Animals As Healers and Teachers with Rose De Dan and Peggy Gilmer

This is a great new workshop offered by my friend Rose De Dan and Peggy Gilmer who is a leadership coach. I am planning on taking it myself.

Nothing develops our abilities or heals us as quickly as time spent with animal teachers in sacred ceremony.


Long ago people and animals had a relationship based on mutual trust and respect; indigenous people celebrated the sacredness of Horse and honored the spiritual connection with powerful ceremonies.

Over time that understanding and connection has been mostly forgotten. And, in losing connection with the spirits of our Horse relatives, we have also lost connection with our own.


Join us, Rose De Dan, Wild Reiki and Shamanic Healing, and Peggy Gilmer, Leadership and Self Mastery Coach at Silk Purse Farm, for a collaborative and groundbreaking adventure in a truly lovely and unique location.

During this very special weekend we will spend time in sacred ceremony and dialogue with the Horses who can show us the way back – helping us to heal and renew the bond that we once shared.

In the process you will gain insights and experience energetic shifts that will strengthen your ability to communicate and connect with all animals as teachers and partners.

So that we may have the support of spirit allies we will invoke sacred space in the Peruvian shamanic tradition for the duration of the weekend. Opening sacred space makes it possible for Spirit to manifest profound connections, insights and energetic shifts for all participants.

Our intention for being with the horses is threefold: to connect with them, to learn from them, and—as partners—to work together in healing and in ceremony to co-create a new way of being.

Located on the Enumclaw Plateau overlooking the Cascade foothills, Silk Purse Farm is home to a herd of equine coaches who playfully and skillfully teach humans to be better partners to animals…and other humans.

No Prerequisites: No previous experience with animal communication, horses, riding, shamanism, or energy healing is required, only a willingness to connect with the Horses as teachers.


Prior to the workshop:

Two one-hour preparatory teleclasses are included in the fee and attendance at BOTH is a requirement for participation in the August 11-12 workshop.

These teleclasses are designed to offer participants basic training, guidance, support and community-building before we meet with the Horse teachers. The call will include some shamanic journey work and there will be daily practice exercises for afterward to help strengthen awareness and the ability to foster connection during the event. (Yes, there is homework, but it will be fun!)

The first teleclass is July 10 at  6:00 p.m. PDT
The second teleclass is July 24 at 6:00 p.m. PDT


During the workshop we will:

  • interweave the energy from storytelling, shamanic journeys and ceremonies with visits, interactions, guidance from the horses
  • play with horses who openly provide feedback, learn with you, and never judge
  • join together in ceremony for personal and global healing
  • discover our own intuitive capabilities for use in daily life and with our own animal companions
  • identify and release energetic blockages that are holding you back

This class offers the opportunity to participate in smaller groups with one-on-one attention as well as focused individual work for a fuller and more intimate and enriching connection with the energy and the horses.



The fee for the workshop includes cost of training plus beverages and lunch both days. Dinner Saturday night features community-style potluck dinner. Details will be provided upon registration for planning purposes.



Workshop fee does not include any travel expenses incurred or lodging. A list of the closest accommodations and contact information for them will be supplied after registration. All lodging is about 10 minutes from Silk Purse Farm.



By Car: If driving from the Seattle area, travel time is approximately 1 hour.

By Airport: Sea-Tac, Seattle, WA, is closest, located approximately 27 miles and 40 minutes away from Silk Purse Farm.


See Wild Reiki Shamanic’s site for REGISTRATION


Who We Are

Wild Reiki and Shamanic Healing LLC

Rose De Dan is a shamanic practitioner, Reiki Master Teacher, animal communicator, author and artist.

In 1995, while living in Worcester, Mass., she had a life-changing experience during a Reiki class and was gifted with a vision of a healing practice for animals. In pursuing that vision, Rose began to remember her childhood dreams and passion to help animals. In the process of becoming an energy healer, animal shaman, and voice for the animals, Rose found her practice evolving into building bridges between people and domestic and wild animals, and has been bringing people and animals together in ceremony since 1998.

“Months after the workshop, my animal communication/healing work continues to improve and my own animals are responding in clear and positive ways…It was very empowering to be in an entire group of people who share my love of, and commitment to, animals…I learned from each and every one. Rose, you’re an inspiration. I wish I had known you 30 years ago when I was trying to figure out why I’m here.” — Kathy Dunn, Norcross, GA


Silk Purse Farm

Peggy Gilmer is an Executive Coach and Leadership and Self Mastery Coach for Children and Teens. She’s also a Reiki III Practitioner and owns Silk Purse Farm where she has partnered with her herd of Tennessee Walkers for 15 years, helping her clients to become the best version of themselves. For more information about Peggy’s work in general please visit her website. For more information on her work with horses please visit The Feel of Mastery or tune in to her blog Light from the Barn: what animals know about life, love and leadership.

“I don’t know if I can imagine a more powerful and rewarding combination of wisdom resources – a seasoned executive coach, well-loved horses, and a gorgeous natural setting. You will be astonished by the breakthroughs available to you at Silk Purse Farm. Being in the natural world in the company of a wise human guide and the complete honesty of horses is a pleasure in itself. Add showing up with a willingness to listen to body, heart, mind, and spirit and you are guaranteed to go deep and move fast. My capacity as a leader in the workplace, as a parent, as a friend, and as a person committed to growing the greater good expands each time I work with Peggy. “Magnificent” begins to describe the journey!” — Bridgett Chandler, CEO, Campfire NW

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