Landmark event brings native wildlife and people together in dialogue and ceremony to co-create a sustainable vision for the future.
A Walk on the Wild Side: Answering the Call of the Wild was created so people and animals could meet in ceremony with the intention of rebuilding the bridge between species.
Personal change has a ripple effect; when it takes place within sacred ceremony what we heal in ourselves helps create shifts worldwide.
Answering the Call of the Wild 2013
A Walk on the Wild Side: Answering the Call of the Wild is a unique event, offering participants the opportunity to meet highly respected wild Animal Ambassadors face-to-face, participate in shamanic ceremonies and learn from them over four days at Earthfire Institute.
The intention of the weekend is to break down barriers and build bridges of unity and connection, facilitating healing for all participants, both two- and four-legged. The result? Increased intuitive awareness and communication skills (applicable to all species), and freedom from limiting patterns and lifelong negative beliefs. A powerful opportunity for deep personal healing as well as global transformation!
In 2010 I had the privilege of leading a group of people and animals in this first-ever of its kind event at Earthfire Institute Wildlife Sanctuary and Retreat Center. Each event has been life-changing for participants, myself included.
For the fourth consecutive year we will gather once again to particpate in ceremony with the Animal Ambassadors (and in conjunction with World Animal Day), united by our mutual purpose of expanding and deepening our connections.
Join us for another groundbreaking four-day adventure!
When: October 3-6, 2013
Where: Earthfire Institute Wildlife Sanctuary and Retreat Center, Driggs, Idaho
Located at the western foot of the Grand Tetons, Earthfire Institute is set amidst sagebrush vistas with an uninterrupted view of the magnificent jagged snowcapped peaks of the Grand Tetons.
It is a 40-acre wildlife sanctuary and loving home for animals that can never be released into the wild, and a refuge for reflecting—in their company—on how to create a truly sustainable world. (See their fantastic Energy Healing Wolf video for a look at the trust and relationship they foster with the animals in their care.)
The animals that make Earthfire Institute their home are representatives of the native wildlife that populate the Yellowstone to Yukon Wildlife Corridor, an uninterrupted pathway along which plants and animals still migrate, keeping their genes flowing and their species strong. It is the last, best corridor of its kind in the world, and Earthfire and its location offers a truly unique opportunity for hosting this landmark event.
“I would not have traded this weekend for anything…”
Globally…our survival has to come through people working together and the animals will help us do that. It’s when humans listen that the connection is made with the animals, but now we need to walk with them.
When we were with the coyotes I got “See me.” Not the “see me” visual, [the] “see me” heart to heart. “Watch me. Watch my movements and then walk with me. Walk with me in my world.”
For me the message from Windwalker was, “I will walk with you…know that there is dignity, balance, poise in life’s transitions.” Then he showed me how to take control of my life with ease [and how] to follow the path of my original vision 30 years ago.
I would not have traded this weekend for anything because Windwalker gave so much of himself. It was different. It was good. It was, “Oh, my God, how am I going to come down from this?” good.
—2010 and 2011 participant Mia Schiff, Juneau, AK
“Figuring out who I am right now is challenging and yet it feels so dog-gone good.”
If I were to try to boil the entire weekend down into just a few words, if possible–I really think that the weekend has shown me that not only can we personally heal, but we can universally heal that rend—that tear—between animals, plants and humans.
—2010 and 2011 participant Charolette Anderson, Juneau, AK
A Wild Way to Heal
Our intention for being with the animals is threefold: to connect with them, to learn from them, and—as partners—to work together in ceremony. Prior to the event I will dialogue with the animals about our intentions and theirs, and I will journey for guidance.
Once we are gathered as a group I will invoke sacred space in the shamanic tradition for the duration of the weekend. Opening sacred space makes it possible for Spirit to manifest strongly both for and through the animals, establishing stronger connections with the animals present—and as they are ambassadors—with animals all over the world.
With the support of spirit allies and in sacred space, we will weave together the energy from storytelling, education about wildlife, shamanic journeys and ceremonies, along with visits, interactions and guidance from the wild animals themselves.
