2024 Sacred Waters Retreat

SPEAKERS

Mawiyah is an educator, 8th Generation Witch, Egun Medium, and Priestess of OYA in the Yoruba system of spirituality and she is addressed divinely as Iyanifa Faniyi Aboyade Omobola Bomani. She is the Editor-In-Chief of the culture and Afrikan Traditional Spirituality E-Zine, Oya N’Soro. 

Mawiyah is currently working on a Middle-Grade series titled The Cool Beans Ghost Hunter Society.  It serves to explore the inclusiveness of special needs superheroines and heroes in literature. She is also working on a collection of Poetry inspired by Tarot, titled Dead Man Stew. Mawiyah is the Critical Mass 8 Literary Award Winner and a KAT Artist Residency recipient. Mawiyah hosts the podcast FishHeadsinRedGravy a podcast dedicated to celebrating marginalized people of the esoteric/occult world. She is also the author of the newly released Conjuring the Calabash: Empowering Women with Hoodoo Spells and Magick, published by Llewellyn Worldwide.

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Salvation Lyman Poppets: Kneading to Foster Peace and Protection Against Racism/Sexism/Homophobia/Transphobia and Ableism

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I will discuss why and how this work came to be in honor of my great great great grandfather Lyman Kinder Henry.
I will speak about how this work precedes healing altars, the subject of my next book, and I will give a brief glimpse into a work for a Hoodoo Saint.

Between 60-75 minutes

Chief Iyanifa Fajembola Fatunmise also known as Yeye Luisah Teish is an American author of African and African-diaspora spiritual cultures. She also is an affluent ritualist, keynote speaker, and spiritual advisor on a global scale. Primarily known for Jambalaya: The Natural Woman’s Book of Personal Charms and Practical Rituals, a women’s spirituality classic published in 1985 by Harper & Row Publishers. This book has been translated into German, Spanish, and Dutch. As of 2021, the work can be purchased on Audible.com narrated in her own voice.

She has contributed to 40 anthologies, most notably Spiritual Guidance Across Religions: A Sourcebook for Spiritual Directors and Other Professionals Providing Counsel to People of Differing Faith Traditions. Magazines such as Ms. Essence, Sage Woman, and the Yoga Journal have provided further accessibility to her poetry, and essays. Her articles and artworks appear in Coreopsis: Journal of Myth and Theater, and the Cascadia Subduction Zone Journal of Speculative Fiction.

As an Oshun priestess (Yoruba Goddess of Love and Sensuality), Yeye continues to officiate over spiritual retreats, rituals, and workshops that span over forty years since her introduction into the Ifa spiritual practice. She is also the Chief Elder for the Counsel of Sacred Waters Retreat LLC. which holds sacred space and ancestral healing & restoration training for marginalized communities of women.  

Yeye holds an honorary Ph.D. from the International Institute of Integral Human Sciences.


Omisade Burney-Scott (she / her) is a Black southern 7th generation native North Carolinian feminist, mother and healer with decades of experience in nonprofit leadership, philanthrophy, and social justice. She is a founding tribe member of SpiritHouse and previously served as a board member of The Beautiful Project, Village of Wisdom, and Working Films. 

Omisade is the creator of The Black Girl’s Guide to Surviving Menopause, a multimedia project seeking to curate and share the stories and realities of Black women and femmes over 50. She is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, the proud mother of two sons, and resides in Durham.

Priestess Stephanie Rose Bird is a painter and the author of several bestselling books on earth spirituality, Hoodoo, and anthropology, including Sticks, Stones, Roots and Bones, 365 Days of Hoodoo, Light, Bright and Damned Near White, and African American Magick. Bird holds a BFA cum laude from Temple University, Tyler School of Art, and a MFA from University of California at San Diego, where she was a San Diego Opportunity Fellow.  A former Professor of Fine Art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, she has been interviewed on PBS Madison WI, ABC-7 news, BBC London, Urban Gardener, WNPR, WBEZ, in the Smithsonian, and many other venues. Her work centers around the nexus of earth wisdom and the legacy of black cultural heritage.

