Help sponsor Alaska's very own Samantha I. Laudert of Ione AK Hoops to attend Hoopcamp 2013!! Her goal is to learn from the best hula hoopers in the world and bring back the learned knowledge to Alaska to benefit our hula hoop community locally. Samantha gives back to the community one hula hoop at a time by fund raising for different charitable causes, donates her time and experience for class and demonstration settings, gives hula hoops to those in need and is on a mission to give others a positive coping skill on instrumental levels. Attending Hoopcamp 2013 will not only benefit her teaching style, it will allow her to help build the following via hooping for a healthier tomorrow.
Hula hooping literally saved Samantha's life after she sustained a traumatic brain injury in 2011 which changed her life forever and without her 'happy place' inside of her hula hoop she would not have been able to make the recovery that she did. Words cannot describe the magic that was learned solely from hula hooping.
What is Hoopcamp?
|Hoopcamp is the largest yearly gathering of the hoop dance community, held at a Tibetan Retreat Center in Santa Cruz, California. Now in it’s 6th year, hoopers from all over the world come together at Hoopcamp to share, connect, learn, and celebrate the hoop as a transformational movement tool for creative self-expression.|
How did Hoopcamp start?
|Heather Troy first felt inspired to coordinate a West Coast gathering for the hooping and movement arts community in 2007. At that time she had just recently discovered hooping herself, and was hooping weekly on West Cliff. This beachside weekly workshop, originally led by Marilee, eventually became the Sunday Lighthouse Hoopjam.|
|Because hooping in the park with a group of really wonderful people was fun and empowering, Heather decided to seek out other hoop gatherings in beautiful places. She signed up for a magical weekend retreat in Ojai, CA with Diana of Bodyhoops, and attended a HoopGirl retreat in Yelapa, Mexico, led by Annie of Annieland.|
|These experiences, and the friendships and collaborations she formed along the way, led Heather to put her background in events management to good use by hosting the first West Coast Hoop Retreat in 2008 at Kennolyn, a resort nestled into the Santa Cruz redwoods. After three amazing years hosting 150 hoopers from all over the world, Hoopcamp outgrew its Kennolyn location and moved to the Pema Osel Ling Tibetan Retreat Center. Now in its 5th year, Hoopcamp hosts 250 hoopcampers annually. The dream is to continue growing and evolving as a West Coast retreat for the ever-evolving, dynamic and truly inspirational world wide hoop community.|