The Morning Dawned And Goldie Was In Distress

A Mystery Illness Was At Hand

Called to the pasture at 5 am, I found my beloved mare flat out in unusual circumstances. She was being watched over by her companion and herd leader, Dillon, the Mustang. Clearly distressed and in discomfort, the mare was troubled and refused to eat even her favorite mash. Despite gut sounds, the diagnosis was unclear, and just hours later she was treated by the veterinarian for suspected colic, only there was no improvement for a prolonged period. Goldie continued to refuse her food and declined all placed in front of her, pawing on the ground as she remained withdrawn. Friend of the family, Dr. Rachel Heart, followed the call of this precious mare and offered to visit. This visit changed the lives of Goldie, her daughter, Dahlia, the herd, and all those watching, for they were about to witness a major miracle!

Watch Goldie’s Clip and Miraculous Recovery Below 

Love Lessons- Incorporating Energy Work into Your Horse’s Training Sessions

Anna, in cooperation with Equine Wellness Magazine, brings Love Lessons to readers everywhere!  So, find a nice, cozy spot, and sidle up to the table to take in the next level of horsemanship that is possible when we establish an authentic heart connection with our horses.

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Reiki, Horses, and the Art of Listening

By Rose O’Connor

            The horse is gentle, instinctive, grounded, strong, swift, and knowing. When we work with a horse, we ask him/her to listen to our language, often through the use of our voice, our legs, and sometimes with whips or spurs. We usually have an agenda, whether it be training, teaching, or even trail riding. Yet how often do we truly stop to just listen, to hear what they have to say, to learn a language that is as old as time?

This past spring, I was fortunate enough to attend an Energy Healing for horses workshop conducted by Anna Twinney of Reach out to Horses, LLC.  I spent many years in a career with horses, and have since moved on to teach and give Reiki.  Taking this workshop would mean a chance to combine the two; a love for horses and a love for Reiki healing.  Little did I know how much I would receive, from both Anna and the horses. The experience is still resonating within me, months later, for it was there, under Anna’s guidance, that I began to learn to listen to horses on a deeper level than I knew existed.

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Anna Twinney has been instrumental in the promotion and development of the natural horsemanship movement.  While her love of horses began in childhood, her direction became evident after spending one year at Flags Up Farms in California, a ranch owned by Monty Roberts.   Anna gave up her career in England as a police officer to work full-time for the Monty Roberts International Learning Center, where she also trained under her mentor, Crawford Hall[1]. There she became the first head instructor for the MRILC.  Anna became an integral part of the development team at Monty’s, and the originator of several of his courses.[2]

For two weekends, I had the privilege of watching and listening to Anna, first at the Denver Horse Expo and then at a workshop in Littleton, Colorado, which was held at Happy Dog Ranch, a non-profit facility that offers a home to horses, alpacas, sheep, dogs, and other rescue animals.  Happy Dog provides educational, vocational, and therapeutic programs for people of all ages and backgrounds.[3] This workshop was called Energy Healing for Horses, but most of the participants were trained in Reiki.  After several full days of listening to Anna and working with her and the horses, I began to fully understand the measure of her mission in life.  Her Divine purpose is to give horses a voice. Anna is an internationally acclaimed natural horsemanship clinician and trainer, and an animal communicator. She is also an Usui/Holy Fire and Karen® Reiki Master with many years of experience giving Reiki to horses and teaching others to do the same.

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Reiki, pronounced Ray key, is a method of healing energy that reduces stress and promotes healing, both for animals and their humans.  A Reiki practitioner has been trained and attuned to the energy of Reiki, which then flows naturally through the palms of the hands. Reiki can never do harm and is very gentle, yet powerfully effective. Reiki reduces stress, alleviates pain, speeds up the natural healing process, helps heal emotional wounds and relieves anxiety, all of which can be useful for the horse. It can also help animals in transition.  Reiki is used in over 800 hospitals in America and its use is growing exponentially around the world.[4]

When offering Reiki to the horse, Anna explains, we are merely the servants of the horse, just as we are servants of Reiki. We are the conduit for the energy.  And in order to be that conduit, we must allow our ego and personality to step aside in order to give way to the horse’s voice. He or she cannot speak to us in the same way another human can, and we cannot hear him/her with just our ears. We must learn to listen with all of our senses, and feel from our hearts, because the horse’s language comes from their heart. Their language is clear and purposeful and rich. It is quite possibly more sophisticated than our own.

