Foundations of Ritual

an Eight-Week Course with Dr. Daniel Foor

Ritual is both art and discipline, cultivation of personal intuition and renewal of ancestral knowledge, instinctual and learnable. The styles and approaches to ritual are as diverse as people, human and otherwise, and the only ‘wrong’ ways to approach may be those that become untethered from love, wisdom, and relationality.

In the spirit of kind, inclusive, and non-dogmatic learning, this course is for anyone seeking to strengthen their foundational skills in ritual arts. Course material assumes no prior knowledge. Content may also be useful to priests, educators, and practitioners of diverse traditions in search of fresh ways to transmit basic teachings.

Topics will include relational etiquette, protection, invocation, trance, prayer, offering practice, and a dozen other elements found in many approaches to ritual arts. Participants can expect to learn skills they can apply in their everyday devotions as well as one flexible framework with which to think and share about their experiences and approach to the sacred. Although some of this material may overlap with teachings found in the Ancestral Lineage Healing and Practical Animism online courses, this shorter course focuses on ritual fundamentals that apply in both of those terrains and beyond. For anyone in either of those courses who feels behind the curve with approaches spirit work, this is also a response to that need.

The approach to ritual arts is animist in that the emphasis is on relationship, and the material is rooted in a feminist, decolonizing, anti-racist, LGBTQI-friendly, class-aware, earth-honoring ethic without being overly intellectual or politicized. We’ll proceed in heart-aware ways that seek to meet each participant’s unique life experiences and ancestral storylines. 

Daniel has been immersed in ritual arts for over 25 years and has had the good fortune to train with teachers (ongoing) from diverse lineages. For more on his background see Daniel’s bio. This particular course covers a lot of what he wishes someone had shared with him in a clear and efficient way when he was first getting involved in ritual arts as a teenager. 

Learn About the Course

How it Works

The heart of the course consists of eight weekly lessons (see below for full descriptions) released on Thursday mornings. Each includes an instructional video (40+ minutes) with a ritual exercise, homework, and questions for reflection, as well as a ‘further resources’ section (PDFs, video clips, blog posts, movie recommendations) highlighting diverse perspectives on that lesson’s focus. Once released you can engage the lessons at any time.

A live 60-minute conference accompanies each lesson (8 total) to provide connective space for Q&A and discussion of course material. These are held on Mondays, alternately at 6pm and 4pm Eastern time. You don’t need to make the in-person sessions to enjoy the course, as it’s possible to submit questions that get spoken to during the live conferences. All lesson videos include closed captioning and transcriptions, and all live conferences will be recorded, transcribed and shared with course participants within two days.

Course participants can connect with other learners through a private Facebook group, map and connect feature within the course, and all registrants enjoy unlimited ongoing access to all course content after completion.

Course Schedule

September 26 – November 18, 2019

Lessons: Released on Thursdays at 9am Eastern time.

Live conferences: Mondays at 4pm or 6pm Eastern time, alternating weeks. Live attendance is optional; recordings and transcripts will be posted within 48 hours.

Click on calendar for specific dates and times (scroll to September). If it’s helpful, here is a timezone converter.

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Cost and Value

By enrolling in this course, you’ll enjoy:

  • Eight 40+minute-long instructional course videos, each with closed captioning, accompanying transcript, and audio version
  • Eight live hour-long group support conferences with Dr. Foor and course supporters (using the free Zoom video conferencing platform)
  • Recordings and transcriptions of each of the eight 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 and participant map-and-connect feature
  • Ongoing access to all course material

The cost for participants age 25 and under is $225. For those 26+ the cost is $275. This is to keep the work accessible to younger learners. Registration operates on an honor-system and each registration type includes an optional four-month payment plan. All registration information can be found 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.

Course Overview

September 26 – November 18, 2019