Ifá is a Yoruba religion and system of divination. Its literary corpus is the Odu Ifá. Òrúnmìlà is identified as the Grand Priest, as he is who revealed divinity and prophecy to the world. Babalawo or Iyanifas use either the divining chain known as Opele, or the sacred palm or kola nuts called Ikin, on the wooden divination tray called Opon Ifá.

The intro to Ifa / preinitiation class is a weekly online class. Our Grand teacher is a reputable, native Yoruba Babalawo who is based in West Africa. He’s from a long line of generational Babalawos: (a true son of the African soil).

Our package includes two important steps:

  1. Five Weeks of comprehensive lecture regarding Ifa divinity. You will learn all the real facts that is required to become initiated into Ifa. You will learn the significance of each Ifa tool and their powerful significance, and the proper preparations towards initiation that will leave you without a doubt that you’ve chosen the right path of African spirituality.
  2. You will also receive a hand of Ifa. Which is the “Isefa.” This special ceremony will be performed on your behalf by the Babalawo, and it takes place live via zoom.


Isefa or Receiving a Hand of Ifa, is a ritual (ceremony) marking a major milestone in the Ifa / Orisa journey. Isefa is a precursor step to full Ifa Initiation (Tefa), where one would receive the second and subsequent “Hands” (sets) of Ifa. A “Hand” of Ifa is a complete set of Ikin (sacred palm seeds) making up the consecrated Ifa.  Isefa is long known to help devotees develop spiritual intimacy with their Ifa and Ori inu (inner head), as well as help them navigate through life with heightened, greater tranquility. 


Can someone receive a Hand of Ifa long distance? 

Yes. It has long been a common and accepted practice to consecrate a hand of Ifa for a person without them being present, However, it must be done with their consent, and with the same efficacy. Babalawos have been offering and performing Isefa ritual for people living abroad in absentia and then mailing their shrines to them and instructing them on how to set up the shrine in their homes after receiving.  Thanks to modern technology such as video conferencing that has increased the numbers of fulfilled Ifa devotees as a result of easy accessibility. 


After completing your intro to Ifa class, join our Ifa Initiation trip to Nigeria, West Africa.


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