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A Walk on the Wild Side 2011 at Earthfire Institute

A Walk on the Wild Side:
Answering the Call of the Wild 2011
at Earthfire Institute

Timberwolf Nightwind in Wildlife Garden
Landmark event brings native wildlife and people together in dialogue and ceremony to co-create a sustainable vision for the future

When: September 30 – October 2, 2011

Where: Earthfire Institute Wildlife Sanctuary and Retreat Center, Driggs, Idaho

Click here for more information or to register.


When the Earth is sick, the animals will begin to disappear,
when that happens, The Warriors of the Rainbow will come to save them.

—Chief Sealth (Seattle), Suquamish


Last year I had the privilege of leading a group of people and animals in partnership ceremony for the first event of its kind at Earthfire Institute Wildlife Sanctuary and Retreat Center. It was a powerful and life changing experience for all participants, myself included (see article for highlights of our experiences).

This year we return to meet in ceremony with the animals once again—expanding and deepening our connection, and I invite you to join me, Rose De Dan, Wild Reiki and Shamanic Healing, for another groundbreaking three-day adventure at Earthfire Institute.

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.


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 will journey for guidance. Once we are gathered as a group I will invoke sacred space in the Peruvian 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.

Throughout the weekend, 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. Throughout the weekend you will also experience personal healing and will learn energetic techniques that you can apply in your life and/or practice.

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 awareness as well as for the planet. The ultimate vision is the creation of a world where we all live in harmony.


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 most of its inhabitants.

Its 40-acre sanctuary houses over 60 animals, including wolves, grizzly and black bears, bison, lynx, mountain lions, foxes, bobcats, coyotes, horses, burros and other wild creatures. Depending on circumstances and the particular animal’s needs, we will either 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.

PREREQUISITES: No previous background required other than a willingness to listen and respect the animals as equals.

REGISTRATION: Space is limited to 15 people only.

Click here for more information or to register.


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Think Outside the Cage

About Wild Reiki and Shamanic Healing:

Rose De Dan, Wild Reiki and Shamanic Healing LLC, is a mesa carrier in the Peruvian shamanic tradition. In addition she is also a Reiki Master Teacher, animal communicator, 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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