We will bring that energy and information to fire ceremony with the intention of creating healing and support for All Our Relations, thereby assisting in creating positive shifts in our individual awareness as well worldwide. The ultimate vision is the creation of a world where we all live in harmony.
(Note: A Walk on the Wild Side is not a workshop or class. No certification in energy healing or animal communication is offered.)
Special Bonus Gift
Everyone who attends will receive the Vi Miere mist package One Earth, created especially for A Walk on the Wild Side. Three mists – Environmental Oneness, Communication, Alignment – are combined in the One Earth package, bringing together Heaven, Earth and Spirit to assist in creating greater connection with the animals for event attendees.
Our retreat at Earthfire was magical and transformative. Spending time with the animals at Earthfire is like going on a sacred journey. They are my teachers camouflaged in fur. It is so amazing to see the heart connection between Susan, Jean and the animals. They opened their hearts to us so that we, too, could feel the connection.
—2010, 2011 and 2012 participant Debbie Noyes, Bellevue, WA
I attended A Walk on the Wild Side 2012 because I wanted to open myself to better receptivity to what my animals were communicating to me. I was also in an extended period of “shut down.” My heart was closed. I’m in my 60s and had been dealing with this pattern of contraction for decades and so I set an intention for WWS to “crack open.”
I couldn’t have chosen a better venue. The honesty of the animals, the intensity of sacred space, and an extremely competent shaman created the perfect situation to guide me through the white waters that my intention created.
—2012 participant Peggy Gilmer, Enumclaw, WA
Think Outside the Cage
Meeting a wild animal, face-to-face, in an environment where they feel safe and relaxed, gives us the opportunity to discover the warmth, depth, mischief, and compassion that they are capable of showing toward their world and us, their human relatives. It’s a rare opportunity and a powerful experience.
Earthfire’s vision is to create a bridge connecting humans with the natural world through the voices of rescued native wildlife under its care. During the course of the weekend we will have the opportunity to meet all of its inhabitants.
Its 40-acre sanctuary houses over 60 animals, including wolves, grizzly and black bears, bison, lynx, foxes, bobcat, coyotes, deer, horses, burros and other wild creatures.
Each A Walk on the Wild Side event is focused and customized according to the guidance of the animals and Spirit. Depending on circumstances and the particular animal’s needs, we may visit with them at their enclosures, or be invited to commune with them in the yurt or Wildlife Garden where they are free to roam, play or interact with us as they choose.
During the event you will:
- identify and release deep energetic blockages that are holding you back from deeper connection
- interweave the energy from storytelling, shamanic journeys, and ceremonies with visits, interactions, and guidance from the animals
- join together in ceremony for personal and global healing
- deepen your intuitive capabilities for use in daily life as well and with your own animal companions
Space is limited to a small number of people so that we can have less impact on the animals and more personalized experiences. We will be living, learning and working as a community while spending time with the animals.
Prerequisites: No previous background in energy work or animal communication required. A willingness to listen and respect the animals as equals, is.
Unleash Your Animal Spirit
Event participants receive:
- two 1.5 hour preparatory teleclasses* in August
- time spent with like-minded people in community
- interactions with the native wildlife Ambassadors at Earthfire Institute
- buffet-style gourmet lunches and dinners** prepared by local culinary artists
- shared accommodations*** Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday night
- special bonus gift – Vi Miere Mist One Earth Package
*Participation in telecalls are a requirement for all attendees.
**Any dietary restrictions should be noted at time of registration in Comments section.
***Workshop fee does not include any travel expenses incurred. Please note that should you opt to stay elsewhere we cannot offer any deductions. We will do our best to honor rooming requests.
Travel Planning Information
Here is some general information to assist you in your travel planning. More detailed information will be supplied after registration.
By Car: If driving from the Seattle area, travel time is approximately 12-14 hours
Jackson Hole, Wyoming, located approximately one hour away
Idaho Falls, Idaho, approximately an hour and 15 minutes drive
Idaho Falls is an expensive connection, so you may opt to fly into Salt Lake City and either rent a car or take a shuttle to Rexburg where you can rent a car to finish your journey to Teton Valley.
