New! Animist Psychology eBook

Healing Self and Culture Through the Path of Relationship

by Dr. Daniel Foor

 An Introduction to Psychology Through the Lens of Earth-Honoring Traditions


Animist Psychology bridges the gap between psychology and spirituality, incorporating and deepening the natural relationships we have with the land, spirits, and other non-human beings as sources of healing and well-being. In this introductory eBook, Dr. Daniel Foor explores concepts and applications for mental health professionals, students of psychology, and anyone interested in the intersections of ritual, culture, and psyche. Dr. Foor is a licensed marriage and family therapist, experienced ritualist and teacher, and he is committed to guiding people to bring supportive relationships with other-than-humans into our life experience. His framework of Animist Psychology provides tools to identify and work with important relational, psychological, and cultural dynamics in our personal lives and communities of practice.

“I know in my heart, that healing these spirits, hungry ghosts and ancestors is more than just a spiritual practice. That doing this work has solid, tangible effects on our world today.”

~ Past Participant in Ancestral Medicine Offerings

About the Author

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Daniel Foor, PhD, is the author of Ancestral Medicine: Rituals for Personal and Family Healing (Inner Traditions, 2017). His current focus is on training psychologically and culturally competent ancestral healing practitioners around the globe. He has guided ancestral and family healing ritual in eight countries and helped thousands of people to restore healthy and empowering relationships with their ancestors.  

Daniel holds a doctorate in psychology and is a licensed marriage and family therapist. His doctoral research in psychology focused on the use of shamanic healing practices by clinical mental health professionals. Daniel has trained with teachers of Mahayana Buddhism, Islamic Sufism, and diverse indigenous paths, including the remnant and returning traditions of his English, Irish, and German ancestors. He has made four pilgrimages to Yorubaland as a student of Yorùbá culture and initiate of Ifá, Ọbàtálá, Ọ̀ṣun, and Egúngún in the lineage of Olúwo Fálolú Adésànyà Awoyadé of Òdè Rẹ́mọ.

Training and working as a therapist, living in other societies, and immersion in different lineages of ritual all inform his kind and non-dogmatic approach to ancestor and earth reverence. His public offerings aim to be inclusive, and he holds work for cultural and earth healing to be inseparable from spiritual teaching and practice.

Daniel lives with his wife and daughter in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina, the traditional homeland of Tsalagi peoples.