Irene Ammar (Santa Rosa, CA) has trained in systems of bodywork and herbal medicine and worked especially with people living with illness, the dying, and those healing from trauma. She loves working with ancestral repair around babies and conscious parenting and with those facing death or struggling with illness. Her people are from Germany, Ireland, England, Scandinavia, and Portugal, and she draws inspiration from the Earth-centered wisdoms of ancient Europe. She lives with her family on rightfully Pomo lands in Northern California and takes seriously the need to safely engage with collective harms so the tides can turn toward health in all of our families and communities. For more info see: www.ireneammar.com.
Jonathan Hadas Edwards, MS, LAc (Carrboro, NC) is an acupuncturist, herbalist, and student of divination traditions including I Ching and West African Ifá (initiated in Nigeria in 2013). He has trained extensively in Classical Chinese Medicine and western herbalism and has studied Ayurveda on a Fulbright in Nepal. Grounded in abiding respect for the power of language to conjure worlds, his ‘wyrdwork’ calls on the mantic magic of the alphabet. His people hail from Northwestern Europe, the British Isles, Scandinavia, and the Pale; he lives on the Haw River in North Carolina’s eastern piedmont with partner and fellow practitioner, Julia Hartsell. For more info see: www.axismundihealingarts.com.
Sarah Foor, MFT (Asheville, NC) has served diverse populations as a counselor in San Francisco public schools, in hospital settings, and through intensive family therapy in North Carolina. She also completed a two-year training in the Hakomi Method and has worked as a massage therapist. She is an initiate in the Ifá/Òrìṣà tradition of Yorùbá-speaking West Africa in the lineage of Olúwo Fálolú Adésànyà, and she has made several pilgrimages to train with elders in Nigeria. Her people are earlier settlers to North America from the British Isles, Germany, and France, and her orientation to spiritual practice is rooted in respect for the body, the sacred feminine, and the natural world. For more info see: www.samarahealing.com.
Julia Hartsell (Carrboro, NC) is a dancer, catalyst for soulful, earth-honoring community, a pioneer in the modern Hoop Dance movement, and founder of The Flowjo, a movement sanctuary for dance, somatic & circus arts in Carrboro, NC. With a long history in the South, her people are from the British Isles, Germany, and Cherokee Nation and she brings to movement arts and ancestral healing ritual a deep to commitment to social justice. Julia weaves an animist worldview, passion for ecstatic embodied expression, and reverence for threshold experiences with a celebration of the Earth and sacred feminine for the intent of individual and collective healing. For more info see: www.juliahartsell.com.
Pavini Moray, M.Ed (San Francisco, CA) works primarily with LGB, queer and trans folks who long to know who they are and feel they belong. Trained in somatics, trauma, and sexuality support, Pavini works through a transgenerational lens of ancestral exploration and healing. Pe is of mainly Scottish and English descent, is an initiate of the Shakta Tantra lineage of Kali worship, and facilitates ceremony and practices of earth-based magick. Listen to pe’s podcast Bespoken Bones: Ancestors at the Crossroads of Sex, Magick and Science at www.bespokenbones.com, and visit pe’s website www.transcestralhealing.com to learn more about how you and your lineage can be well in all the ways.
Seyta Selter, MA (Olympia, WA) enjoys working with folks new to trance modalities, often focusing on honing inner perception skills, and believes that relating with the unseen is a natural, enriching aspect of human experience. She practices ancestral lineage healing, depth psychology (embodied dreamwork and hypnotherapy), and spiritual counseling in Olympia, WA and online. She has an MA in East-West Psychology, is an adjunct faculty of dream psychology and consciousness studies at the Evergreen State College, and is also Dr. Foor’s assistant. Her ancestors hail from the Jewish diaspora, continental Europe, and the British Isles. For more info see: www.innerlands.org.
Taya Shere (El Cerrito, CA) co-founded Kohenet Hebrew Priestess Institute and teaches ritual, multi-religiosity and ancestor reverence at Starr King School for the Ministry. Taya is a practitioner of Somatic Experiencing, co-author of The Hebrew Priestess: Ancient and New Paths of Jewish Women’s Spiritual Leadership and co-leads a multi-religious Jewish & Sufi community rooted in counter-oppressive devotion. Taya’s people are from the Jewish diaspora – most recently the Ukraine, Poland and Russia, and she teaches online courses on Jewish Ancestral Healing. She co-leads a monthly Bay Area Ancestor Circle and offers individual sessions virtually and near Berkeley, CA. For more info see: www.jewishancestralhealing.com.
Shannon Willis, M.Ed (Athens, GA) holds an MA in Professional Leadership and Counseling from Louisiana State University in Monroe and has worked for over twenty years with depression, anxiety, PTSD, chronic pain and illness, grief, dreams, and social justice issues related to intimate partner violence and the oppression of marginalized populations. She holds space in Athens, GA as a ritualist, healer, and catalyst for Earth-honoring community, drawing inspiration from teachers in West African traditions, Nepali shamanism, diverse indigenous paths, and northern European cultures. Her people hail from the British Isles, France, and Cherokee, Chickasaw, and Choctaw nations. For more info see: www.redearthhealing.org.
Training, lineage, and relationship with mentors and colleagues is important. Please be discerning about the people claiming to guide this approach to ancestor work and reach out with questions or concerns. In addition to the eight practitioners listed above, the following 24 people are in the post-training certification phase and also have my backing for public sessions, talks, and ancestor circles. They are the only others who have completed the requirements to guide sessions, teachings, or ritual work for others in this approach to ancestral healing, online and in-person:
Darla Antoine (Costa Rica), Elsa Asher (Berkeley, CA), Angela Blueskies (Harpers Ferry, WV & greater Washington DC area), Robyn Brehaut (Ottawa, ON), Teri Ciacchi (Portland, OR), Rain Crowe (Portland, OR), Thandika Gita Devi (Grass Valley, CA), Jeff McElwain (Denver, CO), Maris Hale (Grants Pass, OR), Jessica Headley (San Bernadino County, CA), Saskia Ison (Portland, OR), Shauna Janz (Victoria, BC), Larisa Noonan (Salem, OR), Christiane Pelmas (Boulder, CO), Laura Perlin (San Francisco, CA), Laura Sandage (Davis, CA), Chanti Smith (Berkeley, CA), Darius Sohei (Portland, OR), Trece Spalten (Austin, TX), Kirra Swenerton (Oakland, CA), Carole Trepanier (Ottawa, ON), Adrian Villaseñor (Guerneville, CA), Rachel Weitz (Boulder, CO), and Kai Wu (San Francisco, CA).