Animism is a way of 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 everyday habits.
This online course arises from guiding hundreds of days of ritual work focused on relating with spirits of place over the past two decades. Participants will learn to more firmly anchor their everyday lives and rituals (be they newly crafted or from intact traditions) in 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 lay out a strong conceptual framework, and the heart of the work is experiential. I’m not an indigenous person or presuming to represent any given indigenous tradition; this is a core values approach to loving the Earth. If you’re looking for training in a specific indigenous system, this isn’t that. The course is only open to people who want to be in the course. No need to believe in anything to join, interest alone is plenty.
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 Monday mornings and can be accessed any time after for a year after the course concludes. Part One and Part Two are each thirteen weeks in duration, detailed schedule is here (scroll calendar to May 2019).
- Part One: May 13 – August 5, 2019
- Part Two: August 12 – November 11, 2019