Sometimes we find we have gone through a profound rite of passage or initiation yet have come out wanting to deepen our knowledge along the path without the opportunity.
The reasons are many, and this is why Chief Awodele Ifayemi is always available for personal training in various aspects of Ifa and Orisa culture as well as for people wanting an introduction to African spiritual practices.
This is the only program currently online designed to teach everything you need to know in order to interpret Odu Ifá, and solve your client’s problems permanently.
You will have direct access to our expert Oluwo via private one-on-one sessions where you are given the opportunity to ask any questions related to the course material.
Contact Chief Awodele Ifayemi to discuss your particular needs.
The approach we will follow is one that first looks at the essence of the Odus. By this, I mean that each Odu addresses a particular area of life, and by studying the main message of the Odus one can quickly ascertain the “root” cause of the problem or problems experienced by your client. After this, it becomes easy to memorize the details of each Odu.
Part I Of Ifa Training
We will start with the 16 Mejis. These are the “parents” of all the 240 Odus which are formed via combinations of the Meji Odus. Learning Odu is a life-long endeavor undertaken with great love by many dedicated Babalawos. The best we can hope to accomplish via this course is acquiring a sufficient understanding of each Odu in order to accurately perform Dafa.
Divination is at the center of all Ifa activities, and it is the Babalawo who is responsible for performing such divination.
As we take each Odu, we will study its genesis and related stories in order to understand which area of life the Odu is focusing on. Therefore, the Babalawo will immediately recognize the area of life the client is currently having issues with. This is extremely important to know; a well studied Babalawo can often counsel individuals by pairing their issues with an Odu which covers their troubles to the extent of even prescribing a proven solution.
Twice a month we will hold a one-on-one session via Skype. During this session, you will be able to talk about anything related to your studies as well as the lesson you are currently on.
You will be responsible for studying and memorizing the Odus and I will be responsible for helping you learn how to decipher and interpret them.
Part II of Ifa Training
Part two covers the combinations; a total of 240 Odus will be studied using a western perspective to facilitate their understanding and interpretation. This course uses the principles of the Opon Ifa as a framework upon which to study each of the 256 Odu Ifa. The Opon Ifa is “The Bridge Between Heaven and Earth”. The Opon Ifa principles are omnipresent and operate in a reading even if there is no physical Opon-Ifa present. Understanding the Opon-Ifa will give you an insight into human behavior, and daily challenges.
Each quadrant of the Opon-Ifa focuses on the day-to-day challenges of the human experience. The Odus associate which each quadrant of the Opon-Ifa reveal the patterns of human consciousness and help us understand destiny and the purpose of life here on earth.
Part III of Ifa Training
If you are looking for a course that will empower you with the knowledge to perform Ifa divination like a seasoned Babalawo, then this is the course you have been looking for.
It teaches you the process of casting Ifa as well as determining the root cause of your client’s problem, and how to determine what you need to do to solve those problems.
Part IV of Ifa Training – The Advance Series
The Advanced Training Series prepares you to solve your clients’ problems by teaching you the secrets revealed only to fully initiated Babalawos in good standing.
There is a separate part of this course of study, and this one covers the “secrets” of the Odus. This course covers the Orisas, Ewe and spiritual works called for by each Odu related to this quadrant.
These are the “magical” formulas hidden within each Odu which is only transferred from mouth to ear. You will learn the ewe (herbs) prescribed to each Odu, and how to use them for the application of “Akose” or spiritual medicine.
This is where the Babalawo shines; this is the knowledge that separates neophytes from adepts. Due to the high potency of this knowledge, this information is only given to those who have completed the first part of this training.
During this course of studies, you will learn the secrets of Ebo Riru. You will learn about Adabos and the different offerings made to certain spiritual energies to achieve for the client their individual needs. I’m sorry for being so vague about this but I hope you understand.
Everything you need to know about the consecration of Orisas, conducting rituals and Ifa Medicine is delivered via this course.
19 February 2012-02-19
I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Awodele Ifayemi for allowing me to attend his “IFA Teaching Classes”.
For those of us who have been initiated but have little access to our mentors, Awodele Ifayemi has put together a comprehensive training program that allows you to learn the dynamics and mysteries of IFA.
Awodele Ifayemi’s humbleness and dedication to his community and IFA are demonstrated through his gesture, gratitude, and commitment as a Babalawo to extend his teachings and philosophy through this course.
I hope to gain the necessary training and be able to pass on the wisdom and knowledge set forth through the IFA teachings.
Thank you Awodele Ifayemi.
