Why with Animals?
"When I am with my dog I am free to be myself."
"There is nothing like relaxing with my cat after a stressful day at work."
"The best part of my day is when I can be in nature and I get to see a deer or a hawk fly by."
When we are with our animal companions or immersed in nature, we feel different. What is different?
By becoming aware of this, we take the first step towards improving our life, and - indirectly - impact the life of the animals around us.
In my coaching practice I work both with individual clients and small groups.
I offer two kinds of coaching:
- regular life-coaching (for non-pet owners)
- coaching for pet-owners or "animal lovers"
WORKSHOPS FOR ANIMAL SHELTERS
I support animal rescues, shelters and other animal welfare non-profits by offering free trainings and workshops. These trainings focus on the specific needs of either:
-shelter staff and volunteers
-clients and prospective (new) pet-owners.
One thing is to talk about our relationship with our animal companions.
Another is to talk about our expectations towards nature and wildlife, especially when we are asked to alter our behavior to keep wildlife from becoming an issue (for example storing garbage cans in the garage to avoid attracting black bears).
I offer workshops and seminars to address our responsibility towards wildlife and propose ways to reduce human-wildlife conflict.
I am a professional Life-Coach, specialized in Ontological Coaching. I hold a Master’s Degree in Cognitive and Interpersonal Communication from Portland State University and have been teaching Communication classes for almost 10 years.
My passion for Coaching and Communication has brought me to many corners of the world, giving me the opportunity to explore a wide diversity of cultures and languages. Before moving to the U.S., I worked for large corporations as well as startups, both as a consultant and a trainer.
Over the past twenty years I have lived and worked in several countries including Italy, Germany, China, and the U.S. (Oregon, Texas and Colorado).
People ask me if I am an animal behaviorist or an animal expert. What I know about animals comes from direct experience: volunteer work in shelters around the world, over twenty summers spent working on a farm in Italy and volunteering as a bear-sitter and wildlife advocate with Boulder Bear Coalition in Colorado.
I have learned a lot both about animals and about myself from my interactions with these amazing beings. Animals have become an essential part of my life: they coach me on acknowledging my emotions and on trusting my intuition. Working with animals has turned me into a better listener and has strengthened in me the sense of unconditional love and respect.
WHY life-COACHING WITH an ANIMAL? i don't have an issue with my pet.
Animals provide a safe haven: with them we feel accepted, appreciated, loved and most importantly, safe. In the coaching I offer, we start by looking at the relationship you have with your animal and the role it plays in your life: even just a simple reflection on this offers a different context for the issues where we might focus the coaching.
why coach me when it's my pet who is the problem?
When there are issues in the relationship with your pet, it is of course important to look at its behavior. But it is also important - and often overlooked - to look at your expectations as the owner of the animal, and how those help shape or reinforce the undesired behavior.
Workshops & Seminars
The relationship between people and animals is as rich as it is complex. A lot has been written on the subject, and every year new books by experts offer us a fresh perspective.
So why a workshop on animal-human relationship?
The goals of these educational events vary a lot depending on the focus of the organization.
In general these workshops offer an opportunity to reflect on the animal-human relationship, to identify the stories we construct around animal needs and desires, and how those can serve or hinder our wellbeing as well as the wellbeing of animals.
What expectations do we hold toward animals?
What are recurring stories in our head regarding animals and their role in our life?
What would happen (to us and to them) if we slightly changed those stories?
WHY DOES THIS MATTER?
Because we are missing out on something.
Too often we limit ourselves to a rational analysis of our experience. We reflect on what our mind tells us.
- What is there about all that is not "mind"? What about our sensations, emotions, gut feelings?
- Do we listen to those as well? Do we even realize those sensations are part of the experience?
- What about our animal?
- Do we stop to look at our pet and their needs and desires, beyond the day to day things?
Too often we realize that we don't know how to move past the level of the mind, past the rational experience.
Once we make room for this reflection, what happens in our relationship with animals and in our life?
I invite you to come and experience a new and exciting journey of discovery.
Why do I see a need to offer seminars on wildlife?
Because while many people enjoy living in close proximity with wildlife, not many are ready to take the responsibility that comes with that proximity.
Starting to change our habits, becoming mindful of our actions and bringing awareness to our sense of entitlement towards nature are issues that are addressed in my seminars.
I volunteer as a bear-sitter in Boulder. During my work in the field, I educate community members on issues related to black bears and our interaction with wildlife in general.
I am also part of Boulder Bear Coalition (www.boulderbearcoalition.org), a volunteer-based non-profit that seeks to keep black bears wild and alive. While part of our work is done in the field, keeping an eye on bears, a lot of effort is focused on educating people about wildlife and in working directly with the City, City Council and CPW to find alternative solutions to wildlife management.