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Gulf South Ancestralization

Gulf South Ancestralization

We invite you to gather with us for a three-day Ritual of Ancestralization

Through this ritual,

we learn our stories,

we share our stories,

we remember what has been lost,

we reconnect with our Ancestors, our roots,

we deepen our understanding and our experience of being embodied in this moment on Earth,

and we come together to support one another in sacred community

to ground, to grieve, to heal, to sprout

and to flourish in our lives.

What is the Ritual of Ancestralization?

When Malidoma Some, an elder of the Dagara tribe, came to the West, he carried with him a medicine bundle of ancient traditional wisdom, and from that bundle he created a profound method for healing our ancestral pathways, which we call the Ritual of Ancestralization.

In Malidoma's home village of Dano, in the country of Burkina Faso, West Africa, when a person dies hundreds of villagers come together to support that one soul's crossing.  Village life halts in order to support this soul's journey to the Other Side, or the Ancestral Lands. For three days and three nights, there is drumming, chanting, singing, grieving, and the collective offering of energetic and sacred devotion needed to help a soul transition. 

Coming together in community to support the soul's transition after death is an age old practice, yet in the West we have lost our connection to these ancient ways. Now we see modernity and traditional wisdom beginning to blend together to birth a more rounded human pathway forward. Malidoma adapted the wisdom of his ancestral traditions to accommodate the Western culture and so we embrace this Ritual of Ancestralization as an adapted ritual for these times. This sacred ceremony gives us opportunity to remember the importance of community ritual, and to delve deeply into the human waters that these essential rites activate and invoke.

Liv Wheeler, during the time of her training with Malidoma Some, trained in facilitating this ritual several times with him, and has now added her own adaptations to further harmonize it within our culture. 

This ritual is a living event that we will activate and co-create together. Much of it cannot be planned. Once the seed is planted, once the participants have said “yes,” the ritual begins to take on its own form. We come together and allow it to flow, and through this, transformation comes.

Thursday, May 4, 2017- Sunday, May 7, 2017


Lumberton, Mississippi

With Kontomble Voice Diviner, Liv Wheeler

Photography by Zen Cohen ( 

Photography by Zen Cohen ( 

Liv Wheeler currently resides in Washington State and is an initiated Kontomble Voice Diviner, speaking in the tongue of the 'little people'. She studied and apprenticed with Malidoma Some for 8 years and spent months at a time working with the diviners and shamans in Burkina Faso, West Africa. She currently teaches workshops and facilitates rituals throughout the U.S. and abroad to help connect people with their ancestors, Kontomble, as well as other elemental forces.

Gulf South Ancestralization

Our Ritual of Ancestralization will commence on the afternoon of Thursday, May 4th and come to completion on Sunday, May 7th.

The location is an hour and a half from New Orleans, in Lumberton, Mississippi, on a beautiful land that has been generously offered for our ceremonial use. The land itself will be a participant in this ritual, as present as any of us, and we will do our best to feed it in thanks for that which cannot really be repaid. Please come in a spirit of great respect for the land. There will be space for camping available, and there are about 8 or 9 spots for sleeping in the house. These will be offered first come first served or by special need, with registration.

$150 Non-refundable deposit

$220 remaining ritual cost is due by April 25, 2017 at 10 pm CST.  

Please register by emailing confirmation of non-refundable deposit and name(s) of attendees to You will receive a registration form and more details on how to preapre for our time together at that time.  

Payment can be made via Paypal:, Friends & Family.

While your $150.00 deposit saves a space for you, it does not guarantee your attendance at the ritual unless all other deadlines, forms, and requests are met on time and with care. Once the full payment is met, there will be no refunds, except in special circumstances.

Please take the time to reflect deeply on whether this ritual is calling to you and whether you are willing to stretch yourself to meet the commitments. Please understand that the monetary offering that you give is a material manifestation of the sacred contract that you are making to embark on this work.  By taking the steps to register, the ritual has already begun for you. Ancestralizations are incredibly potent and powerful ceremonies and the work begins long before you arrive. The registration process, from start to finish, is part of the spiritual and energetic container of this ritual, nourishing the seeds of cohesion, harmony, trust and cooperation for our sacred time together.  If you have questions or concerns regarding any of this, please do not hesitate to reach out.

We look forward to welcoming you and your ancestors to our family!