ONLINE COURSE

Autumn

Initiations: A Life of Ritual

Practices for Living and Dying

with Dr. Daniel Foor

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A season of transformative learning and ritual.

Initiations: A Life of Ritual is a course that explores how we navigate the seasons of life – from our birth to our return to the ancestors – through the lens of rituals that we use along the way. We incorporate insights from developmental psychology, diverse religious and spiritual systems, and pragmatic ritual arts, all rooted in an internationally aware, anti-oppressive cultural sensibility.

During the Autumn season of this course, you’ll explore the journey from midlife into early elderhood. Practices that you’ll encounter in this season include making repairs and amends, incorporation of benevolent powers, ritual protection and self-defense.

You’re welcome to take the Autumn season as a standalone offering (Lessons 7-9, described below). You may also register to access the recordings and resources from the Spring and Summer seasons, as well as the live offerings for both Autumn and the upcoming Winter season. All who join can expect to learn effective practices that support converting raw life experience into wisdom, compassion, and presence.

Investment

This course is offered on a sliding scale and all payment levels include monthly payment options. The options below are for live, interactive lessons for the Autumn season only. To opt in for access to all four seasons of this course, click here.

FULL PAYMENT
$ 450
USD
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SUSTAINER LEVEL
$ 375
  •  
SUPPORTED LEVEL
$ 300
  •  

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.

Autumn Curriculum

1 What’s Included
2 Lesson Seven
3 Lesson Eight
4 Lesson Nine
What’s Included

What’s Included

  • Three recorded lessons with experiential guided practices and extensive additional resources.
  • Three live teachings with Daniel and 30-minute breakout groups, including optional BIPOC and LGBTQ+ affinity spaces.
  • Multiple support calls per lesson led by experienced ritualists.
  • Access to a private course connection space to to ask questions, connect with other participants, and share experiences from your corner of the Earth.
  • Lifetime access to course materials.
What’s Included
Lesson Seven

Lesson Seven: Midlife, Destiny, and Cleaning House

  • Explore pragmatic frameworks for awakening and adult development
  • Reflect on the process of clarifying, accepting, and living personal destiny
  • Learn ways to identify and resolve blocks to more authentic expression
  • Practice safely communing with and incorporating benevolent forces
  • Enjoy resources on embodiment and intentional merging with the powers
Lesson Seven: Midlife, Destiny, and Cleaning House
Lesson Eight

Lesson Eight: Early Elderhood, Warriorship, and Legacy

  • Consider the myriad of challenges that follow from embracing destiny
  • Learn about hazards, ritual protection, and the need to guard legacy
  • Assess your current level of risk and willingness to address concerns 
  • Practice partnering with supportive powers to increase ritual protection
  • Enjoy resources on evil, malice, self-defense, and sacred warriorship
Lesson Eight: Early Elderhood, Warriorship, and Legacy
Lesson Nine

Lesson Nine: Power, Reckoning, and Making Amends

  • Reflect on meanings and right uses of both worldly and spiritual power
  • Consider the benefits of courageously facing any unresolved wounding 
  • Learn ways to honestly assess your life and make any needed repairs   
  • Practice calling back personal power from past mistakes and traumas
  • Enjoy resources on power, imperfection, and responsible leadership
Lesson Nine: Power, Reckoning, and Making Amends
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What’s Included

What’s Included

  • Three recorded lessons with experiential guided practices and extensive additional resources.
  • Three live teachings with Daniel and 30-minute breakout groups, including optional BIPOC and LGBTQ+ affinity spaces.
  • Multiple support calls per lesson led by experienced ritualists.
  • Access to a private course connection space to to ask questions, connect with other participants, and share experiences from your corner of the Earth.
  • Lifetime access to course materials.

Lesson Seven: Midlife, Destiny, and Cleaning House

  • Explore pragmatic frameworks for awakening and adult development
  • Reflect on the process of clarifying, accepting, and living personal destiny
  • Learn ways to identify and resolve blocks to more authentic expression
  • Practice safely communing with and incorporating benevolent forces
  • Enjoy resources on physical embodiment and communion with the powers
Lesson Seven: Midlife, Destiny, and Cleaning House

Lesson Eight: Early Elderhood, Warriorship, and Legacy

  • Consider the myriad of challenges that follow from embracing destiny
  • Learn about hazards, ritual protection, and the need to guard legacy
  • Assess your current level of risk and willingness to address concerns 
  • Practice partnering with supportive powers to increase ritual protection
  • Enjoy resources on evil, malice, self-defense, and sacred warriorship
Lesson Eight: Early Elderhood, Warriorship, and Legacy

Lesson Nine: Power, Reckoning, and Making Amends

  • Reflect on meanings and right uses of both worldly and spiritual power
  • Consider the benefits of courageously facing any unresolved wounding 
  • Learn ways to honestly assess your life and make any needed repairs   
  • Practice calling back personal power from past mistakes and traumas
  • Enjoy resources on power, imperfection, and responsible leadership
Lesson Nine: Power, Reckoning, and Making Amends

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 currently lives with his wife and two daughters near Granada, Spain in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Full Bio

Frequently Asked Questions

Full Schedule:
Pre-recorded lessons will be released every other Saturday at 12:00am US Eastern with the first autumn lesson, Lesson Seven, available on October 22.

