Ancestral Lineage Healing Online Course
with Dr. Daniel Foor
November 28, 2019 – March 16, 2020
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. This course provides a through and effective step-by-step approach to working with your specific lineage ancestors for this healing intention. There’s no need for a spiritual calling, specific belief system, or prior experience with the ancestors to participate.
The course is led by Daniel Foor, PhD along with expereinced supporters. Material includes and expands upon the lineage healing method featured in the in-person ancestral healing intensives and the book Ancestral Medicine: Rituals for Personal and Family Healing. The approach is kind, non-dogmatic, and explicitly rooted in a feminist, anti-racist, LGBTQI-friendly, decolonizing, class-aware, earth-honoring ethic without being overly politicized in ways that dampen the spirit of depth ritual work. Lessons emphasize psychological and energetic safety as well as participants’ ability to relate directly and beneficially with their own ancestors. Our team is responsive and we seek to effectively honor each participant’s unique life experiences and ancestral storylines.
Although this course provides one solid intellectual framework for ancestral engagement, the focus is experiential. This offering is intended to support personal and family healing through ancestral reconnection and is not a training to guide others in this work (see the practitioner training for that).
Learn About the Course
How it Works
The course is divided into Part One and Part Two, each consisting of seven pre-recorded lessons that include extra resources, questions for reflection, and homework (see below for full descriptions). New lessons are released on Monday mornings (Eastern Time). There is additionally a live conference accompanying each lesson (also seven in each part) featuring Q&A time with Daniel (first 45 minutes) and small group sessions facilitated by Daniel and course supporters (final 30 minutes). Each live group session is recorded and transcribed. Course supporters are all trained by Daniel in ancestral lineage healing and will also be actively engaged in the private Facebook group throughout the course.
Part One: November 28, 2019 – January 20, 2020
Part Two: January 23 – March 16, 2020
Lessons: Prerecorded and released at 9am Eastern time on Thursdays.
Live conferences: Alternating Mondays at 4pm and Wednesdays at 8pm (all Eastern U.S. time). Live attendance is optional; recordings and transcripts will be posted within 48 hours.
Cost and Value
By enrolling in this course, you’ll enjoy:
Fourteen 30-minute-long instructional course videos, each with closed captioning, accompanying transcript, and audio version
Fourteen live 75-minute group support conferences with Dr. Foor and course supporters (45min of Q&A with Dr. Foor and 30 minutes in supporter-led breakout groups)
Recordings and transcriptions of each group of the fourteen live Q&A session
A wealth of additional multimedia resources (articles, websites, interviews, additional videos) with each lesson
Optional opportunities to engage with other learners in the private Facebook group, small groups during live calls, and participant map-and-connect feature
Invitation throughout the course to ask Dr. Foor directly for support with the material
An extensive FAQ page with common questions answered by Dr. Foor during previous courses
Ongoing access to all course material
Cost is $475 USD for the full course (Part One and Two) and $250 for Part One only. If participants decide after completing Part One to enroll in Part Two, the additional cost is $250. Both the full course and the individual parts have payment plan options on the registration page.
We are strongly committed to keeping the work accessible to people of diverse backgrounds and variable means. If you need financial assistance beyond the available payment plans 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.
Testimonials from Past Participants
The on-line course on Ancestral Medicine is so well organized, the technical aspect is so smooth and the content weaves neatly with the book. I use both a lot.
This course is well organized, calls in the well and loving ancestors that are just waiting to be invited in to assist your healing, and brings in mighty surprises that will guide your life with depth and meaning. During these times of shifting and transition we find solid guidance from our Ancestors who we are connected to.
This year has been a wild ride! And it’s nice that I can access the materials whenever works best for me. I have been enjoying the course very much. Daniel is really easy to follow and explains things well. I am glad and appreciative to you guys for letting me sign up to participate at a later date. I am enjoying the information very much.
Learning ancestral healing from Daniel Foor is one of my ways to show up and to encourage healing to happen during this transformative time we are in. Reconnecting and embracing the wisdom of my ancestors and engaging them once again in the choices and paths of the modern day is loving, necessary and deeply meaningful for me and my family as well as the interconnected web of all life.
