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Evening Walk on the Wild Side at Woodland Park Zoo Aug. 10

Animal Ambassador Alpha Wolf Doba at Woodland Park Zoo ©Rose De Dan 2013

Animal Ambassador and Teacher Alpha Wolf Doba at Woodland Park Zoo ©Rose De Dan 2013

For many years I have been answering the call of the zoo Animal Ambassadors (see Why I bring people to the zoo). The annual event A Walk on the Wild Side at the Woodland Park Zoo has been an important part of that (and still is), but on a recent visit to the zoo during daylight hours Spirit and the animals made it clear that it was time to step it up, and three of the resident animals came forward to work with me as co-teachers for upcoming classes and events.

One of those is Doba, alpha female wolf, who calls the Northern Trail area home, where she lives with her three sisters, Shila, Aponi, and Kaya. All four wolves are conservation ambassadors for wolves across the country. In many states wolves are seriously misunderstood and threatened with extermination since being removed from the endangered species list.

Last year Doba and her sisters offered our group an incredible experience—a pack howl at close range accompanied by a chorus of barred owls, something even our guide had not experienced!

I can’t promise that it will happen every year (I am not in charge, the animals and Spirit are), but I know that Doba and the all the other Animal Ambassadors we will speak with during the telecall and visit with during our evening event have something important to share with each of us.

How is this event different?
What will make this event different from any others is that we will be doing so with the support of shamanic energy, Reiki, and animal communication. Walking in sacred space among the animals, speaking with them and interacting with no other distractions can be life-changing.

Do I need experience?
These events are open to the public—you do not have to be a Reiki or shamanic practitioner or have experience with animal communication to participate. Please note: these events are limited to participants at least 16 years of age.

Why are we going at night rather than during the day?
In the evening hours we will not be competing with crowds of other zoo goers for the attention of the animals and will be better able to sense their presence throughout the zoo—a very unique experience.

“Seeing how the animals responded to the energy of the evening was a delight.”

What is our intention for being with the animals? Is there a larger purpose?
Our intention for being with the animals is threefold: to connect, to listen, and to learn from them.

During the telecall prior to the event we will dialogue with the animals about our intentions and theirs, and will journey for guidance.

After the event the connections that we make and the messages that we receive will be incorporated into the ceremonies held at A Walk on the Wild Side: Answering the Call of the Wild at Earthfire Institute. Your participation in the Evening Walk on the Wild Side at the Woodland Park Zoo will help create a larger community of intent and energetic support for this very important work of rebuilding the bridge between people and animals.

“The zoo evening was indescribably magical.”

What does my registration include?
• a one-hour preparatory telecall (recorded in case you cannot attend live)
• after-hours admission to the Woodland Park Zoo with a small group
• pizza dinner and special guided tour
• an entirely different perspective on zoo animals and the messages they have for us

The animals and I look forward to this event every year and we hope that you will be able to join us for an Evening Walk on the Wild Side!

Click here for more information or to register.


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About Wild Reiki and Shamanic Healing:

In private practice since 1996, Rose De Dan, Wild Reiki and Shamanic Healing, is a mesa carrier in the Peruvian shamanic tradition, animal communicator, Reiki Master Teacher, author and artist. As an animal shaman she views her mission as one of building bridges between people and animals through healing sessions, classes, ceremonies and events such as A Walk on the Wild Side: Answering the Call of the Wild.

Rose’s book Tails of a Healer: Animals, Reiki and Shamanism features heartwarming stories about animals and their role in her evolution as an energy worker and shamanic healer.

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