Ancestral Healing Practitioner Training
led by Dr. Daniel Foor
November 2021 – July 2022 (5th Cohort)
The application period is now open (until the 27th of September)
This nine-month online immersion in ancestral healing arts equips participants to guide effective and professional ancestral healing sessions and events. These skills may serve as the foundation of a career in ancestral healing arts and may complement many other kinds of practices and service.
This is a professional certification program that centers the Ancestral Lineage Healing method developed over the past two decades by Dr. Daniel Foor, and the training is enriched by the involvement of over 25 mentors, supervisors, retreat supporters of diverse backgrounds from the Ancestral Medicine Practitioner Network. See in depth info below and also feel welcome to watch the replay of the Q&A from July 27, 2021.
Participants will learn to guide ancestral healing sessions, introductory teachings, and ancestor circles using the Ancestral Lineage Healing method.
The training also includes foundational ritual proficiencies, skills for work with the troubled dead, ways to assist the dying and recently deceased, cultural layers of ancestral healing, and support for clarifying and living one’s personal destiny.
Participants join an international association of ritualists and healers through the Ancestral Medicine Practitioner Network. This collegial network supports personal and professional development after the training completes, as well as provides professional opportunities and referrals.
The all-inclusive investment in this professional training and certification is $7,500 USD.
Once accepted, a deposit of $400 USD is required. Flexible payment plans of maximum 18 months in duration via PayPal or credit card are available, with minimum monthly payments of $395 USD after the deposit.
There are a number of need-based scholarships reserved for BIPOC, LGBTQ+ folks, those who speak a language other than English, and applicants from economically disadvantaged nations or backgrounds. Ancestral Medicine may choose to further extend financial support to any given applicant through our Professional Development Fund for Ancestral Healing Practitioners.
If you have financial concerns and wish to apply, please proceed and indicate your financial needs and concerns during the application process. We are committed to keeping the training accessible while also caring for the teachers, mentors, supporters, and Ancestral Medicine staff who make the training amazing.
This training empowers participants to guide practices of ancestral reconnection in ways that are ritually safe, culturally skillful, and effective at catalyzing personal and family healing.
To meet that objective, we commit to:
“Even from the earliest phases, the practitioner training has hugely benefited my work with clients, both on individual and group levels, and deepened my personal healing. My felt connections with the vastness of my ancestral heritage have taprooted my ability to serve as a healer, helping me to find the bedrock upon which I can stand for change.”
- Nala Walla, Pacific Northwest, USA
Timeframe and Retreats
The heart of the training takes place over nine months and includes three online retreats and a mixture of individual sessions, small-group mentorship pods, and larger group teachings and training.
All meetings are online through the Zoom platform, and retreats are guided by Dr. Foor with robust support from practitioners in the Ancestral Medicine network. Retreat sessions are scheduled over a period of two weeks to be spacious, minimize online fatigue, and allow time for personal integration.
First Retreat (November 2021). Focus will be on the steps of the Ancestral Lineage Healing process and the fundamentals of guiding personal sessions. Considerable time will be spent in practitioner-supervised small-group exchanges. After this trainees will be empowered to guide sessions with other trainees and practitioners.
Between First and Second Retreat (November 2021 – April 2022). Requirements will include: refining skills through guiding sessions within the cohort, meeting individually and in small groups with your mentor and mentorship pod, and attending live teachings with Dr. Foor and other teachers. This is a time for deepening with your ancestors and addressing any necessary proficiencies in preparation for guiding ancestral healing sessions for the public.
Second Retreat (April 2022). Focus will be on preparing for the various challenges of guiding public sessions as well as learning to guide talks and ancestor circles. We’ll explore important professional challenges and limitations, cultural healing layers of the practices, and skills for work with especially troubled ghosts and other spirits. Participants will be empowered to offer public sessions as a practitioner-in-training (trainee), provided requirements have been met.
Between Second and Third Retreat (April – July 2022). Trainees will begin seeing public clients and continue to hone their skills through regular supervision in the form of individual sessions, observations, and group supervisions. In some cases the certification requirements of 40 documented client sessions and additional supervision sessions may be fulfilled by the start of the third retreat; however, the pace of the certification period will vary from person to person.
Third Retreat (July 2022). This final retreat provides an opportunity for the cohort to gather after encountering the complexities that can arise when guiding public sessions. Content will include work with different kinds of ancestors, relationship of ancestors to the Earth, mystical aspects of the practice, and ways to deepen into your calling. For those who completed other requirements to this stage, certification may be an outcome.
Certification Phase. The certification phase will be as long as needed for trainees to fulfill the requirements, including 40 client sessions, accompanying supervision sessions, and a short case study. Additionally, tuition must be paid in full in order to receive certification. The earliest one can complete certification will be by the end of the Third Retreat (July 2022).
