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Your ancestors are waiting to hear their names called. 

1:1 Ancestral Healing & Remembrance

It's time to reclaim and remember the practices of your ancestors before they were racialized as white, when they lived in relationship to the natural world. 

It's time to build and deepen into a relationship with your ancestors who are here to support and guide you on your path. 

It's time to grieve what's been lost, to face into what's been silenced. 

It's time to face into the truths of colonization and white supremacy within your ancestry and yourself. 

Now is the time to weave yourself back into your ancestral story.

"Deep healing can only begin when we step fully into the truth of our individual and collective histories." 

                                                       - Kimmy Johnson

Your ancestors likely experienced...

famine.

war.

plague.

forced displacement.

torture.

oppression.

religious persecution.

People who were forced to flee the land of their ancestors. 

People who sacrificed their culture and identity to survive.

People who didn't have the resources to process their trauma.

Your ancestors ...

were storytellers.

(they) dreamt together. worshipped together.

grieved together. danced together. sang together.

fought against oppression.

had unique cosmologies.

honored the moon & the cycles of nature.

celebrated joy & pleasure.

lived in relationship to the land.

understood the medicine of plants & food.

lived in community.

As people racialized as white, we can forget there is medicine within our lineages.

We can forget we have culture beyond whiteness, that we have spiritual practices.

We forget that resiliency and courage have been passed down to us.

Your ancestors were likely...

oppressors.

enslavers.

silent bystanders.

colonizers.

murderers.

perpetrators.

hoarders of wealth.

It can be easy to only see our ancestors (and self) as colonizers and oppressors.

It can be easy to avoid facing into these aspects of our ancestry and self. 

But we cannot heal (and change) what we do not see. 

You may feel...

anger

confusion

overwhelm

guilt

shame

disconnection

disappointment

numb

When you think of your ancestors.

You may also feel...

love

gratitude

connection

magic

trust

belonging

curiosity

All are welcome here.

(and you'll likely feel all of them at some point in our work together.)

What Folks are Saying...

"I had a truly amazing experience connecting with myself and my ancestors, starting a relationship to heal from generational trauma. Erin's knowledge and the practices we utilized in our sessions, along with exercises I worked on in between sessions, opened up a new channel of communication for myself. I have a more open ability to communicate, to ask for and give help, as well as thanks. I understand my family more, the challenges and choices that led to my immediate family's situation. I see more clearly how to heal, how to celebrate my people, and how to stay connected to my ancestors."

- Tierney

"I knew it was time to connect with my ancestors and to work with them for the sake of healing the trauma that has been passed down for many generations and taken shape in constructs like white supremacy and racism. It was overwhelming to think about, but working with Erin helped me anchor in and further push me along on this life long journey. I was so grateful to be able to speak to a fellow white person about all of this, it seems hard to come by still. Erin was so supportive and understanding. I was introduced to so many things about my Irish/Celtic heritage including stories, goddesses, and practices and it awakened so much for me. A lot of healing happened as we focused on my mother wounds and talked about trauma that has happened within my family. And the ancestors showed up. Well, they’ve always been there. I just was finally able to listen."

- Kirby

1:1 Ancestral Healing & Remembrance is for you if...

  • You identify as white and want to engage in this work with accountability & honesty. I.E. we will not be spiritual bypassing.

  • You're longing for culture and identity beyond whiteness. 

  • You're navigating how to build relationship with place when you live on stolen land.

  • You feel a spiritual void and seek practices rooted within your ancestry.

  • You desire to understand yourself within the context of your ancestral story and uncover what is asking to be healed.

  • You're longing for connection and a sense of belonging.

"When we heal ourselves, we heal our ancestors from wounds that run deep in our family. When we heal our ancestors, we heal the world from wounds that run deep in humanity." 

                                                - Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr-Baumann

The ancestors will guide the way and I'll be here to assist & support.

Dreamwork and a sit spot practice will ground you in our work together.

Guided Imagery will support you to tap into your unconscious to uncover what's asking to be explored.

You'll explore your birth story as we begin to weave you back into your ancestral story.

You'll research the medicine and practices of your ancestors.

You'll begin to remember the stories of your people. The beautiful, the scary. To understand all that occurred for you to be alive in this moment, to understand how you carry those stories within you.

You'll be invited to understand your story in the context of your ancestral stories. To understand your ancestral stories within the context of our collective history. 

You'll be invited into the process of deep healing. For yourself, your ancestors, and for the collective.

The Details

  • 4 private sessions together meeting every other week (first session - 1.5 hours, remaining sessions 1 hour).

  • Includes monthly group gatherings, curated readings, podcasts, etc. to support you in your journey.

  • All sessions held via Zoom due to COVID-19. 

  • The exchange: $450**

  • Single 1 hour sessions are available for $125/session after the completion of the first 4 sessions. 

  • 10% of exchange is donated to BI&POC (Black, Indigenous & People of Color) led grassroots organizations.

**I'm happy to work with folks who can't swing the $$ exchange. Let's talk.

About Me

It would not be possible for me to do this work without the centuries-old efforts of Indigenous people and people of African descent on Turtle Island to hold onto & maintain their cultural traditions despite cultural appropriation, colonization, genocide and enslavement. I have deep gratitude for the Indigenous elders who shared this wisdom and  taught my teachers, Atava Garcia Swiecicki and Kimmy Johnson, how to connect & build relationship to their ancestors and to Dr. Apela Colorado for stewarding their learning environment. I started studying ancestral healing & remembrance work with Atava & Kimmy while getting my MA in Integrative Health Studies from the California Institute of Integral Studies. I am a forever student committed to the path of healing, of unlearning settler-colonialism, of remembering. I offer this work from a place of deep humility and gratitude. I offer this work because it is the foundation on which I stand. I offer this work because I fundamentally believe in it.  

Interested in this work?

© 2021 by Erin Caitlin Sweeney

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