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Creating Families with Animals Event

I’ve known Robyn Fritz for several years now. I first met her through a local Alki business group where it soon became apparent that we had a number of things in common including writing and animals. Over time we took classes from each other—I took hers on writing, she took mine on Reiki—and we became friends.

I am thrilled to see the project she mentioned to me back in the beginning of our association finally make it to print. On June 1, 2010 Robyn announced the publication of her new nonfiction gift book, Bridging Species: Thoughts and Tales About Our Lives with Dogs. (I love the cover art, which features Robyn and her two dogs, Murphy and Alki, who I am honored to say I have had the privilege of working with as clients.)

Bridging Species is a collection of thought-provoking essays and comic stories about how Robyn created a multi-species family, from mystical, cultural thoughts to the bumbling practical difficulties and fun times. It follows her evolution from a woman with a pet to a woman with a multi-species family—two dogs and cat—and invites you to explore how to live authentic, full, fun lives with animals.

Bridging Species was created to bring people together in small groups to start conversations about new ways of thinking about the human-animal bond. What are the mystical, cultural, practical, and even comic ramifications of treating our animal companions as family members, as equals?

To help celebrate those relationships, Robyn invites you to attend a unique event—a interactive book signing where you can share your stories. The first in a series of events, Creating Families with Animals will take place on Friday, June, 18, 2010 at Emerald Spiral Co-op, 5910 California Ave SW, West Seattle, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Copies of Robyn’s book will be available for purchase and signing, and I can’t wait to get my own. Hope to see you there!

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About Wild Reiki and Shamanic Healing:

A pioneer in Reiki and shamanic healing for people and animals, Rose De Dan has seen firsthand the profound healing impact of this work on the lives of others. A Reiki Master Teacher, mesa carrier in the Peruvian Q’ero tradition, and animal communicator, she teaches classes, workshops and teleclasses for those interested in learning more about energy medicine.

Rose is also author of the acclaimed book Tails of a Healer: Animals, Reiki and Shamanism, and creator of Animal and Reiki Art. As an animal shaman, she views her role as a healer as one of building bridges between people and animals, and of empowering them to reconnect with Pachamama, Mother Earth.

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  1. I just wanted to say how much I appreciate your bringing shamanic healing into the foreground. I know there’s a place for it in integrative, holistic healing, and I appreciate the way you write about it. Interestingly, the last time I saw “reiki” referred to, it was by a traditionally trained Western physician, RichardGPettyMD, who believes that it works well with other healing therapies. We’re all one!

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