Animal Paradise - Communication & Healing

Winter 2010
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Welcome to the Winter edition of the Animal Paradise Newsletter. I am very happy to present the new Animal Paradise "logo". Please click here for information about the artist and the animals.

It was been a busy summer and fall here in Paradise with the animals. In June Traveller's Rest hosted their first basic animal communication workshop. It was a great group and the animals were the most wonderful teachers.

The end of June was the first SARA (Shelter Animal Reiki Association) orientation at TREES (Traveller's Rest Equine Elders Sanctuary). The volunteers are amazing and jumped right in beginning the program with the animals that day. Below is a story about Nathan, a new arrival at TREES the end of June. Read the amazing story to see what happened.

The first of July TREES hosted a Reiki I workshop. The horses and animals that are residents are becoming great Reiki teachers as Reiki has been taught at TREES for almost two years now.

Mid-July the Humane Society of Fairfax County (Virginia) held its first SARA orientation. There was a good turn out and the SARA program is beginning at both the farm and the office building.

August we were back at TREES for a Reiki II workshop. Check the Animal Paradise Face Book page for photos of Hanna the kitty helping students learn and experience the energy of level two Reiki. The animals are our greatest teachers.

This fall was very busy for Animal Paradise. September a group of local SARA volunteers helped give Reiki demos at the National Capitol Cat Show, raising money for SARA (Shelter Animal Reiki Association) and TREES. It is always fun to educate people about the benefits of Reiki's healing energy. You will find lots of photos of the event on the Animal Paradise Face Book page.

I had the honor to spend one week in Prescott, Arizona. I was there to apprentice with my animal communication teacher, Penelope Smith. The course that I learned to teach is her 5-day advanced animal communicator counseling course. The group of students were very sweet and left the 5 day course completely changed. They will all be very good animal communicators. It was quite a journey for all of us.

I want to welcome Bunny Lu bunny rescue in Haymarket, VA to the growing family of SARA (Shelter Animal Reiki Association). Bunny Lu joined SARA in November and I have already taught 2 Reiki I workshops there.

This edition of the Animal Paradise newsletter has several wonderful articles about animal communication and animal Reiki. I am sure that you will enjoy them as much as I have. A special thank you to all of the contributors.

I am happy to announce the return of my Reiki teacher, Frans Stiene of the International House of Reiki in Sydney, Australia. For more information please read below and visit my website for all the details and to register.

All my best - Janet 
In This Issue
Topaz & Maia
Guidelines for story submission
2010 Workshop schedule
IHR Returns
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For the lastest information about Animal Paradise please visit the AP Blog. In 2010 there will be many items including wonderful conversations and messages from the animals.
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by Janet Dobbs

Have you ever met an animal that forever changed you? I have had that honor many times by Nathan is not only my teacher, he is a teacher of many.

Paloma Paloma
By Shari Goodwin
She flew in to our lives on a Tuesday. April 14, 2009 to be exact. I remember this date because it was the day the senior veterinarian was coming to try to figure out what was going on with my horse Lila. 
Maia and Topaz
by Sally Reauter

Amazing communications can just happen! I wasn't even trying to communicate with our two dogs Mia and Topaz one evening. I had been throwing a tennis ball for Topaz to chase, and once again he had nudged it and under the couch it went.

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Henry's Miracle
by Chris Smith

Henry, a retired eventer, arrived at Traveller's Rest about four years ago when his owner encountered very serious family difficulties.
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Share your animal communication and animal Reiki stories
I am looking for people who are communicating with animals and/or working with Reiki and animals and have stories to share. Many of you have wonderful stories that you have shared with me about your experiences with your animals. By sharing your stories in this newsletter you will encourage and inspire others to open to their animal friends. 
 2010 Workshops

Olga - Reiki
Animal/Human Reiki level one
Date: March 20-21
Saturday - McLean, VA
Sunday - TREES, Spotsylvania, VA

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Advanced Animal Communication - The Deepening
Date: April 30 - May 2
Location: Traveller's Rest Equine Elders Sanctuary, Spotsylvania, VA

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Animal & Human Reiki level two
Date: June 12-13
Location: Traveller's Rest Equine Elders Sanctuary, Spotsylvania, VA


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Basic Animal communication Workshop
Date: July 10-11
Saturday - McLean, VA
Sunday - TREES, Spitsylvania, VA

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Animal Paradise Talk teleclass for graduates of the Basic AC Course and above. The 2nd Tuesday of each month, 7:30-8:30pm (EST) Free.



Private mentorship & tutoring:
1-hour private mentorship and tutoring are now available by phone. Email Janet for details. 

For the latest course schedule, information, and to register go to: 

IHR returns to the US
shinpiden 2009 
 The International House of Reiki returns to the US April 2010.

I am happy to announce that my Reiki teacher, Frans Stiene, will be returning to the Washington, DC area and San Francisco this April. Frans will be teaching Shinpiden and a one day Intensive Reiki Training for graduates of his Shinpiden training. Shinpiden means Mystery Teachings. If you are Reiki level two or higher you will not want to miss this opportunity to deepen your connection with Reiki by learning traditional Japanese Reiki. I took the course in 2007 and it not only changed my life, but it changed the way that I teach and practice Reiki.

For more information please visit the IHR website at:

For information about the April 2010 event in the DC area and to register:
Shelter Animal Reiki Association
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 Shelter Animal Reiki Association

SARA (Shelter Animal Reiki Association) is a non-profit organization. SARA's goal is to bring Reiki into all shelters and rescues in an ethical way, to educate the pubilc about the benifits of Reiki, and to document the effects of Reiki on individual animals as well as shelter and rescue statistics as a whole.

I am happy to announce that TREES (Traveller's Rest Equine Elders Sanctuary) in Spotsylvania, VA and HSFC (the Humane Society of Fairfax County) in Fairfax County, VA are founding SARA shelters and Bunny Lu in Haymarket, VA became a SARA rescue at the end of 2009. Please contact me or go to the SARA website if you are interested in joining us or would like more information.

Please support TREES, HSFC, Bunny Lu and SARA. What they are doing for the animals and on behalf of the animals is not only life saving and life changing but such a gift. Please click on the above links for information about these organizations.

For more information about SARA, to join and to receive the SARA Newsletter 
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