Connecting with the Sacred in Animals, Nature and You
January 6, 2011
Billie Dean's Animal Whispers
Billie Dean's Animal Whispers



Wow, we're in 2011 already, and finally past the New Moon Solar Eclipse -- which ended the time of hibernation for all of us who laid low during the crunchy in-between-eclipse time.  And what a wonderful laying low it was -- reading, resting, caring for animals and just having complete down time.  Now it's a brand new gentle energy.  Nothing in retrograde -- what a relief!!

Andrew and I were a computer-free zone during the holiday break while we recharged.  I'm now working my way through over a thousand emails!  So if you havent heard from me, and have sent one of these emails, you may get a quicker reply if you re-send!  Many thanks.

I have been deep in conversation with Mother Earth and will be teaching a new and important process for my Earthkeeper students in the Earthkeepers class in February (I do hope you can join us - it is shaping up to be a fantastic class and group).  It's all about the harnessing of the feminine, which we so desperately need for balance on this gorgeous planet of ours.  The process was shared by one of my shaman sisters across the water, but I was called by Mother Earth yesterday to take it out and teach it, as will she.  The new year is all about balance, and we certainly need to lend our Mother a hand! 

I wanted to send prayers to all those animals, people and plants affected by flooding in Queensland right now -- please do what you can to help! 

We are in the countdown stages to the 2012 summer solstice now, and my sense is that there will be two years of intense change.  Awesome change.  It may be rough for many people and animals as we go through the last stages and are forged into the kind of humans we were always meant to be. Nice.  Grown up.  Peaceful. Loving,  Kind and compassionate.  Ego-free.  Ha ha -- bring it on!!

I think we will see tremendous shifts in consciousness, a rapid awakening -- and, like I said, my sense is to be prepared for some upheaval.  Might not happen in your area -- but having been cut off by floods, and spending a day without electricity, I was grateful for simple things like candles and our garden -- and our wonderful wood stove.  Even in summer, the stove proved its weight in gold on a cold rainy day this week, just to boil water for our new babies. 

Babies!!! Yes, three. (That's them in the masthead photo, following Willow, who is always mum to the new ones who come.) Details below.

We also wanted to thank everyone who donated to Smokey the horse, who hasnt been able to arrive yet because of the flooding in Queensland. He is okay (although he did get rain scald), and we are still anticipating his arrival.  We are so grateful for the support which is continuing to come in -- and helps us so much to do the work we do. So thank you, thank you, thank you  More on this in the next newsletter. 

For all of you who wanted to hear Dr Melissa Shelton speak and teach how to use Young Living Oils for animals in February, please know that the early bird registration offer of a free bottle of Frankincense is coming up TOMORROW, Jan 7.  So if you havent booked in, please see the details below.

With much love and many holiday blessings,
Billie , Andrew, Tamsin and all the animals of Ballyoncree.

In This Issue
Our Ritual for the New Year
Earthkeeper's Intensive Retreat
Baby Goats!
Dr. Melissa Shelton and Using Oils for Animals
Community Page, Compassionate Action and Links
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Our Ritual for the New Year

Every year at New Year we do a Goals and Gratitudes ritual, where we write down our gratitudes for the year past, and or goals for the year to come.  And gratitudes we have aplenty -- love, family - human and animal, good health, rain, friends, community (you!), peace, sunshine... the list goes on.  And this year's goals seem to be more focused on our world work -- how can we make a difference, and lift the vibration of the planet?  By doing so , we need to be the highest vibration we can be, and this is a big focus of my classes now as well.  There are many processes one can do to lift your frequency but an important one is to nourish your soul.  So think about that and lets all do more of it in 2011!!

Our goal also is to have a more sane work/life balance -- I'll let you know how we go on that one!!
Earthkeeper's Intensive Retreat, February 4-9, 2011

(Note: people are signing up for this already, and accommodation at the Old Bank is filling.  If you are interested, please get in touch soon, to make sure you get a spot in the course.)

My first live teaching event for 2011 is an Earthkeeper's Intensive, which will take place here in beautiful Braidwood, NSW from February 4 - 9.  This is the course where you receive all nine rites of the Munay Ki, and it includes a lot of shamanic and personal work and healing and fun!  I hope you can join me here for this, as I only do one or so of these every year (the last one was last April).  The details are here on my web site, where you will also find a flyer, participant's information sheet, and course registration form. 

Look forward to seeing you here in Braidwood!
goatsBaby Goats!