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Before we go outside to have our first encounter with a horse and do chakra balancing, I strengthen my light with Reiki.  I bring Reiki into my heartspace and set an intention for clear communication and pure Reiki to flow through me for the remainder of this day. Many of the other students in this class have just finished Reiki Level I and II with Anna over the previous two days, and they bring much enthusiasm to sharing this newfound gift with the horses.

But first we must learn to dance. As Anna explains, when offering Reiki to a horse, the horse is the one choreographing and leading the dance, and we must learn to follow.  The language of the horse is visual, it is energetic, and it is spoken through body language. We must learn to see as the horse sees; to be visually aware of every nuance from him and from his surroundings. We must open energetically to sense what is happening to the horse and to the space around us. And we must learn to read the horse’s body language, which can be as soft as the whisper or as loud as the shout.

Introductions      

          Our conversation with the horse begins as soon as we arrive and set our intention for working with the animals. They know we are here before we even walk out to the paddock area to put halters on. As we engage with them initially, it is appropriate to introduce ourselves to the animal we will be working with that day and give him or her a few strokes in greeting. The first horse I was to work with was already waiting at the gate.  We locked eyes and the connection was immediate.  Even though many of us have been around horses for a long time, Anna brings alive a sense, an inner knowing, that there is much more here for us to discern than we’ve ever imagined.  My horse’s name was Kiwi, a bay gelding, and my partner for the Chakra Balancing work was Tom from California.

Kiwi, Tom and I were the first to arrive at the outdoor arena. We were waiting for instruction from Anna to begin, but Kiwi had other ideas. She began to gently nudge my hands, not looking for a treat, but feeling the Reiki energy and letting me know she was ready for Reiki right now! She seemed to be saying, “What’s the holdup?”

Always ask permission

            When giving Reiki to humans, we must always ask permission. The same is true with the horse, but in this case, we must ask permission both from the owner and from the horse themselves. In this case, we already had the permission from the owner of Happy Dog Ranch, and so now it was up to us to ask Kiwi’s permission.

My partner Tom and I began, as instructed by Anna, by introducing ourselves, and asking Kiwi, by name, if he would like to receive Reiki today.  We held out our hands, palms down, and allowed Reiki to flow through. Then our immediate job was to observe what Kiwi did, both energetically, visually and through body language. If he turned or walked away that would probably be a no, but not always. The conversation is ongoing and subtle. He might need a few moments to think it over before he decides either way. If he licked and smelled our hands, or if he stepped forward or put his weight on his left leg, we could read that as an initial yes for Reiki. Yet, unlike us humans who often live in our heads, horses live in the present moment, so when he says yes, it means yes for right now, but in ten minutes, he might be saying no.  This teaches us to hone our senses and our intuition, which is guided by Reiki, and stay connected to the moment at hand.  If we aren’t sure it’s a yes or no, we can use the Sway test, a simple form of muscle testing that will allow us to speak to Kiwi’s higher Self.

The Sway Test

  1. Plant your feet firmly. Be sure you are on level ground.
  2. Imagine that you are growing roots that extend from the bottom of your feet down into the earth.
  3. Clear your mind, take a deep breath, and ask the Higher Self of the horse if they would like Reiki (or healing energy if you are not attuned to Reiki).
  4. After a moment or two, your body will distinctly move either forward or backwards. Forward is a yes; backwards is a no.
  5. If you don’t move, reconnect and try again. Usually you will get a clear answer almost immediately.

When using the sway test, your muscles will automatically react.

Chakras

Tom and I observed that Kiwi stepped forward with her left leg, smelled our hands, and gave us both a yes on the sway test.  Our next job was to check the chakras. As with humans, horses have seven major chakras that run along their spine and an eighth, the brachial chakra, runs along the horse’s scapula to the point of shoulder. Chakras are spinning wheels or vortexes of energy that “are organizing centers for the reception, assimilation, and transmission of life energies.”[5]  We are all made of energy and this energy can sometimes become blocked or stagnant in certain areas, which can cause pain or dysfunction. Chakras interact with the body’s nervous system and endocrine system.[6]  If a horse is holding something physically or emotionally in their body, it can and will affect their health, attitude, performance, and wellbeing.

