About the Camp

Roots Boots Music Camp is an immersion learning experience for adults with a focus on acoustic folk, bluegrass, old time, and blues.

Registration & Fees

Roots and Boots Music Camp is for serious students who are willing and excited to take the next step toward refining and expanding their musical knowledge and abilities. We offer immersion tracks and electives taught by renowned performers in their respective genres, in guitar, banjo, bass, mandolin, fiddle, singing/songwriting, and performance.

John Reischman showing his students a few chops.
Students enjoying jamming electives.


This camp was started by Julie Sullivan Brace, co-founder of Pickin’ in the Pines Bluegrass and Acoustic Music Festival, now in its 15th Year. Julie has been the artistic director for Pickin’ in the Pines since its inception guiding the festival toward its current success and public enjoyment. She has also created and supported many music events in her life, including serving as a board member for both Flagstaff Friends of Traditional Music, and the Berkeley Society for the Preservation of Traditional Music (oversight board of The Freight & Salvage Coffee House in Berkeley, CA). This camp is her most exciting venture to date. Year one was a huge success and we will continue to refine the model in years to come. The camp is designed primarily for ADULTS and we offer different levels of instruction on many acoustic instruments and singing. Although Children between the ages of 14 – 17 may apply to take instruction, they must have had previous instruction, and be accompanied by their respective adult guardian who is also enrolled in the camp.


Please note: there are no beginner classes. If you are unsure of your level, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
(N-I) Novice-Intermediate
You must at least be able to strum, pick or bow, as well as change basic chords in time and understand simple melodies. An ability to play in several keys (minimum G, C, D), and to know respective minor chords is desirable. These courses will strengthen your knowledge, help you understand song and tune structures, help you to play with more precision, speed, and confidence. Please contact us to discuss your level if you are uncertain.

(I-A) Intermediate to Advanced
Must be proficient in strumming styles, picking, bowing, ability to easily change chords in many keys, can play at speed, and can play some runs and leads. These courses will help you build on this understanding, and improve your skill in speed, chord development, lead playing in various styles.


June 23–27, 2020 in Flagstaff, AZ Check-out is Saturday morning by 10:00 on June 27 and there are no classes that day.


The concept behind the camp is to create a supportive “envelope” for learning and playing acoustic music in the beauty of nature where some of the best kind of music is made and from which we can draw inspiration. Our “stay with us all week and camp” model allows participants to fully focus, have easy access to our instructors for a deeper experience, and to share this knowledge with your fellow participants for a tribal/family experience. Our desire is that you will come away from the camp with a new set of musical skills, and a deeper sense of love, joy, and appreciation for making music.

The main purpose of this camp is to learn to play, sing, write, and jam with more skill, soul, and gusto. The focus is primarily on learning to play and perform on stringed instruments, and on improving your singing abilities in styles focused on acoustic folk and bluegrass. Electives include discussion and instruction in finer points and deeper exploration of playing and performing, and of the historic significance of the music. Electives in related genres such as old time, gypsy jazz, celtic, and blues may be offered.

Our vision for the camp is to grow to no more than 60 participants to keep the experience intimate. We will invite renowned instructors from around the world, and from our own talented pool of local and regional instructors who will share their love and knowledge of acoustic music for the growth and enjoyment of our participants. Additionally, as we grow we will add new tracks and extend the camp to a full week.


The Arizona Nordic Village is conveniently located 15 miles from Flagstaff, Arizona in a beautiful forest of old growth Ponderosa, fir, spruce, and aspens.

The elevation is 8,600 ft. so if you have any respiratory concerns, this camp is not for you.

The Village offers many classroom environments from fully enclosed yurts to canopy covered decks. There is a very large covered tent area for evening events and dancing.

Visit the Arizona Nordic Village Website

In addition to being a charming and rustic site for Roots & Boots, the Arizona Nordic Center is ideally suited for visiting many wonderful destinations, should you consider extending your stay or bringing others with you that are not partaking in the camp.

Here are some close destinations with their driving times:
Grand Canyon National Park – 1 Hour
Sedona – 1 Hour
Bearizona – 45 Minutes
Lake Mary – 45 Minutes
Lava River Cave – 15 minutes
Walnut Canyon National Monument – 45 Minutes
Oak Creek Canyon – 45 Minutes
Wupatki National Monument – 45 Minutes
Meteor Crater – 1 Hour
Sunset Crater National Monument – 1 Hour
Lake Powell – 2 Hours
Phoenix – 2 Hours
Monument Valley – 3 Hours

Getting Here

Travel information:
Flagstaff can be reached by car or by plane either to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport then drive to Flagstaff (about 2 hours north of Phoenix) or fly directly into Flagstaff Pulliam Airport.


Camping is included in your fee and spots are first come first serve — there is plenty of space in meadows surrounded by pine trees. There is a nice portable shower station with 4 stalls and clean porta-johns on site for those camping without internal facilities.

Although this is a DRY CAMPING environment (no hookups) the site offers a variety of camping options for any kind and all sizes of rig, tent or vehicle. All camping is within a short walking distance from the Village Center. When you arrive you will be directed to the appropriate area based on the type of rig you have. RVs will be in a separate area and will be subject to generator hour restrictions, but will also be close to all other campers. Generator hours are 8:00 am-10:00 am, 5:00 pm-7:00 pm.

