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Résumé | Facilitator

"One of the best ritualists in North America"

Elder Dr. Malidoma Somé

In a time where everything indigenous is at risk of destruction, Jones has become an advocate for the revival of the conversation between the modern world and the wisdom of Indigenous Cultures. Sorrowed by the very loss of the wild in modernity, he has dedicated much of his life to re-establishing an alliance between the two.


Over the last 35 years, Jones has trained with such renowned teachers as Malidoma Somé, Michael Meade, Daniel Deardorff, Sobonfu Somé, David MacMurray Smith, Linda Galloway, Francis Weller, Stephen Jenkinson, Martín Prechtel, Marion Woodman and Robert Bly. Daniel Deardorff called him, "A ritual genius."


Through his dynamic studies in mythology, ritual, rhythm, dance, counselling and storytelling, he has developed a unique style of facilitating what has become an increasingly necessary experiential discourse between humans, nature, and the spirit world. He is the author of "Medicine Without an Expiry Date: Indigenous Remedy for Modern Trouble."



Résumé | Facilitator

2022 Artist Statement

For the past twenty years I have had an independent part time practice working with people in gatherings I have organized, designed, and led. The gatherings work in the way of the Earth’s traditional peoples, re-inviting nature and spirit into a “larger than only human” community. In these gatherings, the interdisciplinary concept “it takes a village” informs the creation of learning environments that encourage transformative extension on aspects of self, and the way self relates to social, natural and imaginative environments.

I see education as overlapping with leadership training, and the development of ecological and systemic recognition of whole systems. The gatherings I lead understand personal psychology as part of a full ecological process. In effect I have been a self-employed facilitator of community development and personal growth. I see facilitation (following Trevor Bentley) as, “the provision of opportunities, resources, encouragement and support for the group to succeed in achieving its objectives and to do this through enabling the group to take control and responsibility for the way they proceed.”


My main framework has been inspired by several teachers. Dr Michael Meade, (Mosaic Foundation) works with myth and its modern application, extending upon the work of Joseph Campbell, and others. David McMurray Smith (Fantastic Space) works as an independent educator in Personal Performance and Theatre studies since starting his own studio after an academic career as a director and producer. Speaking more broadly, I have been influenced by thinkers such as Lyall Watson, Ivan Illich, Wade Davis, Chistopher Alexander and Gregory Bateson. Foremost, Dr. Malidoma Somé has brought the indigenous wisdom of his people, the Dagara of Burkina Fasso to share with the West to, originally on the instruction of tribal Elders.


Somé’s assignment (and genius) has been to bridge the gap between indigenous ways of knowing and the modern. His education was unique, combining a western academic education (he holds three Master’s degrees and Two PhDs) with a traditional one (he is also a traditional diviner, shaman, and initiated Elder). The implied charge passed on to me is to give the seeds of this knowledge an independent planting in the modern world—working with the practices of indigenous knowledge in a modern setting.


Examples of my work include rituals with the elements of fire, water, earth, mineral, and nature, which are the five “clans” of the Dagara mythology. Specific purposes range between healing from grief and ancestral wounds, to liberating creative energy, the expression of authentic voice, recognition and remembering of  life purpose, and restoring love for the Earth and nature as community values. Traditional storytelling, which historically has always educated about the intersection of personal life and the life of the community, is a foundation stone of the work. Therefore, in the above context, rituals are events that serve to create a space where communication between the human and “other-than-human” worlds can happen. Each is simultaneously specific to a purpose and general to the ongoing issues of community, healing, and initiation.


I see the current challenge of critiquing a dominant culture based on limitless expansion and consumption of being an issue of zeitgeist, of world view or paradigm, pervading all but marginal spaces. In such work, issues of human experience—feeling, imagination, embodiment, intellect, and spirit must be central to any attempt to re-orient and express human existence in a fashion in tune with ecological realities. By necessity, this work is rightly innovative and improvisational to ensure it is responsive to needs and conditions, adopting models from various disciplines, and adapting them in bricolage where seemingly appropriate. 

