A new cycle of Eleda.Org’s video ordination seminar, in English, begins June 1, 2024.

Cost: $25 a class, payable in advance, on a monthly basis.

This seminar, open to all duly ordained Lukumí olorishas, is indispensable. The growing degree of almost total unfamiliarity exhibited by olorishas during our religious ceremonies is disturbing, given the significant growth Lukumí religion has experienced in the past 50 years. The number of myths and legends that have originated and are exhibited by ordained priests and priestesses because of this lack of proper preparation is even more disturbing. This course will help to lay the valuable foundations that an olorisha needs by explaining not only the ritual processes, but also the significance and historical basis for these. It is an essential class for all serious olorishas.

The seminar will provide a theoretical understanding of all aspects of the Lukumí asiento or ordination ceremony, including the preparatory stages and the procedures followed throughout the various rituals.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Although many of the elements that shall be discussed throughout the duration of the seminar are intrinsically linked with the role and functions of the Oriaté, this course will not qualify anyone as an Obá Oriaté.

The classes will run for approximately 7 months. You will have one week per class. Students will receive a Vimeo (You must download the free Vimeo program) link to a video on a weekly basis and will have ONE week during which to see the class and take notes. The link will expire upon the receipt of the next week’s link.

Though this is not a Dilogún seminar, we will cover some aspects related with the oracle, and especially the ebó oriaté. Participants are expected to learn the ebó oriaté in its entirety. Once you’ve completed the course and met its requirements, you can proceed to join the Lukumí dilogún course.

Space is limited so act quickly, but please do not reserve a space if you are not serious about taking the course. All those interested in participating must register using the link that appears below. You MUST provide your full birth and osha names, date and place of initiation, full birth and osha names of godparents, plus the name and full contact information for TWO known olorishas that can verify your status as an olosha. VERIFIABLE REFERENCES ARE A MUST. Without this verification, you CANNOT participate.

Once your information is CONFIRMED, you will be required to pay an initial $50.00, NON-REFUNDABLE deposit through Eleda.Org or the full $100 payment for the month of February. If you opt to post just the deposit, which will be applied to the dues for the first month, you will need to post the $50 balance by September 15th. Some days prior to the start of the class, we will send the course description and forms that you will need to sign and return.

To participate, you MUST have a gmail address. Sign up for one asap—it is free of charge—if you don’t already have one, because the system we use for the seminar will not work with other email servers.

Registration Deadline: May 15th, 2024


Once you have been approved, you may Zelle your NON-REFUNDABLE deposit to:

This deposit is to reserve your seat for the seminar, and will be applied to your first month’s dues. We cannot guarantee your registration without a deposit.

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