About the Camp

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

Registration & Fees
COVID-19 Policy

Roots and Boots Music Camp is for serious students who are excited to take the next step toward refining and expanding their musical knowledge and abilities. We offer courses and electives taught by renowned performers in their respective genres, for acoustic instruments, singing, 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 also 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. This camp is for ADULTS and we offer2 different levels of instruction on many acoustic instruments along with singing classes.


Please note: there are no beginner classes, with exception of singing. You must have some knowledge of your instrument. 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 (you do not have to know how to play leads—we will teach this). 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.


Thursday, June 25–Sunday, 28, 2020 in Flagstaff, AZ. Final check-out is Sunday morning by noon. Please see schedule and fee structure for additional check-in and check-out times.


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 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. 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 and jam with more skill, soul, and gusto. The focus is on learning to play and perform on stringed instruments, and to improve your singing abilities in styles focused on acoustic folk, blues 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. Because of the recent COVID19 concerns (please see our policy), we are only allowing 30 students this year and hosting primarily regional instructors. In the future, 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. Again, please see our COVID19 policies. Anyone with any underlying health concerns should not attend in 2020.

The Village offers many outdoor classroom environments from large yurts to canopy covered decks. There is a very large covered tent area for other events, including live performances by both instructors, and students.

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 participating 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—therefore social distancing will be easy! There is a portable shower station with 4 stalls and clean porta-johns on site for those camping without internal facilities. (Showers are coin operated and cost is additional.)

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, with exception of backcountry yurts which are 1.5 – 3 miles out. You can rent these if you’d like through the AZ Nordic Village site.
  • Guests must share a campsite with their student host.
  • * Please see non-participant/guest fees.

Additional Nordic Village Details

Showers: Running water is not available at campsites, however, the lodge has running water, and restrooms.

Electric: Electricity is (usually) available in the lodge to charge your devices, but note: there are limited outlets. Sketchy at best WiFi on premise, so you can really unplug.

Restrooms: Portable restrooms are located near each cabin and yurt and around the learning areas, which will be checked and cleaned/sanitized regularly.

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 in smaller groups.

Flagstaff Folk Festival has been cancelled for 2020.

If you are interested in camping before or continuing to camp at the Nordic Center after RBMC, you must make separate arrangements for camping through Arizona Nordic Village.


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!


Dinners are included in your tuition and we will offer a vegetarian and meat option with delicious sides nightly. Please bring your own alcohol and non-alcoholic drinks. Coffee, tea and scones (prepared by local artisan bakers in a commercial kitchen) are included daily, with pastries offered on Sunday morning only. We will send out a notice prior to the event to allow for vegetarian, and gluten-free options. but please note: We cannot control cross-contamination in our certified commercial kitchen source. Please contact us if you are Celiac or have severe food allergies. Food will be prepared by a local chef and delivered hot. We will always have delicious, healthy food including salads and veggies with every meal, and we will also always have COOKIES!

Breakfast, lunch, snacks: Please bring your own. The Nordic Village store also sells some snacks .
Alcohol and soft drinks: Please bring your own alcohol, and cans of your favorite non-alcohol and water, although there is water available at the lodge. Please drink responsibly, and do not drink during your classes.

What To Bring

  • Personal water bottle
  • Sleeping bags/bedding
  • Pillows
  • A headlamp or flashlight
  • Battery operated lighting
  • Marked plates, eating utensils and your own drinking mug: We will have hot water for washing your own 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 mosquitoes at times, but rare)
  • Good shoes
  • Sun hat
  • Yoga mat for optional yoga stretching class, and comfortable loose clothing
  • Breakfast, lunch, snacks and your own non-alcoholic drinks