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Companions in Spirit: Animal Communication and Healing
Animals bring so much joy and richness to our lives. Now you can give them the gift of loving care and communication in return!
ONLINE REGISTRATION CLOSED. Seats are still available, please register at the door. A Special Event Focused on the Spirit, Life, Health, and Afterlife of Your Animal Companions, featuring "Souls of Animals" author Rev. Gary Kowalski, animal communicators Debbie McGillivray and Joan Ranquet, holistic veterinarian Dr. Doug Knueven, Cayce presenter Jennie Taylor Martin, and Shamanism teacher Nancy Pohle Chrisbaum. Includes a mini pet expo with vendors!
March 24, 2017 - March 26, 2017
Virginia Beach , VA

Seats are still available! Online Registration for this conference has ended.
Please register at the door for this conference.
Tuition is $279 A.R.E. Member, $318 General Public.


Our pets give us so much more than companionship, and we want to give them the care they deserve. We also want to better communicate with them so we can take care of their needs as well as to enhance our bond with them as companions and guides, and to know that they may join us after we cross over or even reincarnate with us in another lifetime.

We often look at our pets and wonder what they are thinking. After you attend this insightful program, you just might KNOW what they are thinking! And, you’ll learn practical tools and techniques for helping the pets and animals in your world enjoy a longer, healthier, happier life!

During this experiential program, you will gain new skills and practices for:


  • Animal communication for improving interactions and solving behavioral issues
  • Acupressure and massage for enhancing health and wellness
  • Natural nutrition, helpful remedies, and healthy lifestyle
  • Connecting with pets who have crossed over and dealing with grief, guilt, and loss
  • Discovering your spirit power animal and the guidance you can receive from this mystical Shamanic aspect of the animal kingdom


You’ll also understand what Edgar Cayce said about the souls of animals, animal spirit reincarnation, and the role of animals on our spiritual path-and learn how our animal companions can help us face loss and impermanence with serenity and invincible hope.PetExpo


Seats are still available! Online Registration for this conference has ended.
Please register at the door for this conference.
Tuition is $279 A.R.E. Member, $318 General Public.

Can't make it in person? This event has a live-stream/on-demand component. Join us LIVE online, March 24, starting at 7 p.m. for Healthy Pets, Naturally, a live-stream presentation featuring Dr. Doug Knueven. Available on-demand anytime after March 24. 

PLEASE NOTE: We love our pets, but they are not allowed to attend the program; please leave them at home. Also, for the animal communication workshops, please bring a picture of your pet or an animal you wish to communicate with, and a photo of a pet or animal who has crossed over.
Event Details
March 24 - 26, 2017
Virginia Beach Headquarters
Edgar Cayce's A.R.E.
215 67th Street
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
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Conference Registrar
Debbie McGillivray

is a professional animal communicator and pet intuitive with over 17 years experience. She is author of the books Animal Communication Boot Camp, Untamed Voices, and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Pet Psychic Communication. Debbie communicates with animals all over the globe and holds workshops to teach people how to access this ability. She believes that we all hold the ability to communicate with our animal friends and is dedicated to opening people’s hearts and minds to this phenomenon.

Dr. Doug Knueven

received his veterinary degree from Ohio State University in 1987. He is the medical director at Beaver Animal Clinic in Beaver, Pa. (near Pittsburgh), where he shares duties with two other veterinarians. He has earned certification in veterinary acupuncture, veterinary Chinese herbal medicine, and veterinary chiropractic. He also has advanced training in natural nutrition, massage therapy, and homeopathy. Dr. Doug has been practicing alternative veterinary medicine since 1995. He lectures on the subject at state and national veterinary conferences including the annual AVMA convention and the North American Veterinary Conference, which is the largest veterinary conference in the world. He has written two books on the subject; Standby Me: A Holistic Handbook for Animals, Their People and the Lives They Share Together, and The Holistic Health Guide: Natural Care for the Whole Dog. He also authors the "Holistic Pet Care" column for Venture Inward magazine, available online to A.R.E. members. He is a regular presenter at A.R.E. Conferences in Virginia Beach.

Jennie Taylor Martin

has been a student of the Edgar Cayce readings for over 30 years. A long-time employee and current Director of Marketing at A.R.E., she is also managing editor for A.R.E. Press. She spent nine years as a volunteer at the Virginia Zoological Park and 11 years as a director at an international animal welfare nonprofit. Her deep love and compassion for all animals inspired her to research global spiritual teachings on the role of animals in our spiritual path, as well as the possibility of their having their own spiritual journey and afterlife. She is currently working on a book on this topic while honing her animal communication skills.

Nancy Pohle Chrisbaum

provides audiences with a unique perspective by comparing insights from the Edgar Cayce readings with the indigenous traditions of ancient Peru. A staff member at Edgar Cayce’s A.R.E. for 17 years and a graduate of the Four Winds’ Light Body School, Nancy is an author, filmmaker, Reiki Master and Certified Luminous Energy Healer. A practicing Shaman who lectures on spiritual growth-related numerous topics, Nancy is co-author of “Awaken Your Inner Voice: A Guide to Intuition, Dreams, Meditation, Past Lives and Your Soul’s Creative Purpose.” Her natural, light-hearted approach and practical insights into profound subjects engages audiences nationwide.

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Rev. Gary Kowalski

Rev. Gary Kowalski is the author of Goodbye Friend: Healing Wisdom For Anyone Who Has Ever Lost a Pet and the pioneering book The Souls of Animals, one of the first books to explore the idea of the spiritual life of animals. He is a graduate of the Harvard Divinity School and author several of bestselling books on spirituality, nature, science and history. 

Joan Ranquet

is an animal communicator, energy healer, equestrian, and author of Communication with All Life, Energy Healing for Animals, and several other titles. She is the founder of Communication with All Life University. She was chosen by MSN as one of the “Top 25 People Who Do What They Love.” Through private sessions, workshops, teleseminars, and speaking events, Joan facilitates a deepening of the human/animal connection. She has made numerous appearances on television and radio and shares her abilities as a communicator and healer in workshops across the country and tours throughout the world.