Well, it has been quite a start to the New Year. January has rushed by like a whirlwind, bringing up all sorts of things in the conservation world out of the woodwork.
Last month we held a wonderful Journey to the White Lions, where my group and I experienced beautiful connections with the Tsau Prides. We spent and incredible day in the Kruger National Park where we came across a pack of African Wild Dog, pups and all, dozing in the shade during the heat of the day. There was a vehicle parked quite close to them off the road, and of course quite a number of parked cars on the road full of tourists trying to get the perfect photo, being very loud, with engines grumbling and one car even had music blaring.
I immediately got extremely agitated on behalf of the wild dogs, but then managed to tune out the people and tune in to the dogs. I noticed one had a radio collar on, and I asked him how he felt about it and about all the people- as the pack clearly was behaving as if they were not there. I was surprised by the answer (and when this happens, I know it comes from the animal, and not my own mind). I received a strong sense of my wild friend feeling safe with the collar, and that he had a good relationship with the people looking after them (those in the vehicle parked off-road).
When my focus went on to the noisy cars and people, I was gently reminded that if it weren’t for the tourists, the pack and all the other animals, would not even have this space to roam free in their natural world.
As I was communicating with the leader of the pack, an adult female got up, walked away from the pack and ate some grass, vomited then defecated in front of the vehicles. It felt like she was physically processing the energy being absorbed by them from the humans. They showed me that they are able to tune out the noise and disturbance, because they know they are protected there. They are still physically affected by our presence and are able to deal with it by releasing any toxic energy in a very physical way.
It gave me a different perspective of tourists in the Kruger. I’ve always been extremely critical of the snap-happy crowds that get as close as possible to the wild animals with no respect for space, and big part of me still is. Seeing this pack of very vulnerable animals feeling relaxed and at peace amidst the bumbling energy of disconnected people, because there is a balance between those that care and those that don’t, helped me to be more accepting. It was very good to see them really being looked after and cared for by the researchers of the project which is being run by Endangered Wildlife Trust: visit www.save-the-african-wild-dog.com to learn about different Wild Dog Projects and how you can support.
Time for the world to stand up to South Africa
So, I wanted to start this newsletter with a good news story, as elsewhere in South Africa things are not looking so peaceful for wildlife. Please read this article I felt called to write on my return from the bush, and how it might now be time for the world to stand up to South Africa and fight for Animal Rights, as we once did for Human Rights.Conservation vs Welfare 6 feb 17
Please share this article far and wide, and if you know anyone that is influential in the following countries: Kenya, India, Costa Rica, Czech Republic Republic of the Philippines Cambodia, Fiji, Latvia, Lithuania, New Zealand, Poland, Slovenia, Tanzania, UK, Chile, Thailand and Colombia, all of which have representatives who have given public backing for a UDAW (Universal Declaration of Animal Welfare), please forward and ask how the process of Sanctions against South Africa can be started. Sanctions went a long way to end apartheid, and what is happening to the animals under the current laws of South Africa is as bad, if not worse.
Now, let’s end this newsletter with some good news for those of you who want to learn how to connect with and help animals and their people on a deeper level.
There are still a few spaces left for my one and only South African Introduction to Interspecies Communication workshop, for the year: register here.
My dear colleague and co-facilitator of the ATA Academy, Safaya Salter is holding a very special retreat at Trefacwn in Pembrokeshire, Wales in April. This workshop focuses on the messages which the Wild Ponies gave our group in October, and how we can work with them in order to make a difference for ourselves and the others with whom we share our planet. I highly recommend this, not only for the very talented teacher, but the incredible beauty and energy of the place. Remember all ATA Online Academy students get a discounted rate.Trefacwn April 2017
If you would like to see the beautiful city of Prague and attend an introduction and/or more advanced workshop in Animal Communication, join me and the beautiful Nikita in May… For more info and to book email Sarka at firstname.lastname@example.org
The close of the year will see me in Italy and Wales, but I will keep you posted on those details.
I wish you all a busy and successful 2017, full of blessings for you and all the animals.
with love from