Animism, Embodiment, and Ancestral Healing with Daniel Foor

In this episode we share a deeply nourishing conversation with Daniel Foor, PhD, author of Ancestral Medicine and creator of the Practical Animism course. We explore embodiment as inter-relationship and indebtedness to the other-than-human world, about the intimacy of eating other bodies (whether plant or animal.) He says there are no environmental problems only human behavior problems and we explore how an animist, embodied worldview can help heal many current issues, including racism, sexism, disconnection, environmental harm and more.

We explore that it’s not so important whether we can prove that ancestral healing or animism are “true,” but what kind of results living with these perspectives offer to improve our lives. We talk about grief as part of the process of becoming reconnected; the importance of slowing down; and the beauty of making offerings; as well as Daniel’s vision for his work in the world, which includes animist values becoming mainstream. (Yessss!)

We’re so delighted to share this conversation with you. Find more about Daniel at You can join us in his Practical Animism course through mid-June, 2019.


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By training and profession, I am a somatic educator. Over the past 25+ years I have trained in and taught modern dance, tai chi, Indian and Tibetan yoga, yoga therapy (specializing in back pain). I completed a 4-year professional Feldenkrais training in 2007 and a 3-year Embodied Life training in 2014. I also study and work with somatic meditation and the profound practice of embodied inner listening known as Focusing.