Live teaching calls with Daniel followed by practitioner-led breakouts will be held on the following dates (all times are US Eastern).

Call 1: Tuesday, November 1, 3:00pm
Call 2: Tuesday, November 15, 3:00pm
Call 3: Tuesday, November 29, 3:00pm

Practice and Ritual Skills calls with practitioners will be held on the following dates (all times are US Eastern):

Call 1: Tuesday, October 25, 3:00pm
Call 2: Tuesday, November 8, 3:00pm
Call 3: Tuesday, November 22, 3:00pm

Integration and Personal Support calls with course supporters start on October 24 and will be held every Monday at 10:00pm and every Thursday alternating between 3:00pm and 8:00pm every other week (all times are US Eastern):

Call 1: Monday, October 24, 10:00pm
Call 2: Thursday, October 27, 3:00pm
Call 3: Monday, October 31, 10:00pm
Call 4: Thursday, November 3, 8:00pm
Call 5: Monday, November 7, 10:00pm
Call 6: Thursday, November 10, 3:00pm
Call 7: Monday, November 14, 10:00pm
Call 8: Thursday, November 17, 8:00pm
Call 9: Monday, November 21, 10:00pm
Call 10: Thursday, November 24, 3:00pm
Call 11: Monday, November 28, 10:00pm
Call 12: Thursday, December 1, 8:00pm

The weekly BIPOC call will be held every Sunday at 4:00pm US Eastern starting October 23.

The weekly LGBTQ call will be held every Monday at 2:00pm US Eastern starting October 24.

New Moon Ritual Practice calls will be held on Tuesday, October 25 at 5:00pm US Eastern and on Wednesday, November 23 at 4:00pm US Eastern.

Formal scholarships are no longer available for the full four-season course. For participation in just the Autumn season, please contact us if you are in need of financial assistance.

At a minimum, about 90 minutes to engage with the lesson video and guided practice and an additional 60-to-90 minutes each week to engage with the alternating Practice and Ritual Skills calls and the live teaching calls with Daniel. This does not include the optional Integration and Personal Support hours each week (though we strongly recommend you take advantage of this time if questions arise about the content), nor does it include any of the weekly affinity-based community calls, each one hour long.

The course is structured to follow a process that is intentionally sequenced, so it is recommended that you follow the lessons and practices in order. That said, please don’t let the feeling of “falling behind” keep you from continuing to engage in the discussion forum or joining any of the live calls. The lesson videos, live calls with Daniel, and Practice and Ritual Skills calls are all recorded to be viewed on your own schedule.

No. All opportunities to connect and engage with other participants – whether through the small breakout groups, discussion forum, or community calls – are entirely optional. However, most participants find a sense of camaraderie and support from others walking this path. We hope and encourage people to share their stories and experiences with one another, not in a spirit of comparison, but rather one of mutual inspiration and kindness.

Details for joining affinity-based groups and community calls are provided after registration. We trust participants to self-select mindfully into these affinity spaces. This applies also to the additional affinity-based breakout groups that follow each of the live calls with Daniel. Information about the BIPOC and LGBTQ+ community calls/affinity spaces we offer as part of our online courses is available here.

All of our lesson videos will have closed captioning, as well as a full transcript and additional downloadable audio-only versions. Live calls will have automatic AI-generated closed captioning enabled. Recordings of teaching calls will be available soon after they take place, accompanied by a full transcript a few days later.

If you have needs not met here, please feel free to reach out to us with suggestions at info@ancestralmedicine.org.

If you find that the material of this live teaching series is activating in a way that warrants reaching out for personal support, please consider those in the Ancestral Medicine Practitioner Network to be one resource. Most are available for private one-on-one sessions, and many are willing to provide low-cost sessions to support financial accessibility needs.

Enrollment also automatically includes access to course-specific Connection Space—a dedicated online discussion group for course participants to engage with one another, trained practitioners, and Ancestral Medicine staff. Sharing experiences, reflecting on practices, and making connections in this private online community can provide one form of support.

There is no expiration on your access to the course materials and live call recordings (personal support and community calls are not recorded) after the course is completed. Just log into your Ancestral Medicine account at any time in the future and you’ll be able to repeat or continue with any part of the course.

For those registering for the full year starting with the autumn session, you may request a refund within 30 days (by November 21) of the release of Lesson 7 (the first lesson of the autumn teachings) due to an unexpected life circumstance or simply because you do not resonate with the material.

For those only registering for the autumn series of teachings, we will honor refund requests up to the release of Lesson 8 (by November 5). To request a refund, simply reach out to: 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 a business day.

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