The Didgeridoo Mountain Retreat Aug. 5-8, 2016 with Lewis Burns, Adèle and Zalem, Maestro Manuel Rufino and Dream Seed, Upstate NY


Stay tuned for details on our 2017 event!

didgeridoo mountain retreat lewis burns adele zalem maestro manuel rufino dream seed upstate new york


FRIDAY – SUNDAY, AUGUST 5 – 7 , 2016



Welcome To The Didgeridoo Mountain Retreat, a special gathering bringing together didgeridoo players from around the world. At this gathering you will be immersed into the many uses and practices of the didgeridoo, both aboriginal and western. Featuring international artists Lewis Burns (Tubba-Gah Wiradjuri, Australia), Adèle & Zalem (France), Maestro Manuel Rufino (Taino, Dominican Republic) and Dream Seed: A Shamanic Sound Journey (New York), participants will be exposed to a wide range of didgeridoo performances and workshops and learn how it is used as a sacred tool in the aboriginal tradition. Additionally participants will enter into a sweat lodge with Maestro Manuel Rufino and his students and experience a sacred sound bath as members of Didge Project, Golden Drum and Sacred Arts Research Foundation unite to form Dream Seed: A Shamanic Sound Journey. Come dive into the world of didgeridoo with us for a transformative weekend that will charge you with inspiration!



Lewis Burns

lewis-burnsLewis Burns is a Tubba-Gah Wiradjuri man born and living in Dubbo, NSW Australia. He has been learning about his Aboriginal culture for as long as he can remember. He continues to practice and respect these life skills each day and still learns and grows from this ancient knowledge. Lewis’ love of his heritage is evident when you speak with him, and depicted even more in his Aboriginal crafts, traditional dancing, didgeridoo performances, mural paintings and teaching. He is very dedicated to sharing what he knows with others to help keep these customs alive. Lewis paints in traditional Aboriginal and contemporary styles. He has exhibited globally and performed globally with his handcrafted didgeridoos. Each piece of Lewis’ artwork tells a story…..a story that will live on forever through the generations, as the artwork is handed down from one family to another.

Adèle & Zalem

adele zalem didgeridoo concert new yorkAdèle & Zalem are a pair didgeridoo players from France with a very modern sound. Drawing inspiration from modern dance music, beatboxing, house and dubstep, this didgeridoo duet has a unique sound that’s will make it so you can’t even believe you are listening to didgeridoo. In 2013 Adèle & Zalem released their first album Urban Tree and in 2016 their second, “Pure Pulse”.

Adèle & Zalem will perform and lead a rhythm workshop at this retreat.


Maestro Manuel Rufino

Maestro-Manuel-Rufino-brightMaestro Manuel Rufino is a recognized elder in the Taino tradition and World Director of M.A.I.S.C. He is a spiritual guide, gifted ceremonial leader and teacher of sacred initiatic traditions of the world. Maestro Manuel is also an artist, certified iridologist, naturo-therapist, vegetarian chef & the visionary guiding the Golden Drum community, Sacred Arts Research Foundation and Jungle Café in Brooklyn. Guided by his teacher, Maestro Domingo Dias Porta,Maestro Manuel has been following the trails of indigenous healing arts for over 48 years.Maestro Manuel travels around the world sharing initiatic traditions, leading workshops, lectures, sweat lodges and healing rituals.

Maestro Manuel will lead a sweat lodge at this retreat.


Dream Seed: A Shamanic Sound Journey


Dream Seed is a shamanic sound ensemble in which shamanic chanting, mantras, overtone singing, Native American songs, indigenous music, didgeridoos, crystal singing bowls, bells, gongs, harmoniums, tuning forks, and other overtone-emitting instruments are used to create an environment conducive to deep relaxation and inward investigation. Participants are led through guided meditations and sound-healing practices designed to harmonize body, mind, and spirit. You will have an opportunity to set a clear intention, recharge your energy, and explore the realm beyond the physical. Dream Seed’s members include Xango Shola, AJ Block, Brooke Hamre Gillespie, Matthew Canale, Jerry Walsh, Matt Bazgier, Michael Fisher and Leona Walker. Dream Seed will lead a group shamanic sound journey at this retreat.


Accomodations: There is camping available for free on site. Hotels are available 20-minutes away. All participants who are camping must provide their own tents, sleeping pads and sleeping bags.  We will send you information on the nearest hotels as soon as you register.

Food: Vegetarian meals will be provided throughout the retreat. Meals include Friday dinner, Saturday all meals and Sunday breakfast and lunch. We guarantee you will feel satisfied with quality food prepared by quality people.

Location: This event is being held on private land upstate New York (2 hours driving from New York City). The exact location will be given upon registration.

Parking: Parking is available on site and we encourage carpooling as much as possible. Please let us know where you will be coming from and if you would be able to bring additional people in your vehicle.

Public Transportation: Shuttles can be arranged to and from the event site and nearby towns. We will send you the best transit options via email as soon as you register and will help you find the best option.

What to Bring:

  • Tent
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Sleeping Pad/Camping Mattress
  • Pillow
  • Clothing
  • Sweat Lodge outfit (bathing suit or sweat lodge dress)
  • Bug Spray
  • Rain Gear (just in case)
  • Waterproof boots or hiking boots
  • Didgeridoo (we can provide instruments upon request)
  • Other musical instruments (optional)
  • Yoga Mat or blankets for sitting outdoors
  • Comfortable long pants and long sleeve shirt
  • Jacket (it may get cold at night)
  • Towel
  • Flashlight


Retreat cost is $297 includes meals, accomodations, workshops, sweat lodge, concerts and all activities Friday through Sunday.



Monday, August 8

didgeridoo eucalyptus making workshop with lewis burns Join Lewis Burns in making your own didgeridoo from a Termite Hollowed Mallee Eucalyptus tree that comes from Australia. This workshop is limited to 10 people and costs an additional $350. Bring your own gloves!

Workshop includes:

  • 1 log, harvested from the Australian outback near Dubbo.
  • Instructions and guidance on how to de-bark the log, shape the mouthpiece, work on the base and permanently fix any small hairline cracks (if any) and permanently plug any small holes from broken off twigs (if any).
  • Didgeridoo Painting
  • Meals for the entire day

Retreat + Didgeridoo Making Workshop cost is $647 and includes includes meals, accomodations, workshops, sweat lodge, concerts and all activities Friday through Monday.

Deadline to register for the Didgeridoo Making Workshop is Sunday, July 31 at 5pm Eastern.


Space is limited. Sign up now to reserve your spot!


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  1. I can’t make it that weekend but please keep me on any mailing lists. I would love to go to a retreat like this one and I’d love to know of any didge events in the NYC area. I been trying to learn Didge by myself but with no one around who plays it has been slow going. I feel that a few days with people who play the didge would help me a lot. Thanks. Also I’d love to make a didge since I’m using a PVC tube now with a bee’s wax mouthpiece I made myself, (not that great) Thank you, Thane