Kindling the Need-Fire

Ritual Support for Pandemic Times

This is live series completed on September 16, 2020.

Archive of calls and practices now available below.


 This is the second part of a two-part series (but part one is not a prerequisite for part two).

For Part One, see Bring Out Your Dead, also available as an archive.


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The need-fire is an ancient tradition of kindling a single communal flame to ritually ward off disease in times of great necessity. As we enter our second season of global pandemic, nearly everyone on Earth is navigating the impacts of social and economic upheaval, cultural uncertainty, and increased illness and death. The duration and intensity of this period of turbulence is impossible to know from this vantage.

Alongside the imperative to keep a safe distance from most living human folk, this is a time for those called to practices that honor earth and ancestors to dive deeper. More than ever it’s time to lean in, to listen carefully, to draw near with the ancestors, to honor the spirits of disease walking the Earth, to thank the beings who are food for us, and to really get to know the old powers who steward culture change. Now is a time to cooperate, to expand our social networks with the spirits, and to harmonize compassionate and kind intent with other living ritualists and human kin. This includes making sure our own family dead are truly ancestors and, when they are, to partner with them to uplift the collective. This includes assisting those claimed by disease in their returning. This includes honing our clarity and embodiment of our specific evolving purpose and gifts.

In this spirit, we’ll gather weekly over the Northern summer (eleven weeks for 90min a week). Our meetings will be a blend of responsive teaching for the times and two experiential guided practices each gathering. We’ll also have a closed Facebook group for folks in the course. Cost is widely flexible from Pay-it-Forward to $250 for the over 16 hours of content to allow for folks of widely variable means to join. This series is a continuation of the spring series, Bring Out Your Dead, and will proceed with a similar format but new content. That offering included more than 1,500 participants from over 40 countries and we anticipate a similarly multi-cultural group for this series.

Participants ideally have some experience with earth-honoring ritual or the Ancestral Medicine style of ancestral lineage healing as we won’t cover the “how” of that work; however, the space is truly open to all. The approach is animist in that the emphasis is on relationship and rooted in a feminist, decolonizing, anti-racist, LGBTQI-friendly, class-aware, earth-honoring ethic without being overly intellectual about it. We’ll bring gravitas and an eye toward ritual safety while also having a good time. You don’t need to be tech-savvy and can leave your camera off or just call in or listen to recordings later if needed. Hope you’ll consider joining.

Since this course is now complete, a few things to note for archive access registration:

  • The Facebook group will be active until Nov 1, 2020 (then it will be archived)
  • You will have access to all call recordings and transcripts, but the live calls are complete
  • We offer a pay-it-forward option for select courses when they are currently in process, and do not include this option for archived courses

Part One of this series, Bring Out Your Dead, is also available as an archive. It is recommended to start there.


This course will draw on the Ancestral Medicine framework for ancestral healing. Experience with that approach is ideal; however, experienced ritualists and folks who just want to dive in can do so, we just won’t slow down to explain the basics.

You are welcome to register for this course if any of the following are true:

  • You’ve participated in the Bring Out Your Dead course and would like to continue
  • You’ve participated in any of the Ancestral Lineage Healing Online Courses
  • You’ve attended an in-person Ancestral Lineage Healing Intensive
  • You’ve attended a day-long workshop in this approach to Ancestral Lineage Healing
  • You’ve done private sessions with an ancestral healing practitioner in this method
  • You’ve read, are familiar with, and/or have done experiential self-study with Dr. Foor’s book, Ancestral Medicine
  • You haven’t done any of the above but are inspired to take the course and understand that we will use the Ancestral Medicine framework
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How it Works

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This course is focused on a live weekly online meet-up for eleven weeks, 90-minutes each week. You can engage the course via laptop or desktop computer, phone, or tablet. Each call is recorded and available within a day or so with streaming video, audio download, transcript, and audio excerpts of guided practices. The course includes a private (optional) Facebook group for community connection.

