Co-led by Sarah Foor and Shannon Willis.
Everyone has loving and wise ancestors, and by reaching out for their support we access tremendous vitality for personal and family healing. In addition to supporting repairs with living family, our ancestors encourage healthy self-esteem and help us to clarify our destiny, relationships, and work in the world.
Participants will learn to relate safely and directly with family ancestors, both helpful guides and the dead in need of assistance. The work will closely follow Dr. Foor’s book, Ancestral Medicine: Rituals for Personal and Family Healing. Expect to engage lineage ancestors in heart-centered ritual through prayer/song, visioning practices, and group dialogue. There are no prerequisites, however, prior experience with inner work and relating with spirit guides/teachers are both helpful.
Folks new to ancestor work, adoptees, and those with a tough experience of family are warmly welcome. The training will be a trauma-aware, multicultural ritual container that embraces the relationship of ancestral engagement with cultural healing. Those with a healing arts practice will learn some new skills to support your work. This intensive will take place at The Center Within in Black Mountain, just 20 minutes east of Asheville. Spaces are limited, 10am-5pm each day, cost is $400 for the three full days of ritual/training.
Preregistration and full attendance is requested, and registration is open (see form on this page). We are strongly committed to keeping the work accessible to people of diverse backgrounds and variable means while also supporting our amazing teachers. If you need financial assistance to be able to join, please see our application for payment plans and partial scholarship spaces. If you would like to join us in keeping this work accessible or if you have enjoyed financial assistance previously and now wish to extend this gift to others, please consider a donation to our scholarship fund. For further details on this intensive see: ancestral lineage healing intensives.
Sarah Foor, MFT (Asheville, NC) has served diverse populations as a counselor in San Francisco public schools, in hospital settings, and through intensive family therapy in North Carolina. She also completed a two-year training in the Hakomi Method and has worked as a massage therapist. She is an initiate in the Ifá/Òrìṣà tradition of Yorùbá-speaking West Africa in the lineage of Olúwo Fálolú Adésànyà, and she has made several pilgrimages to train with elders in Nigeria. Her people are earlier settlers to North America from the British Isles, Germany, and France, and her orientation to spiritual practice is rooted in respect for the body, the sacred feminine, and the natural world. For more info see: www.samarahealing.com.
Shannon Willis, M.Ed (Athens, GA) is a ritual healing practitioner, teacher and founder of Heart Path Studio, a non-profit organization in Athens which aims to create a new folk culture of relating with the unseen world through the convergence of animistic and shamanic principles. Having made a pilgrimage to Nigeria, she is a committed student in the Ifa/Orisa tradition of Yoruba-speaking West Africa in the lineage of Olúwo Fálolú Adésànyà, She holds a Master’s degree in Professional Leadership and Counseling. Committed to Earth-honoring, individual and collective healing, she is a certified practitioner of Ancestral Lineage Healing. Her work addresses the cultural wounding of the feminine through patriarchy and focuses primarily on supporting others with their blood lineage ancestors and healing of the collective other unhealed ones through land-based ritual. She provides individual sessions, online and in-person workshops. Her ancestors hail from the British Isles, France, and Cherokee, Chickasaw, and Choctaw nations. For more info see: www.redearthhealing.org.
We acknowledge this event is taking place in the ancestral lands of the Cherokee people. Folks whose ancestors are indigenous to this area are welcome to join this event by donation or gifting. We encourage participants to become educated on the history of the land and to support local Native organizations.