Bird is a black magick maker and healer. Her writing brings to the fore her eclectic practices, combined with her passion for mythology, folklore, and fairytales from around the world, but especially of her ancestry – the African diaspora. She is an accomplished fine artist, with works in major collections. Bird has exhibited in numerous galleries, universities, libraries, institutions and programs such as, the Arts-in-the-Embassies program where she is being exhibited at the US Malaysian Embassy,  Kuala Lumpur. A Fulbright Senior Scholar, Bird did her fieldwork in anthropology and art in Australia, studying in various Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in the Outback. Bird illustrated two of her published books and is illustrator for “Motherland Herbal,” (2024/Harper Collins).

Sanovia Muhammad

Maati "Sanovia" Muhammad

Maati Sanovia Haleemah Muhammad is a committed yogini, community activist, performing poet and passionate speaker. She is the founder of Ka Vibrations Yoga, offering Goddess workshops, retreats and certifications.

She is a Shaktii Yogini, offering a platform that serves the empowerment of women. You can expect High vibrational gatherings, at any of her offerings. She has chosen the title of Maati, because of her path is to uphold the principles and traditions of the Ancient Goddess of ancient Kemet, Maat. Some of these are balance, righteousness, truth and harmony. She believes that the power of women, when awakened, is magical.

Sanovia Muhammad, is a Retired Registered Nurse. She serviced the community in this profession for 30 years, primarily in Labor and Delivery. She is the womb mama of six and the community mama of many more. She also has seven biological grandchildren at the time of this writing. This is her 1st book and probably, she says her last. This book was an endeavor of love orchestrated by the untimely murder of her mama, Dr. Vergie Rasheedah Muhammad.

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Kemetic Yoga

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Kemetic Yoga is excellent for connecting with ancestral wisdom and a deep knowing that we all possess. This practice incudes three basic Kemetic sequences. The movements are slow and with the breath. This form of yoga is adaptable for all ages and body types. See you at sunrise!.

Emily Diane Gunter is the Founder of the Rites of Passage Youth Empowerment Programs internationally and the Licensed DCF Credentialed Director Urgent, Inc., a Miami based youth community development organization working to empower young minds to transform themselves and their communities.  Muti Emily is the Founding Board of Director of Urgent Academy, for Film, Arts, and Creative Technologies.

Emily is an inspirational speaker, math teacher, retreat & seminar leader, published author of  eight books including Superlearning 3000: learning made simple , and Guiding Genius: how to identify and nurture your child’s genius, world traveler, retired telecommunications engineer and adjunct college math professor.
A trail blazer in integrating the mathematics field after she received Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mathematical Statistics from American University, Washington, D. C. Emily began her book world tour to Tibet, India, Egypt, UK, Stonehenge, Glastonbury, Paris, 42 states in America, Belize, Mexico, the Caribbean Countries and the Virgin Islands.
Emily is dedicated to bringing peace to the world through the personal empowerment and spiritual development of youth and in Truth, Simplicity and Love.

Mary Ayodele is a Prophetess and Community Herbalist. As Foundress of the Institute of Africana Cosmology, she preserves and teaches Africana healing wisdom in conferences, classes, and consultations globally. Mary’s training in plant based healing began in her Grandma’s garden as a little tot of ’bout two or three years old and continued around the world as an initiate and scholar in West and Central African spiritual traditions. Currently, she keeps house in the Gulf of Mexico Bioregion/Houston TX and Southwest Nigeria.

Mary has presented Africana folk medicine workshops at Seattle Pacific University, the Smithsonian Institution , the Afro-Botany Immersion Conference,  and presented papers at the Breakin Black, Reaching Back Conference at CUNY and the African and Diasporic Religious Studies Association. Mary is a featured contributor in the psychology textbook Root Psychology: A Diverse Assessment regarding the intersectionality of embodied Ancestral earth based healing in the Africana diaspora and several other publications and radio shows. 

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