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: 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.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.
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.
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 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: 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, CA & Sakha Republic, Russian Federation) is a ritualist and teacher working with healing, divination, and transformation. Her practice draws from her ancestral Sakha (Siberian indigenous) animist traditions and expresses her commitment to individual & collective liberation. Laura grew up as a refugee-settler on Ohlone lands in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has been reading tarot cards for 30+ years, and her practice weaves in bodywork, plant medicine, and counseling. Her ancestors are Ashkenazi and Mizrahi Jews, Sakha, Karelian, and Roma. She offers sessions in Russian, English, and (sometimes) Italian. Connect at www.lauraperlin.com and www.wildhearttarot.org.
Seyta Selter, MA (Olympia, WA) believes that relating with the unseen is a natural, enriching aspect of human experience, and has a pragmatic approach. She is a present and focused ritualist with an MA in East-West Psychology and a background in depth psychology and teaching consciousness and dream studies in college. She currently focuses on supporting community as the Operations & Development Wizard here at Ancestral Medicine and leading ancestral lineage healing events. 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.
Adrienne Sloan (Santa Fe, NM) is an animist, ritualist, and psychotherapist. Her work is informed by story, myth, and a deep relationship with the spirits of the land. She guides folks to reclaim the gifts and earth-honoring ways of their people so they can engage with the animate world from a place of integrity that serves to transform cultural harms. She is descended from generations of farmers by way of Ireland, Scotland, England, and Germany. Adrienne resides on the traditional homelands of the Tewa speaking people, now known as northern New Mexico. She invites you to join her at: www.adriennesloan.com.
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 Lithuania, Ireland, Poland, England and Germany. She acknowledges and celebrates the inextricable link between personal and cultural healing, and invites you to sojourn with her at www.omniasancta.org.
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.
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.
Rachel Weitz (Boulder, CO) has an MA in counseling psychology, and 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, 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 and Kaskaskia/Illiniwek nations. For more info see: www.redearthhealing.org.
In addition to the 22 practitioners listed above, the following 26 people are in the post-training certification phase and also have my backing for personal sessions and public talks:
Fayise Abrahim (Minneapolis, MN), Robyn Brehaut (Ottawa, ON), Kim Charles Kay (Kalamazoo, MI), Tamira Cousett (Chapel Hill, NC), rain crowe (Portland, OR), Sara Gael (Boulder, CO), Jessica Headley (San Bernadino County, CA), griffen jeffries (Brooklyn, NY), Langston Kahn (New York, NY), Aidan Keeva (Asheville, NC), Chi Young Kim (Ashland, OR), Alyson Lanier (Wilmington, NC), Marie-Louise Lapeyre (Daylesford, Victoria Australia), Shannon Ledford (Asheville, NC), Jeff McElwain (Denver, CO), Marianne Mitchell (Black Mountain, NC), Vanessa Radman (Oakland, CA), Laura Sandage (Davis, CA), Yael Schonzeit (Bay Area, CA), Chanti Smith (Berkeley, CA), Trece Spalten (Austin, TX), Kirra Swenerton (Oakland, CA), Carole Trepanier (Ottawa, ON), Ela Twigg (Asheville, NC), 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. The people named 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.