I’m very happy to be back visiting the amazing Green Chimneys…
Since gifting Sage and Phoenix to the Green Chimneys School in New York, several months ago (May 2012), the animal staff here have been doing an excellent job of caring for the two guys and carrying through on the early phases of training them. It’s really satisfying to see the camels doing so well. I’m honored to be back here to reconnect with Sage and Phoenix, and to be able to work and play with them once more. It’s great to be working again with some of the ladies at Green Chimneys, giving them a bit more coaching in the camels’ training, and learning from their experience as well. And it’s also really good to have Michael more involved this time around.
The two camels have grown taller and heftier in just a few months. Their coats are luxurious and their life at Green Chimneys has exposed them to a large variety of different animals, people and activities, all of which have become common-place occurrences for them now.
Sage and Phoenix are very fortunate to have such a great crew of people caring for them, and developing their abilities and characters so they will, in time, begin to more directly serve, guide and inspire the many children here at Green Chimneys. Samantha, Reyanne, Christina, Miyako, Maureen, Angela, Carol, and of course Michael, are each developing good and creative relationships with the camels.
Green Chimneys flew me back here a few days ago to check in with Sage and Phoenix and I’ve been happy to find things very close to where I expected, and where they should be at this point. By the time I leave on Saturday everyone here should have their next bundle of training “tools” sufficiently developed to steadily take things further with the camels.
With our final day together (Friday) we’ll consolidate things already gone over: leading-from-behind, lead-walking refinement, introductions to other species, body language, voice tonality, playfulness and seriousness of intent and focus. It will have been a very full four days of interaction for camels and people, after which both should take a break from anything resembling training for a good few days and let everything learned in this intensive be assimilated. Then, after a short hiatus, regroup, start again and go forward, steadily building on what we’ve put in place together…
I appreciate and respect the new friends I’ve made during my short visits here, and I’m honored to have been allowed into their work-lives and working community.
Gifting Sage and Phoenix to Green Chimneys was, and very much continues to be, a fine event, fulfilling many intentions for both parties. As these two young camels continue maturing I can see them becoming a powerful and enduring force at Green Chimneys, for the kids, for those who work here and for those fortunate to visit.
A sincere word of thanks is due to Dr. Sam Ross, who founded Green Chimneys, to Michael Kaufmann who played a major role in Sage and Phoenix coming here, and to Samantha Hough for very capably overseeing all the details of the camels’ lives.
Additionally, I want to acknowledge two amazing California women, Carolyn Resnick and Robin Gates, for their mentor-ship of my own engagement of the “Seven Waterhole Rituals” for training horses, camels and other herd animals.
And finally, what we are steadily, uniquely, developing from the always deepening resource of the Sacred Camel Gardens would not be happening without Adi Da Samraj’s Compassion and Wisdom toward all non-humans, and humans, alike… In actuality, the camels, Sage and Phoenix are a direct and personal Gift from Adi Da to Green Chimneys, in honor of the Sacred in all Life.