About Founder: Kathryn Shanti Ariel

Kathrine Shanti Ariel-27 photo with Ishnahnay 1



My life – Earthwise Institute’s Inspiration

From a small child, nature and the Earth herself has been my dearest friend. I could hear her voice, like any person’s voice, and so I listened and she taught me great wisdom. This wisdom was expanded into tangible applications in part through my parents tutelage, and in part by my own inquisitive nature. Earthwise Institute has been created through which this wisdom is to be shared with all who are ready to listen to God’s voice in all of life and embrace the journey of restoring Divine harmony within and between all of Earth’s kingdoms. We are all family.

The idea of Earthwise Institute was first begun in the 1990’s while I was living in San Diego. It was inspired in part by the memory of my Outdoor Education instructors who wrote me saying that I had a true gift in the field of nature interpretation and education when life choices had taken me down another path. In my heart I had known then that a time would come when my passion and abilities to share nature’s gifts consciously would bring me full circle.

The initial startup of Earthwise Institute was stalled by my Mother’s passing,followed by my relocating to Mount Shasta, CA, a spiritual meca which opened a new and very challenging segment of my life. As part of this new spiritual exploration, I changed the name to in 2004 to Song of the Dove Foundation in parallel to my legally changing my birth name of Deborah Robin Field to Kathryn Shanti Ariel. Some headway was made with Song of the Dove Foundation, the primary element being the writing of two books, one which has been published (Holistic Emergency Care and Trauma Recovery for Animals) and the other which is still in progress (Wolfdog Diaries – A Conscious Communication with Nature).

As the publication of the holistic emergency care book I realized that people were unclear as to the meaning of Song of the Dove Foundation (song of peace) so I returned to Earthwise Institute, creating the new website and setting forth intention to truly bring this vision to life. So forward we go, I with much greater wisdom acquired from my journey, wisdom that I trust will allow me to reach out to the world in a much more compassionate and aware manner, both in creating the Earthwise Institute family and a bridge of conscious caring to those who we will serve.

Namaste — Kathryn Shanti Ariel


Kathryn’s Bio

Lifelong passions compelled Kathryn Shanti Ariel to help pioneer a new movement in health care: the use of Holistic Healing modalities for Emergency Care and Trauma Recovery, in both humans and animals.

Her greatest inspiration has come from communing with Nature in all its forms. From birth, she felt a deep soul connection to Earth’s creatures (both seen and unseen), which naturally found its expression in her service as a Medical Intuitive and Interspecies Communicator.

Love of learning led Kathryn to embrace a wide variety of training: a degree in Outdoor Education from the University of West Florida, Mountaineering Training through the Sierra Club, Nature Camp in the Wind River Mountains of Wyoming with the Audubon Society, First Aid and CPR Training from the Red Cross, and studies in Naturopathy, Macro Nutrition, Massage, Homeopathy, Herbology, Energy Healing, and Flower Essences.

A maturing of experiential wisdom came through years of work with the Sierra Club, Audubon, Greenpeace, Project Wildlife, Fund for Animals, Defenders of Wildlife, Native Plant Society, Girl Scouts, and the Red Cross. As an Herbalist, Nature Interpreter, and Traditional (“Alternative”) Medicine Advocate, Kathryn embraces the Indigenous Sciences, working with minerals, plants, animals, and humans, believing that all beings are alive with spirit and have purpose within the Earth family.

Her own direct experiences, along with wonderful teachings that her companion animals facilitated, gave her a greater awareness of the power of Natural Healing in emergency situations. Her love for the outdoors brought her into the study of Mountaineering First Aid and other advanced levels of emergency and acute healing techniques. For a time, she taught these modalities, along with other natural studies. This led her to combine Holistic/Natural Healing modalities with Emergency/Acute Care modalities, for her own use and in working with animals.

Kathryn developed a Holistic First Aid course while teaching conventional First Aid and CPR, finding that while conventional means can aid in stabilizing someone in need, the addition of Homeopathy, Herbs, and Flower Essences provides much more powerful assistance and can often eliminate the need for institutional assistance. She created and taught classes on Holistic Emergency Care, Medicinal Herbs, Animal Communication, and Conscious Nature Interpretation, and she has provided Holistic Animal Care and “Pet Sitting” services.

In addition to writing a series of books, Kathryn is developing the Earthwise Institute in Mount Shasta, California, creating projects and training that will awaken and guide humans in the knowingness and understandings of Holistic Living and Healing, Interspecies Communication, Community, and Earth Stewardship. Kathryn is available for group classes and personal consultations.


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