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What to expect from an Ancestral Lineage Healing retreat in Belfast?

Ancestral lineage healing emphasizes learning to relate directly with one’s recent and more ancient blood ancestors for personal, family, and cultural healing. Coming into direct relationship with your ancestors can help to transform intergenerational toxins, re-establish obscured blessings, improve relationships with the living, and encourage health, self-esteem, and clarity of life purpose.

This approach to ancestral healing emphasizes psychological and ritual safety, participants’ ability to connect directly with their own wise and kind ancestors, and the intersection of personal healing with larger cultural and historical troubles.

Attendees can expect to learn a lifelong framework for navigating the relationship between the living and the dead, including ways to enjoy healthy connection with beloved family after their death. Our shared time in circle will be a blend of teaching, direct visioning and connection with the ancestors. Group discussion, and other elements of ancestor-focused ritual (e.g., offering practice, ritual grieving, song, prayer) centers on participants connecting and partnering with ancestral guides to support any among their lineage dead still in need of assistance.


The full retreat is facilitated by Dr Foor and six to seven experienced practitioners of ancestral lineage healing work. Participants can expect an in-depth experience and should be personally well resourced. There are no pre-requisites, however, prior experience with ritual and personal healing are helpful. Those new to ancestor work, adoptees, and folks with a tough experience of family are all warmly welcome. 


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A little more about Daniel...

Daniel is the child of early settler colonialists to North America, largely from England and Germany, and he is a white, cis-gendered, able-bodied, U.S. citizen deeply committed to historical honesty, reckoning with unpaid ancestral debts, and cultural healing with respect to race, class, gender, American imperialism, and other ways in which the Earth longs for better from the human folk.

Daniel’s training draws from his experience in diverse lineages of ritual arts; his academic work as doctor of psychology; his clinical training as a marriage and family therapist; the lessons of family, marriage, and parenting; his time as a student of language and culture in the Czech Republic, Mexico, Ecuador, Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, and Spain; and over 25 years of implementing the teachings of earth and ancestor reverence in his personal life.

Important ritual influences include the Northern European Pagan traditions of his blood ancestors, Islamic Sufism, Mahayana Buddhism, Buryat Mongol shamanism, Native North American ways (especially Lakota altar and the Native American Church), and West African Ifá/Òrìsà tradition. Daniel does not presume to represent these lineages of practice beyond the permissions extended by his teachers, and his public offerings are based on cross-cultural aspects of Earth and ancestor reverence.

As the founder and director of Ancestral Medicine, Daniel is blessed to work with an amazing staff and network of ritualists who hold spiritual teachings and practice to be inseparable from cultural and Earth healing. He lives with his wife and their two daughters near Granada, Spain in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.


Dr. Daniel Foor is the author of Ancestral Healing, Rituals for Personal and Family Healing and the retreat closely follows the first nine chapters of Ancestral Healing, Rituals for Personal and Family Healing.

​You can purchase the book at and it is available on Amazon UK and US. Translations are available in Spanish, Dutch, Croatian, Polish, and Chinese (links here). 

Reading the book prior to the retreat will support getting the most out of your experience, but it’s not essential and there is no obligation to do so.

​For more about Dr Foor see:

Why Belfast?

Belfast City, a vibrant blend of rich history and modern energy, captivates with its dynamic character. Nestled in Northern Ireland, this lively metropolis boasts iconic landmarks, such as the historic Titanic Quarter, stunning murals adorning its street, and a bustling cultural scene.

Belfast is probably best known for the "Troubles". The Troubles in Belfast refer to a tumultuous period of ethno-nationalist conflict from the late 1960's to the Good Friday Agreement in 1998. It involved political, social, and sectarian tensions between the nationalist Catholic community, which sought a united Ireland, and the unionist Protestant community, which wanted to remain part of the United Kingdom. The conflict resulted in violence, bombings, and tragic loss of life. The Good Friday Agreement marked a significant step towards peace, fostering political stability and cooperation in the region, lending to the improved, more peaceful Belfast we see today. 

The retreat will be hosted in the Europa Hotel which played a symbolic role in the peace process. Its ability to survive multiple bombings, and remain operational during the Troubles is often cited as a testament to the resilience of the people of Belfast and their commitment to rebuilding a thriving city despite its challenges. The Hotel still stands as a reminder of the challenges faced during the Troubles and the progress made toward peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland. It is a city that merits and greatly needs the work of Ancestral Healing.

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Applications are currently open for this non-residential retreat in the Belfast, Northern Ireland from October 7th - 11th, 2024.

Your investment: The full 5-day retreat with Dr. Foor is priced at £845 (GBP). The retreat cost includes tuition, a lite lunch each full day of the retreat and teas/coffees and refreshments during the morning and afternoon break. 

There are limited cost reduction/scholarship places reserved for citizens of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland whose families and lineages were directly impacted by the Troubles. We may consider a higher level of scholarship for citizens of Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland proactively working for lasting peace and healing around difficult historical and ongoing legacies. All scholarship places will be offered on a first come first served basis subject to approval. You can find details and instructions on how to apply on the registration form which is available once you register your interest.

The retreat will take place over 5 days starting on the afternoon of October 7th when we will meet at 2pm to welcome everyone and commence our work together with an afternoon session. We will complete our week on Friday the 11th of October at midday.

Your place on the retreat will only be secured once you complete your registration form, it is accepted and a non-refundable deposit of £495 (GBP) is paid and received. To access the registration form, please click on the Register your Interest button and you will automatically be directed to the full registration form. Please do not make any travel plans until your registration is formally accepted and we confirm that we have reached the minimum number of 30 participants for the retreat to proceed.


Any travel costs to the retreat location in Belfast, Northern Ireland and all accommodation costs throughout the retreat duration plus breakfast and evenings meals are the sole responsibility of the participant.

Please be advised that this is not a formal training in Ancestral Lineage Healing and is not intended as a training on how to guide this work for other people. This is strictly a retreat for your personal growth and well-being.

IMPORTANT: Please read our FAQS page on this website for information on Covid, and for general information which you may find useful when planning your trip. If after reading the FAQS page you have any further queries, please feel free to email us at 

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