What Does it Mean to Be You? Lessons from the Dagara with Malidoma Patrice Somé
What does it mean to be an individual? It is a common misconception that indigenous traditions try to discourage individuality within their communities, but in reality this could not be further from the truth. From a Dagara perspective, you are the only one who has a PhD in you. Do you know what that means-to be you? During this weekend with Malidoma Somé you will be invited to consider your own purpose, your reason for choosing to be embodied at this particular time and place. You will also be introduced to the Dagara cosmology, especially as it relates to questions of individual purpose and communal responsibility. This conversation goes to the very heart of what it means to be human, and is full of riches for the modern person looking to re-member why they came into this life. This is a rare opportunity to work with an initiated elder from West Africa who is as fluent in the Western culture and its intricacies as he is his own. This workshop will be assisted by Zayin Cabot, an initiated bokara, inspired and mentored by both Malidoma and the Dagara tradition.
Malidoma Patrice Somé, PhD, is from Burkina Faso, West Africa. In his native language, Malidoma means, "Be friends with the stranger." By way of bridging worlds, he has been initiated as an elder and has come to be seen as a gifted diviner by his Dagara community. He received an MA in world literature from the University of Ouagadougou; a DEA in political science from the Sorbonne, University of Paris; as well as an MA and a PhD in literature from Brandeis University. In the early 1990s he was professor of literature and French at the University of Michigan, and visiting professor at Stanford University. He has since turned his attention to bringing the wisdom of the Dagara people to the world through the written word and through his work with individuals and groups around the world. The author of Of Water and the Spirit, The Healing Wisdom of Africa Ritual, and Power, Healing, and Community, he divides his time between his home in Orlando, Florida, and various communities in the U.S., Europe, and Africa.
Zayin Cabot, PhD, is an initiated bokara, inspired and mentored by both Malidoma Somé and the Dagara tradition. Cabot is equally enriched and motivated by the rich esoteric and philosophical traditions inherited from his family of origin and ancestral lineage. He is re-imagining the history of Western thought as an indigenous tradition in relation to our shared planetary predicament. His work might be placed within the field of religious studies, and lies at the intersection of various indigenous ways of living, contemporary philosophy, embodied spiritual inquiry practices, and non-modern thought. He has presented on these topics at conferences in the U.S. and internationally, and is currently working on completing two books relating to what he terms ecologies of participation. As part of this process he is offering divinations and organizing ongoing community rituals in the Bay Area and throughout the United States.
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Saturday and Sunday
October 19-20, 2013
CIIS Main Building
$250/$300/$350 (when one price tier sells out, that tier is closed)
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