New Year Bata Retreat

New Year Bata Retreat

Dec 28th – Jan 4th

We are delighted to offer New Year Bata Retreat at our beautiful off-grid farmhouse in Andalusia. The week offers an intensive study of batá rhythm and song sequences whilst looking over a spectacular landscape. During the week, you will develop technique, stamina, timing and repertoire and meet and socialise with other like-minded people passionate about batá music.

This will be a small group retreat of five people. We will bring in the New Year by drumming, singing and celebrating together.

Please visit our Accommodation page to read more about the facilities available at Finca Ará Oko.

Course tutors
David Pattman and Vicky Jassey
(Read more about them here)


The price includes 7 nights accommodation, three meals a day and 5 days x  5 hours of tuition. (Please see below for costs not included).

We have various price options depending on your preferred accommodation and if you pay a deposit before the Earlybird deadline.

*Earlybird is when a non-refundable deposit of £150 is paid before the Earlybird deadline or the regular rate, which is the deposit paid after this.

*Earlybird deadline: £150  by 15th November. Full payment by the 4th of December. If you would like to pay in instalments, please get in touch.

Scroll down to see how to book your place.

Single Room: 2 Available (please note, you will still be sharing a bathroom)
*Earlybird Single Room: £755
Regular Single Room: £830 (1-2 available)

Shared rooms: 3 available
Earlybird Shared Room: £625
Regular Shared Room:  £715


How to book

Step 1: Secure your place by making a non-refundable deposit of £150. (payment details below)

Step 2: Fill out the registration form: Retreat Registration Form

Step 3: Email the completed form to us at

Step 4: Pay the outstanding balance directly to the bank details below by the date listed.

Please check we have spaces and read our Cancellation and Participation Guide before booking.

Our Donation Policy
Would you like to support young artists (under 25 years) or female survivors of human trafficking to access our retreats? If you can spare any amount for this cause, we will match your funding. All you need to do is add the amount you would like to donate to your total when you make a bank transfer and let us know via the sign-up form. We will inform you as to how we spent the money. Thank you for your generosity.

Find out more about our work with female survivors of human trafficking – Moving Voices UK

Bank Details
Account name: Bombo Arts
Account number: 63017399
Sort code: 08-92-99
Reference: (Please add the name of the course)

Deposit – Bata Winter Retreat ’24


We need a minimum number of guests for a retreat to go ahead. Please check with us before buying your flights.  A full refund will be issued if Covid restrictions prevent the course from happening or if we do not have sufficient numbers for the retreat to run. Please also see our Retreat Cancellation and Participation Guide.

If you are interested in a bespoke percussion music retreat or would like to stay and have some 1-1 tuition, drop us a line.


Not included in the price

– Extra accommodation: please see our accommodation page for prices.

– Extra meals: Breakfast £5, Lunch £7, Dinner £10

– Alcohol

– Flights: The nearest airport is Almeria (1 hr 20mins drive), then Granada (1 ½-hour drive), then Malaga (2-hour drive). Fares range from £50-350 return. Malaga is often the cheapest and has the most frequent flights.

– Transport to and from the airport: Public transport, unfortunately, is rubbish. The cheapest way is to coordinate your flight times with others attending the course. We will help facilitate this and may suggest a flight time.  Here are some taxi prices from 2022.

Taxi to/from Almeria (7-seater) – €110.
Taxi to/from Malaga (7-seater) €170.
Bus to/from Malaga to Motril (Alsa bus company) – €10
Taxi to/from Motril €80.
Taxi to/from Granada €110

– Transport during your stay.

Car hire: Some of you may wish to hire a car during your stay. It is a lovely place to drive with good roads and no traffic. If you choose this option, please let us know as we have plenty of experience of how not to get ripped off by car-hire firms.

– Travel insurance: Please make your own arrangements.

– Extra lessons

– Extra excursions or activities: There are horse riding, cycling and water sports activities available nearby. If you would like us to organise any of these events, please let us know beforehand.

*If you wish to stay longer than 7 nights, please check with us to see if we can accommodate you. If we can’t for any reason, we will be able to suggest places to stay nearby.