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 back in 2007. At that time having only recently discovered hooping herself, she found it empowering. This eventually led her to put her background in events management to good use in hosting Hoopcamp – the very first hooping retreat on the West Coast, held back in 2008 at Kennolyn, a resort nestled into the Santa Cruz mountain redwoods. While the Hoopie Award winner for Hooping Event of the Year has changed locations and event producers over the years, it remains an annual event that continues to delight, inspire and empower.
Hoopcamp Event Producers:
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 and a Co-Producer in later years, he’s currently taking on overall management of what he calls his “favorite event of the year” – Hoopcamp. Philo says, “There’s no place I’d rather be than hooping high in the towering redwoods with the most amazing people you’ll ever want to meet, those people who all love this hoop thing just as much as I do.” When he’s not working on Hoopcamp or hooping himself, you can find him dancing, hiking and roller skating. He lives in Los Angeles, California, USA.