Many people considered Malidoma Somé to be the most important living interpreter of African indigenous wisdom in the West. As divined by his elders before he was born, he devoted his life in many ways and in many places around the world to building a bridge between two apparently conflicting cultures. The East Coast Village is one of those places. That space - a natural, rustic, magical landscape on Bly Hollow Road in Cherry Plain, NY - became known as the East Coast Village (ECV or the Land).
Elder Malidoma taught that the healing power of nature, ritual and community is what the indigenous world offers to the modern world. In the indigenous world, community is integral to the harmony and balance of each individual. Ritual is the technology that weaves the individual and his/her/their gifts into a community that activates the transformative power of the natural world. We offer to the West, African spirit technologies, so long held secret, as tools to enable individuals live more peaceful and empowered lives.