~December, 2018 News~
Dagara Cosmology
~Mineral, Stones, Shells & Bones~  
 2019 is a MINERAL YEAR!

Mineral is the storage place of memory, the principle of creativity, resources, stories, and symbolism.  In the cosmological wheel, mineral is located in the west and is colored white.  It is the elemental energy that allows us to receive messages from the Other World, and to remember our origins and purpose in this life.  These functions are what the human skeletal structure, made of mineral, is all about.  In Dagara physiology, our bones, not the brain, are the storage place of memory.  In the village it is not uncommon to hear an elder say, "This is in our bones as it was in the bones of our ancestors."  In the West there is a similar saying, "I knew it in my bones," which refers to a deeper, more elemental knowing than is possible through rational thought.

To the indigenous person, mineral is also equivalent to stone.  As they say, the bones of the earth are the stones and rocks we see.  To know the true story of our earth, including the story of ourselves, is to listen to the rocks.  They are the conduits through which earth passes information on to us.  Any creature that is born with bones is said to be born already possessing some knowledge.  This is where the indigenous derive their belief that no one comes into this world without a genius, and that this genius must be opened to the person shortly after birth, first through the name, and later on through initiation.  All those in Western culture who wander without purpose are perhaps stripped of their genius and are in exile searching for ways to remember.  These are people in need of mineral rituals, to repair their relationship to memory, which is symbolized in mineral.

Indigenous people think that our bones are the minerals in which we store thousands of years of information.  They store that which we need to remember.  This makes me wonder if many problems of the West are a result of forgetting.  I wonder also if those in Silicon Valley who shave stones to their essence and put them in machines of memory perhaps already know somehow that stones have always managed information.  My sense is that those who experience midlife crises are responding to the pull and push of masses of information they have not been using because they can't fully remember.  For example, if there were a way to help people use the deep memories that they brought with them to this life, it would make a tremendous difference in their sense of direction and purpose.

I wonder also if part of the modern world's fascination with the Internet can be traced to this vast memory gap.  People are searching for something, and when the information stored in our bones is neglected, one feels the urge to go outside the self in search of it.  If the information out there echoes the information inside of us, could it be that the great turmoil of unrecognized wisdom within us is forcing us to race along the information superhighway, hoping that we will discover what we already have?  The proliferation of various software to make the venture even easier would support this thought:  does Windows 95 suggest the promise of a peek into the Other World?

Indigenous people don't learn by looking outside themselves; instead, they learn how to remember the knowledge they already possess.  The person who has a mineral nature speaks a great deal because mineral expresses in discourse what is stored in coded form within the bones.

Mineral people are storytellers, fascinated with myth, tradition, and rituals, versed in dealing with metaphors and symbols.  In Africa, they are the town criers who know what happens now and what has happened for countless generations.  They constantly remind us in stories, proverbs, songs, and poems the deep healing significance of staying connected.  They know how to praise and how to warn.

A culture weighted too heavily with mineral is frenetically involved with communication at every level.  In such a culture, language is an impressive instrument of power.  The problem with such a culture is in finding an audience, or someone to listen.  A mineral person's love for argument, for different ways of saying the same thing, and for eloquent ways of saying nothing can baffle the non-mineral person.  In truth, a mineral person or culture is extroverted, almost bombastic, but almost always has a point.  The gift they present to their society and the world is the gift of remembering, through words and stories, one's origins and purpose.

~The Healing Wisdom of Africa, Malidoma Somé

~ Nature Year~

Remember: You either live your Medicine or your Medicine lives you.
-Malidoma Somé

~Burkina Faso, Africa~


We're Grateful for You and the Medicine that only You can Bring.
Thank You for Your Presence in Our Lives.

A Wonderful Winter of 2018 to You!! 

~Thank you for taking the time to review our latest newsletter!  Below please find information about the upcoming opportunities to connect with Elder Malidoma via:

*Private Divination  (Negril, Jamaica; Chicago, IL; Asheville, NC) 
*14-Day Journey to Burkina Faso, Africa with Elder Malidoma
* Private Divinations & Ritual Intensive in Negril, Jamaica!
*Indigenous African Spirit Technologies: 5-Day Intensive: Talismans & Tools of Protection
*Yearlong Cowry Shell Divination Certification Training-  NEW 4-session Series (become a certified cowry shell diviner sanctioned by Elder Malidoma)

*Ritual Healing Village: a Return to the Medicine of Our Ancestors- for the Brothers & Sisters of the African  Diaspora
*Men's 4-Day Ritual Intensive
*Indigenous African Spirit Technologies: 5-Day Intensive: Elemental Immersion

~We're grateful for your life and for the Medicine that you gift to us all.


