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Lauren Mccall

Lauren Mccall

Lauren has lived in eight different countries, including Barcelona where as a child her first experience with an animal was a lion cub; a rather unusual gift from the zoo. As the lion got older, and larger, it moved to a more suitable habitat, but the experience of forming a close understanding with an animal never left her.

After getting her MA in International Relations, Lauren embarked on a long career as a marketing specialist. Her move from England back to the US in 1998 proved to be a turning point in her life. The family Malamute's health and behavior issues drew Lauren to the Tellington TTouch Training and animal communication. Realizing how effective Tellington TTouch Method was, she became a Practitioner and worked briefly as the Executive Director of the TTouch organization. Lauren continues to enjoy sharing the benefits of TTouch with people whose animals are experiencing health or behavior issues. However, it is the bond, the heart connection that TTouch enables people to make with their animal companions that truly excites her.

Through her work as an animal communicator, Lauren became interested in helping people with pet loss by presenting the animal's perspective on life and death. Her book, The Eternal Gift, is a #1 best seller in Japan. She divides her time between teaching groups and giving private sessions on TTouch and animal communication in several countries.

Lauren was made a Tellington TTouch Method Instructor for Asia, in the spring of 2010. She currently lives in Oregon with her partner, a dog, cat, rabbit and two very squeaky guinea pigs. To learn more about Lauren, visit her website www.IntegratedAnimal.com.

Tina Constance

Tina Constance

Tina has worked with animals for many years and joined one of the first TTouch Practitioner Training Programs in the UK. She has worked as a Practitioner for Companion Animals and Horses for over thirteen years and became an Instructor in 2009. Tina has worked at Tilley Farm, the centre for TTouch in the UK, for the past eight years and is a valuable member of the team.

Tina works closely with Sarah Fisher and has appeared in all of Sarah's books. She works with the horses coming in to the farm for rehabilitation and training, assists on every Practitioner Training Clinic and sees private clients on a one to one basis. Tina also teaches workshops and travels with Sarah around the UK.

Tina is the proud owner of a Springer Spaniel, one horse and one pony. Her horse, Wellington, came to Tilley Farm in 2005 and had multiple problems. The Tellington TTouch Method has been an invaluable part of his rehabilitation and Tina has been successfully competing him in the Veteran showing classes. Contact Tina at team@web.de

Eugenie Chopin

Eugenie Chopin

Congratulation to Eugénie for becoming the first TTouch Instructor in South Africa! Eugénie was recently honoured by Linda Tellington-Jones at a Tellington TTouch CELLebration in Santa Fe, New Mexico for her years of work in this field along with her tireless energy in promoting the work in South Africa.

Eugénie is American born from Louisiana, although she has now been in South Africa for over 35 years. She was an animal lover from a young age but was never allowed a dog as a child as her father was handicapped and on crutches. She maintains she's still trying to make up for it! Eugénie came to Tellington TTouch Training when her dog SPCA special, Danilo became the neighbourhood villain and bully. After trying many traditional methods she came upon TTouch, which not only changed both their lives, but probably saved Danilo's as well. Eugénie maintains that most unwanted behaviours that clients want to work with, she has experienced with Danilo, and so empathy and experience come fairly easily!

The results with Danilo were so amazing that Eugénie soon wanted to share the work and thus began the Tellington TTouch Program in South Africa. She runs this Program and the TTouch Office in South Africa and works to ensure that practitioners stay current with new techniques as well as old ones. The program has been running since 2001 and South Africa now boasts over 75 Practitioners.

Eugénie has a Master's degree in Applied Music and spent many years performing Opera and teaching singers. She never dreamt that she would end up following a career with animals. Her real passion is dogs and she loves teaching people about ways to interact with animals that are neither frightening nor forceful. Because of this, she has spent extra time in the US becoming an expert on clicker training which she combines with TTouch when it's appropriate and useful.

