Co-led by Shauna Janz & 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. 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. Spaces are limited, and cost is $500 Canadian for the three full days, Thursday-Saturday (10am-5pm each day). There will be break for lunch each day (lunch not included).
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 teachers in sustaining ways. If you need financial assistance 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.
Shauna Janz, MA, (Victoria, BC, Canada) is dedicated to nurturing community and belonging – within ourselves, with each other, and with the more-than-human world. Since 2008, she has been companioning others in healing and wholeness through individual and family grief support, trauma-informed education and group process, and more recently, through community grief rituals and ancestral lineage healing. She is a highly somatic intuitive creature who finds sacred communion through creative expression, music, singing and dance. Shauna resides on the ancestral lands of the Coast Salish Lekwungen nation. Her people are from Scotland, Germany, Poland, Ukraine, and Scandinavia. For more info see: www.shaunajanz.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 territory of many diverse First Nations peoples, including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples. Local First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples 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 First Nations organizations.
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