camp Harmony workshop
Look for more information in the Nov/Dec folknik, and visit us
For photos & more
information about camp, please visit www. sffmc.org. We hope
to see you there.
Walker Creek Ranch viewed from a hilltop trail
The Red Barn
The lovely and spacious Dining Hall
Several of the lodges near camp center
We had a great time last year at Camp Harmony -- and
are looking forward to repeating it this year.
a workshop, begin a new instrument, join in a jam
or sing along. Hike through the woods, make new
friends over cider or while jamming, and do it all
surrounded by folks making music and having fun.
We're a home made camp, and we put
it on for each other. It's a wonderful, supportive
environment for trying out new things. Here it's
easy to take the first steps at teaching, whether
calling a first dance, teaching a beginning
instrument class, or leading a song for the first
time. Some folks have found the inspiration to write
a song or tune at camp, and the evening concert has
debuted some keepers.
You never know what will happen, it
all depends on who shows up. Will it be you?