Upcoming Ancestral Healing Programs
Ancestral Lineage Healing
Ancestral lineage healing refers to a process of coming into direct relationship with one’s recent and more ancient blood ancestors for personal, family, and cultural healing. Participants in lineage healing programs seek to connect with supportive ancestral guides and partner with them to safely assist the dead still in need of assistance. This work is experiential and follows the lineage healing method featured in Ancestral Medicine: Rituals for Personal and Family Healing (publication July 2017).
- July 14-16 in Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN (Event page & Facebook event)
- August 15-20 in Asheville, NC **Residential Event** (Event page & Facebook event)
- September 29-Oct 1 in Rowe, MA **Residential Event** (Details & Registration link)
- January 19-21, 2018 in Berkeley, CA (Event page)
For details on lineage healing programs or details on how to register see: Ancestral Lineage Healing.
Ancestral Healing for Social and Earth Justice
Our ancestors are critical allies in efforts for greater social and earth justice. They understand the roots of cultural toxins (e.g., racism, sexism, poverty), and our ancestors can also bring fresh perspective and energy for the healing. All are welcome at these trainings, including those new to ancestor reverence or to work for social and earth justice.
- August 15-20 in Asheville, NC **Residential Event**
I’m committed to keeping the work accessible; let me know if you need a reduction to be able to join. Although I teach at times to social and earth justice, I view lineage repair work as foundational to effective participation in ancestral engagement for cultural healing.
Ancestral Healing Practitioner Training
This training emphasizes learning to guide others through the ancestral lineage repair method featured in Ancestral Medicine: Rituals for Personal and Family Healing (publication July 2017). Applicants are psychologically balanced, ritually-experienced people who are well with their family lineages and feel called to work in some type of service capacity with the ancestors.
The background of folks who may have reason to train in ancestor work may include careers such as: psychotherapist, artist, medical professional, activist, hospice/death midwife, parent, historian, priest, teacher, holistic healer, bioethicist/geneticist and community leader. As of June 2017 spaces are nearly full for the second training. For details see: Ancestral Healing Practitioner Training.
Ancestral Healing Circles
Monthly ancestor circles emphasize learning to relate clearly with blood/family ancestors and include prayer, song, visioning practices, and heart-centered dialogue. Folks new to ancestor work, adoptees, and those with a tough experience of family are warmly welcome although you’ll want to have attended a training, done a session, or otherwise have some context for what we’re up to.
Currently these circles are offered one weeknight a month for two hours in Asheville, NC; Boulder, CO; Carrboro, NC; and Athens, GA. Be in contact directly for details on circle in any given location.
For questions: firstname.lastname@example.org or (828) 767-9234.
Online Courses and Teaching Archive
Sessions are recorded (audio and video) for all online courses so participants can listen after the time of the session, and if a course has completed, you may still register and access all the recordings in full.
- Mar 2016: Introduction to Ancestral and Family Healing (Free talk)
- Apr 2016: Animism for Anti-Racist White People and Other Less Recently Indigenous Folks
- May-Jun 2016: Earth & Ancestor Wisdom for Therapists and Other Healer Folks
- Jun-Jul 2016: Ancestral Healing in Jewish Traditions
If you register for a course, feel welcome to send along questions that arise from the content shared.
Honoring Spirits of Place and the Natural World
Over the past fifteen years I’ve guided hundreds of outdoor, place-focused rituals in the S.F. Bay Area and other parts of the United States (e.g., NC, GA, TX, WA, OH). Examples of intentions include: rituals to feast the mountain spirits, peace tree ceremonies to honor ancestors of place, week-long wilderness quests near Mt Shasta, day quests in the S.F. Bay Area, grief rituals to welcome returning rains and salmon, honoring at past mining sites and other areas of ecological desecration, eight years of monthly earth medicine trainings in S.F. Bay Area, and extensive ritual to engage local animal and plant relations. Each intent is different as the powers at any given place vary; however, participants in place-focused rituals can expect to learn foundational, empowering practices for relating respectfully with the larger web of other-than-human relations.
Grief as Sacred Practice
Heart pain, longing, and loss are inevitable, yet modern American folk often feel intimidated and ill-equipped to navigate the transformative potency of grief. We’ll discuss ways diverse cultures weave ritual, grieving, and heart-centered community and talk about grieving as one strategy for mending cracks in the larger vessel of our humanity and holy Earth.
This sacred tending takes place in supportive community with ritual precautions to honor the potency and energetic reality of emotional pain. Ritual allows for participants to fully contact the heart of their experience, express from this place, and move through the full cycle into cleansing and return. When human losses or emotional tending are not the catalyst for this work, grief rituals can also be effective when responding to drought, welcoming back rain, or near the site of historic desecrations.
