Paws & Claws
Classes & Workshops

Basic CourseHow to Communicate with Animals
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— Host attends at no charge
Advanced Training Program Level 1Going Deeper

Advanced Level 2Spirit/Essence Development:
The 7 Levels of Human Consciousness

Crossing the Rainbow BridgeGrief Support Enhancement Course
The Spirits of NatureA two-hour session by appointment only
Totem Power Animal Retrieval SessionA three-hour session by appointment only
One-on-One Workshop/Study/Mentor Program
Sacred Path Readings

Gina Palmer's resident hens

Why Learn to Communicate with Animals?

Beings bloom when you consider them intelligent and capable, and they respond to you by opening up and communicating sincerely and intimately with you. Respect engenders respect.

Animals, human or non-human, flourish in a safe, receptive, growth-oriented environment, which you can provide by your presence.

Be willing and able to accept their viewpoints as valid, even if different from your own.

Not only do animals think, feel, understand, and communicate, but increased harmony between humans and other species is everyone's birthright.

Intelligence, according to Webster's dictionary, is the ability to learn or understand from experience or the ability to respond quickly and successfully to a new situation.

Imagination and trust are key elements in telepathic communication. The word imagine comes from “imago” (image or likeness) and means “to make a mental image of, form an idea or notion of, conceive in the mind.”

Without the ability to imagine, a person would not be able to proceed with a plan of action or perceive others’ communication.

Purpose: be sure each of your animal friends has, knows, and fulfills a purpose. Beings who consciously choose to become companion animals do so to love, serve, and enjoy their human companions the best way they can.

Dalmation

Basic Course
How to Communicate with Animals

Part 1 — Introduction to the essentials of telepathic communication with animals. This is a process of discovery. As you remove your blocks to communication with animals, you will discover a deeper level of communication. You will enjoy practicing meditation techniques and exercises which increase your awareness and understanding of animals, making you more receptive to telepathic communication. Discover how to experience the animal’s viewpoints and how to expand on the telepathic communication with animals you have already experienced in the past.

You do not need to bring an animal companion to this session.

Part 2 — Quieting and focusing your mind with animals is the key to communication and trust. We will practice opening and holding open a channel of energy to make contact. This allows you to receive what the animal is communicating telepathically in thoughts, messages, images, feelings, and impressions. This will delight you and your animal companion.

For Part 2 bring an animal companion or friend on a leash or in a carrier only if the animal is comfortable in strange surroundings and not a distraction to others. You will be able to work with other animals, so you are not obliged to bring your own. Animal energy and wild animals are abundantly available also.

Prerequisite: Read Animal Talk: Interspecies Telepathic Communication, by Penelope Smith, or Journey into Nature, A Spiritual Journey, by Michael J. Rhodes.

Click here to view our Workshop Schedule and Enrollment Form. Print it, fill it out, and mail it with payment to Paws & Claws, PO Box 2525, Vista, CA 92085-2525. Or E-mail us or call Kim Patrick at Paws & Claws, 760-630-0777, for additional information about reservations, enrollment information, and payment requirements.

Please review the Basic Course Payment and Cancellation Policies before enrolling in this class.

Turtle

Advanced Training Program Level 1
Going Deeper

The Basic Course opens the door to the world of direct interspecies communication. Each course of the Advanced Training program is a quantum leap in awareness, understanding, spiritual growth, communication skill, and connection with all life.

Be enriched by Gina’s multifaceted experience with animals and wisdom gleaned from her experiences at Macchu Picchu, Peru and Lake Titicaca, Bolivia; Initiations, Energy & Ceremonial work in the sacred sites of the Yucatan with Mayan Shaman and Record Keeper, Hunbatz Men; a one-year journey in a 24-foot motor home with her own animal companions (three cats and a miniature dachshund); and intensive studies with master Animal Communications Specialist and author Penelope Smith. Meet each member of Gina’s animal family and learn from these amazing beings. Focus on your problems, strengths, and goals. You will not only advance in your perceptions and in interspecies communication skills, but you will gain deeper access to your true nature—finding your center and singing your song to the world.

Participation is limited to a small number of people, so your questions and difficulties will be individually addressed.

Gina in her shell

Going Deeper

(3 days, 4 hours each day)

For those who have completed the Basic Course, continuing to practice telepathic communication with animals, and want more knowledge, experience, advice, and inspiration. A variety of approaches to telepathic communication help to expand, broaden, and deepen your skill.

