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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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From Slovenia With Love: All About A Special String of School Horses

from Slovenia

Back on the road again and finally having time to write here in my blog. I get so focused and busy when I’m home that it just doesn’t seem to happen!

It’s 5:30 AM here in Slovenia at the Kaja & Grom Ranch and it just seems natural to pick up the pen and start sharing our road experiences. Oops, I mean turn on my trusty computer named Spirit and let my fingers fly.
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In and Around Croatia: Our Sailing Vacation

I love flying into a small airport of Split – an hour and thirty minute flight from Switzerland, where every hectare of land is carefully cultivated with cascading flower boxes, to Croatia where the first impression is if barren, rock covered hills, weeds, and rubble on the roadside, in yards and abandoned buildings or projects as we drive north along the coast in the direction of Zadar. My impressions include poor, empty hills, no yards or landscaping, and a general struggle to survive. In this place, 90% of the economy is based on tourism (four months of the year) and the remaining 10% falls to fishing.

What a change from the countryside in Switzerland, Northern Italy and Slovenia, where we have been the last three weeks. Driving each day from the ancient city of Udine to the stable through rich fields of grain and corn and hay – a rural delight! Slovenia is like a a country in a fairytale. Each house in the country has a functioning vegetable and flower garden between green hayfields, small herds of sheep and cows. And every house is garlanded with flowerboxes..
Croatia has more than 1100 islands, 60 of which are inhabited. It is awesome how many small protected bays there are along the coast, chock full of motor and sailboats. No wonder Croatia has become a country for tourism, with its pristine waters. There is very little industry to pollute the waters compared to other sea coasts.
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Kaja & Grom Ranch, Slovenia to Udine, Italy

We finally shut down our computers a little past midnight. I’m working on material to send to Jim Garrison to create a website for the new Institute for Interspecies Communication that will be part of the Wisdom University website and linked to our TTouch website. At the same time I’m editing material sent by Alyson J. Gilman who is creating a separate website for TTouch for Healthcare. And of course, always the emails and now committing to keeping up with My Space, which is so much fun for me to share the marvelous people I meet and with whom I constantly communicate.
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Time Out in Slovenia

It was a brilliant decision to cancel our two-day holiday in Venice and stay here at the ranch. It’s a chance to relax in this sweet paradise and to work on projects. I was up at 6:00 a.m. – the latest I have slept since arriving, to enjoy the early morning quiet. We had coffee again on the patio in front of the house with the cats and dog and worked all day on our computers. Andre made an appointment for me at a local spa which would have been very welcome, but also irresponsible, considering I am working on material for the Institute of Interspecies Communication for Wisdom University and our new TTouch for Healthcare website, besides keeping up this journal for Kim Carneal who is also helping me figure out my new My Space. It is so much fun to share our travels.

rejuvenation - early morning coffee in slovenia Roland and I with this lovely dog that Darja rescued from a shelter.

rejuvination - early morning coffee in slovenia Roland and I with this lovely dog that Darja rescued from a shelter.

 

 

© Linda Tellington-Jones 2008

Kaja & Grom Ranch, Slovenia

9:30 a.m. Visit to Rok & Victoria’s new veterinary hospital in Celje. 

It is wonderful to see the thought they have given to making the clinic not just practical, but also inviting for clients and their dogs and cats. The rooms are painted in beautiful alkaline colors of of green and blue with a balance of acid magenta and orange – colors I learned from Edgar Cayce teachings that balance our mental and physical health. There is a separate waiting room for the cats so they will not be stressed by dogs, and many of the fish in the tank at the reception have names.

Early saturday we made a visit to the Zvitorepka Veterinary Center. Their name means "fox" and they certainly love animals. We had a tour of the newly opened center and were very impressed with their use of color to stimulate healing and their attention to so many small details around the treatment and waiting rooms. They even have a separate waiting room for dogs and cats and other small critters so they wont stress each other. L to R Roland, Dr. Rok Kramnik, Linda, Dr. Victoria Luncaric, Dr. Claudia  Ashempiger and their vet tech

3:00 P.M. I had an interview with Slovenia’s leading woman’s magazine that was different and fun. The reporter wanted to hear some stories about people and animals and TTouch for Humans. She was interested to hear how we teach couples to give their partner the type of TTouch and pressure they enjoy and how common it is to find that one partner enjoys the lightness of a number two pressure and the other can’t feel much less than a six. It is such a joy and a gift to bring an awareness of each other’s needs so they can communicate nonverbally in a new and deeper and more satisfying way. Interesting that it is not always the wife or female partner who finds a lighter touch the most desirable.

Simon Dvorsak conducting the Symphony Orchestra Domzale-Kamnik in the arena on the opening day

Simon Dvorsak conducting the Symphony Orchestra Domzale-Kamnik in the arena on the opening day

Andre Znidersic presenting the Spanish walk with the Lippizaner stallion while the orchestra plays in the background.

