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Tshisimane

Bridging Western medicine and ancient African healing practices

Western medicine has brought us many boons but there are glaring deficiencies as well. Though masters of technology we are often impoverished in the psycho-spiritual healing realms. Going back to our root or core self with the help of ancient African wisdom gives us not only an understanding of our origins but a clear perspective of a new and at the same time a very old paradigm of healing unconfined to the space-time continuum.


Director's house, conference & meditation area (still incomplete)

The primary goal of TSHISIMANE HEALING CENTER was to validate and research ancient indigenous healing techniques and bridge these ancient methods with current ideas of integrative medicine. These primal methods employ divination and dream telling for diagnosis of physical and psycho-spiritual maladies and use plant medicines for their treatment.

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Lodge interior

Healing hut at Tshisimane

The message in Dr David Cumes' dream could not have been clearer or more direct. An accomplished surgeon with a busy practice in Santa Barbara, Dave is also trained and initiated as a South African sangoma (traditional healer). His vision: Bring the healing traditions of Africa and introduce them to people who have only known Western medicine.

Dave has complied by establishing sangoma healing in his hometown Santa Barbara. He has built a healing hut in his garden where divining and healing rituals are given to numerous clients. Based on the TSHISIMANE model Dave has established a similar healing center for clients in Santa Barbara using plants from the local chaparral in addition to their African equivalents as well as his house as a resource center.

Inward Bound Healing Journeys is a non-profit 501C3 corporation. All donations go to supporting indigenous healing wisdom.


 

"Unless we are in service to others, we will not endure happiness and the more we focus on ourselves the more miserable we become. This is not an ethical judgment, but a fact of life that is fixed as a default into the fabric of the soul."

Africa In My Bones
David M. Cumes, M.D.


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