Ancestral Lineage Healing Intensive
A Three-Day Gathering
La Zubia, Granada, Spain
with Dr. Daniel Foor and Ancestral Healing Practitioners
April 12-14, 2024
About the work
Ancestral lineage healing is the practice of relating directly with one’s blood ancestors for personal, family, and cultural healing. It involves safely establishing relationships with wise and well ancestors and enlisting their aid and participation to deeply heal your lineages reaching far back in time.
If you’ve participated in various kinds of personal healing work and you’re seeking greater breakthroughs, ancestral healing may be for you. This approach weaves helpful elements from psychology, cultural healing, and spiritual/ritual traditions. Patterns rooted in intergenerational cycles and cultural pain can finally find resolution. Coming into relationship with recent and more ancient ancestors can serve to re-establish obscured blessings, improve relationships with the living, and encourage clarity of purpose.
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About the location
We’ll gather at the Ikigai Espacio de Bienestar, a small privately owned meditation center at the foot of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in the city of La Zubia in the Province of Granada.
Nestled at the edge of Spain’s largest national park, La Zubia is 4km from historic Granada and the world famous Alhambra Palace and Gardens. Like much of Andalucia, the layers of history saturate daily life. A 30-minute walk from the retreat center, you’ll find La Cueva del Moro, which was inhabited during megalithic times. Granada Province includes evidence of Europe’s earliest human inhabitants over 1.3 million years ago. In short, a great place to dive into ancestor work.
For many, ancestral healing conjures images of black and white photographs or stories of the recent dead. Our ancestors also include so many thousands of years of history, magic, and tender humanity. Ritual deep dives in places where the layers are so palpable and ancient is both ritually potent and a true delight.
We’ll gather for dedicated time in group ritual for about seven hours per day over three full days (10:00-13:30 and 15:30-18:30).
We’ll take spacious two-hour lunch breaks and we’re close to abundant restaurant options. Travel and lodging are accessibly priced in La Zubia. There will be chairs and floor cushions and we encourage you to bring whatever you’ll need to be comfortable.
The weather in this area this time of year is lovely with average temperatures being 67°F/20C high and 47F/8C low. There are typically glorious sunny days in the splendid early Andalucian spring.
What to expect during session
In this three-day intensive, participants can expect to:
Our shared time is guided in ways that are psychologically grounded, ritually safe, and culturally inclusive. All teachings and practices are led by Daniel and a team of trained ritual supporters. Those new to ancestor work, adoptees, and folks with a tough experience of family and culture are warmly welcome.
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Price for non-Spanish participants
(approximately 590 Euros, conversion will vary)
Price for Spanish participants
(approximately 340 Euros, conversion will vary)
A number of spaces are available at further reduced pricing. These spaces are especially for working class Spanish people and those who experience some form of systemic oppression and marginalization in ways that also impact financial means (e.g., recent immigrants from less economically developed countries). Please don’t hesitate to ask us (in English or Spanish) if you need this reduction to join; accessibility is a core value of our organization. You can apply for these spaces here: Application for Assisted Registration.
About the Instructor
Daniel Foor, PhD
Daniel is a doctor of psychology, experienced ritualist, and the author of Ancestral Medicine: Rituals for Personal and Family Healing. He is an initiate in the Òrìṣà tradition of Yoruba-speaking West Africa and has learned from teachers of Mahayana Buddhism, Islamic Sufism, and the older ways of his English and German ancestors. Daniel is passionate about training aspiring leaders and change makers in the intersections of cultural healing, animist ethics, and applied ritual arts. He lives with his wife and two daughters near Granada, Spain in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Learn More
Frequently Asked Questions
We gather each day, Friday through Sunday, from 10:00-13:30 then 15:30-18:30 with shorter mid-morning and mid-afternoon breaks and a spacious two-hour lunch break. Our shared time each day consists of four teaching and practice sessions of roughly 90 minutes each, two before lunch and two after.
These sessions are a blend of teaching, direct visioning and trance work (often with drumming), sharing in small break-out groups anchored by trained supporters, main group dialogue, and other elements of ancestor-focused ritual, such as offering practice, song, and prayer. There are no prerequisites, however, prior experience with ritual and personal healing are helpful.
