The good, the bad and the ugly

The good, the bad and the ugly

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.

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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.

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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 sarka@krasnacarodejka.cz

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

Season’s Greetings & News from the Animals

Season’s Greetings & News from the Animals

photo by Lee Saudan taken at Tsau Conservancy

photo by Lee Saudan taken at Tsau Conservancy


Looking back on this year, I realise I have had very little time to write and send my usually regular newsletters. My work has taken me on incredible journeys, and these have not been alone, but with special people who have committed in different ways to reconnect with the animals and nature, to start understanding them on a deep soul level. Thereby transforming the great separation sickness from which humanity suffers, to a sense of belonging and connection.

I’d like to thank my lion family for the insights and wisdom they share whenever I visit, which has been blessedly frequent this year. I have found such incredible support from them and all of nature. This year has seen much pain and loss for many people that I have been in contact with. I too have mourned the passing of dear friends, both animal and human.

A clear message I recently received when I was helping a friend who’s canine companion was pining for the loss of her father, was “Find the JOY in the pain.” Nature and the animals, wild and domestic, have shown me how this is possible. When we connect beyond the physical and see the miracles that happen every day, we are able to be in the joy and not let the pain consume us.

I invite you to join me next year on some more incredible journeys to see how you can start communicating with the animals, and achieve deep understanding of all the beings with whom we share this world.

For those who can’t travel to do physical journeys and workshops with me, I would love to meet you online with the Animaltalk Africa Online Academy, which has really come into its own this year… Here is what one of my students had to say on completing the introduction course:

Thank you for making this world better by offering this course! Thank you for all your guidance, support, and understanding. The content of your course is more interesting and enriching than any other studies I’ve done so far.
Your course has changed my life and made me a better person. 
I feel I can contribute to the “light” of this world, because you have shown me how to understand animals, nature, and myself. I have learned how to meditate and now I’m enjoying the benefits of re-connecting to the universe.  
I am thankful that my path was guided to ATAOA, where you enlighten people and produce balanced individuals who are able to contribute to a better world.”
Dr Borbala Molnar from The Netherlands

Click here to see more information about the Academy 

I look forward to meeting you, if not in person then over the cyber waves in 2017.

I wish you all a blessed festive season with your loved ones, furred, feathered, scaled or not so furry.

Wynter W


Upcoming workshops in early 2017

There are 3 places left in the January Star Lion Journey.
Tsau Conservancy, South Africa
16th – 22nd January

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7 days in the magical lands of Tsau Conservancy,  where rare white lions roam free, with their golden family, in a protected area of their endemic homeland. Wynter leads you in the basics of interspecies understanding, while the lions and other wildlife assist you in deepening your memory of the connection you have with nature. This is an experiential workshop and is in support of the Global White Lion Protection Trust.

For bookings please contact Sarka on sarka@krasnacarodejka.cz

For more information on Star Lion Journeys please visit www.starlionjourneys.org


Introduction to Interspecies Communication

Noordhoek, Cape Town, South Africa

4th & 5th March
6th March – Deepening your Practice

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Many of you have been asking for a Cape Town workshop, and we have finally confirmed dates. This workshop is suitable for all levels, those who are completely new to Animal Communication, and those who would like to brush up on their skills. Wynter will also be offering a 3rd day of deepening your practice, for people who want to explore further depths of this work. We will have the resident domestic animals as our guest teachers for this workshop.

To book please contact Trisha on bookings@animaltalkafrica.co.za


Introduction to & Deepening your Interspecies Understanding

Prague, Czech Republic
6th – 9th May

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Wynter will be teaching once more in the beautiful city of Prague. This four day workshop is split into two sections for beginners and returning students, with the option to attend one or both, depending on your experience. The workshop will be held in English and Czech.

For more information and bookings please contact Sarka on sarka@krasnacarodejka.cz


 

 

 

 

It’s Time to Celebrate!

It’s Time to Celebrate!

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The most important thing I have learnt from my work with the animals is to Celebrate!
Celebrate Life, celebrate love, celebrate every good thing that happens in the world.
Without that energy of Joy and celebration, we are lost.

Yolandi from the White Lion Trust sent me this image recently and it reminded me again to celebrate. It was taken during the 2014 White Lion Leadership Academy. My group had just been communicating with a wild hyena who had been caught in a snare, and we were encouraging him to go into a trap cage, so that he could get veterinary attention and the snare removed. After this very serious visualization exercise, we celebrated with song and dance, in the African way. On a sand dune along the river bed in alignment with the Nile meridian.

