Live Teaching Series
The Opening Earth
Four Weekly Experiential Gatherings
with Dr. Daniel Foor
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Weekly on Tuesdays, October 12, 19, 26, and November 2
3:00-4:30pm (15:00-16:30) U.S. Eastern
Open as the Earth to greater honesty, sorrow, and love.
This series of live teachings and practices proceeds from the view that humans are also the Earth, that “nature” or “the environment” are fictions, and that we are embedded in a much wider community of kinship. Ecological catastrophe, two years of global pandemic, and ongoing centuries of cultural harm—these are our times, with forecast to intensify. And they are also playing out in our larger body.
We invite those impacted by the Earth changes, those run through with sorrow by our choices as a species, and those called into fierce love and courage as a way to meet the times. When the troubled futures we have invoked here on Earth become present-tense, what now? When we enter more fully the storm of consequence, who are we? Not two years ago, but today? Who are we in these times?
Our bodies and psyches are also the land.
The Earth changes are also deeply personal.
“I found deep understanding and true shared community in this course. I have not found a place that honours death and grieving like this. Having the focused weekly gatherings, and Daniel’s inclusive teachings, made me feel held by community when I was unable to access one locally.”
– Phoenix R., Ontario, Canada
Content of Live Teachings
Gatherings will consist of culturally mindful, Earth-honoring teachings and group ritual practices. No prior knowledge or experience with ritual required.
The series will progress through four thematic gateways of:
Reckoning. How can we begin to face the enormity of our impact as a species? The debts of our lineages and cultures of origin? The reverberations of our specific lives and choices?
Sorrow. The world-shaped heart grieves for extinction, desecration, and all manner of human injustice and suffering. What helps to welcome and also regulate the sorrows?
Courage. If we are honest and willing to feel, we can choose heart-courage, even in response to major hardship. What are your specific callings to bravery and love?
Service. The world needs beautiful and ethical culture in 1,001 forms. In what ways are you moved as the Earth and as the face of your lineages to render care and service?
Whatever traditions or relationships with the Earth and other powers already nourish your life, those are the ones to draw on in this series. The experiential practices will be held in inclusive ways that welcome beginners as well as experienced ritualists.
"The presence, the humility, the sober urgency, the de-centering of the only-human drama...words can’t capture the level of integrity and coherence I felt was present when listening to these calls. It means a lot to me. I’m so weary of decades of teachings laced with toxic hubris or undealt with wounds. This felt so blessedly devoid of those poisons. This felt real."
– Kristin S., Oregon, USA
About the Instructor
Daniel Foor, PhD
Dr. Foor is a licensed psychotherapist, doctor of psychology, and the author of Ancestral Medicine: Rituals for Personal and Family Healing. Since 2005 he has led ancestral healing intensives in eight countries, trained over sixty practitioners, and supported thousands with ancestral reconnection through online teaching and sessions. He is an amateur historian and naturalist with a passion for cultural healing and Earth-honoring traditions. Daniel 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. He lives with his wife and daughters in Western North Carolina, homeland of Cherokee peoples. Read More
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Participation by Gifting
If you are not able or inclined to contribute at any of the above levels, we extend this series as a gift and warmly welcome your presence with us. If you select this option, we’ll invite later on an optional financial contribution of any amount that’s right for your circumstances.
Frequently Asked Questions
Live teachings are four consecutive Tuesdays on Oct 12, Oct 19, Oct 26, and Nov 2 from 3-4:30pm US Eastern time (15:00-16:30). All calls will be recorded for replay and will remain available for all course participants through their account.
While live attendance is welcome and encouraged, we completely understand that these calls will not work with everyone’s schedule. Recordings will be available after each meeting to all registered participants, and practices can be engaged with at a later time. You can still be part of the group process as much as you care to be. It’s recommended that you listen to the teachings and practices in sequence, if you engage with them at a later time.
Yes. For this live teaching series any participant who has engaged the first lesson may request a refund for the series by the following Monday, October 18th at 11:59pm US Eastern. To request this reach out to: email@example.com.
We are strongly committed to keeping the work accessible to people of diverse backgrounds and variable means. For this offering we have both a Supported registration rate of $60 USD (half of the usual total) as well as a Gift option that allows for participation irrespective of ability to pay. There is no application or proof of income required.
If you would like to help keep this specific live series accessible, please consider registering at the Sponsor level of $200 USD. If you wish 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.
This series is intended for personal education and enrichment, and as such we do not offer educational credits or presume to train people to guide a process for others through the material presented here. If you are interested in facilitating the work of our organization for others, we offer an in-depth practitioner training for that purpose.
We provide on-screen and downloadable transcripts for each call. These are suitable for text to speech applications. We strive to make our offerings accessible, and will be exploring more accessibility features to our site in the near future. If you have needs not met here, please feel free to reach out to us with suggestions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The live calls are intended as a stand-alone teaching and practice, with no additional expectations of homework. Therefore most participants will spend just those 90 minutes per week that is the duration of the live call (whether this happens live or by listening to the recording afterward). Of course, anyone is encouraged to repeat that week’s practice if it’s found helpful and supportive.
In this series, there is an intentional sequence across each week’s teaching and practice but there is no fixed end goal for the course, nor an expected timeline for completion. There is no “falling behind” – whatever your pace is, that’s the correct one.
The course materials and recordings remain accessible in your account after the course completes. There is no expiration on your access.
If you find that the material of this live teaching series is activating in a way that warrants one-on-one personal support, please consider reaching out to a practitioner in the Ancestral Medicine Practitioner Network. Most are available for 1:1 sessions, and many of are willing to provide low-cost sessions to support accessibility.
While discussion is encouraged on the private discussion board (accessible through the course page), this is entirely optional.