Welcome to Animism and Earth Reconnection Part One.
Animism is a way of approaching life that emphasizes relationships. Animists see the world as full of persons, both human and other-than-human, and prioritize living in respectful ways with these others. Animism is largely about ethics or core values that get expressed through more or less fancy practices, rituals, and traditions.
Animism gets at what people often mean when expressing a draw to indigenous traditions or shamanism but does so in ways that avoids some pitfalls of those terms (more on this distinction if it’s of interest). Some kinds of people animists might relate with include: plants, animals, fungi, mountains, metals, fire, bodies of water, spirits of wind and weather, deities, human ancestors, star people, and others we don’t have words for in English. Animists tend to also be concerned with the welfare of our diverse human kin (more on animism). Humans are people. Plants are people. Mountains and rivers are people. Ethics, rituals, and healthy community all follow from this.
After guiding hundreds of days of ritual work focused on relating with spirits of place over the past two decades, I’m finally presenting this material in a full-length online course. Participants will learn how to solidly anchor rituals they create (or already practice) in core animist values. As a doctor of psychology and mental health professional, I could have called this ‘Applied Animist Psychology’ but it’s too technical. The approach is non-dogmatic and inclusive to people of diverse ancestries. I provide a strong conceptual framework, and the heart of the work is experiential. No need to believe in anything, interest alone is plenty.
How the Course Works
The course is divided into Part One and Part Two, each consisting of seven lessons (see below for full descriptions). New lessons are released on Sunday evenings and can be accessed any time after. Part One and Part Two are each eight weeks in duration with one break week midway through each.
Part One: April 15 – June 3, 2018
Part Two: June 17 – August 5, 2018
Lessons include an instructional video (25-35 minutes) with a ritual exercise, homework and questions for reflection, and a ‘further resources’ section (e.g., PDFs, video clips, blog posts, movie recommendations) highlighting diverse animist and earth-honoring traditions. Participants can share experiences with other learners through a discussion board, and all registrants also enjoy unlimited ongoing access to all course readings and video/audio recordings (roughly seven hours for both courses total). Participants can ask questions of Dr. Foor directly for the duration of the course and are invited to join four live 90-minute online group support sessions with Dr. Foor throughout the course (recorded for playback as needed).