Living Ancestral Connection

Re-Weaving Legacy

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.

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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

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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.

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This Wild Soul School class is community supported. The class has a suggested donation of $100. All donations support the work of Ancestral Connection and the Wild Soul School, and there are no financial barriers to access thanks to the generous support provided by my Patreon and Fractured Atlas communities.

If you wish to join the community in supporting the creative effort and energy of the class, you can make a one-time donation via PayPal, Venmo or Fractured Atlas (links below) or making a recurring donation by becoming a patron of this work on Patreon and be a part of the greater Wild Soul School story:

Venmo: @LaraVesta

Fractured Atlas (tax deductible donations via my fiscal sponsor): https://fundraising.fracturedatlas.org/sacred-art-...

Non-monetary donations and trades are also welcome! Please email me at [email protected] to chat about non-monetary contributions.
Whatever you choose, please know your contribution helps me to work sustainably with the cycles of my disability, supporting embodied difference.
Also, because of my disability, class times and dates sometimes need to be revised, extended or rescheduled. This necessary flexibility makes my work possible. Because of this I cannot offer refunds. Your donation is a gift, the classes are a gift, and by this exchange we agree to reciprocity without expectation. All gifts help support me in creating and reweaving new visions for living, including one where I can continue to offer this work while living in alignment with my body's disability and healing.

With love--
Lara


Your Instructor


Lara Veleda Vesta
Lara Veleda Vesta

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



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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
All Wild Soul School classes are nonlinear and may be joined at any time--even those with live experiences may adapt to your unique rhythm. Access to course materials is available indefinitely, so students may work at their own pace, leaving and returning as the work calls them.
Are refunds available?
All Wild Soul School courses are offered by gift with no financial barriers to access. For those who choose to donate in support of this work there are multiple options, including community patronage. All donations support me in working with my disability, which sometimes means my classes are not able to be taught or administrated to typical able-bodied expectations. Because of this unique funding structure and my unique body, I do not offer refunds. Please consider your desire to support and accommodate difference before you purchase a class.
What if I don't know who my ancestors are? Can I still take this class?
Living Ancestral Connection is about connecting with the ancestral information inherent in all of us. You do not need to know who your ancestors are, they are a part of you and we invite this exploration in a number of embodied and intellectual ways through the course of our four weeks together.
Is this class free? Why should I donate?
By becoming community supported and removing financial barriers to access the Wild Soul School is envisioning a world of spiritual sovereignty and mutual support. Reciprocity and exchange are part of an ancestral code, and by deepening our relationship with the work we recognize the value in making offerings for what we receive. We all have something we can give in community, and the by donation model allows for these contributions to be personal and creative. If you can monetarily donate in any amount, please do. Your donations support the work of difference and help create a sustainable community for others on the path. If you can't monetarily donate consider what you can offer in trade. This energetic exchange is mutually supportive and fulfills one of the Wild Soul School blessings by working toward balance in the wyrd. (By this and every effort may the balance be regained. ALU.) For more information on our funding model each class has a Community Supported video as part of its orientation, and you are invited to explore this and ways in which you can be a part.

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