Cruelty, Evil, and the Sacred

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A Teaching on the Absence of Love
with Omid Safi, Clementine Morrigan, Gogo Thule, and Daniel Foor

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Our Invitation

No matter how loving, fair, and honest we are, there are those who move in the world with different values and objectives.

We invite you to a dynamic, multicultural teaching and ritual on cruelty and malice. Whether it’s abusive family or partners, mean-spirited colleagues or neighbors, exploitative systems, the rough side of the spirit world, or strangers channeling bigotry and hate–what helps us to meet hazardous people and forces with discernment, love, and courage?

And what of the cruelties we indulge? Whether from fear, ignorance, or the intoxication of power; what supports healing and realignment with purpose when we’ve acted from malice or with intent to harm?

Daniel will co-weave this outside-the-box teaching and ritual with Himi Gogo Thule, initiated Sangoma traditional healer; Clementine Morrigan, socialist and agitator for cultural change; and Omid Safi, professor and teacher of Islamic Sufism.

Our guests will share personal strategies for open-hearted, community-oriented approaches to relating with cruelty and lack of love.

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This session will touch on themes explored more deeply in Relating with Evil and Malice, starting August 7. Participants in this four-session course will learn a framework and skills for navigating encounters with hazardous humans, spirits, and systems. Registration is open now!

Our space aims to be inclusive and culturally responsive. All are welcome.

We encourage you to visit the offerings of our guests; see their bios and websites below. A recording of this event is included with your registration.

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Our Panel

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Gogo Thule

Gogo has 10 years of practice and indigenous study dedicated to being a bridge to ancestral shamanic ceremonial traditions. Her background is rooted in entheogenic study, grassroots nonprofit work, spiritual life coaching and business administrative experience. As a thought-leader, visionary and storyteller, her words have been featured on The Kraal, Wake Up World, MindBodyGreen and other online publications. Her healing practice is rooted in ancient African cosmologies & spiritual traditions that elevate our consciousness in harmony with nature. She walks the path of a wisdom keeper devoted to preserving and honoring the ancestral way of healing. Learn more

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Clementine Morrigan

Clementine is a controversial figure, a powerhouse, a writer, and a socialist. She’s been making zines since the year 2000 and is the author of several books that weave magic, sex positivity, leftism and solidarity, trauma healing, and kinder approaches to human culture. She’s one half of the Fucking Cancelled podcast and a vocal advocate for leftist, non-dogmatic, and Earth-honoring alternatives to cancel culture. Her work shines a light into the heart of shame, asking us to lean into our courage and our deep capacity for empathy and compassion. She believes that compassion is both more ethical and more pragmatic than shame. Learn more

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Omid Safi

Omid is a teacher in the Sufi tradition of radical love, and a professor at Duke University specializing in Islamic spirituality and contemporary thought. A leading Muslim public intellectual, Omid is committed to the intersection of spirituality and social justice. He has published extensively on the foundational sources of Islam and Sufism, and he often appears as an expert on Islam in the New York Times, Newsweek, Washington Post, PBS, NPR, NBC, BBC, CNN and other outlets. His Illuminated Tours have taken more than 1,000 friends from over twenty countries to Turkey and Morocco since 2002. Learn more

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Daniel Foor

Daniel is a doctor of psychology, experienced ritualist, and the author of Ancestral Medicine: Rituals for Personal and Family Healing. He is an initiate in the Òrìṣà tradition of Yoruba-speaking West Africa and has learned from teachers of Mahayana Buddhism, Islamic Sufism, and the older ways of his English and German ancestors. Daniel is passionate about training aspiring leaders and change makers in the intersections of cultural healing, animist ethics, and applied ritual arts. He lives with his wife and two daughters near Granada, Spain in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Learn More