Daniel’s Ancestral Healing class is far and away the best online course I have taken and I have done a few. It is not nearly as rigid and formulaic as some of the others that often seem to be kind of cookie cutter – just change the presenter. It was extensive and personalized with a tremendous amount of depth for those who wanted more of that stuff but that reading was certainly not required to get the healing work done. Just the healing of one lineage has made a difference for me and I look forward to working through others.
I absolutely love this course for a number of reasons. The pace was great as we were introduced to concepts and exercises gently and slowly so we could take time and ask any questions which came up – I am grateful for that as I was able to do everything, read the course materials and not get overwhelmed at how much there was. Also the incredibly thorough and careful ‘remembering’ and teaching a framework that my DNA knows and I’ve been trying to figure out but until now never felt safe enough to delve in. This felt incredibly safe and well held so we can unravel and really go deep so thank you. The FB group is brilliant and people respond and support each other and the calls are so insightful and always answer my questions. I now understand why I have such an affinity for Wild Boar and I haven’t been able to eat pig for years. I can’t wait for the second part. I think everything worked for me.. it’s amazing and is helping me so much.
As a retired MD and spiritual person, I found Daniel Foor’s online class “Ancestral Lineage Healing” to be a way of “Walking in Both Worlds” on so many levels. There is both spiritual practice and science weaving together, dreams/intuition along with documentaries and archeology, structurally sound practice as well as the ability to pursue our own ideas and interpretations (to find our own path), the ability for healing and for being healed. Daniel and the teaching assistants who have trained extensively with him, were readily accessible for guidance, information and extra teaching. It was a pleasure to have them walk beside us as well as lead us on this journey. By far the best thing about this class, was the amazing sharing of knowledge, dreams, fears and frustrations by so many participants. The journey will continue, because of all the newfound friends who are all different, but are together on this journey to learn about our ancestors and to help heal this planet. Thank you Daniel and all who took this class.
First I would like to extend my deep gratitude and thanks to you for the lifetime(s) of work you have put in in regards to integrating, alchemizing and synthesizing all that you are now bringing forth and offering–indeed this medicine is potent and timely. I have listened to all of the talks you have offered on your website, bought your book and my parents bought me part 1 of the ancestors online course– I cannot explain how impactful all of this has been.
I have been able to connect with my most ancient grandmothers with whom I share blood with. Being multi-racial it has been deeply healing to meet them and see how they are working in unity together. A deep healing has been occurring within as a result of this– I have had to check the race box as “other” for too long and to now be able to claim my west African, Cherokee and Northern European ancestry and to experience this inner unity has been life changing. Again, deep gratitude. THANK YOU.
I wish I would have had access to this kind of safe, clean, deep, and fully structured teaching on the Ancestors way back in ’96. Not only would it have helped me become a better adult, but it would also have helped me further along the path to healing from old wounds, most of which I had never truly thought had the possibility for total healing. I have traveled all over the United States and studied with many healers, shamans, and cunning folk of many traditions, some very famous, for more than two decades and have never seen a course on this subject so accessible, so practical, so void of tomfoolery and so full of actual change that happens in your life when you do the weekly homework. The pace of the training is excellent, the ability to re-listen to the weekly instruction/pause/take notes is an enormous gift, and Dr. Foor and the assistant instructors are present and respond quickly to questions and requests on clarity. Lastly, the universal approach in the curriculum honors the Ancestors in the way They should be. This course is the best training from a living human being I have ever experienced, and that’s speaking strictly as a wizard.
I’m just writing you a quick note of heartfelt gratitude for allowing me space in your online course. The first half was an amazing framework that helped me reach a connection I didn’t realize was even possible and receive more blessings than I can handle in a timely manner. I’ve been unable to fit time into my schedule to look at the lessons for the second half of the course yet as accepting blessings is a hefty process…
My 5yr old daughter has returned home to live with me 100% of the time. No more repeating heartache for her. No more repeating heartache for me. We’re both free from the abuse and the cycle of domestic violence in my lineage has ended. It’s still a bit surreal that she is home and I am ever so thankful. The level of mental clarity and brain fog I have had lately is vastly improved, as compared to past years. It’s almost like a fog has lifted off of my entire life. Tides have changed. The inner persecutors have shifted roles to protectors. Life is really, really going well.
