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Sangoma Healing Traditions for Mental Wellness

Broadcast on July 23, 2021
With Gogo Ekhaya Esima
Hosted by Shawna Bluestar Newcomb

Gogo Ekhaya Esima shares the core foundation of Sangoma Healing traditions. Learn the ancestral wisdom of elemental ritual that restore our mental and spiritual imbalances. Discover how the concepts of modern psychological illness differ from the perspective of African traditional concepts of healing through spiritual development. Experience the beauty of awakening, and deep acceptance of your own spiritual gifts as Gogo shares her own powerful journey of healing. 

In This Session:

  • Learn the importance of connecting to the ancestors in these times, and the celebration this time brings
  • Understand the unique openings that many people are experiencing through dreams, spirit visitation, and intuitive awareness 
  • Learn the importance of grounding, especially when experiencing intuitive and spiritual awakenings
  • Experience a beautiful Sangoma healing song that Gogo shares to open your heart and spirit!
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Gogo Ekhaya Esima

Sangoma Traditional Healer and Gobela

Gogo Ekhaya Esima was born in the United States and is an initiated sangoma traditional healer in the Shangaan and Zulu lineages of Southern Africa. She is a certified mental health recovery specialist, a trauma survivor, and a spiritual teacher. Her own experience with mental health crisis, and her at times frightening, at times profoundly beautiful journey through it, eventually led her deeply into traditional African spirituality. Her ancestral calling helped to ignite a life saving, deep remembrence within of ancient ancestral wisdom.

Gogo Ekhaya is as strong advocate for challenging standardized mental health concepts in America. This work has allowed her to represent the underserved in the mental health system by speaking at universities, conferences, and summits across the country. She leads ceremonies around the world and has written for the books, Shamanism for the New Millennium and the academic writings of Women & PsychosisShe openly shares her shamanic journey of healing and recovery in the feature length award-winning documentary CRAZYWISE

Her gifts include seeing and hearing voices of the ancestors, spirit mediumship, and earth-based medicinal healing. In her work she addresses the importance of ancestral healing, a supportive community, and other integral aspects of traditional African life and values that are specific to the healing process of our collective consiousness and liberation. Gogo Ekhaya currently works in service as a full-time traditional healer in Southern California.

Gogo Ekhaya Esima