Women's Rock n Roll Retreat
Women’s Rock n Roll Retreat (WRRR) is a three day musical adventure for women, trans and nonbinary folks, ages 19+. In one weekend, you’ll learn an instrument (vocals, bass, guitar, keyboards or drums), form a band, write an original song, participate in social justice workshops, learn about gear and perform in a live show. WRRR is open to folks of all skill levels- including those with NO prior music experience.
Friday, April 3, 2020: 10am-7pm
Saturday, April 4, 2020: 10am-7pm
Sunday, April 5, 2020: 10am-5pm, followed by a 5-7pm showcase open to the public!
Laura Jeffrey Academy
1550 Summit Ave
St. Paul, MN 55105
Please note that camp is a low-to-no scent location
Laura Jeffrey Academy is fully ADA compliant
Hook & Ladder
3010 Minnehaha Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55406
Hook & Ladder is fully ADA compliant
We are excited to announce a new registration system that will help us to better serve the Twin Cities community! We regularly receive far more applications for WRRR than we are able to accommodate. So this year, we will be doing an on-going application process instead of the first-come-first serve process we’ve done in the past.
This application change is part of a larger organizational commitment to make our programming available and informed by the diverse community of folks who call the Twin Cities home! We will use this new application process to ensure a cohort of campers who bring a multitude of identities, musical interests and experiences. We recognize that camp has traditionally been inaccessible to folks of color, trans folks, parents and folks with disabilities. Because of that, we will be prioritizing the application of those folks as well as first-time WRRR participants. We still *highly* encourage all folks who are interested in attending camp, including those who have attended in previous years, to fill out the initial registration form.
When registering for camp, you will first fill out an initial application form. This is a quick form that will give us a picture of who you are, why you want to come to camp and what you can afford to attend camp. Sliding scale tuition will be readily available and your ability to pay full tuition (or not) will NOT affect your chances of getting into camp.
We will have two deadlines where we will accept applicants. If your application is not chosen for the first round, we’ll automatically add your application for the second round. We encourage anyone who is interested in camp to fill out the initial application as we never know how many applications we will receive!
First Round: Applications open December 16th-January 15th
Folks who apply to this deadline will hear back about their application on January 23rd
Second Round: Applications open January 15th-February 15th
All folks who apply will hear back about their application by February 18th
A waiting list will be open until camp begins
1. Camp Details and FAQ (below)
2. Camp Waiver Forms
As an intersectional feminist organization, we continually work to recognize and help dismantle the ways in which systems of oppression impact our work and the lives of our program participants, their families and the larger community. We strive to make WRRR accessible to all applicants, regardless of their economic resources. Through annual fundraising and donations from grants, sponsors and individuals, we work to keep tuition as low as possible by using a “sliding scale” model for program tuition. In the sliding scale model, you determine your tuition based on your resources available.
The chart below offers suggested tuition rates based on a household’s shared annual income, assuming 3-4 folks in the household. Tuition may also be made in installments. We know that some folks face financial challenges for which they are under- or unsupported, such as extreme medical costs, costs to support those with disabilities, costs related to transitioning, and more, and that all folks’ resources, and access to resources, look different. Please select the tuition that is most appropriate, given your financial resources. At the same time, please be thoughtful about paying what you can — we rely heavily on tuition to make camp happen. It is in the spirit of the sliding scale model, and in the spirit of community, to pay what we can, when we can. We also offer a full scholarship that is outlined below.
|Yearly Household Income||Suggested Tuition Amount||Tuition Scale|
Full tuition + Fairness Fund contribution (full support of two other campers)
|$99,000-$129,000||$650||Full tuition + Fairness Fund contribution (full support of one other camper)|
|$38,000 and under||$25-50||Sliding Scale|
We See You Scholarship
This is a full scholarship that is open to all folks who identify as any of the following:
- people of color
- gender nonconforming / gender nonbinary
- people with disabilities
We are offering this new scholarship in order to better serve and reflect our Twin Cities community. If you are interested in applying for this scholarship, please make it known on your initial application and we will send you more information.
*New* this year, we will be offering childcare stipends to participants and teachers who request help to cover childcare during the WRRR weekend.
Frequently Asked Questions
***Please commit to attending camp all three days for the entire duration.*** Any missed time at camp may inhibit the progress of your band!
Who can sign up for WRRR?
Women, trans, and nonbinary folks over the age of 19 can sign up for Women's Rock n Roll Retreat. NO MUSICAL EXPERIENCE NECESSARY / ALL SKILL LEVELS WELCOME. You don’t have to bring your own instrument, but feel free to do so if you like.
What instrument can I play at WRRR? Do I have to own my instrument? Do I have to have any experience or take lessons prior to WRRR?
You can choose between drums, electric guitar, electric bass, keyboards and vocals! We will have all necessary instruments and gear at camp, so do not worry if you don't have one! Guitar and bass players, please let us know on the final registration form if you will be needing to borrow one for the weekend. You do NOT have to have ANY instrument experience before camp. Our teachers are very skilled and will help you rock out whether you have never touched your instrument or you have played it for 50+ years. At last years camp, 40% of campers had never played their instrument and they all totally rocked.
