Yeye Luisah Teish
Chief Iyanifa. Founding Mother of Ile Orunmila Oshun
Topic: The Ancestral Journey: Cracking the Code of Your Inherited Genius

Yeye Luisah Teish is an elder in the Ifa/Orisha tradition of the West African diaspora. She is the founding Mother of Ile Orunmila Oshun and Ase Theater. She is the author of six books most notably Jambalaya: The Natural Woman’s Book of Personal Charms and Practical Rituals. She has contributed to 25 anthologies and published articles and artwork in Coreopsis, Cascadia Subduction Zone, Essence, Ms, and SageWoman magazines. Her writings have been translated into German, Spanish and French.

She renders the sacred orature into interactive workshops, online classes, and ritual theater events that reveal the contemporary applications of this ancient wisdom. Her credits include the Oprah Winfrey Show, Goddess Remembered, Nzinga the King Queen (Brooklyn Academy of Music), and Resonant Streams: An Ancient Call at St. John the Divine Cathedral in New York. Yeye has taught, and performed in Europe, Egypt, Mexico, South America, New Zealand-Australia, Southeast Asia, the Caribbean Islands and West Africa. She co-hosts the Institute of Noetic Sciences Conferences, and facilitates the Bioneers Youth of Color Caucus. She teaches for the Shift Network, and the Center for Sacred Studies. Her video tape series At the Crossroads: Finding Your Life Purpose is available at her website.