Anna has guided us to check the chakras on our horse using a pendulum, which in this case is a crystal  attached to a small chain. We hold the end of the chain and place the pendulum over the horse’s chakra. When the pendulum comes into contact with the chakra, it tends to spin, because the chakra itself is spinning or swirling and the pendulum will follow the flow of energy.[7]  The pendulum responds to the electromagnetic frequency of the chakra, so if the chakra is open, the pendulum will swing freely in a clockwise direction.[8]

Anna teaches us three methods of testing the chakras with our pendulum.We can hold the pendulum directly over the horse’s chakras, if this method is available to us. The second method is to hold our own hand over each chakra, with the pendulum in the other hand.  The third method of checking the horse’s chakras is a more intuitive method but equally as effective. It involves holding the pendulum over your own hand and asking the horse’s Higher Self to show you each chakra’s movement. Tom and I tested all three methods of checking the chakras and found most of Kiwi’s chakras open, though the third eye was less open and Tom was guided to work on Kiwi’s solar plexus chakra (see diagram).

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Location of the chakras on a horse

We took turns offering Reiki to Kiwi, while the other person held him loosely. Kiwi was, as Anna pointed out later, very subtle in his responses but no pushover.  He moved forward to show Tom he wanted Reiki near his solar plexus chakra. When I placed one hand over his heart chakra at the wither and slid my other hand toward the middle of his chest, the second heart point, he stood quietly for a few minutes, then showed me by turning his head toward me that he preferred my front hand on his brachial chakra instead of his chest. Kiwi settled in for Reiki in this area, seeming as though he could stay all day, but just as I’d had this thought, he shifted his weight and moved away to let me know he was finished, at least for the moment.

Anna tells us that sometimes horses need a break. They may take hands on Reiki for a few minutes, then want to move, only to return for more.  Or sometimes at the beginning of a session it just takes the horse a few minutes to settle into the treatment. Kiwi showed us some of the registers that he was accepting Reiki; his ears were at half mast, he licked and chewed, his eyes became half closed and his breathing changed.

What IS a Reiki Register? 

Registers are movements, or actions the horse makes that tells us that we are connecting with them in a positive way.  They are the way the horse speaks to us. These registers act as responders to our treatment and let us know that the horse is enjoying the treatment.  Signs that the horse is finished or that the energy may be too intense in one area can include things like turning their head towards you, nipping at your sleeve, walking away, pinning the ears or swishing their tail, trying to kick, moving away from your touch, or even more intense reactions, if we aren’t paying attention.  If we miss the whisper we may get the shout!  We need to be mindful when working with any animal that our antenna is tuned to a different station than usual.  If we wish to work with them and understand their language, the language of love, we must be aware of the world as it appears through their eyes.

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The following list contains many of these registers that let us know that the horse is receiving, processing and accepting Reiki.

  1. Ears half mast
  2. Eyes: half closed, glazed, softening of the eyes
  3. Nostrils slightly flared but relaxed
  4. Mouth relaxed; lower lip drooping down
  5. Licking chewing, sighing, blowing through nose
  6. Head dropping forward
  7. Weight on left leg in front
  8. Skin softening
  9. More gut sounds than usual; deeper breathing
  10. One hip dropped and toe rolled over
  11. Soft tail; passing gas
  12. Gelding or stallion may drop

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Bringing our session to a close

          We finish this session with the Bladder sweep. We must remain mindful that all parts of this session are being orchestrated by the horse, so we can do the sway test to ask the horse if he wants the bladder sweep, or read his body language and visual signs. We don’t impose anything on the horse with Reiki; we ask and we listen. In this listening process, we will be switching out of our role as trainers. While we don’t want to get ourselves into trouble or allow the horse to hurt us or someone else, we are now asking the horse to speak to us. So if, for example, a horse reaches around and nips you on the elbow when you are giving Reiki on his shoulder, this is not the time to yell or smack or otherwise correct him. Reiki energy can be quite intense for a horse, and he may be telling you he doesn’t like it there, or it is too much for him. If we ask the horse to communicate with us and then correct him when he does so, we are shutting down the communication and the healing. By all means move out of the way and do not get hurt, but as Anna tells us, this is exactly why we must learn to hear the whisper, so that the horse does not have to shout to get our attention.  This subtle language is an art that Anna has mastered over many years of listening, and it is truly a fascinating journey.

