This spark of the ancestral flame, which I have brought to the land of the stranger, is now burning brightly.

Malidoma Patrice Somé

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

“Men of Spirit Moving Forward Together”

August 31st - September 3rd, 2017

Asheville, NC

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~ combined with the power of indigenous technologies, 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, one again, flow through us - unobstructed.

Such a Gathering/Ritual Weekend 

is appropriate for any man who, for whatever reason, and in whatever way in life: is hearing the call and moving foreward into the world embracing his Purpose and Gift even as he maneuvers transitions, introspection or questioning; experiences feelings of apathy, loss, or anger; grief; trauma from the past that continues to impact the present; and is aware of deep feelings regarding the state of affairs in one's personal life, culture or planetary state.

In the midst of all the beginnings and endings within his stations of life: marriage, birth, death, divorce, illness, family situations, issues with children- he receives acknowledgment, support and affirmation from the brotherhood of men who travel beside him.

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 allow & receive support from both this world, and the Otherworld, as we deepen the embodiment of our Purpose & Gift and move forward.

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Malidoma Patrice Somé, Phd., West African Elder, world-renowned author and teacher, came to the West to share the ancient wisdom, technologies and practices which have supported his people for thousands of years.

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Malidoma's indigenous wisdom is shared across many channels and media, within universities and colleges, private and public organizations, radio and print. Below is a curated set of recordings on YouTube featuring Malidoma's teachings. Enjoy!