Tending Radical Roots

Tend to your roots and grow the seeds of a better world.
11 April – 8 May 2022

$251 / $335 / $420

Use code TTR1 to pay $251. Use code TTR2 to pay $335.
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Are you…

  • …feeling uprooted, disconnected, disenchanted?
  • …looking for a spiritual practice that weaves connection, enchantment, and relationship?
  • …drawn to ancestor work, but have stuck with NO IDEA where to start? 
  • …seeking to cultivate an accessible and authentic connection to your ancestors that will nurture and support you?
  • …dreaming of an ancestor work practice that is aligned with your values and helps you live & embody those values?
  • …ready to experiment with your practice to find what works for YOU, instead of being TOLD what to do?

Once upon a time the world held magic. In the dirt, hollows, mountains, and river valleys magic sang forth. But over time, through force, neglect, fear and loss that magic became diminished.

Now we are hungering for that enchanted world, that connection, that knowledge, that magic.

If you’re seeking to reconnect, to create enchantment, to cast new spells and create new worlds you need to return to the root of disconnection – to the ancestors. 

Create YOUR OWN authentic, values-aligned ancestor practice that is effective, sustainable, and meaningful FOR YOU.

Tending Radical Roots is an ancestor work course and experiential learning community designed to help you connect to your ancestors so that you can craft a practice that supports you in tending your roots and creating fertile soil for planting the seeds of a new world.

If you’re looking to cultivate an accessible and authentic connection to your ancestors that creates magic for you and for the world then you’re invited to join me in this explorational-educational container. We’ll come together as a small group of spiritual adventurers to explore what ancestor work is for you, why you’re called to it, and how to craft your own supportive and values-aligned practice.

Through weekly worksheets and experiments, a community space, and weekly live calls where we can all explore together, you’ll explore your personal Underworld, figure out what works for you, and tend ancestral connection in a way that weaves enchantment. 

$251 / $335 / $420

Use code TTR1 to pay $251. Use code TTR2 to pay $335.
Need a payment plan? GO HERE!

Our ancestors are our roots.

To be radical is to work with the root.

Ancestor work tends the root.

Ancestor work lets new dreams take seed in fertile soil.

This drastically expanded my consciousness of all the things that had already been possible! I began the course feeling very self-conscious and carried worry that I would inadvertently do something to upset my ancestors. This course not only put my heart at ease, it also allowed me to work through these worries (which, turns out, was connected to ancestral trauma). Lex did a fantastic job holding space and supporting us while we encountered wounds — and helped us identify whether or not we were ready to undertake that particular journey at the time. This was such a wonderful course and really helped me trust myself and my ancestors.

– Emily Corturillo

The ancestors ground us, teach us the tools of dreaming new worlds.
The old ways help us make new ways.

About The Course

No two people have the same connection and relationship to their ancestors, therefore no two people’s ancestor work practices will look the same. That’s why in this course – through lessons, guidance from me, and peer support – you’ll be guided through the process of creating YOUR ancestor practice, one that is supportive, grounding, and healing for YOU. 

Tending Radical Roots is an educational community of the living gathering together to tend our dead in service of life. This ancestor work for dreaming, creating, and living into new worlds. As a community of learning and practice, you’ll learn in connection with others who are also diving in and developing their own unique, ancestral practices. Everyone’s practice will look different, but you’ll have the support of community in creating something meaningful, healing, and sustainable for you.

Tending Radical Roots is a four-week experience of learning and practice where you will be guided through the steps of forming an ancestor work practice, performing a ritual to connect with your ancestors, integrating the results of that ritual, and developing a commitment to continued ancestor connection. 

During this class you’ll go beyond looking to the past: Tending Radical Roots will help you engage with your dead in service of creating healing, new possibilities, and a better world.

Rooted in a community structure, you’ll have the accountability to remain consistent and devoted to your practice during the course.

What You Get

  • 4 weeks of guided Underworld adventuring, ancestral exploration, and supportive community. Class runs from 11 April – 8 May 2022.
  • Weekly handouts and educational material on crucial ancestor work topics to help you set intentions, clarify what you want out of this practice, develop your own ritual to honor your ancestors, and create a practice that continues beyond the class.
  • Weekly activities to help you turn intention into action.
  • 4 live group support calls and recordings of all calls. All calls to take place on Thursdays 6pm ET, with recordings available if you can’t make it live!
  • Community discussion space hosted on Discord

This is an invitation to a four week spiritual journey to discover your own personal ancestor work underworld, where you will be guided through the steps of forming an ancestor work practice, performing a ritual to connect with your ancestors, integrating the results of that ritual, and developing a commitment to continued ancestor connection. All in a way that is value-aligned and supportive to you! All in a small community of fellow seekers!

