Cost is $450 with some sliding scales spaces.
Co-led by Taya Shere & Langston Kahn
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. Daniel 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 and decolonization work.
We are strongly committed to keeping the work accessible to people of diverse backgrounds and variable means while also supporting our teaching staff. Folks of African, Native, and other historically persecuted ancestries (as well as folks serving such populations) are welcome to join if needed on the lower-priced end of registration as available. If you would like to help us to keep this work accessible or if you have enjoyed financial assistance previously and wish to extend this gift to others, please consider donating to our scholarship fund. For details see: ancestral lineage healing intensives.
Cost and Details
This intensive is Friday-Sunday, from 10am to 5pm each day, with a lunch break (lunch not included). Cost for this three-day intensive is $450 (or 4 payments of $118). We have reserved a third of spaces at scholarship rates, with a few partial scholarship spaces at $350 (or 4 payments of $92), and a few half scholarship spaces at $225 (or 4 payments of $60). These options are for folks who are historically/currently marginalized (e.g., Indigenous folks, People of Color, trans and genderqueer folks, those living with disabilities, those living in poverty). All spaces are on a first-come first-served basis, with the remaining available options showing on the registration page. Please mindfully select the option that best fits your needs.
Taya Shere (El Cerrito, CA) plays passionately in the realm of transformative ritual and embodied prayer. She co-founded Kohenet Hebrew Priestess Institute and teaches multi-religious ritual and ancestor reverence at Starr King School for the Ministry. Taya is a practitioner of Somatic Experiencing, co-author of The Hebrew Priestess: Ancient and New Paths of Jewish Women’s Spiritual Leadership, and co-leads a Jewish and Sufi spiritual community rooted in counter-oppressive devotion. Taya’s people are of the Jewish diaspora – most recently rooted in the Ukraine, Russia and Poland. She has a private practice in Ancestral Lineage Healing, teaches Jewish Ancestral Healing online courses, and has both trained and co-taught with Dr. Daniel Foor. For more info see www.jewishancestralhealing.com or www.taya.ma.
Langston Kahn (New York, NY) is a queer black shamanic practitioner specializing in deep liberation and radical transformation. He stands firmly at the crossroads, his practice informed by Inner Relationship Focusing, initiations into traditions of the African Diaspora, the contemporary shamanic tradition of The Last Mask Center, and the guidance of his helping spirits and ancestors. Many of his mother’s people were brought early to North America as slaves and are from Nigeria, Mali, Benin, and Togo and include both Ashkenazi and Sephardic Jews. His father’s people are from Switzerland, Scotland, the British Isles and German Jews. For more info see: www.occupy-your-heart.com.
We acknowledge this event is taking place on the ancestral lands of diverse Lenape peoples. Folks whose ancestors are indigenous to this area are welcome to join this event by donation or gifting. We encourage people to become educated on the history and find ways to support contemporary native causes and organizations.