Adult Camp

Winnarainbow for Adults (aka Adult Camp) is an all-inclusive retreat where you can explore your creativity and Voice, unplug from technology, connect with a community and have Big Fun!

The heart of Winnarainbow is to use circus and performing arts to build connections, explore our purpose, and put our good where it does the most!

Why Adult Camp? Because you can go on vacation or you can give yourself a unique, inspiring retreat that is a mix of running away with the circus, traditional summer camp, and relaxing summertime days in the beautiful woods and creeks of Mendocino County. Adult Camp provides an opportunity to escape the city and be a part of an inspiring community for a long weekend of exploration and creation. 

Founded by hippie icon Wavy Gravy, Adult Camp carries on the ideologies that thousands of people found at Woodstock, mixing them with space and time to engage in your own personal creativity and collectively explore what it is to be a Universal Human Being. And we will never forget Big Fun!

This all inclusive retreat includes three delicious farm to table meals each day; late night snacks; sleeping accommodations in our community tipis (or you can bring your own); and a full program of workshops, activities, and inspiring performance opportunities. Keep reading! It just gets better.

Each day you will have your choice of a variety of workshops, afternoon activities, and exciting evening programs. And, in true summer camp style, every night finishes around the campfire. With classes for both the accomplished artist and the total beginner, come with specific goals to enhance your performance skills or to relax and play.

2020 Workshops & Classes

Every morning there are two hour long class periods where experienced professional artists will offer a variety of workshops for you to choose from.

Our teaching artists will also be available to meet with you one on one or in a small group to Workshop a performance, writing or character you bring to Camp (depending on schedule).

We will be announcing the 2020 Workshops & Teachers by the end of 2019! Stay tuned! Past years’ workshops have included:

  • Aerials (Trapeze, Silks, Rope & Cloud Swing)
  • Character Development
  • Improv (including Wavy’s Big Class)
  • Stilts
  • Unicycle
  • Clowning
  • Story Telling and Writing
  • Dance (each year we offer different classes)
  • Music (instruments and singing)
  • Juggling
  • Mask Making
  • Art (multi-media)
Afternoon & Evening Programs
Every Day

Class Show Time: right after classes there is a short Showtime performance opportunity to show off what you learned in class. This is to practice performing, share your joy, and inspire others!

Afternoon Activities: every afternoon we will offer a variety of activities including Wavy’s Big Improv Class, mask making and mixed media art classes, Story Corp, swimming in Lake Veronica, workshops with teaching artists, dressing up in the costume barn, or the Tea Party Croque Game.

Fire Circle: Participants & staff alike offer songs, stories, poems, and more to share and inspire. Each evening’s fire circle starts with a portion led by a fire circle honcho (signups begin at lunchtime) and then transitions into a free form night by the fire, like generations have shared over the eons. A great opportunity to share a favorite poem from home or something you’ve created in a workshop at Camp.

Wednesday Evening Program

Teacher Talent Night: Teachers demonstrate what they will be teaching during the week! As Wavy says, “If you see it, you can be it!”

Thursday Evening Program

Kick the Cannes Film Festival: an evening of characters, costumes, and creativity! Everyone is invited to dress as your favorite character, real or imaginary. Each character has an opportunity to walk on the red carpet & be interviewed briefly by our special guest and then attend a party where you’ll get to meet all kinds of characters!

We have a huge collection of costumes for you to dress up, or bring something from home to wear. This is a great opportunity to debut a character you’ve been working on or to dress up for the pure fun of it! Classes this day will focus on character development to help you prepare for the evening.

Labyrinth Walk: Wavy Gravy leads a walk in our sacred Labyrinth under the stars.


Tea Party Croquet Game:  A Winnarainbow for Adults tradition! In the afternoon, you’re invited to join Wavy and your amazing Adult Camp community in a game of Croquet. Everyone is encouraged to dress up and be in character for the game. It’s all in good fun! This is another great opportunity for character work. 

