Banakuma 2016

January 30th through February 4th, 2016

6 days of Dancing and Drumming: Total Immersion … What a blast! Learning the African Dance moves and tunes with amazing community to later perform at the Flow Fest with Chris Berry.

I taught Yoga every morning to a few that made the 7am cut .. 🙂 Then we danced and drummed from 9am to 6pm.. It was exhausting and heart opening and bonding and exhilarating and much more….

4th Banakuma for me, 2nd for Daniel. A highlight of this year for sure.

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Zaea Mana, Chris Berry’s daughter.



Chris had just lost his father a few days ago + was dealing with really intense issues with his land and some neighbors .. After 6 days of an incredible leadership, we surrounded him and loved him up in gratitude for the Banakuma (his creation) that he shared and keeps sharing with all of us.


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Opening Ceremony – We walked all together in a procession, from the venue to the ocean. Prayed, connected with the 4 elements and collected water from the ocean to take back to the main altar.


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It was with one of Daniel’s Wave bowls that Kaliko, our Hawaiian friend, collected the water. From there, we caravaned back to the venue while drumming and dancing in prayer.

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Back at the main stage, the bowl with the water sat at the altar for the whole festival to get charged with prayers in the form of art, music, dance and sweat. This water will make it back to the ocean, on the last night of the festival, so that the good vibes of the newly charged water would travel through the ocean to bring peace, harmony and love to all beings.

It was definitely a very emotive moment in time. We all were so high and in such state of love.. Simply amazing. Such an incredible community of people to pray with.

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