- March 17-19, 2017
- 7:00 pm to 5:30 pm
California Institute of Integral Studies
1453 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
We are saddened to learn of Sobonfu Somé's passing. If you have already registered for/purchased tickets to this event, we will contact you to arrange for a full refund.
This is a transformational and soul invigorating workshop designed to break through our cultural barriers of grief. There is a need to periodically feel and express grief in order to purge the soul from hurts and pains.
The interdiction and suppression of emotion in general, and grief in particular, has recently been linked to the general sense of spiritual drought, emotional confusion, and certain illnesses we experience in our life. To begin to regain a serious and lasting sense of connectedness with ourselves and with spirit, we need to find a proper place to release our grief about all the losses we have endured in this lifetime-the loss of loved ones, the loss of our dreams, and the loss of our connection with our ancestors.
In the traditional world of the Dagara of Burkina Faso, West Africa, the ritual of grief, conducted almost daily in different parts of the tribe, is the Dagara people's way of releasing tension caused by loss and to restore continuity in their relationships. This workshop provides entry into the ritual space of grief following the traditional model of the Dagara. It is Somé's hope that it brings a deep sense of release, peace, and connectedness into your life.
This course is also available for one unit of academic credit to CIIS students. Must attend full weekend.
Sobonfu Somé is a respected lecturer, activist, and author. Her work has helped move African spiritual practices from the realm of anthropology to a place alongside the world's great spiritual traditions. According to Alice Walker, Somé's message "can help us put together so many things that our modern Western world has broken." She is the founder of Wisdom Spring, Inc., an organization dedicated to the preservation and the sharing of indigenous wisdom. Somé often tours the United States and Europe to teach workshops. Her books include The Spirit of Intimacy; Welcoming Spirit Home; and Falling out of Grace.