Date(s) - 03/08/2018 - 03/11/2018
We are so excited to be welcoming legendary Hawaii-based composer, multi-instrumentalist, dancer and medium CHRIS BERRY to Melbourne next year for Victoria’s first BANA KUMA RETREAT MELBOURNE, with its intimations of joy and of a journey to be had! This will be the first of two incredible retreat experiences in collaboration with Elliott Orr and Talkin’ the Drum Brisbane, to be followed by Bana Kuma Retreat Byron Bay (March 14th-18th).
This weekend retreat will support you in the manifestation of your divine genius by embodying universal wisdom expressed in music and dance arrangements. Over the course of the retreat, Chris will guide us in African inspired musical arrangements and dances that resonate with each of the four elements. These will be offered through the lens and example of his Bana Kuma (literally meaning sacred altering, or the process by which thoughts become reality), and culminate in a ceremonial prayerformance intended to empower the personal intentions of all who contribute their energy.
This very special event will be held in the exquisite surrounds of the ILUKA RETREAT CENTRE on the Mornington Peninsula. Your booking and contribution will include the following:
~ 3 nights accommodation (Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings)
~ All vegetarian meals provided by Mother Tree Creations (Friday
night dinner – Monday breakfast)
~ Drum hire
~ Intensive drum, dance and music classes each day (Friday
evening – Monday morning) culminating in a prayerformance
~ Storytelling and jamming each evening
Bookings may be made via the link to this event, and are priced as follows:
FIRST ROUND EARLY BIRD (Closing November 30th): $540
SECOND ROUND EARLY BIRD (Closing January 15th): $600
FULL PRICE: $660
Please visit our website www.soulcirclesdrumming for further information, and direct all enquiries to Djulz Chambers via firstname.lastname@example.org. We so look forward to sharing this joyful journey with you.
ABOUT CHRIS BERRY AND ‘N’JINJI’
Chris began his musical journey as a youth inspired by the incredible melodics of the Zimbabwean Mbira. His passion for the instrument and the culture that created it led him to live amongst the Shona tribe of Zimbabwe, where he was bestowed with the title Gwenyambira meaning ‘one whose music calls the spirits.’
In subsequent years his journey expanded from music-making into mediumship, under the guidance of Shona wisdom keepers and spirit mediums. He then embarked upon a journey to share the great potential of musical creation with communities worldwide, using story-telling, melodic instrumentalism, song, drumming and movement to activate a phenomenon known as N’jinji (literally a channel that opens between the physical and spirit realms). This is the high-vibrational sensation that musicians sense when everything is ‘in the pocket,’ and when time and space seem to lose their hold. The state of mind this invokes creates the ultimate condition for healing and ancestral communion.
For more information about Chris Berry’s Bana Kuma, please visit www.chrisberrymusic.org.
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