Celebration and Joy is the key to successful communication with animals. When we are asking an animal to behave in a way that would be contradictory to their wild nature, so that they can receive help from humans, we need to trust that they have heard the message, let it go and then know that we have created the energy for the best possible outcome and then…. Celebrate!

The outcome of the hyena story was that he went into the trap cage, had the snare removed and was returned safely to the wild to join his pregnant mate. You can read the full story here.

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Webcam photo of the injured hyena investigating the trap cage

Its all about Balance

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This message from the great lion Elder, Mandla that he gave to me a few years ago reaffirms that:

“… There is such joy when everything is in balance. We all need to focus on the balance because it is there. Mother Nature is always balancing the scales. This is what this life is about, getting the balance right. When you feel dejected or depressed in your work and want to stop and escape, remember balance is there. Feel it. Feel the joy that is there in the robin’s song, in the lion’s roar and the cricket’s call. I too get tired and my heart aches when I am not allowed to walk the land because of human laws. I know both, I have been imprisoned and I have been set free. I have learnt how to be a wild lion again. It was not easy, sometimes it is still difficult. But, I am forever grateful for this freedom given to me by Linda and all the light people, the lion people who work with her to ensure my and my family’s freedom. I know that when my physical body goes, my spirit will move in connection with the stars in the sky and the underground river of stars flowing beneath Tsau! lands.”

Mandla has since left his physical body, but his spirit is still strongly felt on the lands, with his sons Matsieng and Zukhara carrying on his legacy.

Create and UPROAR for OUR Lions

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Another reason to Celebrate this month is for the One United Roar(OUR) Campaign.

CITES, the Convention for International Trade of Endangered Species meets in September, here in South Africa, to decide the fate of species across the world. There is grave danger of the African Lion being down-listed from “threatened” status to “animals of least concern”. Even more worrying is that in South Africa The proposed down-listing of lions would be by DEA (Dept. Environmental Affairs) in accordance with the Lion Biodiversity Management Plan (LBMP) of NEMBA (National Environmental Management Biodiversity Act), and not CITES, and can still occur if lions are on CITES Appendix II as threatened.

We will not allow this to happen. so let’s CELEBRATE. If you are under 21 you can add your talent and share the message from the lions to CITES and the world.

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The talent challenge is being launched today, 22nd August. See the website for all the details and how you can enter: www.oneunitedroar.org or go to the Face Book Competition Page
Please share this far and wide so the youth of the world can ROARRR and CELEBRATE for lions and all of nature.

More reasons to Celebrate:

Celebrations for Janine

Huge Congratulations are in order for Janine Morris Opheim, who has been my right hand person for my Online Academy Student Forum. She has become certified as a professional animal communicator through Animaltalk Africa Online Academy after many years of dedication to this work.

She will be assisting me in 2 workshops in Norway in October. Click here for more information.

Lorraine Turner, who qualified last year shared this message with my online students:

“There are so many animals and humans waiting for you to make that connection. Be all the love that is inside you and live with a passion of purpose. Each of us is a blessing to this planet, how lucky are we that a joy beyond our imagination awaits! Keep practicing knowing Wynter, along with many other professionals, all began by taking a step and making a commitment…to self.”

If you feel ready to take the leap and follow your heart for the animals, take a look at the possibilities:

Animaltalk Africa Online Academy

Wynter and Safaya in Wales

As mentioned in my previous newsletter, Jerome Flynn, patron of the White Lion Trust has invited me to teach at Trefacwn, a beautiful coastal retreat in Pembrokeshire, Wales. I will be joined by my colleague and fellow Course facilitator, Safaya Salter. This retreat is the perfect way to leave behind the rut of everyday life and re-awaken your ability to communicate with nature and to deepen this practice. Click here for more information.

White Lion Leadership Academy

The 2016 White Lion Leadership Academy takes place in November, for four and a half weeks of total immersion into the African Bush, learning how science and sacred science work hand in hand.

Click here for more information.

Star lion Journey

In January 2017, I am embarking on another Star Lion Journey in support of the Global White Lion Protection Trust. This trip is 7 days at Tsau Conservancy, with the Royal Prides guiding you to tap into your innate ability to communicate with all species, and includes an excursion into The Kruger National Park.

