The Foundations of Ancestral Animism

A 13 Day Practice to Awaken Your Gnosis


Deepen in to the potential of Ancestral Animism through this 13 day guided practice. We will be journeying with all of my favorite re-sourced tools for deepening ancestral connection and opening to animist awareness in an easily accessible practice format.

If you are new to Ancestral Animism or seeking to develop or deepen your own place-based ancestor work, this practice is designed to bolster connection, refresh inspiration and strengthen your confidence in your own gnosis with community

Dates and Times for the Live, Guided Practices in 2023--November Practice Starting Soon!

I offer guided practices a couple of times a year. If you have registered for this class you will be included in the live, guided practices--in addition to having access to having immediate access to practice materials. This practice first ran live at the Summer Solstice, June 21, 2023, until the full moon July 3rd. All of the videos and materials are crafted from that season.

Our second practice is planned for Samhain season, November 1-13th, 2023. This practice will focus specifically on the topics of ancestral connection and lineage healing, with some additional materials and lectures added as we travel, before culminating in an optional ceremonial journey to the Land of the Dead on the dark moon, lunar Samhain, November 13th.

When you register here you will receive emails during the live practices as I post new practice information, along with daily invitations and exercises during the thirteen days of guided practice for articulating, deepening and exploring your own practice of Ancestral Animist concepts. Please opt-in to Wild Soul School emails to receive notifications.

We will have an open discussion thread, for keeping a record of our process and web weaving during the live practice and beyond. Nonlinear participants--those who join the practice outside of the live, guided times--are encouraged to contribute to the discussion threads.

All of the materials for this practice will be available in the classroom without a time limit, so you can revisit and explore even after the live practice has concluded.

If you are joining asynchronously you are welcome to connect with us in the discussion and share your experiences!

Practice History

I've been offering a version of these topic-based practices for free since 2017. Here at the Wild Soul School you can find the13 Day Ritual Practice, the 13 Day Mythic Ritual Practice (included with the Myth as Healer class), the Feast of the Dísir (a 14 day practice with the ancestral grandmothers of your lineages) and in the Wild Soul School Community you can explore the 13 Day Flower Bath Challenge. One of my mantras is "offer what you most need to practice, teach what you most need to learn," and so each of these practices becomes a way for me to deepen into my own spirit-led work and share the path with others in community.

Guided practices are a wonderful way to strengthen our ties to the earth and each other, and they always leave me revitalized and inspired. Every year I hear from folks who maybe could not join a live practice, or were not able to complete the practice the first time around but who finally completed a practice and have found strength and creative power in this devotional art.

The Foundations of Ancestral Animism is a new articulation this year, a way of articulating and sharing my spiritual path that is open, universal and reconnective. You can read more about Ancestral Animism here, but in short this term comes from the following concepts:

Ancestral: Ancestral may be blood lineage, or place lineage. It may be a creative lineage, too. We are all descended, inspired, woven from so many lineages, and the Ancestral in this practice invites us to connect with plants, animals, stones, trees, waterways, this sacred universe, this holy earth, as well as a deep understanding of human relationship. It sees all as ancestral.

Animism: Animism says that this world is alive and interacting with us at all times, that our invitation is to be in relationship, offering service and gratitude. Animism opens the way for a daily life that is centered in earth rhythms, a direct and continuous spiritual relationship that is ever present in the everyday: breath, movement, food, drink, tending and honoring.

I am looking forward to this practice, to the sacred creative ever present in these communal intentions, and I hope you will join us for this summer's journey.


This work is community supported! Thanks to the generosity of my patrons and other donations I am able to keep my tuition costs low, honor full scholarships for all who need them and offer many experiences for free--including this practice. This said, folks who are able to contribute in exchange often find that reciprocity to the community--and supporting the time and effort it takes to create these experiences--deepens their engagement, commitment and transformations through the work.

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By this and every effort may the balance be regained. ᚨᛚᚢ

Your Instructor

Lara Vesta
Lara Vesta

I'm a storyteller, artist and educator transforming a path of chronic illness into initiation, healing and community. My research interests include spirituality, illness as a rite of passage, mythology, ritual and the sacred creative. The Wild Soul School is a space for rooting and sharing the mythic journey, weaving new stories for our lives and work together. For more information visit, or become a patron and help support this work in community:

Course Curriculum

  Ancestor Season 2023: Suggested Practice and Additional Meditations
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  Closing and Continuing Study
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  Ancestor Season 2023: Lunar Samhain Journey to the Ancestral Underworld
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