Cook, Cure & Conjure

“A Healing Journey Using Food, Plant Medicine and Culture”

Cook, Cure, and Conjure addresses the three most important aspects of daily life: the ability to feed the body, to maintain the health of the body, and to engage the mind to ignite the Spirit.

Flora, Sobande, and YeYe are committed to putting the power to create a healthy, delicious, and exciting life in your hands.

Taking this course will add value to your everyday life. Let it guide your hand in the garden, your heart in the kitchen and your spirit as you share these stories with your family. In the face of our present challenges, this course will help to sustain your life in more ways than one.

MEET YOUR INSTRUCTORS

Priestess Flora Domenis

COOK

Flora Domenis is a yoga teacher and Ayurvedic therapist, specializing in lifestyle, nutrition, and
Vedic psychology. She holds more than 27 years of experience infused by Earth traditions from around the globe.

Most of these ideas come from my training as an Ayurvedic practitioner. Ayurveda is a holistic system from ancient India. It addresses the science of medicine from within a complete cosmological understanding that encompasses not only physics and philosophy, but also spirituality, biology, psychology, botany and ecology. The list of disciplines goes on because the term Ayur-Veda literally means Life-Science which by default refers to everything that encompasses our experience of Life. Some examples of this are living spaces, sensory perceptions, work and hobbies, clothing, finances etc.

All of this is relevant to our health when we think of health holistically. In my multi-ethnic experience, Ayurveda provided me with clear and defined parameters through which I could reconcile all my worlds and find the similarities that lie within. The universality of the teachings within Ayurveda provided me with a language I later recognized in the different parts of the world I have had the honor to call home. That language is the language of time, the language of our ancestors.

When we refer to Ayurvedic cooking in this text, do not be led to believe that we will uniquely offer Indian cuisine, quite the opposite. The dishes in this book will be inspired by all continents and by many cultures. The only thing strictly Indian about these recipes is the wisdom which inspired them. Consider Ayurvedic cooking here, to be a lens through which the science of nutrition becomes, not only an understanding of chemistry and biology, but rather a relationship to the environment, our psyche and indeed the universe.


As a Yoga Teacher and Ayurvedic Therapist, I specialize in Lifestyle, Nutrition and Vedic psychology. I’ve been a globetrotter since the day I was born and an avid spiritual seeker since the early age of 12. Now, with over 30 years of experience, I have a practice based on Universal truths highlighted by Earth traditions from around the globe. The width of my scope of interests was an instant match to Yeye Luisah Teish’s all-encompassing wealth of knowledge. When I first met her, here in Costa Rica where I currently reside, it became devotional love at first sight. All of this was of course through, whom I now refer to as, my beloved sister Sobande Greer. When Sobande recently announced that Yeye had this collaboration in mind, I was immediately both humbled and eager. This book is a much-needed inter-disciplinary effort which aims at connecting the dots amongst essential basics of the human experience: food, spirituality, health, and our relationship to Nature. It is a light introduction carrying profound implications that suggest follow through and coherence in common sense principles – independent of creed, race, or gender. We collectively face an unstoppable urge for change and growth. It is time for us to adjust into the roles that summon a conscious society. We humbly hope to inspire you to make this change with this practical and easy to apply set of tools and understandings of certain fundamental universal laws. I am very passionate and honored to share this with you, like minded enthusiasts at this most special of times.

Iya Angelique "Sobande" Greer

Cure

Iya Angelique “Sobande” Greer is a 5th generation Master Herbalist, Holistic Nutritionist, and Wellness Strategist, based in the Kentucky-Tennessee region. She is also a proud veteran of the United States Army, having served during Desert Storm. In 1992, she made history by founding the first African American School of Herbalism in the United States – The NCB School of Herbalism & Holistic Health near Nashville TN.

In addition to her foundational work, Iya Sobande is the visionary powerhouse behind several transformative initiatives. These include the Sacred Waters Retreat, Cook Cure & Conjure, Legacy Tea Blends, and The Afro Botany Immersion Conference held in Costa Rica. Each of these ventures reflects her commitment to holistic health, cultural heritage, and spiritual growth.

Iya Sobande’s academic credentials are equally impressive. She is a proud graduate of Austin Peay State University, where she earned undergraduate degrees in Communications, Public Relations, and Health & Nutrition. Furthering her expertise, she is a Certified Natural Health Professional with the Trinity School of Natural Health. She also holds the title of Holistic Health Consultant from the International Board of African Thinkers & Healers Inc., and the Ghana Traditional Healers Association, under the guidance of the world-renowned Dr. Llaila O. Afrika ND.

Over the past 30 years, Iya Sobande’s contributions to the field of holistic health have been widely recognized. Her products, services, workshops, and literary publications have been featured in esteemed platforms such as Traditional Medicinals’ “Female Trailblazers of American Herbalism”, Black Enterprise Magazine, The Country Music Awards Association, Urban Network Magazine, and the National Coffee & Tea Trade Journal. She has also been listed in Who’s Who in Alternative Healthcare and has been a guest on a variety of radio shows, podcasts, and other publications.

Iya Sobande’s work extends beyond borders. She has traveled the globe, lecturing, and presenting workshops and rituals on herbal medicine from both a historical and spiritual perspective. Her passion for healing and education continues to inspire and transform lives around the world.