Ancestral Dedication Ceremony
This is an opportunity to make life-long commitments to include family and ancestral healing as one part of your path and approach to spirit. Ideally at least one person in any family works in an ongoing way to insure that relationships stay healthy between the ancestors/descendants and living family here on Earth. This may include assisting lineage ancestors who are not yet well in spirit, helping family to join the well ancestors upon death, cleaning up harmful intergenerational legacies, activating ancestral blessings, and encouraging the health and vitality of the living.
This commitment ceremony is appropriate for folks with enough experience to know roughly what’s entailed in making a long-term commitment to your ancestors. Participants will spend at least a few hours of preparation crafting vows to your ancestors that you will make during the ritual (with community as witness).
Spiritual Protection and Navigating Funky Energies
The unseen overlaps and mirrors this visible world. Just as not everything here on Earth is love and light, there are real dangers in the realm of spirit. And because we don’t live in a inherently fair universe or society, these troubles sometime arrive uninvited at the doorstep of honest and kind people.
Participants will learn skills to temper the energetic impact of more common forms of human hostility (e.g., fear, anger, and jealousy) and about the potential impact of more complex spiritual problems (e.g., funky spirits, harmful magic, actual curses). We’ll discuss how to distinguish these challenges from personal fear and anxiety and explore the impact of underlying beliefs about safety, fairness, and the realm of spirit. Prior work with guides and teachers in spirit is useful context, as we’ll invite their perspective and engagement in the process of increasing discernment and safety.
Foundations of Dreamwork
Dreams cut across established traditions and cultural difference in ways that are deeply intimate and magical. Dream practice doesn’t require extra hours in the day and once you have the skills in place, you’re positioned for a lifetime of nourishment from the Dreaming. Also, dreams don’t require buy-in to any human system or dogma; they are as ancient as consciousness itself. In this way, dreams are an intimate and reliable source of guidance and natural access point to spirit work for folks wary of organized traditions.
Participants in this day training will learn skills for enhanced dream recall and ways to recognize and work skillfully with different types of dreams. Teachings will draw on both indigenous, earth-honoring perspectives as well as Western psychological wisdom (especially Jungian/depth psychology).
Ancestral Healing in Jewish Traditions
When rooted in the traditions of our blood lineages, practices of ancestor reverence and ritual can also bring about family and cultural healing. Jewish tradition is ripe with practices of ancestor reverence, and offerings in this series will draw on practices based in the Hebrew Bible, rabbinic and mystic teachings, and Jewish lore across time and place. We welcome participants across the spectrum of Jewish experience, including those new to Jewish practice, new to ancestor work, or with a tough experience of family.
The online course (June 28 – July 26) provided an overview of ancestral healing in Jewish traditions and practices for relating in direct and healing ways with the ancestors (online course details and registration). The three-day ancestral healing intensive held Sept 29-Oct 1 in Berkeley, CA was a sweet success, thanks to all who participated. All offerings in this series were co-led with Taya Shere of Kohenet Hebrew Priestess Institute. For more info on Taya’s work see www.holytaya.com and www.kohenet.com.
Remembering and Living Your Personal Destiny
One reason people of diverse backgrounds are increasingly called to relational, earth-honoring ways (indigenous traditions, shamanism, paganism, animism) is that these older and returning ways tend to deeply respect sacred difference. We each come to Earth with distinct gifts, affinities, and unique potential and destiny to (hopefully) fulfill. Participants in this heart-centered day training will gain some clarity about personal destiny and sacred gifts, learn ways to align daily practice w/ soul-level calling, and explore the benefits of letting others be themselves.
Focus will be increasing vocabulary for the archetypes and unseen world and understanding how to apply this understanding to views of self and others. For more context see blog post: Taboo and Sacred Difference.
“Daniel stepped into my life at a pivotal time, and I feel lucky to learn from him a life changing, heart-centered approach of relating to my ancestors. His knowledge and grounding approach provided me with a sense of safety and assurance when addressing the lineages which needed elevation and repair. I’ve been able to develop relationships with ancestors I thought I would not be able to forgive. The results have been profound in my life and that of my family! He is present through the process of healing, his humor soothes the heart, his authenticity provides a sacred space to do the work, and his humble way makes him rare among teachers. I feel blessed to consider him a mentor and friend.” –Shannon, Healer, Teacher, Spiritual Counselor
“Before working with Daniel, I felt a sense of disconnect and confusion about my ancestors, and it was affecting how I handled my relationships with living family. Work with Daniel helped me understand the origin of various fears and blocks, and within a short time I was able to make significant changes and move forward toward greater happiness. I’ve benefited greatly from Daniel’s diverse and deep knowledge, his heart-felt presence and integrity, his way of listening and trust in intuition, his humble connection with spirit, and his gift of facilitating groups and guiding others. Daniel has changed the way I see the world, my family lines, and the way I view and relate with the earth. I highly highly recommend him as a teacher, guide, facilitator, conference speaker, leader, expert and friend.” -Elaine, Writer & Marketing Coach