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Spirit Expansion

January 19, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - January 30, 2020 @ 2:00 pm HST


Ceremony, council with spirits through mediumship, healing, discovering your grandest path and taking action on it. Intensely expansive and self healing, this time is dedicated to you becoming the best guide you can be for yourself, loosing your blocks and letting your life flourish in new un imaginable ways. This I the 10th annual spirit retreat on the Big Island and each one has been progressively more expansive. This year is sure to be more of the same with transformation as the core intention of this event.

You are warmly invited to embark on a journey of exploration and personal expansion with the international Bana Kuma family. This is sure to be a wild and wonderful experience that invites each willing soul to delve into their ancestral connections and to explore what a balanced and reciprocal relationship with the natural world feels like. Our hope is to provide an environment that is conducive for each individual to practice listening to their greater self as their most effective and important guide. This experience is for those who desire to learn more about self guidance and listening as opposed to following other paths generated outside of themselves. Each participant is invited to be led by their sacred gift of free choice in order to know to their fullest potential, the sacredness of themselves and the holy journey they are on, and to realise the immensity of what they are here to offer the world and each other.

Bana Kuma is a phrase that translates as ‘sacred altering,’ referring to the process whereby our thoughts are intentionally transformed into our reality. This phrase is part of a broad and deep language that is being recovered (along with the wisdom it offers us) by those who are on the journey towards realising their most authentic being. Chris Berry, in communion with his ancestral guides, will be hosting this event with the intention to co-create the next level of progress available to humanity through this endless source of universal wisdom. Chris is a wonderful exemplar of Bana Kuma, as well as a cultivated spirit medium whose availability to his ancestors is expressed in special ceremonies reminiscent of the traditions still thriving in much of Africa. These ceremonies will be play an important role in our experience together, and in many ways define the layout of how we spend our days.

You are invited to camp with us and encouraged to remain within the container we create for the duration of our time together. A simple organic, locally sourced meal plan will be provided that will be largely plant based but may include animal protein sustainably sourced from the land and prepared in a ceremonial way. We respectfully recognize that this gathering will be held on land traditionally stewarded by the ancestors of its Hawaiian custodians.

This unique communal experience is based on a premise of self-sovereignty, co-creation, and unity. You will be held by a close circle of co-facilitators convening from around the world who will model their own journey with ceremony and self-discovery. Practices undertaken throughout the event will be based on natural lore and on communion with the elements of Air, Fire, Water and Earth. These may include (but are not limited to):

Spirit Mediumship Ceremonies and Councils:
These will be held by Chris and select few other initiated mediums for the purpose of opening direct dialogues with the spirit realms.

Gah initiation: Gah is a necklace that is created and consecrated by spirits to signify work being done that the spirits can lay their prayers down next to. This is initiation provides a specific medicine work or practice to be created with ones guides and ancestors and involves the answering of 12 questions offered by the spirits themselves.

Kasha Ceremony:
This powerful ceremony intends to activate the transformative abilities of our own central fire (our hearts). It involves the ignition of a physical fire through a process of offerings and prayer and a high-energy expression of spirit and release through fast drumming and dancing.

Shiniwa Ceremony:
This ceremony involves working with the ferocity and tenderness of water to cleanse the mind and body of harmful attachments and to reactivate stagnant energy. It involves a process of offering and prayer, and complete immersion in one of Hawaii’s beautiful waterfalls. This ceremony is often followed by meditation practices and may involve a still-water consecration.

Tililee Ceremony:
This is an ancient way of gathering herbs from one’s local environment for the purpose of preparing medicinal teas and salves. It involves a process of offering and prayer, and of deeply listening to the plants to discern which is most appropriate and for what particular medicinal outcome. This is accompanied by.a tea making ceremony performed over an open fire and in allegiance with the spirit of all the elements.

The following tuition does include a meal plan and camping but do not include transportation or additional accommodations:
Kama’aina/Early Bird (Until Dec. 15):$675
After Dec. 15: $750
To reserve your spot please send a deposit of half the registration fee via PayPal using friends and family option please to banafest@gmail.com and include in the notes your name and spirit expansion. Deposits are non refundable after November 1st 2019.



January 19, 2020 @ 2:00 pm HST
January 30, 2020 @ 2:00 pm HST


Chris Berry


Chanyatupé Music Village
Pahoa, HI United States + Google Map