Iya Sobande’s work has had a profound impact on marginalized communities, as she has provided a platform for the study and practice of Indigenous African Earth Medicine. This has opened opportunities for individuals from these communities to access and learn about traditional healing practices through the various initiatives. Iya Sobande continues to create safe spaces for learning, healing, and community building. Her platforms not only provide education and resources but also foster a sense of belonging and empowerment among participants for generations to come.

Yeye Luisah Teish

CONJURE

Yeye Teish is an Iyanifa and Oshun chief in the Yoruba tradition. She is one of the most well-known Yoruba priestesses worldwide, celebrated internationally in Goddess circles as a writer,
ritual-maker, and author of most notably Jambalaya: The Natural Woman’s Book of Personal Charms and Practical Rituals. She’s quite literally a legendary woman of great character and exceeding positive impact for this generation and all time.

I was born by the river at the port of New Orleans to parents of African, Native American, and Creole descent. We moved from the French Quarter into a sub-division for “colored” on the West Bank of the river.

My mother worked as a cook in several restaurants and in private homes. I was exposed to a global palate, spicy, and often made with denizens of the surrounding waters, catfish, alligator, and even armadillo. I learned how to cook all these things under my mother’s guidance. But the most important thing was the wisdom she imparted and the kinship we shared.

Sitting in the kitchen at the end of the table between the hot oven and the cool window fan, my mother and I observed the evolution of the neighborhood and extrapolated from it the ways of the larger world that went far beyond the six blocks in every direction that we could see.
I watched school aged children run across mussel shell covered streets to catch a rickety old bus while Momma lathed butter- colored cooking shortening on hot toast fresh from the oven made with day old bread.

We shook our heads in sympathy or disgust as the neighborhood men stumbled in from a hard day’s work with blood in their eyes from the strain of labor or the pressure of alcohol exploding in their livers. Momma chopped the onions slowly and deliberately, allowing the juice to burn her eyes so she could camouflage her tears as cooking broth. Pretty girls danced in the streets wearing bright but not too short dresses, dangling earrings, and unsolicited babies baking in the ovens between their legs just below their hearts.

I cut the corn and gingerbread, as my mother squeezed lemons for lemonade and salted fresh-picked mustard greens while singing oldies but goodies to the ancient rhythms of coffee with chicory percolating in a pot on the back burner. My mother and I watched the cowboys kill the Indians on TV as we shook our heads to knock the naps out. Those naps fell to the floor in a cloud of smoke like the black bodies of wide-nosed Africans running from the white man on Tarzan, King of the Jungle.

We dreamed of going somewhere cool, safe, and sweet. We dreamed of going somewhere where there was Mardi Gras every other day. We dreamed of going somewhere where our brown skins, full lips, and shining eyes would be seen as beautiful. Beautiful enough to grant us respect. We dreamed we’d be respected enough to allow us the peace that comes from sitting in the kitchen at the end of the table between the heat of the oven and the cool window fan looking out onto a world that was ours.

ABOUT THE COURSE

COOK:

Ayurvedic Magician Flora Domenis will present ayurvedic-aligned recipes to support and sustain optimal health.

CURE: 

Master Herbalist Sobande Greer will break down the medicinal and spiritual healing properties of the herbs & plants used within each dish.

CONJURE: 

Iyanifa Yeye Teish will bring you the folklore, charms and rituals associated with them all…

 

 

COOK, CURE, & CONJURE MODULES:

 

MODULE 1 | The Spiritual Aspects of Food, Herbs & Community

Overview, Origin Stories, Cosmology Similarity; Our Connection to Nature, Earth & the Universe.

 


MODULE 2
 | Appetizers: Fritters, Hush Puppies and Acorn Bread

Snacks are a great way to create community, to entertain & delight the palate. They are often divinity favorites and multi-dimensional crowd-pleasers. Learn the importance of recreating ancestral treats that soothe the soul.


MODULE 3
 | Soups: Alphabet in a Bowl

Soups are not only dishes of resistance but a healthier option for the entire body, especially when you make your own. This module introduces you to the revolution of food sovereignty.


MODULE 4 | Salads: Bread and Butter Issues

Salads are one of the easiest ways to boost your energy, immune system & vibrations. Come fall in love with fresh vegetables and fruit. This is medicine at its best.


MODULE 5 | Main Dishes: For Collard Girls 

This module breaks down the significance of what a main meal looks like and its role in helping keep our households united and strong.

MODULE 6 | Dessert: A Desserted Army

Let’s explore inexpensive ways to reward ourselves with sweet treats. We will take a look at the journey and impact of sweets as a food for respect rather than lack. Learn how to balance flavors and your hormones using spices.

MODULE 7 | Drinks: Follow the Drinking Gourd

Alcohol has been by man’s side throughout history. From distillation to fermentation, we will discuss how alcohol is used in ritual and medicine.

MODULE 8 | Celebration & Graduation

 

COURSE COST & PAYMENT OPTIONS:

  • EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION (Use the discount code: C3500 – Save $500)$756  
    Begins April 15 – June 15th, 2024.   
  • FULL REGISTRATION: $1256.00 ($157/Module) 
  • PAYMENT PLAN: $150/Mo. ($195 non-refundable deposit required). Final Payment due on or before August 24th, 2024.

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