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- 3-Day Men’s Ritual Intensive

“Men of Spirit at the Crossroads during Challenging Times”

June 16th -18th, 2017

Asheville, NC

During this 3-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, one again, flow through us - unobstructed.

Such a Gathering/Ritual Weekend is appropriate for any man who, for whatever reason, and in whatever way; stands now at
a Crossroads in life: a time of transition, introspection or questioning; a time of apathy, loss, or anger; the death of a loved one; the loss of a job or friendship; trauma from the past that continues to impact the present; deep feelings regarding the state of affairs in one’s personal life, culture or planetary state; a desire to acknowledge the beginnings and endings within one’s stations of life: marriage, birth, death, divorce, illness, family situations, issues with children.

As we stand at the Crossroads, let us remember- and experience together- that we do not stand alone.

As we remember and embody the innate power that lies within us, let us embrace our Purpose & Gift and move forward.


The Tuition Fee ranges from:

EARLY Registration (register with your Application & non-refundable $300 deposit by May 5th) =$500- $610 or

REGULAR Registration (register with your Application & non-refundable $300 deposit between May 6th- May 25th)=$550-$660 or

LATE Registration (register with you Application & non-refundable $300 deposit after May 25th)= $600-$710.    Your Tuition Fee depends on your preferences  for Lodging & Food and the timing of your Registration.

For additional information and/or to receive your Application, e-mail

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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AVIELA, Inc., meaning in Dagara, “It is all good and well intentioned”,  is a 501 (c) (3), created to offer us the opportunity to express our gratitude to the elders and diviners, the healers and shamans of West Africa, who have been so generous with their time, knowledge, and dedication to the ancestors.  In supporting Malidoma’s work in the West, they have often dedicated their time and energy without any compensation or acknowledgement. 

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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!