Initiations: A Life of Ritual

Practices for Living and Dying

with Dr. Daniel Foor

Autumn season begins October 22

A year of transformative learning and ritual.

We enter the world through the gateway of initiation. From our birth until our return to the ancestors, this world provides abundant experiences from which to cultivate authentic presence. In this year of experiential learning, we’ll explore the seasons of human life, link each with foundational ritual skills, and integrate insights from developmental psychology, diverse religious and spiritual systems, stages of consciousness models, an international anti-oppressive cultural sensibility, and pragmatic ritual arts.

Online lessons are accompanied by live teachings, integration and ritual practice calls, small breakout groups, additional resources, and new moon rituals. Course content is both accessible for those new to ritual and of substance for those with years of experience.

Each season of the course offers distinct initiatory themes. Participants are encouraged to join for the full year-long course (four seasons) or may register for just the current season. Recorded lessons and resources for the Spring season are available to those joining for the year. All who join can expect to learn effective practices that support converting raw life experience into wisdom, compassion, and presence.

Investment

Includes self-paced Spring and Summer lessons and live, interactive Autumn and Winter lessons. To register for the Autumn season only, click here.

Early Registration
$ 650
USD
  •  
Full Payment
$ 1050
USD
  • This investment supports the full cost of course production and the labor of our team, and allows us to extend financial access to those with fewer resources and less access to wealth in a global context.
Sustainer Level
$ 925
USD
  • This investment allows to cover the cost of course production and the labor of our staff and course producers.
Supported Level
$ 800
USD
  • This investment is available for individuals with fewer resources and less access to wealth to join at a further reduced rate.
Money-back Guarantee
If you’re not satisfied with the course after having engaged at least one lesson, we will grant you a full refund within 30 days of the beginning of the course.

Scholarship Options
If the sliding scale options above, including payment plans, are beyond your current financial means, we offer additional scholarship options. These options are limited and we trust applicants to apply for the option they require based on present needs and context. Please read the description and then fill out the form linked above to be considered. Scholarship applications will close on July 23rd at 7pm EDT.

Curriculum

1 One
2 Two
3 Three
4 Four
5 Five
6 Six
7 Seven
8 Eight
9 Nine
10 Ten
11 Eleven
12 Twelve
One

Lesson One: Infancy, Voice, and Invocation

  • Explore sacred aspects of conception, birth, and early childhood
  • Consider the role of language and culture in early development
  • Focus on the ritual skills of prayer, song, appeal, and invocation
  • Learn tangible ways to utilize and strengthen invocation practices
  • Enjoy resources on stages of consciousness and early childhood 
Lesson One: Infancy, Voice, and Invocation
Two

Lesson Two: Childhood, Boundaries, and Safety

  • Explore key developmental milestones and challenges of childhood  
  • Gently reflect on your early life in light of your personal boundaries today
  • Affirm connections between physical, psychological, and spiritual safety
  • Learn effective practices for establishing ritual safety and boundaries 
  • Enjoy resources on animism, childhood, and ritual for young people
Lesson Two: Childhood, Boundaries, and Safety
Three

Lesson Three: Embodiment, Pleasure, and Being Whole

  • Explore the mysteries of incarnation and embodiment over a lifespan
  • Affirm body, sex, and pleasure positivity in support of embodiment
  • Reflect on remedies for the fragmentation of soul, power, and psyche
  • Engage in practices to welcome back and celebrate aspects of self
  • Enjoy resources on non-duality, embodiment, and cultivating presence 
Lesson Three: Embodiment, Pleasure, and Being Whole
Four

Lesson Four: Adolescence, Courage, and Calling

  • Consider youth rites of passage connected to the ability to call in new life
  • Explore connections between accountability and accessing guidance
  • Reflect on experiences with authority and connection to authentic power
  • Practice ways to directly access reliable spiritual guidance and support
  • Enjoy resources on youth rites of passage and ethical development
Lesson Four: Adolescence, Courage, and Calling
Five

Lesson Five: Early Adulthood, Devotion, and Feeding Life

  • Explore love and devotion as foundational to spiritual development
  • Learn ways to intentionally cultivate heart courage and tenderness
  • Reflect on the healing power of relationships, human and otherwise
  • Enact love and devotion by learning tangible, ritual offering practices 
  • Enjoy poetry, art, and other resources on devotion and the sacred
Lesson Five: Early Adulthood, Devotion, and Feeding Life
Six

