Bana Kuma Wisdom Retreat

Bana Kuma Wisdom Retreat

January 12-24, 2018

A Pre-Flow Festival Immersion Experience

Intention: (Self Expansion)

Take time to explore your own creative power and refocus your energy on the life you want to create. 
 
“Bana Kuma” is an ancient term that literally translates as “Sacred Altering” which refers to the unique human ability to transform thoughts into reality.

Use the transformative volcanic power Hawaii’s Big Island to transform your life and its focus. Days will be spent taking part in various activities all focused on expansion into our greater selves. 

This event is hosted by Chris Berry and the Church of Bana Kuma. Chris is a Bana Kuma exemplar and also the medium for his 10,000 year old ancestor referred to as Haha. Haha is a major source of information and inspiration for Bana Kuma wisdom. Councils will be held with this spirit throughout our time together. Councils will be held with other spirits who have also contributed to the return of the Bana Kuma wisdom during this time. 


Explore the Four Vocations of Bana Kuma:

Choose a Vocation to expand and become an Exemplar in (the Bana Kuma equivalent of a leader or teacher). Participants may take part in various vocations but are encouraged to choose one area of focus.

Vocations:

1. Bard (Fire): music, dance, storytelling, history and entertainment.

2. Healer (Water): herbal medicine, tea ceremony, tira (body work), divination, mediumship, Hinimaweh meditation

3. Artisan (Earth): physical art and craft, cooking, building, agriculture.

4. Ceremony Maker (Air): study of philosophy and principles of Bana Kuma, writing/poetry, conflict resolution ho’oponopono, Council holding, Ceremony making for weddings, funerals, baby blessings and initiations.

 
Background Information:

12,000 year ago there were great floods and cataclysmic events on planet Earth. Four new elemental races were seeded and emerged after Earth’s catastrophes. These races were mixed with DNA from star ancestors and were assisted by those from the stars in various ways. Contrary to modern belief these people were not cavemen but thrived and created unexplainable megaliths like Stone Henge, The Great Pyramids in Egypt and more recent discoveries like Gobleki Tepi in Turkey. Through the ancient art form of trance-mediumship we have contacted beings who lived during this time. They call their wisdom Bana Kuma which refers to our power to create and our birth right of freedom. It may be hard to believe, but when you hear what they have to say it will not be necessary to believe as the wisdom speaks for itself.

Come speak with these spirits and live for 12 days in an ancient and intentional way. Discover a part of your ancestry that reaches back thousands of years and still resides in your blood today. Awaken your connection to your greater self which includes all of those who came before you. Meet the part of your ancestry that does not see the world through the lens of divisiveness but as an opportunity for the 4 elements to harmonize together. Become rooted in your ‘now’ by re-awakening your ancient past.

“Bana Kuma” refers to our ability to make thoughts manifest into reality, or to create – a gift we all possess as humans. You are a self sovereign beings born with the choice to choose your own path towards your highest self.

Give yourself the gift of living in your personal alignment. Feel what it feels like to be your greater self. Let the feeling of the ‘real’ you become a beacon in daily life. Life is short. Don’t waste time in the quagmire of mistakes and life sapping activity.

Retreat Design:

We do not use one word to describe the creator but accept all others religions words for such a being. We support equality for all human kind and the view that all life is sacred.

The wisdom of the Bana Kuma is based off of each persons’ freedom and free will. In honor of this self sovereignty, this Bana Kuma retreat will be formatted with a myriad of daily offerings that you choose for yourself (See the list below).
The idea is that you show up and then choose for yourself the activities, ceremonies or healing practices that you feel are most in alignment with your personal expansion.

There will be four elemental vocation camps that provide a wide variety of daily offerings. Each day will be split further into four sessions giving you the opportunity to experience each elemental camp, if you so choose. All four camps will gather in evening for a council around the fire or in the “Kinika” or spirit house.

This event is directed by Chris Berry (chrisberrymusic.org). He will be joined by other facilitators this year.

Here’s a peak into some of the life enhancing activities offered by each camp…

Shiniwa: A water ceremony in which the first half of the ceremony is spent cleansing oneself in waterfalls. The ceremony takes place at dawn and in the evening if needed. medicines, songs and prayers are used to empower the process and the waterfall. While the first half of the ceremony is to release and cleanse the second half is done in still or ocean water and is meant to consecrate. The second half of the ceremony literally seals in good intentions and prayers and is meant as an empowering and blessing. Sacred anointing oils are used in this second half. Various music and songs may accompany both parts of the ceremony.

