About the Organization

We are a fellowship of earth and ancestor-honoring ritualists committed to heart-aware and historically-informed cultural healing. We seek to deeply honor each person’s unique gifts and to work in partnership with the ancestors and elders who are the land.

Our collective of teachers and practitioners are now offering ancestral healing intensives in seven countries, personal sessions in eight languages, and several online courses for an international audience. For more context on our priorities, see our Code of Ethics and our scholarship application for all offerings. If you wish to the support our commitment to keeping offerings accessible while also lifting up our talented teaching staff, consider a contribution to our scholarship fund.

Daniel Foor, Ph.D. – Founder & Director

Daniel is a teacher and practitioner of practical animism who specializes in ancestral and family healing and in helping folks learn to relate well with the rest of life. His recent ancestors are settler-colonialists to Pennsylvania and Ohio from England, Germany, and Ireland. He is a doctor of psychology, marriage and family therapist, amateur naturalist, life-long student of earth-honoring traditions, and the author of Ancestral Medicine: Rituals for Personal and Family Healing. Since 2005 Daniel has guided ancestor-focused trainings, community rituals, and personal sessions throughout North America. Training as a therapist, living in other cultures, and immersion in different lineages of ritual all inform his kind and non-dogmatic approach to ancestor and earth reverence. He lives with his wife and daughter in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina, traditional homeland of Cherokee and earlier indigenous peoples. For more information see his full bio here.

Seyta Selter, MA – Organization & Development Wizard

Seyta is a multi-talented wizard and the backbone of growing and administering the organization and its offerings. Seyta builds and tends the administrative wing of Ancestral Medicine including infrastructure, web development and online classes, events, accounting, and communications. She also works closely with Daniel on strategic development and curriculum. Seyta has an MA in East-West Psychology and is an ancestral healing practitioner and teacher of this work. Her recent ancestors were settlers in New York and Illinois from the Hebrew diaspora, the British Isles, and Germany. Seyta’s professional background includes founding and growing a custom clothier for 10 years, teaching dream psychology in college, and developing NORD, an online social journaling website focusing on experiences with the unseen. Seyta lives in Olympia, Washington on traditional territory of Squaxin and Nisqually peoples. For more info see: innerlands.org.

The Advisory Council

The Advisory Council consists of three experienced ancestral healing practitioners and community leaders who hold monthly council with Daniel to help address the growing needs of the ancestral healing work and fellowship of practitioners. An integral part of ensuring the vitality of this diverse and collaborative community of healers and ritualists, the Advisory Council also oversees a quarterly all-community meeting for trainees and practitioners of this work. This is a rotating volunteer position within the larger body of practitioners, and the specific structures for oversight, support, and conflict resolution currently in place for the organization are certain to evolve over time to meet the growing needs of this emergent community and body of work. Current Advisory Council members are the amazing, brilliant, and kind trio of Pavini Moray (March 2018 to present), Gita Thandika (February 2019 to present), and Shannon Ledford (June 2019 to present). Advisory Council Members Emeriti are Taya Shere (March 2018 – February 2019) and Shannon Willis (March 2018 – June 2019).

Ancestral Healing Practitioners and Trainees 

From 2016-2018 Daniel guided three cohorts through the ancestral healing practitioner training. Of these 59 graduates (trainees) currently 21 have completed their session and supervision requirements toward certification as practitioners (link here for the full directory). This emergent fellowship includes folks with ancestral lineages from all inhabited continents, fluency and session options in eight languages (English, Spanish, French, Russian, Mandarin, Cantonese, Italian, and Amharic), and beautiful diversity with respect to gender identity, religious background, professional training, and life experience. We are committed to offering ancestral healing in ways that are culturally healing/intersectional, kind, and justice-oriented; accessible to all; mindful of place and histories of colonialism; and anchored in sound and effective ritual practice. We are a fierce and loving emergent fellowship known to sing, dance, weep, trance, and praise when together.

 Community and Who We Serve

The heart of the ancestral healing work is focused on the healing and elevation of the dead along participants’ blood and family lineages. In this sense we serve both the living and the many generations of ancestors before them on back to unbroken ancient magics that continue to hold the world together. We situate these collaborations with the old ones in larger movements for social and earth justice and in an animist or earth-honoring framework that celebrates the personhood of our other-than-human kin. Ancestor reverence and ritual is part of a larger prayer and vision to bring wayward humans back into humble and healing relationships with the rest of life. Through distance sessions, online courses, the book, and in-person events (now in nine countries), our offerings currently reach participants around the world and by extension the larger unseen and other-than-human communities who hold and surround those good people.