In Going Deeper, prepare to relax, shed your misconceptions, connect, and overcome inhibitions that block our communication with fellow beings. Learn from the master teachers on communication with animals—the animals themselves—and their spirit and nature guides—from dogs and cats to wild animals and more!

We will then explore your spiritual communication with all kingdoms of nature—the essence and force of communication with domestic and wild animals, plants, minerals, the directions, elements, the ocean, and the earth—through the use of shamanic journeying for power animal guidance. Learn the use of mantric sounds of the Mayan language, and experience the power that can dissipate the clouds and heal the holes in the ozone layer. These techniques are centuries old. This is the information of the ancient mystery schools simply being remembered.

Learn the Hopi Message to Humanity and how it applies to your present moment.

You will be introduced to Color & Light therapy and its uses in healing the ethereal subtle bodies.

Embrace the enchantment of the ocean, the rocks, the field, and the sky. Intensify your knowledge and awareness of the wisdom, intelligence, and beauty of all species. You will travel into realms often unnoticed by humans. Expand and heighten your kinship with all life.

Prerequisites: Basic Course and books (Animal Talk by Penelope Smith; Journey into Nature, a Spiritual Journey by Michael J. Rhodes; and Animal-Speak by Ted Andrews; continued practice of workshop skills.

Recommended: Orientation to principles and practices of shamanism; Shamanic Healing with the Medicine Wheel by Marie-Lu Lorler; orientation to Color and Light therapy, Hands of Light by Barbara Ann Brennan.

Call for a list of items to bring to the workshop for your use, comfort, and convenience.

Click here to view our Workshop Schedule and Enrollment Form. Print it, fill it out, and mail it with payment to Paws & Claws, PO Box 2525, Vista, CA 92085-2525. Or E-mail us or call Kim Patrick at Paws & Claws, 760-630-0777, for additional information about reservations, enrollment information, and payment requirements.

Please review the Advanced Workshop Payment and Cancellation Policies before enrolling in this class.

Advanced Level 2

Spirit/Essence Development: The 7 Levels of Human Consciousness

Oxk'Intok Ceremonial Center

There is no single optimal path for the soul. There are many paths. Your soul is not a passive or theoretical entity that occupies a space in the vicinity of your chest cavity. It is a positive, purposeful force at the core of your being. It is that part of you that understands the impersonal nature of the energy dynamics in which you are involved, that loves without restriction and accepts without judgment.

—Gary Zukav

This course is designed for graduates of Basic & Advanced Level 1, who wish to deepen their comprehension of the Essence/Spirit nature of consciousness. Communication with animals is but a doorway to the compassionate nature of your soul's longings. Your journey does not end as you enter mastery in animal communication, it is only the beginning. Your relationships with animals represent only a fraction of the gifts awaiting you! As graduates of animal communication Basic & Advanced level 1 courses, you are now ready for your next step in your awakening into consciousness; Initiation.

We will explore:

The Seven Levels of Human Consciousness & how that relates to communication with animals, other species, and the sacred energy sites around the globe. We will explore the frequencies and magnetics of Mother Earth present inside of all Sacred Sites, and learn how the animals remain attuned to them naturally. Learn how the animals seem to know in advance of earthquakes and other natural shifts.

The deep rewards of living with reverence. We will examine the Mayan & Incan cultures and the ways in which those cultures utilized animals as their teachers. Experience the power which lay dormant within the seed of intention.

The workings of the hierarchy of the Universe, that exists without top or bottom, with which animals are reverently attuned. You will learn how to apply the hierarchy in your communion with life, that results from a deep understanding through perception. You will be taught methods wherein you become attuned to access Universal Laws, to assist you with your expansion of awareness and communication with all species.

Other information once taught in the Sacred Mystery Schools; Ways to discover how to bridge the gaps in-between dimensions easily, to help keep the creative spirit/essence alive for Mother Earth, the plants and the animals, by learning how to honor and respect things that you cannot yet see. According to the animals; This is the meaning of Deep Reverence, and vital to the preservation of many species on the planet, and to the Mother Earth. Understand that, as we heal our own issues of ignorance, abuse and pain, we are actually helping to heal the planet, and all of Life on Earth.

Prerequisite: Completion of Animal Communication/ Basic & Advanced level 1 courses, as taught by Gina Palmer, Animal Communication Specialist

Call for a list of items to bring to the workshop for your use, comfort, and convenience.

