2019 IONS Conference – Luisah Teish

Luisah Teish

Performance Artist and Spiritual Counselor

Luisah Teish is a ritual theater performance artist, a spiritual counselor, and an elder and woman chief in the Ifa/Orisha tradition. She is a writer and the author of six books, including the women’s spirituality classic Jambalaya: The Natural Woman’s Book of Personal Charms and Practical Rituals. Luisah coauthored On Holy Ground: Commitment and Devotion to Sacred Land with Leilani Birely, a Hawaiian Kahuna, and has contributed to twenty-five anthologies and a host of magazines, including Essence, MS, Shaman’s Drum, and Yoga Journal. She has performed in myth and ritual dramas at St. John the Divine Cathedral and the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York, the Marin Civic Auditorium in California, the Galaxy Theater in New Zealand, and La Casa de las Poesia in Venezuela. Her mixed-media art has been published in the Cascadia Subduction Zone magazine and in Coreopsis Journal of Myth and Theater. Luisah teaches through online classes, weekend workshops, and spiritual retreats.


Spinning the Moon

This session is a combination of folklore, lecture, ritual, and art. Stories depicting the “personality” of the moon and Her relationship to the Sun and the Ocean are performed.

The performance is followed by a discussion of the many ways the moon has been viewed throughout time and ranges from the beliefs about “evil eclipses” to Her impact on “moonstruck” lovers in popular movies.

Participants are invited to perform an African Moon Ritual and are encouraged to produce a “work of art” in honor of the moon.

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