Practical Animism Online Course
Reclaiming Kinship Through Earth-Honoring Ritual
with Dr. Daniel Foor
May 13 – September 26, 2019
Animism is a way of life that emphasizes relationships. Animists see the world as full of persons, both human and other-than-human, and prioritize living in respectful ways with others. Animism is largely about ethics or core values that get expressed through more or less fancy practices, rituals, and everyday habits.
Animism gets at what people often mean when expressing a call to indigenous traditions or shamanism but does so in ways that avoid some pitfalls of those terms (more on this distinction if it’s of interest). 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. Animists also tend to be concerned with the welfare of our diverse human kin (more on animism). Humans are people. Plants are people. Mountains and rivers are people. Ethics, rituals, and healthy community all follow from this.
This course arises from guiding hundreds of days of ritual focused on relating with spirits of place over the past two decades, and this is the second annual iteration of this offering, previously called Animism and Earth Reconnection (2018). Participants will learn to more firmly anchor their everyday lives and rituals (be they newly crafted or from intact traditions) in animist values. The approach is non-dogmatic and inclusive to people of diverse ancestries. I share conceptual frameworks and the heart of the work is experiential. I’m not an Indigenous person or presuming to represent any specific tradition (Indigenous or otherwise); this is a core values approach to loving the Earth. If you’re seeking training in a specific ritual system, this isn’t that. No need to believe in anything to join, interest alone is plenty.
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 course supporters (final 30 minutes). Each live group session is recorded and transcribed. Course supporters are all experienced in animist ways and are actively engaged in the private Facebook group throughout the course.
Part One: May 13 – July 18, 2019
Part Two: July 29 – September 26, 2019
Lessons: Prerecorded and released at 9am Eastern time on Mondays.
Live conferences: Alternating Wednesdays at 3pm and Thursdays at 11am (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 20+ course supporters (45min of Q&A with Dr. Foor and 30 minutes in supporter-led breakout groups)
Recordings and transcriptions of each of the fourteen live Q&A sessions
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 as well as support from 20+ supporters
An extensive FAQ page with common questions answered by Dr. Foor during the current and previous courses
Ongoing access to all course material
Cost is $400 USD for the full course (Part One and Two) and $225 for Part One only. Registration is now closed. If participants decide after completing Part One to enroll in Part Two, the additional cost is $225. Both the full course and the individual parts have payment plan options.
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
“Thank you Daniel for the courage it must have taken to follow this path, to bring