Goats looking for mum

I was in the supermarket on Christmas Eve, when I had one of those moments.  "Buy Goat's Milk powder."  I argued with the gut feeling for a split second only.  I've learned to surrender to the inevitable.  Sure enough, on New Years Eve, we heard the all-too-familiar cry of a baby left behind by the feral goat herd, and when we went over to investigate -- there was not one, but three baby girls staring at us (the photo above is that first encounter).

 We whistled up our (untrained) kelpies who knew exactly what to do and gently -- so very gently - herded them up so that I could speak to them kindly and let them know we would provide surrogate mother care. Then they let me pick them up.  I handed the first one to Andrew, and the second to Tamsin and off we went splashing through the creek to the safety of first the enclosed goose pen where they could meet the other goats and know their own species existed, and then the house.

Goats with dogs

They now live in the house (as you can see in the photo above, where they are sleeping next to three of the dogs), and they came perfectly timed (after we had put away the winter rugs, and after I had picked up the tin of goat's milk powder !)  They are a bit older than other goats we have adopted, so spend time in the yard eating grass as well, and have been introduced to our other goats who they will join very soon! Soooo cute!!

(And yes, you absolutely can sponsor one of these adorable girls.)

sheltonDr. Melissa Shelton and Using Oils for Animals

This is the information about the Dr. Melissa Shelton tour in February.  I can't wait to learn more about the Young Living oils and animals.  If you have been with me for a while, you'll know I think they are fabulous and effective. I have booked into the Saturday, Sunday and Monday Brisbane classes, as well as the Canberra evening.  I think this is going to be nothing short of brilliant, and I hope to see you there.   Just today I gave Dusty a Raindrop Technique session using a variety of oils, and, our Appaloosa with Cushings got Di-Gize and Lemongrass and Frankincense in her morning herbs. 

So please join me and learn how you can use these amazing oils on your animals as well.  Note that when you book, it asks you if you are already a Young Living customer.  If you are not yet, then simply fill in the blank saying you heard about it from me.  And if you do sign up, drop me a note to let me know.

Note that if you book for at least one course by tomorrow (January 7th),  they'll throw in a free bottle of Frankincense.  This is one of my favourite oils, as it is great for all "dirty blood" conditions.  I like it, for example, as part of an anti-cancer routine, along with the oils Lemongrass, Orange and Lemon.

Note also you can book directly using the Book Now links below.  Also, you need to book each class separately.

Here's all the info. If you have problems, please let me know.

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In February we have Dr. Melissa Shelton, renowned US vet, coming to Australia to teach us about natural animal care using essential oils. Full details appear below. Book and pay by 7th Jan 2011 to receive a FREE 5ml bottle of Frankincense oil (retail value approx. $55). If you would like copies of our printed or email flyer on the event, please let us know.



Natural Animal Care using Essential Oils - the Dr. Melissa Shelton Tour is announced!!!!


Hi Friends, I am soooo excited to announce the dates of Dr. Melissa Shelton's Australian Tour (QLD, VIC, NSW, ACT). Please put the dates aside in your diary, and tell your friends! Dr. Melissa Shelton is a USA-based holistic vet, who specialises in the emotional and medical treatment of animals using Young Living's therapeutic-grade essential oils.....and she's having awesome results!!! She's also a wonderful and engaging speaker, with an enormous amount of knowledge to share with us. Dr. Shelton will be visiting Australia to teach us how to use essential oils in the care and treatment of our animals.


A summary of the events are as follows (scroll down for full details). Everyone is welcome - please help spread the word!!! Also note below our special offer from Young Living - a FREE 5ml bottle of Frankincense oil (retail value approx. $55) for everyone who books and pays by 7th January 2011.



S Evening Workshop: Thurs 17th Feb - Sunshine Coast (Maroochydore) - 6pm to 9.30pm. $50 if paid in full by 31st Jan, otherwise $75 full price. (Everyone welcome!) Book now
S Equine ClinicSat 19th Feb - Brisbane (Thornlands) - 9am to 5pm. $95 if paid in full by 31st Jan, otherwise $150 full price. (Everyone welcome!) Book now
S Animal ClinicSun 20th Feb - Brisbane  (Bardon) - 9am to 5pm. $95 if paid in full by 31st Jan, otherwise $150 full price. (Everyone welcome!) Book now
S Advanced Animal ClinicMon 21st Feb - Brisbane (Bardon) - 9am to 1pm. $80 if paid in full by 31st Jan, otherwise $120 full price. Book now (Advanced animal clinics are available to all vets, practitioners, and industry professionals.)