"You have been thrown into the belly of the 
beast to awaken people who are living other people's dream."
-Malidoma Somé

Burkina Faso, Africa
January 11-25, 2019


Join Elder Malidoma 
on a Journey to Burkina Faso!
~ work with the local Shamans/Medicine People that Elder Malidoma works with
~experience Burkina Faso culture
~visit the local markets
~ BE held within the frequency and Medicine of  Mother Africa

For additional details and registration paperwork, please 
e-mail the office at info@Malidoma.com

*(Please send your Completed Application & Deposit
as they are now due)

Guardian Baobab, Burkina Faso


Negril, Jamaica!

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with Elder Malidoma!

February 3rd & 4th, 2019

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Private Divination

Divination Spread

Chicago, IL!

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with Elder Malidoma!

March 1st, 2nd & 3rd, 2019

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Private Divination

Asheville, NC!

Register for your Private Divination 
with Elder Malidoma!

April 9th, 2019

please contact info@AncestralEvents.com  for additional details~ or to Schedule your 
Private Divination

Experiencing a personal divination with Elder Malidoma is a beautiful, empowering and healing manifestation of Spirit.  It is an opportunity to hear direction from the realm of the Ancestors and to connect, more deeply, with what you know "in your bones".  

Elder Malidoma utilizes cowry shell divination
for his sessions.  You will be asked to spread a pile of shells, bones, stones, and other implements on a special "divination cloth".  This spread is what Malidoma will read and interpret to bring a message about your life and purpose for being on the planet at this time.  The message will also be about finding balance with the Elemental Spirits of Earth, Water, Fire, Nature and Mineral.

please contact  info@Malidoma.com
 for additional details~ or to 
Schedule your Private Divination
Fee: $350 USD
(pre-paid & non-refundable)

"The time has come for you to adorn yourself
in the new clothing of  receiving and deservedness."
~Malidoma Somé 


~Embody Your True Nature~

Upcoming Events

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Upcoming Programs with Elder Malidoma

Join Elder Malidoma in Jamaica!
February 1-6, 2019

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 Indigenous African Spirit Technologies

-Talismans & Indigenous Tools of Protection-


March 13-17, 2019
Asheville, NC

The alchemy of this Indigenous Tools of Protection intensive provides an opportunity for us to gather nature's medicine, and co-create with natural energies to make talismans, amulets, power objects, and align with protective frequencies.
In constructing and activating objects of power and protection, we arm ourselves with spiritual protective mechanisms to insure the safety of ourselves and others and thus save our energies for what is most required of us - the fulfillment of our purpose.
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**At this time
 this intensive training with Elder Malidoma is open for new students.

This is an exquisite opportunity to connect deeply with ancient wisdom, powerful african spirit technologies, internal empowerment, remembering & healing within the container of a dedicated community.

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 experiential program is offered in response to that call.

*Join us as we show up with dedication, devotion and priestly commitment for the sustenance and continuity of life.

 Indigenous African Spirit Technologies
is a 1-2 year program that encompasses a series of 5 
intensives- each lasting for 5-days. 
The teachings of each session are described below.

#1. Elemental Medicine- Experiential Merging 
(Earth Ritual, Water Ritual, Fire Ritual)
*NEW SERIES (June 5-9, 2019)

#2. Ancestralization
(October 9-13, 2019)

#3. Talismans and Indigenous Tools of Protection
(March 13-17, 2019 or March 18-22, 2020)

Session # 4 & #5 

Please see LINK HERE for Additional Details

***Be sure to Register Early for REDUCED FEES
**At this time, Sessions #1 and #2  and #3 may be taken within the series of five; 
 or as "stand-alone" sessions. Fees will vary.

 For those of you who have previously experienced this 5-day Intensive with Elder Malidoma- if you are eligible & interested in returning to do this powerful work (as a stand-alone session), please contact the office for the registration paperwork. Elder Malidoma is now offering  a discounted tuition fee for the RELOAD experience as a stand-alone session.

**NEW **

The Art of Cowry Shell Divination 
A Year-long 
Certification Training

Beginning March 28-31, 2019

CLICK HERE to Listen to Elder Malidoma describe more about this upcoming Training 

A program designed to bring you up to date on the interpretation of symbols and elemental geomancy. This program comprises four sessions. Each session is a milestone on the journey to mastery of this skill.
~Conversation with the Other World~

is an effective tool for tackling the crisis of the human psyche in modern time. Divination clarifies the meaning of the soul's quest and shed light to the obstacles to overcome on the way to successful living. In other word, divination does not just tell you what is going on in your life; it tells you what you need to do in order to flow into your gifts and fulfill your purpose. Divination provide a positive spin on human challenges by emphasizing gifts and purpose.

