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Transform your relationship with animals and reclaim your wild, innate nature in the process.  This book will undomesticate your life.
Transform your relationship with animals and reclaim your wild, innate nature in the process.  This book will undomesticate your life.
Transform your relationship with animals and reclaim your wild, innate nature in the process. This book will undomesticate your life.
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Help me finish the new book!

Please help me finish writing Animal Kin: Restoring Connection to Wild Wisdom.  I have at least 75% of the book complete and publishers interested, and I need support in order to write full time and get it submitted. THIS is the book true animal lovers have been waiting for.  It is the sequel to Riding On the Power of Others: A Horsewoman's Path to Unconditional Love.  If the first book was the WHAT -- the new book is the WHY and the HOW.  It has the power to change your life and the lives of those you love.

Animal Kin picks up where my first book left off.  I took what I had learned through the horses and began applying it to my dogs and any other relationship in my life.  The results were incredible.  The work proved my theories true, and in Animal Kin, you get to follow my journey with Denali -- a wild, uncontrollable husky I brought into my life for all the wrong reasons.  For the readers of my first book, that probably sounds familiar.  The other familiarity is that this journey proved and continues to prove just as transformational as the last, but the implications are even more far-reaching this time -- making what I've learned applicable and available to anyone with any sort of animal in their home or life, not just in the pasture.  

Denali and I walking across a frozen Heart Lake with Mt Shasta on the horizon.
Denali and I walking across a frozen Heart Lake with Mt Shasta on the horizon.

Give it the right platform.

I want to show some of the big names in spiritual publishing that this book has a market ready and waiting for a global response to the way humanity relates to animals on this planet.  I believe the answer to one of the biggest obstacles in humanity's evolution of consciousness is within the pages of my new book and in relationship to the animals we share our lives with.  Help me get my first publishing choice, Sounds True, to take notice of this novice writer with a big vision and an even bigger heart.

Denali and I taking in the glory of our existence atop Castle Dome amongst Castle Crags -- dogs aren't technically allowed, but we aren't really the best at following rules.
Denali and I taking in the glory of our existence atop Castle Dome amongst Castle Crags -- dogs aren't technically allowed, but we aren't really the best at following rules.

Domestication

We have become a domesticated society full of people and animals exploited for another's needs -- even in our most intimate, personal relationships.  The devastating result has been a worldwide forgetting of our true nature as well as the very meaning and power of love.  Whether we realize our own domestication or not, many of us perpetuate this state through our relationship to animals. I'm here to show you how to turn it around by reclaiming the deepest truth of unconditional love in relationship to those who have modeled it for centuries -- the animals in our lives.

She really is the most amazing teacher of what it means to be wild.  Wild is presence and oneness with life.  Wild is Love.  Wild is God.
She really is the most amazing teacher of what it means to be wild. Wild is presence and oneness with life. Wild is Love. Wild is God.

Why I need your help!

My life took a radical turn back in 2013 when I left everything I knew behind to pursue a deeper truth presented to me through my work with horses.  The entire story of that journey is the subject of my first book, Riding On the Power of Others: A Horsewoman's Path to Unconditional Love (see reviews on Amazon).  The revelations and transformation that have happened since the first book was written have left me in a unique position of caring for the 27 animals from my old life without the career or income from that life to do so.  I've had to completely start over with 13 horses, 6 mini equines, 3 pigs, 4 dogs, and a cat to be responsible for with no way to produce a steady income while I meet their needs and explore what they have taught me.  For four years, I've been living, learning, and developing a teachable body of work around these concepts, depending a great deal on the generous support of those that believe in this work.  I am currently camping full time on a beautiful new property we have leased for the horses, completely off-grid, in order to care for all the animals in sanctuary while I develop the work into a sustainable income.  That time has come, and the work is ready to teach, but I need financial support to meet our basic needs, make it accessible, and develop the sanctuary.

Our primary classroom during the "transition" -- Grizzly Peak Trail in Ashland, OR.  Wilderness isn't necessary for this work, but I needed to know exactly what was true and possible.
Our primary classroom during the "transition" -- Grizzly Peak Trail in Ashland, OR. Wilderness isn't necessary for this work, but I needed to know exactly what was true and possible.

What's in the book?

This book centers around my evolution in relationship to Denali.  About 18 months ago, I began applying the same principles with her that I used to heal my relationships with horses.  The results were amazing.  I knew in theory that it would work, but testing the power of love on an adventurous husky with a mind very much her own was daunting.  I am happy to say I now know for sure that this work transcends all species and levels of domestication.  You have the power to heal your life and relationships and the ability to reclaim the wild within us all, making fear, control, and the need for any and all training modalities completely obsolete.  This book is the manual and takes you along my journey with Denali, interweaving the story with the reasons this work is so important and how to do it yourself.  You get an in-depth explanation of Sanctuary13 -- the 13 principles I have developed to move you into unconditional love and out of codependency forever.

Pilot Rock adventuring in Ashland, OR
Pilot Rock adventuring in Ashland, OR

How will the money be used?

The greatest need right now is heat and electricity.  We are headed into Winter, and the off-grid life is getting even more challenging.  Ideally, this book will help launch a new career in writing, speaking, & educating, but the only way I'm going to get it finished or be able to produce other valuable content is if I have access to power, internet, and can pay for the basic needs of my family.  Other than day-to-day expenses for the animals and two humans that make up my family, we hope this successful campaign can purchase a small solar system to provide power and the installation of an internet connection here on site.  Anything beyond our campaign goal will go towards the development of the property as a model sanctuary and education center for my work.

