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 eight 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
NEW: Live Study Group for 2021
This year I am inviting folks to explore Living Ancestral Connection (for the first time or again) in preparation for the new year ahead (and the Dark Goddess Project, should you wish to participate). The study group is by donation, suggested donation of $25 per week, all donations welcome, no donations required for patrons--all information and coupon codes will be posted on Patreon and included in patron membership.
The class will be hosted with live meetings on Fridays November 19th-December 10th from 12-1pm PST
November 19th: Motherline Weaving and Working With the Dísir
November 26th: Ancestral Animism and Place Based Spirit Work
December 3rd: Healing and Embodied Ancestral Work
December 10th: Ancestral Inquiry and Continuing the Myth Path
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