Designated camping areas will be marked and you will be directed by the Nordic Center camp hosts.

  • Please note: all cabins and yurts are reserved for instructors.
  • Guests/Children must share a campsite with their student host.
  • Guests must purchase a vehicle pass to bring additional vehicles onsite ($30 per vehicle, pay at the gate).
  • * Please see non-participant/guest fees.

Additional Nordic Village Details

Showers: Running water is not available at campsites, however, the lodge has running water, restrooms, and showers. (Showers are coin operated and cost is additional.)

Electric: Electricity is (usually) available in the lodge to charge your devices, but note: there are limited outlets. No WiFi on premise, so you can really unplug.

Restrooms: Portable restrooms are located near each cabin and yurt and around the learning areas.

Fires: This is typically a very dry time of year before the Monsoon rains start in July. There may be fire restrictions in place, meaning you may not be able to have an individual campfire. If there are no restrictions in place, you may have above ground fires at your individual sites, no ground fires. You must bring your own above ground fire pits (these are not provided). Firewood is available for purchase for your individual sites. Group area campfires for jams will have firewood supplied.

RBMC is in a RUSTIC environment! All classes will be held outside under canopies or in the yurts. Please be prepared for weather. In case of rain we will move classes into cabins and other yurts.

Weekend Camping & Flagstaff Folk Festival

At the end of the music camp, head into town to join us as we attend the 19th Annual Flagstaff Folk Festival June 27–29, 2019 at the Coconino Center for the Arts and Pioneer Historical Museum. If you want to perform at the festival, check flagfolkfest.org in Spring of 2020 to sign up. The Folk Festival is hosted by Flagstaff Friends of Traditional Music (FFOTM), a generous co-sponsor of Roots & Boots Music Camp.

If you are interested in continuing to camp at the Nordic Center for the Folk Festival weekend and you are a RBMC attendee, you must make separate arrangements for camping through Arizona Nordic Village. Attendees of the Folk Festival NOT attending RBMC may contact Arizona Nordic Village directly to inquire about camping availability.


We chose this date because it is right before the Monsoon rains come and it is normally a lovely time of year with exception of extreme dryness. That said, please prepare for all types of weather and chilly nights. It can be rather warm or it can rain. It can snow. It has done all these things in the past, but mostly this time of year is quite lovely. It is cooler at this altitude in the shade of giant ponderosas, spruce, aspen & firs.

Average temps: 80° – 46°

Remember we are in the mountains at 8600 ft. – Nights do cool down.

Bring your sun hat, raincoats, down jackets, tarps, hiking clothes, sunscreen, bug spray, etc. AZ Nordic Village isn’t really a village. It is in a wilderness area and there is wildlife, and it is circled by beautiful trails in a mixed forest. Bring bikes!


All meals and non-alcoholic drinks including coffee and tea are included in your fee. We will send out a notice prior to the event to allow for vegetarian, allergy concerned, and gluten-free options, but please note: We cannot control cross-contamination in our kitchen. Please contact us if you are Celiac or have severe food allergies. Food will be served Cowboy Chuck Wagon style and we will always have healthy food including salads and veggies with every meal, but we will also always have COOKIES!

Snacks: Please bring your own snacks. The Nordic Village store also sells some snacks and has coffee.
Coffee & Tea: Yes, this is provided with breakfast.
Alcohol: You may have your own alcohol at your camp, but not in any of the common or classroom areas. Beer & wine will be available for sale at the Nordic Village bar after 4:00 pm. Please do not drink during your classes.

Daily Meals

Continental Breakfast: Coffee, tea, juice, granola, various fruits, baked goods and pastries, bagels, cream cheese, hard boiled eggs.
River Camp Lunch: Build your own sandwiches with lots of fixins’ choices (meats, cheeses, avocados, veggies), artisan breads with daily side salads like potato salad, bean salad, pasta salad or coleslaw, chips, nuts, fruit and cookies or brownies. Ice tea, lemonade, fizzy water and sodas for drinks. 
Hot Homestyle Dinners: Hot main dish and veggie option, side salad, additional warm side of rice or potatoes, and desserts.

Possible menus may include but are subject to change:

Tuesday – Pizza Night: Local-made variety of award winning pizzas from Fratellis with salad and desserts
Wednesday – Hot Grill Night: Grilled wild salmon, chicken/turkey sausages or veggie burgers, kale ceasar salad, baked potatoes, sides and fixins’, desserts
Thursday – Wild Bill Jones Tacos: Build your own green chili pork or red chili chicken, vegetarian calabacitas, guacamole, rice, black beans, green salad, desserts
Friday – Thai Night: Thai Curry Stew with chicken and veggies or tofu and veggies, veggie fried rice, cucumber salad, desserts

What To Bring

  • Personal water bottle
  • Sleeping bags/bedding
  • Pillows
  • A headlamp or flashlight
  • Battery operated lighting
  • Marked eating utensils and your own drinking mug: We will have a washing station for dishes
  • Personal snacks and beverages including your own alcohol if desired for your own camp
  • Personal items; toiletries, etc.
  • Medications
  • Recording devices for classes
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Rain gear
  • Warm clothes for night time
  • Clothes for hot weather
  • Bug spray (we do have mosquitos at times)
  • Good shoes
  • Sun hat
  • Yoga mat for optional yoga stretching class