Our pack goes to Montana to represent the Wolf Spirit in ceremony with the Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers
WHAT AN AMAZING STORY WE HAVE IN OUR HANDS!! ... and we launched a 20-day funding campaign to get everyone on board.
THIS IS TRULY A ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY to document a journey that may never happen again!! ... and you can be part of it with your input, your backing, and even coming with us on the road if you are up for it!
Wolf Connection's pack of Ambassadors has been invited to participate in a sacred gathering …
The International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers is holding their 11th Council Gathering in Lame Deer, Montana at the end of July. This special event is the culmination of The Ride Home, a nearly 1,400 mile horseback ride in Remembrance of the Cheyenne Exodus of 1878.
“The International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers represents a global alliance of prayer, education and healing for the Earth, all Her inhabitants, all the children and for the next seven generations to come. They bring together a wealth of sacred wisdom from world-wide traditions that honors intuition and spirit in a way that is often absent from daily life. The purpose of the Ride and Council is generational healing and a uniting between tribes to become one tribe – of humankind.”
Both the grandmothers and event organizers felt that Wolf Medicine and the long history of connection between wolf and man needed to be part of this gathering. We are honored that they felt that our human and wolf pack is a worthy representative of this unique bond.
On the week of July 16th, staff, backing guests, and three members of our pack will be journeying to meet the horse riders in South Dakota and travel the last 110 miles of The Ride Home in order to arrive at Lame Deer, Montana together and participate in the Council with the Grandmothers.
Now, n order to get there, we have to drive through several wolf-hunting states which will make journey unpredictable and the film all the more interesting.
As you can imagine, this is a huge logistic undertaking! ... BUT with your super cool backing we are going to document every aspect of the journey in a film that will preserve the this amazing experience so it can be passed on.
This documentary will send a powerful global message on our often-forgoten kindship and deep bond with animals in general and wolves in particular, and their key role in our survival on this planet AND on the importance of traditional ritual and ceremony as a way to unite humanity.
IT WILL INCLUDE:
* BEFORE: Training of the animals, preparation of the vehicles, film pre-production, and logistics planning
* DURING: The trip to and from Montana through wolf-hunting territory with all the unexpected situations that can create. The encounter with the horse riders and the united journey to meet the Grandmothers. The meeting with the 13 Grandmothers and wolf blessing.
* AFTER: Journey back to California, conclusion and learnings, post production.
There are many elements that need to be considered in a trip like this:
* The first challenge is the management of the animals which requires great knowledge and a deep bond and connection with them. We are transporting 85-130 lb highly active animals in small travelling cages next to each other (travelling, feeding, and sleeping). This means they must have breaks every 2-3 hours to relieve themselves and exercise to prevent them from accumulating anxiety that could be vented on each other or the handlers. Each time we get them out of the cage we run the risk of them not wanting to go back in. Oh Well :/
* We are crossing several states where wolves are being hunted and people may have a less-than-friendly attitude towards them. This makes it challenging to find safe places to stop for provisions and spend the night. This must be mapped in advance with options for camping grounds and RV parks along the way. That’s the reason we will be using a travelling trailer with a full bathroom and kitchen which will give us the much-needed independence.
* We cannot run the risk of mechanical difficulties that would leave us stranded with a pack of wolves in unfriendly territory, so both the pulling truck and the trailer must be in excellent operating condition.
* Last, but not least, a trip like this will be physically and mentally demanding on the crew. We must make sure that we have all the supplies and resources needed for a minimal level of comfort and replenishment.
* The film crew will be traveling in a separate vehicle to have the independence needed to shoot the caravan on the road, leaving from and arriving to places.
Teo Alfero, Founder and director of Wolf Connection will make the trip accompanied by some of the most seasoned staff members and animals …
Meet the Montana Journey CAST AND CREW.
Renee & Miko
Renee has shown a wisdom and love of all creatures since she was very young. Her ability to connect and read animals is a profound gift that enables her to effectively handle and train them, recognizing their limitations and expanding their abilities to be comfortable and perform in programs. She has used these gifts to enable Miko to become a secure animal who can connect to strangers effortlessly.
Miko came to us from private owners and the Wolf Connection environment was extremely challenging for her initially. She came from a very protected environment in which she rarely interacted with humans and never interacted with other canids, aside from her kennel-mate Cloud. At first, she was quite stressed when we had public events, pacing or hiding at the back of her kennel. Over time she has become more and more comfortable and now loves to go hiking with strangers and getting patted, rubbed and scratched by new people.
