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Walking with Ancestors: Healing our Relations

January 19 @ 6:00 pm - January 21 @ 4:00 pm


This course will address the rupture imposed by industrialization, militarization and post-modern urban life that disrupts any sense of connection to or relationship with one’s biological and other ancestors. The subsequent intergenerational trauma is often carried unconsciously as an inarticulate but deep longing to fully connect and belong within our families, cultures, histories, lineages, and with the places (land, waterways, plants, animals) we call home. We will explore these ancestral relationships through personal reflection and journaling, art processes, and the making of an ancestor altar. We will consider healthy boundaries, building positive relationships with well and wise ancestors, and how these relationships can be sources of strength and support.

Session Times:

January 19: 6-8pm
January 20: 9-6pm
January 21: 9-4pm

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES (CLOs): Upon completion of this course, the student will:

1. Explore the impact of historical events, family lineage, and cultural identity on our present-day mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical health and relationships.
2. Utilize creative expression (journaling, artmaking) as a modality for deepening awareness and promoting synthesis.
3. Discover ways in which ‘ancestor work’ can serve as an approach for personal and collective healing.



January 19 @ 6:00 pm
January 21 @ 4:00 pm
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