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Chris Berry Island Bay Retreat


Fri 21 Apr 2017, 5:15pm–9:30pm
Sat 22 Apr 2017, 9:00am–9:30pm
Sun 23 Apr 2017, 9:00am–4:00pm

Where: Tapu Te Ranga Marae, 44 Rhine St, Island Bay, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Early Bird (paid in full by 1/4/17): $325.00
  • General Admission: $350.00
  • child (12 and under): $0.00
  • Additional fees may apply


Listed by: jenbloomfield

On this weekend retreat, we will learn the healing rhythms, dances, songs and stories of the four elements, led by grammy-award winning musician and engaging facilitator, Chris Berry.

The retreat will include alternating sessions of drum and dance workshops throughout the day, with a special singing and storytelling session on Saturday night. All meals will be provided, come relax and immerse yourself in joyous and transcendental music and dance inspired by the Shona tradition in Zimbabwe. The retreat will culminate in a Banyumba ceremony, putting together what we learned on Sunday afternoon. Beginners and all levels are welcome, no experience necessary.

Chris Berry has been given the name Gwenyambira, “one whose music calls the spirit,” a distinction reserved for those who have mastered both the complexity & magic of the music. Advised by many Zimbabwean spirit mediums, Chris has embarked on an international journey to share the ancient knowledge of N’Jinji using storytelling, music, drum and dance.

Testimonials from attendees at past retreats with Chris Berry:
"Chris Berry is not only an amazing teacher but also a hugely funny and endearing man. Every drum camp I've attended of his has been pure joy and greatly inspirational; I leave feeling like a new person. Hard to put into words, you simply have to experience it for yourself."

"I love the integration of rhythm, dance, stories and songs. Chris is an incredibly talented, passionate and sincere guide, who also knows how to have plenty of fun. Magic happens here. Highly recommended."

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