Bridging Culture and Psyche with the Ancestors

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A Conversation with Ancestral Healing Practitioners

with Amber McZeal, Anna Hoffman, Annie Blackstone & Daniel Foor

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Our Invitation

Contradictions and false dichotomies in spaces of healership, psychology, and activism. Healer types could stand to get more vocal and politically active. Activists could often use a little extra nurturance, introspection, and personal healing. People of relative privilege who train in approaches to mental and spiritual wellness are often a bit checked out from systemic oppression. A systems analysis alone can unintentionally flatten or dehumanize the humans who make up those systems. Round and around…

Fortunately, increasing numbers of practitioners are thriving outside such binaries and skillfully bridging psyche and culture.

The ancestors are one powerful and effective focus in this essential bridging. Many if not most of our personal challenges, upon deeper inquiry, have some ancestral and lineage origin. And systems of oppression are themselves the reverberation of ancestral confusion, upheld by ghosts, and reminders of the unfinished work and pain into which we’ve been born. Ancestral healing is personal and cultural, both inner work and systemic.

In this free 90-minute teaching and conversation, Daniel and three experienced practitioners of Ancestral Lineage Healing (Amber McZeal, Anna Hoffman, & Annie Blackstone) will share from their experience of working professionally with ancestors and culture. This will also be a time to learn about the upcoming cycle of the Ancestral Healing Practitioner Training with a focus on Decolonization, Indigeneity, and Belonging. Expect ample time for Q&A. The call will be recorded and shared afterward with all who register.

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Extreme individualism is psychologically hazardous, harmful for the Earth, and one of the greatest obstacles to collective action and systemic change.

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About the Presenters

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Amber McZeal

Writer, vocalist, & sacred scholar Amber McZeal utilizes sound therapy and guided somatic imagery to engage the knowledge of the body within an interactive and liberatory arts practice. Amber weaves somatic praxis with social justice and spirituality, in an approach that centers the psyche as foundational in movements to end oppression and create more humane social & cultural relationships. She holds an M.A. in Somatic Depth psychology and a Ph.D. in Depth psychology with a specialization in Community, Liberation, Indigenous, and Ecological psychologies. Her ancestors are from Louisiana, with roots in Haiti, Cameroon, Congo, Nigeria, Benin, France, Spain, and Indigenous North America. Amber lives on the Indigenous lands of the Ohlone people in Oakland, CA. Learn More

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Anna Hoffman

My ancestors are from areas that are now called Germany, North and East Europe. For most of my life my confrontation with my origins felt determined by dealing with fascism, class and being white. Now I also know about my completely different ancient heritage – one of integrity, humor, healing powers. A whole new sense of belonging, self-confidence and aliveness. Reconciliation and reparations have a meaning now that is rooted in relations and connection . It is a true pleasure for me to accompany people on their way to get in contact with their ancestors or to put this contact on a new footing. My professional background is in somatics and trauma therapy. I am a queer artist and doglover. Learn More

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Annie Blackstone

Annie Blackstone is and has been many things in this life, what she is most is a bridge person connecting, people, spirit, nature, ancestors, and community. A hypnotherapist for 30 years now, she teaches and practices Hypnotherapy, Shamanic practices, Ancestral healing, EFT, Brainspotting, Biofield tuning, and Reiki at HCH Institute in Lafayette California. Annie’s people of blood and bone come from England, Portugal and the Cherokee nation. She now lives above the redwoods in Canyon California in the territory of the Huichin, Ohlone, and Confederated tribes of Lisjan, peoples. 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