Over the next year or so, my workshops are focusing on the wildlife which is so critically endangered at this time. Although CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species: www.cites.org) has a list of animals and their vulnerability status, this is based on the TRADING Industry, and I believe not a true reflection of the actual status. For example CITES is currently thinking of downgrading the status of lions, whereas statistics show that wild lions are more vulnerable than Rhino at the moment.
I feel that all of our naturally wild places are under threat. If people don’t start waking up the only wildlife encounters we’ll be able to have will be on television.
High impact tourism is becoming increasingly detrimental to the conservation of wildlife. A couple of horrific incidences which happened recently in South Africa shows us that the animals, and especially the big cats are reaching the end of their tether with regards to the disrespect and insensitivity from the people entering their supposedly protected spaces.
The first incident was a lioness who attacked a woman through her car window at the Lion Park in Johannesburg, a place known for breeding and hand-rearing of lions for the tourist and possibly, the connected canned hunting industry.
The second was with a wild leopard in the Kruger National Park, who apparently grabbed a tour guide’s hand (through the window) and would not let it go. The guide said he had no choice but to run over the leopard with his car. I won’t go into the gory details, but the leopard did not survive and incidences like this should never be allowed to happen in any wildlife reserve. I have been to Kruger Park and was fortunate enough to see a leopard quite near the side of the road, eating a small impala kill. In broad daylight. There was literally a traffic jam around the animal, with people trying to get as close as they possibly could, leaning out of their windows and even their car doors in order to get the perfect photo shot. The energy was chaotic and downright ugly.
Anyone who has any sensitivity to animals, be they wild or domestic knows how they react to chaotic, disruptive actions around them. In most cases, if they have the space to move away, they leave in order to find peace. If they feel hemmed in or trapped, they may well attack, but usually not without warning.
Imagine if all people who are drawn to visiting wild animals in a reserve could connect with those animals on a soul level, leave their egos and cameras behind and become one with the energy of the wilderness.
Have you ever tried turning off your smart phone, leaving your camera behind whilst spending time in nature? You don’t need to be in a wildlife reserve or national park to feel your connection with the natural world. It could be in a country park, forest or hillside. Get out there, feel the earth beneath your feet, still your mind and feel into your surroundings. Listen with your heart, not your head.
Humans have disconnected themselves so much from nature that when they see wild animals, they see them as no more than objects of beauty who fuel their incredible desire to get as close as possible, with no awareness of their wild nature and their need for absolute respect. This separation sickness is something that I believe can be healed, through being with nature in a respectful way and letting her show us how we are all part of the whole, and not separate at all.
When Wildlife photographer, Avani Amore approached me to lead conscious safaris to Kenya and Zambia, I felt this would be an incredible opportunity to help people connect with Wild Africa. Avani too has felt how the separation from nature has affected the conservation of our wild species. She has had her own incredible experiences with wildlife, through her conscious photography, using love and respect as her motto.
“My mission for several years has been to create travel experiences that empower people, elevate the status of animals and inspire transformation on a personal level and a global level. I came to the conclusion that traveling consciously has the power to change the world by transforming our relationship with nature.” Avani Amore
As most of you know, I already teach Animal Communication Journeys with the rare White Lions who roam free in the protected area of Tsau Conservancy, headquarters of the Global White Lion Protection Trust, situated in their endemic homeland. Here every being from the dung beetle to the honey badger, leopard and lion is treated with the utmost love and respect. It is the way that one day, I pray all protected areas of wilderness will be treated by humans.
I invite you to join me on one of these magical journey into the heart of Africa and her wild wisdom. In Zambia we will be communicating with the remote wilderness, remembering our ancestral knowledge, our natural ability to communicate with all beings. In South Africa, we will be meeting in the sacred space on the Nile Meridian, learning about the Mysteries of the White Lion and man’s ancient and harmonious relationship with all lions.
Upcoming Wild Journeys
Animal Communication Intensive with the White Lions
Mpumulanga, South Africa
24th – 27th September 2015
Starlion Journey – South Africa 10 days
From the Cradle of Humankind, to the Heartlands of Conscious Connection
Starting in Johannesburg and journeying to Kaapse Hoop and ending at Tsau Conservancy
19th – 29th November 2015
Both White Lion experiences are in support of the Global White Lion Protection Trust www.whitelions.org
Whispering with Leopards, Zambia
11th– 20th June 2016
Oneness Safari – Kenya 11 Days
50% of all profits go to Save the Elephants Foundation.
www.avaniamore.com/#tours for more information about these 2 once in a life time journeys.
Upcoming Weekend workshops
Introduction Weekend Workshop with Amelia Kinkade
An Intimate Introduction to Animal Communication with Wynter
(Limited to 12 participants)
12th & 13th September 2015: Noordhoek, Cape Town, South Africa
Visit Cape Town Workshop for more information
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A 3 day Introduction to Animal Communication
February 2016: Kandala, India
With an opportunity to visit a Tiger Reserve with Wynter.
Animal Communication Basic and Advanced workshops
March 2016: Cape Town
April 2016: Prague – Czech Republic & Italy