Letting Animals Lead Us
to a Better Future

Recordings from
SARA's Online Conference

Held on February 2 – 4, 2023

For the world to change, the way we interact with animals needs to change.

The Shelter Animal Reiki Association has brought together leaders in the world of animal advocacy to share with you how you can make the biggest impact for the good of all animals.  

The Shelter Animal Reiki Association (SARA), a global non-profit renowned for its work bringing peace and stress relief to shelter and sanctuary animals since 2008, were motivated to organize a groundbreaking, online conference because they know that for the world to change, the way we interact with animals needs to change. Animals show us daily how to be better, kinder, and more resilient—and now it’s time to follow their lead.

In this recording packet, you will learn from wisdom teachers, authors, professors, animal advocates, and veterinarians how you can empower yourself to light the way to a brighter future.

This diverse group of experts distills their collective wisdom and compassion by offering practical, down-to-earth tips that make a profound difference in the lives of our animals, ourselves, and the world around us.

In these recordings, you will: 

  • Discover simple, everyday choices that promote a more sustainable lifestyle
  • Learn why cultivating compassion matters, and how to do it
  • Practice a powerful mantra for the support and healing of animals
  • Explore how plant-based foods create a more compassionate future
  • Learn simple techniques for listening to animals
  • Enjoy a guided meditation for a deeper connection to animals
  • Discover how nutrition keeps your animals happy and health
  • Hear from founders of animal sanctuaries about how they stay positive in the face of suffering
  • And so much more!


David Michie
Founder of Mindful Safari, Writer, Presenter

Professor Dr. Brinda Jegatheesan, MEd, PhD
Associate Professor, Learning Sciences & Human Development, University of Washington

Dr. Cara Gubbins
Published author and Animal Communication expert

Dr. Gary Richter, M.S., D.V.M., C.V.C., C.V.A.
Integrative Veterinarian
Holistic Veterinary Care

Dr. Marc Malek, DVM
Foothill Farms Veterinary Hospital

Dr. Sally Lane, MS, DVM, CVA, CCRT
Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist, Herbalist, & Rehabilitation Therapist, Animal Reiki Practitioner

Gail Pope
President & Founder

Gay A. Bradshaw, PhD
Author and Executive Director
The Kerulos Center for Non Violence

Kathleen Prasad
Animal Reiki Source

Kathy Stevens
Catskill Animal Sanctuary

Marc Bekoff, PhD
Professor emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder, a Fellow of the Animal Behavior Society, and a past Guggenheim Fellow

Neda DeMayo
President and Founder
Return to Freedom

Rachel Wright
Tree of Life For Animals (TOLFA)

Reverend William Melton
Compassion Consortium

Victoria Moran
Founder and Director
Main Street Vegan Academy

Module 1 Letting Animals Lead Conference Sessions
Session 1 Helping Animals through Compassionate Conservation with Marc Bekoff, PhD
Session 2 The Bond Between Animals and Children and Why It's Important for Mental Health with Dr. Brinda Jegatheesan
Session 3 How to Listen to What the Animals Are Telling Us with Dr. Cara Gubbins
Session 4 How an Optimal Diet Can Help Prevent Disease in Animals with Dr. Gary Richter
Session 5 A Kinder, Gentler Approach to Veterinary Practice with Dr. Marc Malek and Dr. Sally Lane
Session 6 Compassionate Food Choices Made Easy with Victoria Moran
Session 7 Rethinking our Relationship with Farmed Animals with Kathy Stevens
Session 8 Preserving Our National Treasures: Wild Mustangs and Burros with Neda DeMayo
Session 9 Animal Advocacy in India: Providing Care for the Most Vulnerable with Rachel Wright
Session 10 A Compassionate Prayer for All Animals and Beings with Reverend William Melton
Session 11 How Letting Animals Lead Their Reiki Sessions Helps Them Heal with Kathleen Prasad
Session 12 Supporting Animals with Mindfulness and Meditation with David Michie
Session 13 How Treating Animals as Sacred Beings Creates Balance in Our World with Gay Bradshaw
Session 14 Hospice with Animals with Gail Pope
Session 15 Closing Session - Wrap Up and Q&A with Some of the Speakers

Even in dark times, there is always light. Together, with the guidance of these experts, we can create more light in the world for animals and ourselves! 

We’d like to give a special thank you to our Platinum sponsor, Rockster Superfood for Dogs, for being our Platinum sponsor and making our conference possible. 

If you are looking for a sustainable, TRULY organic (most organic isn’t organic), BPA free, superfood for your dog, please be sure to check out RocksterRockster has just arrived in the U.S. from the U.K. and can purchased online today at Pet Flow or Baxterboo. Thank you Rockster


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