The bladder sweep begins at the third eye chakra, keeping both the hands together, lightly sweeping over the top of the horse’s poll all along his spine to his rump and down his back leg to his fetlock. The bladder sweep runs along the bladder meridian and acts as a way of connecting the energy of the horse’s body at the end of the session, as well as smoothing the aura. (a picture of the bladder sweep would be nice here).

          Just like the rest of our session is up to the horse, the time to end the session is up to him/her also. As we work with the animal, we continue to check in with the sway test periodically to ask if they want more Reiki or if they are finished with Reiki healing at this time.  We never want to assume that we know more than the horse. He/she is the ultimate judge of what is best for them in terms of Reiki energy. We ask, we watch, we listen.

Anna explains that once we start to give a horse Reiki, we better be prepared to continue giving it, no matter how long the session may last. It may be ten minutes or it may be two hours, yet once we’ve entered into this Reiki agreement with a horse, we are bound to stay until the horse is finished.  As long as the horse is giving us registers, signs of activity that they are loving the energy there, we stay as long as they ask for it.

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Horses can teach us so much about ourselves through sharing energy healing with them. They teach us about unconditional love in its purest form. In part two of this article,  the Love Lessons and the full treatment, I will share more of the magic that unfolded in our Reiki for Horses class with Anna Twinney.

Most of this article was first published in the 2015 Summer and Fall issues of the Reiki News Magazine.”

My info:  Rose O’Connor, Usui/ Holy Fire Karuna® Reiki Master teacher, offering classes in PA, Colorado and England.  Phone: 484-318-9380, email: rose@rockymountainreiki.com,  website: www.rockymountainreiki.com

[1] Twinney, Anna; “Reach out to horses”; http://www.reachouttohorses.com/background.html#crawford; accessed 4/14/15

[2] Twinney, Anna; “Reach out to horses”; http://www.reachouttohorses.com/background.html#anna; accessed 4/14/15

[3] Happy Dog Ranch Foundation, Inc.; http://www.happydogranch.org; accessed 4/6/15

[4]  http://www.centerforreikiresearch.org; accessed 6/16/15

[5]Judith, Anodea. Wheels of Life, 2014.

[6] Pope, Timothy. http://www.healingfromtheheart.co.uk/69701.html, accessed 6/21/15

[7] Quest, Penelope. Self Healing with Reiki, 2003, pp.46

[8] Dale, Cyndi. Advanced Chakra Healing, 2005, pp. 186

The Original Reiki Healing for Horses

There is no place I would rather be than in the corral among the horses and healing energy. It is a place surrounded by mountains, nestled in the heart of the wild west, where horses receive healing and, in turn, heal human hearts. It is an energy so subtle it ignites the flame within, with an art that has worldwide recognition and acceptance. If you have felt the pull of destiny, now is the time to embrace your calling as the lightworker you were born be.

 

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Reiki Energy Healing for Horses was a HIT!

Once a year in Colorado Anna selects a rescue or therapy barn where she chooses to give back to the horses with her Reiki for Horses class.  This year ROTH landed at Drifter’s Heart of Hope in Franktown, CO, and luckily so.  Thanks go, in particular, to Jacqui Avis, who manages the facility, because she was an integral piece in our success as she pointed us to the horses who had the needs and the capability to be a part of the class.  To Jacqui and her lovely staff of volunteers, thank you for making this class go off without a hitch!

Reiki Healing is about reciprocity, compassion, love and light. Literally it is the subject matter at hand, and the students practice their craft as they develop the skills necessary to evaluate, interact, and support horses energetically.  We ask so much of our horses from day to day, and supporting them with Reiki is an imperative part of maintaining their physical and emotional well being.

As I walked the aisles and rows of horses and got details on their histories, it became immediately apparent that the ONLY other destination for most of these horses would have been the kill pen.  Some may have better chances than others because their rehabilitation is more mental and emotional than physical, or vice versa, but it was obvious that the hearts of the people behind Drifter’s are indeed Hearts of Hope.

We wanted to share some of our images with you all so you can see what a great day we had and to promote the idea of giving back to those horses who support us without question, and sometimes without option.

The morning began in the indoor, after the lecture of course, and students were assigned horses on whom they needed to determine the state of each Chakra and then go to work to balance them.

