Animal Communicator Courses
Helle Espensen – a certified BodyTalk practitioner and non-verbal communicator, a donkey whisperer, is also Donkey Dreamland’s Honorary Vice-President. Helle grew up in Denmark and moved to Spain in her early 20’s working in international management and media. In 2010, being at the top of her game in professional communication and observational skills – and feeling quite content and pleased with her life, she was not expecting to have her entire belief system, lifestyle and personal vision deeply challenged by an incredible insight into quantum theory, while hiking on a donkey trail in Mallorca. She stepped straight out of her corporate heels and into soul-nourishing boots, devoting herself fully to energy medicine, consciousness work and non-verbal communication. Since obtaining her certification in 2012 Helle has run a clinic in Southern Spain, where she treats humans and animals from all over the world. Selling her company enabled her to dig even deeper into the Animal Kingdom, and when Amaya opened Donkey Dreamland was one of her very first visitors. Since then she has been part of the team of volunteers, focusing mainly on non-verbal communication with the donkeys
Yoga with Caroline
Caroline Makwana inherited her love for animals from her father who constantly rescued dogs with the excuse that they followed him home. As a result, she always dreamed of establishing her own dog Sanctuary but between life and work never found the moment. After a traumatic period, a friend introduced her to “Bikram Yoga” and she was quickly hooked as it took her mind off all the negative things, so she trained to become an instructor. Caroline met Amaya and Donkey Dreamland through Facebook and that same day visited and fell in love with the Sanctuary and the work Amaya and her team do. She is delighted to do her class of Bikram Yoga without the heat of a room, but with the kindness of the beautiful surrounding them.
Donkey Assisted Therapy
Verónica Sánchez is a psychologist specialising in Equine Assisted Therapy and Nature and Forest Therapy. She fell in love with donkeys 15 years ago., during a trip in Ethiopia.
That trip changed her life. It was then that she decided to make a tribute to donkeys and spread the word about this marvellous and widely mistreated animal. Since then she has dedicated her life to donkeys. She started a small donkey charity in Madrid to get people, donkeys and nature together and a few years later she joined the biggest donkey organization in the world, The Donkey Sanctuary, as Country Manager in Spain. For 8 years she has been rescuing and helping thousands of donkeys in Spain, Portugal, Morocco, Greece and Palestine, and learning so much about their behaviour, history, needs.
“I am very happy to be part of Donkey Dreamland and developing the project of Donkey Assisted Therapy, where we work to improve human and donkey’s well-being based on therapeutic interactions that benefit both parts.”
Recharge with Simona
Simona’s dad is acupuncturist, healer and osteopath, so she was lucky to learn from him when very young. She vividly remembers when she was aged 14 he gave her a tiny book called “Creative Visualization”. She was already into meditation and learned how to use visualization to program her mind. Simona studied osteopathy under the famous Russian osteopath Dr Chikurov and also studied Medicine and Nutrition. In 2016 she studied Pranayama Yoga from Himalayan master Swami Samarpan.
Also in Asia she learned Qigong with the incredible teacher Jani Makinen (Mantak Chía school). After moving to Spain she started to work on a project she called “Recharge”: Qigong, breathing, aromatherapy, self-massage, to give treatments (Chinese cupping, massage, reflexology, acupressure, etc. and to organize Healing Tour.
Simona says she was lucky to find a magical land of peace to practice and share her knowledge at Donkey Dreamland. In a little group you move, breath, meditate and refill your energy resources…
During the school holidays – particularly the long Summer holiday, parents are often looking at ways of keeping their children interested and occupied. One of the best ways to keep them occupied is to get them outside and enjoying a activities they will love. Better still if they are able to learn new skills which they could use throughout their whole lives. The holidays are for relaxing, but also make a great time to learn something. Children get far more out of a break if they use it to discover a new skill or ability. Spending time at Donkey Dreamland has the advantage of taking them outside, away from their screens and your kids will make the most of the sunshine and fresh air doing multiple activities and learning all about animal husbandry whilst also having amazing fun.
Most months, Donkey Dreamland offers a variety of activities in collaboration with local businesses. This could be a food and drink event or a country fayre promoting local organic food producers and their wares. Follow us on Social Media in order to be kept up-to-date with these events.
Paella with Pedro
Award Winning paella chef Pedro Martín will host you and your family and friends with an amazing paella event. Pedro is from a Malaga family with a long tradition of restaurateurs, but his love of travelling took him to New York where he worked for many years. We are delighted that he has chosen to collaborate with Donkey Dreamland.
Donkey Walks with Amaya
Amaya is the founder of Donkey Dreamland and it exists due to her passion for donkeys. Amaya will take you and some donkeys around the countryside surrounding the sanctuary and explain the background of each donkey. She will also tell her story and what drove her to set up the project to rescue and rehabilitate of these beautiful creatures.