As a child I didn't consciously communicate with animals, although I always loved them. I certainly wasn't aware of being intuitive or psychic, but in retrospect I can see that I had a keen ability to tune in to how people and animals felt. I learned to communicate intuitively with animals by taking classes, starting in 1989, and by practicing with all sorts of animals in all kinds of situations, using verifiable exercises.
My background is academic and scientific. I have a BS in Resource Conservation from the University of California at Berkeley, and a MS in Biology and Systematic Ecology from San Francisco State University. I spent many years studying wildlife in the field, rehabilitating ill and injured animals, and working as an environmental scientist. An academic background made learning animal communication somewhat difficult. Although I hoped animal communication was real, it was hard to accept it and even harder to believe that I could do it. Also, when I started out animal communication was much less accepted than it is today and I found it uncomfortable to discuss the subject with uninformed people or to be very public about my interest in it. The process I had to go through to trust my ability and accept myself was instructive. It helped me become a good teacher and be understanding of others who are just learning.
I found out about animal communication during a vision quest in the White Mountains of California in 1989. In a vision quest one journeys into nature (in my case the high desert) alone for a period of days to seek guidance from the realm of spirit. I was asking to be shown the best way for me to help the earth and the animals. It was on this journey that I learned (from the quest organizers) of a woman who taught people to communicate with animals. It became clear during my quest that I was supposed to follow whatever path animal communication would lead to. Once I discovered that animal communication was actually possible, I dedicated myself to learning it.
I now work full-time as an animal communicator, offering consultations for animals worldwide to help solve behavior problems, find lost animals, assist animals during illness and death, and bring people and animals and people and nature closer together. I specialize in horses and am a proponent of natural training methods and holistic health care.
Because I had such a hard time learning this skill I developed a unique training system for teaching others. I offer workshops, clinics and lectures nationally and internationally. I've found that the best way to learn is by doing. When people take my workshops they start practicing right away and immediately have the undeniable experience of communicating intuitively with an animal. Each workshop is designed to provide students with tangible, verifiable proof that what they are doing is real. I'm a very supportive teacher, able to give everyone the special attention and assistance they need. I've taught thousands of people how to talk to their animals and trained many professional animal communicators.
All of my experience is included in my new how-to book, Learning Their Language: Intuitive Communication with Animals and Nature. I've also written articles for the Whole Horse Journal, Natural Horse Magazine, Ride Magazine, and Healing Garden Journal and I was featured in Intuition Magazine, the Whole Horse Journal and Arthur Myers' book, Communicating with Animals.
I still work as an environmental scientist and activist in my free time, and I am dedicated to helping the animals and the earth. Teaching people to communicate intuitively brings about a fundamental change in consciousness toward animals and nature. People learn first-hand that other species are as intelligent, emotionally complex and spiritually evolved as humans. Once they realize this they immediately see the need to treat other species with more consideration. This is exactly the kind of consciousness change that must occur if we hope to restore balance and health to the earth's ecosystems.