Divining Bones

Engaging Dr. Cumes as Your Speaker

Keynote Topics
Sponsoring Organizations | Endorsements

David Cumes, M.D.

Practicing Surgeon and Sangoma,
Founder of Inward Bound Healing Journeys

Mission Statement:

Dr. Cumes is committed to bridging Western allopathic medicine and ancient African healing wisdom. Western medicine has brought us many boons but there are glaring deficiencies as well. We focus too much on the intellectual, cognitive and scientific and too little on the intuitive, receptive, artistic, compassionate and mystical. Going back to our root or core self with the help of ancient African wisdom and Nature gives us not only an understanding of our origins but a clear perspective of a new and, at the same time, very old paradigm of healing unconfined to the space/time continuum. Wilderness is the Garden of Eden archetype and the ultimate source of all healing. The original Sangoma medicine arose from the natural world and this healing medicine will never change.

Keynote Topics

Indigenous Approaches to Dreaming

Tilling the Soil of the Soul

Death: The Final Curtain or a New Address?

Sangoma Medicine: Exploring Ancient African Wisdom for Contemporary Ideas on Healing

For eons Southern African Shamans (sangomas or inyangas) have been masters of achieving altered states of consciousness ("possession states"), have used the "bones" as divining tools and have gleaned vital information from dreams. Just as humanity arose in Africa so too did these early principles of healing. This knowledge from "The Field" is not localized in space and time. The presentations will explain these techniques and also demonstrate that our new healing paradigm is in fact very old.


Wilderness Rapture and the Healing Power of Nature - For more content visit this podcast: The Ancestral Roots of Healing (from futureprimitive.org)

Healing Universals and Ancient Wisdom-The Spirit of Healing

Energy Anatomy

The Wounded Healer and Other Healing Archetypes


Partial List of Sponsoring Organizations:

Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital Surgical and Medical Grand Rounds
Santa Barbara Nurses
The American College of Surgeons, Southern California Chapter
Stanford Medical Center, Urology Division
Scripps Medical Center and Clinic
AMSA, American Medical Students Association
Creativity and Madness Conference
CASA Center for Therapeutic Services
National Wellness Institute
International Jungian Association
Jungian Society, Johannesburg, S.A.
Jungian Society of Utah
Hudson Institute of Santa Barbara
Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health
Association of Operating Room Nurses
American Holistic Nurses Association
Hospice of Santa Barbara
International Spa Association
Institute of Noetic Sciences
Pacifica Graduate Institute
The Message Company
Santa Barbara Medical Society
Santa Barbara City College, Continuing Education Division
Society of Shamanic Practitioners
Wilderness Education Association
Wilderness Leadership School, Durban, South Africa
Wilderness Medical Society
UCSD Wilderness Conference
UCSB Department of Religious Studies
Evergreen Healthcare
NICABM-The National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine
Various California Hospitals
Various South African Audiences

Dr. Cumes' message is unique and appeals to professional caregivers, business professionals, and the general public. As we enter the new millennium, we are encountering a completely different healing paradigm. Third Era Medicine (Larry Dossey, MD) refers to medicine not localized to our conventional time-space continuum. It follows the First Era of modern, orthodox, allopathic medicine and the Second Era of Mind-Body medicine. Dave helps caregivers and patients alike appreciate and understand the principles of Era 3 Medicine.



"Although urology is Dave's surgical specialty, his healing work, teaching and writing extend into psycho-spiritual realms which embrace indigenous wisdoms including nature as healer, the power of dreams, ancestral guidance in our lives and a perspective of death as a joyous reality of life's continuance.

"The multi-faceted body/mind/spirit scope of his interest and expertise have greatly enriched and expanded the Omega Program's mission. He has led many in-service retreats for our instructors who are crazy about him. He's so damn erudite yet very modest, having an authentic gentility with a dollop of the playful rascal. We surely see him as being in tune with the universe and possessed with some of its happiest and richest secrets which he generously shares."

Maryellen Flynn Kelley, Retired Director - Omega Program,Continuing Education Division, Santa Barbara City College

"When I first met Dave I knew immediately that he had a special quality that defined his whole way of being in the world. He is someone who really walks the path, a true healer, and dedicated doctor of both African and Western medicine. I have referred many of my patients to him and seen stubborn or difficult conditions disappear. In addition, I have had the great joy of inviting him to teach our students at Pacifica Graduate Institute. Dave has something of great value to offer us and we are blessed to have him in these troubling times. We can all benefit by listening to his deep wisdom and taking his medicine."