Eugénie runs 2 or 3 Day Clinics, 6-week Classes and consults privately. She has done television spots for both 50/50 and South Africa Today as well as other "specialty programs", written articles for leading animal magazines and done numerous radio interviews. She also teaches week long TTouch trainings for the South African Police Dog Unit. She maintains that life is full and good and yes it is possible to work with the things you love!   www.ttouch.co.za

Sarah Fisher

Sarah Fisher

Sarah trained with Linda Tellington Jones and Robyn Hood and is the UK's highest qualified Equine and Companion Animal Instructor for Tellington TTouch Training.

She runs the UK office for Tellington TTouch International, writes for national magazines and teaches one and two day workshops as well as working with private clients.

Sarah works with the Holly Hedge Sanctuary and Battersea Dogs Home. She also teaches staff workshops for many national animal charities including Wood Green, DogsTrust (NCDL) and the Thoroughbred Rehabilitation Centre.

Sarah runs the teaching Centre for Tellington TTouch. For further information contact Sarah Fisher, Tilley Farm, Farmborough, Nr Bath Somerset BA2 0AB Email: sarahfisher@ttouchtteam.co.uk   Telephone: 01761-471182.

Edie Jane Eaton

Edie Jane Eaton

Born in New Zealand, Edie Jane spent much of her childhood living in Ireland where her father, a Canadian diplomat, was posted. One of her first priorities upon arrival in Ireland was to find a way to get near a horse, and eventually she persuaded her parents to buy her a pony to join the donkey, a lamb, and various cats, dogs and a hamster.

Edie Jane's interest in horses was never quite outgrown and when she settled in Canada, she started a small teaching and thoroughbred breeding stable. In 1980 Edie Jane became intrigued by the Feldenkrais Method, having seen it's influence on human recovery from physical and mental impairments. A Feldenkrais Practitioner told her about Linda Tellington-Jones and a weekend demonstration in Toronto began her involvement with Tellington TTouch Training. Edie Jane's fascination with the Feldenkrais Method - the principles of which underlie the Tellington TTouch Method - led her to become a Feldenkrais Practitioner.

She also travels the world as a Tellington TTouch Instructor. When not traveling and teaching, Edie Jane keeps busy with her private Feldenkrais practice and workshops, and delights in being at home with her friends, family and her garden. For more information about Edie Jane, visit her website www.ListeningToWhispers.com.

Debby Potts

Debby Potts

For as long as she can remember, Debby knew she would spend her life working with animals. She began to live the TTouch philosophy of creative problem solving even before she had any idea this would be her life’s work; she was extremely allergic to anything covered with hair or fur!

Of course she dreamed of having a dog. Her turtle named Herman and her canary, Tangie, were wonderful but it wasn’t the same as thoughts of walks around the block with her very own dog. One day her parents learned that poodles didn’t shed. Shoni, a silver miniature poodle, soon became her best friend.

Debby’s interest in health and well-being was sparked by her childhood companion animals, and continued with her becoming one of Oregon's first board certified veterinary technicians. She grew up breeding and showing horses, which gave her an extensive background into working with many different breeds and disciplines of horses. A horse born with severe neurological damage initially brought Debby to Tellington TTouch Training in 1984 after the veterinarians had done all they could to help the filly. The amazing progress Spirit made inspired Debby to use the Tellington techniques to improve the lives of animals and their people on a physical, mental and emotional level.

Debby’s passion for helping people and animals in a fun, positive and creative way is evident in the many workshops and trainings she teaches every year. She has been a popular speaker at various international conferences including the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and the International Symposium on Rescue Dogs. She established TTouch in Japan and oversees the Tellington TTouch Companion Animal Practitioner Training there.