S Evening Workshop: Tue 22nd Feb - Canberra (CBD) - 6.30pm to 10.00pm. $50 if paid in full by 31st Jan, otherwise $75 full price. (Everyone welcome!) Book now


S Evening Workshop: Thurs 24th Feb - Castlemaine - 6.30pm to 10.00pm. $50 if paid in full by 31st Jan, otherwise $75 full price. (Everyone welcome!) Book now
S Equine ClinicSat 26th Feb - Mornington Peninsula - 9am to 5pm. $95 if paid in full by 31st Jan, otherwise $150 full price.  (Everyone welcome!) Book now
S Animal Clinic: Sun 27th Feb - Melbourne  (Box Hill) - 9am to 5pm. $95 if paid in full by 31st Jan, otherwise $150 full price. (Everyone welcome!) Book now
S Advanced Animal ClinicMon 28th Feb - Melbourne (Box Hill) - 9am to 1pm. $80 if paid in full by 31st Jan, otherwise $120 full price. Book now (Advanced animal clinics are available to all vets, practitioners, and industry professionals.)


S Evening Workshop: Tues 1st March - Sydney (CBD) - 6.30pm to 10.00pm. $50 if paid in full by 31st Jan, otherwise $75 full price. (Everyone welcome!) Book now


We have chosen to keep these costs extremely reasonable, and for that reason you will need to BYO food, drink and snacks to the events. Please also note that there are no additional discounts for students or for multiple bookings.


Super Early Bird Special: book and pay by 7th Jan 2011 and receive a FREE 5ml bottle of Frankincense oil (retail value $55)

If you pay in full by 7th Jan 2011, you will receive a FREE 5ml bottle of Frankincense oil (retail value approx. $55) when you attend the event. We thank Young Living for their generous support of this event!!! If you attend more than one event, please note  that the Frankincense oil special is capped at one free bottle per person (not per event).


Help us spread the word!!!

If you can assist us in any way with advertising or promoting this event, please let us know. We also have a full colour flyer for the event, which you can use for promotion purposes. Please let us know if you'd like a copy emailed to you.   Just use Billie's name as a referrer.


To order essential oils on the day

Young Living will be offering some superb product specials at each event, so it's very likely that you will want to order some oils and other animal products at the event. To make ordering on the day easy, you will need to set up a customer/member number with Young Living prior to the event. This is simple, and costs nothingClick here for a step-by-step guide. If you need assistance with this, please let us know. We'll just need to know who has introduced you to our beautiful oils and events.

Special Offer: Receive a free "Deep Relief" essential oil Roll-On!!! (RRP $42.11)
If you are attending one of Dr. Melissa Shelton's events, and:

         You've never ordered before from Young Living, or

         Your first order (or reactivation) took place on or after 15th November 2010

Then Young Living would like to welcome you to the wonderful world of high quality essential oils. When you attend Dr. Melissa Shelton's event, you will receive a FREE Deep Relief essential oil roll-on (retail value $42.11). Limit of one special offer per person (not per event). If more than one person from a single Young Living membership attends, the limit is one free gift per membership.  

The Raindrop Association of Australia proudly presents:
The Dr. Melissa Shelton Tour
Natural Animal Care using Essential Oils


The Power of Essential Oils in Animal Care 
Essential oils are often described as the "life force" of the plant. They comprise very small molecules, which act like haemoglobin to transport oxygen and nutrients through the plant, and remove toxins and wastes. They are also the natural "artillery" of the plant, possessing powerful anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-tumoral, and anti-inflammatory properties. It's no wonder that sick animals have often found healing by eating certain plants. Yet the essential oil, in its concentrated form (ie. once it has been extracted from the plant), is much more powerful than herbs. A very small amount can have an almost instant effect, quickly penetrating the skin to be absorbed into the blood stream and cells. At the same time, the aroma of the oil can exert a powerful balancing effect on the limbic region of the brain (the centre of emotions), helping to calm and de-stress both animals and humans alike.


