Bana Kuma Retreat with Chris Berry

  • Paradise One Paradise One
  • 139 Newes Rd, Coorabell NSW 2479, Australia
  • Mar 14 - 18, 2018 (5 days)
  • $600 to $1300 AUD

About us

We at Talkin’ the Drum are inviting you to a unique opportunity to learn the fundamentals of African music in a relaxed, focussed and spirited setting. Over 4 days and a series of workshops Master musician Chris Berry will devote himself to extending your understanding and ability to play African rhythm. He will also facilitate high energy dance workshops and have us singing like an African village. Chris will take us to deeper layers of African music, opening up the possibility for healing and spiritual awareness.

The camp’s focus will be the learning of a Bana Kuma, the main purpose of which is to cleanse and clear blockages and thereby help people re-align with their greater selves. The music and dance of the Bana Kuma is based on ancient techniques, held in high regard as powerful healing modalities.

Come and learn the rhythms, dances, songs and stories of the four elements Earth, Water, Fire and Air. Each of the elements is represented in rhythm and so you will learn a series of up to 4 distinct rhythms, each with its own hand drum parts, doundoun parts, breaks, solo phrases, dance movements and songs.

Be the change you want to see in the world.

Event Highlights

  • The title ‘Gwenyambira’ - a Shona term translated to ‘one whose music calls the spirits’ - was bestowed upon Chris Berry when he was living in Zimbabwe. Advised by Zimbabwean spirit mediums, Chris has embarked upon an international journey to share the great healing 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.

Venue Highlights

Paradise One is nestled in a private valley in the Byron Bay Hinterland.
We focus our entire operations around sustainability.
We grow our own food, harvest our own water, generate our own electricity. We strive to be humble stewards and caretakers of the land.


  • Free Wifi
  • Pool
  • Free Parking
  • Kitchen
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Yoga Studio



The retreat starts on Wednesday 14th March with dinner and the first workshop introducing each of the modalities, after dinner. Each day will include a series of drumming, dancing and singing workshops. Evenings will include story-telling, singing, jamming and spontaneous performances - bring your instruments. The retreat will come to a close on Sunday 18th March at 5pm.

The Venue cost also includes 3 delicious wholesome meals per day plus tea and coffee.

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Organic


Fresh local organic food.


No Accommodation $320 (can use van or tent)
Dorm Bed in yurt $388
Twin Share $496
Private Room $592 (shared bath)
Private Cabin $750 (private bath)


139 Newes Rd, Coorabell NSW 2479,153.469799&z=14&t=m&hl=en-US&gl=AU&mapclient=embed&cid=8580774957202994357

Tags: art dance drum health music retreat shamanic singing trance wellness

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