ONLINE COURSE

Practical Animism

Teachings and Skills for Earth Reconnection

with Dr. Daniel Foor

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Learn to relate with the big spirits of plants, animals, mountains, rivers, planets, stars – the many others.

This course is an intellectual and experiential immersion in pragmatic relational values. Teachings and practices seek to fill cultural gaps where many of us were never supported to relate consciously with the larger web of kinship. Over 50 hours of recordings and live teachings, a team of over 30 course supporters/ritualists, an interactive discussion platform with a robust international community of learners, and extensive additional resources with each lesson all combine to support you in reclaiming your innate capacity to enjoy nourishing long-term relationships with the rest of life.

Investment

Regular Full Payment
$ 750
USD
  • This investment supports the full cost of course production and the labor of our team, and allows us to extend financial access to those with fewer resources and less access to wealth in a global context.
Sliding Scale - Sustainer Level
$ 625
USD
  • This investment will allow us to cover the cost of course production and the labor of our staff and course supporters.
Sliding Scale - Supported Level
$ 500
USD
  • This investment is available for individuals with fewer resources and less access to wealth to join at a further reduced rate.
Money-back guarantee.
If you’re not satisfied with the course after having engaged at least one lesson, we will grant you a full refund within 30 days of the beginning of the course.

Scholarship Options
If the sliding scale options above, including payment plans, are beyond your current financial means, we offer additional scholarship options. These options are limited and we trust applicants to apply for the option they require based on present needs and context. Please read the description and then fill out the form linked above to be considered. Scholarship applications will close on Saturday, April 23rd at 7pm EDT.

Curriculum​

1 One
2 Two
3 Three
4 Four
5 Five
6 Six
7 Seven
8 Eight
9 Nine
10 Ten
11 Eleven
12 Twelve
One

Lesson 1: Kinship, Intimacy, and Animist Lifeways

• Affirm a participant ethic of humility, heart, and self-responsibility
• Contextualize learning amidst injustice and ecological catastrophe
• Consider impacts of colonialism and ancestral wounding
• Invite new pathways of direct connection with other-than-human kin
• Enjoy resources from “new animists” in a wider cultural context

Lesson 1: Kinship, Intimacy, and Animist Lifeways
Two

Lesson 2: Eating, Killing, and Giving Thanks

• Explore ethical implications of food plants and animals as people
• Bring kind attention to the intimate killing that sustains our lives
• Ask the powers for ways to weave authentic gratitude into eating
• Dialogue with the spirit of at least one personal food plant or animal
• Enjoy resources on domestication and rituals of food and harvest

Lesson 2: Eating, Killing, and Giving Thanks
Three

Lesson 3: Boundaries, Traditions, and the Dead

• Explore the importance of boundaries, consent, and limitation
• Learn ways to establish sacred space and encourage ritual safety
• Consider different types of ancestors, lineages, and living traditions
• Invite connection with wise and kind ancestral support from your lineages
• Enjoy resources on ancestor reverence and spirited eco-activism

Lesson 3: Boundaries, Traditions, and the Dead
Four

Lesson 4: Celebrating Diverse Bodies and Wisdoms

• Engage with older, more generous views of other-than-human kin
• Expand your vocabulary for sacred diversity and difference
• Foreground friendship as foundational to deeper modes of relating
• Seek to connect with a local wild plant, fungus, or animal relation
• Enjoy resources on the wisdom and complexity of our Earth kin

Lesson 4: Celebrating Diverse Bodies and Wisdoms
Five

Lesson 5: Sorrow, Extinction, and Honoring the Waters

• Explore water-related themes like grieving, cleansing, and healing
• Learn ritual skills for embracing potent sorrow, loss, and heartache
• Engage traditional teachings and lore on relating with the spirits of water
• Invite direct engagement with the specific waters near to your home
• Enjoy resources on grief rituals and ritual work with watery kin

Lesson 5: Sorrow, Extinction, and Honoring the Waters
Six

Lesson 6: Living the Blessings and Burdens of Place

• Consider complex human histories of places in light of belonging
• Learn ways to think about and be invited into the qualities of places
• Explore outdoor solitude practices and relevant adaptations
• Apply etiquette and intuition to locate a ‘sit spot’ near to your home
• Enjoy resources on place-focused teachings and ritual traditions