There are many different types of essential oil, each with their own unique qualities. Vetiver is very stilling and calming to an overactive mind, and has been used by Dr. Terry Friedman (M.D.) in his research into ADD/ADHD in children. Melaleuca alternifolia (Tea tree oil) is highly antiseptic. It can be used on open wounds, and has been studied by Dr. Eugene Sherry at the University of Sydney for its effects on MRSA. Lavender oil has been used in hospitals and aged care facilities, because of its calming effects. Many patients report a lowering in agitation, and greatly improved sleep patterns when Lavender oil has been diffused. And will provide you with numerous research experiments currently underway for Frankincense oil and cancer. This includes research by Dr. Jaime Matta into the effects of Frankincense oil on breast cancer, and research by Dr. H. K Lin into Frankincense oil and bladder cancer. Frankincense oil has also made its way into Vet medicine, with studies on its anti-tumoral effects in horses (where it is injected into the tumors).


With such encouraging results, it's no wonder that essential oils and aromatic medicine are finding their way into Australian Vet practices and general animal care, as a method of treatment, and also in conjunction with other modalities such as acupuncture,  chiropractic, kinesiology, massage, bowen, and animal training.

BYO Food, Snack and DrinksRemember - these are non-catered events. A limited range of food outlets are available at  the Equine Clinic venues. For all other events, we recommend that you bring your own food, snacks and bottled water, as not all venues have food outlets nearby.  

About the Events:

Equine Clinics - 9am to 5pm

Brisbane (Sat 19th Feb) - Pine Lodge Equestrian Park - 84-112 Taylor Rd, Thornlands

Mornington Peninsula (Sat 26th Feb) - Treehaven Equestrian Club - 53 Western Port Hwy, Somerville

Basics: Why essential oils work so quickly on horses; the importance of quality
Methods: How to administer oils to your horse - orally, topically, diffusion
Emotions: De-stressing and balancing emotions in horses using essential oils
Dr. Vet: Common equine diseases/problems and how to address these problems using essential oils
Demos: Q&A sessions, Raindrop for horses, demos, videos and more
Performance horses: Boosting immunity, drug testing, enhancing performance
Early bird special: $95 if paid by 31st Jan 2011; Regular price $150



Animal Clinics - 9am to 5pm:

Brisbane (Sun 20th Feb) - Mercy Place, 371 Simpsons Rd, Bardon

Melbourne (Sun 27th Feb) - The Tudor Box Hill - 1101 Whitehorse Road, Box Hill


The focus of this workshop is primarily on small animals (cats, dogs, birds, etc.)
Basics: Why essential oils work so quickly on animals; the importance of quality
Methods: Cats, Dogs, Birds, other animals: How to administer oils to each animal

Emotions: Helping animals release trauma and balance emotions using essential oils
Dr. Vet: Common animal diseases/problems and how to address these problems using essential oils
Demos: Q&A sessions, Raindrop for dogs, demos, videos and more
Early bird special: $95 if paid by 31st Jan 2011; Regular price $150



Advanced Animal Clinics - 9am to 1pm:

Brisbane (Mon 21st Feb)  - Mercy Place, 371 Simpsons Rd, Bardon

Melbourne (Mon 28th Feb) - The Tudor Box Hill - 1101 Whitehorse Road, Box Hill


Open to all vets, practitioners and industry professionals
Chemistry: The why/how of essential oils, and their physiological effects
Protocols: How to construct in-depth essential oil protocols for treating disease
Fast Track your learning: Multiple case studies - bring details of your toughest cases!!!!
Advanced: Advanced methods of treatment using essential oils
Early bird special: $80 if paid by 31st Jan 2011; Regular price $120



Evening Classes: 6.30pm to 10pm (except Maroochydore 6pm to 9.30pm)

Maroochydore (Thurs 17th Feb) - Millwell Rd Community Centre, 11A Millwell Rd East, Maroochydore

Canberra (Tues 22nd Feb) - Rydges Canberra Lakeside, 1 London Circuit, Canberra City (Planetary Room)

Castlemaine (Thurs 24th Feb) - Buda Historic Home & Garden, 42 Hunter St, Castlemaine

Sydney (Tues 1st March) - SMC Conference and Function Centre, 66 Goulburn St, Sydney (Corinthian Room)

Covering a wide range of animals - exotics, birds, cats, dogs, horses, and more....
Basics: Safe use of essential oils on your animals, and the importance of quality
Applications: Diffusing, spritzing, neat versus diluted application, use with medications
Toxic Chemicals: Their effects on your pets, and safe alternatives
Working with common ailments: ear infections, skin allergies, abscesses, injuries, arthritis, hairballs, cancer, colic/laminitis/founder/QLD itch
Early bird special: $50 if paid by 31st Jan 2011; Regular price $75

Our Cancellation policy

v  Because of the non-profit nature of this event, we regret that we are unable to give refunds or credits should you need to cancel for any reason. You are welcome to transfer your registration to a different event in the Dr. Melissa Shelton tour, or to nominate another lucky person to attend in your place. Please advise us of their details, and their Young Living customer/member number.

v  A tax invoice/receipt will be posted or emailed to you upon receipt of your payment. Thank you!


