Event Details

  • When: Sunday, 23 June 2019
  • When:  Sun 23rd to Fri 28th June

    Sun: 7.30-9.30pm,
    Mon-Thurs: 9-5pm,
    Fri: 9-12.30pm

    Where:  Emerson College, Forest Row, Sussex

    Course Fee: £450

    Contact Ashley to book your place: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or text 07738929700


SHORT COURSE: Storytelling and Animal Communication

SHORT COURSE: Storytelling and Animal Communication

Learn the skills of Animal Communication and the wisdom and ways of the Storyteller in this one-week workshop with Ashley Ramsden and Noémie Rimmer.

For centuries the wisdom of animals has been passed down to us through stories. In fables, folk and wonder tales, mythology and legend they have accompanied us as teachers, tricksters and loyal companions. They have also borne the burden of many of our projections and failings and rarely had a voice of their own.

But times are changing and there is now a growing body of animal communicators who can truly hear what animals have been waiting to tell us and what they have to reveal is often deeply moving.  Abandonment, abuse and unmet needs are among many recurrent themes but there are also instances of unbridled joy. In short, their stories are our stories and developing the capacity to communicate with them is a skill anyone can learn.

This week will develop in you a trust that you can communicate with animals, that listening to your intuition is a capacity you can train and refine and that there are ways of testing the veracity of this work. You will also hear many animal stories drawn from the oral tradition and take away some practical storytelling skills so you in your own way can become a voice for our animal companions.

“Noémie and Ashley have put together an inspiring set of activities to open up students’ minds to the rich landscape where story and animals come together.  Both are supportive and generous in sharing their extensive background and experience.  This workshop exceeded all my expectations.”– Alette, Edinburgh.

 “Excellent, 5 Stars – 10 out of 10. I think the combination Animal Communication and Storytelling worked so beautifully.”– Sarah, UK.


Noémie Rimmer

Noémie walked out of a successful career as a freelance photographer in France and moved to London to work full-time for the largest Animal Rights organisation in the world. After coordinating campaigns and demos all across Europe, she gave birth to her son and relocated to Sussex. As far as she can remember she always had the ability to communicate with animals telepathically. She deepened her skills with a herd of 40 cows and their farmer, who was very open to animal communication. On the cow's request, she started to run well attended workshops, starting with the cows first and then later with dogs. She put her Animal Communication work on hold for a few years to take on a 500h+ yoga teacher training with the British Wheel of Yoga. She wanted to explore and deepen her psychic abilities through the practice of yoga, learning techniques that have been used in yogic traditions for millennia. 

After successfully completing her training she is now a fully qualified yoga teacher and is running Animal Communication workshops again. www.focalheart.com


Ashley Ramsden

Ashley Ramsden is a co-founding director of the International School of Storytelling at Emerson College, UK, the longest running centre of its kind. He has facilitated countless courses all over the world for the last 30 years along with appearing at major storytelling festivals and theatres with his acclaimed one-man-shows. He is also a speaker of sacred poetry. For years he has told stories featuring animals but when he encountered the groundbreaking work of Anna Breytonbach and Noémie working in the same field this was an opportunity to take his calling as a storyteller to a new level. www.ashleyramsden.com