Bana Kuma Retreat with Chris Berry (Victoria and NSW)
Our Bana Kuma Retreat with Chris Berry will support you in the manifestation of your creative potential by embodying universal wisdom expressed in music and dance arrangements. This annual event takes place in Victoria and Byron Bay, and is facilitated by grammy award winning composer, multi-instrumentalist, dancer and ancestral medium Chris Berry.
Bana Kuma (meaning ‘sacred altering’, or the process by which thoughts become tangible) is a body of wisdom that draws from the archetypes and mythologies of the human experience, grounded within the natural world. Over the course of our retreats, Chris (supported by his family and friends) guides us in musical arrangements, songs and dances that expound these stories and bring them to life with the rich language of traditional African art forms.
Retreats with Chris invite you to deepen your relationship with your creative process through the recognition of your connectivity with the Earth, with all of life, and with your purest self. They offer you the opportunity to elevate your technical skill with West-African and Zimbabwean drum and percussion instruments, as well as your capacity to become a storyteller in how you approach your musicality.
These retreats are for every one of all skill levels and ages, from those who are advanced in their path of the drum to those just embarking. All instruments are supplied.
About Chris Berry
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.