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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ROLAND–Dinner in Kaja & Grom Wonderland

To celebrate the Animal Ambassador and TTEAM/TTouch Center of Slovenia last September, Darja and Andrej Znidarsic organized the most memorable event I have ever witnessed for the opening of Ranch. One hundred guests were invited for an evening that began and ended with the music of the 50-piece Ljubljana Symphony Orchestra conducted by Simon Dvorsak at one end of the riding arena. Roland and I were honored by a lovely hula performed by a graduate of their Kaja & Grom program. One of their very talented students played a violin solo from horseback. Several students demonstrated their riding skills jumping bridleless. A local dog club showed off the skills of their dogs trained for animal assisted therapy. And Andrej ended the evening by bringing Simon’s Lippizaner stallion Maj front and center stage to demonstrate some new tricks he had taught him just for this performance. The evening was a resounding success.
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Kaja & Grom Ranch, Slovenia: Inspiration

I awoke around 5 a.m. with in inspiration. In 1984 while working as a Citizen Diplomat with Esalen Soviet/American Exchange, I found that animals created connections in the former Soviet Union that brought new understanding and communication. It was at this time that I conceived of the idea of Animal Ambassadors – acknowledging animals as ambassadors to open new doors for communication as well as we humans taking the responsibility of being ambassadors for the animals – to protect them with our hands, our hearts and our voices.

I know that animals play a much more important, often understated role, but I could not find words that seemed appropriate for the feelings I had. This morning I awoke before dawn and the following words seemed to flow onto the computer screen, as though dictated by my guardian angel.

Animal Ambassadors and the Tellington TTouch Training programs teach a basic philosophy of kindness rather than domination of animals and yet leads to a much deeper spiritual level – a recognition of Oneness with All.

Our purpose is to promote understanding, compassion, and caring of our fellow beings by learning to treat animals with care, compassion and understanding. In this way animals become our teachers to help us become more caring, loving human beings with the intent to make a shift– from competition to cooperation, from reaction to action – from aggression to compassion – to shift our individual molecular makeup – our DNA – from survival to intelligence. In this way we can learn to be guardians on this precious planet.

This work is about communication: Communication with our own species, and with other species on many levels; verbally, non-verbally; equally from the mind and from the heart.

TTouch takes the understanding to another level: to the universe within our cells so that we awaken the ability to connect with the divine mind within our selves.

With self-applied TTouch we are able to reach a new level of intelligence according to the first definition in the Merriam.-Webster Dictionary: “the ability to learn or understand or to deal with new or trying situations.” In other words, to develop our skills and our ability to adapt in this rapidly-changing world. Not just to adapt for our own survival, but with an open heart and caring for the collective whole. By TTouching another being – whether it is an animal or a person – we connect at a cellular level beyond words. In this way we learn a new form of communication and we honor animals as our teachers.

Fog fills the valley and the horses are like ghosts in the mist. I worked on my Animal Ambassador statement and at 8 a.m. when Roland and Andre and Darja woke up we sat in the courtyard enjoying sweet Slovenian coffee in the quiet. Between conversations I was photographing the spider webs and the peacock who came for cat food. Heavenly!

Roland was delighted with my Animal Ambassador statement, which I have been waiting to write for ten years. I can only wait for the muse – or the angels – and it always comes to me out of a deep sleep. This was perfect timing because Darja had another unexpected press interview and found my Animal Ambassador purpose helpful for explaining the work with the children that they do here.

Sheep Ambassadors at Kaja & Grom

Sheep Ambassadors at Kaja & Grom

We spent part of the morning helping Darja feed the horses and sheep and goats and pig and chickens and then we just hung out and worked on our computers for most of the day.

Goat Ambassadors at Kaja & Grom

Goat Ambassadors at Kaja & Grom

In the late afternoon Simon (the symphony conductor) and his wife Andrea came out and I spent some time helping with their stallion, Maj.

© Linda Tellington-Jones 2008

Day of the Open Door, Kaja & Grom Ranch, Slovenia

At 7:30 a.m. I heard people talking below our window. It was the first family come to visit on this “Day of the Open Door,” when local villagers are invited to come by and learn about the ranch and its programs. Darja and Andre have been here four years but this is the first open house they have had. Invitations were issued throughout the village and people came in small informal groups every two hours for an introduction by Andre.

At 5:00 p.m. the stands under the big tent filled again and Andre and Darja entertained the villagers with a local show. A men’s choral group of more than a dozen singers filled the tent with their voices and Andre presented several equestrian numbers. A local Animal Assistant Therapy group brought six dogs and were greatly appreciated when each dog did their special tricks and the Lippizaner stallion Maj was a big hit on the circular stand.

Andrej (right) with local musicians who enterained the guests who were enjoying a traditional slovenian dinner prepared by Darja's mother.

Andrej (right) with local musicians who enterained the guests who were enjoying a traditional slovenian dinner prepared by Darja's mother.

Members of the local Pet Assistant Therapy Assoc demonstrated for The Day of the Open Door Sept 7th at the New TTEAM and Animal Ambassador Center at KAJA AND GROM RANCH

Members of the local Pet Assistant Therapy Assoc demonstrated for The Day of the Open Door Sept 7th at the New TTEAM and Animal Ambassador Center at KAJA AND GROM RANCH

Over 100 guests enjoyed Darja’s Mother special “segedin” – a delicious sauerkraut and beef dish that was washed down with locally-grown wine and chased with her cakes and cookies. I danced a lively polka with Dajia’s uncle to the lusty tune of an accordion and clarinet, and had a fascinating conversation with a local bee keeper. Rok Kranjnik translated for me and later brought me a CD on rotating beehives that apparently solve the problem of mites on bees, a problem that is in many parts of the world, and a serious issue that many people are totally unaware of. I have been fascinated by bees as long as I can remember and plan to send the info on the rotating hives to Anne Harmon, who attended my Virginia TTEAM training this year and is an authority on bees. She is the mother of veterinarian Dr. Joyce Harmon. In case you are interested in bees, or know of anyone who is having trouble with mites, check out the Hungarian site, http://www.ANIVET.hu. They have a CD in English.

Seven Dwarves
I am beginning to suspect that there is a whole population of elves who are invisible helpers here at the ranch. By eight o’clock the last guest had taken leave and six of us took down the folding tables, cleared up the plastic plates and cups, piled up the tablecloths and by 8:45 p.m., just before dusk, we sat down for a glass of beer and the work was finished.

Darja and Andrej thanking the crew for a fabulous job of helping to host 700 visitors over the 4 days of their grand opening!

Darja and Andrej thanking the crew for a fabulous job of helping to host 700 visitors over the 4 days of their grand opening!

After four days with more than seven hundred guests there was not a scrap of trash lying around and we were ready for the next day. It does not seem possible that the organization and work was done by just Darja and Andre with Darja’s Mom and Aunt in the kitchen, a neighbor friend dishing up the stew on Sunday evening, and Manca and Aljez and eight of their teenage students helping out during the workshops.

ere are the group of students who gathered for the 4 day opening events of the Kaja & Grom Ranch and TTEAM/TTouch/Animal Ambassador Center Slovenia.

ere are the group of students who gathered for the 4 day opening events of the Kaja & Grom Ranch and TTEAM/TTouch/Animal Ambassador Center Slovenia.

About 8:30 p.m. the lightning began to flash and thunder rumbled and by 9:00 p.m.. we had to go inside because of the rain. This was a minor miracle because the weather forecast for the entire weekend had been for rain and wind, and we had experienced perfect warm weather and sunny skies. Andre was very pleased and we were all in a state of thanksgiving!

© Linda Tellington-Jones 2008

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