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 gathered weekly over the Northern summer (eleven weeks for 90min a week). Our meetings were a blend of responsive teaching for the times and two experiential guided practices each gathering.

Cost for the archive is widely flexible from $50 to $250 for the over 16 hours of content to allow for folks of widely variable means to join.

All participants are ideally experienced in some way (intensives, sessions, online courses, the book) with the Ancestral Medicine approach to ancestral lineage healing as we won’t cover the “how” of that healing approach; however, the space is still open to all. The approach to ritual arts 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 bring gravitas and an eye toward ritual safety while also having a good time in our gatherings. Hope you’ll consider joining.

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

  • The Facebook group is now 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

What’s included:

  • Full lifetime access to the recordings of each of the eleven 90-minute live calls. Each includes teaching, experiential ritual, and guided practice.
  • Audio recording and transcript of each call

Part One of this series, Bring Out Your Dead, is also available as an archive. It is recommended to start there, but is not a requirement.


This course draws 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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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.

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.