What Happens When:
If you're ready to answer those questions . . .
Each month, you'll ritually connect with your ancestors (I'll teach you how!) and allow them to guide you to your ancestral foodways and significant food stories. You'll also be privy to ancestal (h)earth tending insights. I'll back it all up with deep dive masterclasses and a monthly ritualized recipe, cooking technique or home care practice so you can:
YOU will be connecting and working directly with spirits. I will provide the container and safety precautions but this course 100% hinges on your willingness to go deep and to form real connections-- not just gather intellectual material.
Rooted Here has six primary modules, one each month. Each module is designed to take you from seed to soil, from kitchen to table and from nourishing yourself to nourishing your ancestors.
May 2018 | Seed & Soil
Connect To Ancestors & Ancestors Of Place
The information you receive here will inform your experience for the entire course. You'll receive information on ancestral foodways as well as learn how to honor your ancestors and the ancestors of the land you live on.These connections have implications for health, home, family and also for earth and social justice.
June 2018 | Home
Connecting To The Spirit(s) Of Your Home
It's been said that the home is a microcosm for the world. Work with folklore and spiritual blessings to bless and work with your home for more ease, peace and fulfillment in your life, including long-waited for home remodels and updates (I experienced this one first hand!)
July 2018 | Kitchen
Kitchen Alchemy: Medicine & Nourishment
Learn how to ritualize a recipe, cook intuitively and how to use common food items in rituals or house spells. You'll also invoke The Elements, beginning to understand the alchemy of medicine and nourishment (mind, body and soul) that happens in a kitchen. Plus: How To Set Up A Sacred Kitchen
August 2018 | Table
Sacred Hospitality & Gratitude
The laws, etiquette and taboos of Hospitality are as ancient as civilization. We'll look at these laws and etiquettes to draw meaning on cultural and familial values that are still prevelant today, bringing new meaning to the idea of "entertaining angels unawares."
September 2018 | Nourish
Rooting Into Nourishment
Stop over thinking, punishing and obsessing about food and let yourself be nourished. We'll talk about the industrial and colonial systems that have set us up for an unhealthy relationship with food, how this distracts and subtracts from our power and how to come into right relationship with food.
October 2018 | Return
Honoring The Ancestors
Food has long been a sacred offering of reverence & rememberance to ancestors, spirits and dieties. You will culminate your explorations and experiences of this program in hosting a sacred Ancestral Feast for Samhain, Halloween, Day of the Dead or the thinning of the veil while appreciating food as a spiritual gateway in all its glory. From creating and receiving nourishment to returning nourishment to the ancestors, this marks our full circle.
Ok, What's The Nitty Gritty?
As an Okanagan tribal member, I grew up rooted in my maternal ancestral homelands-- where thousands of Okanagan/Colville generations have been rooted before me. While I felt an intense sense of grounding and belonging through the land and through the food that the land produced, I was violently separated from traditions, rituals and other ancestral wisdom via the forced assimilation of my great-grandparents and my grandmother.
The desire to reconcile my multi-racial and cultural identities led me to earn a master's degree in intercultural communication-- where I studied how food creates and sustains our cultural identities intergenerationally . . . in other words: food and ancestors.
When my ancestors asked me to move to a foreign land, I was equally devasted and excited. Now that I'm raising my own children on a high mountain farm in Costa Rica, half a world away from my own ancestral roots, weaving the threads of ancestral connection to food, home and land is more important to me than ever. Rooted Here is my own personal process, writ large for you. No matter where you are in the world, no matter where your ancestors came from and no matter your living situation, you too can become Rooted Here.
How much time will this take per week?
I would expect to spend an hour with the course material every week and another 2-3 hours carrying out assignments, for a total of no more than 4 hours a week. Some weeks, like masterclass weeks, will require less time than the weeks you're given a ritual to perform, for example.
Will the calls be recorded?
Yes, they will be live and also recorded. Replays will be available in video and audio.
Do I have to be a witch to take this course?
No. In fact, I'm not a witch. This course explores food, home and land rituals and forms spiritual connections. Some people who do this work may identify as witches (and if that's you-- welcome!) but you don't have to be a witch to enjoy and experience this sort of magic.
I don't know how to connect with my ancestors, can I still take this course?
Yes! In fact, the first thing I will teach you is how to safely connect with your ancestors.
My ancestors are shitheads. Why would I want to connect with them?
Eh, we've all got some less-desirables in our family closet. However, our perspectives can and do change after death. We'll begin the connection by ensuring that you do not take on any of the trauma, wounds or harm of your unwell ancestors, we will only be contacting your well and elevated ancestors-- the ones who have gotten over their shithead phases. After establishing these ancestral relationships, it's easy to begin healing the rest of the lineage.
I was adopted and don't know my blood ancestors.
You don't need to know anything about any of your lineages to connect or have a relationship with them. In fact, the less you know the more easily you can give way to trusting the information you receive from your ancestors.
How much does this program cost?
This is a six month program at $200 a month. You can make these monthly installments or make 1 or 2 larger payments. To make one or two larger payments, please email me at email@example.com | Partial scholarships are available.
How exactly will we be working with spirits?
One of the things I see in online spiritual communities and courses is the intellectualization of spiritual information without the actual interfacing with spirits. We will be ritually connecting and communicating with your ancestors, the spirit of your home and with the ancestral spirits the land you live on. Spiritual ritual is a two-way street, it is NOT us talking and wishing at the spirit world as if we're throwing spaghetti on the veil to see what sticks. This communication will happen through light meditative states, dreamwork (if you are so inclined), and through synchronicities. A side effect of learning how to do this work is an overall heightened sensitivity of your intuition. You will also be given tools to establish boundaries with the spirits so you needn't fear Things That Go Bump In The Night.
Scholarships: partial scholarships/a sliding scale are available for black, indigenous, people of color (BIPOC), LGBTQIA+ and even for heterosexual, cis-gendered, blue-collared white people who have been beaten down by The System. If you’re interested in a partial scholarship please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me about your situation in 4-5 sentences. (This isn't about you presenting your case and me judging if you've done a good job of it. This is about knowing what's going on in your life so I can better support you and so we can be in good relationship with one another). I’ll respond with sliding scale payment and scheduling instructions.
Refund Policy: This program is an investment in your spiritual practice and ancestral relationships. When you make your first payment, you are entering into a sacred container and agreement. Please don't enter into the agreement if you are unsure of your abilitiy to follow through for the 6 months. That said, life happens. If you run into a situation that makes it difficult for you to proceed with the course, financially or practically, first please email me [email@example.com] to see if there is a solution we can work out. You may cancel at anytime but there are no refunds.
© Darla Antoine 2018