Dance Night @ Festival: Join the String Cheese Incident’s bluegrass festival next door to dance the night away under the stars! OR stay in camp and hang by the fire with some of our staff and campers. (you will be able to walk across the field or take one of the shuttles – no driving or camping privileges to the festival site)


Tornado of Talent / Big Show: On the Rainbow Stage, applauded by our incredibly supportive audience, this is a time to share skills and acts created over the week at Camp!  Whether you have been with us all week or arrive on Friday, there is always a way to be part of the Show.

Festival: After the show, you’re welcome to head back to the String Cheese Incident bluegrass festival across the creek for another night of dancing, or stay at Camp for our nightly fire circle.


Our Festival access is only Friday evening and Saturday. The Festival is offering a one day ticket for Sunday which will include a parking and camping option for you.

Two Hour Workshops: Sunday morning we will offer a host of two hour workshops and also time to finish up any projects (like your mask or art project).

You are also welcome to hang out at the creek, begin to pack or just hang out with new friends.

Closing Circle: We conclude the week with a closing circle led by Wavy Gravy.

5:30ish: After closing circle there will be a lite meal offered, one that you can take on the road with you.

Adult Camp is closed at 7pm for us to prepare for over 150 kids that come to us on Monday!


Focused on shared creativity and personal exploration, highly experienced teaching artists offer a variety of workshops for you to choose from. No experience required! Or bring your act, aerials routine, story, song, etc., we can workshop it with you.

Every afternoon there are more workshops, swimming in Lake Veronica, participating in the afternoon activities or lying in the creek with a good book. Evening programs and nightly fire circles offer you opportunities to try out a new skill you learned, share a talent you brought and enjoy our state of the art outdoor theater.

We are happy to announce some exciting updates and additions to our 2020 program!

String Cheese Incident Festival (Friday evening and Saturday pass only): We are excited to announce that your Adult Camp experience this summer includes a 2-day festival pass to the Hogfarm Hangout, the String Cheese Incident’s music festival on our neighboring property! After a day full of Winnarainbow fun, head over to the festival to hear bluegrass, enjoy the festival booths, and dance the night away under the stars.

Expanded Aerials Program: Our expanded aerial program will offer 3 classes each day for the absolute beginner to professional aerialist. Trapeze, silks, rope, and cloud swing! This summer, we will also offer one-on-one aerial choreography and act creation consultations with our coaches.

Story Core: Each afternoon we will be hosting a Story Core hour in the Living Room: an hour to join fellow campers in conversation and story. Join Wavy Gravy for stories from Woodstock, Thesley with an AMA focused on character work and breaking into Hollywood, and more to be announced soon!

Accommodations & Facilities

Camp Winnarainbow is nestled in beautiful Mendocino County approximately a 3 hour drive north of San Francisco, California on Highway 101. Tall oak & bay trees arch overhead providing shade, and the camp area is bordered by a year round stream.

Downtown Camp consists of a Big Top, stilt field, aerial site, the tipi circle, & the main Rainbow Stage, complete with professional lighting & sound for shows. Individual hot showers, restrooms, and our full service kitchen are right nearby.

Surrounding Downtown Camp, are three other stages used for classes and rehearsals, an art grove, an outdoor living room, ping pong tables, and a huge Costume Castle under the trees! 


Tipis: The Tipi Circle is the heart of Downtown Camp, and we invite you to stay in one of our 17 custom-made, certified fire resistant tipis with canvas floors. Comfortable canvas-covered sleeping mats are provided. You are also welcome to bring a cot or other mat.

Sleeping in a tipi is a special experience. Tipis are not the lodging of the Inidigenous People’s of CA, they are from the Plains tribes. The lodges have a story and meaning which we share on the Home page of our website.

There will be tipis marked for those who identify as men or women and others to be defined by those who inhabit them. Tipis have room for approximately 8 adults and are first come first serve.

Personal Tents: If you prefer your own space, you are welcome to bring a personal tent. You are welcome to use a camp mat in your tent, just please return it when you leave.

