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Intro to Yorùbá Traditions with Visiting Nigerian Elder (Asheville, NC)

September 16 @ 10:30 am - 6:00 pm EDT

Ifá/Òrìṣà tradition is the mostly widely practiced traditional African religion on Earth with millions of devotees in Nigeria, Togo, and Benin as well as in the African Diaspora (e.g., Cuba, Brazil, Trinidad, United States). It’s with great happiness that I share the opportunity to learn directly about Yoruba culture and spirituality with visiting elder Olúwo Fálolú Adésànyà Awoyadé from Òdè Rẹ́mọ, Ogun State, Nigeria. Since 2013, I (Daniel Foor / Ifábòwálé), have been blessed to make four trips to Nigeria to train with Olúwo, and we are honored to host this esteemed babalawo and Yorùbá traditionalist here in the United States for the first time.

Our day will be a blend of story, discussion, and embodied ritual. Participants can expect to leave with a deeper appreciation for the foundations of Yorùbá traditions both in West Africa and the Americas. This includes understanding challenges faced by Yorùbá traditionalists who are working to preserve their language and indigenous ways of life. Attendees will also learn about the foundations of ìṣèṣe (traditionalism) including songs and tangible practices for honoring their own ancestors (Egúngún), the spirit of the Earth (Onílẹ̀), and their inner light / personal divinity (Orí).

We’ll gather from 10:30am-6pm at a spacious conference room at the Holiday Inn Asheville-Biltmore East (1450 Tunnel Rd, exit 55, *not* the downtown location). Cost for the full day teaching is $100. Attendees with more recent African ancestry are welcome by donation. All proceeds will go to support Olúwo Fálolú and his family in their work to preserve indigenous Yorùbá traditions. For questions or concerns please contact daniel@ancestralmedicine.org.

To register please send payment ($100 or reduced amount if needed) via Paypal to: daniel@ancestralmedicine.org and I will confirm with you once I have received it. If you haven’t received a personal email from me, assume you’re not registered (including if you registered through the website in late August). Even folks attending by donation need to at least contact me by email to confirm and get basic preparation details. Thanks!