Andre Znidersic presenting the Spanish walk with the Lippizaner stallion while the orchestra plays in the background

Andrej Znidarsic lead Nika Lipota into the arena on horseback to perform her ballet. Nika has been a returning student to Kaja & Grom Ranch summer programs for many years.

Andrej Znidarsic lead Nika Lipota into the arena on horseback to perform her ballet. Nika has been a returning student to Kaja & Grom Ranch summer programs for many years.

Nika performs for the Opening of the new Kaja & Grom Ranch and TTEAM/Animal Ambassador Center. I love this photo with the horse trailer from one of the ranch sponsors of the background. What a small world. this trailer in Slovenia is manufactured by Buchmann, a German family I have known for 30 years.

Nika performs for the Opening of the new Kaja & Grom Ranch and TTEAM/Animal Ambassador Center. I love this photo with the horse trailer from one of the ranch sponsors of the background. What a small world. this trailer in Slovenia is manufactured by Buchmann, a German family i have known for 30 years.

5:00 p.m. An Evening of Culture at the Ranch

For the 3rd day the stands were full with 120 in attendance for the official opening of the ranch by the mayor of Vojnika, Benjamin Podrgajs, Darja and Andre’s children, Manca and Aljaz rode in on two attractive pitch-black Lipizzaner/Arabian cross horses holding a red ribbon between them. The mayor cut the ribbon symbolizing the official opening. Simon, the conductor of the 40-piece symphony orchestra; 14-year-old Nika Lipota who danced ballet; and violinist, 15-year-old Nika Goldnik all rode into the arena on horseback to begin their presentations.

Kaja & Grom/TTouch student Nika Goldnik entertains the 100 plus guests as she is led into the arena to join the orchestra.

Kaja & Grom/TTouch student Nika Goldnik entertains the 100 plus guests as she is led into the arena to join the orchestra.

L to R. Roland Kleger (my husband), LTJ, Dr. Luka Krusic, Darja Znidarsic and behind is Andrej Znidarsic. We are standing in a unique  stall made of rock salt crystal in the holistic veterinary center of Dr. Krusic. Dr. Krusic specializes in racing horses - both Thoroughbreds and Standardbreds and asked me to consult with him on a puzzling case of a 4 year old Standardbred mare who was given to him because she could not be trained to harness.

L to R. Roland Kleger (my husband), LTJ, Dr. Luka Krusic, Darja Znidarsic and behind is Andrej Znidarsic. We are standing in a unique stall made of rock salt crystal in the holistic veterinary center of Dr. Krusic. Dr. Krusic specializes in racing horses - both Thoroughbreds and Standardbreds and asked me to consult with him on a puzzling case of a 4 year old Standardbred mare who was given to him because she could not be trained to harness.

Dedication of the new center

On the stage was a stand holding a hand-carved wooden sign covered by a brown cowhide that reads International Animal Ambassador and TTeam Center Slovenia with the TTouch Logo in the center under Kaja & Grom Ranch – Tellington TTouch Training. Roland and I undraped the sign and Darja and Andre gave a presentation to the visitors of their programs and intentions for the future cooperation of Animal Ambassadors with Italy and other countries in Europe.


As a special surprise to us Lucka danced a lovely hula. Darja’s mother had prepared special traditional Slovenian cakes and sandwiches for all 100 visitors and the mayor invited us with a dozen of Darja and Andre’s friends for another delicious dinner in his village that is just a short drive through the woods from the ranch.

The teenagers relaxing after helping to prepare the arena for the event!

The teenagers relaxing after helping to prepare the arena for the event!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

© Linda Tellington-Jones 2008

Kona, Hawaii to Lubjanja, Slovenia

We’re off on another three-month teaching tour of seven countries and even though I packed my suitcases the day before (what a relief!) we still rush out the door at the last minute. We left Rayne in the expert care of Kim Carneal, a TTEAM Practitioner-in-Training, and the angel who is responsible for reviewing many of my videos and getting them onto YouTube. She’s also taken on the responsibility of getting a separate Animal Ambassador website up. Mahalo Kim!

We had a bit of a shock arriving at the airport to discover our plane was leaving 30 minutes ahead of our printed schedule and we were told we were too late. However, with a typical aloha attitude, the United Airlines employee at the check in counter made an exception and hustled us on board. Whew! Were we grateful. Our 5 suitcases even made it.

We stayed overnight in San Francisco and climbed aboard the almost 10 hour flight to Frankfurt rested and thoroughly delighted to discover we had been upgraded to business class on the newest United plane with seats that lay flat like a real bed. Plus we were upstairs which is our favorite. It’s like being on cruise ship with individual large video screens and many bells and whistles. The seats are so comfortable that I worked all night on my computer and Roland spent most of the night listening to Pavarotti and some of his favorite opera music, and I found some exquisite classical music to keep me inspired.

We had a short layover in Frankfurt and then on to Slovenia. This is our second trip to Slovenia and we were eager to meet our friends, Darja & Andre Znidersic who have organized a dog and a horse demo for me, to highlight their weekend of “open door” celebration of their new TTEAM, TTouch and Animal Ambassador Center.

