Ancestral Recovery:
Northern Europe

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The First in a Series on Culture, Land, and Healing

with Dajana Heremic, Scott Richardson-Read, Shannon Willis, and Daniel Foor

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Our Invitation

Whether your people have migrated, were taken elsewhere, or have remained for generations in ancestral homelands. Whether they enacted colonialist aggressions, fled persecution and war, or endured invasions at home. No matter the specifics, the ancestors and their legacies reverberate and call for care and attention in the present. This is as true for those of diverse Northern European origins as for any other humans.

This free collaborative teaching and ritual will explore ways that ancestral reconnection practices can benefit Northern Europeans, Euro-descended folks, and others with investment in the region and peoples, whether it be through love, culture, vocation, or geography. All are welcome.

Our four esteemed presenters will be: Dajana Heremic, Dutch animist, witch, and earth-skills teacher; Scott Richardson-Read, Scottish herbalist, folklorist, and founder of Cailleach’s Herbarium; Shannon Willis, U.S.-based animist and Founder of The Centre for Ritual & Reverence, and Daniel Foor, Spain-based American animist, author, and founder at Ancestral Medicine (see below for more on our panelists).

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All teachings shared will be rooted in an anti-racist ethic that opposes ethno-nationalism, erasure of legacies of colonialism, and any form of European ancestral supremacy or bigotry.

This offering is the first in a longer regionally and culturally focused series on ancestry, identity, and belonging. All are welcome, and a recording of this session will be shared afterward with all who register.

When cultural legacies are harmful, engaging with wise and healed lineage ancestors can be a potent form of correction.

Our Panel

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Dajana Heremic

Dajana is an artist, teacher, student & ceremonialist who works from a profound love for the wild and a deeply animistic experience of the world – to her this is true anarchy. In exploring the old ways of ancient Europe & reclaiming the cyclical & dark of (our) nature she finds meaning. Her offerings revolve around rewilding and hedgeriding as she weaves wildlife & ecocentrism, traditional witchcraft, folklore, shamanism, dreams, dark feminine, shadow work & ancestral skills into her daily life. As a refugee of war, the path of animism has, since her childhood, deepened the sense of place, belonging and the radical meaning of Home. Learn More

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Scott Richardson-Read

Scott is an academic researcher, writer, herbalist, historian, activist, Scottish folk magic practitioner, and the founder at Cailleach’s Herbarium. He encourages people to become custodians of Scotland’s intangible and historic animistic heritage through the work of the Woven Land Network and curates’ events through the Taibhsear Collective, bringing together experts in areas of Scottish folk magic, music, story, and practice to fetch them into relevance today. When he is not writing, Scott works in community with marginalised people, creating change in legislation, policy and practice in Scotland to have their voices heard where it matters. Learn More

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Shannon Willis

Shannon is a dedicated ritualist working at the intersection of dream midwifery, psychopomping, ancestral reverence and oracularship. She founded the Centre for Ritual and Reverence, where she devotes her passion to helping others navigate the complexities of being in service in the seen and unseen realms. She is a student and devotee as an initiate of Ọbàtálá, and Ọ̀ṣun, in the lineage of Olúwo Fálolú Adésànyà Awoyadé, and of Nepali shamanism under the tutelage of Bhola Nath Banstola. As a certified practitioner and teacher of Ancestral Lineage Healing, she also is the Ritual Director for the Ancestral Medicine Practitioner Network. Learn more

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Daniel Foor

Daniel 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