Raccoons emerging from a crate

— by Dawn Harrison — The weather was perfect and the girls were ready, so we knew it was the right day for releasing our rehabilitation raccoons. We found the ideal spot with a small stream and ample natural food in a location where we can provide supplementation if they need it to thrive through their first winter. The girls, dubbed Big and Medium, were loaded into a crate for the short trip to their new home. Upon arriving, Big and Medium were very inquisitive yet reluctant. After all, they didn’t know exactly what was going on. They peeked out of the kennel, took a few steps out, and then went back in. When we took the top off, they finally got a good look at the welcoming meadow...

Two Wolves

[video width="1280" height="720" mp4="https://earthfireinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/WolvesRunning_Website_Whitefade.mp4"][/video] This second half of an interview with Penelope Smith begins by exploring the question,  “Do animals grow spiritually as they age?”

Black bear by thistles

This month at Earthfire is incredibly inspiring and exciting. We have thought-leaders, artists, animal communicators, and more from around the world coming to visit the animals with the goal of helping us share their voices and shift the way that people see, and therefore treat, wildlife and nature. We currently have Michael Stillwater---a musical artist, educator, and filmmaker---visiting the site. Michael’s work artistically responds to issues facing us as individuals and as a community, which has included co-creating the acclaimed audio resource Graceful Passages: A Companion for Living and Dying and an award-winning film series dedicated to releasing and celebrating the voice,...

Behind our words are thoughts and feelings - we are not oriented to the fact that animals are thinking and feeling too even though they don't have words. When we listen to an animal's perspective we listen to a different kind of life. It is like going to a whole encyclopedia of knowledge......

Woman sits next to a coyote in a grassy field

Penelope Smith is a revered founding pioneer in the field of interspecies telepathic communication since the 1970s. Her visionary work has been featured in newspaper and magazine articles, in numerous books, and on radio and television. Her training program has guided the unfolding of generations of professional animal communicators. She wrote the popular classic books Animal Talk, When Animals Speak, and Animals and Spirit. Penelope believes that everyone is born with the power to communicate with other species, and that although that is long lost for many of us, it can be regained---for the benefit of all beings on earth. For more information, visit animaltalk.net. In this conversation,...

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