ONLINE COURSE

Practical Animism

Coming Home to Earth Reconnection

with Dr. Daniel Foor

Begins May 20 | Live calls each Monday

If you’re seeking a more profound and embodied relationship with the Earth and the rest of life, consider this substantive 12-lesson course and accompanying series of six live calls.

Participants will learn a lasting framework for animist or Earth-honoring ethics and ritual arts in ways that are culturally mindful, psychologically grounded, and rooted in cross-cultural wisdom teachings and practices.

Practical Animism and the accompanying live call series, Being the Earth, is one of the two most foundational offerings at Ancestral Medicine (the other being Ancestral Lineage Healing) and includes 40 hours of teachings in support of homecoming, reconnection, and Earth-honoring ways of life.

In this course, you will

Teachings will be rooted in an ethic of love and inclusivity and will reference global traditions of sacred story, psychology, and practical magic. Each lesson will include Q&A and multiple opportunities for guided practice, and the learning environment will be lively and engaging.

*The timing of live calls for this course will favor participants from Hawai’i to Helsinki, Auckland to Cape Town. Thanks to our community of learners in regions like India and much of Australia for your understanding on varying our times for international inclusivity; all who register still get lifetime access to recordings. You’re also welcome to send in questions ahead of time for Daniel to answer during live calls, or later in written form.

Price

Accessibility is a core value at Ancestral Medicine. We offer several pricing tiers, and we leave it to you to select the most appropriate tier. The ranges in pricing aims to take into consideration global economic disparities, historical injustices, and personal circumstances. The system is designed for those with more to register in ways that support those with less.

Early Registration (Take 35% off thru March 21 or till early-bird seats are sold)
$ 310
USD
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Standard Rate
$ 550
USD
  • Our standard rate allows us to sustain our work. This applies if you’re employed in the Global North, you come from generational land ownership, and/or you’re able to provide for your needs in a consistent way.
Supporter
$ 625
USD
  • This rate helps us to make our work accessible to those with modest means. This rate applies if you have investments, a retirement plan, and/or access to economic abundance or generational wealth.

Other Pricing Options

Community
$ 475
USD
  • This rate applies if you’re relatively less economically advantaged in the ways listed under “standard rate” or that cost is simply out of reach for you financially.
Economic Hardship
$ 400
USD
  • This rate applies if other options are not within reach. Ideally for historically marginalized populations, and anyone who may experience economic hardship. *Spaces limited
Scholarship (Closed)
  • If none of these rates are accessible to you and you’re called to this work, we offer a limited number of scholarships. Click below to apply for approval. Applications will close on February 2. Replies may take time due to high volume, but all replies will be sent by February 3.

What’s Included

Focus of the Six Live Calls

Each weekly theme emphasizes skills for developing meaningful relationships and connections with both human and other-than-human kin. These twelve live calls seek to complement the material of the pre-recorded lessons without repeating, and each includes time for Q&A, live practice, and small-group sharing.

Curriculum

Lessons emphasize psychological, cultural, and energetic safety and move through the foundational steps of the Ancestral Lineage Healing method.

Live calls, held each week, are followed by small-group breakouts with practitioners. These calls parallel and complement pre-recorded lessons and emphasize building ritual skills in areas that both nourish your ancestral reconnection practice and support relational wellness in everyday life.

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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

Topic of the live call in week one: Cultivating Gratitude

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Lesson 1: Kinship, Intimacy, and Animist Lifeways
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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

Topic of the live call in week two: Embracing Interdependence

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Lesson 2: Eating, Killing, and Giving Thanks
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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

Topic of the live call in week three: Honoring and Asserting Boundaries

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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

Topic of the live call in week four: Valuing Diversity and Difference

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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

Topic of the live call in week five: Grieving While in Connection

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Lesson 5: Sorrow, Extinction, and Honoring the Waters
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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

Topic of the live call in week six: Living Your Specific Medicine

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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

Topic of the live call in week seven: Reparenting and Deep Healing

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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

Topic of the live call in week eight: Embodying Cultural Authenticity

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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

Topic of the live call in week nine: Becoming a Home for the Sacred

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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

Topic of the live call in week ten: Accepting Greater Responsibility

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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

Topic of the live call in week eleven: When Two Worlds Become One

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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

Topic of the live call in week twelve: Deepening Commitment to Self and Others

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Lesson 12: Animist Ethics and the Life of Objects
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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

Topic of the live call in week one: Cultivating Gratitude

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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

