Ancestors of Path and Culture

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Becoming the Face of Our Elders

with Pavini Moray, Gita Thandika,
Christine Valters Paintner, and Daniel Foor

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Our Invitation

Who are the people that most inspire you? How do you still relate with those now among the dead?

Whether it be important mentors, lineage keepers, cultural guides, or dear friends who showed us kindness, we are each already connected in many ways to the ancestors. Making this inherent connection conscious can allow for a more easy-flowing relationship with the beloved dead and the opportunity for deeper relationships that in turn bring magic and inspiration to our daily lives.

In this spirit, we invite you to a multicultural teaching and ritual to celebrate ancestors of culture and path. Daniel will co-weave with somatic coach, queer sex educator, and author Pavini Moray; yoga teacher, sundancer, and ritual leader Gita Thandika; and Celtic monastic, poet, and author Christine Valters Paintner.

Our guests will share strategies for moving in the world with steady, tangible support from our diverse ancestors of culture, lineage, and path.

We’ll explore topics like:

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As is always the case with Ancestral Medicine’s approach to ancestral healing and reconnection, all teachings will be kindly rooted in an anti-racist ethic that opposes ethno-nationalism, colonialism, and any form of ancestral supremacy.

All are welcome, and a recording of this session will be shared afterward with all who register.

This session will also touch on themes we’ll explore much more deeply in both our Beyond Blood Ancestors, a six-week offering starting Sept 6, as well as our most popular course, Ancestral Lineage Healing, which begins on Aug 26. This 12-week journey focuses on ritual skills for healing ourselves, our family lines, and our cultures of origin. Registration for both courses is now open!

Ancestral Lineage Healing is also a prerequisite for our Seventh Cohort of Ancestral Healing Practitioner Training. This immersive training program is appropriate for those in ritual and healing arts who wish to expand their offerings to include culturally mindful ancestral healing services. Learn more about our Practitioner Training program here. Application for this cycle closes on August 31.

We also encourage you to visit the offerings of our guests; see their bios and websites below.

Ancestral love and inspiration can flow easily through and around us. This is normal, common, and helpful.

Our Panel

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Pavini Moray

Dr. Pavini Moray (they/them) is an author and somatic coach who supports humans to enjoy thriving relationships in all areas of life. Their new book, “How to Hold Power: A Somatic Approach to Becoming a Leader People Love and Respect” is available October, 2023 through North Atlantic Books. Pavini is the host of Bespoken Bones Podcast, exploring ancestral relationships and wholeness. A queer, trans nonbinary witch, Pavini walks the glitter path of dancing bones, ridiculous delight, and old magick. Learn More

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Gita Thandika

Gita Thandika 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. Learn More

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Christine Valters Paintner

Christine Valters Paintner (she/her), PhD, REACE is the online Abbess for Abbey of the Arts, a virtual monastery and progressive global community integrating contemplative practice and creative expression. Her teaching draws primarily on the wisdom of the desert, Celtic, and Benedictine mystical traditions, as well as the joy of the expressive arts, embodied practice, Earth-cherishing wisdom, and the sacred feminine. Christine is the author of over 20 books including her newest The Love of Thousands: How Angels, Saints, and Ancestors Walk Us Toward Holiness. She has lived on the wild edges of Ireland’s west coast since 2012. Learn More

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Daniel Foor

Daniel (he/him) is a doctor of psychology, experienced ritualist, and the author of Ancestral Medicine: Rituals for Personal and Family Healing. He is an initiate in the Òrìṣà tradition of Yoruba-speaking West Africa and has learned from teachers of Mahayana Buddhism, Islamic Sufism, and the older ways of his English and German ancestors. Daniel is passionate about training aspiring leaders and change makers in the intersections of cultural healing, animist ethics, and applied ritual arts. He lives with his wife and two daughters near Granada, Spain in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Learn More