Ancestral Lineage Healing Online Course

Ancestral lineage healing refers to a process of coming into direct relationship with one’s recent and more ancient blood ancestors for personal, family, and cultural healing. This course is led by Daniel Foor, PhD and closely follows the lineage healing method developed through trainings and sessions from 2005 to present and featured in Ancestral Medicine: Rituals for Personal and Family Healing. The online course includes and also expands upon material covered in both the in-person trainings and book.

The approach is non-dogmatic, ritually informed, and inclusive to people of diverse ancestries. Lessons emphasize psychological and energetic safety as well as participants’ ability to relate directly and beneficially with their own ancestors. Although this course provides a strong conceptual framework for ancestral engagement, the work itself is experiential. No need for a spiritual calling or prior experience with the ancestors to participate.

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How the Course Works

The course is divided into Part One and Part Two, each consisting of seven lessons (see below for full descriptions). New lessons are released on Sunday evenings and can be accessed any time after. Including one break/integration week midway through each course segment, Part One and Part Two are each eight weeks in duration.

  • Part One: Oct 29, 2017 – Dec 17, 2017 – Now closed.
  • Part Two: Jan 7, 2018 – Feb 25, 2018 – Closed except to current Part One participants.

Course will open again in Autumn 2018. Please join the Ancestral Medicine newsletter for updates.

Lessons include an instructional video (25-35 minutes) with guided exercises, homework, and questions for reflection, as well as PDFs of encouraged readings (drawn from the book and other sources). Participants will be able to communicate and share experiences with other learners through a discussion board, and all registrants also enjoy unlimited ongoing access to all course readings and video/audio recordings (roughly seven hours for both courses total). Participants can also ask questions of Dr. Foor directly for the duration of the course, including the opportunity to join four live online group support sessions with Dr. Foor throughout the course.

Part One of the course draws strongly from Chapters One-Six of the book and Part Two draws from Chapters Seven-Nine. This course can be understood as a companion to the ancestral lineage healing work at the heart of the book. Having a personal copy of the book is supportive to the coursework, however, relevant PDF excerpts from the book will accompany each lesson.

How to Register

Join the Ancestral Medicine newsletter for updates on the next course opening in Autumn 2018. Cost is $400 for the full course (Part One and Two) and $225 for Part One only. If participants decide after completing Part One to then enroll in Part Two, the additional cost is $225. By registering you’ll enjoy:

  • Unlimited access to the instructional course videos (about 30min per lesson)
  • Option to download accompanying audio files of course content
  • Opportunity to engage in course participant discussion space
  • Invitation during course to ask Dr. Foor directly for support with the material
  • Four live 90-minute group support conferences with Dr. Foor (two in each Part)
  • Ongoing access to accompanying readings

My intent is to keep the work accessible, and there are some need-based scholarship spaces for participants of African and/or recent Indigenous ancestry (Native American or otherwise), for LGBTQ folks, and for those serving historically marginalized populations. Please inquire directly at:

If it’s supportive in sharing about this opportunity with others, see the online course flyer and Facebook event page.

Part One Course Overview

Lesson One: Foundations of Ancestor Reverence and Ritual

  • Overview of animist traditions and worldview

  • Cross-cultural basis for ancestor reverence

  • Distinguishing ancestors from ghosts

  • Five steps of the lineage healing work

Lesson Two: Assessment of Four Primary Blood Lineages

  • Assess wellness of four primary lineages

  • Determine each lineage’s impact on your life

  • Decide with which lineage to begin the repair work

  • Introduction to energetic boundaries

Lesson Three: Boundaries, Family Research, and Ancestral Guides 

  • Further skills for establishing energetic boundaries

  • Learn about ancestral lineage guides

  • Importance of trusting your connection with the ancestors

  • Genealogy, historical research, and DNA testing

Lesson Four: Contacting Ancestral Lineage Guides

  • Make connection with older ancestral guides

  • Safely assess which guides to work with

  • Receiving blessings from ancestral guides

  • Ways to start to honor these older ancestors

Lesson Five: Offering Practice and Deepening with the Guides

  • Practice deepening relationship with guides

  • Learn lineage preferences and affinities

  • Explore guides’ worldview and experience of the sacred

  • The basics of making offerings

Lesson Six: Prayer for the Lineage Between 

  • Move into healing with the lineage

  • Ask the ancestral guides to surround the lineage in prayer

  • Learning to get ritual results by trusting the guides

  • Going deeper with the practice of making offerings

Lesson Seven: Altars, Regular Tending, and Cultural Healing

  • Practice attunement and deepen relationships with ancestral guides

  • Expand into connection and prayer with guides

  • Cultivate relationships with the well ancestors in daily life

  • Create and learn to tend an ancestor altar

Part Two Course Overview

Lesson One: Understanding Ancestral Blessings and Burdens

  • Identify the six major types of cultural wounding

  • Explore different ways you might perceive a lineage

  • Ask ancestral guides about gifts and troubles in the lineage

  • Learn ways to ritually work with blessings and burdens

Lesson Two: Assisting Older Lineage Ancestors

  • Learn different ways unwell ancestors become well

  • Witness and support ancestral guides leading the healing

  • Directly assist the healing of older lineage ancestors

  • Learn how to stay safely on track with lineage repair work

Lesson Three: Grief, Forgiveness, and Emotional Embodiment

  • Explore the importance of grieving for you and your ancestors

  • Practice consciously regulating ancestrally charged grief

  • Tend to ritual safety when working with ancestral grief

  • Consider engaging in forgiveness practices

Lesson Four: Assisting the Recent and the Very Troubled Dead

  • Understand differences when working with older and recent dead

  • Directly assist in healing with remembered ancestors

  • Learn to work safely with especially troubled ancestors

  • Discern different types of trouble among the unwell ones

Lesson Five: Honoring the Bones and Strengthening the Positive

  • Help ancestors transition from fairly good to radiant

  • Explore effects of ancestral disturbance on living family

  • Learn practices for assisting recent and living family

  • Explore ritual care for physical remains and ancestral objects

Lesson Six: Extending and Embodying Ancestral Blessings

  • Extend ancestral blessings through the family tree

  • Ask for a personal physical healing of your blood, bones, and DNA

  • Embody lineage blessings and pray with the ancestors for living family

  • Weave together embodied ancestral gifts and active healing prayers

Lesson Seven: Harmonizing Lineages and Family Ancestor Practice

  • Learn ritual for embodying and celebrating well and healed lineages

  • Review steps for tending to remaining lineages

  • Practice the harmonization of multiple well lineages

  • Consider crafting an Ancestral Dedication Ritual

About the Instructor

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. For more info see: Daniel’s full bio

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