Irene Ammar (Santa Rosa, CA) focuses on cultural repair and remembrance, as well as conscious birth and parenting in her ritual work. She loves to bring in the ancestors as a source of support for parenthood. Her background in somatic work and herbal medicine bring a consciousness of body and trauma to her practice. 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.
Darla Antoine, MA (Costa Rica) believes that food is an overlooked or forgotten vessel for ancestral and spiritual re-membering. She has an MA in Intercultural Communication from the University of New Mexico where she researched how food creates and sustains our cultural lineages and legacies. Darla is an enrolled Okanagan tribal member and grew up in her ancestral homelands in Washington State. She also has lineages from the British Isles and Scandinavia. Darla now lives on a high mountain farm in Costa Rica and is trying to give her kids roots where she is rootless. This has motivated her work in ancestral healing as well as other land-based spiritual work. To learn more please visit: www.darlaantoine.com
Maris Bergrune, MS, M.Ac.O.M. (Grants Pass, OR) is a practitioner of seiðr, oracular medium, and singer-musician. She helps people become deeply well with their ancestors and access Northern European wisdom traditions and transformational ritual. She specializes in templates of Old Norse animist practices in order to build community and bring healing to the modern world. Maris has been engaged in healing ritual and spirit-work for over fifteen years, and teaches consent-based spirit practices that maintain sovereignty, healthy boundaries, and personal integrity. Her ancestors are primarily from Germany, Switzerland, Holland, England, Wales, and Poland. For more info see: livingvoicemedicine.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.
Shauna Janz, MA, (Victoria, BC, Canada) is dedicated to nurturing community and belonging – within ourselves, with each other, and with the more-than-human world. Since 2008, she has been companioning others in healing and wholeness through individual and family grief support, trauma-informed education and group process, and more recently, through community grief rituals and ancestral lineage healing. She is a highly somatic intuitive creature who finds sacred communion through creative expression, music, singing and dance. Shauna resides on the ancestral lands of the Coast Salish Lekwungen nation. Her people are from Scotland, Germany, Poland, Ukraine, and Scandinavia. For more info see: www.shaunajanz.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.
Larisa Noonan (Salem, OR) has specialized for nearly two decades in trauma healing, embodiment skills, and supporting healthy boundaries. She weaves ritual and nature reconnection into all of her offerings, and she is passionate about ancestral healing, supporting grief and loss, recovery from religious fundamentalism, and work with chronic pain/illness. She lives with her husband and son in Oregon’s Willamette Valley on the ancestral homelands of Kalapuyan peoples. Her ancestors are from France, the Netherlands via Ukraine, Germany, and Switzerland and her spiritual orientation is rooted in earth-honoring ritual, embodying ancestral gifts, and reclaiming animist values. For more info see: www.larisanoonan.com.
Christiane Pelmas (Boulder, CO) is a writer, teacher and mentor/guide in private practice since 1992. She works restoring the severed intimacy between humans and the wild world around and within us, understanding that our human healing and wholing are only possible through the cultivation and communal weaving of these intimate theosophies. Her work is informed by the indigenous wisdom of the wild world and the ancestral realm, as well as the teachings of eco-psychology, Soulcraft/Bill Plotkin, Feminist Theology and Somatic Sex Education. Christiane’s people hail from the lands now known as Sweden, Estonia and the Northern United Kingdom. For more info see: www.christianepelmas.com and www.onewoman.org.
Laura Perlin (San Francisco, California & Sakha Republic, Russian Federation) is a teacher, counselor, and ritualist working with healing, divination, and transformation. Her practice is rooted in her ancestral Sakha (Siberian indigenous) animist traditions and is an expression of her commitment to individual and collective liberation. Laura grew up in a family of refugees settling Ohlone lands in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has been reading tarot cards for over 30 years, and her practice weaves in training as a massage therapist, Ayurvedic practitioner, and herbalist. Her ancestors are Ashkenazi and Mizrahi Jews, Sakha, Finnish, and Roma. She offers sessions in Russian, English, and Italian. Connect at www.lauraperlin.com and www.wildhearttarot.org
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.
Rachel Weitz (Boulder, CO) has a MA in counseling psychology and has apprenticed for over a decade with earth-centered ritualists from diverse traditions throughout North and South America. She has trained in spiritual and shamanic healing, herbal and plant spirit medicine, and ancestral repair work. Her work includes teaching animist ways of relating with the seen and unseen and supporting people in remembering their true nature. Her people are from Ireland and the Jewish diaspora, most recently Eastern Europe, and she lives in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains on traditional lands of the Ute and Arapaho people. For more info see: www.livingtruenature.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.
In addition to the 15 practitioners listed above, the following 30 people are in the post-training certification phase and also have my backing for personal sessions, public talks, and ancestor circles:
Fayise Abrahim (Minneapolis, MN), Elsa Asher (Berkeley, CA), Angela Blueskies (Harpers Ferry, WV & greater Washington DC area), Robyn Brehaut (Ottawa, ON), Teri Ciacchi (Portland, OR), Tamira Cousett (Chapel Hill, NC), rain crowe (Portland, OR), Thandika Gita Devi (Grass Valley, CA), Sara Gael (Boulder, CO), Jessica Headley (San Bernadino County, CA), Saskia Ison (Portland, OR), Langston Kahn (New York, NY), Aidan Keeva (Asheville, NC), Chi Young Kim (Ashland, OR), Shannon Ledford (Asheville, NC), Jeff McElwain (Denver, CO), Marianne Mitchell (Black Mountain, NC), Vanessa Radman (Oakland, CA), Laura Sandage (Davis, CA), Chanti Smith (Berkeley, CA), Darius Sohei (Portland, OR), Adrienne Sloan (Santa Fe, NM), Trece Spalten (Austin, TX), Lindsay Sudeikis (Brooklyn, NY), Kirra Swenerton (Oakland, CA), Carole Trepanier (Ottawa, ON), Ela Twigg (Asheville, NC), Adrian Villaseñor Galarza (Guerneville, CA), Nala Walla (Port Townsend, WA), and Kai Wu (San Francisco, CA).
Relationship with mentors and colleagues is important. Please be discerning about people claiming to guide this approach to ancestor work and feel welcome to reach out with questions or concerns. These 45 people listed above are the only ones who have completed training requirements to guide this approach to ancestral healing, and each of them has my (Daniel’s) personal backing and access to ongoing supervision and community/organizational support.
All practitioners are required to offer low-income sessions toward certification and some also elect to offer sessions by donation. If cost is a concern, feel welcome to use this form to pursue being matched up with a practitioner trainee for low-income sessions.