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. 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. 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. Participants will learn to more firmly anchor their everyday lives and rituals in animist values, be they newly crafted or from intact traditions. The approach is non-dogmatic and inclusive to people of diverse ancestries. Daniel shares conceptual frameworks, and the heart of the work is experiential. Daniel is 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.
As our courses have developed over the years, we have incorporated participant feedback to include three optional weekly community calls (one at an Oceania-friendly time, one for BIPOC-only participants, and one for LGBTQ+ -only participants) in addition to a weekly live Q&A call with Dr. Foor and small group breakouts. See How it Works below for more course structure details.