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Healing Self and Culture Through the Path of Relationship

by Dr. Daniel Foor

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A new online course with Dr. Foor

Animist Psychology seeks to identify and build on common ground between ritual, psychology, and cultural healing. This course is a good fit for practitioners of ritual arts, mental health professionals and students of psychology, and anyone interested in the intersections of ritual, culture, and psyche. No need for psychological training or prior experience with animist, earth-honoring ritual to join. 

Ritual arts and psychology are deeply complementary and historically often one and the same; however, the field of psychology continues to grapple with heavy colonialist legacies, pressure from the larger scientific community to study the human psyche only in reductionist materialist ways, and a disproportionate influence of European-ancestored voices. Too often these biases replicate avoidable harm and the field of psychology misses opportunities to learn from effective approaches to psychological healing found in the world’s wisdom traditions. As a result, spiritual and religious practitioners, people without adequate resources, people wary of being judged harshly, and Black people, Indigenous peoples, and People of Color (BIPOC) too often feel excluded by the field of psychology and miss out on what is truly beneficial about psychotherapy and mental health services.

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“[Daniel], your grounded, thorough, thoughtful and socially conscious communication are deeply appreciated. Thank you for sharing a bit about your own personal path and experiences as well as your professional. I really appreciate how you are able to navigate both spaces with grace. Your speech cadence and rhythm helped me to integrate the course material in a deep way as you always seemed to be in your body, never rushing or using charisma that does not seem to be naturally your own. Your course material followed a very logical progression, felt efficient and focused.

~ Past Participant in Ancestral Medicine Online Courses

About the Instructor

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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.