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RE-CALLING OUR ANCESTORS

An exploration in ancestral recovery, truth-telling and truth-seeking, and collective repair.

Re-Calling our Ancestors launches this winter, February 2022, as a moon cycle-long pilot course for white and white-passing people commited to dismantling the systems of oppression in ourselves and in the world around us, as well as in our communities of practice and in the bodies of work we carry.

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This inaugural offering is a rigorous personal learning journey and emergent communal inquiry. Through a series of online sessions, home study and practice, and culminating in a collaborative ritual project, we will explore the earth-cherishing traditions of our ancestors, the harm our ancestors endured, the harm our ancestors caused, and the ways ancestors resisted and persisted along the way. Together, we will honor the lineages that we’ve inherited, lay down the inheritances which no longer serves, and hold space for the grief—and relief—of letting go.

We re-call our ancestors in service of reparations, repair, and re-imagining a world of flourishing. We believe convening white and white passing folx in caucus with each other and our lineages will further the efforts in our communities towards cross-cultural and multi-racial healing. When we as anti-racists strengthen our own resilience and relationships — individually and collectively —  through ancestral practices and cultural reclamation, we have far more to offer multi-racial movements for justice.

Over the course of our time, we will explore how we, as white and white-passing folx:
  • Build healthy anti-racist identity, in connection with our ancestors
  • Co-create vibrant, ancestrally-rooted, cultures in solidarity
  • Participate in meaningful cross-cultural and cross-racial exchange
  • Call each other and our other white siblings into deeper transformative movement building in ways that are fun, creative, generative, and healing

CYCLES

While we convene as a multi-cultural space of white and white passing folx, we are attending to shared earth-honoring and cosmic-rooted ways: Lunar cycles, Solar cycles, astrological cycles, and ecological seasons.  

This short-form offering will begin on the New Moon, traverse the seasonal Cross-Quarter, and complete on the following New Moon.

Dates: January 31st – March 2nd, 2022
Schedule: Weekly meetings on Thursdays
Time: 9:30-11:30 AM PST  / 10:30 AM-12:30 PM MST / 11:30 AM -1:30 PM CST / 12:30-2:30 PM ES
Applications close: 1/10/22

PREREQUISITES

We invite you who hold:

• A commitment to Black-wellness, Indigenous sovereignty, and the flourishing of People of the Global Majority;
• At least a year’s study study in intersectional oppression, systems of domination, and liberatory practices;
• An experience with engaging, conversing, and organizing other white folx.

COURSE FEES

Will you join us as we build our personal, ancestral, and collective resilience to create meaningful change for ourselves, our communities, and our world?

Applications close: 1/10/22

“Re-Calling Our Ancestors” is a prayerful and relational offering — and it is important that our engagement with money be coherent with our deepest intentions for cultural healing and collective liberation.

In commitment to right livelihood for guides, in commitment to compensation for accountability partners, and in commitment to acts of redistribution and reparations, we ask for participants to make financial contributions on a sliding scale of $250-500.

We are committed to doing our best to enable access for those who wish to join us. Participants are asked to invest at the highest possible level when registering for the course. This helps to eliminate barriers to access for all, covers the real costs of the course, and supports our redistribution and reparations practice. 

  • What ways have you been granted unearned advantage by the systems we live within?
  • What ways do you have access to income, wealth, and assets?
  • What ways did you and/or your family come to accrue wealth?
  • What ways might your offering be a prayer and “enactment of your commitment to restoring balance and right relationship”?
  • What ways might financial reciprocity be joyful?
 

We offer this document as a way to be even more fully transparent around the philosophy and orientation we are holding, and how this relates to the workings of money for the leadership team, accountability partners, and participants of “Re-Calling Our Ancestors”.  

WHO WE ARE

Re-Calling Our Ancestors is an initiative of The Ojai Foundation and Youth Passageways, responding to People of the Glocal Majority in our networks and communities.

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Darcy Ottey

Guide: Darcy Ottey (she/her) is a cultural practitioner, facilitator, anti-racist educator, and co-founder and co-director of Youth Passageways, an intergenerational and cross-cultural network supporting the regeneration of healthy passages into mature adulthood for today’s youth. A queer, white, able-bodied woman in her 40’s from a mixed middle/working class background, rites of passage have been part of Darcy’s life since her coming of age journey when she was 13. The descendant of Quaker settlers, British coalminers, and Ukrainian peasants, her early encounters with nature and ceremony instilled in her a deep sense of belonging and connection with the more-than-human world. Her formal and informal education brought understanding of the colonized and colonizing contexts of these experiences. Her work is all about synthesizing these experiences by: supporting white people and others with privilege to dismantle systems of oppression internally and externally; building resilient networks of relationships across difference; and building community capacity for meaningful acts of redistribution, reparations, and rematriation. Darcy is grateful for her teachers and mentors. She loves dancing (especially under the full moon), learning to make Slavic folks dolls, and preserving food and plant medicines. She (sometimes) makes her home along the Methow River in Okanogan County, Washington, the territory of the Mətxʷú people and the many beings that survive and thrive throughout the watershed.

Solace

Guide: Solace ( they/them ) is a community ritualist , public astrologer , and youth mentor devoted to a world where all beings live in radical sovereignty , with abundant access to pleasure , in reciprocity with their social and ecological relations . Solace lives as a white settler on Southern Pomo Land , and traces their ancestry from diasporic Ashkenazi Jewish peoples immigrating from Romania and Belarus . They are neurodivergent , working-class , chronically ill , and transgender , with citizenship and education privilege . Solace is guided by a commitment to creating resilient peer and intergenerational relationships centered on nature-connection . They are romanced with a vision of liberation that places people back in their bodies , back in relationship , and back in the landscape . In service of these prayers , Solace serves as an educator and mentor . Solace is an apprentice of bird-language , the tarot , and poppy seed babka . Solace also goes by Shulamit , Shlomo , and Salomé .

Sharon Shay Sloan

Steward: Sharon Shay Sloan (she/her) is a second-generation community steward committed to nurturing communities and communities of practice. She is Ulster Irish, meaning her ancestors are from where the land meets the sea in the northeastern corner where Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland meet. Since 1997, Shay has been a practitioner of rites of passage and circle practices. Alongside this work, for 10 years she worked in international conservation, first with Native Oceans and later as the founding director of the Indigenous & Community Lands & Seas program for The WILD Foundation, building bridges between the movements for wilderness conservation and Indigenous sovereignty and self-determination. Shay has been a student of justice and equity for as long as she can remember and has especially learned from Indigenous Peoples, people of color and white settlers committed to healing and reimagining social fields. She is co-editor of the book Protecting Wild Nature on Native Lands and co-author of the report “Cross-Cultural Protocols in Rites of Passage: Guiding Principles, Themes and Inquiry.” She joined The Ojai Foundation as co-director in 2017. When not working, Shay can be found in the ceramics studio or working in the garden with her son, Kian.

In this page you see beautiful photos by Darcy Ottey and David Moskowitz.