Ancestral Healing Practitioner Training
August 2017 – March 2018
This six-month training in the ancestral lineage repair method developed by Daniel Foor, Ph.D. is for experienced ritualists who are psychologically well and already in healthy relationship with their own ancestral lineages. The work itself will closely follow Ancestral Medicine: Rituals for Personal and Family Healing (publication July 2017, Inner Traditions).
People drawn to guide ancestral healing work for others may include psychotherapists, medical professionals, activists/community leaders, hospice/death midwives, historians/genealogists, priests of diverse traditions, bioethicists/geneticists, and holistic healers. In addition to learning to guide ancestral lineage repair work in an individual context, participants will:
- Engage in ancestor-focused prayer and invocation, altar tending, and offering practices
- Learn basic skills for assisting the dying and recently deceased
- Weave social and earth justice considerations into the practice of ancestral healing
- Increase personal capacity to engage the ancestors through dreams and synchronicity
- Receive instruction for working with ancestral curses and other toxins
- Enjoy individualized support for bringing out your personal ancestral calling
Graduates of the practitioner training may elect to pursue certification in this approach to ancestral lineage healing.
About the Program
Training begins and ends with a residential retreat (four full days, five nights each) focused on learning practices of ancestral lineage healing. We’ll gather at Still Meadow Retreat Center in Damascus, OR (just southeast of Portland, OR). Retreat dates are:
- August 29 – September 3, 2017
- February 27 – March 4, 2018
The first retreat will cover the five stages of the lineage repair cycle with considerable time devoted to supervised small-group exchanges. The second retreat will explore social and earth justice ritual in relation to the ancestors, deepen with core skills, and include other aspects of ancestor reverence and ritual.
Between retreats participants will engage in five monthly group video conferences (Oct – Feb), five individual mentorship sessions with Daniel, and one-on-one ancestral healing sessions with other trainees by phone or video conference.
Ideally you have attended at least two ancestral lineage healing trainings with me or equivalent personal session work. All applicants are expected to have engaged at depth with their own blood lineage ancestors. Participants ideally have years of prior experience with introspection, personal healing, and some type of spiritual practice. Trainees are expected to be at a stage in their development where they are able and willing to be of service. Trainees are also expected to be not only psychologically and ritually grounded humans, but also culturally competent, including willing to work personal edges ongoing and to be invested in some way in larger movements for social and earth justice.
Cost is for the six-month practitioner training is $2,400. This includes tuition for both five-day retreats, five personal mentorship sessions, and monthly video conferences but does not include the food and lodging for retreats. See below for details on scholarships if you would need a cost reduction to be able to join.
Lodging for the five nights at Still Meadow ranges from $90/night (private room), $55/night (double occupancy), $35/night (dorm room), to $20/night (camping). Healthy catered food costs $43/day for three meals, and special dietary needs can be accommodated if communicated in advance. Participants are strongly encouraged to stay on-site at Still Meadow Retreat Center although some exceptions may be made for Portland residents. Any commuters from Portland are still requested to join for catered lunches ($16/day). An estimate for food and lodging costs (assuming dorm-style accommodations and five days of eating on-site) would therefore be $390 per retreat.
Participants are asked to arrive for a 7pm-9pm evening session on the Tuesday evening before each retreat (Aug 29th and Feb 27th) and to stay through the morning session 9-11am the following Sunday (Sept 3rd and Mar 4th). As most training participants will be non-local to Portland, staying on site also allows for quality time in conscious community.
Application and Scholarships
Participation in the training begins with submitting a completed application (application link here). Spaces are limited and applications will be considered in the order in which they are received. Accepted applicants will be invited to register, see application for details.
Some scholarships are available for applicants in need. To apply, please submit both the training application and the scholarship application (scholarship link here). Scholarship applicants with a commitment to serving populations who may not otherwise enjoy access to ancestral healing work will be given some preference.
Permissions and Certification
Everyone who completes the training will have foundational skills to support others in ancestral lineage repair work. Graduates can state that they completed the Ancestral Healing Practitioner Training and are encouraged to put their skills into practice within bounds of personal capacities.
Graduates called to guide regular ancestral healing work for others after completing the practitioner training are encouraged to apply for the certification process. The certification process includes regular supervision, guiding some sessions for low-income clients and those new to ancestral healing, and the opportunity be part of a collegial association of other practitioners. All practitioners are asked to agree to the Ancestral Healing Practitioner Code of Ethics.
Graduates of First Practitioner Training, January 2017 (Irene not pictured)