What is Hoopcamp?

Hoopcamp is the largest yearly gathering of the hoop dance community, held at our new DREAM LOCATION for 2015- Camp Campbell-in the Northern California coastal Redwood mountains of Santa Cruz,CA. Now in it’s 8th 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 8th year, Hoopcamp is moving to its DREAM LOCATION  in 2015 at Camp Campbell where it will host  250-300 Hoopcampers in unique indoor accommodations in Treehouses, Cabins and Glamping Canvas Tents. 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.

Hoopcamp Event Producers:

About_HeatherHeather Troy, who has been teaching hoop dance privately and through UC Santa Cruz since 2007, is a firm believer in Henry Ford’s wise words: “Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right.” She thought she could master a move and it showed up, she believed she could create a hoop gathering and it happened. Being able to share this life affirming energy with so many amazing like-minded, creative spirits has enriched her life in many extraordinary ways. When not dreaming up events or juggling Hoopcamp logistics you can find Heather browsing local thrift stores, writing poetry, or walking her “dog daughter” on the beach.  Her greatest joy is in the gatherings when she can feel the energy of people participating, sharing and enjoying their Hoopcamp experience. A big thank you goes out to all Hoopcampers past and future for participating in this journey. Her hope is that as she learns more and more every year from hosting this event, she will be able to help create MORE and MORE MAGIC for the flow arts community to enjoy!Email me: hoopcampinfo@gmail.com
NessiaNessia Starr began her hooping journey in 2010 when she picked up her first over sized hoop and gave it a spin. She felt pure happiness and knew from that moment on her life was going to change forever. Since then Nessia has taken an active role in her community by hosting local hoop jams, hoop events and teaching Hula Hoop classes all over the South Bay Area, CA where she lives. Inspiring many with her teachings, she loves helping people transform not only their physical bodies but their mind & spirit, through the movement of hoopdance. Along with her best friend and husband Ron, Nessia co-founded TrinityStarr Hoops, where together they share their passion for hoopdance and enjoy creating unique high quality hoops of all kinds. When Nessia is not spending time within her hoop, teaching or creating, she is running her small business as a Professional Organizer. Nessia’s passion for dance and movement along with her organizational skills and innate sense of working with people, has put her on her current path to becoming a Life-Coach, looking to incorporate her love of the hoop as a tool of self-expression & overall well being.