Caylin Huttar, Ph.D., L.Ac., Somatic Studies Specialization Chair - Depth Psychology Department, Pacifica Graduate Institute

"As an avowed skeptic I can't believe what I can't observe. I've directly observed Dr. Cumes as he teaches, counsels others and gives great advice. He is one of the best listeners I've ever met. While I don't presently believe in the supernatural - I believe entirely in the skills and caring powers of this remarkable man. (Maybe this could help you reach the 20% of us who are, right or wrong, in the skeptics camp.)"

Don Lubach, University Administrator and Faculty Member

"It was a privilege to host Dr. Cumes at Wellness Weekend in the Wild 2001. Dave brings a wealth of knowledge and personal experience to the topic of healing and nature, drawing from his medical training and background as well as extended time and study with indigenous cultures and healers throughout the world. He is a knowledgeable, well-educated man as well as a gifted healer who has touched the inner magic of his soul, and readily shares his gifts with others. His programs are a blend of the richness of his experiences with indigenous cultures, the wisdom he has gained from these people, and the knowledge of a well-trained western physician. He is an excellent speaker who brought a wealth of information and insight to this weekend."

Pam Greenslate, Director - CASA Center For Therapeutic Services, Peoria, IL

"I have been involved in coordinating the Mind-Supermind lecture series in our community for over 25 years. Our speakers have included renowned physicians such as Deepak Chopra, Rachel Naomi Remen, Bernie Siegel, Larry Dossey - and most recently David Cumes. When I first heard Dave speak I was very excited to learn that he is one of our own local practicing surgeons! His message and mission encompass such a holistic world view of healing. I have the highest regard for Dr. Cumes both personally and professionally, and I know the Santa Barbara community is extremely gratified that he now has a growing international audience."

Ellen Downing MS, Founder - Mind and Supermind: Expanding the Limits of Consciousness,
Santa Barbara City College Continuing Education Division

"Rather than creating a new, confusing, complex approach as many other authors do, Dr: Cumes fashions a synergy - a union - of several classic healing traditions. He describes this union in plain English, using abundant common sense, in an easy-to-read, captivating manner, incorporating stories from his own life, creating a book suitable for layman or professional alike."

Alan Singh Weiss, M.D., M.M.E., F.A.C.S., Director Medical Education California Hospital Los Angeles, Clinical Asst. Professor Surgery USC

'The Spirit of Healing is a compelling book that demonstrates how nature is a profound teacher of our own nature."

Angeles Arrien, Ph.D., author of The Four-fold Way and Signs of Life

"Dr David Cumes has studied healing around the world. He writes wisely about the most basic elements of health and illness. This book is a return to ancient wisdom seen through the eyes of a skilled surgeon, and a penetrating glimpse of the medicine of the future."

Larry Dossey M.D., author of Prayer is Good Medicine and Reinventing Medicine

"Inner Passages, Outer Journeys adds another level of healing wisdom to the merging paradigm of health. [The author] reminds us that the environment is our extended body and that when given the opportunity, Nature is the ultimate healer, returning us to wholeness."

David Simon, M.D., Medical Director of the Chopra Center for Well Being

"David Cumes, M.D. led a group of travelers for my company on a ten day journey to the Kalahari San Bushmen in Botswana. It was an exceptional experience for all participants. Much of the travelers' personal teaming was due to Dave's gentle, firm teaching manner. He prepared the way and allowed the experience to unfold in its own way for each individual. Dave walks his talk, is knowledgeable, present, approachable and fun to be around. I have asked him to lead another journey next year"

Carole Angermeir, President. Cross Cultural Journeys


"Cures, Divination, Trance-Channeling and More"

"Medicine Man"


"Wilderness Rapture"

Engaging Dr. Cumes as Your Speaker

Dr. Cumes' presentations fit successfully into many program designs and appeal to a variety of audiences. From a one-hour keynote, banquet or closing speech to a three-hour or full-day general session or seminar, he creates a mood and message that will have lasting impact. As a practicing surgeon, he is "in the trenches" so to speak and can help the modern physician, nurse, or other professional caregiver as well as the questioning patient bridge the gap between ancient healing and modern medicine.

Dr. Cumes ' presentations vary in length according to your meeting objectives and to accommodate your program design. For information call 805 964-6771.

Dr. Cumes books and music can be made available to you for sale during your event and Dr. Cumes is pleased to be available for autograph sessions.

"African wisdom gives us not only an understanding of our origins but a clear perspective of a new and, at the same time, very old paradigm of healing unconfined to the space/time continuum." David Cumes M.D.

David Cumes, M.D. - Inward Bound Healing Journeys
5333 Hollister Av #210, Goleta, CA 93111
(805) 964-6771 fax (805) 964-6772



"The fundamental notion of equilibrating the opposites to attain balance is omnipresent in all beliefs. This universal truth is crucial to our understanding of' how we keep well and how we heal."

Inner Passages, Outer Journeys
David M. Cumes, M.D.

©2016 Dr. David Cumes M.D.