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Natural Awakenings of Greater Ann Arbor & Detroit / Wayne & Monroe Counties Michigan

Rescuing Animals Rescuing People

Mother Bear Sanctuary’s Mission is to remind people of their innate connections to their bodies, Earth, animals and each other, inspiring joy and service to a new paradigm of sustainable living that allows all people and animals to thrive.

          An Animal Communication and Nature Retreat will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., September 28, at 6223 Sharon Hollow Road, in Manchester.  Children Chickens Corner is also available at child care centers and school locations by request.

          The Children Chicken Program is altered according to children’s needs. More than just “show and tell”, the general format is that children are introduced to the “chicken facilitators” and then participate in a movement practice to “be like chickens”, creating a playful direct experience for the kids. Then the children are invited to touch, pet and hold chickens. (the chickens are very friendly). A short book is read about the chickens (nesting cycle, eating habits) and finally, they are invited to ask questions or play with the chickens.

          A study of 5,000 activists found that it was usually one pivotal moment of connection to nature that inspired their activism. Many schools and kids’ programs don’t have the funding to come out to nature, so Mother Bear Sanctuary brings the nature to the children. Increased health benefits, less stress and shorter healing time results from cultivating a deeper connection to animals and nature. Kids program and retreats seek to foster these connections. Mother Bear Sanctuary rescues animals, and then animals rescue people.

          Animal and Nature Communication Retreat bridges the gap to the natural world for adults and children alike. Explore your intrinsic connection to nature and animals through simple practices and learn how to fully hear your animal friends!

          Barbra White has more than 20 years professional experience as holistic therapist. It is her passion to help others realize their innate worth and intrinsic connections. She holds a master’s degree in transpersonal psychology with an eco-psychology focus.

          She has written four books on self-acceptance, is a bestselling Amazon author and created a training program called Self-Acceptance Process for Traditional Therapists. Healing from sensory processing disorder (ADD and Asperger’s), White has a deep, compassionate understanding of how to help children who have ADD and ADHD. Barbra has spoken nationally and hosts New York bestselling authors and world-changers on her radio show Beautiful Earth.

          Paula Long’s life advocacy is working with children. After graduating from University of Michigan, she began her 41-year career teaching elementary school in Michigan and Texas. The last 20 years she taught in the Michigan School Readiness program.

For more information, call Barbra White at 734-796-6690 or visit