Indigenous African Spiritual Technologies
Posted on September 22, 2012
w/ Malidoma Somé – diviner and Dagara elder
Zayin Cabot organizing and assisting
Indigenous African Spirit Technologies
An Introduction Into a Dagara-inspired Way Of Walking on the Earth
Will take place in the beautiful Santa Cruz Mts. just south of San Francisco
The Cost & Structure
May 8th – 12th 2013 (Weds. evening through Sunday morning)
Second session October 16th – 20th 2013
Three more sessions
May 2014, October 2014, May 2015
Retreat Center in Santa Cruz Mountains (1 hr. from San Jose, 1 1/2 hrs. from San Francisco)
$975 per session (dormitory w/shared bathroom)
$1175 per session (double w/shared bathroom)
There are a limited number of beds at each of the prices. We will offer them on a first come, first serve basis. Cost includes food and lodging.
We will meet two times, yearly, for a minimum of five sessions, total. Our gatherings will begin on Wednesday evening, with supper, and conclude by noon on Sunday. Participants are expected to commit to the entire program, so this particular experience is most recommended for those who have worked, previously, with Malidoma. To commit to beginning is to commit to completion.
A note from Malidoma :
“The time for a vigorous act of devotion to, and embracing of the wisdom of indigenous Africa has come. After centuries of silence and in hiding, the powers and wisdom of the ancestors are rising up to lead the world into the next level of consciousness and spirituality. As we know, the continent is not just the birthplace of mankind, it is also the repository of profound unseen powers and technologies on standby to contribute to a radical healing change much needed in the world today. This calls for some militant initiative on the part of those in whose heart ancient Africa speaks, to check in for this exciting and compelling journey home where they can expect to find how much of the old in them has been waiting to burst in service of the world’s need to heal and to transform. This training is offered in response to that call.
Designed for those raised in cultures with a high dose of militantism who want to serve the purpose of this new era, this multi-part program is being created to lay the groundwork, deeply and personally, for a leap into the magical and spiritual technological legacies of our ancestors. Grounded in radical exploration of the elements of cosmology, Fire, Water, Earth, Nature, and Mineral, this program aims at enriching our working relationships with them in order to anchor ourselves more fully in this world and to be of greater service to all living beings. We will create, experience and learn to provide for others, ritual involving each element and its healing properties, thus fostering healing for ourselves, others, and our communities.
In addition, through the rituals of Ancestralizaton, we will manifest a response to our own desire for a deeper understanding of and more intimate daily interaction with the ancestors, those who have left the visible earth plane and now carry the responsibility to monitor our growth from the spirit world as we meet our duties in this world.
In our gatherings we will learn the basic skills of Cowry Shell Divination, in the style designed by Malidoma for individuals in the western world. We will create our individual divination kits and begin to discern the messages being sent through the interaction among shells, stones, bones and other significant symbols.
We will explore the art and science of Talisman making and the practical applications of these ancient representations of hidden power and protection. We will learn to apply these creative skills in our work with others who seek deeper meaning in their lives.
We will create ritual experiences which will address the particular needs of our growing community, embracing such issues as health, abundance, grief, growth.