Main course calls with Dr. Foor are on Wednesdays from 3pm – 4:30pm US Eastern Time. Additional community calls are held by a trained course supporter on Sundays at 12pm Australian Eastern Time (Saturdays at 10pm, US Eastern Time). We send an email reminder one day in advance of each main live call that includes a time zone conversion tool.

What’s Included

  • Over 60 hours of live teaching. Eleven 90-minute Zoom calls with Dr. Foor.

  • Real-time guided practices. Experiential practices are included in each live call, with Dr. Foor guiding you through ritual tending with your ancestors.

  • Engage directly with Dr. Foor. Option to submit questions for response by email, video, or during live teachings.

  • Current teaching to meet these times. Flexible teachings each week from Dr. Foor based on what the current moment demands.

  • Recordings and transcripts for revisiting. Main course call are recorded and transcribed for engaging with course material later. Audio excerpts of just the guided practices are also included.

  • Community sharing. Optional opportunities to engage with other learners in the private Facebook group.

  • Enjoy international community. Join participants from over 35 countries in a culturally diverse community of learners.

  • Lifetime access. Ongoing access to to course content. You will never lose access to recordings and transcripts.


We offer several payment and sliding scale options. Prices are in US Dollars.

regular tuition

$250USD, once

sliding scale rate

$125USD, once

sliding scale rate

$50USD, once


Our 30-day money-back guarantee ~ For anyone not satisfied with the course after having engaged at least one call, we will grant a full refund within 30 days of the course start date.


Main Course Calls are Wednesdays from 3pm – 4:30pm US Eastern Time.

Additional Community Calls are offered weekly at an Australia-friendly time, on Sundays from 12pm – 1:30pm Australian Eastern Time (Saturdays at 10pm US Eastern Time).

Course Dates: July 8 – September 19, 2020

See the calendar below for specific course dates.

It’s ok! The weekly main course live calls are all recorded (video and audio) and transcribed into a pdf. You can attend as many or as few as you like. You can always go back and revisit recordings and transcripts at any time. The additional community calls are not recorded.

No. This course is solely comprised of the live content, which is in the weekly live Zoom calls that are also recorded and transcribed.

Questions are welcome! Within the course there will be a feature to submit a question to Daniel which he may choose to address in the live calls or in email. The Facebook group will likely get lots of engagement if you bring a question or concern.

No, this course is for personal healing work, and does not presume to train people to guide this work for others. There is a separate, more in-depth practitioner training (on ancestral lineage healing) for that purpose.

Yes. We are strongly committed to keeping the work accessible to people of diverse backgrounds and variable means. There is a free (pay it forward) option for registering for this course, if you have been financially impacted by the current world situation or are otherwise in need.

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.

Due to the sliding scale and free (pay it forward) enrollment options in this course, we are not providing discounts for enrollment mid-way or in the case of missed calls. All calls are recorded, and you will retain access to them indefinitely.

At this time, we are unable to offer CEU’s, although we are looking into it for future offerings.

Yes! We provide a transcript of the live main course calls.

That’s totally fine; we understand. The course Facebook group is optional, definitely not mandatory. In the past, we have experimented with in-course discussion boards, and other networking tools. We have found that people don’t use them much, and have grudgingly realized that the most participant connection happens on Facebook. Alas. Some people like to create a “dummy” Facebook account just for the course, as the discussions and resources tend to be engaging. But again, completely optional.

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About the Instructor

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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.

Training as a therapist, living in other societies, and immersion in different lineages of ritual work all inform his non-dogmatic approach to ancestor and earth reverence. Although he draws inspiration from established lineages, his public offerings and ritual methods aim to be culturally inclusive, and he holds work for cultural and earth healing to be inseparable from spiritual teaching and practice.

His approach to the COVID-19 pandemic is kind, science-honoring, and honoring of the old powers who shape the earth.