Hope you are as excited as we are for this event.  We are looking to have a good time in a good place with good people.  It is our pleasure to have our first Convivência event with Mestre Esquilo:

Mestre Esquilo, Bruno Antonio de Araujo Melo, started training capoeira at the age of 10. He has been adamantly dedicated to the art of Capoeira for 23 years. Mestre Esquilo travels the world extensively sharing his knowledge and passion for Capoeira and related Brazilian Arts.

Mestre Esquilo has been a professor of Capoeira for 17 years and a Mestre for four years. He was awarded the rank of Mestre in 2010 by his master, Mestre Suassuna. Today Mestre Esquilo lives in Charlotte, North Carolina and serves the community through exhibitions, workshops, and afterschool programs for under resourced public schools.

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Joshua Tree, CA  (specific details will be sent out to all paid participants)


Starts - 1:30pm Friday April 4th

Ends - 3pm Sunday April 6th

What is a Convivência?

Convivência translates from Portuguese to English as essentially "living together".  However, it's much more than that. 

This may be a different kind of capoeira event than you are used to.  We are not having a set schedule of this happening then and that happening now.  Instead, we get together with Mestre Esquilo and then a whole lot of capoeira happens.  There will be workshops.  There will be rodas.  There will be music.  It will be dynamic, intuitive, and spontaneous.  So come to immerse yourself in capoeira and what Mestre Esquilo will have to share with us which will be more than you can probably imagine. 

This event is open to any and all that want to come, so let's make it a great time together!

Where do we stay?

The event will be held in the beautiful Joshua Tree desert, and the weather is usually great this time of year. 

That having been said, the desert is, by nature, unpredictable and extreme. Temperatures for April historically have ranged from the 40s at night up to 100 during the day. The average daily range is mid-50s to the high 70s/low 80s.

Accommodation options included in the Convivência price (some subject to limited space):

House camping - You'll have same-sex roomies.  (bring sleeping bag + air mattress)

Tent camping - Five acres, billions of stars.

Car camping - Plenty of parking.

Camper bed - Groovy camper sleeps 2 - good for a couple

A word about bathroom facilities on site:

There are 2 indoor restroom facilities with toilets and showers. We will also have porta-johns and an outdoor shower facility. All will be shared.

Alternatives not included in the Convivência price 10-20 minutes away in Joshua Tree or Yucca Valley:

Air B&B: There are many available homes doing Air B&B 10-30 minutes away (some are owned by friends.) Prices range from $65- $150+/night. 

Local motels: There are a few options less than 30 minutes away. Prices start at roughly $60/night.



BBQ night (BYO item to grill & we provide the rest!)


Catered breakfast

BYO lunch

Dinner (and dancing!) at Pappy & Harriet's (Everybody pays: this meal is not included in Convivência price.)


Catered breakfast

BYO lunch

What do I need to bring?

1.  Yourself. 

2.  A desire to have a great time. 

Now the practical stuff...

  1. camping gear
  2. food based on what we described above plus your own snacks
  3. cash for food and drink in the small town nearby Saturday night April 5th
  4. capoeira gear for three days of training and playing
  5. drinking water (plenty of it) bottled water if you prefer it though tap water will be available
  6. toiletries
  7. layers for outdoor capoeira (it could be anywhere from 50-90 degrees)
  8. linens (towel, pillow and sleeping bag or blankets)
  9. air mattress
  10. coolers (cooler pooling - like carpooling- encouraged)
  11. sunscreen
  12. dogs and kids are welcome!  (you must keep a careful eye on your dog... there are coyotes!)
  13. whatever else you can bring that will make it fun and comfortable for you