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Photo Documentary: Listening to Zoo Animal Ambassadors at Northwest Trek

River Otter Greeting, ©2014 Rose De Dan,

River Otter Greeting, ©2014 Rose De Dan

Our second class field trip for 5-part series Listening to Zoo Animal Ambassadors took place on January 18, 2014. This class was inspired by all of my experiences with the animal teachers over many years and is intended to offer guidance on how to hold space in a sacred way so that the voices of the animals may be heard by many (see Why I Bring People to the Zoo).

Northwest Trek is a 723-acre wildlife park located near the town of Eatonville, Washington, and offers a very unique opportunity to take a tram tour through a 435-acre area where the native wildlife roam freely.

On our way to the tram we greeted the bald eagles first, inviting them, and each of the many animals we met while there, to join us in shamanic ceremonies by adding their prayers to specially decorated prayer sticks. Once again the animals delighted us by their willingness to participate. On the tram ride it seemed as though all the animals had come out to greet us. They lined the sides of the tram route as though they were watching a parade. It seemed that we were the main attraction, not them. In all the times I have been to NW Trek I have never seen so many animals—of so many species—so close. At one point it was like a photographic tennis match with me moving from one side of the tram to the other trying to get photos so that all could be represented to a larger audience.

Elk Gaze, ©2014 Rose De Dan

Elk Gaze, ©2014 Rose De Dan

I’ve put together a Listening to ZAA at Northwest Trek photo slideshow on Flickr that partially documents our time with the animals. To view next photo move pointer over image and then click on the directional arrow that appears. Many of the photos include a description which can be found in the upper right hand corner of the page. When you get to the photos of the Coyotes there is also a recording of their vocal response to the wolves.

Once again I am so very grateful to the animal teachers and the students for their heartfelt participation to an approach that incorporates energy and animal communication. It was a beautiful day. Enjoy!

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In private practice since 1996, Rose De Dan, Wild Reiki and Shamanic Healing, is an animal communicator, Reiki Master Teacher, shamanic practitioner, 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.

Her 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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