Roya Farhadi Koczak, M.A.

The focus here is not on ritual itself, but on opening up something in hearts and spirits that has been locked away so long that individuals can barely remember the source.
— Malidoma Patrice Somé

I am a Stick Diviner in the Dagara tradition, and a Medicine Woman in the tradition of my Hungarian ancestresses. I have been fortunate in this life in many ways, but knowing and learning from my ancestors is no doubt the most important blessing I have been given. I am a teacher, an educator, a counselor, an artist, and a chaser of beauty. I talk with mountains and birds and wild parts of the world, and I love makeup and Beyoncé. No one person is just one thing.

It is in this balance of the many worlds we live in that I learned my true power. Every wild being shines in its unique way. We are no different. We all come from somewhere, from people who were resilient and resourceful, and who had a reciprocal relationship with life. None of us is left out of this. The gift of this medicine work is in helping us each find our own medicine, and in creating the space to renew relationships with our own ancestors, traditions, and medicine. We carry in our bones the recipes for bringing wholeness to this time and space, and doing so in a way that enriches our current realities. Connecting to life through ritual is simple and comforting and sane.

Each of us remembers the songs of our rituals and the sacredness of our shrines, no matter how deeply they are buried in the space of time. My work is to utilize the medicine that I have been gifted, that I have agreed to tend and carry, to help you connect to yours. Magic is real. My biggest hope is that the person who most thinks this sounds hokey finds their way to me. Let me laugh with you about how awkward this can be, so that you understand that we’re all uncomfortable getting vulnerable. That is takes courage, but if we can stick with it and keep our sense of humor, we’ve got this. This is the gift that I most want to share with you.