Even though I’ve only attended a brief and incomplete course before, I must state I would never change the present approach as I’ve eventually found what is right for me. I mean the sort of empathy and confidence that developed between teacher and pupil was the key that allowed me feeling confident and improving my knowledge (and my wisdom) in an unsuspected way.
I have found in my classes the exceptional wisdom of a real Father, who dedicated his mental and experiential approach to put me on the right way of the infinite wisdom of Ifa.
Undoubtedly I feel more confident in interpreting Odu for me and others as I humbly think my Teacher filled my soul and my Ori with a lot of more Ase than before.
Long-distance learning may be difficult sometime as there is no direct visual contact for the majority of the time. However, my Ojugbona is able to make me feel at home, just like sitting in front of him looking at his face during our conversations and his lessons.
His style is empathic and I’m sure he uses a very subtle neuro-programming approach that is very useful in imprinting the most important concepts during the difficult path to understand Ifa philosophy and teachings.
Yes, I would recommend this course to anybody who is interested in Ifa and in particular to the numerous initiated people who are looking for a spiritual guide to have continuous and inspiring feedback. And obviously to all who are looking for Ifa initiation.
Dr. R. Baglini MD
Alafia Baba Awodele Ifayemi,
First of all ” Thank you” for this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude for your Ifa training course, it has truly been a blessing to learn and experience Ifa at the level and understanding that you teach it.
As you know I have tried to gain an understanding of the odu’s for the past ten years and have had trouble figuring out how to interpret the Odu’s in a way that was beneficial to me or for whoever I read for. In other words, I knew the basic expression of the Odu but not how to put them in their proper context.
Your Ifa Training course has truly been the piece of the puzzle that I have been missing. Your patience and method of teaching are amazing, and you got jokes too!
My favorite part of the course was the whole course.
I truly couldn’t wait for our next session to learn more. I must say I have heard of Babaláwo’s being able to cover a whole reading by just casting the first or primary Odu and now thanks to your training course on Odu I know how this is done.
What I have learned from you has truly been a blessing and the fact that you are so modest and don’t brag about anything makes you a humble, and great teacher.
I am truly getting a better insight into the Odu and their true essence. Once again A Big Thank You and I recommend anyone just to read your article on this site on the Odus, although it is a small glimpse, it goes a long way in saying how well your understanding is about the Odus.
For all those who wish to understand the Odu I recommend this course. Ashe !
Mario Gasca (Ifaseyi).
I just completed the IFA course part One and Two with Chief Awodele Ifayemi!
The class was very thorough with detailed and covered a variety of subjects important to any Babalawo studying Ifa.
Chief Awodele Ifayemi provided an agenda and covered each subject with handouts and lectures.
Compared to other IFA classes taken in the past, this class provided the necessary level of detail and subjects that any inspiring Babalawo would need to have.
Unlike actually being in Nigeria or living with an experienced Babalawo, this was the next best thing. We were able to meet on-line on a designated date and time and review the material in-depth and assigned homework for added strengthening with no issue.
The Chief explained everything in the hand-outs and lectured throughout the training with brief questions and answer periods for simplicity.
I walked away feeling comfortable and strong enough in understanding the odus and their meanings, and a broader picture of the odu structure and how it relates to the OPON IFA (World).
I strongly encourage anyone with an interest in learning the Babalawo basics (part One) and Advance (part two) to enroll with Chief Awodele Ifayemi. To sit and learn the secrets of our Ancient Tradition at the feet of a seasoned Master, has not only been my deepest longing but one of my most earnest prayers.
In the person of Baba Awodele Ifayemi, my spirit rejoices because I have come in contact with the embodiment of someone who is the fulfillment of this promise.
When the student is ready the teacher will appear… My bi-monthly sessions with Chief Ifayemi always lead s to new understandings and expert nuances that expand my current level of understanding beyond previously perceived dimensions.
As a third plus generation Babalawo in the west African tradition, who was born in the Americas, Chief is a rare find. His forty-plus years as an initiate and practitioner translates experience into practical wisdom.
Chief Awodele Ifayemi is gifted with the ability to synthesize ancient esoteric knowledge and relating it to the Modern-day real-world Drama of 21st-century living. In other words, he knows how to “put it, where the goats can get it”.
- Professionalism A+
- Knowledge A+
- Integrity A+
- Organization A+
- Iwa Pele A+
In conclusion, Chief Awodele Ifayemi is a master teacher, a master of masters.
It is without reservation as his student that I recommend him as a teacher to those who are serious about learning the Art, craft, and soul of divination. His method of Intuitive instruction of Ifa is the best that I have found yet.
The Phenomenal Life
Jr. Priest of Ile Ase Opo Yansan