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A descendant of traditional African healers, Djenaba Dioum Kelly spent her formative years in western Africa with her father's family learning the ways of her people. Today, she incorporates many traditional healing methods into a unique spiritual healing practice. Combining ancient African wisdom with Western therapeutic methods, Djenaba offers workshops on healing shame to people in the West and runs a conscious parenting blog titled The Sugarbabies Online (
She holds an M.A. in Consciousness and Transformative Studies from John F. Kennedy University, and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and two young daughters.