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What is Hoopcamp?

Hoopcamp is the largest annual gathering of the hooping community, held again this year at our dream location – Camp Campbell. Located amidst the towering redwood trees above the Northern California coast near Santa Cruz, California, Camp Campbell is a magical spot and we’re excited to be back there for our 9th annual gathering. Hoopers from around the world come together every year at Hoopcamp to share, connect, learn, and celebrate the hoop as a truly transformational tool for creative self-expression.

How did Hoopcamp start?

Heather Troy first felt inspired to coordinate a West Coast gathering for the hooping community in 2007. At that time, she had only recently discovered hooping herself. While attending a beachside weekly workshop that would eventually become the Santa Cruz Sunday Lighthouse Hoopjam, Heather was inspired. Hooping in the park with a group of really wonderful people was not only fun, it was empowering, It eventually led her to put her background in events management to good use hosting the very first hooping retreat on the West Coast in 2008 at Kennolyn, a resort nestled into the Santa Cruz redwoods.

After three amazing years of hosting 150 hoopers from all over the world at that location, Hoopcamp needed to grow and moved to the Pema Osel Ling Tibetan Retreat Center. In 2015 the annual event grew again, spinning it’s way to it’s current annual home of Camp Campbell where a sell out crowd of 300 Hoopcampers enjoy unique indoor accommodations in Treehouses, gorgeous new cabins, and glamping canvas tents. Hoopcamp continues growing and evolving as an annual West Coast retreat for the ever-evolving, dynamic and truly inspirational world wide hooping community.

Hoopcamp Event Producers:

Heather TroyHeather 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. And when she believed she could create a hoop community gathering, it happened. “Being able to share this life affirming energy with so many amazing like-minded, creative spirits has enriched my life in many extraordinary ways,” she told us. 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 gathering feeling the energy of people participating, sharing and enjoying their Hoopcamp experience. She lives in Santa Cruz, California, USA.
philo hagen
Philo Hagen is the Co-founder and Managing Editor of Hooping.org. He’s been spinning things up online and off since April of 2003. Co-Founder of Bay Area Hoopers in San Francisco and LA Hoopers in Los Angeles, Philo has taught and performed internationally and has received Hoopie Awards for Male Hooper of the Year and Video of the Year for Gotta Hoop. Having been involved with Hoopcamp from the beginning, he’s currently taking on the  overall management of his “favorite event of the year” – Hoopcamp. He says, “There’s really no place I’d rather be than hooping high in the redwoods with the most amazing people you’ll ever hope to meet who all love this thing as much as I do.” You can also find him dancing, hiking and roller skating. He lives in Los Angeles, California, USA.