Lesson Six: Limitation, Sorrow, and Choosing Love

  • Consider how little we control and the sacred functions of pain and limitation
  • Explore impacts of personal loss and tragedy on soul-level development
  • Reflect on the courage required to choose compassion over resentment
  • Practice ritual skills to receive, regulate, and metabolize grief and sorrow 
  • Enjoy resources on lament, heartache, and love in response to suffering
Lesson Six: Limitation, Sorrow, and Choosing Love
Seven

Lesson Seven: Midlife, Destiny, and Cleaning House

  • Explore pragmatic frameworks for awakening and adult development
  • Reflect on the process of clarifying, accepting, and living personal destiny
  • Learn ways to identify and resolve blocks to more authentic expression
  • Practice safely communing with and incorporating benevolent forces
  • Enjoy resources on physical embodiment and communion with the powers
Lesson Seven: Midlife, Destiny, and Cleaning House
Eight

Lesson Eight: Early Elderhood, Warriorship, and Legacy

  • Consider the myriad of challenges that follow from embracing destiny
  • Learn about hazards, ritual protection, and the need to guard legacy
  • Assess your current level of risk and willingness to address concerns 
  • Practice partnering with supportive powers to increase ritual protection
  • Enjoy resources on evil, malice, self-defense, and sacred warriorship
Lesson Eight: Early Elderhood, Warriorship, and Legacy
Nine

Lesson Nine: Power, Reckoning, and Making Amends

  • Reflect on meanings and right uses of both worldly and spiritual power
  • Consider the benefits of courageously facing any unresolved wounding 
  • Learn ways to honestly assess your life and make any needed repairs   
  • Practice calling back personal power from past mistakes and traumas
  • Enjoy resources on power, imperfection, and responsible leadership
Lesson Nine: Power, Reckoning, and Making Amends
Ten

Lesson Ten: Elderhood, Humility, and Mending the World

  • Consider elder rites of passage and pathways for ongoing cultivation 
  • Affirm the power and importance of joy, levity, play, and irreverence 
  • Learn to anchor identity to more stable ancestral and ecological sources 
  • Ritually turn toward and recommit to alleviating the suffering of the world
  • Enjoy resources on elderhood rites of passage and responsibilities
Lesson Ten: Elderhood, Humility, and Mending the World
Eleven

Lesson Eleven: Eclipse, Dying, and Becoming Ancestor

  • Explore death of the body as a rite of passage to becoming ancestor
  • Learn ways to further support ego death before physical death
  • Continue to soften unhelpful binaries and to access unitive states
  • Practice steady communion with elder forces for more effective service
  • Enjoy resources on the ancestralization process and post-death journey
Lesson Eleven: Eclipse, Dying, and Becoming Ancestor
Twelve

Lesson Twelve: Awakening, Wisdom, and Becoming What Is

  • Explore teachings on consciousness after dying and becoming an ancestor 
  • Learn pragmatic ways to prioritize soul cultivation over the lifespan
  • Reflect on your life through the long view of increasing love and wisdom
  • Practice experiencing personal center as opening to the ground of being
  • Enjoy resources on the far reaches of human development and potential
Lesson Twelve: Awakening, Wisdom, and Becoming What Is
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12

Lesson One: Infancy, Voice, and Invocation

  • Explore sacred aspects of conception, birth, and early childhood
  • Consider the role of language and culture in early development
  • Focus on the ritual skills of prayer, song, appeal, and invocation
  • Learn tangible ways to utilize and strengthen invocation practices
  • Enjoy resources on stages of consciousness and early childhood 
Lesson One: Infancy, Voice, and Invocation

Lesson Two: Childhood, Boundaries, and Safety

  • Explore key developmental milestones and challenges of childhood  
  • Gently reflect on your early life in light of your personal boundaries today
  • Affirm connections between physical, psychological, and spiritual safety
  • Learn effective practices for establishing ritual safety and boundaries 
  • Enjoy resources on animism, childhood, and ritual for young people
Lesson Two: Childhood, Boundaries, and Safety

Lesson Three: Embodiment, Pleasure, and Being Whole

  • Explore the mysteries of incarnation and embodiment over a lifespan
  • Affirm body, sex, and pleasure positivity in support of embodiment
  • Reflect on remedies for the fragmentation of soul, power, and psyche
  • Engage in practices to welcome back and celebrate aspects of self
  • Enjoy resources on non-duality, embodiment, and cultivating presence 
Lesson Three: Embodiment, Pleasure, and Being Whole