Divination Spread

Understanding the Elementals
We will study the cosmology under which this type of cowry shell divination operates. We will identify all the symbols pertinent to interpretation, and select our spirit shells to work with. We will also make the divination cloth, the piece of fabric that will serve as the support for spreading the elements that speak the hidden message. During our time together,we will ritually connect deeply with the Medicine of the Earth and affirm our deep rootedness in this powerful healing work.

Understanding the Symbol and 
its Position on the Cloth
This will be the first opportunity to extract meaning based on global positioning. The actual divining step is in effect when we know what a symbol says on the basis of where it is. In this session we will do map out a many interpretive direction as time allows and perform the first collective divination. During our time together, we will ritually connect with the  Medicine of the Water and cleanse away all that no longer serves us in relation to our Gift & Purpose.
The Art of Prescription and Ritual Healing 
Upon verification that we have mastered the art of telling what anything in the spread means, we will dive into the big challenge of what to do in order to improve, change, transmute or dissolve. This means, addressing issues that have become clear with a corresponding ritual initiatives. Divination is not fulfilled unless there is a way to deal with the discovery that divination made possible. During our time together, we will ritually connect with the Medicine of the Fire and connect ever deeper with the Ancestors and the Otherworld whose support with guide us forward on this journey.

Deepening of the Practice and Certification Ritual
This session will be the time when we must implore the ancestors and all spirit allies to walk with us from here on, as we go into the world to offer divination. We will ritualistically consecrate the tools of divination. We will discuss the relationship between the environment and the issues brought to divination. The vibration of the environment where people live comes with its own challenges. Therefore in different areas, people exhibit different symptoms.

**Each onsite session will include an experiential indigenous radical ritual for the future diviner. This provides personal experience with healing through African Spirit Technologies which, in effect, will deepen the diviner's ability to confidently prescribe certain healing prescriptions during the divining process.

***Register EARLY to safe fees!

The Art of Cowry Shell Divination

Asheville, NC

Beginning March 28-31, 2019
Understanding the Elementals

June 27-30, 2019
Understanding the Symbol and its Position on the Cloth

September 26-29, 2019
The Art of Prescription. Divination and Ritual Healing.

December 5-8 , 2019
Deepening of the Practice and Certification Ritual

*There will also be 4 one-hour "live" webinars with Elder Malidoma in between onsite sessions an  practice sessions with group 

For Additional Details/Registration
please see LINK or contact info@AncestralEvents.com 

Ritual Healing Village
-A Return to the Medicine of our Ancestors-

5-Day Ritual Intensive 
for the Brothers and Sisters of the 
African Diaspora 
April 10th -14th, 2019

To receive additional information about this powerful upcoming experience with Dr. Malidoma Somé 
please e-mail 

This 5-Day Intensive will be held at 
Brittany's Mountain Retreat @Ancestral Events 
amidst the ancient blue-ridge mountains
Asheville, NC


-A Gathering of Men with Malidoma Somé-
4- Day Men's Ritual Intensive

"Men of Spirit Walking Together"
diving deep
-Manifesting their Gift, Purpose and Medicine-

May 2nd - 5th, 2019 
(Thursday at 5pm until Sunday at 1pm)

Asheville, NC 

INDIGENOUS Wisdom for Current Issues

During this 4-Day Ritual Intensive, men will join together in brotherhood to journey into and through ancient indigenous Dagara wisdom- remembering that we are, each of us, going somewhere purposeful in life. Through the healing interaction of ritual with men in community~ there will be an opportunity to open ourselves to the release and reconciliation of those thoughts, emotions, issues, obstacles and energies- that have created a numbness, tension, or paralysis for us. Through this process, we will invite and allow the life force and strength of our Purpose and Gift to, once again, flow through us- unobstructed.

As we move  forward  on our chosen path, 
 let us remember- and experience together- that we do not walk alone.
  As we remember and embody the innate power that lies within us, let us continue to receive support from both this world and the Otherworld as we deepen the embodiment of our Purpose & Gift and move forward.

FOR DETAILS about this Event/Registration Information:


Join Elder Malidoma for a 5-Day
A Return to:
Earth: Home & Belonging
Hands Holding Soil
Water: Peace & Reconciliation
Fire: The Realm of the Ancestors

June 5-9, 2019

~in the Beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains
surrounding Asheville, NC~

~The Indigenous African Spirit Technologies Program consists of a Series of 5 Intensives.
Each intensive is 5-days long.
This is the first session.
See LINK HERE for additional information.
For Details and the Application for this powerful program, please e-mail   info@AncestralEvents.com

The Art of Cowry Shell Divination
-A Year-long Certification Training Program 
with Elder Malidom a-

~With Over 30 Years of Bridging this World with the Otherworld~
(Training begins March 28-31, 2019~ details below)
*To honor the nature and focus of this training, Registration for this Year-long Certification Course is limited. Please apply early to secure your  spot!

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with Elder Malidoma

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