Dr. Daniel Foor, Ph.D.
I’m 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 the natural world.
My focus on the ancestors sources from my training as a doctor of psychology and licensed marriage and family therapist, from the guidance of my teachers in earth-honoring traditions (e.g., European pagan paths, Native American ways, Mongolian shamanism, and West African Ifá/Òrìṣà tradition), and from two decades of implementing the teachings of ancestor reverence in my own life. Since 2005 I’ve guided hundreds of ancestor trainings, rituals, and talks throughout the United States and helped many others to reconnect with their family ancestors through personal sessions. I’m the author of Ancestral Medicine: Rituals for Personal and Family Healing (Inner Traditions, 2017).
I’ve trained with teachers of Mahayana Buddhism, Islamic Sufism, and diverse indigenous paths, including the remnant and returning traditions of my older English, Irish, and German ancestors. I’ve been blessed to spend time as a student of culture and language in the Czech Republic, Mexico, Ecuador, Egypt, and Morocco. In the past five years I’ve made four pilgrimages to Nigeria as a student of Yorùbá culture and initiate (ọmọ awo) of Ifá, Ọbàtálá, Ọ̀ṣun, and Egúngún in the lineage of Olúwo Fálolú Adésànyà Awoyadé of Òdè Rẹ́mọ.
My doctoral research in psychology focused on the use of shamanic healing practices by clinical mental health professionals. Training as a therapist, living in other societies, and immersion in different lineages of ritual work all inform my kind and non-dogmatic approach to ancestor and earth reverence. Although I draw inspiration from lineages of established practice, my public offerings and ritual methods aim to be culturally inclusive, and I hold work for social and ecological justice to be inseparable from spiritual teaching and practice.
My wife, daughter, and I live in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. For more on my approach to ritual and path see links at the bottom of this page (interviews and online teachings) and information on trainings and sessions.