Lesson Four: Adolescence, Courage, and Calling

  • Consider youth rites of passage connected to the ability to call in new life
  • Explore connections between accountability and accessing guidance
  • Reflect on experiences with authority and connection to authentic power
  • Practice ways to directly access reliable spiritual guidance and support
  • Enjoy resources on youth rites of passage and ethical development
Lesson Four: Adolescence, Courage, and Calling

Lesson Five: Early Adulthood, Devotion, and Feeding Life

  • Explore love and devotion as foundational to spiritual development
  • Learn ways to intentionally cultivate heart courage and tenderness
  • Reflect on the healing power of relationships, human and otherwise
  • Enact love and devotion by learning tangible, ritual offering practices 
  • Enjoy poetry, art, and other resources on devotion and the sacred
Lesson Five: Early Adulthood, Devotion, and Feeding Life

Lesson Six: Limitation, Sorrow, and Choosing Love

  • Consider how little we control and the sacred functions of pain and limitation
  • Explore impacts of personal loss and tragedy on soul-level development
  • Reflect on the courage required to choose compassion over resentment
  • Practice ritual skills to receive, regulate, and metabolize grief and sorrow 
  • Enjoy resources on lament, heartache, and love in response to suffering
Lesson Six: Limitation, Sorrow, and Choosing Love

Lesson Seven: Midlife, Destiny, and Cleaning House

  • Explore pragmatic frameworks for awakening and adult development
  • Reflect on the process of clarifying, accepting, and living personal destiny
  • Learn ways to identify and resolve blocks to more authentic expression
  • Practice safely communing with and incorporating benevolent forces
  • Enjoy resources on physical embodiment and communion with the powers
Lesson Seven: Midlife, Destiny, and Cleaning House

Lesson Eight: Early Elderhood, Warriorship, and Legacy

  • Consider the myriad of challenges that follow from embracing destiny
  • Learn about hazards, ritual protection, and the need to guard legacy
  • Assess your current level of risk and willingness to address concerns 
  • Practice partnering with supportive powers to increase ritual protection
  • Enjoy resources on evil, malice, self-defense, and sacred warriorship
Lesson Eight: Early Elderhood, Warriorship, and Legacy

Lesson Nine: Power, Reckoning, and Making Amends

  • Reflect on meanings and right uses of both worldly and spiritual power
  • Consider the benefits of courageously facing any unresolved wounding 
  • Learn ways to honestly assess your life and make any needed repairs   
  • Practice calling back personal power from past mistakes and traumas
  • Enjoy resources on power, imperfection, and responsible leadership
Lesson Nine: Power, Reckoning, and Making Amends

Lesson Ten: Elderhood, Humility, and Mending the World

  • Consider elder rites of passage and pathways for ongoing cultivation 
  • Affirm the power and importance of joy, levity, play, and irreverence 
  • Learn to anchor identity to more stable ancestral and ecological sources 
  • Ritually turn toward and recommit to alleviating the suffering of the world
  • Enjoy resources on elderhood rites of passage and responsibilities
Lesson Ten: Elderhood, Humility, and Mending the World

Lesson Eleven: Eclipse, Dying, and Becoming Ancestor

  • Explore death of the body as a rite of passage to becoming ancestor
  • Learn ways to further support ego death before physical death
  • Continue to soften unhelpful binaries and to access unitive states
  • Practice steady communion with elder forces for more effective service
  • Enjoy resources on the ancestralization process and post-death journey
Lesson Eleven: Eclipse, Dying, and Becoming Ancestor

Lesson Twelve: Awakening, Wisdom, and Becoming What Is

  • Explore teachings on consciousness after dying and becoming an ancestor 
  • Learn pragmatic ways to prioritize soul cultivation over the lifespan
  • Reflect on your life through the long view of increasing love and wisdom
  • Practice experiencing personal center as opening to the ground of being
  • Enjoy resources on the far reaches of human development and potential
Lesson Twelve: Awakening, Wisdom, and Becoming What Is

Four Seasons of Ritual

Midlife and early elderhood. Themes include clarifying destiny, sacred warriorship, making amends, and right use of power.

Elderhood through post-death. Themes include humility, service, ego death, rejoining the ancestors, and stabilizing love and wisdom.

Conception through childhood. Themes include voice, invocation, boundaries, pleasure, and living from wholeness and embodiment.

Adolescent to early adult. Themes include accessing spiritual guidance, passion and devotion, and working with grief and loss.

About the Instructor

Dr Daniel Foor

Daniel Foor, PhD

Dr. Foor is a licensed psychotherapist, doctor of psychology, 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 daughters in Western North Carolina, homeland of Cherokee peoples.

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