Tira: refers to various sizes of smooth rounded sticks that are used in massage to clear energy meridians or rivers in the body. The technique has been compared with Lomi Lomi massage and is paired with an ancient elemental diagnostic technique that reads points under the collar bone. This technique is very powerful on its own and also when it is paired with the “quivering” and the tea ceremony. One is also taught the art of walking the ‘razors edge’ or not taking on the patients ills while strongly being able to understand and empathize with them.

Haula Frieme: Using water as a healer. Learn how to bless and change the molecular structure of water to heal almost any malady. The ancients used water as a medicine by learning how to imbue it with living intention.

Hana-Quiema: Carried out in waste high water, a whirlpool of current is created by a group of people who encircle the person receiving the healing. The ‘patient’ floats in the middle while the others sing ancient healing songs into the water as it gently spins the person in the middle. This is an ancient healing technique over 10,000 years old.

Dance: Like water receives energy from heat (fire) and reacts so to does the dancer receive energy from the fire of music and move accordingly. The Bana Kuma has a rich tradition of healing dances dedicated to each element.\

Kasha: Clearing ceremony that is ruled by the drum and the element of fire. Intentional heat is created in the body through drum and dance that burns away ones blocks. Special rhythms and dances are used with intention and prayer to bring one more in line with their greater self. The obstacles that keep us from reaching our greatest potential are targeted and burnt away in this ceremony.

Ziassou: Or action from Greater self has been compared to Qi Gong and or Tai Chi. This technique includes the use of a staff called Ta that is ceremonially made by each person. The practitioner is taught how to let the bigger self move them or how to have involuntary action. It is action in which the Spark of life or spirit moves the body rather than the smaller you. This practice can prove to be very healing for muscle, bone and joints and has also been referred to as the martial art of Bana Kuma. It is also imperative for those leaning the art of mediumship.

Macheka: Learn an African version of Chinese accupuncture in which medicines and salves are applied to miniscule cuts made at various myridian points on the body.

Steam Vent Cleansing: Puna boasts a myriad of sites that feature natural steam vents in Lava caves or rooms. This is much like a Sauna or a sweat lodge but different in that the cleansing comes from Pele herself and is extremely healing and powerful.

Shiakwa Sah: The art of fierce love. Shiakwa sah is a technique that allows love to be expressed through fierceness without anger. Mostly used when ones self sovereignty is being jeoprodized this technique is very useful for non-violent demonstrators or in self defense. It also suggested for parents as a strong but gentle for of discipline

Drumming: The drum is the patron instrument of the fire element. There are 12 elemental rhythms of the Bana Kuma that will be drawn from in this class.

Haum: Is an ancient form of meditation. it can but does not have to be accompanied with fasting and isolation for small to lengthy amounts of time. Haum may also be accompanied by music or done in silence.

Kinika: Is a “spirit house.” It is where the art of mediumship or listening to ones greater self is practiced. One of the many activities that happen in the Kinika is ‘Roundcil.’ The spirits that take part in these councils do not act as Gurus or masters but instead as wise elders with expansive perspectives. Kinika is a place for wisdom and clarity to be shared among humans or humans and those of the unseen. It is encouraged that every word that is spoken in the Kinika be loved by the speaker. It is a place for passionate discussion and a place where life changing decisions are made. From the perspective of Bana Kuma thought is the seed of all creation. In this way it is from the Kinika that much of the Bana Kuma’s ancient wisdom has been seeded. It is also a place of story telling, Alternative perspectives on history and healing. It is always a place of co-creation where the seen and unseen complete the circle of life together. Kinika Literally means house of self sovereignty as each individual (spirit or physical) is seen as a sovereign being worthy of great respect. There is a pole in the middle of the Kinika which symbolizes each persons authority self sovereignty.

Gah: Gah is an initiation into Actions that are harmonious with all that is. Gah itself is small “medicine pouch” that is worn around the neck and ceremonially made by the owner. While the creation and receiving of this pouch is unique to each individual, there are protocols which are intended to enhance ones personal creativity and power. Gah is also an object of which you own together with those in the unseen realm. When one wears their gah they are stating that they are living or about to do actions that the unseens are in alignment with. Once one receives Gah it is said that ones power to manifest is greatly enhanced. It is also said that actions born from the will of Gah have a distinct power to change the world no matter how big or small those actions are.

*Gah-Ta: Or that which is born from Gah, is the process of creating those actions or Bana Kuma that are impeccable and in harmony with all that is. This is the closest thing that Bana Kuma has to teacher training and is unique to each individual. It may include learning how to conduct Bana Kuma ceremony or something entirely different as each person has a unique gift to bring to the world. Those wishing to undertake Gah and Gah-Ta will have a special orientation at the beginning of the gathering to to co-create their 12 day journey. The actions that one creates from Gah are aimed at being Impeccable. The definition of impeccable for Gah is something that is in harmony with ones greater self, The unseen world and all life on earth. Gah and Gah-Ta is suggested for those who want to guide their own retreats, ceremonies, healings practices, teachings, performances, take on leadership roles or anyone who wants to share their creations with the greater community.

