Of Stone, Bone and Water

Ancestral Healing and Ritual Training

2023/24 cohort now filled.

The next training cohort will open for application next summer and begin in September, 2024.

An intimate 10 month immersive ritual training for healing practitioners of diverse kinds who are called into tending ancestral and ritual healing to support personal and collective thresholds of change. This program is a deep dive into learning how to hold ancestral connection for those that you support and into deepening the ritual skills relevant to your particular soul medicine, social/historical identity and response-ability towards cultural change work. This path offers continued initiation into your unique vocational expression as a proficient healing ritual practitioner, held and supported in relational integrity with your ecology of Spirit partners, Elder ancestors, land-based relations, and wider community.

Pre-requisites for this training include:

  • the foundational Sacred Grief programs: Coming Back to Ourselves AND Belonging to the World
    • OR Immanence, OR earlier program versions (2019-2021), OR longer-term 1:1 sessions
  • a dedication and living rhythm of ancestral healing and relating
  • additional training, practice and/or lived experiences within the crossroads of grief work, Spirit connection, ancestral healing, ritual and somatic practice, whether through Sacred Grief programs or elsewhere


Your Instructor

Shauna Janz, MA
Shauna Janz, MA

Shauna Janz (she/her) creates space for reaching into the rough and beautiful places that are a catalyst for transformation and healing, personally and collectively, through grief, trauma, embodiment, ritual and ancestral healing work. Her offerings are trauma-informed, somatic-based and anchored in the resiliency of the human spirit, and animist and decolonizing values.

Shauna has been supporting individuals, families, communities and organizations through designing and delivering trauma-informed programs since 2008. Audiences have included non-profit organizations, local and provincial government, First Nation communities, post-secondary education institutions, school district counseling teams, rural communities and international symposiums.

She currently provides education, training and mentoring through her private practice and online school of Sacred Grief, She is a NARM-Informed practitioner for healing developmental and complex trauma, and has had the honor to be a trainer and mentor with BC Bereavement Helpline supporting traumatic bereavement by homicide, suicide and drug-related death; a teacher and mentor with Ancestral Medicine, leading multi-day healing rituals; an Executive Director with Learning Through Loss serving youth and adults with grief education and support; the founder of the Victoria Holistic Death Care Gatherings uplifting grassroots perspectives, and a co-visionary for the annual Deathly Matters community conference. She is a lover of inspiration and creativity, and can be found dancing, playing music, and walking in the wilds of nature and mystical communion. Her ancestors are from the lands of Scot Celtic, northern Germanic and Nordic cultures.

For a more extensive list of her learning lineage, professional training and experience, please visit here.

This course is closed for enrollment.