Some horses are much more receptive to hands-on Reiki while others received “beamed” Reiki healing for their comfort.  A lucky pair of students were even joined by a friend of the Feline family to soak up the “borrowed benefit” of a healing energetic environment.

Students worked on learning how to determine when a horse wants them to move from one Chakra to the next, what is a yes and what is a no, asking permission, watching for the registers of successful energy healing, and how to determine when the horse shares that they have received all the Reiki they need and the healing session is over.

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No pony is too small to receive healing energy!  Glitter certainly enjoyed her time to shine and took a solid nap during her healing session.

Christine worked on Horris the mule, who joined us after many years of belonging to a driving team in the mountains.  When we approached Horris’ stall to bring him in he was apprehensive, to put it mildly; however, once Horris experienced our intention and the power behind the Reiki Healing Energy, he became our resident “Reiki Junkie” and even appeared later in the afternoon for a second session, this time entirely willingly!  The grey gelding, Sarge, was another who was concerned about our intentions for his otherwise sleepy Sunday.  But after about 10 minutes he could feel the difference in what we were doing and happily obliged by relaxing for over two hours.

After lunch there was more instruction in the classroom and then we headed to the pastures, paddocks, and stalls to work on horses in a more natural environment.  Anna calls these “Love Lessons,” where we connect directly with the horse’s heart Chakra and allow them to use us as a vehicle to express their emotions that otherwise might not have an outlet.  Horses cry tears through our students, and it’s not entirely about us healing them, because plenty of students walk away from the Love Lessons feeling entirely transformed and healed themselves.

Anna began with a brief demonstration on a black gelding and then students moved into the paddocks and pastures and allowed the horses to choose with whom they wanted to engage in healing.  Some took wild advantage of student after student, and others focused on one person in particular who they preferred.  Some horses even chose to refrain altogether, and remained at their feeder while allowing others to receive the healing they needed.  That is always ok, because each horse has a say in their own healing.

As horses can feel the difference in a true Holy Fire and Karuna Reiki Master, some of the horses chose to try to monopolize Anna’s attention for their own benefit.  Anna is always happily amused to receive their affection!

Toward the end of the Love Lessons we headed to one last set of pastures where some of the horses from our morning sessions go to afternoon turn out.  One in particular who was reluctant to be brought in for the morning sessions (until he realized how exactly his day was shaping up) figured out that he had yet another opportunity to soak in the healing love.  ROTH student, Sharon Tiraschi, then called Sarge and Mariah in from turnout with only her heart.  Both horses queued up for their opportunity to experience the Love Lessons from Sharon.  It was a beautiful transformation for Sarge from the morning to the afternoon.

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And many others were sought out for their Love Lessons and eternally compassionate souls.  Truly all who participated at Drifter’s were healed and healers alike.

 

Again, we would like to thank Drifter’s Hearts of Hope in Franktown, Colorado, for the use of their lovely facility and the benefit of working with their wonderful horses. Our gratitude to Manager, Jacqui Avis, for all her help and guidance in helping us choose horses and best utilize the facility.  We would also like to thank the students who put their faith in the horses to show them, guide them, and teach them what they need to learn, and they did.  ROTH students often come from far and wide to join us on these events and then they carry the message back home with them in an attempt to help humans with horses understand what it is to truly support and give back to the animals we love and who routinely give us their all.

To ROTH Certified Trainer, Jill Haase, thank you for helping move such a large number of horses and for helping keep eyes peeled to keep students safe who were not necessarily experienced horse people.  And thanks be to Jill for always keeping it light and keeping the laughs and the smiles rolling, because why not?

Lastly, THANK YOU, to Anna Twinney.  Your mission coming to life in this way must make you proud and I hope you smile when you think of the breadth and depth of your reach within the lives of horses and their people.  Your sacrifices and hard work do not go unnoticed.  For someone with the soul of a true healer, you have a warrior spirit and dedication to spreading the messages of love, compassion, and clear communication everywhere you go.  Thank you for being you, Anna!

Images by Lacey Knight

 

 

A Tropical Dream Come True – The ROTH Newsletter in Paradise

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It has been a dream of mine to help horses and humans heal globally and Costa Rica brought everything together beyond even our wildest imagination.  Reiki in the rainforest was intensified being surrounded by panoramic views of Arenal’s volcano and lake while exotic birds and wildlife joined us.  Imagine feeling the intensity of the power of the land…. 