From the beginning, Debby has used the Tellington Method to help humans as well as animals. Today Debby frequently works with people to help them reduce pain, recover from illness or injury and to improve mobility and function. She finds the Tellington work and philosophy to be an important part of helping people to find balance and well being in their lives. She often says, “TTouch isn’t just what I do, it’s who I am.” TTouch philosophy has strongly influenced her life and that of her family. Her two wonderful sons were raised with these concepts and often asked their mom for TTouch when they had bumps and bruises.

Debby travels much of the year teaching trainings and working privately with individuals in North America, Europe, South Africa and various parts of Asia. She lives near Portland, Oregon with her human and animal family. For more information about Debby visit her website www.IntegratedAnimal.com.

Lindy Dekker

Lindy Dekker

Lindy started riding at age 10 in Stellenbosch near Cape Town, South Africa. The majority of the horses were rescued racehorses with problems. She was always surrounded by animals and her parental home was never without at least two dogs and two cats. She was given a rescued donkey in 1967 and had him for four years.

After studying Biochemistry, Microbiology and Genetics at university, Lindy moved with her husband Rick to Johannesburg in 1979. There she changed careers to become a computer programmer, and she is still involved in doing support for a consulting company.

In 1987 Lindy reached her dream and acquired her first horse 'Babyshoes' (ex-racehorse TB gelding) who stayed with her for nearly 21 years. Lindy has competed in dressage to Elementary level. In March, 1999 she attended a Natural Healing course for animals that included Reiki and Aromatherapy as well as an introduction to the Tellington TTouch Method. She started her own therapy business in 2000. In January, 2001 she attended her first five-day TTouch workshop for horses and hasn't looked back. She has been organizing the Tellington TTouch practitioner training clinics in Johannesburg since 2002.

Now Lindy is a Tellington TTouch Instructor for Companion Animals and for Horses. Besides organizing the practitioner training clinics for the Tellington TTouch Method for horses, she gives clinics as well as private consultations for both horses and companion animals while traveling to all sorts of interesting places!

To learn more about Lindy, visit her website, www.lindydekker.com.

Dr. Daniela Zurr, DVM

Dr. Daniela Zurr, DVM

Dr. Daniela Zurr, DVM

Daniela qualified from Hannover Veterinary School in 1999. In 2000 she finished her research thesis about Green Iguanas. Since then she has been working in a holistic veterinary practice near Nuremberg, South of Germany. She is a certified behavior veterinarian and TTouch-for-you Practitioner. Additional to her work at the veterinary clinic she works as a consultant for zoos and private exotic animal owners. She has published two books and many articles about holistic behavior medicine and is a regular speaker at veterinary conferences.

She is a member of the European Society for Veterinary Clinical Ethology and the secretary of the German Associaton of Veterinary Behavior medicine (Gesellschaft für Tierverhaltensmedizin und –therapie). She working on establishing the method in the training of behavioral veterinarians and is  teaching the first Tellington TTouch Method Practitioner program in Portugal.   tteam@web.de

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Tellington TTouch-for-You®

Enter this online program anytime, listen to empowering previous class recordings, become part of the private Facebook group with our global community, and join us for upcoming live, interactive classes in the TTouch-for-You® six-month online program called "Co-Creating Heaven-on-Earth - Awaken Your Perfection" where we will be merging Quantum Science, Spirituality & TTouch-for-You®. Live classes are March 3, April 14, May 5, June 2, July 7 and August 11, 2019 with Linda teaching. And you can access the recordings anytime 24/7, year round. 

Tellington TTouch-for-You®

Enter this online program anytime, listen to empowering previous class recordings, become part of the private Facebook group with our global community, and join us for upcoming live, interactive classes in the TTouch-for-You® six-month online program called "Co-Creating Heaven-on-Earth - Awaken Your Perfection" where we will be merging Quantum Science, Spirituality & TTouch-for-You®. Live classes are March 3, April 14, May 5, June 2, July 7 and August 11, 2019 with Linda teaching. And you can access the recordings anytime 24/7, year round. 