I am continuing to tend the ancestral altar and my wee one is beginning to get involved as well. I had no idea life could be this wonderful. Thank you. Words are often shallow, but I am sure you feel the depth.
Prior to taking this virtual ancestral lineage healing course, I struggled with feeling valued for who I was and for my abilities. I was aware of my talents and gifts but felt the world simply didn’t value what I offered. This was a very painful way for me to feel about myself. I wondered if I would ever be able to use my gifts in a way that was not only personally gratifying but would enable me to earn a living.
Through much of my adult life I have devoured books, taken workshops, worked with therapists, and hired coaches to help with these difficult feelings. Quite often I found these resources helpful to a point but the underlying fear and sadness never really went away. It felt like this sense of worthlessness was in my bones; in my body.
While taking this course, I connected with an ancestral lineage of female healers whose trauma involved losing their authority and status in their communities. The course showed me how to safely worked with the healthy ancestors in this lineage to heal those who were not well in spirit. Healing this lineage and extending lineage blessings to myself lifted the burden I held. The heaviness, fear, and sadness I felt about not being valuable lifted. That belief “I am not valuable” is no longer lodged in my bones.
Connecting with my healthy ancestors through this course has also helped me feel deeply rooted in something that is beautiful and larger than myself. Feeling like I am a part of my people means my identity is more than just my ego grasping around for approval and status. I feel more solid and rooted in myself. I make better choices and act more decisively.
I highly recommend this course to anyone who wants to feel more connected with their ancestors at a core level, who wants to deeply embody their gifts, and who wants to simply feel good about who they are as a human being.
Thank you for the beauty that is your Ancestral Medicine course. I have been profoundly moved by it. Your teachings and the experiences that arise from your guidance are transformational. Your book, videos, and the additional materials you provide that reflect other cultures have all expanded my mind and heart. You’ve created something of immeasurable value.
In this time in history when so many of us are disconnected from our ancestral roots, I have found this course to be immensely valuable. Daniel brings a depth and breadth of experiential and academic expertise to the work and integrates the material in a way that is accessible, practical and transformational. The structure of the class is very clear and methodical, yet there is a lot of flexibility to customize it for the appropriate pace and needs of the individual student.
Daniel holds the space for the class in a way in which I would not have thought possible in an online format. He is responsive to questions and concerns as they come up and addresses the material with a combination of seriousness, humor, and compassion. I also enjoyed the juxtaposition between Daniel’s incredible verbal brilliance and the impish irreverence he sometimes brought to the conference calls in answering live questions.
One of the things that I particularly appreciate about both Daniel’s book and this course is that he creates a context for cultivating relationships with the ancestors that is so much broader than a self absorbed search for personal identity. The process is a revolutionary method to begin to heal the historical wounds that have been perpetuated throughout history. My take-away from the work that I have done with this material so far is that my personal connection to the specific threads of humanity that I have come from extends in all directions to the greater complex network of all peoples from all places.