Lesson 6: Living the Blessings and Burdens of Place
Seven

Lesson 7: Stone, Memory, and Earth as Deity

• Identify projection of personal pain and gender norms on the Earth
• Learn foundational practices of making offerings and tending an altar
• Invite help from the stones for remembering destiny and purpose
• Ritually greet, thank, and feed the divinity who is this Earth
• Enjoy resources on ways of relating with the Earth as an elder deity

Lesson 7: Stone, Memory, and Earth as Deity
Eight

Lesson 8: Fire, Plasma, and Bridging the Worlds

• Explore diverse approaches to the elements in theory and practice
• Deepen with elemental fire as magma, flame, lightning, and stars
• Uproot problematic human/nature and nature/culture dichotomies
• Invite direct communion with helpful expressions of elemental fire
• Enjoy resources on elemental ritual and deities of fire and transformation

Lesson 8: Fire, Plasma, and Bridging the Worlds
Nine

Lesson 9: Climate, Cosmos, and the Empty Center

• Extend animist perspectives to wind, weather, and celestial bodies
• Further interrupt extreme individualism and inner/outer binaries
• Reflect on Earth as an open system and our place in wider context
• Invite direct perspective from the elders powers on climate change
• Enjoy resources on wind, weather, astronomy, and great sci-fi

Lesson 9: Climate, Cosmos, and the Empty Center
Ten

Lesson 10: Microorganisms, Agency, and Cultural Healing

• Consider the personhood and potent influence of microorganisms
• Explore agency, causation, and who tells the stories we’re made of
• Reflect on language and culture as sentient and more-than-human
• Greet and thank the trillions of others in, on, and around your body
• Enjoy resources on animist storytelling and microanimism

Lesson 10: Microorganisms, Agency, and Cultural Healing
Eleven

Lesson 11: Spirits, Deities, and Incarnation

• Expand animist and ecological frames to include the gods and the unseen
• Reflect on what we’re doing here and why on Earth we keep coming back
• Learn practical etiquette for relating with deities, spirits, and elder forces
• Consider ways the land and the others already shape and guide our lives
• Enjoy resources on spirit possession and the curious state of incarnation

Lesson 11: Spirits, Deities, and Incarnation
Twelve

Lesson 12: Animist Ethics and the Life of Objects

• Extend animist sensibilities to objects, things, and those forgotten
• Ground coursework in animist ethics, science, law, and education
• Assess for congruence of personal values with identity and choices
• Invite integration of teachings with personal practice and path
• Enjoy resources on animist trends and policies in diverse disciplines

Lesson 12: Animist Ethics and the Life of Objects
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3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12

Lesson 1: Kinship, Intimacy, and Animist Lifeways

• Affirm a participant ethic of humility, heart, and self-responsibility
• Contextualize learning amidst injustice and ecological catastrophe
• Consider impacts of colonialism and ancestral wounding
• Invite new pathways of direct connection with other-than-human kin
• Enjoy resources from “new animists” in a wider cultural context

Lesson 1: Kinship, Intimacy, and Animist Lifeways

Lesson 2: Eating, Killing, and Giving Thanks

• Explore ethical implications of food plants and animals as people
• Bring kind attention to the intimate killing that sustains our lives
• Ask the powers for ways to weave authentic gratitude into eating
• Dialogue with the spirit of at least one personal food plant or animal
• Enjoy resources on domestication and rituals of food and harvest

Lesson 2: Eating, Killing, and Giving Thanks

Lesson 3: Boundaries, Traditions, and the Dead

• Explore the importance of boundaries, consent, and limitation
• Learn ways to establish sacred space and encourage ritual safety
• Consider different types of ancestors, lineages, and living traditions
• Invite connection with wise and kind ancestral support from your lineages
• Enjoy resources on ancestor reverence and spirited eco-activism

Lesson 3: Boundaries, Traditions, and the Dead

Lesson 4: Celebrating Diverse Bodies and Wisdoms

• Engage with older, more generous views of other-than-human kin
• Expand your vocabulary for sacred diversity and difference
• Foreground friendship as foundational to deeper modes of relating
• Seek to connect with a local wild plant, fungus, or animal relation
• Enjoy resources on the wisdom and complexity of our Earth kin