Week 1

Clarifying Intention
Why do you want to connect with your ancestors? Which ancestors do you want to connect with? What are you hoping to accomplish? This week you’ll be guided through exercises to help you get clear on your intentions and desires for this work.

Week 2

Initiating Ritual Action
After getting clear on your intentions, you’ll jump feet first into ACTUALLY DOING THE WORK! This week’s work will guide you through planning, creating, and doing your own personal ancestor work ritual!

Week 3

Listening to and Connecting with the Ancestors
After ritually honoring the ancestors it’s time to sit back and listen to what they have to say. You’ll learn about communicating with the ancestors, setting boundaries and ways to grow your relationship with your dead. This week culminates with Beltane, the holiday on the opposite side of the Wheel of the Year to Samhain, where the veil is just as thin!

Week 4

Integrating and Moving Forward
Your final week is for reflection, review, and closing this work. You’ll take stock of what you’ve done & experienced, how you’re feeling about it, and what you’ve learned. You’ll feel into the connection you’ve made with your ancestors and assess if you want to continue to nurture that relationship. You’ll wrap up the course by making a plan to continue (or not!) this work in a way that is sustainable and supportive to you and your dreams.

$251 / $335 / $420

Use code TTR1 to pay $251. Use code TTR2 to pay $335.
Need a payment plan? GO HERE!

About Your Guide

  • Experienced ancestor work practitioner ready to guide you into the realm of the dead, help you create the your own “map”, and equip you with the tools to craft your own path of connection to the ancestors!
  • Teacher with a decade of experience and dedicated to crafting non-hierarchical, experiential learning that allows you to connect to your own wisdom and develop trust in your own intuition.
  • Guide to the unseen and ineffable here to help you build the skills to navigate your own unique spiritual journey!

Hi! I’m Lex, and I’m gonna be your guide into the underworld of ancestor work. I’m a tarot reader, folk witch, spirit worker, and queer mystic. I’m here to guide you through the misty lands of the liminal and spiritual. My goal is to help you connect to your own wisdom and learn to be in conversation with the beyond so that you can set off on your own mystical-magical adventure.

For the astrologically curious, I’ve got a 12th house Scorpio sun conjunct Mars and Pluto, with Mercury in the 1st house. My calling to work with the dead and my ancestors is written in the stars, to put it a bit dramatically.

I come to this work because my ancestors are deeply intertwined with my magical practice. The folk practices and cunning ways I saw in the kitchen growing up are the foundation for what I do and teach. My practice has its origin in all those little hush-hush things the grannies in my small, hilly town did.

And even as ancestral connection is essential to what I do, I have STRUGGLED with this work. Ancestor work is often conservative, genealogical, and exclusively focused one’s blood lineage as provable by historical documents. Many standard ancestor work classes have been harmful to me and ignored my vital radical, queer, marginalized, neurodivergent, and otherwise deviant ancestors. As a queer person, as a white person whose ancestors had to hide their origins and traditions so they could assimilate, as a radical who in the depths of my soul is repulsed by conservatism, learning to create an ancestor work practice that both honors my ancestors AND supports my thriving has been a challenge.

That’s why I created Tending Radical Roots. Because working with ancestors needs to go beyond looking to the past and beyond blood & nations. Ancestor work is a life nurturing practice that can connect you to the future. That’s what you’ll learn in this course: how to engage with your dead in service of dreaming, creating, and living into a better future, a new world.

$251 / $335 / $420

Use code TTR1 to pay $251. Use code TTR2 to pay $335.
Need a payment plan? GO HERE!

Are you ready to stop addressing the symptoms of the disconnection and disenchantment you’re feeling and start healing the problem at the root?

