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Dagara Grief Ritual with Sobonfu Somé March 11-13, DC

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We believe that RITUAL is simply acting with intention as a tool for healthy living. In the West African indigenous Dagara tribe THE GRIEF RITUAL is performed regularly as a guided healthy release of toxic emotions, to cleanse mind, body, and soul.

As a participant, you will enter into the ritual space following this traditional model, led by your expert guide, Sobonfu Somé: whose name means Keeper of the Rituals for her Dagara tribe. Sobonfu is considered one of the foremost voices on African spirituality, whose work has moved its spiritual practices from the realm of anthropology, to a place of profound significance and practical application in the lives of Westerners. There is no experience necessary to participate.


We all experience pain in life: conflict, illnesses, disappointed dreams, broken relationships, loved ones who die or suffer. It is important to have ways to release that pain before it begins to affect our ability to connect with others, to smother our creativity and joy, or to impact our health, and robs us of our vitality.

This transformational and soul invigorating workshop breaks through our cultural understanding of grief, to allow us to experience it as a healing event, that restores us to a place of wholeness.

EXPERIENCE AN INDIGENOUS RITE IN A MODERN CONTEXT This soul stirring rite of drumming, chanting, dancing and communal grieving is brought from Sobonfu’s West African village to ours. We begin with an introduction, and some small group work, then we prepare the sacred space, and participate together in the Ritual.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND? Anyone experiencing grief for the earth, anyone in transition, anyone who has lost a loved one, a job, a dream or a pet. Anyone who is stuck in an unhealthy relationship or an emotionally unhealthy situation. Therapists, educators, business people, retired people, Veterans, Holocaust survivors, lawyers, scientists, musicians, artists doctors, nurses, parents, healers...anyone who needs to empty and release their hopelessness, anxiety, feelings of disconnection fear, or emotions they carry for others; in order to be relieved and to refill.


“I feel much lighter since doing the last grief ritual with Sobonfu.” -Nancy Soul

“The Grief Ritual has helped me deal with my grief and sorrow. It has now become a continuous healing process for me.” -Karen Richards

“The Grief Ritual with Sobonfu Somé was soul healing medicine for me. Through her compassion, she inspires participants to let go of their pain, anger, fear and to understand the blessings behind their grief.” -Robert A. East


March 11-13, 2016 | Wellspring Conference Center | 11411 Neelsville Church Road, Germantown, MD | $399.00 by Feb.11 (after Feb 11 - $450).

(This is a residential workshop, price includes the workshop fees, four meals starting Saturday AM and lodging -2-3 people per-room).

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CONTACT Susan Hough (703) 505-5152 | with questions.


Destined from birth to teach the ancient wisdom, ritual and practices of her ancestors to those in the West, Sobonfu travels the world on a healing mission sharing the rich spiritual life and culture of her native land Burkina Faso. Her work has moved African spiritual practices from the realm of anthropology, to a place of profound significance and practical application in the lives of Westerners.

“My work is really a journey in self discovery and in building community through rituals. It is always challenging to bring the spiritual into the material world, but it is one of the only ways we can put people back in touch with the earth and their inner values.”

She is the author of three books Falling Out of Grace: Meditations on Loss, Healing and Wisdom, The Spirit of Intimacy: Ancient African Teachings in the Ways of Relationships, and Welcoming Spirit Home: Ancient African Teachings to Celebrate Children and Community.