This all-inclusive retreat through raging rivers, rainforest rides and up high into the clouds allowed for an extraordinary getaway. Virgins to energy healing the horses changed their expressions, behaviors, and interactions before our eyes experiencing love like no other….nobody walks away from this experience without having been deeply touched and their lives altered.  
 
I feel particularly blessed to have my family join me, to watch worry and stress slip away and my son flourish.  Unforgettable experiences alter a young life immeasurably and we witnessed  “Coyote Joseph” emerge.  Join us on this journey through the rain forest to manifest your dreams.
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“Healing Journey in Paradise” was an amazing clinic that was truly inspirational for all. Working with Anna Twinney was an experience that I will not forget! The participants, most of her former students, were a wonderful group and it was a joy to have such beautiful, animal loving people here to share this week with us! Anna’s method of teaching inspired me to want to continue my work in Reiki with horses and incorporate it into my own program.  It was an amazing feeling to be able to move energy and heal horses and humans with only a few short days of Anna’s guidance. Anna did an Animal Communication session with my dog, Murphy, and she was spot on! We are now working with Murphy’s aggression, based on Anna’s suggestions, and he is doing wonderful! After two years, our employee was able to help us care for him without the fear he previously had. We are thrilled to have had this guidance and are deeply grateful!
 
Anna, Vin, and Joseph feel like family to us and we can’t wait for their return. The Kindred Connections/ROTH experience is a special experience that will change the way you work with animals forever.  ~ Nancy

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CONNECTIONS MATTER
Do sloths talk as slow as they move?
You may think there is a direct link between a communication style and a class, but there is not.   Talking to animals as a whole is unique with a common thread named love; talking to primates, reptiles, amphibians is not differentiated by the species itself or indeed the breed, sex, age, size, and character.  One may find a difference on the soul level (young or old soul), intelligence and even subject choice and approach.  This is unique and based on each individual.  Sloths communicate in the same way as others, despite their slow movements. 
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With their unforgettable smiles, sloths touch hearts of the young and have most recently been featured in Disney’s movie Zootopia., best known for their slow movements and laid back nature sloths tend to sleep 20 hours a day.  Last February I was asked to connect with an abandoned sloth named Anakin who was struggling physically and had been rescued by Kids Saving the rainforest in Costa Rica.  Anakin’s story was so moving and his life such a tragic struggle, I was inspired to reach out to their president, Jennifer Rice to meet her in-person and offer my services in support of her mission, staff, volunteers and naturally the residents.  We designed our trip around this very visit!

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“Thanks so much to Anna’s ability to not only communicate with horses but to communicate with wildlife as well.  She has changed the life of a young male Spider Monkey, Darwin, in the Kids Saving The Rainforest Wildlife Sanctuary.
Darwin has been angry, aggressive, and frustrated at times recently and we were at a loss as to how to make his life better.  Anna communicated with him and he knows he was heard and that we are making the changes he needed and wanted.  The change has been miraculous.
It is such a pleasure to see him, he is a new being.  He is calm, serene, and tranquil now.  I never knew that such a change could be possible.  
Thank you, Anna, for making this possible, you are a life changer.
 
Jennifer Rice PhD
President
Kids Saving The Rainforest 
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Chewbacca was a three-toed baby sloth that was brought here in December 2015. 
He was the first sloth I got to see up close and we had an instant connection that afternoon. 
Sadly he passed away last June…
 
I approached Anna about him, I wanted to understand how such a deep connection works and what is the message behind that, especially as a biologist. I had never felt like that with any animal, not even a dog, before or after Chewie. 
 
She saw a picture of him and, to be sure it was Chewbacca, she told me something specific about him. She told me we used to stare at each other and I knew it was him, we did that all the time. I would go into the nursery and call him and he would turn his head and stare at me and follow me around. I knew it has to be him. Then she told me to ask something and I just asked her what was the message behind all this grief I still feel and after a few moments, she told me it was pure love, unconditional love. That our connection transcended beyond species and time. She told me he found unconditional love in me -just as I did in him- and she described our relation perfectly. Then she told me about his death that it was unexpected, for both him and me. And that we will not lose that connection, no matter what. 
 
