The Legacy of Elder Malidoma Patrice Somé​

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

Malidoma Patrice Somé

​Please Note:

It has come to our attention that there is a need for clarity with respect to Elder Malidoma's website and social media accounts. 

 The website and Elder Malidoma's social media accounts are being managed by Theresa Sykes, on behalf of his daughters, P. Malidoma Somé and L. Malidoma Somé (full names are not used with respect to the privacy of the family) who are named as the sole beneficiaries of his estate in the Last Will and Testament of Patrice Malidoma Somé.

In his Last Will and Testament, Elder Malidoma named Theresa as the Legal Guardian of Elder Malidoma's children and the Personal Representative of his estate and business.

Since his departure, Theresa has been following through with all of the the requests that were given to her, directly, by Elder Malidoma himself and is working in conjunction with his daughters as directed in the Last Will and Testament.

 Theresa has been a part of Elder Malidoma's family since 2009 and worked closely with his wife Ruta Malidoma Somé during the times that Ruta assisted in the co-creation of programs with her husband. Over the years, she became a friend and confidant for Ruta. After Ruta's death in 2016, Theresa was asked by Elder Malidoma to provide the Eulogy for Ruta at Ruta's funeral which she did. Theresa was also asked to care for their children during the years that followed when Elder Malidoma needed to travel for work. During those years, Theresa lived at their home when needed for support. She has always sought, received and followed guidance from both Ruta and Malidoma regarding the care of their children, their home, the business and continues to do so daily.

Theresa has worked with Elder Malidoma since 2003 & has co-facilitated programs, trainings, intensives and journeys to his homeland with Elder Malidoma. It was during 2016 that Theresa was asked to manage Elder Malidoma's office and business. Since 2016, she has worked by his side as colleague, friend, and confidant. Since 2016, she has managed his website, social media accounts; organized all of his programs, trainings and divinations for him worldwide and co-facilitated all of the programs, trainings and intensives with him that were held at the Ancestral Events facility since 2004.

She was initiated as an Elder in the Dagara Tradition by Elder Malidoma in 2009 and has received direct training with him since 2003.  On August 28th of 2021 Elder Malidoma returned from a visit to Burkina Faso and she met him at the airport,  took him to his home and then transported him directly to the emergency room where he was immediately admitted to ICU.  During the final 3 months of Elder Malidoma's life on Earth, Theresa stayed by Elder Malidoma's side 24 hours a day. She stayed at his home with him and his daughters, transported him to all doctor's appointments, spent weeks with him living in the ICU at various hospitals, traveled with him as he requested, and stepped in, as needed, to facilitate the programs on his behalf when he needed to rest. She has lived in the home of Elder Malidoma with his daughters since his return from Burkina Faso in August of 2021. Theresa was with Elder Malidoma and his daughters as he crossed into the realm of the Ancestors on December 9th, 2021. At his request, she arranged for his body to be transported to the land of his Ancestors where his childhood family  resides and where he could be laid in the Earth on the continent where his grandfather, father and mother are.

At this juncture, Theresa will continue to move forward with care for his daughters, his estate and his business as Elder Malidoma, directly, asked her to.  She will continue to support and advocate for his daughters, and care for the home that was built by Malidoma and Ruta for their family; care for his estate, and for his business.

If,  in the future, it is legally indicated that it is no longer necessary for Theresa to deploy the wishes of Elder Malidoma as described in his Last Will & Testament;  and it is insured that the best interests of his named beneficiaries: his daughters- who were given his legal name over a decade ago- are being honored and cared for as he indicated- Theresa will  abide by  the Last Will and Testament of Patrice Malidoma Somé with respect to the court's decision and directive.


Elder Malidoma Somé

​January 30, 1956 - December 9, 2021


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Patrice Malidoma Somé

January 30, 1956 - December 9, 2021

Elder Malidoma

completed his most recent Initiation on Thursday, December 9th, 2021. During the final 3 months, Elder Malidoma moved forward as the Warrior that he is as he faced many unknown territories. I was blessed to be by his side during this time, hold witness and offer support as he journeyed forward. While negotiating the teachings and circumstances of this intense upgrade and initiatory process- he was adamant that he would continue to meet with his students in person for as long as he was able.....and he did so. In the midst of his traversing the multi-dimensions for healing, we also traveled to Colorado and to Asheville for many programs between his medical appointments and rituals. What an inspiration he will always be.....Living his Medicine. During this past few months he deployed an attack unlike any other- against the forces of adversity -and softened into what he has called his "new dispensation". Elder Malidoma has been transported to Dano, Burkina Faso where he has received the traditional funeral rites of his tribe.


