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1 - Mod 1The Animal Dreaming Practitioner Course is:

•    The culmination of nearly 20 years of Scott’s life work as a spiritual teacher, author, workshop facilitator and public speaker
•    The bringing together of all his seemingly random, unrelated workshops and courses into one unified, meaningful journey
•    The fusion of shamanic lore, wiccan tradition, totemic knowledge and animist belief into one, fundamental, Earth-based philosophy known simply as ANIMAL DREAMING

From Scott’s notes: “Although heavily imbued with traditional Shamanic wisdom, I call my path ANIMAL DREAMING: a fresh, new approach to Shamanic lore that is easily understood and integrated into today’s modern lifestyle. Although contemplating the world from the two traditional and distinct shamanic perspectives: the tangible and the non-tangible, Animal Dreaming acknowledges, but rarely feels the need to implement any customary Shamanic ceremony or ritual (as such) into its implementation. It simply asks that we live an interconnected life with the world around us – to ‘walk gently’, if you like. Following a more ‘animist’ approach, its message is simple: Look to the animals for guidance, interpret their medicine or Dreaming messages, and incorporate the acumen obtained into your life and give thanks. The animals never make mistakes and if we can heed their example, we will never make mistakes again, either.

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Course Information

Practitioner Level 1 – Barn Owl
Practitioner Level 2 – Tawny Owl
Practitioner Level 3 – Horned Owl
Practitioner Level 4 – Snowy Owl
Practitioner Level 5 – Powerful Owl
Animal Dreamer Practitioner Electives
Course Handbook Subject List



2 - Mod 2People confuse the concept of Animal Dreaming with the new wave of interest directed toward Animal Communication, or the intuitive ability to talk to the animals. Although I appreciate and respect the concept, I am not a ‘horse whisperer’. I do not talk to people’s pets. I can talk to animals. We all can. But it’s not my strength. It’s not my medicine. Instead, I observe and interpret their tangible wisdom, demonstrated by how they relate to their kind, other species and their environment, and then integrate what they have ‘to say’ into my life. We are all animals – mammals in fact, and the understanding that we can communicate with the animals comes from the fact that we are all one. We all, ultimately, share the same thoughts. What I do looks at the wisdom of the animals from a medicine point of view. The animals understand their sacred purpose and they honour it, not to enhance their place in the world, but rather to demonstrate how we can enhance ours. The animals are tangible. They are real. Their wisdom is ancient and all embracing. When we begin to look to the animals for guidance, we begin to remember Spirit. Incorporating the wisdom of the animals into our life is as easy and as natural as breathing.

3 - Mod 3It is as simple as realising that if the Earth is our Mother, then perhaps we are her children, and just as any mother would want to see her children thrive, our Earth Mother’s love for us is no different. She supports us, cradles us and whispers her support to us every hour of every day. She speaks metaphorically. She uses symbols, and her symbols are the animals. My books, Animal Dreaming and Animal Messenger, were written as spiritual field guides, as interpretation manuals for the Children of the Earth Mother so that they may remember her secret language and once again look to the animals as equals, teachers, guides and healers. My workshops and seminars are offered as support to my books – to help people understand and assimilate the medicine ways of the animals into their lives on a day-to-day basis so that we may ALL heal and walk into the future united as a people. My readings, however, tap into the non-tangible realms by offering people the chance to recognise their innate animal aspect – their totems, power animals and animal spirit guides. I have been able to see, understand and interpret their messages for years, and it is with great joy that I share this ability with you.”

•    An interactive way of bringing the wisdom imbued in Scott’s books, oracle cards and CDs ‘home’ for those interested enough to read them; a way of making Scott’s view of the world personal and tangible to those drawn to explore it

4 - Mod 4It is also:

•    A celebration of his passion and love for nature and a way of confirming yours
•    A dedication to his love of the animals and a way of grounding yours
•    A commitment to the energies that instilled a sense of sanctity in his heart and offered him direction, hope, healing and purpose
•    An honouring of Scott’s personal journey; a lineage that includes Scott’s personal (two year intensive) training / apprenticeship under an Elder who, herself, was trained under Maori Elders, Aboriginal Elders (both men and women) and Native American Elders from Alaska through to Central America.
•    While Scott was taught many things during his apprenticeship, Animal Dreaming is his own personal philosophy: the realisation of his own medicine, purpose and world vision for peace and unity.

