About the Practitioners

The practitioners listed below have completed the training in ancestral healing and all requirements for certification. They’ve agreed to follow the Ancestral Lineage Healing Practitioner Code of Ethics, and they are people of heart and integrity. Feel warmly encouraged to contact them with questions.

Sessions are available in English, Spanish (Adrián), and French (Marie-Louise). All offer distance sessions (video conference or phone) and some guide in-person sessions. Most offer cost flexibility; just inquire with them directly through their websites or the contacts provided below.

We also help to connect those seeking low-income sessions with practitioners and trainees offering that service; see this form to request low-income sessions. If you would like to support the professional development of ancestral healing practitioners and trainees who are BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color), LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer), and/or serving other-than-English-speaking populations, learn more here.

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.

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.HeartwardSanctuary.org.

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.HeartwardSanctuary.org.

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Jessica Headley Ternes, MA (Inland Empire, CA) facilitates ritual for death, dying, grief, and ancestral reconnection. Her ancestors are from the British and Irish Isles, Scandinavia, Prussia, Germany, France, Switzerland, and Southern Europe. She was raised and spent the first 20 years of her life in Joshua Tree, praising that land and its kin as profoundly impactful on the person she is today. She has worked in behavioral health as an empowerment evaluator and qualitative researcher, in palliative care units tending veterans who are dying, and in prisons facilitating groups to support individuals to create positive community spaces. For more info see: www.sacredthresholds.org.

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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.

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Alyson Lanier (Wilmington, NC) has over 25 years of experience in the field of psychology and extensive training in trauma and attachment therapy, gestalt therapy, somatic sex education, subtle energy work, and transpersonal psychology. Alyson can be found leading groups and teaching courses on all things relationship. With humor and heart, she loves empowering her clients, helping them heal personal, familial, and cultural burdens; and helping them remember and reconnect to what really matters. Her ancestors hail from the fertile crescent, the Baltic Sea countries, and northwestern European islands. To learn more about Alyson visit:  www.AlysonLanier.com.

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Marie-Louise Lapeyre (Daylesford, Victoria, Australia) is a midwife of birth death and the soul. She was born and raised in France, and her people are from France, Switzerland, Italy, and Denmark. She lives in Australia on the ancestral lands of the Dja Dja Warung people, where she grows food and medicinal plants. She sees relationships of reciprocity to other than humans, to the cycles of life, as well as to the unseen world, as ways back into belonging and rich cultural homecoming. Ce travail peut ce faire aussi en Francais. For more info, see www.birthlifedeath.com.au.

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Kate Lawrence (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia) is a Spiritual Carer who offers emotional and soul support in a public hospital. Working with her ancestors has brought joy and transformation to her life, and she delights in supporting people to deepen with their ancestors to heal generational patterns and stand in their unique potential and goodness. Her people are from Sydney (Gadigal Country), Ireland, Scotland, Belgium, Germany, Poland, Israel and Egypt. She lived for 25 years in Dublin, Ireland and returned in 2018 to the lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation, now known as Melbourne. For more info: listeningtotheancestors@gmail.com.

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Shannon Ledford (Asheville, NC) brings flavors from many of her iterations in this lifetime. Her time as a corporate lawyer, global travel photographer and community builder have also shaped her and her work. Her favorite challenge and devotional endeavor is guiding her wise daughter. Shannon finds a sense of true belonging with the ancestors, and is inspired to share that with her daughter and work to create a deep sense of belonging for all of our children. Her people hail from Italy and the British Isles. She lives on the ancestral lands of the Cherokee in NC. To connect visit: www.shannonledford.com.

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Jeff McElwain, MPAS, PA-C (Denver, CO) is a physician assistant in family medicine with a lifelong career dedicated to community and individual health. He practices animist, ancestral reverent and earth-honoring ways and strives to remain in awe of the beauty, resilience and fierceness of the earth and all her peoples. He has special interest in the intersection of health/illness and its relationship to ancestral burdens/blessings and in supporting men in the healing of patriarchy and colonialism. His ancestors are most recently Celtic, Norwegian and Germanic and he is grateful to the Cheyenne, Arapaho and Ute people, whose ancestral lands he was born on and calls home. For more information: mcelwain@frontier.net.

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 and visit pe’s website Emancipating Sexuality 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: www.larisanoonan.com.

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Vanessa Radman (San Francisco, CA) is a queer intuitive healer, animist ritualist, and artist dedicated to collective liberation. She supports those seeking to navigate healthy relationship to their ancestors and the living earth.  Her trauma-informed, intersectional feminist approach acknowledges the innate wisdom of each person’s journey and is grounded by her training in traditional folk herbalism, flower essences, spirit medicine and navigating the wild untameable magick of the heart. Her ancestors are most recently from Northern Ireland, Southern Italy and the Dalmatian coast (Croatia). She is grateful to live on Yelamu Ohlone land. To find out more: cimarutahealing@gmail.com.

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Laura Sandage, BM, MA (Davis, CA) is a community arts leader, performer, and ritualist. Her life’s work is healing self and others through creativity, and her spiritual home is the community-built Earth Chapel in her backyard. Embodied song-as-ritual is a current passion, fed by decades devoted to music, literature, writing, theater, and art. Her ancestral healing work and the circles she tends are infused with playful wonder, trauma sensitivity, and a clear imperative to respect all beings. Her Old Ones are Viking, Sami, Pict, Welsh, and Gallic, and her husband is Punjabi Sikh. Find her at ancestralarts.org and laurasandage.com.

