FC Class 2 Sevis Lwa - SPRING SEMESTER BEGINS ON May 1, 2016.
When you register for the class, you will the latest book in Mambo’s Vodou series: The Vodou Code. There will also be a PDF of material to use for service. The PDF will contain prayers, veves and instructions on setting altar spaces, consecrating materials and proper etiquette in service. We will also begin to use the CDs you receive in class one - the Priye Ginen, the Rada and Petro songs for service.
The class is a series of short videos, covering various topics, as they relate to service for the Lwa. Locating the proper placement of your altar. Assembling the components of the altar and setting it up. The correct way to move before the altar (called the vire) What is dogwe and when do is it used? Setting lights for the Lwa. Making a Lamp as an offering to the Lwa. And how to draw a veve, the mystical ground drawings that are so important in working with the Lwa. There is approximately 2 hours of video, broken into 10 minutes segments. Each segment has four questions for you to answer and a freebie. This could be a song practice or a short demo video on a given topic - setting lights properly, performing ritual gestures or how to properly move in temple for ritual.
Then, you should join the Sosyete du Marche Four Circles Facebook group. There, you will find other students who will be joining the conversation, comparing notes and asking questions. Bon Mambo Lisa is the moderator, and will be your “Mistress of Acolytes” for the duration of the class. Gro Mambo Vye Zo will also be present to help answer questions, and direct traffic. Only students of the Four Circles class will be authorized for membership. This is a Facebook group specifically for those people who have paid their tuition and are receiving information for said tuition. If you are not signed up for the Four Circles, you will not be granted access to the group.
The videos will be available for review until May 31. At the end of May, we will reset the site, to begin class again. The Facebook group will still be active and you can always gather there “electronically” to discuss chapters, styles and workings.
We built a question and answer list to help answer any questions you might have:
How much does it cost? We are setting early registration at $100.00 After class begins, the cost will be $150.00.
When does it begin? May 1, 2016
What’s included? The text books - The Vodou Code, a PDF of information relating to topics in the class.
How long does it run? The class will be available until July 31, 2016. After that date, the password and ID will be invalidated.
How does it differ from live class? Online classes allow for a bit more in depth explanations of techniques, pronunciations, etc.
Will there be video? Yes. I have about 120 of minutes of protected video that only SDM students will be able to access.
Will it be live? No. I will not be doing live video, but you can post questions in the Sosyete du Marche Facebook Group, where I will be available to answer your questions. Each week I will record a live video responding to all the questions posed in the Facebook group.
Will you be moderating the group? I will, but I also have assigned a Sosyete member to be the Met Bossal for this class. His name is Dean Stephens, and he will be answering questions along with myself. (A mambo’s work is never done!)
Can you tell me more about the Yahoo Group? Students can access the material and the group anytime to discuss issues with other students. A gallery is also available for students to share current homework.
Will there be home work? Yes, there will be assignments for each video segment. It’s how I and Met Dean will know that you comprehend the material! Students are encouraged to post photos of their altars, their candles, etc. Whatever the homework assignment is.
Is the class segmented or do I get everything at once? I have designed the class so you will have access to all the information at once and can play with it as you like, at your own speed. New weekly videos will pop up with additional tidbits and tips.
What kind of site is being used to host this class? I'm using our private web site, on a secure server, with two firewalls for safety.
How will I access the site? When class begins I will send out login information to all registered students.
What else will be on the site? Along with the Videos I will be posting the major questions as they come up, and the solutions. I will also do a weekly video addressing these questions.
Is this for Beginners or Advanced students? It's for everyone. I've made it so it is information that can be used by all levels.
How will you accept payment? Via PayPal below
What will happen after I sign up? I'll send you a confirmation to saying welcome to the class. At that point you'll get an email inviting you to join the SdM Yahoo group prior to class and meet some of the other students. I will ship out the book and CD, so you can get a jump on reading. Then on or about April 31, 2016, I will send out the login information and you will be ready to begin.
How do I sign up? We will open registration on April 1, 2016.