Tellington TTouch-for-You®

Enter this online program anytime, listen to empowering previous class recordings, become part of the private Facebook group with our global community, and join us for upcoming live, interactive classes in the TTouch-for-You® six-month online program called "Co-Creating Heaven-on-Earth - Awaken Your Perfection" where we will be merging Quantum Science, Spirituality & TTouch-for-You®. Live classes are March 3, April 14, May 5, June 2, July 7 and August 11, 2019 with Linda teaching. And you can access the recordings anytime 24/7, year round. 

Tellington TTouch-for-You®

Enter this online program anytime, listen to empowering previous class recordings, become part of the private Facebook group with our global community, and join us for upcoming live, interactive classes in the TTouch-for-You® six-month online program called "Co-Creating Heaven-on-Earth - Awaken Your Perfection" where we will be merging Quantum Science, Spirituality & TTouch-for-You®. Live classes are March 3, April 14, May 5, June 2, July 7 and August 11, 2019 with Linda teaching. And you can access the recordings anytime 24/7, year round. 

Worldwide > Animal Ambassadors International

1985 Animal Ambassadors International in Gorky Park

TTEAM News International May, 1985 Vol 5 No 2 P. 13

I had so many highlights in this trip, I can’t say which is the highest, but the thrill of the self initiation of 150 children and adults into the Animal Ambassadors International® concept is impressed most deeply in my mind. On Sunday, April 14th, 1 gave a three hour presentation of my interspecies work to members, of all ages, of the Gorky Park Family Club. They had been well prepared for my visit by freelance journalist Andre Orlov. The month before my visit, Andre had presented the dolphin legend to the group and had them accompany the flute of Paul Winter and the howling wolves which Andre had from a personal interview with Paul in Moscow. The universe works in amazing ways. The same week that I had written my vision of the second phase of Animal Ambassadors International - that we humans should be ambassadors for the animal kingdom and speak for them - Andre had presented the same idea in a different way to this group. He told them that American Indians in the past had chosen various animals as protection for themselves. These were their totems. Andre suggested that now we become the totems for the animals. In junior high school Andre was an Indian as part of their school function. He had an American Indian name and his class had a private, locked room which was filled with Indian artifacts and officially recognized by the teachers. Only members of the Indian council could enter the room and the responsibility was passed along very seriously.

That custom still exists in his school today in the central part of the USSR and I intend to take some Indian artifacts back with me to send to the school. If any of you have any Indian books or other material you'd like to send with me to Moscow in July, it would make a wonderful connection.

In my presentation I led the group in doing the TTouch on each other. Since this was not a horse group, each person being worked on decided what kind of an animal he or she would be. I also shared the idea of Animal Ambassadors International and we all closed our eyes and did a dolphin breathing meditation together during which each person chose an animal that they would like to protect. We shared animals and one six-year old asked if I thought a type of minute snail was important enough and if so, how could he do the TTouch on it. I said small beings are as important as the large ones. You can touch these snails with your "mind."

I wore my Indian ceremonial dress and of course shared with them that I am adopted Cherokee Indian, having felt the spirit of an Indian in me all my life. Andre translated the messages from Orca whales which I received last year. Because he has written so much about my work in the Soviet media, he knows the whale messages almost as well as I do. There was an easy feeling of flow as though the translation was almost a non-verbal communication with the group.

I finished my presentation by reading an Indian 'give-away' poem. During the reading everyone closed their eyes and I had them visualize that they were American Indians sitting on the central plains 100 years ago - feeling the whisper of the wind stirring the grass and their hair - feeling the rhythmical breathing of Mother Earth under their haunches as they say upon her - feeling the stirrings of memory in their beings of that American Indian connection to the forefathers who came across the Bering Strait from Siberia many generations ago. Our connections were very powerful and Andre is translating the poem to Russian.

NOTE: TTEAM is an acronym of "Tellington TTouch Equine Awareness Method." Since this article was written, Linda decided to use a brand name for all the facets of the TTouch organization. Currently, that is Tellington TTouch® Training.

