Roya Farhadi Koczak, M.A.

I am a stick Diviner in the Dagara tradition, and a medicine woman in the tradition of my Hungarian ancestresses. I am an educator, an artist, and a seeker of beauty. Having the gift of learning from my ancestors is no doubt the most important blessing I have been given in my life. We all come from people who were resilient and resourceful and had a reciprocal relationship with life. We carry in our bones the recipes for bringing wholeness to this time and space, and have the ability to do so in a way that enriches our current realities. 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.

The gift of this medicine work is in helping strengthen relationships with our own ancestors and traditions, and in healing what has come before us. These types of relationships offer tremendous support to us in our daily lives, tend to the needs of our lineages, and are a joy to have. Ritual is simple and comforting and sane, and can help us profoundly in these times.

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