About the Organization

Ancestral Medicine encourages the embodiment of animist values and practices in ways that are culturally healing, non-dogmatic, and accessible to people of diverse means, ancestries, and geographies. We seek to honor each person’s unique goodness and to fulfill our mission in partnership with the ancestors and the old ones who are the Earth.

Ancestral Medicine is also a business based in the U.S. in western part of North Carolina, traditional Tsalagi (Cherokee) lands. Our team includes nine full-time staff and over fifty part-time ritualists who help to guide our online courses, Ancestral Healing Practitioner Training, and other offerings.

We offer online programs for an international audience and steward a professional network of ancestral healing practitioners. To stay informed of employment opportunities, consider joining our newsletter. Also see our Core Values and Frequently Asked Questions.

Our Team

Daniel Foor

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, daughters, and fluffy charismatic cats in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina, traditional homeland of Cherokee (Tsalagi) peoples. For more information see his full bio here.

Marie Goodwin, MA

Practitioner Network Administrative Director

Marie is a writer and recovering academic. After studying archaeoastronomy in graduate school, Marie transitioned into a career as a consultant to authors, public speakers, and non-profits, helping them make the most of their online presence, coordinating projects, and planning events and retreats. Marie alchemizes the Practitioner Network at Ancestral Medicine, as well as providing Zoom backend and administrative support for the online courses.

Marie is passionate about ancient history, plant medicine, alternative currencies and educational models, the wisdom of trees, and writing fiction. She is currently birthing her first series of speculative historical fiction based in the medieval North Atlantic, which will be published in 2021. Her ancestors are from Wales, Cornwall, Cumbria, Northumbria, and Scotland. Read some of her writing at: theotherlandbook.com and personalmycology.com.

Jason Lay

Customer Support Manager

Jason is a practitioner of bodymind medicine, with training in massage therapy, Japanese acupuncture, and EEG neurofeedback, and is also an avid student of the divinatory arts, including traditional Western astrology. In his role at Ancestral Medicine, he provides any and all necessary support to our current and prospective course participants, and works behind the scenes to help keep things running smoothly. Raised by Chinese immigrants in the suburbs of Baltimore, MD, he discovered mindfulness meditation in high school, which led him to study the philosophy of Theravada and Mahayana Buddhism at St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

Seeking a greater integration between intellect and embodiment, he pursued a long study in somatics, eventually earning his masters degree in Classical Chinese Medicine from the National University of Natural Medicine. In his spare time, he enjoys poetry, podcasts, and collecting tarot decks. He lives with his two cats, Leeloo and Trinity, in St. Louis, MO, on the ancestral territory of the Osage people.

Anthony Charalampous

IT Manager

Anthony is a healing-oriented Web Designer and Creative Consultant with over 14 years of work experience in the IT industry and extensive background in ancestral teaching of yoga philosophy and practice. In his role at Ancestral Medicine, he provides IT solutions that shape the online presence of the organization and serve the needs of the audience.

Through his ImbaCactus company, Anthony has supported the development of websites and digital content of hundreds of international businesses across diverse sectors. Anthony is also a founder of two wellness-oriented entrepreneurships, the Yoga Mala studio and the Modern Yogi online magazine, that promote spiritual and physical wellbeing, integrity, and resilience among communities in Greece. His ancestry spans from Cyprus to the Greek islands, Kea, Crete, and Evia where he currently lives.

Shannon Willis

Practitioner Network Ritual Director

Shannon is a dedicated animist and ritualist whose work is at the intersection of dream midwifery, psychopomping, ancestral reverence and oracular mediumship. She is a certified practitioner and senior teacher with Ancestral Medicine and serves as a specialist and mage for the network as a ritualist, practitioner director, and also in program development and course support. She comes with 30 years of experience in strategic planning, leadership, program development, and coordination in the non-profit sector and holds a Master’s degree in Professional Leadership and Counseling.

She is a student and devotee of Yoruba culture as an initiate of Ọbàtálá, and Ọ̀ṣun, in the lineage of Olúwo Fálolú Adésànyà Awoyadé from Òdè Rẹ́mọ, and a devotee of Nepali shamanism. Her people of blood and bone hail from the British Isles, France, West Africa, and Cherokee and Kaskaskia/Illini nations. She dreams and practices joy daily in Athens, Georgia, USA, historic lands of the Creek Muskogee peoples, along with her son, four-legged fur babies, oak, pecan, magnolia, and the North Oconee Watershed. You can also find her at redearthhealing.org.

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Ari Powers

Project Manager

Ari has a career background in data management, project management, and administrative support in both government and private sectors. They are a Veteran, an initiate in the Western Hermetic tradition, and studied western philosophy at Portland State University. Ari’s role in the team is to assist with course production and provide administrative support as well as strategic planning and timelines.

Ari is a member of the LGBTQ+ community and recently experienced a profound shift in personal values, partly influenced by the Ancestral Medicine curriculum. This led to the desire for a more embodied, Earth-honoring spiritual practice and a career transition to work making a positive contribution to the global community. Ari’s ancestors are from Western Europe, Germany, and Scotland. They currently reside on the traditional lands of the Multnomah, Cowlitz, Clackamas, Siletz, and Grand Ronde in Portland, Oregon. They enjoy reading, meditating, music, hiking, gardening, and spending time with their niblings.

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Michael Linden

Administrative Assistant

Michael is a customer support and education specialist who brings their experiences across the gender- and ability-spectra into every aspect of their work at Ancestral Medicine. Their history in the arts, I.T., and public education supports their passion for connecting people with liberatory resources.

Guided toward a rematriated world, Michael practices mindfulness and spaciousness; works to empower the underprivileged and marginalized (especially black/indigenous, femme, LGBTQ+, and differently-abled people); and strives to relate reciprocally with the living Earth. The ancestors most known to him include English, German, and Polish peoples, which help inform his experiences in trauma recovery, ritual, and divination. His passions include decolonization, mind-body integration, agroforestry, zero-waste systems, and intentional living, all in the ancestral lands of the Timucua and Seminole peoples in central Florida.

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Tamara Oxley

Operations Director

Tamara is a strategy nerd with two decades of experience designing and building organizational infrastructures to support planning, communications, service delivery, and staff and business development. In her role at Ancestral Medicine, Tamara partners with each team member to identify and implement operational practices that are both effective and in alignment with AM’s organizational values.

A long-time student of yoga and mindfulness practices, Tamara seeks (sometimes with success!) to operate from a place of abundance in work and life. She obsessively loves beaches and oceans, and scuba dives as often as possible for the otherworldly perspective it offers. Her blood lineages hail primarily from Japan, Portugal, Germany, and the British Isles. Tamara currently resides in Durham, North Carolina, near traditional Occaneechi lands, with her husband, mother, and beloved pooch.

Ancestral Medicine Practitioner Network

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Our network of practitioners and trainees includes folks with ancestral lineages from all inhabited continents, and we are committed to offering ancestral healing in ways that are kind, culturally healing, accessible, mindful of place and histories of colonialism, and anchored in sound and effective ritual practice. 

Sessions are available in over ten languages and with practitioners of diverse nationalities, professional training, genders, geographies, religious and academic backgrounds, and life experience.

Community & 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. Ancestor reverence and ritual is also part of a larger prayer and vision to bring wayward humans back into humble and healing relationships with the rest of life. In this way, we situate our  collaborations with the ancestors in both 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.

Through online courses and ritual offerings, the book, and distance sessions, and in-person events (pre-pandemic and hopefully again one day), our offerings reach participants around the world and seek to also respect the unseen and other-than-human communities who hold and surround us.

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