About the Practitioners

The thirty practitioners below have completed the practitioner training and requirements for certification. They’ve agreed to follow the Ancestral Lineage Healing Practitioner Code of Ethics. They are people of heart and integrity who have demonstrated sustained care and dedication to the work of ancestral healing. Feel warmly encouraged to contact them with questions. Sessions are currently available in English, Spanish, and French. Most practitioners offer distance and in-person sessions as well as sliding scale rates.

Irene Ammar (Santa Rosa, CA) focuses on cultural repair and remembrance, as well as conscious birth and parenting in her ritual work. 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 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. To learn more, visit: www.darlaantoine.com.

Elsa Asher (Berkeley, CA) is a somatic therapy practitioner and professor of Narrative Medicine. Their work focuses on ancestral lineage healing as part of a larger field of intergenerational and developmental trauma healing and cultural repair.  Elsa has received kehunah as a Hebrew ritualist and facilitates lifecycle rituals. They are grounded in the animist ways of their people, who are Sami, Ashkenazi and Sephardi Hebrew people, Scots-Irish, Western and Southern European, and Native North American. Elsa lives on Ohlone land in Northern California. For more info see: www.elsaasher.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: www.livingvoicemedicine.com.

Angela Blueskies, M.A. (Harpers Ferry, WV & Washington, DC) is a visionary musician, ceremonialist, and facilitator committed to the re-emergence of sacred life ways. A Q’ero initiate, she has journeyed to Peru since 2005, learning directly from elders and medicine people. A lifelong musician and Sound Medicine practitioner, Angela travels extensively through the Americas sharing transformational healing work, retreats, sacred sound events, and community ritual. With ancestry from Britain, France, and the Cherokee & Powhatan Nations, she lives in rural West Virginia at Rumi Wasi Sanctuary, a pristine mountaintop retreat and healing center. To learn more: www.angelablueskies.com & www.heartofthemotherretreats.com.

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Tamira Cousett (Chapel Hill, NC) is a practitioner of ancestral and earth-honoring wisdoms and rituals, a student of West African Òrìṣà tradition in the lineage of Olúwo Fálolú Adésànyà Awoyadé of Òdè Rẹ́mọ, and an initiate of Brazilian earth-honoring traditions. Her people are from West Africa and the Irish and British Isles. She has a B.S in chemistry and has worked in environmental science toward clean air and oil regulation for a decade. She is dedicated to holding an inclusive space celebrating all forms of ancestral diversity and weaving impactful intergenerational connections across space and time. More about Tamira: www.tamiracousett.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 public schools, hospital settings, and through intensive family therapy. She completed the Hakomi Method two-year training and has also 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 has made several training pilgrimages to Nigeria. Her people are earlier settlers to North America from the British Isles, Germany, and France. Her spiritual practice is rooted in respect for the body, the sacred feminine, and the natural world. For more info: www.samarahealing.com.

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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.

Saskia Ison, MA, LMFT, (Portland, OR) is a licensed psychotherapist using an integrative approach to healing based primarily in depth psychotherapy and ancestral lineage healing. She is passionate about reclaiming an animist framework for relating with our other-than-human kin and relatives, creating community through ritual space and intentional reverence, and encouraging a culture of heart-based vulnerability.  Her ancestors hail from the Netherlands, and British Isles. She currently lives with her family on the lands of Chinook, Tualatin, Multnomah and other indigenous peoples of Portland, Oregon. You can find her offerings at www.honeyintheheart.org.

Shauna Janz, MA, (Victoria, BC, Canada) is dedicated to nurturing community and belonging – within ourselves, with each other, and with the other-than-human world. She facilitates individual, family, and community grief support & ritual, trauma-informed education & group process, and ancestral lineage healing. She is a practitioner of Seiðr, a singer-songwriter, and a somatic intuitive who finds sacred communion through music and dance. Shauna resides on the Coast Salish ancestral lands of the WSANEC nation. Her people are from Scotland, Holland, Germany, Poland, and Scandinavia. For online courses visit Sacred Grief, and for more info visit: www.shaunajanz.com.

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Langston Kahn (New York, NY) is a queer black shamanic practitioner specializing in deep liberation and radical transformation. He stands firmly at the crossroads, his practice informed by Inner Relationship Focusing, initiations into traditions of the African Diaspora, the contemporary shamanic tradition of The Last Mask Center, and the guidance of his helping spirits and ancestors. Many of his mother’s people were brought early to North America as slaves and are from Nigeria, Mali, Benin, and Togo and include both Ashkenazi and Sephardic Jews. His father’s people are from Switzerland, Scotland, the British Isles and German Jews. For more info see: www.occupy-your-heart.com.

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Chi Young Kim (Ashland, OR) is dedicated to helping people remember purpose through reclaiming their relationships with their ancestors and the living Earth. All her recent ancestors are from Korea, and as a Korean-American woman she has learned to bridge multiple cultural realities and identities. She lives on the ancestral lands of Takelma, Shasta, and other Native peoples and works as a grief counselor supporting individuals and groups to embrace the transformative potency of loss toward a more authentic life. Her approach to ancestral healing and reconnection is grounded, culturally-mindful, and compassionate. For more info see: www.rememberingvoice.com.