Living Ancestral Connection
When people connect with their earth-based spiritual history, they begin to claim and create a life of sovereignty and interconnected healing. We all have the power within us, lineages of potency connected to source-wisdom, the beings and creatures of the elements, plants, place.
I was told in a dream to offer a class in ancestral connection, which has been my soul work for the past seven years. We will explore the potentials of storytelling, genealogy and DNA, but also craft practices to connect with lineage beyond our cultural or familial memory.
According to one model, each of us has in our lineage around six billion ancestors...and that's just from the past 12,000 years.
All of those lives existed to create your life. And the ancestors live on, quite literally, in and through us, shaping our physical and spiritual descendants. Working with the ancestors, learning their stories and myths, their practices and foods, their songs and crafts is an incredible healing.
And ancestors are not simply human. We carry within us the other beings and creatures of this earth. The elements, the wights. We will spend time creating protected channels for ancestral communication, to see who from the human and non-human lineages wishes to speak through you.
This class was first taught online in 2017. Here is the original curriculum:
Week 1: Following the motherline and claiming your true name
Week 2: Wights, land and place-based ancestor work
Week 3: Healing the lineage patterns, weaving wyrd
Week 4: Ancestor reverence, care and tending
Now in the classroom: 2020 Live Season
Last year I offered this class for the first time with live meetings. Classes ran for four weeks beginning with the Full Moon on November 30th and ending on the Winter Solstice. We also had an optional integrative story ceremony on the full moon of December 29th.
All of these experiences were recorded and are available in the classroom for self-study.
The class will be hosted with live meetings again in December 2021. If you purchase the class now you will be able to participate in the live meetings and all new course content when we reconvene later in the year.
Ancestral study has been my full time area of research since 2017, and I've learned a lot that I am excited to share with you! I will be updating the course briefs, links, resources and am creating a long awaited and much requested Ancestral Connection reading list.
I'm a storyteller, artist and educator transforming a path of dís-ability into initiation, healing and community. My research interests include folk spirituality, ancestral lifeways, 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 was founded in 2014 as a supplementary space to live courses. I was a university professor of English and Writing, creating programs in Civic Engagement and Community Storytelling before I became severely ill in 2016. Chronic illness has been a transforming rite of passage, and in that time the school also transformed to hold a creative sharing, a mythic journey. For more information visit laravesta.co, or become a patron and help support this work in community: https://www.patreon.com/laraveledavesta
PreviewIntroduction to Living Ancestral Connection (5:32)
StartPreparation 1: Family Memory Mapping
StartPreparation 2: Moving into Mythic Time and Ancestral Calendars
StartPreparation 3: Story Work
StartOptional: Reinforcing Ritual Practice with cycles of time and myth (45:01)
StartCourse Structure and Connection Tips (30:27)