In this three-day intensive we will learn both ritual framework and embodied skills for connection and discernment with supportive spirits and your own wise ancestors of blood and bone.

Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple, Arashiyama, Japan

who is this Intensive for?

This Intensive is for anyone seeking meaningful ways of connection with the animate world which includes the other than seen forces and the ancestors. It is for those who bring heart awareness, presence, and willingness to explore these restorative ways of healing in connection with the wider field of relations, seen and unseen.

Coming into a direct relationship with our helping spirits and elevated ancestors can be a potent source of support for transforming intergenerational and collectively held trauma. Through relational repair with the unwell dead, we transmute felt harms, we reconcile with the elder powers, and claim lineage blessings that may have been inaccessible creating clarity of purpose, destiny and nurturing good character.

The structure for our three-day intensive is one that is psychologically grounded, ritually safe, and culturally inclusive, led by Shannon Willis.  Those new and seasoned in relation to animism and ancestor work are all warmly welcome.

If you look deeply into the palm of your hands, you will see your parents and all generations of your ancestors. All of them are alive in this moment. Each is present in your body. You are the continuation of each of these people.

What We'll Do

Through this Intensive, we will embark on a transformational journey to sources of rooted Earth and ancestral wisdom from our supportive helping spirits and ancestors of blood and bone where we will:



Healing Arts Centre

834 Prince Ave, Athens, GA 30606

Friday - Sunday
July 14th-16th, 2023
10am-5pm Eastern


We’re happy to offer 3 pricing options in consideration of those who are in financial need.

We kindly ask that you enroll by clicking on which option best meets your current financial experiences.

Generating: For those folks with comfortable financial means to contribute more, we are deeply appreciative of your generosity which assists in making this accessible for those who may otherwise not be able to attend.

Sustaining: This is the actual cost for us to offer this program and sustain what we do. We are grateful if you are able to enroll at this rate.

Supported: We invite folks with leaner financial means to enjoy programs at a reduced cost and are delighted you are here.

 If you need a reduction beyond what is provided or a payment plan, please reach out directly to


$ 425


$ 350


$ 225

Frequently Asked Questions

This work is for you if:

  • You feel disconnected from your personal power and connection to the Earth.
  • You experience challenges within relationships with your biological or adopted families.
  • You don’t feel like you belong to your family and feel disconnected
  • You feel as if you bear the weight of all the ancestor’s trauma on your blood lineages.
  • You feel the effects of a lineage curse or have been told the lineage is cursed
  • You do not experience the benefits of lineage blessings, feel your path is blocked
  • You see unhelpful patterns in your living family that are inherited
  • You feel disconnected from your ancestry.

We gather from 10 am -5:00 pm each day with breaks for mid-morning, lunch, and mid-afternoon.

Our shared time each day consists of four teaching and practice sessions of roughly 90 minutes each, two before lunch and two after.

These sessions are a blend of teaching, direct visioning and trance work (often with drumming), sharing in small break-out groups anchored by trained supporters, main group dialogue, and other elements of focused ritual, such as offering practice, song, and prayer.

There are no prerequisites, however, prior experience with ritual and personal healing are helpful.

Our venue is the Healing Arts Centre in Athens, GA, historic lands of the indigenous Creek Muskogee Peoples.

The venue is beautiful held well-lit, clean,  and spacious.

There is room for yoga mats, chairs are also available and there are many options for food within a 5-10-minute walk.

In consideration for fellow participants masking for anyone who wishes to do so is welcome but not required. Please note for immunocompromised persons or those with sensitive medical disability, due to the in-person nature of this event, we are not able to offer full Covid safety protocol.

Our core values and ethics affirm full inclusivity for people of diverse genders, ancestries, religious orientations, and other factors that can lead to exclusion and harm. Reduced cost options aim to support financial access.

Participants can expect an in-depth experience and should be personally well resourced. In addition to the lead teaching from Shannon Willis, and there will be ritual supporters from the Ancestral Medicine Practitioner Network.

Even with the care from a coordinated and culturally welcoming team, when guiding a group ritual for three full days, there are still limitations to the level of individualized support we will be able to provide.

If you have doubts about whether the intensive is a good container for your depth work, be in dialogue with the team beforehand. The intensive is not a substitute for personal therapy or physical medicines.

In addition to the in-person support during the time of the intensive, many participants find working with an individual practitioner to be beneficial. To connect with practitioners or practitioners-in-training, see this link for the Ancestral Medicine Practitioner Directory. The network includes options for different language needs, low income sessions, and other specializations.

We understand life happens. 

With respect to cancellations, you will receive a full refund if canceling before 30 days. After the 30 day window, a refund will be issued if a replacement is found either by yourself or from our waitlist of participants. 

Please contact as the need arises.

We’d be happy to help with any additional questions! Reach out to with your question and I will be in touch, usually within two business days.

Your Facilitator

Shannon Willis, M.Ed is dedicated animist and ritualist, helping others achieve clarity, connection and rootedness through the exploration of liminal landscapes of the seen and unseen. Through heart-centered ritual aimed at re-establishing balance and personal sovereignty, and through deeping the pathways of connection within the wider web of relations, her work is found at the intersection of dream midwifery, oracular mediumship, ritual and ancestral reverence.

For over 30 years she has committed her life to partnership with others in transforming trauma and cultural wounding for both the living and the dead. She has a Masters degree in Professional Leadership and Counseling with a focus in Jungian and Gestalt modalities, is the founder of Red Earth Healing, a student of Yoruba culture as an initiate of Ọbàtálá, and Ọ̀ṣun, in the lineage of Olúwo Fálolú Adésànyà Awoyadé from Òdè Rẹ́mọ. making pilgrimages to work with elders in West Africa. She is a devotee of Nepali shamanism under the tutelage of Bhola Nath Banstola and other diverse indigenous paths of her ancestors. She is a certified practitioner and teacher of Dr. Daniel Foor’s Ancestral Lineage Healing method and is the Practitioner Network Ritual Director for Ancestral Medicine.

She lives on the historic lands of the Creek/Muskogee Peoples in Athen, Ga. Her recent and older people of blood and bone hail from the British Isles, France, West Africa and Cherokee and Kaskaskia/Illini nation