Ekone Music Camp

New in 2020!

Music has always been an integral part of the Ekone Summer Camp program. From camp song favorites at garden parties, to Ekone-fying classics to original Ekone-inspired songs we love making music! Music camp will give new and returning campers the opportunity to be inspired by the Ekone magic to write, sing and play to their hearts content. 

We encourage musicians to bring an instrument, their voice, creativity and a notebook. Campers will spend time out on the land and in community to help uncover the music they'd like to make during the week. There will be talented Ekone staff musicians as well as a handful of guest stars (musicians with real world experience!) to bring all kinds of ideas to the week. The culmination of the session will be to record a handful of songs so that they can be listened to all year long!


**Note that Music Campers will not ride horses, leaving more time for all those musical endeavors!**

If you haven’t already, visit our main About Camp  page

to get a feel for our camp philosophy, history and the scope the Ekone Summer Camp program.


Please visit the Apply Here! page to find out how to sign up!

And, in the meantime, check out this Ekone-inspired tune by our friends Morgan and Maren (Bad Posture Club)...rumor has it they may be making an appearance at Music Camp!

Lead Staff for Music Camp

Morgan Kavanagh

Morgan enjoys sharing her love of music and song as powerful tools for storytelling, for weaving community and for bringing joy.

Morgan first came to work at Ekone in 2014. Never having been to summer camp as a kid, she feels extra lucky to be living out the dreams of her 8 year old self by playing in the woods, riding horses all day, and singing songs at Ekone Ranch. 

Morgan grew up riding any/all horses that she could climb on. When she was eleven, she and her mom adopted a wild Mustang and began the long process of training through building a relationship built on trust and communication. Along the way she discovered that horses ask humans to develop sensitivity, patience, empathy, self-confidence, and a leadership style that is both gentle and firm.  Morgan holds a degree in Visual Art/Art Education from the Evergreen State College. When she's not at summer camp, she enjoys cultivating creativity in kids of all ages, writing and performing music, and traveling. 

Her favorite Ekone activity: helping to facilitate relationships between kids and horses, and watching the magic that inevitably happens.

pronouns: she/her

Lilly Schlotzhauer

Lilly is a lover of all things beautiful and fun and loves to laugh. 

Lilly first came to Ekone as a 12-year-old in 2008 to visit her big sister, Shonie. Most of her visits were in the off season but she made it to camp twice and loved every moment of it. She started her journey as Summer camp staff in 2013 and hasn't been able to stay away since. As camp staff, Lilly brings all of her enthusiasm and 'I LOVE SUMMER CAMP' attitude to everything she does. She spends most of her time adventuring in the woods and helping the campers find magic in the most unexpected places.

When she is not at camp she lives in Upcountry Maui where she is pursuing a degree in early childhood education. She spends most of her time gardening, teaching at a preschool, and going to the beach. Her favorite summer camp activities are burrito night and wonder wanders through the forest. 

pronouns: she/her

Michelle Sager

If you haven't seen Michelle perform her famous camp song complete with increasingly rapid dance moves, you're really missing out...

​Michelle first connected with Ekone in early 2017 when she reached out looking for local connections to good people and places. With her long history of traveling, building community in the Gorge has been a new adventure, and she says Ekone’s welcoming and empowering energy was easy to fall in love with. Michelle brings years of experience working with youth in sustainability, garden, and art education, and a boundless enthusiasm for Summer Camp! Michelle is passionate about making education more loving, reflective, and inclusive, and appreciates learning from others’ experiences.

pronouns: she/her

Jo Schimpfoessl Cornejo

Ekone has been a second home for Jo since she was eight; her energy, playfulness and hard work aim to create that home for today's campers.

Jo was born in Germany and moved to the United States when she was three; she speaks four languages, (German, Spanish, English, ASL). She started coming to camp when she was eight and has been coming back ever since.
After graduating high school in 2019, Jo moved to Ekone for the year to further connect with the land, the creatures, and the community. Her favorite activities during camp are going on Supreme Adventures and connecting children with the horses and wild creatures of the land. When not working at summer camp, Jo likes to go on horse adventures, explore new places, hang out with her snake, Houdini and other creatures, snowboard, and go bouldering. And if you hear a viola in the valley, it's probably Jo. :)

pronouns: she/her

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