At this juncture,

the family does not wish to be contacted directly- although emails are welcome at the office email address and will be shared with his family.  Cards for the family may also be mailed to the office at:    Ancestral Events, 45 Wells Valley Drive, Leicester, NC 28748

In lieu of flowers, his daughters (aged 21 & 18) are open to and grateful to receive monetary support to assist with the expenses they have incurred to transport their Dad, Elder Malidoma to his Homeland ~ Mother Africa: Dano, Burkina Faso - where he has been honored as the Elder that he is- in his village.  Elder Theresa Sykes Brittany and Elder Robert Walker continue work closely with Elder Malidoma's children to insure that their father's wishes, the expenses incurred, and the logistics of moving forward are being taken care of.

Donations will also support his two daughters in paying their Dad's   medical expenses and other expenses that have been created during their time of caring for their Dad and after his death.

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...and as we move forward......

For those who are ready to delve ever-deeper into the


~The Healing Wisdom of Africa~

​NEW:   We Gather Together for Online Teachings & Programs:

Great News!    We have talked with many of you over the years about the possibility of your receiving teachings and programs from Elder Malidoma online; especially for those of you who live across the globe. We have great news to share!! Elder Malidoma & Elder Theresa are now offering Online Teachings & Online Programs. The online programs were pre-recorded by Elder Malidoma and Elder Theresa. Elder Theresa began the written work for each of the courses and it is being finalized,. You will be contacted as soon as the courses are completed and available. Your patience is truly appreciated.

**If you are interested in receiving additional information about these Online Opportunities, and to REGISTER for the FREE Introductory Video--  Click Here!

We look forward to hearing from you!!

~The Healing Wisdom of Africa~ 

It is Elder Malidoma's wish that

We also continue to Gather Together in person for

Indigenous African Spirit Technologies

Session #1 of 5~

 May 3- May 7, 2023    &   May 1-4, 2024

~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.

**At this time this intensive training with Elder Theresa and Elder Malidoma's staff support team is open for new students.

This is an exquisite opportunity to connect deeply with ancient wisdom,
powerful african spirit technologies, internal empowerment, remembering & healing.

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

                      * Please see dates below if you are interested in the following 5-day ritual intensives: Elemental Medicine,  Ancestralization: Bringing Their Spirits Home, or  Indigenous Devices of Protection & Wedamé Medicine as these sessions may be joined as part of the 5-session series of individually. (Pre-requisite: Session #1)

Indigenous African Spirit Technologies

To read more about Indigenous African Spirit Technologies,
please go to: Indigenous African Spirit Technologies

or see IAST

This program will be held at Brittany's Mountain Retreat~
located 12 miles NW of Asheville, NC

***To Receive a Registration Packet for a session in this
Indigenous African Spirit Technologies 5-session series
please e-mail ***

Indigenous African Spirit Technologies~ Asheville, NC

Session #1~ Elemental Medicine Immersion Rituals~  Dates:  May 1-5, 2024

Session #2~ Ancestralization Ritual (Pre-requisite: Session #1)~  Dates: August 2-6, 2023 & August 7-11, 2024

Session #3~Indigenous Devices of Protection &  Wedamé (Pre-requisite: Session #1)~  Dates: November 8-12, 2023 & November 6-10, 2024

Session #4~ The Art of Ritual  (Pre-requisites: Sessions 1,2 &3) ~  Dates:  March 22-26, 2023  & March 27-31, 2024

Session #5~ Individual/Community Ritual Work (Pre-requisites: Sessions 1,2,3 &4)~   Dates:  June 7-11, 2023 & June 19-23, 2024

The Sacred Container for these 5-day intensives and radical rituals with be guarded by the Dagara Shrines that were installed on the land by Elder Malidoma Somé and Elder Theresa  beginning in 2004.

Elder Theresa and a support staff team that was chosen by Elder Malidoma Somé will be of service to you as the guides through this epic connecting time and ritual intensive.

​***NOTE: Sessions #1 & #2 & #3 are now able to be experienced as "stand-alone" sessions. (Pre-requisite: Session #1). For Details, please contact


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Malidoma Patrice Somé, Phd., (January 30, 1956 - December 9, 2021)  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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****Because of your generous donations, ELDER MALIDOMA has returned HOME to the village of his childhood.

Elder Malidoma has been  honored as the Elder that he is and has received the Dagara Traditional Funeral Rites of his tribe.

To make a tax-deductible Donation that will be used to assist with the expenses incurred by his daughters for this this, please click on the link below. Elder Malidoma's two daughters (aged 18 & 21)  & their support team; Elder Robert Walker & Elder Theresa Sykes-Brittany arranged for Elder Malidoma's journey home to his childhood village as he has requested. Your tax-deductible donations will also be used to support the implementation of Elder Malidoma's wishes for his daughters,  and to support them with paying for medical expenses and other expenses they have incurred  during the final months of  his life and since his death.

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