Will I be able to play my first choice instrument at camp?
We will make every attempt to honor your first instrument choice. Sometimes, in order to make sure that all bands have the necessary instrumentation, we may need to switch you to your second or third choice instrument.
Why are you doing a new registration and application process?
We are super excited to be changing our application process to better serve the Twin Cities and make our programs more accessible than ever before!
Why are you prioritizing people of color, parents, trans folks and folks with disabilities?
These folks have historically been underrepresented at WRRR and we want to ensure our programming is as accessible to them as possible. We also want to honor and preserve the legacy that trans folks and folks of color have had in music, especially in rock n roll.
Should I still fill out an initial application if I have attended WRRR before? Should I still fill out an application if I don’t identify as a person of color, parent, trans or living with disabilities?
YES! We encourage anyone who is interested in attending camp to fill out an initial application as we can never guess how many applications we will receive. We think anyone with interest would benefit from WRRR and encourage everyone to apply!
What does low or no scent mean?
She Rock She Rock works to create a low/no scent spaces for all of our programming, in order to be accessible to folks with chemical/scent sensitivities. Personal care products such as perfume, essential oils, scented lotions, fragranced hair products and/or similar products should not be worn at WRRR.
Will I receive private instruction?
Much of the learning and activities that take place at WRRR are in a group setting. For instrument instruction, you will be paired with 2-4 of your peers and an instructor. But, you will have the opportunity to stay late or come early to camp to have a 30 minute, private instrument lesson with one of the WRRR instructors. Private lessons will be offered on April 3 (7:30-8:00pm), April 4 (9:00-9:30am or 7:30-8:00pm) and April 5 (9:00-9:30am). You can register and pay for one or two lessons on your camp registration form. A sign up for days/times will be sent out a few weeks prior to camp. Private lessons are $20 per lesson.
What if the instrument I'd like to sign up for is full?
We encourage you to try another instrument! Remember, there is no experience necessary- many campers return year after year and try out new instruments every time! If you have your heart set on a particular instrument, though, you can sign up for our waiting list.
I'm really hesitant to sign up for camp. What if I'm not good at songwriting or playing an instrument?
New experiences can be really scary and we understand that this weekend can be intimidating for some folks. We are here to provide a safe, non-judgemental and non-competitive space to try new things and ROCK OUT. We have a talented staff who will be there to help you the whole weekend. All songs are written collaboratively, so you will have your 4-5 other bandmates and your 2 band coaches to help you out. And, there are no apologies at camp. Seriously, it's our rule to say 'I Rock' when we make mistakes and not 'I'm Sorry'. We make it a point to make sure everyone knows how hard THEY ROCK no matter how much musical experience they have. We will work with you to make camp an uplifting experience.
Okay, that makes sense. But, I'm "Just a mom" or "Just a banker", should I really attend this camp?
First of all, you are not "just" anything! You are a unique, one-of-a-kind human being! You deserve to take time for yourself and learn something new (or hone in on your creative skill). WRRR is a great way to meet new people, connect with your creativity and boost your confidence. Even if you never touch your instrument before camp or after camp, the experience is incredibly rewarding and you will have a blast.
What is the cancellation policy?
If you need to cancel after sending in your registration, please notify firstname.lastname@example.org right away. If you choose to donate your tuition fee, you will be given a tax receipt. If you cancel anytime before March 7, you are entitled to a full refund minus a $25 cancellation fee. If you cancel after March 6, you will not be issued a refund. In the event of a medical emergency, credit for a future session may be available. Please note that absolutely no refunds will be issued after the start of the program.
Is food provided for the participants?
As of right now, meals and snacks are not included in the tuition price. We are hoping to secure donations to be able to provide a few lunches or snacks and will provide information about that once you register. The facility we will be at is within walking distance from many restaurants, coffee shops and cafes. Also, feel free to bring a bag lunch and snacks, we have a refrigerator at the facility if you need to use it.
Can I play my acoustic guitar at camp?
We think acoustic guitars are super cool, but we also strongly encourage folks to step out of their comfort zone and try out the electric guitar! If you'd like to try an electric, we've got one we can loan you for the duration of camp! If you really want to play your acoustic- just make sure it has a pickup in it. Otherwise you won't be able to hear it over the drummer in your band, and we generally don't have enough microphones to share with guitars.
I'm coming in from out of town, can I stay overnight at the camp location?
WRRR is not an overnight camp, but there are plenty of hotels nearby (camp is about 15-20 min from the Minneapolis-St Paul International Airport) where you can book a room. Also, AirBNB could be a good option for an inexpensive place to stay. We are also asking registrants to indicate whether or not they'd be willing to house an out-of-town camper for the weekend, so that may be a possibility too: e-mail email@example.com to find out if there is anyone on the list and we can send you their contact info.
Okay, I'm considering going to camp, but I'm still unsure. Are you sure I should attend?
YES! You rock! It's okay to be nervous or unsure, in fact many folks come into camp on the first morning and are incredibly hesitant or nervous. You'll get through it and you'll have a blast. Do it.
Do not hesitate to reach out to us with your questions! You can reach Jenny or Sam via e-mail or calling 844-743-7625.