Lesson 4: Celebrating Diverse Bodies and Wisdoms

Lesson 5: Sorrow, Extinction, and Honoring the Waters

• Explore water-related themes like grieving, cleansing, and healing
• Learn ritual skills for embracing potent sorrow, loss, and heartache
• Engage traditional teachings and lore on relating with the spirits of water
• Invite direct engagement with the specific waters near to your home
• Enjoy resources on grief rituals and ritual work with watery kin

Lesson 5: Sorrow, Extinction, and Honoring the Waters

Lesson 6: Living the Blessings and Burdens of Place

• Consider complex human histories of places in light of belonging
• Learn ways to think about and be invited into the qualities of places
• Explore outdoor solitude practices and relevant adaptations
• Apply etiquette and intuition to locate a ‘sit spot’ near to your home
• Enjoy resources on place-focused teachings and ritual traditions

Lesson 6: Living the Blessings and Burdens of Place

Lesson 7: Stone, Memory, and Earth as Deity

• Identify projection of personal pain and gender norms on the Earth
• Learn foundational practices of making offerings and tending an altar
• Invite help from the stones for remembering destiny and purpose
• Ritually greet, thank, and feed the divinity who is this Earth
• Enjoy resources on ways of relating with the Earth as an elder deity

Lesson 7: Stone, Memory, and Earth as Deity

Lesson 8: Fire, Plasma, and Bridging the Worlds

• Explore diverse approaches to the elements in theory and practice
• Deepen with elemental fire as magma, flame, lightning, and stars
• Uproot problematic human/nature and nature/culture dichotomies
• Invite direct communion with helpful expressions of elemental fire
• Enjoy resources on elemental ritual and deities of fire and transformation

Lesson 8: Fire, Plasma, and Bridging the Worlds

Lesson 9: Climate, Cosmos, and the Empty Center

• Extend animist perspectives to wind, weather, and celestial bodies
• Further interrupt extreme individualism and inner/outer binaries
• Reflect on Earth as an open system and our place in wider context
• Invite direct perspective from the elders powers on climate change
• Enjoy resources on wind, weather, astronomy, and great sci-fi

Lesson 9: Climate, Cosmos, and the Empty Center

Lesson 10: Microorganisms, Agency, and Cultural Healing

• Consider the personhood and potent influence of microorganisms
• Explore agency, causation, and who tells the stories we’re made of
• Reflect on language and culture as sentient and more-than-human
• Greet and thank the trillions of others in, on, and around your body
• Enjoy resources on animist storytelling and microanimism

Lesson 10: Microorganisms, Agency, and Cultural Healing

Lesson 11: Spirits, Deities, and Incarnation

• Expand animist and ecological frames to include the gods and the unseen
• Reflect on what we’re doing here and why on Earth we keep coming back
• Learn practical etiquette for relating with deities, spirits, and elder forces
• Consider ways the land and the others already shape and guide our lives
• Enjoy resources on spirit possession and the curious state of incarnation

Lesson 11: Spirits, Deities, and Incarnation

Lesson 12: Animist Ethics and the Life of Objects

• Extend animist sensibilities to objects, things, and those forgotten
• Ground coursework in animist ethics, science, law, and education
• Assess for congruence of personal values with identity and choices
• Invite integration of teachings with personal practice and path
• Enjoy resources on animist trends and policies in diverse disciplines

Lesson 12: Animist Ethics and the Life of Objects

About the Instructor

Dr Daniel Foor

Daniel Foor, PhD

Dr. Foor is a licensed psychotherapist, doctor of psychology, and the author of Ancestral Medicine: Rituals for Personal and Family Healing. He is an initiate in the Òrìṣà tradition of Yoruba-speaking West Africa and has learned from teachers of Mahayana Buddhism, Islamic Sufism, and the older ways of his English and German ancestors. Daniel is passionate about training aspiring leaders and change makers in the intersections of cultural healing, animist ethics, and applied ritual arts. He lives with his wife and daughters in Western North Carolina, homeland of Cherokee peoples.

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