The Foundations of Ancestral Animism

A 13 Day Practice to Awaken Your Gnosis


New for 2023! 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.
The guided practice--with daily prompts and opportunities to connect in the Wild Soul School Community--is suggested as preparation for the Spirit and Story sacred writing class, but all are welcome to participate. The asynchronous practice will be available online at its conclusion.

Dates and Times

I will be posting preparation information for the practice beginning at the end of May. The practice runs from the Summer Solstice, June 21, 2023, until the full moon July 3rd. We will begin and end withWhen you register here you will receive emails 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.

We will have a community sharing space in the free Wild Soul School Community, for keeping a record of our process and web weaving during the live practice and beyond.

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 Wild Soul School Community 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 Veleda Vesta
Lara Veleda Vesta

I'm a storyteller, artist and educator transforming a path of chronic illness into initiation, healing and community. My research interests include folk spirituality, illness as a rite of passage, mythology, ritual and the sacred creative. I am the author of The Moon Divas Guidebook: Spirited Self-Care for Women in Transition, The Moon Divas Oracle Book and Card Deck, and Wild Soul Runes: Reawakening the Ancestral Feminine. 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:

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