New Regionally-Focused Training Progression
The 2021-2022 Practitioner Training (Cohort 5) is the first annual cohort of a four-part progression with a different geographic and cultural focus each training-year.
The intent is to support international access to training opportunities and ancestral healing services, to deepen historical and cultural knowledge among the Ancestral Medicine Practitioner Network, and to enact a vision of global ancestral synergy and cooperation.
The fundamentals of the training will not change, but there are three important ways in which the training will express the regional focus in any given year:
The four-year cycle progression will be:
Cohort 5 (2021-2022) - Europe, West Asia, and North Africa
Cohort 6 (2022-2023) - Africa and the Diaspora
Cohort 7 (2023-2024) - Asia and Oceania
Cohort 8 (2024-2025) - The Americas
(Some areas at a geographic and cultural crossroads may be represented more than once, such as West Asia and North Africa.)
In addition to the scholarship spaces built into the training, Ancestral Medicine may utilize further organizational resources to extend support to qualified applicants from the regions of focus who bring cultural knowledge, linguistic abilities, and areas of expertise not currently represented in our practitioner network. In the 2021-22 training, the regional focus includes all of Europe, most of the Arabic-speaking world,Turkey, Israel, the Caucasus, and Iran.
“The international holding of this training was critical and a huge part of my growth journey. Being a part of this international community shifted me out of my “American centered” mindset, broadened my view of the work, and helped me refine my role in this larger landscape of healing.
It was both comforting and humbling to see and participate in how this work manifests around the globe, and the unique experiences and perspectives each trainee weaves through this training helps brings the framework alive.”
- Erica Nunnally, Rhode Island, USA
Requirements & Application
Working in close partnership with the ancestors can be potent and transformative in unexpected ways.
Applicants are asked to be anchored in their psychological and spiritual well-being prior to application. Although the training necessarily includes ongoing personal and ancestral healing, the emphasis is on learning to guide ancestral healing for others.
What Are We Seeking in Applicants?
Although a calling from the ancestors often proves to be one important element, there is no single background or training to prepare a person to guide ancestral healing practices for others. Some qualities that we value in applicants include:
Examples of the backgrounds from some in the first four cohorts include: holistic healers, psychotherapists, activists and community leaders, midwives and hospice workers, artists, diviners, practitioners of traditional and/or Western medicines, and priests of diverse traditions. Even if none of those describe you, if you feel called to support others in their ancestral healing, we encourage you to apply.
How to Apply
The application period is now open. The portal allows you to save work in progress, so you may complete the application over more than one session and submit when ready. Elements to expect in the application process:
"I am in awe of this work and am humbled by all the ways the training and the ancestral work continue to change me and my life.
The values and ethics of the training, Daniel, the practitioner network, and Ancestral Medicine staff are in alignment with what was stated at the outset of the training and the process was well organized and carried out with clear intentions that created a conducive learning environment to hold the depth of waters we traversed in the training."
- Daphne Fatter, PhD, Texas, USA
Frequently Asked Questions
Each retreat will be held over two consecutive weeks. Retreat days are six hours total, with three 90-minute sessions with 90 minutes of break time throughout.
- Retreat 1 is three days each week, Thursday-Saturday, November 4-6 & 11-13, 2021
- Retreat 2 is two days each week, Friday-Saturday, April 1-2 & 8-9, 2022
- Retreat 3 is also two days each week, Friday-Saturday, July 22-23 & 29-30, 2022
Retreat times are intended to stay accessible to participants in European, North African, West Asian, and North American time zones. This will shift in future years to center the region of focus. We’re truly sorry for the impact of the timing this cycle and next for applicants from Oceania and most of Asia. In 2023-2024 our team will sacrifice on sleep to make it easeful for you, and in the meantime, we welcome you to apply and prepare for the odd hours.
See the global time chart here, but please double check for regional Daylight Savings time changes. Timing is based on US Eastern/New York Time.
We have found that the training process is most effective with a balance of personal sessions, small group meetings, peer exchanges, optional peer interaction, and full-cohort or full-network teaching spaces.
During the retreats, we seek to maintain a ratio of one practitioner-supporter for every three trainees; this facilitates small-group exchanges and personalized feedback.
Trainees engage between retreats in three personal 1:1 mentorship sessions, four group mentorship meetings with 7-10 other trainees, and peer session exchanges. Other required training elements will be held in the space of the full cohort with options for some Q&A and discussion in the main group space.
When trainees begin their certification process, typically after the second retreat, this includes two personal 1:1 supervision sessions, two direct observation sessions with supervisors, and active participation in at least four group supervisions.
