The all-inclusive registration fee includes:
- full participation from Friday evening through Sunday afternoon
- six meals: Fri/Sat dinner + Sat/Sun breakfast + Sat/Sun lunch
- a bed in a dorm room (single or double), or you can opt to tent onsite, or you can stay offsite if you wish
- five workshop periods with multiple activities led by 12 staff members
- two evening dances
- one staff concert
- various staff-led sings and jams
- a lasting network of musical connections and community
Because there is limited capacity, the pricing is set for the full weekend and there is no discount for missing meals or sleeping offsite. However, there will be a limited number of day passes available (see below).
Yes! If you need financial aid to attend the Romp, we will all we can to make it happen. Partial scholarships are available. Send in your registration form letting us know how much aid you need to make participation possible. We will keep a wait list and contact you as funds become available.
Once we have received enough full-pay registrations and/or donations to cover our fundamental costs, we will begin offering financial aid in the order it was requested and to as many participants as our funds allow. Financial aid inquiries and requests will be kept confidential.
Fill out the regular registration form, check the financial aid box, and we'll be in touch!
We do not offer a family discount or kid-specific pricing for weekend or day participants. Every participant has equal value, and the price is the same no matter the age. But we get it, we really do! We know from our own experience as parents that it's not easy to afford to bring a whole family to a weekend event.
If you need financial aid, ask for it. We will do our best to make financial assistance possible for everyone who needs it. Priority for financial aid is first-come, first-served, so send in your registration indicating how much financial aid you need, and we'll be in touch.
Full weekend registrations will be given priority if capacity becomes an issue, but we should be able to fit everyone in! Pricing is as follows:
Overnighting is only available for full-weekend participants.
If what you're looking for is a full-blown dance weekend, this is not it. But if you want some dancing with your jamming, some romping with your singing, and a lot of fun variety in your weekend, you will have it!
Our idea of a weekend-long romp includes a variety of activities that includes dancing in the evenings after dinner until about 10:00 pm. See the Schedule and Workshops pages for more info on specific dance offerings.
You can also come for JUST the evening dances if you choose, and no registration is required. Dancing begins at 7:30 on Fri and Sat nights and lasts about two hours or so. Pay at the door and join the fun!
Yes! If you live in the area and would prefer to sleep in your own bed, or if you have another local place to sleep where you would be more comfortable, that is totally fine. The cost of participation is the same whether you sleep onsite or offsite, and there is no discount for missed meals. Please let us know in advance if you will be sleeping offsite so we can coordinate parking to be sure you can get in and out.
We do our best to offer workshops on a variety of instruments at a range of experience levels in multiple genres. See our Workshops page for more information.
If you want to offer a class, workshop, jam, kid activity, or other fun thing that isn't on our agenda, please contact us in advance about what you want to offer, and we'll consider whether it fits into our programming plan. Creative workshop offerings are welcome but do not represent work exchange.
This year there will be a one-hour slot on Saturday afternoon in which a few spontaneous pop-up workshops might happen. Bring your ideas if this interests you.
Potash Hill is an absolutely beautiful spot in idyllic Marlboro, Vermont, roughly 20 minutes outside of Brattleboro. Potash Hill is the new incarnation of the old Marlboro College campus, which has a long history of hosting musical events, and we are thrilled to be part of their annual lineup starting in 2023. We will have rooms available in four dorms (first come, first serve) and unlimited tenting.
Yes, if you come prepared to make your own! Please bring a blank t-shirt, bag, patch, or another blank fabric item to print on. Our friend John Shaw, a talented screen printing artist, will be with us on Saturday to help with a fun, artsy DIY workshop featuring our fabulous logo by artist Satya Moses.
T-shirt printing will happen during the second scheduled workshop slot on Saturday, and again during the free hour from 2:30-3:30 on Saturday.
There will also be a limited number of preprinted shirts available for sale in men's and women's sizes to benefit next year's Romp.
Our region is incredibly (almost unbelievably) rich in accomplished musicians. We have plenty of staff-capable friends and neighbors to fill many years of staff rosters, but we are always happy to add to the list, so let us know if you are interested. We can highlight only a few as staff each year, and staff selection depends on a number of factors. Either way, we hope that you will join us as an enthusiastic participant and let us know if you want to be considered for a staff role in a future year.
Why? ("Why pay to attend an event when I'm used to being paid to be on staff," you wonder?) Come because it's going to be epic fun! Come because we are building community and strengthening traditions, both of which support your work! Come because we enjoy it most when teachers are learners, learners are teachers, and we all learn from each other! Come because we're all in this together!
No and no. The cost of participation is the same whether you sleep in a tent, in a dorm room, at home, or somewhere else offsite. Overnighting is available only for full-weekend participants. Meals are a big part the Romp community experience, and everyone is included. If you have special dietary needs, our chef is very experienced with food accommodations. Plan to join us for meals even if you choose to stay offsite! If the cost of participation is out of reach, talk to us about financial aid. We want you here and we will do what we can to help make it possible.