Click here to view our Workshop Schedule and Enrollment Form. Print it, fill it out, and mail it with payment to Paws & Claws, PO Box 2525, Vista, CA 92085-2525. Or E-mail us or call Kim Patrick at Paws & Claws, 760-630-0777, for additional information about reservations, enrollment information, and payment requirements.

Please review the Advanced Workshop Payment and Cancellation Policies before enrolling in this class.

Crossing the Rainbow Bridge
Grief Support Enhancement Course

"There is a place this side of Heaven called Rainbow Bridge.
This is where our beloved animal companions go when they die. At Rainbow Bridge
there are meadows and hills where all of our special friends can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water, shade and sunshine and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All of the animals who have been ill or old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing;
they miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind..

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. Her/his eyes are bright and intent; Her/his eager body begins to quiver. S/he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, her/his legs carrying her/him faster and faster. You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again.

The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your friend, so long gone from your life, but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross the Rainbow Bridge together."

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During my many years of providing animal communication counseling sessions, none have struck me as profoundly as those involving the death transition of a beloved animal companion.

The grief process associated with losing our animal friend or after assisting them through a period of ill health or old age into death, has evoked anguish in my human clients, beyond what they feel they can bare alone. Many people suffer agonizing feelings of greater loss from the death of their animal, than from that of their own human relatives and friends.

The love, devotion and intimacy shared between animal and human is truly a remarkable bond. The shadow side of that bond sometimes reveals itself, at the time of their death. I have sat with numerous clients who report the experience as terrifying, frightening, intimidating, and overwhelming some, and for others .. Death is an unimaginable void.

Recovering from the grief of loss of an animal can sometimes be made manageable, when we allow another to share our pain. Deliverance out from under love's shadow is a journey waiting for each one of us who must survive our animal's passing.

This course is designed to:

Address the special kind of pain of loss when a beloved animal passes from body into spirit

Provide you with compassionate understanding of the shadow feelings associated with loving and losing an animal to death and/or old age

Offer insight into why the pain associated with losing an animal is different than any other kind of loss

Present a compassionate forum wherein you are invited to share your unique expression of your experience of loss

Explore avenues for resolution of your feelings of loss and separateness from your animal, who has passed over the Rainbow Bridge

Restore your ability to remain open to receiving messages from your animal while in spirit, and to love again

This course invites anyone wishing to process through an experience from the loss of a beloved animal, either after the animal has passed over, or during the death transition.

Any meaning within the experience is yours to perceive. Feelings associated with your experience are yours to share within an environment of love, compassion and understanding.

Grief is not a shadow, nor does it contain darkness without your consent. Loss is grief's doorway, through which our love can draw us out beyond our own pre-set boundaries. Our feelings beg us; 'Would we be willing to perceive that which loss masks'? Your answer lays claim to your experience of survival over grief.

Here, may love's potency restore in your spirit, that which life itself sometimes restrains.

The course invites you to step through a veil, unleashing opportunity to meet the one who has waited a lifetime to merge with the authentic you... your animal!

As you affirm continued love for your animal beyond life, you learn that death has no license over love's potency.

The course is designed for compassionate One-On-One support in person with Gina and her animals, at the sanctuary in Vista. No on-site at your location, or group attendance reservations are offered, without specific request.

Call for a list of items to bring to the workshop for your use, comfort, and convenience.

Please review the Advanced Workshop Payment and Cancellation Policies before enrolling in this class.

Fawn

The Spirits of Nature
2-hour session by appointment only

For those who wish to further explore and deepen their telepathic connection and communication skills with all of the Nature Kingdoms. We will work with the Spirits of nature, learning to tune into our intuition and the use of flower essences.

The session will include in-depth discussion of nature and study of flower essences, their use and applications to wellness in animal companions. We will discuss successes, problems, ideas, and inspirations as revealed by the Nature Spirits. Essence formulas work remarkably well with both wild and domestic animals. Flower essences may be used to achieve deeper states of bonding and communication with an animal, as well as for the more traditional difficulties such as fear, shock, depression, relocation anxiety, trauma, abuse, and others. We will invoke the supervision of St. Francis in doing this spiritual work.

Click here to view our Workshop Schedule and Enrollment Form. Print it, fill it out, and mail it with payment to Paws & Claws, PO Box 2525, Vista, CA 92085-2525. Or E-mail us or call Kim Patrick at Paws & Claws, 760-630-0777, for additional information about reservations, enrollment information, and payment requirements.