Ancestor work gets to the root of the problem.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • An Underworld Journey sounds scary…
    Well, it might be scary. The harms that led to the disconnection and disenchantment that we live in now were scary things that created traumas for our ancestors. And while it might be challenging, it does not have to be harrowing. A key feature of the Underworld Journey is the return to life, we descend into the Underworld for a time, then return to life, bringing the wisdom and healing obtained below. Engaging with the Underworld as a living being is ultimately about a return to life. Pacing yourself, taking care, and honoring your own needs are all a part of the framing of this course. You only need to go as deep and as far as feels comfortable right now. At the end of this course, you’ll be equipped with the tools to journey further and deeper when you feel ready.
  • What’s the deal with sliding scale?
    I am committed to running businesses is aligned with my values. Sliding scale is one way to increase the accessibility of an offering in recognition of economic injustice in our society. Once you hit the button to register you’ll be taken to a page where you can choose to pay an amount between $251-420 for the workshop. Wondering where you might find yourself in this scale? Check out this handy graphic from Alexis J. Cunningfolk! 
  • But it’s springtime? Samhain is in the fall – it’s time for Beltane!
    You can work with your ancestors at any time of year! In fact, I think this is the best approach if you feel called into relationship with your ancestors. Ancestor work is about building relationship with your ancestral dead. Trust is an essential ingredient in relationships and expanding your practice beyond Samhain gives you more opportunities to build that trust!
    Furthermore, Beltane is the Wheel of the Year holiday that is opposite to Samhain. Samhain and Beltane are opposites on an axis that turns the world from blooming to composting and composting to blooming. In the fall, life retreats to the roots, carrying our message to our ancestors below the earth. In the spring, life springs back from its sojourn in the Underworld, carrying up messages from our ancestors. In the same way the veil is “thin” at Samhain, it is thin at Beltane, as well!
    Ultimately, the very best time time to do ancestor work is when you feel called. So, if you’re feeling called to connect with your ancestors this spring, then I encourage you follow that intuition!
  • What if I can’t make it to the live sessions?
    Our live sessions will be recorded cuz life happens! A recording will be shared with students through the Disocrd within 24 hours of the live session.
  • Is this for beginners?
    Absolutely. You do not need to have an already existing practice, any connection to your ancestors or even any idea of who your ancestors were to participate in this course. Through each week you’ll be guided through a step-by-step process of initiating a full, supportive, and values aligned ancestor work practice of your own.
  • Is this for someone who already works with their ancestors?
    If you are 100% satisfied with your connection to your ancestors and know that your practice is values-aligned and supports your life and your dreams of a better world, then you definitely don’t need this course!
    However, if you have an active ancestor work practice, but…
    …you want to start working with a new set of ancestors (maybe it’s queer ancestors or radical ancestors or plant ancestors!)
    …your practice doesn’t feel totally supportive and values-aligned for you
    …you feel like you’re following a template someone else gave you, not your own intuition on what you and your ancestors need from this practice
    then, this course is totally for you! You’ll be able to dive more deeply into your personal Underworld and call on the support of your existing practice as you work to refine and expand how you work with your ancestors!
  • Who are ancestors? What is ancestor work? Why do Ancestor work? What does it have to do with creating new worlds?
    Imagine yourself as a tree. You’re all the parts above the ground, but the roots? Those are your ancestors. The ancestors support, ground, and hold us. They are the roots of the tree of our lives. Your ancestors are those deceased folks you have relationship with. This, of course, includes blood relations. But, isn’t really about BLOOD – it’s about the lineage, the connection. Who are you connected to? Queer ancestors, radical ancestors, plant ancestors. Any or all of these ancestors can help us achieve the goal of ancestor work: grounding, connecting, tending to the to the root so we can grow better futures.

“I am feeling much more supported and connected to my ancestors. This made possible so much self-forgiveness and collective comfort for my generational lines and I have been able to cultivate love and affirmation to the person I am ready to step into becoming.”

– Giulia

Tending Radical Roots is here to help you connect to and engage with your dead in service of life. This course will help you craft an ancestor practice that is authentic, and values-aligned for you so that you can create possibility, connection, and magic you yearn for.

If you…

  • …are ready to tune into your intuition and build a practice that works for YOU and YOUR ancestors, instead of following a paint-by-numbers approach…
  • …desiring an ancestor practice that confronts the past in order to engage with your dead in service of dreaming, creating, and living into new worlds…
  • …want to create an ancestor practice that is aligned with your values, that helps you live & embody those values…
  • …are dreaming of a respectful, sustainable, and radical ancestor work practice…

…and are ready to do that supported by peers in a community of learning and practice?

Then, you are invited to join this Underworld Journey and begin tending your radical roots!

$251 / $335 / $420

Use code TTR1 to pay $251. Use code TTR2 to pay $335.
Need a payment plan? GO HERE!

“Lex didn’t give me THE ANSWER but instead gave me a series of questions to help me make up my own mind. It gave me agency and helped me realize what truly aligned with me. I feel so much more agency. It really is a super power to give space for folks to find their own answers.“

– Emily