The lineage healing intensive closely follows the first nine chapters of Ancestral Medicine: Rituals for Personal and Family Healing as participants connect and partner with ancestral guides to support any among the dead still in need of assistance. Our signature online course Ancestral Lineage Healing also follows the steps of the lineage healing process, and these are the fundamental steps that practitioners are trained to guide in individual session work.
The process itself originated from years of in-person events, and there is an alchemy to multi-day group ritual that is unlike any of the other approaches to the work.
It’s important to note that the lineage healing intensive is fundamentally different from the Ancestral Healing Practitioner Training. Participants at intensives learn life-long skills for personally accessing ancestral support. However, this three-day intensive is not a substitute for the nearly year-long professional training that practitioners undertake in how to guide this work for others.
Our venue is Ikigai Espacio de Bienestar in La Zubia, just to the south of the city of Granada. The space is well-lit, clean, spacious, and wheelchair accessible. There are many options for food, as well as a grocery, within a 5-10 minute walk.
The intensive will be guided in English with options for small breakout groups led by supporters who are fluent in Spanish. In the main group space, we intend to provide “whisper translation” as needed for primarily Spanish-speaking participants. After registration everyone will be asked about their language needs, and if there is a strong need for full, live translation services, we can likely arrange for this. We are committed to this offering being accessible to Spanish speakers.
In consideration for fellow participants, attendees are encouraged to test for Covid-19. Masking is welcome but not required. For immunocompromised persons or those with sensitive medical disability, we are not able to offer full Covid safety protocol.
Our core values and ethics affirm full inclusivity for people of diverse genders, ancestries, religious orientations, and other factors that can lead to exclusion and harm. Robust scholarship and reduced cost options aim to support financial access.
Participants who travel to Granada for this offering will need to arrange for their own accommodations, as this is a non-residential event. We are unable to assist with booking lodging for attendees.
This approach is experiential, rooted in an ethic of kindness, and welcoming to people of diverse ancestries and any spiritual background (or lack thereof). Consistent with our organizational core values, intensives are rooted in feminist, decolonizing, anti-racist, LGBTQ-friendly, class-aware, Earth-honoring ethics.
We seek to embody these values in ways that are non-dogmatic, warm-hearted, and encouraging of the vulnerability that supports depth ritual work.
Participants work directly with their own lineage ancestors, and are not expected to hold space for others beyond showing up in a mindful way during group shares. Attendees work alongside one another, each in their own space and personal process.
Each intensive also weaves in explicit respect and healing for the histories of place. With respect to the specific history of Hamburg and Germany in general, we firmly oppose any form of ancestral supremacy while welcoming historical honesty and acts of healing and repair for past and present troubles. Two of the six event supporters in Hamburg are Jewish. Participants descended from ancestors who have both enacted and experienced major harm are all welcome.
Ancestral Medicine is also experienced in this means of engagement for the region, leading two intensives in 2019 in Berlin and Vienna, both of which were multicultural, caring and connective.
Participants can expect an in-depth experience and should be personally well resourced. In addition to the lead teaching from Dr. Foor, there will be ritual supporters from the Ancestral Medicine Practitioner Network, at least half of whom are fluent in Spanish. Even with the care from a coordinated and culturally welcoming team, when guiding a group ritual for three full days, there are still limitations to the level of individualized support we will be able to provide.
If you have doubts about whether the intensive is a good container for your depth work, be in dialogue with the team beforehand. The intensive is not a substitute for personal therapy or physical medicines.
In addition to the in-person support during the time of the intensive, many participants find working with an individual practitioner to be beneficial. To connect with practitioners or practitioners-in-training, see this link for the Ancestral Medicine Practitioner Directory. The network includes options for different language needs, low income sessions, and other specializations.
Unless other arrangements are made, 25% of the overall cost is a non-refundable deposit.
If you need to cancel, please let us know as soon as you can. If something changes and you can’t join us, the closer cancellations are to the date of the event, the more difficult it is for us to fill the seats. The remaining registration payment may be refunded as follows:
A 75% refund is available for cancellations made anytime before Feb 12 (60 days before we gather). A 50% refund is available for cancellations made between 30 and 60 days before the intensive begins. There are no refunds available for cancellations made after March 12 (less than 30 days before the intensive begins). We reserve the option to extend some flexibility on this policy especially in cases where an open space has been quickly filled. However, in-person intensives require significant organizational resources and these policies help to ensure these offerings remain sustainable.
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