Lesson One: Foundations of Ancestor Reverence and Ritual
- Overview of animist traditions and worldview
- Cross-cultural basis for ancestor reverence
- Distinguishing ancestors from ghosts
- Five steps of the lineage healing work
- Additional resources on ancestor reverence and ritual
Lesson Two: Assessment of Four Primary Blood Lineages
- Assess wellness of four primary lineages
- Determine each lineage’s impact on your life
- Decide with which lineage to begin the repair work
- Introduction to energetic boundaries
- Additional resources on epigenetics and Chinese ancestral traditions
Lesson Three: Boundaries, Family Research, and Ancestral Guides
- Further skills for establishing energetic boundaries
- Learn about ancestral lineage guides
- Importance of trusting your connection with the ancestors
- Genealogy, historical research, and DNA testing
- Additional resources on Mexican and Central American traditions
Lesson Four: Contacting Ancestral Lineage Guides
- Make connection with older ancestral guides
- Safely assess which guides to work with
- Receiving blessings from ancestral guides
- Ways to start to honor guides
- Additional resources on West African and African-American wisdoms
Lesson Five: Offering Practice and Deepening with the Guides
- Practice deepening relationship with guides
- Learn lineage preferences and affinities
- Explore guides’ worldview and experience of the sacred
- The basics of making offerings
- Additional resources on the many layers of Irish history
Lesson Six: Prayer for the Lineage Between
- Move into healing with the lineage
- Ask the ancestral guides to surround the lineage in prayer
- Learning to get ritual results by trusting the guides
- Going deeper with the practice of making offerings
- Additional resources on ancient humans and our hominid relatives
Lesson Seven: Altars, Regular Tending, and Cultural Healing
- Practice attunement and deepen relationships with ancestral guides
- Expand into connection and prayer with guides
- Cultivate relationships with the well ancestors in daily life
- Create and learn to tend an ancestor altar
- Additional resources on Buryat Mongol tradition and shamanism
Overview of Part Two
January 23 – March 16, 2020
Lesson One: Understanding Ancestral Blessings and Burdens
- Identify the six major types of cultural wounding
- Explore different ways you might perceive a lineage
- Ask ancestral guides about gifts and troubles in the lineage
- Learn ways to ritually work with blessings and burdens
- Additional resources on Yoruba traditions and cyclic time
Lesson Two: Assisting Older Lineage Ancestors
- Learn different ways unwell ancestors become well
- Witness and support ancestral guides leading the healing
- Directly assist the healing of older lineage ancestors
- Learn how to stay safely on track with lineage repair work
- Additional resources on the Abrahamic faiths and the dead
Lesson Three: Grief, Forgiveness, and Emotional Embodiment
- Explore the importance of grieving for you and your ancestors
- Practice consciously regulating ancestrally charged grief
- Tend to ritual safety when working with ancestral grief
- Consider engaging in forgiveness practices
- Additional resources on LGBTQI ancestors throughout time
Lesson Four: Assisting the Recent and the Very Troubled Dead
- Understand differences when working with older and recent dead
- Directly assist in healing with remembered ancestors
- Learn to work safely with especially troubled ancestors
- Discern different types of trouble among the unwell ones
- Additional resources on Southern Africa and decolonization work
Lesson Five: Honoring the Bones and Strengthening the Positive
- Help ancestors transition from fairly good to radiant
- Explore effects of ancestral disturbance on living family
- Learn practices for assisting recent and living family
- Explore ritual care for physical remains and ancestral objects
- Additional resources on Native traditions and ancestors of place
Lesson Six: Extending and Embodying Ancestral Blessings
- Extend ancestral blessings through the family tree
- Ask for a personal physical healing of your blood, bones, and DNA
- Embody lineage blessings and pray with the ancestors for living family
- Weave together embodied ancestral gifts and active healing prayers
- Additional resources on European and North African revival traditions
Lesson Seven: Harmonizing Lineages and Family Ancestor Practice
- Learn ritual for embodying and celebrating well and healed lineages
- Review steps for tending to remaining lineages
- Practice the harmonization of multiple well lineages
- Consider crafting an Ancestral Dedication Ritual
- Additional resources on the ancestors and popular culture
About the Instructor
Daniel Foor, PhD, is a licensed psychotherapist and a doctor of psychology. He has led ancestral and family healing intensives throughout the United States since 2005 and helped thousands of people to restore healthy and empowering relationships with their ancestors. He is the author of Ancestral Medicine: Rituals for Personal and Family Healing (Inner Traditions, 2017).
Over the past 25 years Daniel has trained with teachers of Mahayana Buddhism, Islamic Sufism, and diverse indigenous paths, including the older ways of his English, Irish, and German ancestors. He is a student of Yoruba culture and makes regular pilgrimages to work with elders in West Africa as an initiate (ọmọ awo) of Ifá, Ọbàtálá, Ọ̀ṣun, and Egúngún in the lineage of Olúwo Fálolú Adésànyà Awoyadé from Òdè Rẹ́mọ. For more info see: Daniel’s full bio.