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December 2017 Newsletter

“Become Who Animals Need Us to Be” Dear Friends; Solstice greetings – What a year! In a blink, we move from Summer’s wildfire evacuation to the cold of winter. Our attention is pulled in so many directions by those struggling with challenges. The inarguable shift…

Carnivore Minds

  Using the combined lenses of natural history, neuroscience, and psychology, G. A. Bradshaw describes how predators share the rainbow of emotions that humans experience, including psychological trauma. By exploring their inner lives, this pioneering book refutes the many misperceptions that hide the true nature of these animals….

Forgetting the False and Dangerous

Zoos teach us a false sense of our place in the natural order. The means of confinement mark a difference between humans and animals. They are there at our pleasure, to be used for our purposes. Morality and perhaps our very survival require that we…

Learning From Orca Menopause

Published in Psychology Today There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy. – William Shakespeare, Hamlet (Act I, Scene 5) Menopause is a subject that variously provokes jokes, distress, and disorientation. Read full article.    

Puppy Trauma Recovery

Teri Walters, founder of Safehaven Small Breed Rescue, is a Kerulos intern who took the Caring for the Caregiver course. She has been rescuing and caring for “puppy mill” dogs for two-and-a-half decades. Here, she shares some of her insights and experiences, and how the…

Being Animal

Integrating principles of trans-species psychology with innovative and traditional approaches to healing non-human animals This summer I interviewed Gloria Hester, a Somatic Coach and Educator for humans and other vertebrate species. She is the founder of Yogic Wisdom for Horse and Humans, an educational program…

Being Animal

In this post of Being Animal, Janet interviews photographer Gina Easley about her Kindred Spirits Project. Janet’s incisive questions highlight the artist’s skill at portraying the trans-species bond.   JK: Tell me something about how Kindred Spirits, as a photographic project, came into being for…