Never ordered from Young Living before? Here's how to set up a customer number
There is no cost to do this - it's a simple process. First of all - please contact the person who kindly sent you this email for assistance (as you will need their ID number to put in the "enroller" field). Then just go to and click on "member sign-up" in the very top right corner of the website. Click on option #2 (Become a member now), and select retail customer. Then fill out the required name, address and password fields, and you will receive your very own customer number (which simply gives you the option to order on the day if you wish). If you need help, please email us for assistance at
How to Book for the Dr. Melissa Shelton Australian tour:
Book Online
Please book online using our secure booking service. You can choose credit card or wire transfer (which means direct deposit) as your payment method for online bookings. You need to make a separate online booking for each event. Simply click on the "book now" button next to the event list which appears at the top of this email.

If you pay by direct deposit (wire transfer) 

Because of the sheer volume of bookings expected and the importance of tracking payments received we ask that you only make payment into our bank account if you (a) Include your full name on the transaction (ie. you must pay using internet transfer, not from your local bank branch) and put your full name in the field that reads "this will appear on the receiver's statement" AND (b) Email us as soon as you complete the transaction to advising the date and amount of the payment, your full name, address, email address, contact phone number, Young Living member number and the date and name of the event. If you pay for more than one person, please email us the details for each person attending.

Bank account details: BSB 033 241 Account #: 164 381 Account name: The Raindrop Association of Australia

If you are not able to book online or by direct deposit

We appreciate you booking online, as this streamlined booking system will send you out all your confirmations and invoices automatically, and it will help keep us to keep admin costs to a minimum. However, if you encounter difficulties with the online booking system, please don't hesitate to email our course coordinator at or phone 0423 578 995. Please don't include your credit card details in the email - instead, provide your name and phone number for our course coordinator to contact you to collect your credit card details.


For payment by cheque or money order

To pay by cheque or money order, post your cheque/money order made payable to "The Raindrop Association of Australia" to PO Box 555, Maryborough Vic 3465. Please include your full name, address, email address, contact phone number, Young Living member number and the date and name of the event. If you pay for more than one person, please include these details for each person attending. Funds must be cleared by the early bird cut-off date in order for early bird prices to apply. Allow 4 working days for the cheque to reach us, and 3 working days for the funds to clear.

These events are an initiative of The Raindrop Association of Australia
Ph: 0423 578 995

Community Page, Compassionate Action and Interesting Links

Thanks to Gypsy for letting us know about Bricks for Bears, a fundraiser for a bear sanctuary to help bears subjected to bear baiting.

And from Carolyn for letting us know about Layla, who needs a foster carer desperately:

From: Carolyn Maguire

Subject: foster home needed

This came up on my facebook

Can you help???!/album.php?aid=28412&id=108625789179165&fbid=170327516342325

This is a desperate CRY FOR HELP as we are trying to find a foster carer for Layla, a 10 year old staffy girl that was on death row at notorious kill pound Blacktown in NSW. She had been taken to the pound with her lifelong little doggy friend, who was adopted out 3 days later. Layla became very depressed at her friend being gone and was in the pound for 8 weeks and facing being killed. 

Unfortunately, after 8 long weeks in the pound and her lifelong friend taken away from her, Layla has developed fear aggression of other dogs. She can't stay at the foster carers any more who has several dogs. An animal behaviourist has assessed her and says she just needs some time to recuperate from her stress in a home without a dog and then slowly she can be re-socialised. She is good with cats and kids. 

If you provide Layla a foster home or permanent home, please phone Judy directly on 0409 334 061 or home 03 5345 2562.


Carolyn xo

Can anyone help?

I mentioned the Irish Horse Welfare Trust last month.  If you are on Facebook, you can read an update from them.
Do You Have an Animal Whispers Community Announcement?

You've noticed that from time to time I include announcements  that I think might be of interest to readers.  If you have something that you think is relevant to the Animal Whispers community, email it to Andrew, and we'll have a look at it, and possibly include it.  Mark it "Animal Whispers Submission" in the subject line.

Billie Dean with Gypsy

Until next time! 

Warm blessings,
Billie, Andrew and Tamsin and all the animals here at Ballyoncree.

Email: billie [at]