5 - Mod 5Scott writes: “In my writings, I refer to my Elder / Teacher as ‘Grandmother Dreaming Woman’ mainly because that’s her medicine; she’s a Dreaming Woman and although she’s only a few years older than me, she’s considered a grandmother. It’s a term of respect.  It doesn’t refer to her age, but rather her ‘ancient knowledge’ or wisdom. Grandmother Dreaming Woman was a huge part of my life and my spiritual growth. She helped me to understand many things about myself and the things that had happened to me. For example, she explained that perhaps I had, in some way, agreed to all that I had experienced. She was the first to suggest that Spirit doesn’t make mistakes and that nothing happens by chance. While I was with her, she literally pulled my familiar self apart with one hand, and rebuilt me with the other so that my true self could shine. It had never done that before, and the consequences excited me no end. I was with her from 8am until around 7pm. Some days I just read texts and other manuscripts she gave me to study, like ‘the Emerald Tablets’ or ‘The Terra Papers’, which recount the spiritual history of the known Universe (according to a native man named ‘Morning Star’). So, some days I simply read and asked questions of Grandmother Dreaming Woman as she ironed or cooked … but other days, she would send me out into the fields or the bush to Vision Quest. Other days we would time preparing the Sweat Lodge, and then engage in the ceremony for several hours. These days were particularly powerful for me; life-changing, actually. I met my Grandmother for the very first time in Sweat Lodge (she had been dead for quite a few years). She appeared as a vision. It was quite an amazing time during which time Grandmother Dreaming Woman literally pulled me apart so that, piece by piece, I could put myself back together. She was an amazing teacher. Although I learned a lot from her, though, she didn’t do anything particularly special. She would just talk about all sorts of things and I sort of ‘remembered’ what she was telling me. I can’t explain it any other way – it all just slotted into place.   One day, for example, I arrived at to her house to find her skinning a Raven (her totem). She was skinning the Raven as part of her medicine, and I asked “What are you doing?” and she explained that she was honouring the spirit of the Raven because it had helped her heal and that’s where her birth name had come from, so I asked her, “Can you explain a bit about that?” and she talked about totems and power animals and I swear, this sudden download took place and everything just fell into place. Everything made sense and I understood things that I haven’t even considered before.  I found myself remembering things that I hadn’t even realised I had forgotten, and I can honestly say that she helped me to find peace with myself and other people.”

It is not:

•    The ‘be all and end all’ of all things Animal Dreaming
•    The end of being able to do Scott’s workshops, courses and retreats for the sheer pleasure of doing them. You can still do any of Scott’s workshops, etc., for your own interest and enjoyment without feeling obliged or committed to completing the rest of the Practitioner Course. Some people may just want to learn to make a Dream Catcher with Scott, for example, without then having to commit to doing the entire Practitioner Course and, if this is you, then by all means … when you see Scott offering a Dream Catcher workshop, please FEEL FREE TO BOOK IN.

AD_smThe Official Animal Dreaming Practitioner Course

The Official Animal Dreaming Practitioner course will qualify the student in all ways to practice the Animal Dreaming Modality. The Modality comprises the Animal Dreaming philosophies and methodology of reading, teaching and healing. The course is divided into four levels, there are multiple modules per level. A module is a specific unit of study and the student may study one Module at a time or an entire level.  It is up to you because we are very proud to say that this course encourages you to work at a pace that serves you. Being self-directed and self-paced means that you’re able to complete the course without it affecting your other day-to-day responsibilities (like raising children or working a day job!).

If you have certificates, photographic evidence or other documentation (course notes, printed stories, legends, etc) that indicate you may have completed compatible subjects/methodologies/modes of study elsewhere,  Credit may be given so long as Animal Dreaming is satisfied that they mirror or match the requirements of the Modality. Credit will be solely at the discretion of Animal Dreaming Pty Ltd, but all applications will be fairly considered.

Programs of Study

The subjects listed are all Core Subjects of study, and must be successfully completed to ensure certification of each level. Once all four levels are completed, you will be eligible for insurance through the International Institute of Complementary Therapies (IICT).

While ten Elective Modules are outlined in the Handbook, only four must be incorporated into your program of study as core units. Which ones you choose is up to you. From the full list of Electives, we ask that you choose four units of study to incorporate into the Practitioner Course. The remaining six electives are wholly voluntary and are not required beyond the core Modules to achieve certification, but you may complete them if you so wish. Completion of all Electives will only help to enhance your overall understanding of the Animal Dreaming Modality.

When the Practitioner Course is complete, you (the student) will be ready to read the Animal Dreaming Oracle Cards on a professional level, read the signs of nature and the subtle energies of other people intuitively, offer healing either remotely or hands-on with the various shamanic tools and techniques taught to you, and share Shamanic wisdom following the Animal Dreaming lineage. As an Animal Dreaming Practitioner, you will also be eligible for listing on the Animal Dreaming website under the Practitioner Directory.