Please email info@starlionjourneys.org for more information.

Where is Biggles?

Following a recent occurrence of popularity for my book “Where is Biggles?” I now retain a stock in the UK so that it is easier and faster to supply hard copies via post to people in the UK and Europe. Send an email to info@animaltalkafrica.co.za if you are interested in ordering a copy (GBP 15/EUR 20 incl postage)

Thank you all for your support and your love for the animals.

With much love and Many African Blessings and Celebrations!

wyntersign

The New Royals, Baboon Communication and More…

The New Royals, Baboon Communication and More…

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Tswalu and the three new royals

It has been quite some time since my last newsletter. I have had a very busy start to this year, which I feel is full of positive potential. As long as we continue going with the flow, staying positive and taking action where needed, we will all have a great and successful year.


New Royal cubs

A few weeks ago, Tswalu the golden lioness of the Tsau Pride, part of the Global White Lion Protection Trust’s project to protect and reintroduce wild white lions to their endemic homeland, revealed the 3 cubs she had so wonderfully kept well hidden in the river bed, in order to protect them through their first fragile weeks of their life.

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The cubs’ father is Zukhara a pure white lion, although Tswalu cleverly bonded with both brothers to ensure the full protection of the cubs. These golden cubs carry the white lion gene and are the next step to bringing back into balance the gene pool of the white lions, which has been distorted by the artificial removal of white lions from their homeland. Fortunately, through the work of Linda Tucker, Jason Turner and the White Lion Trust, people are becoming more aware that White Lions are a valuable part of the ecosystem and conservation diversity of the area. The greater Southern Kruger and Timbavati areas are the only place in the world where these incredible animals occur naturally. Jason Turner’s project has proved that they are not freaks of nature, as commonly perceived, but are apex predators who hunt and survive as successfully, if not more so, than their golden brothers and sisters.

If you are interested in the scientific side of this, please read Jason’s published paper here.

Opportunity to visit the royal prides

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I have been invited to bring a group to visit the new royals and the rest of the family. This journey will take place from the 7th- 10th July. This is the only group visit I will be facilitating this year. So don’t miss out. During your time in the magical space of Tsau Conservancy with the lions and all the other beings with whom they co-habit, you will remember your innate ability to communicate with all animals, and feel your deep connection to nature and how we are all a part of this one-ness.

Please visit Star Lion Journeys for more information.

Email info@animaltalkafrica.co.za to book.

I hope you are able to join me for this very special experience.

 

Opportunity to work at the White Lion Trust

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The position of Volunteer Programme Manager has become available. If you are passionate about wildlife and people and want to assist in this groundbreaking project, working on the ground with the animals and the dedicated people who care for them, and want to get out of the rat race of the city, this may be ideal for you. As with most non profit organisations, the wage is minimal, but the rewards are invaluable.

Please email jason@whitelions.org for the full job spec and more information.

 


Communicating with Baboons in Bibbyshoek

I’d like to bring your attention to a small group of residents in the Knysna area of Western Cape, South Africa, who approached me in order to find peaceful solutions to their increasing conflict with the baboons who live in the same area. After an initial meeting to discover how bad the problem was and what solutions the residents had thought about, I was invited to teach a half day workshop on interspecies communication.

The results are ground breaking. The residents who had been badly affected with baboons “breaking in” to their houses; destroying property and trees; actively and consciously started putting what they had learnt into practice and were amazed at the shift in attitude within themselves and the baboons.

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I received an email from one of the residents about a month after the workshop, and his words describe the results very well:

“With regards the baboon activity, here are a couple instances of changed behaviour since I began to implement the dialogue techniques you taught us:

– The first time I noticed a shift in behaviour was after regularly sending out the message to the local troop that they were welcome to come onto our land, but only in the horse paddock. The message I was sending out was using the fence line as a barrier and the image of baboons and horses on one side and human and dogs on the other. I began to notice how the baboons started to adhere to my request, but what stood out for me was the one morning when I went down to quieten my dog from barking at them across the fence, I approached with a greeting of respect and love directed at the troop and my dog stopped barking as the message seemed to travel across. I stood watching the troop going about their business and for the first time ever my dog got bored and trotted off. 

– There seems to be a possibility of calming my dogs of late when the troop is around. There doesn’t seem to be a frenzied antagonism between the 2 species, which I think the baboons appreciate.