Sah-kanama: Is ancestral or spiritual healing. It is said there are three main routes to Spiritual and Ancestral healing. One is that negative entities have ‘hijacked’ or attached themselves to a person without permission. This is often prevalent in Schytsofrenia, or those who have moods that they cannot control. Learn an extremely effective technique to release these entities from yourself or from others who may seek your assistance.

The second route is unresolved past lives. Past life stories that can still play out in our lives today. Learn how to resolve and to release their negative effects on your life and the lives of others.

The third route are those things passed down to us by our ancestors that reside in the memory of DNA. This too can be transmuted and healed.

Learn to diagnose which route the spiritual affliction comes from and how to effectively treat and heal it forever. It is said that ones entire lineage may be healed through this process.

Wind instruments and Song: Learn to play a pentatonic bone flute and also the sacred songs of the Bana Kuma.

Herbal Studies/Medicine Making: Learn an ancient technique of herb gathering called “The Quivering” In which the plant world communicates directly with the person harvesting the herbs for the benefit of those who will be consuming the herbs or tea. Create Salves, tinctures and other healing remedies with the vast array of healing herbs on the island.

Tea Making and Ceremony: The tea ceremony that follows from the freshly harvested herbs is an ancient one in which all elements are honored as they combine to make the tea. Teas are made on an a sacred fire and the healing effects have been to many to mention here.

Gudoku-doku: Or tree medicine focuses on all of the healing properties of tree bark, roots and leaves (different from herbal or plant studies). Gudoku-doku actually refers to the club that is used to pound the bark and the roots while making them into medicine. The first song taught in this practice speaks of the club and the medicines power to kill or to heal. The song refers to the fact that we possess great power in the decisions we make. Apparently many things from trees can also be poisonous if not treated in the right way. This practice requires special attention and intention from the practitioner. The tree medicines can also be used in the Elemental tea ceremony.

Chimbo: Is the basic crafting or consecrating of objects, adornments or clothing. Chimbo are consecrated in ceremony to represent something that is shared between the spirit and physical realms. They are empowerment objects. Since these things are shared with the unseen realm, a process is undergone to be guided by ones spirits. A Chimbo consecrated and owned by both the individual and their spirits but is taken care of by the person who is alive. There is no limit as to what the object can or cannot be.

Bana Kuma Music on Western Instruments: Learn some or all of the 12 Bana Kuma archetypical music on any instrument other than the voice, drum or flute.

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*We are viewing Gah-Ta as our teachers training. You may choose to receive in depth training on any of the activities listed above or choose your own Gah-Ta and receive guidance from your spirits and the spirit of the Kinika. In this process it is important that you co-create with those of the unseen so that your Gah-ta will be in harmony with the unseen as well as everything else. There will be extra councils for people in this program as well as a graduating process with Haha. This program is reserved for those who have their gah or are going to be obtaining their gah during the upcoming expansion.

Note to the origin of the Bana Kuma ceremonies: Bana Kuma is based on a goal of a final world culture in which all peoples share their ‘medicine’ with each other. Those that have co-created and shared these ceremonies with us have requested that we do our best to keep them from being put into a cultural box. Where the ceremonies come from is not important to the creators of these ceremonies. Whether or not they serve you or not is what is important. Bana Kuma is focus on creating unity instead of division and therefor is for and from earth people for all people. We are warned that the Bana Kuma is never to be delineated as certain peoples tradition. The ceremonies are born from ancient wisdom that is universal to all. They are not to be owned by any one culture or people but be freely offered to all humankind. It is said that if Bana Kuma is not as universal as a tear or a smile then it is not Bana Kuma.

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Cost:

$585 for 12 days ($450 Early bird (pre-October 15/Kama’aina) or $50 day rate.

Meal Plan Option:

$30/day

Contact us at banafest@gmail.com if you are interested in up-to-date details for the meal plan option. We will need a commitment no later than January 1.
Typically the meal plan includes a light breakfast and a large lunch and dinner. To follow the ceremonial diet of the Bana Kuma, the meals are largely vegetarian and use little to no processed ingredients. If meats are incorporated, they are butchered ceremonially and/or locally, with great care and intention.

Accommodations:

Camping. Access to hot shower, Flush toilettes and community kitchen.

There is limited availability for Rooms and shared cabins for an extra fee.

Airport shuttle (to and from Hilo ((ITO)) airport only): $25 each way.
You must book with at least 24 hours notice

For more info email us at: banafest@gmail.com


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