During A Walk on the Wild Side at Earthfire Institute each person experienced what I call an “AHA” moment, individually and as a group. The land there once was the home to many of the creatures that we now fight to save. It is a blessed place.
The wolf and coyote choir serenaded us and accepted us. We were enveloped in the energy and knowledge that those involved wish us to learn. I walked away a different person. The animals forgave humans for their injustice and cruelty towards them, and now I can also forgive and move forward with the animals as teachers and guides in my life. My own animals are more at peace with me, and so are the others that hold a place in my heart. Even new ones have touched me. Bless you for that moment that set a lot of us free from what we carried.
— 2010 participant Donna Safley, Zion, IL
More articles about the event and animals at Earthfire Institute:
Return of the Buffalo: Visions and Ceremonies explores the ancient relationship of Bison with the People and the Land.
Answering the Call of Windwalker the Cougar is a true story about one special Animal Teacher.
In Windwalker’s Message for the World mountain lion Windwalker takes me on a visionary shamanic journey.
The Wisdom of the Wild by Earthfire Institute Director Susan B. Eirich, Ph.D. for The Institute of Noetic Sciences Journal, Issue 18, January 2012.
Who We Are
Rose De Dan is an animal communicator, Reiki Master Teacher, shamanic practitioner, author and artist based in Seattle, WA.
In 1996, while living in Worcester, Mass., she had a life-changing experience during a Reiki class and was gifted with a vision of a healing practice for animals. In pursuing that vision, Rose began to remember her childhood dreams and passion to help animals.
In the process of becoming an energy healer, animal shaman, and voice for the animals, Rose found her practice evolving into building bridges between people and domestic and wild animals. She has been bringing people and animals together in ceremony to co-create a sustainable future since 1998 through events such as A Walk on the Wild Side: Answering the Call of the Wild.
Susan B. Eirich, Ph.D., Executive Director, founded Earthfire Institute in 2000 to develop a new model of relating to nature; to give a voice to wildlife and help people find their own natural voice.
“When I was about five years old I remember asking my mother about why animals didn’t have equal rights to humans. Studying for my Ph.D in psychology, a scrawny kitten crawled on the farm where I was living and I experienced the deepest love of my life. I hadn’t even had an affinity for cats. It was the beginning of growing into an awareness of the profound connection that is possible with animals that continues to expand and amaze me.”
Living with bears and wolves, cougars and coyotes, foxes, badgers, buffalo and more, Susan uses this unique opportunity to deepen and share her understandings of wild animals, with the goal of forging a richer relationship between these wonderful creatures and humans.
A licensed psychologist, biologist and educator, she has taught at universities around the world, worked in maximum security prisons, developed a university counseling center, directed a Nature Conservancy Preserve, and lived in remote corners of Nepal, the Mid- and Far East, the Northwest Territories and the Amazon rainforest.
Her goal is always to see through other’s eyes as a way to enhance understanding between cultures, peoples and species.
Jean Simpson, Wildlife Expert
When Jean was five he drew a picture of himself walking in a park in France with animals following him. His mother said they always did.
Studying to be a vet in Paris, he realized that he wanted a deeper relationship with animals than that would allow. He moved to the Rocky Mountains and taught himself how to train wolves through living with and understanding them. This led to a career training wild animals for movies, where he developed techniques based on reward and an amazing grasp of each species and each individual of that species.
In 1989 he founded The Wild Bunch Ranch so that he could train based on his unique understanding of each species, and each individual of that species. He has trained and consulted on feature films, documentaries, commercials and still shoots, and worked with many of the most famous wildlife artists and photographers in the country.
He is known in the industry for his humane training methods, his safety record, the beautiful condition of his animals, and his ability to get outstanding performances from them. Jean brings his talents in understanding and handling wild animals to Earthfire, as well as serving as consultant on animal welfare, safety and animal home design.
To see how he works with Humble Bumble, the learning-disabled grizzly bear, or Pinkerton the blind lynx, is an enlightenment. The knowledge and thought he gives to designing homes and playgrounds for the animals gives us delightful insight into their emotional and physical needs and pleasures.