– Just after you were here last time the baboons were on our land for almost the entire day. They caused a little bit of mischief early on, so I went and had a long ‘chat’ with them. I walked into the forest and drew strict boundary lines and requested that they stay away. Their response was, “We’re not going to leave, we’re having fun.” From then on they merely hung around and very politely and calmly went into the trees and ate fruit or sat on the grass eating bugs and whatnot – no broken branches, no antagonism between them and the dogs, no ‘attacking’ the house and causing mess. It was very respectful. They seemed to appreciate the dialogue.

– We have had our large old pear tree bearing fruit and I asked the baboons to leave it alone. Their response was, “But you’re not using [the pears].” I had to smile because they were right. The pears are quite hard and not really fit for human consumption. So I changed the request to “Please respect the branches of the tree.” They normally destroy the poor old tree and this year it’s been relatively unharmed.

– There have been break in instances in the Bibbyshoek area. But this I put down to an almost naive, childlike belief in only putting out positive messages to the baboons and then leaving the house unprotected and inviting. I feel it’s easy for people to fall into the mindset that the dialogue is a one size fits all solution to human/nature interaction. Nature is wild and unpredictable and we as humans need a more broad approach to dealing with issues.”

I am confident that the attitude of these residents will have a ripple effect and slowly but surely people will come to see that this is how we CAN live harmoniously with our animal neighbours.

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European Badger and domestic cat feeding together in urban garden. Kent, UK- photo by Terry Whittaker, with thanks.

Around the world, wildlife living on the urban edge is becoming more and more common with the increase of human habitation and decrease of natural wild habitats. Most wildlife will adapt to the human environment, taking advantage of the easy food and perhaps more comfortable shelter. Baboons are not the only animals that are in conflict with humans, but I believe similar principles of respectful communication and harmonious living is possible with all species, whether it be elephants in Africa, foxes and badgers in England, or bears and wolves in northern Europe and America

There is a great need for people to be educated in how interspecies communication can assist in helping all species live respectfully together. I encourage all my students to put into practice what they are learning and perhaps start facilitating this kind of living in their own community. For the intermediate students studying the Level II Academy Course (see below), this may be something you are called to do in “finding your path”.


Animaltalk Africa On-line Academy

I have been head down completing the Animaltalk Africa On-line Academy. This correspondence course has been developed over the last ten years, and now offers Introduction, Intermediate and Advanced courses as well as a Practitioner Certificate course. If you are called to truly start connecting with and really understanding animals and nature, join my global community of students in this interactive academy.

Learn Animal Communication Introduction level 1

Click on the pic for more information


Upcoming Workshops

I am only running a few physical workshops this year. Please have a look at my events page for information about introduction and advanced workshops in South Africa and Europe.


 

with much love and many blessings to all of you and your animal friends.

wyntersign

NB: all white lion photos copyright Global White Lion Protection Trust

A Landscape of Fear or a Landscape of Love?

A Landscape of Fear or a Landscape of Love?

 

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Which would you rather live in?

The description being used for the current Baboon Management on the Cape Peninsula is “creating a landscape of fear” – and they are succeeding.

A few days ago I had the pleasure of coming across the Misty Cliffs troop of baboons foraging in the tidal zone on the edge of Cape Point. In the old days it was always a heartwarming sight to see baboons roaming freely, being appreciated and looked after by the baboon monitors who had an incredible understanding and respect for the baboons, using the ancient practice of herding with claps and whistles to get them to move away from the village and keeping them to their natural foraging sites. The people who had taken the time to learn about baboon behavior through educational walks and how to “baboon proof” their homes were never particularly bothered by the occasional visit when they had left a window open with a tempting fruit bowl in plain sight. Unfortunately, when Baboon Matters stopped managing baboons because, I believe, of a disagreement on the proposed new lethal management techniques, the educational walks were stopped by the authorities and the fear of baboons was allowed to reign unchecked.

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Misty Cliff mom and baby with juvenile

In the current state baboons are being killed in a seemingly random and increasingly regular way because of raiding. Many adult males are being targeted, leaving troops (from my perspective) disparate, confused and downright scared. They are being chased aggressively with paintball guns or worse. They are being conditioned to be terrified of people. Some will say that perhaps in the long run it’s a good thing because they only get hurt by people who don’t understand them. Perhaps, but aren’t we then just giving in to the concept of our separation from nature and creating even more separation? Giving up on trying to understand other species on a deeper level and how to live harmoniously with them? Humans are increasingly wanting to get out of the city and live in nature, but when nature becomes inconvenient, or a little bit scary, it has to go?

