$400 with some sliding scale spaces
Co-led by Maris Bergrune 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 recent and more ancient ancestors. This includes helpful guides and teachers as well as the dead who are still in need of assistance (both perpetrators and victims). 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 repair and cultural healing. Preregistration and full attendance is requested (see below).
We are strongly committed to keeping the work accessible to people of diverse backgrounds and variable means while also supporting our teaching staff. People of African or Native descent and other historically or currently 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.
This intensive is Friday-Sunday, from 9:30am to 5:30pm each day, with a lunch break (lunch not included). Cost for this three-day intensive is $400. We have reserved nearly a third of spaces at scholarship rates. These are on a first-come first-served basis and especially designated for historical disadvantaged groups. Please select the option that best fits your needs. Installment plans are available for each option using PayPal or credit card.
Register for $400 (or 4 payments of $110). This is the regular price of the event.
Register for partial scholarship of $300 (or 4 payments of $85) or half scholarship of $200 (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).
Maris Bergrune, MS, M.Ac.O.M. (Grants Pass, OR) is a practitioner of seiðr, oracular medium, and singer-musician. She helps people become deeply well with their ancestors and access Northern European wisdom traditions and transformational ritual. She specializes in templates of Old Norse animist practices in order to build community and bring healing to the modern world. Maris has been engaged in healing ritual and spirit-work for over fifteen years, and teaches consent-based spirit practices that maintain sovereignty, healthy boundaries, and personal integrity. Her ancestors are primarily from Germany, Switzerland, Holland, England, Wales, and Poland. For more info see: livingvoicemedicine.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 on the traditional lands of Shawnee, Cherokee, and Chickasaw peoples. 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.