Flying into Slovenia gave me the impression of landing in a fairytale. Spectacular mountain ridges, lush valleys and small villages lay beneath us like something out of a children’s story tale. The airport in Ljubianja is small for a capital city – something I prize in this age of gigantic airports that look alike no matter what country we’re in.

Darja met us at the airport with her friend Simon Dvorsak, who is the conductor of the Symphony Orchestra Domzale-Kamnik and will be opening the Saturday evening program. with a concert at the ranch. Driving through the Slovenian countryside through small villages – with every house surrounded by flower gardens and garlanded with flower boxes – between fields of ripening crops – and through mountain valleys with steep tree-covered slopes – was a welcoming feeling, like entering a magical kingdom in a former time.

A narrow winding road leads through the woods to the Kaja and Grom Ranch. And what a treasure is this newest center featuring TTouch and Animal Ambassadors programs. My first visual impressions were of the horses grazing peacefully in pastures on one side of the road and on the other side a pair of sheep and a pot-bellied pig. And then the most beautiful wooden houses with window boxes and gardens of flowers with flagstone entrance, framed by forest on one side and a distant mountain range beyond, the forested rolling hills. The love with which Darja and Andre have built most of this with their own hands, can be felt from afar. Their daughter, Manca, graciously turned over her upstairs bedroom to us, where we have cable internet and the sweetest view from the curtained windows. Sleeping in a totally wooden house that has been built with loving, caring hands, deep in the forest where the only sound at night are frogs and the occasional night bird, is a luxury I have seldom experienced.

Darja and Andrej moved this house board by board from their former location. its the library and teaching room for the summer camp and daily visits by school children who come to learn how to be with horses, sheep, potbelly pig,  goats and chickens and walk and often sleep in the woods to listen for the fairies and creatures of the forest. TTouch has been an integral part of the learning for more than 2000 children a year over the past decade.

Darja and Andrej moved this house board by board from their former location. its the library and teaching room for the summer camp and daily visits by school children who come to learn how to be with horses, sheep, potbelly pig, goats and chickens and walk and often sleep in the woods to listen for the fairies and creatures of the forest. TTouch has been an integral part of the learning for more than 2000 children a year over the past decade.

his peaceful morning scene - the stone walkway to the library and the mascot Lippizaner behind the bush take me back to the magical feeling of the new TTEAM/TTouch Center Slovenia at the Kaja & Grom Ranch.

this peaceful morning scene - the stone walkway to the library and the mascot Lippizaner behind the bush take me back to the magical feeling of the new TTEAM/TTouch Center Slovenia at the Kaja & Grom Ranch.

Arthur, a 32-year-old retiree rescued by Darja and Andrej to live out his life, roams the property freely during the day and grazes on the lawn in front of the main house. The white Lippizaner is huge, and I dreamed of exactly this horse the week before I visited their former center and when I saw this horse in the yard I knew we had much work to do together.

Arthur, a 32-year-old retiree rescued by Darja and Andrej to live out his life, roams the property freely during the day and grazes on the lawn in front of the main house. The white Lippizaner is huge, and I dreamed of exactly this horse the week before I visited their former center and when I saw this horse in the yard I knew we had much work to do together.

I am blown away by the organization for these two days of my demos. Darja has made up notebooks with pens attached for each of the 200 participants. I signed 200 printed Certificates of Completion – with each person’s hand-printed name. The certificates and the program are all printed on recycled paper, as are the bookmarks, with photos of the ranch animals – with a famous poem on the back – which are gifted to each participant.

Darja arranged for the translation and printing of two of my books into Slovenian – TTouch for Dogs, and Let’s Ride. I have to change all my bios now, to show books in 13 languages.

The Ranch is designed especially for eight-week summer camps for children who come from nearby European countries and as far away as America and Russia. The international blend of participants is part of the valuable training given to the youngsters in the summer program.. There are two bedrooms for the children who range in age from 7 to 18. One bedroom has 9 beds and the other 3 beds.

two thousand children a year come to Kaja & Grom Ranch to be with Darja and Andrej and their animals. Roland enjoying an early morning moment of peace.

two thousand children a year come to Kaja & Grom Ranch to be with Darja and Andrej and their animals. Roland enjoying an early morning moment of peace.

Darja (squatting) and I with teenagers who have been coming for many years to the magical summer camp at Kaja & Grom Ranch

Darja (squatting) and I with teenagers who have been coming for many years to the magical summer camp at Kaja & Grom Ranch

During the rest of the year, children come for the weekends as a part of an official school program. They learn about conservation, work with horses and other animals, caring for each other and TTouch. Andre takes them for an overnight survival course where they learn to track and catch fish and cook over a fire.

I am waiting for the chance to get enough time online to post all the beautiful photos taken here at Kaja and Grom Ranch. Check back!

To visit the Kaja and Grom Ranch website: Go to TTouch.com and click on TTouch and TTEAM in Slovenia. You will find the English version of Darja and Andre’s website, KajainGrom Ranch with many photos of their activities and Animal Ambassador Programs.

© Linda Tellington-Jones 2008

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