Please review the Miscellaneous Classes Payment and Cancellation Policies before enrolling in this class.

Polar Bear

Totem Power Animal Retrieval
3-hour individual private session, by appointment only

The session will focus on communication with master animal teachers and shamanic journeying for power animal identification and guidance. Power or “Totem” animals walk with us throughout our lives, offering guidance, inspiration, protection, and support in manifesting our life purpose.

Identify, meet, and attune to your spirit animal(s). Discover the hidden powers and significance of yourself as reflected by your animal totem. Find out the medicine/power and spiritual significance of animals, birds, insects, and reptiles. We will call upon the protective powers of your animal totem and create magical rites, including shapeshifting and sacred dance. Learn the four primary lessons of predator and prey. Gina will share personal stories of her own animal encounters and how the Hopi Prophesy and the Mayan Message to Humanity relate to you and this most sacred work.

Click here to view ourWorkshop Schedule and Enrollment Form. Print it, fill it out, and mail it with payment to Paws & Claws, PO Box 2525, Vista, CA 92085-2525. Or E-mail us or call Kim Patrick at Paws & Claws, 760-630-0777, for additional information about reservations, enrollment information, and payment requirements.

Please review the Miscellaneous Classes Payment and Cancellation Policies before enrolling in this class.

Elephants

One-on-One Workshop/Study/Mentor Program

One-on-One Mentoring courses are an individually designed course of study tailored to your specific topic of interest or area of animal communication with Gina. Mentoring fees are charged per hour and are arranged by appointment only. One-on-One mentoring is an excellent program to learn and to deepen your skills at your own speed, and in your own time frame. Gina's mentorship students seem to excel in developing their communication skills at a rapid rate in phenomenal ways!"

Lion

Sacred Path Readings

Sacred Path readings require two hours of on-site time at Gina's location and can be an extension to the Totem Power Animal Retrieval Session. A Sacred Path reading is a divination tool that mirrors a Native American Medicine Walk. Medicine is anything that aids the seeker in feeling connected and in harmony with nature and all of life. The reading is focused toward integration of mind/body/spirit. It can provide answers to personal challenges or problems. We perform various methods for pathways to change which can help:

  • Balance the male/female aspects of self
  • Understand, identify and discover allies to overview the balancing of your energy
  • Gain insight to view the life lessons you have created and impact of how you are handling those lessons
  • Heal if you are feeling at odds with your environment or aspects of the self
  • Find inner knowing and proper perspective
  • Protect you from fear, doubt, anxiety, uncertainty

Click here to view our Workshop Schedule and Enrollment Form. Print it, fill it out, and mail it with payment to Paws & Claws, PO Box 2525, Vista, CA 92085. Or E-mail us or call Kim Patrick at Paws & Claws, 760-630-0777, for additional information about reservations, enrollment information, and payment requirements.

Please review the Miscellaneous Classes Payment and Cancellation Policies before enrolling in this class.

How to Host a Workshop
Hosting a How to Communicate with Animals workshop is easy and fun.

The workshop usually takes place on both a Saturday and a Sunday from noon to 5PM. If you have a group of people who prefer other days this can be arranged.

The cost of the Basic Course must be paid in advance to hold their space. I usually need ten people to hold a workshop, but the number varies depending on the location. If I'm required to travel across the country, we may need more.

The person hosting the workshop attends at no charge, in exchange for the following:

An appropriate place to hold the workshop. This can be a large room in a residence that can accommodate 10-20 participants and some animals on the second day. If the group gets too large for the space, the host/hostess may need to find another place such as a meeting hall, classroom or park building. Ideally this space could be had at no charge, but if you are unable to locate an inexpensive spot, the cost can be negotiable.

Refreshments for the break. Simple snacks like cheese and crackers, trail mix and tea or juice works fine.

Promote the workshop by talking to people, contacting groups and hanging flyers. Once you get 5 people to commit to the workshop, I'll schedule the class, post it on my web site and send information to my mail list (twice a year). In areas where I don't have many clients, the hostess will have to fill the workshop through promotion.

I will provide flyers and I am happy to provide a no-charge lecture the night before (to paid participants), and any radio, newspaper and TV interviews that you might arrange.

If you are interested in hosting, please call me at 760-630-0777 and we can talk further. Most workshops are scheduled at least six months in advance to allow for promotion. Call Gina for prices and details of hosting Advanced Level Courses, and other classes in your area.