The Sacred Bones program is a conservation and education program that presently focuses on sharks, the hawksbill sea turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata), and the indigenous cultures of Hawai'i, southeastern United States, and Costa Rica. Sacred Bones Journeys are "educate to action" in that learners are asked to put knowledge into ethical action by creating a Compact with Nature that can inlcude proactive conservation or advocacy work .
The Trans-species Movement Project
The Trans‐species Movement Project is a series of courses, workshops, and individual explorations designed to create deeper understanding, communication and sharing between humans and other species. When coming into contact with others–whether the contact is
human‐to‐human or across species–it is essential to first consider the
quality of one's presence. Our presence is created through the meeting
of our environment with our mental, physical, and emotional states –
and is communicated largely nonverbally. Tuning into and refining
these qualities requires patience, practice, and courage to arrive in the
real‐time moments of contact, where we can open to possibility for
sharing and being together.
In an pilot workshop, Introduction to Being with Animals, Kerulos faculty member, Janet Kaylo, teaches movement‐centered, bodymind approaches to provide essential learning experiences for participants, an inclusive transspecies ethic and way of perceiving ourselves, animals and other nature. In mindfulness, this is called going
'home' to our self, where we can offer the best of ourselves to others and to
the world we move in. In psychology, this refers to becoming self-reflective:
aware of our sensations, our thoughts, and our feelings
within a present that is co‐created with our environment.
The Transpeace Project
The Transpeace Project is a collaborative work with elementary schools, a series of courses and activities about parrots, elephants, bears, and other animals. This program is designed to strengthen the bond between children and animals and cultivate responsible ethics and care of animals.
Courses: The Kerulos Learning Institute
The Kerulos Center offers a growing curriculum on the science and traditional knowledge about and from animals. We provide information and education through webinars, scientific and popular articles and books, and multi-media broadcasts.In addition to collaborative projects, publications, and website, we offer online courses and workshops.
TLCenters (Trans-species Learning Centers)
We are developing educational and care programs that put trans-species concepts and ethics into practice and aid animals in need of sanctuary and care. Learning comes not only from the classroom, but critically through experience. Experiential learning is particularly important to trans-species education because it puts into practice what we know and takes on meaning. Further, being and becoming trans-species--learning how perceive an act and communicate in ways that respect animals’ values and perspectives—begins actual reintegration with animal cultures. For more information please contact us.
Orphans and Elders
Hunting and fishing kill many wildlife elders leaving animal communities without traditional guidance and knowledge necessary for survival and cultural continuity. Families are broken and young are orphaned. Consequently, often humans must step in and take the place of mothers and fathers. Human mentors provide love and care that helps heal the trauma that comes with losing family and culture.
These individuals must also know how to teach young animals what and how to eat and the language and knowledge of the orphan's biological families so that they are able to mature and live successfully when they join free-ranging wildlife society. Human elders help stitch back the pieces of animal culture--they are "quilt makers". In so doing, people help transform violence into repair and atonement. Kerulos is developing programs to teach these arts and skills based on the deep knowledge of people who have lived intimately with wildlife and the animals themselves. For more information please contact us.
"bear family" in header image, C & C Bear Images