Participants will learn to relate safely and directly with recent and more ancient ancestors. This includes helpful guides and teachers as well as the dead who are still in need of assistance (both perpetrators and victims). The work will closely follow Dr. Foor’s book, Ancestral Medicine: Rituals for Personal and Family Healing. Expect to engage lineage ancestors in heart-centered ritual through prayer/song, visioning practices, and group dialogue. There are no prerequisites, however, prior experience with inner work and relating with spirit guides/teachers are both helpful.
Folks new to ancestor work, adoptees, and those with a tough experience of family are warmly welcome. The training will be a trauma-aware, multicultural ritual container that embraces the relationship of ancestral repair and cultural healing. Preregistration and full attendance is requested.
We are strongly committed to keeping the work accessible to people of diverse backgrounds and variable means while also supporting our teaching staff. People of African descent and other historically persecuted ancestries (as well as folks serving such populations) are welcome to join if needed on the lower-priced end of registration as available. If you would like to help us to keep this work accessible or if you have enjoyed financial assistance previously and wish to extend this gift to others, please consider donating to our scholarship fund: https://ancestralmedicine.org/scholarship-fund
This intensive is Friday-Sunday, from 10am to 5pm each day, with a lunch break (lunch not included). There is room for 18 participants, and cost for this three-day intensive is $400. We have reserved nearly a third of spaces at scholarship rates. These are on a first-come first-served basis and especially designated for historical disadvantaged groups. Please see the registration page for details:
Shannon Willis, M.Ed (Athens, GA) is a ritual healing practitioner, teacher and founder of Heart Path Studio, a non-profit organization in Athens which aims to create a new folk culture of relating with the unseen world through the convergence of animistic and shamanic principles. Having made a pilgrimage to Nigeria, she is a committed student in the Ifa/Orisa tradition of Yoruba-speaking West Africa in the lineage of Olúwo Fálolú Adésànyà, She holds a Master’s degree in Professional Leadership and Counseling. Committed to Earth-honoring, individual and collective healing, she is a certified practitioner of Ancestral Lineage Healing. Her work addresses the cultural wounding of the feminine through patriarchy and focuses primarily on supporting others with their blood lineage ancestors and healing of the collective other unhealed ones through land-based ritual. She provides individual sessions, online and in-person workshops. Her ancestors hail from the British Isles, France, and Cherokee, and Kaskaskia nations. For more info see: https://redearthhealing.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: http://www.gitathandika.com/.
We acknowledge this event is taking place on the traditional lands of the Muskogee (Creek) Nation. Folks whose ancestors are indigenous to this area are welcome to join this event by donation or gifting. We encourage participants to become educated on the history of the land and to support local Native organizations.