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
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 2020
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, 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. Each event has been life-changing for participants, myself included.
For our 10th year we will once gather again to participate in ceremony with the Animal Ambassadors, united by our mutual purpose of expanding and deepening our connections.
Join us for another unique 4-day adventure!
A Walk on the Wild Side: Answering the Call of the Wild
September 24-27, 2020
Earthfire Institute, 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. To learn more about their mission and the animals that call Earthfire home watch video Emissaries from the Wild.
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.)
I have gone to A Walk on the Wild Side at Earthfire institute for 8 years. I have found tears of pure joy meeting the animals up close and personal and tears of pure grief when I realized how much I had drifted away from nature. The opportunity to touch the earth and be with the animals holds such intense feelings it seems only tears of joy, can express the sacredness of the experience.—Charolette Anderson
Think Outside the Cage
Meeting a wild animal 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 many animals, including wolves, grizzly and black bears, buffalo, foxes, bobcat, mountain lion, porcupine, coyotes, horses, burros, and other domestic and wildlife.
Each A Walk on the Wild Side event is focused and customized according to the guidance of the animals and Spirit—every year is different. 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 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 telecalls* August 3 and 17 at 6pm Pacific
- 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
*Participation in the telecalls are a requirement for all attendees.
**Membership in our private Facebook page is also a requirement for 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
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
Nearest Airports: 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.
More about the event and animals at Earthfire Institute:
Listen to “A Passion for Wildlife”, a conversational interview with my friend Dr. Susan Eirich of Earthfire Institute. Discover Susan’s incredible journey and mission to share the messages and voices of the animals, and why Earthfire is such a special place. You will also meet some of the wild animal ambassadors through her wonderful gift of storytelling.
My article Return of the Buffalo: Visions and Ceremonies explores the ancient relationship of Bison with the People and the Land.
In Windwalker’s Message for the World mountain lion Windwalker takes me on a visionary shamanic journey.
Who We Are
Wild Reiki and Shamanic Healing LLC
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.