Wes & Maya
Wes felt a deep bond with wolves long before he ever came to Wolf Connection, and has shown a kinship with the natural world. His calm and sensitive nature enables him to remain grounded and handle the animals even in challenging situations. One of his gifts is that animals that are otherwise afraid of males are often comfortable with him. Such is the case with Maya who learned to be comfortable with males, partially through Wes’ spending time with her.
Maya has a history that led her to become extremely skittish and timid with all humans, especially with males. The love, care and training she has received in the Wolf Connection pack has taught her to be comfortable and secure with strangers. She has become one of our primary program animals and has been able to connect to new people in a variety of situations, remaining loving and comfortable.
Natasha & Willow
Natasha has worked with a variety of exotic animals since childhood, but developed a special love for the wolf during a trip to Yellowstone. She came back from the trip knowing that she needed to work with wolves. As often happens, when the time was right, she found her way to Wolf Connection. More than 2 years later she has developed deep bonds with the animals, enriching her life and deepening her connection to the earth in profound ways. The first time she laid eyes on Willow she knew that she had met the wolf of her heart.
Willow is a 2-year-old beauty who came from a very loving home. Unfortunately, her owner was unable to keep her as a result of economic difficulties. Playful, loving and with an earth wisdom present in her golden eyes, Willow is becoming comfortable with new people and situations as she takes her place in our pack.
THANK YOU FOR HELPING US MAKE THIS JOURNEY POSSIBLE!!
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YOUTH AMBASSADOR WOLF. All the animals at Wolf Connection are trained to inspire and give hope to at risk youth. You are the holder of the Wolf Medicine. For that you will receive all rewards from previous levels + a special edition Wolf Connection Montana trip T-shirt. You will also enter a pool for a chance to come on the trip with us, and a proof of tax-deductible contribution equal to the amount of your backing.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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PEACEMAKER WOLF. You moderate differences, promote dialogue, and keep the peace within the pack, an accomplishment of energy management and selfless contribution. For that you will receive all rewards from previous levels + a Wolf Connection day Back Pack and free admission to one of our community hike events for a family of four. You will also receive a proof of tax-deductible contribution equal to the amount of your backing.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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NANNY WOLF. You are the wise elder Wolf that is in constant service to the next generation. For your important role you will receive all rewards from previous levels + a two hour private tour to the Wolf Connection sanctuary for a family of four. It includes refreshments. It doesn't include transportation to and from the ranch. You will be listed in the credits of the film and also receive a proof of tax-deductible contribution equal to the amount of your backing.Estimated delivery: Aug 2013
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TRACKER WOLF. You are the guide that will take the pack safely through uncharted territory; you have the gift of direction and intuition. For that you receive all rewards for the $250 level + a full day (9 to 4) private experience for a family of four at the Wolf Connection sanctuary in CA. It includes lunch and refreshments. It doesn't include transportation to and from the ranch. You will also receive a proof of tax-deductible contribution equal to the amount of your backing.Estimated delivery: Aug 2013
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HUNTER WOLF. You are the provider, the pack depends on you to survive and stay strong. You possess the deadly stealth and accurate strike of an apex predator, yet the gentleness to take only what you need without disturbing the balance with everything there is. For your invaluable role receive all rewards for the $250 level + a Private two-day one-night experience at the Wolf Connection sanctuary for a family of four. It includes all meals and activities. It doesn't include transportation to and from the ranch. You will be listed as a producer of the film and also receive a proof of tax-deductible contribution equal to the amount of your backing.Estimated delivery: Aug 2013
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BETA WOLF. You are the second in command, perhaps the largest and strongest member of the pack; you are the protector and enforcer of the Wolf Code. You worked hard and sacrificed a lot to become the Beta and your efforts don't go unnoticed. You receive all rewards for the $250 level + a Private three-day two-night experience at the Wolf Connection sanctuary for a family of four. It includes all meals and activities. It doesn't include transportation to and from the ranch. You will be listed as an executive producer of the fill and also receive a proof of tax-deductible contribution equal to the amount of your backing.Estimated delivery: Aug 2013
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ALPHA WOLF. You are the King/Queen, the Lover, and the Magician/Wild Female of the pack. You have mastered the physical, mental, and spiritual realms; you commune with the seen and the unseen; and you have much to teach humans about leadership, self realization, and sustainable evolution. For your guidance and medicine you receive All rewards for the $250 level + you get to come with us to the two week trip to Montana as part of the Wolf Connection crew. You'll get to travel with the animals, accompany the riders on the last 110 miles of their journey, and participate in the five-day gathering with the 13 grandmothers. It includes camping accommodation, all the meals and activities. It doesn't include transportation to and from departure/arrival point. You will also have creative voice in the making of the film and receive a proof of tax-deductible contribution equal to the amount of the backing.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012