The last thing she told me was that I should wear something that reminds me of him, and she said it should be around my neck or shoulder area, that it was special according to the messages she was getting from him. And it was, he was always in that area when we were together. 
Aarón H. Lee
KIDS CORNER
Coyote Joseph is on the Search for the Elusive Wood Bug!  Well… Sort of…
One of my greatest joys is watching and nurturing my son’s love and curiosity of nature and animals. While in Costa Rica, bugs, reptiles and amphibians were a big hit!  One of his favorite internet personalities to watch is animal expert Coyote Peterson.  As you can see he is a fast learner and will soon be releasing his own “Coyote Joseph” show.  Stay Tuned.  In the meantime why not help your kids to create their very own nature discovery show.
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Win a $100 Credit to Spend in the ROTH Online Store and Your own T-Shirt!
The ROTH T-Shirt Contest is Back!
Once again Anna is looking for a new design for our ROTH t-shirt collection and you get to pick it!
When you think of Anna and the ROTH experience, what comes to mind?  Well if you can complete this phrase…”Xperience _______,” you could be the winner of our ROTH t-shirt challenge. 
With so many creative minds out there, we are depending on you to find the perfect word.
All you have to do is send us your suggestion.  What do you think is the perfect phrase that encapsulates all that is Reach Out to Horses.
Send it to us and Anna and the ROTH team will pick the one they like the most.  If they pick your entry, you will win a $100 credit towards any purchase in the ROTH Shopping Corral and, of course, a t-shirt with your winning entry.

You have until March 14th to get your entry in.  Why March 14th? Because that is Vin’s birthday!

Get your entry in now and good luck!
What you need to know:
 
2. Deadline: Your phrase must be in by Tuesday, March  14, 2017 at midnight to be considered. 
3. In case the same entry is submitted by multiple individuals, the first person to send the phrase will win the prize!
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Would you like to learn how to speak with the Animals?  Our Animal Communication Home Study Kit is a available now!  

Thanks for Hosting ROTH’s Healing Journey in Paradise, Costa Rica!

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Testimonials are in from Costa Rica!  Thank you to everyone who made this trip possible and a wild success.  ROTH will be back in 2018, so join us for more to come!

Jill H. of Redmond, WA

Spectacular scenery, overflowing hospitality, guided horseback rides through the jungle paired with animal communications and Reiki for humans and horse; Anna’s Costa Rica adventure was a dream come true.  With gratitude for opening my body, mind, and spirit to a whole new world.

Nancy Z. of El Castillo, CR

Anna is an amazing person and an outstanding teacher with a special gift to share with the world.  Her passion and love for what she does to help horses and humans is changing the world.  She is such an inspiration and this clinic touched my heart and expanded my awareness of nature, horses,  and the connection that we have with one another.  I highly recommend Anna’s teachings and can’t wait until my next clinic with her!

Nancy F. of North Lawrence, OH

Costa Rica provided the perfect environment for me to dip my toe in the pool of Reiki knowledge.  Anna is a gifted instructor and I would highly recommend this clinic.

Marie S.B. of Pasadena, CA

I attended the Healing in Paradise clinic to learn what Reiki was, work on animal communication, and to ride in the jungle.  The surprise was after a session of Reiki on the horses, the little, red trail-horse-mare who I chose as a partner for the week then stood taller, coat shined, and she was more at ease with the other trail horses.  I cannot wait to go home and ask my horse if he would like Reiki healing!

Trish M. of South Weber, UT

Coming to the jungle of Costa Rica added the peace and beauty to the Course.  I felt it made the Reiki and animal communication connection stronger.  The finale of going it the waterfall just gave it that added touch.  All the love and laughter within the group gave the love and acceptance that was needed to a few in the group.  Joseph and his teaching sessions were wonderful and should be included in future “retreats.”

Taylor M. of Fall City, WA

During this retreat I was introduced to Reiki, animal communication, and horses in a whole new perspective.  Coming into the trip I had a lot of horse knowledge but was brand new to the art of energy healing and had very limited knowledge on communicating with animals through anything other than body language.  As the retreat comes to an end, I am very appreciative that I had such an opportunity like this and look forward to attending more clinics in the future, as I have much to learn.

Lani S. of Redmond, WA

WOW!  This was a truly epic journey in Costa Rica.  The extraordinary scenery and wildlife paired with Anna’s exceptional teaching made for a wonderful time.  I’m taking truckloads of information and experiences home with me.  The memories made at Anna’s Clinic will forever stay with me.  I learned so much and will continue to learn along this journey.