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Résumé | Facilitator

Randy Thomas Jones

Education | Projects | Experience | Business | Employment

Independent Educator

Leadership Development

Various 1999 — Current

"One of the best ritualists in North America"

Elder, Dr. Malidoma Somé

Seminar & Conference Attendance [Selected]



Malidoma Somé, Michael Meade, Sobonfu Somé, Martin Prechtel, Robert Bly, Marion Woodman, Daniel Deardorff, Wendy Jarvis, Kushad Watson, Francis Weller and others              

Discovering our Evolution - Co-Creating our Future!

Cairo 2018

Deep Democracy Institute

Instructors Max and Ellen Schupbach

Cauldron of Plenty

Wales 2019

Spirit Horse

Facilitator Shivam O'Brien, Founder

Core Gift Master Facilitators Training

OnLine 2022

Core Gift Institute

Facilitator Bruce Anderson, Founder


©2014 Foursquare Trinity Press

“Medicine Without an Expiry Date:  Indigenous Remedy for Modern Trouble"

Introduction by Dr. Malidoma Somé | 512 pages

Humanitarian Mapping

Sierra Leone 2017
Tanzania 2017
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West Africa Motorcycle Mapping

Dar Es Salaam Ramani Huria

Student Mentor / Design Contributions

Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team

Supervisor Ivan Gayton

Television Production

"Among his accomplishments were the creation of a compelling new volunteer orientation . . . he is generous with his labour and brings a firm sense of professionalism to his tasks"

Andrew Lithgow
Executive Director, ICTV

Award: Best Youth Video


A Journey of Growth—

Not a War on Drugs


Producer | Director | Writer

Independent Community Television Cooperative

Vancouver 1997-2000

Instructor, Board Member, Membership Director

​"Co-operative Hunting With the Bionic Eye"

Community Television Volunteer Manual

Kitsilano Neighborhood Television

Vancouver 1985-1996

Producer, Director, Host, Writer, Editor, Camera

Supervisior Michael P Keeping

Performance Studies

Vancouver 1995-2015

Fantastic Space Enterprises

BodySense, Emotional Embodiment, Drama Foundry, Clown Intensive

Physical, emotional & imaginative training and ensemble work for performers
Instructor David MacMurray Smith

Harbour Dance | Western Front | Just Dance

Exploratory, Jazz & African Dance

Approximately 1000 class and studio hours

Russel Shumsky | Pepe Danza | Fano Sorro

Studies in West African Jembe

Approximately 1000 class and studio hours

Pedagogy Studies

Vancouver 1995-2005

"Jones has a unique and astounding ability to conceptualize and organize free-flowing ideas . . . On numerous occasions he would present outlines and insights into previous meetings that included details, patterns, and overviews that were invaluable."

Brent Cameron| Author
Self Design:
Nurturing Genius through
Natural Learning

Uncommon Sense

Technologies for Creating | Creating 101

Instructor Bruce Elkin

Wondertree Education Society

Wondertree Learning Consultant Training

Instructor Brent Cameron
Volunteer Designer | Self Design High
Supervisor Brent Cameron


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Odyssey Substance Abuse Services for Youth

Boy's & Girl's Clubs of Greater Vancouver

Vancouver 1991-1994

Youth and Family Counsellor

Supervisor Mary Anne Crabtree

Discovery Group Training cohort

Vancouver 1985-1987

Gestalt Counselling Training

Instructor Linda Galloway

Project Management

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Bikram Yoga Nairobi Kenya

Kenya 2011

Construction Consultant

CEO Karim Nathoo

Alchemy Handcraft

Vancouver 1995-2022

Construction Management

Self Employed | Proprietor

The Garden Keepers


Landscape Design & Installation

Self Employed | Proprietor

Evergreen Integrity Ltd

Calgary  1979-1982

Landscape Design & Installation

Self Employed | Proprietor

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