“The idea for the CATalyst emerged from the years I worked with combat veterans to de-stress them upon their return from desert, mountain, and jungle battlefields. I was privileged to use everything in my professional tool bag to help these battle-stressed vets decompress, reintegrate into society and find inner peace.
Sometime later, I attended a rather unusual seminar in Battleground, Indiana. The classroom wasn’t what you’d expect: no blackboard, no desks, no fluorescent lights. Instead I found myself standing in a fenced-in field, under a clear blue sky, facing a pack of wolves. I was taking a somewhat unorthodox class to learn how to engage wild animals to facilitate healing.
So here I am in jeans, t-shirt, and work boots surrounded by a pack of 8 wolves. The wolves inhabited a park where humans study wild animals in a controlled setting. Right now, I was questioning my sanity because as soon as we came through the gate, I saw the wolves notice us, charge out of the woods, up the hill, mouths open and eyes very focused. My heart was in my throat, but I knew if I freaked out things might not go well.
So, I quickly drew on my experience of de-stressing to stand my ground. I was fascinated (and relieved!) to see that as I calmed down, the wolves calmed down too. Then I decided to try something: I raised my energy level and instantly I watched them get agitated. They drew closer to me and some even made physical contact in a clearly aggressive manner.
THAT got my attention.
So, I brought my energy down again, and was surprised when they exactly mirrored that behavior almost instantly. In fact, some of the more aggressive wolves, who, minutes before were stalking me, walked over, sat down beside me and allowed me to embrace them – one of them even offered a lick or two.
In that moment, I had an amazing insight: that underneath, these wolves and the combat vets had a lot in common. On the outside was a wild, intense, intimidating personality, but on the inside was this naturally, centered, balanced, peaceful being. As I walked away from this encounter, I was a changed man…and now on a mission.
And that’s how it all started. From there, I went on to develop and launch The CATalyst, a groundbreaking, experiential program involving many species- bringing together man and beast in mutually beneficial ways.”
Kevin Rose, Founder of The CATalyst
“The shift that I experienced in the presence of you and the animals has enabled me to carry a new awareness into patient care. We are seeing subtle results, especially in patients with addiction and PTSD. I definitely see this method as an additional treatment tool for individuals with behavior/emotional patterning in which pharmaceutical effectiveness is limited.
Having experienced this powerful work in my own tissues, as a healthcare professional I know that the concept of healing that you are facilitating through The CATalyst can ‘move mountains’ one moment at a time by applying one awareness at a time, gracefully and gently. The potential domino effect that this interspecies healing can have is infinite.”
– Sheela Chokshi, MD, Physician Leader of the Integrative Medicine Program, Tampa General HospitalClick here to MEET YOUR TEACHERS