Topic of the live call in week two: Embracing Interdependence

Sign Up
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

Topic of the live call in week three: Honoring and Asserting Boundaries

Sign Up
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

Topic of the live call in week four: Valuing Diversity and Difference

Sign Up
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

Topic of the live call in week five: Grieving While in Connection

Sign Up
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

Topic of the live call in week six: Living Your Specific Medicine

Sign Up
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

Topic of the live call in week seven: Reparenting and Deep Healing

Sign Up
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

Topic of the live call in week eight: Embodying Cultural Authenticity

Sign Up
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

Topic of the live call in week nine: Becoming a Home for the Sacred

Sign Up
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

Topic of the live call in week ten: Accepting Greater Responsibility

Sign Up
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

Topic of the live call in week eleven: When Two Worlds Become One

Sign Up
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

Topic of the live call in week twelve: Deepening Commitment to Self and Others

Sign Up
Lesson 12: Animist Ethics and the Life of Objects

About the Instructor

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Daniel Foor, PhD

Daniel is a doctor of psychology, experienced ritualist, 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 two daughters near Granada, Spain in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Learn More

Frequently Asked Questions

The entire course of 12 pre-recorded lessons will be made available for participants immediately when they register, to explore at their own pace. Note this is different from our typical live courses, which are released week by week.

Live teaching calls with Daniel followed by practitioner-led breakouts will be held at 3:30pm US Eastern (check your local time here) on the following dates: 

  • Thursday, September 28 – Week One
  • Thursday, October 5 – Week Two
  • Thursday, October 12 – Week Three
  • Thursday, October 19 – Week Four
  • Thursday, October 26 – Week Five
  • Thursday, November 2 – Week Six

All live teaching calls with Daniel will be recorded and made available within 24 hours.

This six-week series of live teachings supports a self-paced course that contains a total of 12 lessons.

We recommend about 90 minutes or so to engage with the pre-recorded lesson materials, plus an additional 60-90 minutes for the live teaching call with Daniel. That’s approximately three hours each week.

Each live call will cross-reference various aspects of the 12 lessons, and the specific lessons being discussed that week will be noted. However, you do not need to review the lesson in order to join the live call that week. These notes are for your self-paced exploration later on. Please don’t let the feeling of “falling behind” keep you from joining any of the live calls or engaging in the discussion forum.

In 2023 we made significant updates to the structure of this offering. Our self-paced, 12-lesson foundational course – Practical Animism – is now being supported with the addition of two six-week live teaching series’ with Daniel.

In April we offered the first six-week live call series titled Loving the Earth, and the second live call series, Being the Earth, begins in late September 2023. There is no need to have joined in April to engage in September.

Participants in the live calls are invited to engage with the pre-recorded lessons ahead of live calls or to simply join for the six live calls and enjoy the self-paced course at their own rhythm.

The self-paced Practical Animism course utilized in both series is the same; the subjects and themes that Daniel will teach to during each call series will be different. The intention with this structure is to offer a guided way of more fully integrating the course material into everyday life.

Please note that if you joined us in April, you will also be able to sign up for the new call series in September at a steeply discounted price as you already have course access (look for an email on that or just inquire directly).

Past participants of our Practical Animism course will receive an email with a special discount. If you do not receive this email by August 10, 2023, please email info@ancestralmedicine.org to request the link to register at this discounted price.

Participants joining us in April for Loving the Earth will also receive a special invitation to join us in September for the next six-week call series, Being the Earth, at a discounted rate.

Details for joining the 30-minute affinity-based breakouts and online discussion spaces are provided after registration. Experienced course supporters who also identify with that affinity group will anchor these spaces. We ask folks to mindfully self-select for participation, as best meets your identities and how you wish to be supported.

You’re welcome to participate as often or as little as you wish. There’s also no pressure to opt in. We recognize there are many other affinity space interests. We encourage participants to self-organize through the private course connection space if interested in forming groups beyond those available. Details on affinity spaces, their intentions, and criteria for participation can be found here.

For this course, we offer full refunds if requested before the course begins and partial refunds if requested up to the day before the second lesson. See our Terms & Conditions.

Each lesson video has automatic closed captioning and additional downloadable audio-only versions. If you have needs not met here, please feel free to reach out to us with suggestions at info@ancestralmedicine.org.

We’d be happy to help with any additional questions! Reach out to info@ancestralmedicine.org with your question and someone from our team will be in touch, usually within two business days.

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