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Daniel Foor, Ph.D., is a teacher and practitioner of practical animism who specializes in ancestral and family healing and in helping humans relate well with the rest of the natural world. He has trained for over two decades with teachers of Mahayana Buddhism, Islamic Sufism, and diverse indigenous paths, including the traditions of his Northern European ancestors. Daniel is also a student of Yoruba culture and an initiate (omo awo) of Ifa, Orisa, and Egungun in the lineage of Oluwo Falolu Adesanya of Ode Remo, Nigeria.

Daniel's doctoral research in psychology focused on the use of shamanic ...See All


Ph.D. in Psychology
M.A. in Counseling Psychology
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
B.S.S. in Religious Studies

Experience and Distinctions

Nearly 20 years guiding earth-honoring rituals throughout the United States.

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15 Completed Sessions
Last Session:
Thu Sep 15 2016 at 09:30 pm EDT
Last Log-in:
Sun Jul 23 2017 at 09:07 pm EDT
On Learn It Live Since:
Wednesday Mar 9, 2016
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Daniel Foor
Recorded: Sep 15, 2016 at 09:30 pm EDT
Global practices of ancestor reverence and ritual encourage the living to relate directly with wise and loving ancestors; however, many in modern times are not raised with a framework for safely and beneficially honoring the dead. This breakdown of relationship between the living and the ancestors is problematic for many reasons, including: -Lack of healthy pride and felt support from the ancestors can seed self-hatred -Our families and communities can suffer from unmetabolized grief and ghosts -Clarifying life purpose is harder with a blind spot around ancestral influence In this is three-session offering, we'll focus in on the role the ancestors play in the pursuit of social justice. We'll consider ways in which the unhealed dead already speak through so many of our current conflicts and how we can more consciously invoke ancestral support for necessary cultural change and healing. Because social justice can refer to healing needed along so many different fault lines in the human experience, I have narrowed the focus of this brief online offering to three specific themes: religion (session one), race (session two), and gender and sexuality (session three). There will be plenty of time each session for discussion as well as suggestions for calling on ancestral help for personal and cultural healing. No prior experience with ancestor reverence needed. All sessions will be recorded for playback at any time, and if you're not able to attend the live sessions you can still send in questions. Cost is $60 for the series. Please talk with me if you need a reduction to join; I feel strongly about this offering being accessible. Those with a long track-record of working for social justice are welcome by donation. For more context on my approach: Be in touch with questions and feel welcome to share the invite with folks who may benefit. Warmly, Daniel
Daniel Foor
Recorded: Jul 26, 2016 at 09:30 pm EDT
Join Daniel Foor of Ancestral Medicine and Taya Shere of Kohenet Hebrew Priestess Institute for this co-led three session course. Learn ways to relate safely and directly with family ancestors, both helpful guides and those still in need of assistance. Explore traditions of ancestor honoring based in the Hebrew Bible, rabbinic and mystic teachings, and Jewish lore across time and place. All are welcome, including participants across the spectrum of Jewish experience, those new to Jewish practice, those new to ancestor work, and those with a tough experience of family or their Jewish heritage. Sessions will be live video and include plenty of time for Q&A. Teachings will be recorded in full for those who need to miss any sessions or those who wish to join the course after completion to access recordings. Our three-session series includes : Tuesday, June 14th: Overview of Ancestral Healing and Jewish Traditions Tuesday, June 28th: Relating with Ancestral Teachers and the Troubled Dead Tuesday, July 12th: Integration, Skill-Share, Practices For more info on Daniel's approach to ancestral healing see: For more info on Taya's approach to the work see: and Everyone has loving and wise ancestors. Reaching out for their support calls in vitality for personal, family, and communal well-being. Our bright and loving ancestors can catalyze healing breakthroughs with living family, encourage personal sovereignty, and help us to clarify our soul's calling and our personal relationships. When rooted in the traditions of our personal lineages, ancestral healing naturally supports cultural healing, and Jewish tradition is ripe with practices of ancestor reverence and ritual. Engagement with the ancestors also prepares us for our eventual journey to the next reality.
Mental health professionals, like many in the modern Western culture, are increasingly drawn to diverse expressions of earth spirituality (e.g., indigenous paths, animism, shamanic healing). This raises important ethical and professional questions about when and how to incorporate these perspectives and healing methods into the therapeutic relationships with clients, many of whom may have no particular interest in earth wisdom. This four-part online course will introduce participants to the existing literature and research bridging modern psychology and psychotherapy with diverse forms of earth spirituality. From this foundation, we'll then explore how different foundational elements of earth-honoring paths can be professionally and ethically harmonized with the professional delivery of mental health services. Participants can expect to: -Get acquainted with existing bridges between psychotherapy and animist ways -Explore when and to what degree to incorporate earth-spirit views with clients -Learn basic ways to clinically work w/ ancestors and other-than-human guides -Identify professional and clinical risks in openly incorporating earth-spirit ways The use of shamanic healing methods among mental health professionals was the subject of my 2009 doctoral research in psychology, and I strongly believe that clinicians can work from a highly ethical position while still selectively incorporating less traditional perspectives and healing methods into their practice. The focus of the four 1:30 sessions (8-9:30pm Eastern) will be: -Animism, Earth Wisdom, & Psychotherapy (5/12) -Ancestors & Psychotherapy (5/19) -Other-than-Human Kin & Psychotherapy (5/26) -Personal Destiny, Soul-Level Calling & Psychotherapy (6/2) Each session will include plenty of time for Q&A, and anyone who works with others in a healing/mentorship/guidance capacity may find the material to be of benefit. Sessions will be recorded and available to participants who miss class. The course runs once a week from Thurs, May 12th - Thurs, June 2nd. Cost for the full series is $80. For more context on my approach to the work see:
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