In addition to these structures, our team is responsive to participant questions and needs throughout the training.
We staff each of the online retreats with paid supporters from the Ancestral Medicine Practitioner Network and include small break-out groups with ratios of three trainees per practitioner-supporter. This allows for direct, personalized instruction in live time from qualified practitioners who bring a diversity of skills and life experiences, and as such live attendance at the retreats is a critical component of the training.
All three retreats are required to complete the training; please only apply if you have both the intent and reasonable expectation to be able to attend in full. This includes applicants in Asia and Oceania faced in the 2021-2022 training with tough retreat hours—we are delighted for you to apply this year or next and if you require reasonable hours to participate, Cohort 7 (2023-2024) is planned with you in mind.
There are elements that require your live participation but you schedule a time that works for you with another person (e.g., sessions exchanges, personal mentorship, supervisions) and therefore have flexibility as to when they occur.
There are required and optional live teachings (e.g., monthly conferences with Daniel, Continuing Education offerings). These are recorded and made available for playback in a way that can also fulfill the attendance requirement if needed.
The only requirement that could pose a modest scheduling challenge are the four small-group mentorship sessions over the nine-month training as trainees are required to attend at least three in real time for group cohesion. The times and dates for these will be arranged with your assigned mentor and small group upon entry to the program.
Each of the 14 days of the training spent in online “retreat” (see schedule above) consist of six total hours–four and a half for three 90-minute teachings plus 90 minutes spaced throughout for self-care and a break from screen time.
In addition to the 14 total retreat days of six hours each, the various requirements over the nine-month arc of the training take a minimum of two hours per week to fulfill; however, trainees are encouraged to allow for at least three to four hours per week to make the most of the training, cohort experience, optional learning, and practice opportunities.
After completion of the second retreat (April 2022), trainees who have met all requirements are welcome to begin the certification phase. This includes seeing clients from the public while also engaging in regular supervision. Trainees are required to document 40 client sessions and related supervision sessions, and some are likely to complete this requirement by the end of third retreat (July 30, 2022). This date is the earliest one can complete certification.
Conversely, life is unpredictable and some may take two years or more to complete their certification. Starting one year from the end of Retreat 3, those not yet certified will be asked to participate in a modest Renewal of Trainee Status process. However, there is no upper limit on how long it can take to complete certification.
Please still apply if the training cost is the primary concern. Accessibility is one of our core values as an organization, and this very much includes financial accessibility. We are committed to evaluating applicants based on their merits and to doing our very best to find mutually agreeable financial arrangements when other factors favor participation.
In addition to payment plans of up to 18 months, we both plan for a certain number of partial scholarships in how we run the training and also oversee a Professional Development Fund for Ancestral Healing Practitioners that we may draw upon to assist any given applicant.
As modest correctives to racism, colonialism, gender-based discrimination, and American imperialism, we tend to favor scholarship applicants who are BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and/or speak languages other than English; however, we may elect to help any applicant with financial need.
No, there is truly no need to have any connection to the region of focus to apply.
The four-year cycle of practitioner trainings, each with a regional focus, begins with the 2021-2022 cohort. The intent is to support international access to training opportunities and ancestral healing services as well as to deepen historical and cultural knowledge among the Ancestral Medicine Practitioner Network.
Although half of the spaces will be reserved for qualified applicants from the region of focus, the remaining spaces are open to applicants from any background or geography and the fundamentals of the training will be the same each year.
If you are interested in a regional focus beyond 2021-22, note that the regionally focused Continuing Education teachings that accompany each training will be accessible to the entire network. For example, if you are of African ancestries and you apply in 2021-2022, you will have access to the Africa-focused teachings in the following cycle.
Identity, culture, and belonging are complex, and we consider three interrelated factors:
Geography. Irrespective of your specific ancestry and family history, are you currently living in the region of focus? Do you envision continuing to live there in ways that lead to an investment in the well-being of those lands and peoples?
Ancestry. Irrespective of where you reside, are your ancestral roots in the region of focus? If so, to what degree does this also translate into an active affinity for the cultures, traditions, languages, and current peoples of the region?
Culture. Irrespective of your ancestry or place of residence, do you have an active, professional investment in one or more of the cultures from the region of focus?
We do not hold these categories in rigid ways. Please be at ease in the application process, share what you feel is best, and remember that half of the spaces each year will also be open to people of any background.
The application period is now open (see link here to apply). Our system will automatically acknowledge receipt of your application. Please assume the best if you receive the auto-response but don’t hear from us.
We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis starting July 27th, and we hope to reply to each applicant within 2-3 weeks. If more than three weeks have passed during any part of the application period, feel welcome to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.