Denali models for Spur (and me!) how to move through the many layers of domestication to reclaim a deeper truth.  Freedom lies within.
Denali models for Spur (and me!) how to move through the many layers of domestication to reclaim a deeper truth. Freedom lies within.

The future is in our hands.

We live in interesting and very challenging times.  It is up to each of us to step into what it really means to be the change.  I believe to the depths of my soul that this book can help.  Thank you SO much for making it happen and for spreading the word to others.

Risks and challenges

While I have received interest and an offer, I do not have a publishing deal for this book yet. I will be submitting it to my top choices and through my personal connections as soon as the manuscript is complete (estimated to be November if funded). Therefore, I cannot be sure of the exact timeline for publication, but my estimation is based on my previously published book. Hard copies of the new book will only be available once published -- I will keep everyone up to date on that along the way.

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    Sanctuary13

    A detailed, printable description of Sanctuary13 - The Principles of Unconditional Love. These are the 13 principles Ren's work is based on that are deeply explored and shared through story in the new book (Animal Kin: Restoring Connection to Wild Wisdom).

    Print them, frame them, put them on the wall, and watch your relationships begin to transform with a daily reminder of how to love unconditionally in action.

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    Exclusive Early Digital Access!

    Digital copy of Animal Kin: Restoring Connection to Wild Wisdom, only available on Kickstarter

    +Digital copy of Ren's new book (working title, Animal Kin: Restoring Connection to Wild Wisdom) as soon as it is complete. You will be getting the same draft submitted to publishers for review, the very first completed version of the new book after Ren's own initial edits and revisions. Only Kickstarter supporters will have access to this exclusive "first draft."

    ++ Digital print out of Sanctuary13 Principles to display as a guide in your daily interactions.

    +++Digital copy of Ren's first book (the prequel to this one), Riding On the Power of Others: A Horsewoman's Path to Unconditional Love

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    The Book!

    Be one of the very first to receive a physical copy of Ren's new book as soon as it is published. *Domestic shipping is included.

    +Signed, physical copy of Animal Kin: Restoring Connection to Wild Wisdom

    ++Digital copy of Ren's new book (working title, Animal Kin: Restoring Connection to Wild Wisdom) as soon as it is complete. You will be getting the same draft submitted to publishers for review, the very first completed version of the new book after Ren's own initial edits and revisions. Only Kickstarter supporters will have access to this exclusive "first draft."

    +++ Digital print out of Sanctuary13 Principles to display as a guide in your daily interactions.

    ++++Digital copy of Ren's first book (the prequel to this one), Riding On the Power of Others: A Horsewoman's Path to Unconditional Love

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    Complete Author Package

    You get the whole story and a follow up! A signed copy of both books as well as digital copies of each and a print out of the 13 principles PLUS a 30-minute Skype call with the author!

    Ren's first book explains her journey with horses and what led her to develop the experiences and body of work shared in the new book. With both books, you have the what, the why, and the how of what she has discovered through unconditionally loving relationships with animals and the manual for transforming your own.

    Skype with Ren for half an hour and ask any questions you have related to her work with animals or get support with your own interspecies relationships.

    +Signed, physical copy of Animal Kin: Restoring Connection to Wild Wisdom (once published)

    ++Signed, physical copy of Riding On the Power of Others: A Horsewoman's Path to Unconditional Love -- check out the reviews on Amazon! Feel free to leave one if you've read it ;)

    +++Digital copy of Ren's new book (working title, Animal Kin: Restoring Connection to Wild Wisdom) as soon as it is complete. You will be getting the same draft submitted to publishers for review, the very first completed version of the new book after Ren's own initial edits and revisions. Only Kickstarter supporters will have access to this exclusive "first draft."

    ++++Digital copy of Ren's first book (the prequel to this one), Riding On the Power of Others: A Horsewoman's Path to Unconditional Love

    Digital print out of Sanctuary13 Principles to display as a guide in your daily interactions.

    30-Minute Skype call with the author

    *Domestic shipping included -- first book will ship at end of campaign (if desired), new book will ship once published.

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    Patron Client

    Everything included in the Complete Author Package, but instead of a 30-minute call, you get a month of coaching or consulting with Ren (four 1-hour sessions via Skype) to support transforming your relationship with any animal(s) in your care.

    +One month of interspecies relationship coaching/consulting with Ren via Skype (4 one-hour sessions)

    ++Everything in the COMPLETE AUTHOR PACKAGE above

    *Domestic shipping included -- first book will ship at end of campaign (if desired), new book will ship once published.

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    Visit Phoenix Landing

    All-inclusive weekend of learning with me. You get yourself to my location - a private sanctuary in extreme Northern California. I will provide accommodations, food, and local transport for a full weekend (Sat-Sun) of learning with animals and exploring nature in one of the most beautiful landscapes in America. You can pick my brain, get hands on help relating to animals, or just use the time to pause and reflect in the company of an amazing herd of horses at the base of Mt Shasta. Plus, you get to hang out with the extraordinary Denali -- star of the new book!

    *You also receive all the digital content offered in the other packages as well as a signed, physical copy of both books.

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