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In the days when people were allowed to walk on the mountains of the Cape Peninsula to learn about baboons in their natural environment.

When I started practicing animal communication, working with wildlife was big on my agenda, and my main aim in my work has always been to help heal this great separation sickness which man is suffering from. Would it not be wonderful to live in a landscape of love for each species, instead of a landscape of fear?

The choice is yours. The opposite of love is not hate, it is fear. One of the things I teach in my introduction courses is to face your fears whether it be of spiders or of feeling foolish. To acknowledge your fears, recognize them and then transform them with the energy of unconditional love. I leave you with these words by African Sanusi, Baba Credo Mutwa, when he was faced with a man- eating lion:

“That lesson taught me that ferocious beasts, like ferocious humans, are driven on by the scent of fear. It also taught me that if you can conquer fear, you will not receive violence in return. If we humans can overcome this thing called fear, we can overcome the ills of this world and live in harmony. The trick is to face your fear, and look into it as if it is the face of your lover. Our mistake is that we forget that lions- all animals in fact, are blessings from God.”

Please support the Baboon Matters Art Auction on the 29th October, with works by top South African Artists. This the first event of our fundraising campaign to look into alternative and sustainable solutions for baboons in South Africa, who’s numbers are decreasing rapidly with the current lethal management systems.

See here for details: www.baboonmatters.org.za/art-auction/

All photos courtesy of Baboon Matters Trust


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Gina’s World

In February this year I was filmed for “Gina’s World” a program on Swedish National Television. Gina Dirawi became famous for her video blogs as a teenager, and she now has her own show where she travels around the world interviewing interesting people. My work with the Global White Lion Protection Trust intrigued her, and she and her crew flew out to meet me there. Her respectful and honest attitude made this an incredibly special experience, not least so, because when she arrived she had a childhood fear of animals.

Please click here to watch: Gina learns how to communicate with animals

For those who have not yet been to visit the Global White Lion Protection Trust in the north east of South Africa, or Africa at all, it gives a good example of the type of experience most people encounter when visiting this special environment with me. For those who have been there, Enjoy!

My 10 day Star Lion Journey in November has 2 places still available. The next trip of this kind will only be available again in 2017. So book now for this incredible and life changing experience: starlionjourneys.org/upcoming-journeys/

please email lee@starlionjourneys.org to book now!


A brief look at Wynter’s Calendar for 2016

for all South African events please email trish@animaltalkafrica.co.za for more details and to book.

January 14th- 17th
Mpumulanga, South Africa
4 day Star lion Journey in Support of Global White Lion Protection Trust

February 6th -7th
Cape Town, South Africa
Introduction to Animal Communication

February 13th -14th
Cape Town, South Africa
Animal Communication II – Advancing your skills

April 21st-24th
Prague, Czech Republic
Introduction to Animal Communication and  AC II- Advancing your skills
2 workshops in English and Czech

Contact sarka@krasnacarodejka.cz for more details

April 30th – May 1st
Modena, Italy
Animal Communication II – Advancing your skills
In Italian and English

Contact andreacontri@hotmail.com for more details

July 16th-19th
Mpumulanga, South Africa
4 day Star Lion Journey in support of the Global White Lion Protection Trust

October 9th – 17th
Kenya
Oneness Safari

Visit www.avani.travel/african-safari/ for more details

December 8th-12th
Italy
Nature Communication Retreat

Contact andreacontri@hotmail.com for details

 

Wild Whispers

Wild Whispers

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Photo by Avani Amore

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.

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Photo by Avani Amore

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.

dawn patrol

Photo by Jason Turner

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

Visit www.starlionjourneys.org for more details.

Please email Trisha at info@animaltalkafrica.co.za for more information on both these journeys and to book.

Whispering with Leopards, Zambia

11th– 20th June 2016

Oneness Safari – Kenya 11 Days

October 2016

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.

Modena, Italy

Modena, Italy

Upcoming Weekend workshops

Introduction Weekend Workshop with Amelia Kinkade

29-30th August: Cape Town, South Africa
Vist Amelia Kinkade for more information
Email: akworkshop@outlook.com to book.

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

Email info@animaltalkafrica.co.za to book

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

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