Bodemé Workshop
Body, Mind and Spirit
Bodemé Workshop
Body, Mind and Spirit

What is the Bodemé Workshop?

The Bodemé workshop is a one-day HIV prevention intervention targeted to young black gay/bisexual men, ages 16 to 29. The goal of the workshop is to develop self-empowerment and resilience. The workshop has three modules: Body, Mind and Spirit.  Read More

Bodemé Workshop Modules

Body

Bodemé promotes HIV testing, bio-medical risk reduction (i.e., PrEP, nPEP), and Treatment as Prevention.

Mind

Bodemé increases awareness of interpersonal relationships and psycho-social dynamics.

Spirit

Bodemé is based on traditional African spiritual teachings about gays and lesbians taught before the coming of the Europeans, Christianity, or Islam.

What is the Bodemé Workshop?

The Bodemé workshop is a one-day HIV prevention intervention targeted to young black gay/bisexual men, ages 16 to 29. The goal of the workshop is to develop self-empowerment and resilience. The workshop has three modules: Body, Mind and Spirit.  Read More

Bodemé Workshop Modules

Body

Bodemé promotes HIV testing, bio-medical risk reduction (i.e., PrEP, nPEP), and Treatment as Prevention.

Mind

Bodemé increases awareness of interpersonal relationships and psycho-social dynamics.

Spirit

Bodemé is based on traditional African spiritual teachings about gays and lesbians taught before the coming of the Europeans, Christianity, or Islam.

Bodemé Testimonials

  • “I feel more important than I did before and a little more like I’m worth the extra effort to keep myself protected and healthy.”

    Ricky -18
    Program Participant
  • "The spiritual component makes me feel more confident in who I am as a person."

    Tim - 16
    Program Participant
  • "I feel a stronger connection to my African ancestors as well as a sense of pride."

    DeShawn - Age 25
    Program Participant

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What’s the ideal location for the workshop?

To enhance the sense of a “point of departure,” the workshop should be held in a space unfamiliar to the participants, such as a hotel meeting room, home or space that they have never been in. The space should be large enough for participants to be seated in a semi-circle and have an area for exercises that require two-man teams.

What does Bodemé mean?

Bodemé means “gatekeeper” in the language of the Dagara people. They used the word “Bodemé” to refer to gays and lesbians. Bodemé were viewed as gatekeepers to the spiritual world and were highly respected.

What actual text about African views on gays and lesbians is the Bodemé workshop based on?

The primary reading material is the book, The Spirit of Intimacy: Ancient African Teachings in the Ways of Relationships by Sobunfu Somé (New York City: Quill/HarperCollins, 2002). It is available on AMAZON.

How long is the workshop?

The workshop is one-day, 8-hours. A continental breakfast and lunch should be served.

How many participants?

Ideally, there should be a minimum of 6 men and a maximum of 12 men in the workshop.

Is there required equipment or materials?

The space must allow participants to view and hear a Power Point presentation. Copies of the book, The Spirit of Intimacy: Ancient African Teachings in the Ways of Relationships are given to participants at the end of the workshop. Ideally, a continental breakfast and lunch should be served. Depending on funding, participants may receive a monetary incentive.

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