Plants were on earth long before humans and animals. Humans would not be here today if it were not for our plantcestors. Plants and humans have evolved alongside each other in a relationship that was once known by many of our ancestors as a sacred kinship.
In this class series, explore practices that support cultivating relationships with the plant kin. Experience the unique and exquisite presence of each plant that goes beyond what has been written. From the foundation of an authentic relationship, we will engage the possibility for healing, transformation and direct revelation.
This course is for people who enjoy being outside with the plants, connecting with community, and who have a desire to be in relationship with the plant world.
Plants we may connect with:
(These are examples, we will discover in the course who would like to work with us. The plants will volunteer) :
*Solsticewort (St. John’s wort)
Practices we will explore:
Connect extensively with one plant each month that is local to this land and seasonally appropriate
Practice relational skills, deep listening and visioning practices with the plants
Experience earth-centered healing and community ritual
Develop a home plant practice each month to deepen with the plants and work with your own healing intentions
Everyone has loving and wise ancestors, and by reaching out for their support we access tremendous vitality for personal and family healing. In addition to supporting repairs with living family, our ancestors encourage healthy self-esteem and help us to clarify our destiny, relationships, and work in the world.
Participants will learn to relate safely and directly with family ancestors, both helpful guides and the dead in need of assistance. 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 engagement with cultural healing. Those with a healing arts practice will learn some new skills to support your work.
Animism recognizes that we are part of a community and honors the relationships that connect us all. This community includes nature spirits, animals, humans, ancestors of place and blood, and many other beings.
In this 4-course series, we will explore practices and engage in ceremonies that support cultivating healthy relationships with the land and ancestors of the land. We will also experience practices that tend and deepen our relationships with our ancestors and guides. This course is a good match for people who enjoy being outside with the land, connecting with others, and who have a desire to be in good relationship with the many beings of our greater community.
Beings we will seek to connect with:
*Trees and plants
*Ancestors of land
*Ancestors of blood
Practices we will explore:
Connecting with well-ancestors from our blood lineages
Bringing understanding and healing to places where our connections may need repair
Practicing relational skills with the spirits of place
Developing and deepening our relationships with guides and teachers