Understanding Animals as Medicine Helpers Saturday 19 January 1:00pm to 2:30pm $20 Presenter: Grandfather Rick McBride Native American teachings can help us understand the relationship between humans and nonhumans on a spiritually profound level. Humans have for millenia assumed they are superior in every way to non-humans. Indigenes have never assumed this. Western science is just now, but very slowly, beginning to understand that non-humans have the same emotions as humans. Sometimes even more deeply. They also display the same caring and support as humans inside their own species, and many times beyond their species. Yet they lack the avarice of humans. Understanding Animals as Medicine Helpers will acquaint you with ways to understand animal “medicine” without books. As you build on this understanding, you may find yourself caring more deeply about all animals, even those you might now find difficult to accept. When this happens, you will naturally extend your new awareness into all of nature. So, in a very real sense, understanding animals more completely and compassionately is a doorway into your deeper connection to the Earth Mother. We’ll expand on the word “medicine,” you will learn how to apply the medicine of an animal to your own life, we will touch briefly on differences in language, direct communication with animals, we’ll do a participatory exercise that will (hopefully) open you up to accepting all animals as valuable and as intelligent, sentient beings. And we will have fun doing it. I encourage you to leave your assumptions and expectations -- not only about animals but such other topics as science and religion -- at the door, and to open your mind to a point of view that helped so-called pre-history people thrive for over 20,000 years. "Thank you Grandfather Rick, for the EXCELLENT presentation that gave me a better understanding of the animal helpers and how to utilize them in my own life." L.K., WPB "Very informative, interesting and fun! I look forward to attending more classes and workshops. I found Grandfather Rick to be engaging, accessible and down to earth." C.A., Wellington Rick McBride is mixedblood Tsalagi (Cherokee) who has walked the Red Road for over 30 years. He was named Cante Lute (Schan-tay Lou-tuh) by the spirits through his sundance chief, which means Red Heart. He is a sundancer and has been traditionally trained and authorized to lead ceremonies, such as inipi (purification lodge), prayer with the Canunpah (Pipe), drum healing and so forth. He has been publicly teaching these ways for some ten years now.