This past weekend I was honored to facilitate ceremony with 10 people and over 60 animals at Earthfire Institute for A Walk on the Wild Side: Answering the Call of the Wild 2011.
The ceremonies conducted throughout the weekend evolved as a result of a shamanic vision explored in Return of the Buffalo: Visions and Ceremonies. I am currently on the road, traveling back from the event, but wanted to share a little about the final ceremony so that it could be posted today, World Animal Day.
World Animal Day was created in 1931 at a convention of ecologists in Florence, Italy as a way to highlight the plight of endangered species. Since then it has grown to encompass all species and is celebrated worldwide. The date of October 4 was chosen because it is the Feast Day of Saint Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals.
There are many stories to tell from the weekend, which will be posted as I am able, but the story behind the photo here is that we invited Pimpernel the coyote, veteran from last year’s ceremony, to attend as representative for all the other animals at Earthfire Institute. And she did a stellar job, as usual, paying close attention and adding her prayers. Pimpernel was delighted to be included, you could hear her tail rhythmically hitting the side of her carrier. After the ceremony we walked around to all the animals, greeting them and uniting as a community.
Stay tuned for amazing and beautiful stories of transformation and connection! And if you are interested in attending next year’s event sign-up for our newsletter for more details, coming soon.
In the meantime, if you would like to bring some of the wonderful energy home for you and your own animal companions you can do so by making a donation to Earthfire Institute and receive a very special energetic gift.
Two options are available:
1. Make a qualifying donation of $75 or more to Earthfire Institute (for a limited time only) and receive one buffalo head nickel and quarter as a thank you gift. Contact Earthfire Institute directly to make your donation, and mention Code BLUEBELL to receive your gifts.
2. Make a qualifying donation of $150 or more to Earthfire Institute (for a limited time only) and receive one buffalo head nickel and quarter, as well as some fur shed from Bluebell the buffalo as a thank you gift. Contact Earthfire Institute directly to make your donation, and mention Code BLUEBELL to receive your gifts.
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Think Outside the Cage
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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