Upcoming Ancestral Healing Programs
Ancestral Lineage Healing Intensives
Ancestral lineage healing refers to a process of coming into direct relationship with one’s recent and more ancient blood ancestors for personal, family, and cultural healing. Participants in these intensives seek to connect with supportive ancestral guides and partner with them to safely assist the dead still in need of assistance. This work is experiential and follows the healing method featured in Ancestral Medicine: Rituals for Personal and Family Healing. Daniel has guided maybe 130 multi-day ancestral healing trainings since 2005, and as of 2018 he has trained some of the amazing practitioners in taking the lead with these intensives. For details on lineage healing intensives see: Ancestral Lineage Healing Intensives or the events calendar.
Ancestral Healing Practitioner Training
This training emphasizes learning to guide others through the ancestral lineage repair method featured in Ancestral Medicine: Rituals for Personal and Family Healing as well as how to guide basic group ancestor ritual and to engage skillfully with culturally healing. This mentorship is a major focus of my practice at this time. In 2019 we’ll take a moment to make sure all is well grounded with the first three cohorts and this emergent community before the fourth Ancestral Healing Practitioner Training begins in spring 2020 (application period now open).
Online Course in Foundations of Ritual
Ritual is both art and discipline, cultivation of personal intuition and renewal of ancestral knowledge, instinctual and learnable. The styles and approaches to ritual are as diverse as people, human and otherwise, and the only ‘wrong’ ways to approach may be those that become untethered from love, wisdom, and relationality. In the spirit of kind, inclusive, and non-dogmatic learning, this course is for anyone seeking to strengthen their foundational skills in ritual arts. The eight-week course features 8 weekly pre-recorded lessons with additional resources, and 8 accompanying live conference calls. Topics will include relational etiquette, protection, invocation, trance, prayer, offering practice, and a dozen other elements found in many approaches to ritual arts. Participants can expect to learn skills they can apply in their everyday devotions as well as one flexible framework with which to think and share about their experiences and approach to the sacred. For more info see Foundations of Ritual Online Course.
Online Course in Practical Animism
Animism gets at what people often mean when expressing a draw to indigenous traditions or shamanism but does so in ways that avoid some pitfalls of those terms. Some kinds of people animists might relate with include: plants, animals, fungi, mountains, metals, fire, bodies of water, spirits of wind and weather, deities, human ancestors, star people, and others we don’t have words for in English. In this in-depth online course participants will receive unlimited access to the 14 instructional course videos (about 30min per lesson), 14 additional live conferences, access to supporter-led small group break-outs during the live sessions, option to download accompanying audio files, opportunity to engage in course participant discussion space, invitation during course to ask Dr. Foor directly for support with the material, and ongoing access to accompanying readings. For details on the May – September 2019 course see Practical Animism Online Course.
Online Course in Ancestral Lineage Healing
This in-depth online course emphasizes the ancestral lineage repair method featured in Ancestral Medicine: Rituals for Personal and Family Healing and closely follows the in-person ancestral healing trainings led by Dr. Foor from 2005 to present. Participants will receive unlimited access to the 14 instructional course videos (about 30min per lesson), option to download accompanying audio files, opportunity to engage in course participant discussion space, invitation during course to ask Dr. Foor directly for support with the material, and ongoing access to accompanying readings. For details and to register for the December 2019 – April 2020 course please see Ancestral Lineage Healing Online Course.
Ancestral Healing Circles
Monthly ancestor circles emphasize learning to relate clearly with blood/family ancestors and include prayer, song, visioning practices, and heart-centered dialogue. Folks new to ancestor work, adoptees, and those with a tough experience of family are warmly welcome although you’ll want to have attended a training, done a session, or otherwise have some context for what we’re up to. Currently these circles are offered one weeknight a month for two hours or so in Carrboro, NC; Victoria, BC; Portland, OR; Berkeley, CA; Asheville, NC and Athens, GA. Be in contact directly for details on circle in any given location.
Grief as Sacred Practice
Heart pain, longing, and loss are inevitable, yet modern American folk often feel intimidated and ill-equipped to navigate the transformative potency of grief. We’ll discuss ways diverse cultures weave ritual, grieving, and heart-centered community and talk about grieving as one strategy for mending cracks in the larger vessel of our humanity and holy Earth.
This sacred tending takes place in supportive community with ritual precautions to honor the potency and energetic reality of emotional pain. Ritual allows for participants to fully contact the heart of their experience, express from this place, and move through the full cycle into cleansing and return. When human losses or emotional tending are not the catalyst for this work, grief rituals can also be effective when responding to drought, welcoming back rain, or near the site of historic desecrations.