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Yael Schonzeit (Bay Area, CA) is a devotional artist, ordained Hebrew Priestess, and practitioner of ritual medicine. Drawing on training in multiple healing modalities and spiritual traditions, Yael supports people to cultivate relationship with their ancestors, themselves, and the Earth toward a sense of belonging, purpose, and interdependence. She leads song, prayer, and ritual in Jewish and multi-religious contexts and is passionate about sound as a vehicle for personal and collective liberation. Yael’s recent ancestors are Yiddish-speaking Jews from the Pale with older roots throughout Southeastern Europe, the Mediterranean, and the Levant. For more info see: yaelschonzeit.com.

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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.

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Trece Spalten (Austin, TX) is an intuitive, teacher, and healing arts practitioner specializing in connecting people with their inner wisdom and manifesting it through practical skills. His background in psychology (BA), Montessori education, bodywork (LMT), and extensive psychic training has deeply honed his skills of listening, guidance, and insight. At the heart of it, his work centers on helping those seeking greater purpose by rediscovering the soul-level resources that are vital to a whole, meaningful life. Descendant of the Finns, Germans, Norse, and people of the British Isles, Trece honors his ancestors as a profound source of healing and reconnection with the living Earth. Find him at www.trecespalten.com.

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Lindsay Sudeikis (Brooklyn, NY) is an alchemist rooted in the maxim, ‘we belong to each other.’ She is a former Catholic nun with a background in classical philosophy and democratic activism. Her current work focuses on ancestral healing and spiritual counseling for the overall wholeness of all beings, one human heart at a time. Her life has a rhythm of joy, levity, and gravitas all at once. Lindsay’s people hail from Lithuanian, Irish, and Slavic lands. She acknowledges and celebrates the inextricable link between personal and cultural healing, and invites you to sojourn with her at www.omniasancta.org.

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Kirra Swenerton M.S., D.D. (Oakland, CA) is a scientist, healer and artist specializing in restoration ecology and community ritual. Kirra teaches about earth reverence, ethnobotany and ecology and is dedicated to conserving rare species and honoring wild places. She leads devotional rituals for people seeking deeper guidance from nature and their own ancestral roots. Kirra’s ancestors came from the British Isles and Ireland, Armenia and Italy. She is the founder of Root Wisdom (www.rootwisdom.com), an organization offering nature journeys, environmental consulting, psychedelic integration and ceremonial services based on Ohlone land in Oakland, CA.

Gita Thandika (Grass Valley, CA) is an Ayurvedic practitioner, yoga teacher, business coach and elder/sundancer in the Lakota lineage of the Native American Church. Thandika has trained in ancestral healing with Dr. Daniel Foor over the last decade and is excited to guide others in this work that has been so empowering in her own healing journey. Raised in apartheid South Africa to a Zulu mother and Tamil father has instilled in her a strong sense of social justice and respect for cultural diversity. This spirit of reverence for resilience and creativity informs her approach to ritual, ceremony, and ancestral healing. For more info see: www.gitathandika.com.

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Ela Twigg (Asheville, NC) is passionate about helping people trust their body’s wisdom and access the relational support of ancestral and Earth honoring connections. Through her span of work across social services, grassroots activism, healing arts, and business leadership, she is committed to working for personal growth, cultural healing, and social change. Her ancestors are primarily German, English, Polish, Swedish, Scottish, and Irish—farmers, soldiers, craftspeople, Quakers, and industry workers. Ela’s approach is friendly, pragmatic, and influenced by many years of somatic awareness skills, normalized relationship with the unseen, and family history research. To learn more, please visit www.theremembering.org.

Adrián Villaseñor-Galarza, PhD (Guadalajara, México & Santa Fe, NM) is passionate about human transformation in service to the Earth. He devoted his PhD research to the confluence of Eastern liberation teachings and the human-nature connection, resulting in an elemental framework for self-discovery, healing, and sustainable action. His ancestors are from Southern Europe (Spanish & Portuguese) and pre-hispanic México (Nahua, Huichol, and Purépecha). Adrián’s service is rooted in his personal experiences with wisdom lineages that he’s honored since his early teens. Gracias a su legado bi/poli-cultural, realiza su trabajo y servicio en Español e Inglés. For more info see: www.living-flames.com.

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Nala Walla (Port Townsend, WA) is a self-described cultural acupuncturist, and modern wisewoman in the woods. She weaves a commonsense approach to wellness through Ancestral Nutrition, Somatic Griefwork & Permaculture Design. Nala’s highly embodied style re-patterns deep connections to soul and place through inhabiting our lineages more fully. Her work helps us come home to our bodies, healing dissociation and cultural poverty through rituals supporting the grief process and fostering a lush experience of gratitude. Nala works in a handbuilt earthen sanctuary at her permaculture homestead on Marrowstone Island in the Salish Sea, traditional Chimacum and S’Klallam territory. www.bwellnow.org.

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 and Kaskaskia/Illiniwek nations. For more info see: www.redearthhealing.org.