JACQUELINE BUCKINGHAM has been communicating with animals and plants since the age of three, growing up on her family’s farm in the south of England. She stopped using these skills as she got older, and her telepathic communication skills took a back seat during much of her adult life.
It was when she began studying Reiki in 2001 that her intuitive sensitivity was reawakened. This was deepened further after moving to one of the world’s oldest spiritual communities, the Findhorn Foundation, whose founding principles include ‘co-creation with the intelligence of nature’.
However it was an innocent conversation over a cup of coffee with world-renowned animal communicator, Anna Breytenbach, that was to set her life on a new course, one where animal communication has taken centre stage.
During her time in Australia Jacqueline spent time with aboriginal elders in the central desert, learning about their traditions and spirituality. Their spiritual connection with all living things touched her deeply and reminded her of her own love and deep respect for nature. She also met a Lakota elder who taught her the ways of the sweat lodge, the medicine wheel and of honouring the elements.
In 2011, soon after moving to Findhorn, Jacqueline took part in Jon Young’s deep nature immersion programme, the Art of Mentoring, which strengthened her resolve to focus more on bringing people into closer relationship with the natural world.
Jon is the founder of the Wilderness Awareness School in the USA and a mentor and friend of Anna Breytenbach – it was while participating in one of Jon’s wilderness tracking weeks that Anna became acutely aware of the extent of her telepathic communication abilities.
Jacqueline continued to deepen her nature immersion studies through Jon’s Art of Mentoring and 8 Shields work, and in 2014 she was one of the lead team members delivering the Art of Mentoring UK event in Falkland, Scotland. She has also studied with Joanna Macy and the Pachamama Alliance, and leads workshops in Deep Ecology, Permaculture, and personal empowerment.
ANIMAL COMMUNICATION WORK:
Jacqueline first met Anna Breytenbach in 2012 when she filmed Anna’s talk to the Findhorn Foundation community, and then in 2013 and 2014 she helped deliver Anna’s Interspecies Communication workshops at Findhorn.
In 2013 knowing that Findhorn was an important place for interspecies communication work to be anchored, Anna ‘passed the baton’ to Jacqueline, gifting her her teaching resources and providing mentorship to expand the work further.
In 2015 Jacqueline created a weeklong residential Animal Communication and Nature Immersion programme, blending Anna’s interspecies communication work with Jon Young’s nature immersion and tracking skills. Together with her colleague and fellow Findhorn community member, Lesley Downie, she offers these weeklong workshops at Findhorn; and, in response to increasing demand, they also offer follow-on ‘deepening’ weeks as well as weeklong retreats.
In 2018 Jacqueline returned to her second home of Australia to deliver weekend workshops teaching animal communication.
PURPOSE & MISSION:
Jacqueline’s passion is reconnect each person to their love of nature and to encourage and enable humans to listen to and understand the myriad beings who share this planet with us; so creating greater understanding, respect and harmony between all living beings.
One of Jacqueline’s most inspiring moments was in December 2017 when she travelled to Namibia in Anna’s place, to teach Animal Communication on a weeklong safari on the Skeleton Coast. There she had heart-opening encounters with desert-adapted elephants, giraffe and a very special encounter with a desert lion.