African spiritual traditions offer powerful tools of transformation.
The ancestors say, "If a child falls, he looks forward. If an elder falls, she looks back. Let us look back so we can go forward."
The wisdom of our ancestors is essential to knowing who we truly are. As people seek new ways of living with deeper meaning, truth, and connection, African spiritual traditions offer powerful tools of transformation by providing methods to tap into our innate power and gain insight into our purpose.
Using practice and ritual from the Orisa-Ifa tradition, which comes from the Yoruba culture in Nigeria, we will explore our ancestral connections and the healing forces of nature. At this time, when so many in our species are deeply disconnected from ancestral wisdom, African spirituality becomes ever more important. We are more powerful than we are socialized to believe. If we can release the hurts and false perceptions that dishonor us as well as our ancestral lineage, we can live life with more purpose, clarity, and authenticity.
Rev. DeShannon Barnes-Bowens is a psychotherapist, Interfaith Minister & founder of ILERA Counseling & Education Services. As an initiated Orisa priestess & Awo in the Yoruba spiritual tradition of Ifa, she enjoys offering self-development workshops grounded in African spiritual wisdom. DeShannon is the author of Hush Hush: An African American Family Breaks Their Silence on Sexuality & Sexual Abuse (2007, 2015) and an Emeritus Interfaith scholar with the State of Formation. Presentations of her work have taken place at Harvard University, American Academy of Religion, Washington University, New York Theological Seminary, and Interfaith Center of New York. For more information visit ilera.com.
Dates: Saturday, April 28, 2018 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
OneSpirit Elective Credit: 1.0
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Price: General Public: $ 95.00 | One Spirit Graduates: $ 85.00