1984 The Early Days of Animal Ambassadors International

In July, 1984 Linda Tellington-Jones was inspired to visit the Soviet Union to see if she could make connections directly with Soviet citizens by sharing the Tellington TTouch Equine Awareness Method. When doors began opening through the horse and zoo connections, Linda realized the unique value of the animals as connectors. The Animal Ambassadors International® project was conceived as a result of this bridging.

In the TTEAM Newsletter she suggested to TTEAM club members who were interested in world peace that they write letters. These would be taken to horse people in Moscow. The letters should include a photo of a favorite "animal ambassador." In North America and Europe the idea was greeted with enthusiasm and, wonder of wonders, it was actually possible to make contact with Soviet citizens and that the connections came because of the animal kingdom.

In subsequent trips to Moscow the contacts expanded and strengthened. Linda demonstrated the work to several hundred riders at the Hippodrome in December of 1984. She also taught eight Soviet veterinarians became members of the TTEAM club and use TTEAM & TTouch in their practices. In April, 1985 two American TTEAM teachers accompanied her to Moscow and assisted teaching veterinarians and the Soviet Olympic jumping TTEAM. Linda was invited by the director of the Moscow Bitsa Olympic Sports Complex to teach courses in July and December of 1985, and April of 1986.

Not only horses have been successful as animal ambassadors. In Moscow's Gorky Park on Sunday April 14, 150 children and adults joined Animal Ambassadors International® after Linda spoke of her work with zoo animals and cats and dogs. Freelance journalist Andre Orlov had organized the meeting in March when he spoke to the Gorky Park Family Club about the animal ambassadors concept. He related the American Indian custom of choosing an animal totem as a personal protector, and suggested that humans now needed to protect the animals. Humans then become ambassadors for the animal kingdom.

Part of Linda's presentation was a "dolphin breathing" session. With eyes closed, each person listened to Linda and envisioned which animal would be theirs to protect. The group then shared their experiences. One six-year old asked if Linda thought a snail was important enough and if so, how could he do the TTouch on it. Linda answered: "Small beings are as important as the large ones. You can TTouch these snails with your mind." Through this mutual sharing Animal Ambassadors International® took on new form, as these 150 people of all ages joined the hundreds in other parts of the world who share this growing concept.

In April, Alexander and Nana Zguridy, the "Disneys among film producers of the Soviet Union," became inspired by the Animal Ambassador concept and proposed that it be officially recognized in the USSR. Alexander planned to present the idea in his UNICEF speech in Italy in July of 1985.

The TTEAM work has been internationally recognized for many years. LTJ has a TTEAM center in Canada and in Europe. There have been several television documentaries of the work. The TTEAM newsletter is printed in three languages and is mailed to 12 countries.

Linda's vision of the work with animals has inspired TTEAM Practitioners who are also school teacher to adapt the Animal Ambassador for school children. The Animal Ambassador concept has a very solid start.

The next step of LTJ's vision was to teach the TTouch for humans in the USSR. She did the TTouch with various humans in Moscow, both in the diplomatic corps and private Soviet citizens with untreatable illnesses. Her intention was to make the work available as a means for self-help, and possibly as a part of massage training.

Linda considers the bridging work with the Soviet Union to be a most important achievement. Being a "citizen and animal ambassador" and bringing new connections between peoples is a contribution to planetary peace. Recognizing the role and importance of the animal kingdom is also essential to our survival on the planet.

This is a telescopic view of the vision for TTEAM and Animal Ambassadors International®. There are ongoing projects which have been evolving over the past years and now are in a stage of blossoming. This work brings people together with a new way of understanding and relating to the animal kingdom.

NOTE: TTEAM is an acronym of "Tellington TTouch Equine Awareness Method." Since this article was written, Linda decided to use a brand name for all the facets of our organization. Currently, that is Tellington TTouch® Training.