It was literally a case of all hands, and paws, on deck at the RSPCA at Patcham on Sunday, 17th July.
The event was the Annual open day at Patcham, and the faithful students of the Healing Animals Organisation were out in full force.
One of the learning outcomes of the Diploma in Animal Healing with Elizabeth Whiter is that each group needs to organise and run a fund raising event for an animal charity through the Healing Animals Organisation. All students of the diploma course have at least one opportunity to work at this wonderful centre during their year. Patcham is self-funding with volunteers acting as trustees. It has a non-destruction policy, takes in many dogs from Ireland and animals from other branches, so the centre is usually full and in need of funding support. The variety of animals in care and the fantastic support of all the staff provide an ideal environment to hone the skills of a student animal healer. And it has to be said that over the years more than one student has taken an animal home from Patcham, with full permission of the staff of course!
So on the 17th, though rain clouds were threatening, Elizabeth drove her horse box and pulled up early onto the field, with Liz overseeing the whole operation , the first wave of students set up the Healing Animals marquee and dividing out the healing bays. A second wave arrived soon after, and as the event started at 10am more than 30 uniformed students were in place, attuned, grounded and protected, literature in hand inviting the public and their pets in.
This particular student group were two combined Module 3 groups, with students representing not only the breadth of the UK and Scotland, but also Sweden, Japan and America. Having spent the previous three days on Anatomy and Physiology study, it was good to be out in the very fresh Sussex air, getting hands on experience for this worthy cause. A few graduates were on hand to help, and let’s face it, to share in the fun of the Patcham experience. The original five healing bays had to be expanded to 6 as students settled in for both human and animal healing appointments. The horse box doubled as healing bays and tea room, the marquee expanded outside to keep up with the interest in book, CD and Natural Food Remedy oil sales, and even when the rains occasionally came, those seeking shelter were drawn into the welcoming atmosphere.
Throughout the day students smiled through sun and shade, and when they weren’t assigned to a healing bay, assisting security at the entrance or working at the RSPCA reception, they were venturing around the grounds to help. They offered healing to the group of ferrets at the ferret tent who had been busy being ambassadors all day, and to the police dogs and their handlers stationed alongside the arena. When rain threatened they rushed to help vendors cover their exposed tables. There were no limits, and isn’t this what healing is really all about?
This author was thrilled to be involved once again at Patcham, and as one of the graduates helping on the day I was pleased and proud to experience the boundless love and good will of the group. Students deftly guided excitable pups and stressed carers to calmer areas, booking appointments as needed and discussing the work of the organisation. As I walked the grounds that afternoon I met people who had been to the Healing Animals marquee. One woman smiled broadly as she told me that she was so glad she had healing for herself because she couldn’t believe that her back was now pain free. Another family with three exuberant dogs had Elizabeth’s book in hand, and told me how much they had enjoyed their pups getting healing so that the newest arrival, adopted just the day before, would feel more secure. They planned to attend the August meditation evening at Sussex. Another woman had come down from London to meet Elizabeth and see the work of the Organisation. She had attended the Healing Animals introductory talk at the London College of Psychic Studies earlier in the month, and was keen to take the diploma course. She stayed with the students for the rest of the day, joining in the manual work dismantling it all when the event closed.
The healing offered was again at only £5 for a 30 minute session, and the students raised £205.00 to help RSPCA Patcham with their valuable work. As the day drew to a close students gathered under the shelter for one more hug and a big thank you to Elizabeth and everyone involved in the day before packing up and setting off in all directions to catch flights and tackle motorways. In the coming months there are case studies and assignments to be done, and people and animals around the world to meet; all in a days work for an animal healer.