RVs & Trailers: If you have an RV or trailer you would like to live in while at Camp, we can find you a spot in our large, flat parking lot. Please note that we do not have any hookups for RVs & trailer.


We are happy to receive messages for you at the Office (please within reason because we are working hard to hold the Magic together!) by phone or email. So please feel free to leave our office phone number (707)984-6507 and email as emergency contacts. Otherwise, most carriers provide service somewhere between here and Laytonville so you can find service and check your messages on your cell!


Our multi-talented kitchen staff serve three delicious meals each day. Meals are served family style in an open air dining area on wooden picnic tables under the shade of beautiful oak and bay trees. Each meal offers vegetarian and vegan options, and meals are made from scratch using locally sourced mostly organic ingredients. A large salad bar of organic produce right from the Black Oak Ranch and other local sources accompanies all lunches & some dinners. All of our head cooks have years of experience and enjoy being in a kitchen that focus’ on providing loving, kid food and service. We can accommodate most food allergies and reasonable dietary considerations.

Sample Menu

Breakfast (a hot cereal buffet cornmeal mush, oatmeal, and fixings, etc. is available at every breakfast as well):

  • Fritatta bennidict w/canadian bacon & asparagus or veggie w/mushrooms & asparagus, hollendaise, english muffins, cantaloupe
  • Bagels, cream cheese, smoked salmon, red onions, capers, hard boiled eggs, house made granola, fruit
  • Scrambled eggs, Italian sausage, caprice platter, croissants, hot cereal, juice

Lunch (a robust salad bar is available at every lunch!)

  • Stromboli  w/ meats & cheese, vegetarian Stromboli, minestrone soup
  • Asian lettuce wraps w/ spiced ground turkey/spiced tempe, fried rice, dipping sauces
  • House smoked turkey or humus, arugula, roasted peppers, tapanade, avocado wraps, house made sauces.

Dinner (and late night snacks after evening programs)

  • BBQ beef w/ demi glace sauce, BBQ portabellos, garlic mashed potatoes, creamed spinach, honey glazed carrots, honey glazed carrots
  • Fettucini alfredo w/gorgonzola shells w/asparagus & pesto, penne w/ shrimp diablo, ratatouille, Cesar salad, garlic bread, panna cotta
  • Smoked pork loin, lentil & nut loaf, cauliflower risotto, waldorf salad
Coffee & Tea Bar

A complimentary coffee & tea bar is available to you all day, whether for a wake up coffee in the morning or a calming herbal tea around the fire at night. The coffee bar is stocked with honey, sugar, and milk for you to mix your favorite hot drink just how you like it.

Community Participation Agreements
Building a Community

Besides how we create TOWARD THE FUN, we at Camp Winnarainbow also do everything possible to provide a safe, encouraging environment for us to explore and learn from and with each other. Community is an important part of our values. We believe that we all expand and build abilities that carry on in to our “every day” life by engaging in and consciously creating community and by being an unconditional member of that community. At Camp Winnarainbow we all work to BE MAGIC – foster Belonging, create Engagement, encourage Mastery, embrace the Adventurous, inspire Generosity, raise Interdependence, and grow Compassion. 

Creating community is an art, one which the Hog Farm, Wavy Gravy and Jahanara have practiced for many, man years (all over the world). What Jahanara has taught us about this is that everyone’s Story is important. Our Staff is educated to Know your story in our Creative Endeavore as Artists. We collectively create community, create connections.

Community Agreements…for real

We know that everyone wants to be the best person they can be. We expect positive ententions from every camper and consider that just by coming to camp we are all agreeing to strive for an attitude of cooperation, positive consent, respect and acceptance toward all participants. We extended this to the natural world – plants, animals and the environment – as well. Here are our specific expectations:

  • Respect all participants, the boundaries, the facility, all plants & animals
  • Build a Culture of Consent: we all agree to ASK FIRST: When we want to initiate physical contact with another person (be it a hug, a pat on the back, a dance, etc.), we ask for an enthusiastic YES first. Our Culture of Consent extends to cultural humility: we ask people their stories rather than assume them.
  • Build a Body Positive Culture: We are a Community that honors all bodies and non-gendered body ideals. We do not comment on or judge other people’s appearances, bodies, or dress. At Camp Winnarainbow, we resist the idea that people are not allowed to dress or express themselves in certain ways. We are an open, accepting, and positive community for all bodies and people.
  • Come to Learn and to Listen: When we come to Camp, we set aside any preconceived notions or judgement about other people. As a community, we thrive when we learn from people who’s stories are different than our own. Come ready to learn from each other and to share.
Health & Safety

All of our circus skills instructors are experienced, and employ appropriate safety techniques. However, some of the skills we teach at Camp such as stilt-walking, aerials and unicycling, do carry an increased risk of injury.

If there is a medical emergency, the Directors will assist you in accessing appropriate medical attention. All participants of Camp Winnarainbow must complete a medical form including consent to provide medical treatment. 


The Black Oak Ranch Campsite is subject to inspection each year. Our water, kitchen, food storage and toilet facilities are all required to be at or above health code standards. Our waterfront staff’s credentials meet or exceed State regulations for Organized Camps.

Emergency Preparedness: Staff are trained to keep all campers safe during any emergency. Camp has written emergency plans that are updated yearly. Camp Administrators attend local emergency preparedness meetings to coordinate plans with local authorities.


The health and safety of our campers is always paramount at Camp Winnarainbow. We expect each camper to be responsible for their own health and well being, and to pack the medical supplies you’ll need. However, our Medical Dome has the basics, like bug spray, band aids, or arnica, should you forget something. If you feel you need medical attention, there is a clinic 10 minutes from Camp in Laytonville & a hospital in Willits. Please let our Medical Professional know if you have any questions. 

Meds: If you have meds that need refrigeration, the medical dome has a refrigerator. We do not offer medical care or medication management at Camp. 

Ticks: People occasionally have gotten tick bites at camp, so it is smart to monitor yourself in the mirror in the shower room. If you can’t reach the tick, please find the medical person for assistance with removal.

Preparing to Run Away With the Circus

A huge part of the magic of Camp is spending the week outside! That being said, being outside is only fun when we’re prepared. As Wavy says, “there’s no bad weather, only bad dressing.” Here’s what to bring to set yourself up for success:

Camping stuff
  • Soft luggage is best for tipi living
  • Warm sleeping bag (it gets cold at night)
  • Pillow
  • 2 towels (one for showering, one for swimming)
  • Bag for dirty laundry
  • Flashlight (w/extra batteries)
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Toiletries (toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, deodorant, hairbrush, hair ties, shampoo & conditioner, lotion, feminine hygiene products, etc.)
  • Toiletry bag or large ziplock for above items
  • Sunblock
  • Chapstick
  • Insect repellant
Clothes (bring enough to last the whole session)
  • Shorts, t-shirts, tank tops & casual clothing appropriate for hot days 
  • Warm clothes, including long pants, long sleeves & a jacket, sweatshirt or sweater for cool evenings
  • Warm pajamas
  • Socks & underwear
  • Swimwear
  • Warm hat
  • Sun hat, Sun glasses
  • Two sets of footwear. A pair of sandals & a pair of tennis shoes is ideal (bring at least one set of closed-toed, sturdy shoes for stilting & unicycling).
  • Rain gear (rain is unlikely, though possible)
  • White cotton clothing for tie-dye
  • Pre-addressed stationery/postcards and stamps
  • Earplugs may be useful if you are a light sleeper
  • Disposable or digital camera
  • Books
What NOT to Bring
  • Anything which requires fire (including candles, incense, propane stoves)
  • Anything which requires electricity (heaters, lamps, etc.) for use in your tent or tipi
  • Pets
  • Drugs & Alcohol – Winnarainbow for Adults is a drug & alcohol free camp experience.

*Please do not bring irreplaceable items to camp. You are welcome to bring special costumes, outfits, or instruments. However, we cannot assume responsibility for breakage of valuable items brought to Camp, so do so at your own risk.