Aside from a desire to learn and join the Animal Dreaming Community, there are no set subject prerequisites. A minimum level of written English is required for assessments.

Equipment Required

Access to a computer is required, as is access to the internet which will allow you to communicate with the Animal Dreaming Online Community (via Facebook) and your personal Animal Dreaming Tutor. You will also need your computer to type up your assessments and, on occasion to do the research required to complete some of the assessments.

You will also need a 2-ring binder and a hole-punch so you can store the hard copies of your Modules in a safe place.

Some Modules may contain specific material and equipment requirements. If Animal Dreaming doesn’t provide you with the direct resources needed to obtain specific materials, there’s a good chance everything will be available through your local Spotlight, Lincraft or Bunnings store.

References Required

You will need copies of each of the following Animal Dreaming publications:

•    Animal Dreaming
•    Animal Messenger (soon to be re-released as ‘World Animal Dreaming’)
•    Earth Mother Dreaming
•    KIDS! Cheeky Monkeys and Indigo Children

•    Healing with the Animals (CD)
•    Celebrating Australia’s Wheel of Life (CD)
•    Meet your Power Animal (CD)

•    The Animal Dreaming Oracle (Card Deck)
•    Creature Teacher Oracle (Card Deck)
•    The World Animal Dreaming Oracle (Card Deck – To be released Nov 2012)

All of the above resources are available online


This Animal Dreaming Modality Course is primarily offered by distant learning (correspondence). All students will have direct access to an official Animal Dreaming tutor who will be more than happy to help with any queries or assist with assessment topics and requirements. Students will also be offered direct access to the online Animal Dreaming Student Community Forum.

Attendance is required at all Practical Modules to achieve certification for each level. As stated earlier, credit will be given where equivalent qualifications can be proved. As this course is self-paced and self-directed, there is no rush on your behalf to attend the Practical Modules. Just attend as they are offered, either in your own state or interstate. Keep an eye on the Animal Dreaming website for notification, and register yourself to receive the official Animal Dreaming e-Newsletter.


Most Modules are designed so they can be completed in the comfort of your own home. For each Module, you will be sent a hard-copy of the notes (which will need to be stored in your course binder), and with each Module you’ll also be given access to other learning tools and resources online should the Module require it.

Practical Modules

The practical Modules are those units of study that require you to attend certain workshops at various sites around the country. At all times, all students, no matter where they live in Australia will have an opportunity to attend these events in their own state or interstate. For students living in extremely isolated or rural areas, some practical Modules may be available online (an option that is subject to Animal Dreaming approval and prone to change with little or no warning).

For students in New Zealand, we will soon be offering workshops at a suitable venue on the North Island. Until then, you are welcome to attend any of the workshops offered in Australia.

For other international students, feel free to enquire about the course and participate where possible. Please contact if you have any questions and queries.


Students can pay for the entire course in one lump-sum payment, or per level, or per Module. Payment plans are not available at this stage and that’s because you’re already able to pay for the course one Module at a time if you so wish. The cost of each individual Module or ‘unit’ is listed within each level.

Cost per Practical Module is based on them being offered at the Animal Dreaming Academy in Byron Bay. When they are offered in another state though, the cost of the Practical Modules will be subject to change without explanation according to the interstate location and venue chosen.

Course Costs are not subsidised by Centrelink or any other organisation or NGO.


At the completion of the Official Animal Dreaming Practitioner Course, all Practitioners will be eligible for insurance with the International Institute for Complementary Therapies (IICT You will be a full qualified ‘Animal Dreaming Practitioner’, which means you will be able to practise all aspects of the Animal Dreaming Modality on a personal or professional basis. We have a series of Frequently Asked Questions about how and why you might obtain insurance after you complete the course.

Please be aware that Animal Dreaming Pty Ltd does not provide insurance as we are purely Approved Training Providers under the IICT banner. All we do is qualify you to practise the Animal Dreaming Modality and then we refer you to the relevant insuring bodies. So, to be clear: Animal Dreaming Pty Ltd does not provide insurance.


Although the Modality Course as it stands is not nationally accredited, Animal Dreaming Pty Ltd is aiming to have this course accredited by official bodies in the coming years. The theoretical content is of a standard that you’d expect to find in any University Course, and the practical knowledge is current and practised on a daily basis by Animal Dreaming Practitioners all over Australia.