How to communicate with animals with Anna Breytenbach

Hi Anna! Thanks for taking the time for this, I really appreciate it! 🙂

1. Tell us a little about your personal background/where you’re from, etc.?

I was born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa and had a very ordinary suburban upbringing without any special exposure to animals, etc. After high school I studied Psychology, Marketing and Economics at the University of Cape Town and entered the corporate world, enjoying a successful career for 12 years in Human Resources and Information Technology, which took me to Australia and the USA.

Now I live between the beach and mountain on the Cape’s south peninsula, and travel in southern Africa, Europe and the USA to conduct workshops.

2. How did you first get introduced to “animal communication”? Is this something that you discovered at a young age, or did you come across this amazing gift of yours later on in your life?

In my twenties I decided to live out my passion for wildlife (big cats in particular) by becoming a cheetah handler, and with this I volunteered at a conservation education project on weekends. When I moved to America, I expanded this into wolf and other predator conservation.

Observing and being in close contact with these essentially wild animals probably opened me in empathic ways. However, the so-called psychic experiences began when I was doing my tracking training with the Wilderness Awareness School based outside Seattle, Washington.

As I was raised in Africa, I knew little to nothing about North American species and therefore couldn’t analyze or interpret the footprints I was looking at based on visual cues. My mind just simply didn’t have the “database” of search images loaded.

My mentors told me to close my eyes and “feel” the energy from the track – whereupon I’d get brief mental image or other sensings of which animal had left those pawprints. At first I thought I was losing my mind, but again and again these “sudden knowings” would prove to be true.

I then researched the phenomenon of Interspecies Communication and chose to study in this field through the Assisi International Animal Institute in the USA, doing case studies and various courses to advanced levels.

Eight years ago I returned to South Africa as I’m particularly passionate about our wildlife and Nature on this continent.

3. In your introductory video (on your website), you say that interspecies communication is meant to be a “natural skill”. Could you please expand on this?

Can “anyone” really do this? How would you define the term (interspecies communication)?

I’d define the term as direct mind-to-mind communication or transference of information. Although it’s as much a matter of the heart as the mind.

Yes, we all have these abilities hard-wired into the very design of our brain. To our native ancestors, these skills were a part of everyday life, as much as vocalized language or other physical forms of expression.

Intuition is natural; the trick is knowing how to access it intentionally when we want to instead of waiting for it to happen spontaneously (e.g. hunches, gut feelings, etc.).

Anna’s interview continues in Part Two

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17 Responses to How to communicate with animals with Anna Breytenbach

  1. Ester May 26, 2017 at 11:18 pm #

    I understand there are webinars and DVD to learn to ‘communicate’ Where can I get/access these?

    • Michael Theys May 29, 2017 at 4:09 pm #

      Please visit the “Animal Spirit” website for more info.

  2. Cyndi Southwood December 29, 2015 at 8:30 am #

    I have recently seen a video of Anna communicating with animals. I am in need of some help with my dog. She has suddenly out of the blue, started attacking my other dogs. How do we contact Anna? Does she do one on one sessions? I really need some help please.

    • Michael Theys December 29, 2015 at 9:47 am #

      Hi Cyndi,

      Anna offers consultations, so I’m sure she’ll be able to help. The best is to contact her via the Animal Spirit website:

      Hope this helps and I wish you the most miraculous year 2016! 🙂


  3. Oladimeji Oshode August 6, 2015 at 7:14 am #

    Good morning,

    Went through the interview, it was cool. I have a passion of wanting to communicate with animals. Which School can you recommend for me to study ANIMAL COMMUNICATION?

    Thanks in anticipation of your response.

    Oladimeji Oshode.

    • Michael Theys August 7, 2015 at 2:34 pm #

      Hi Oladimeji,

      Glad you liked the interview and would like to learn some more about animal communication! 🙂

      In which country are you based?

      As Anna mentions, there are various schools and courses you can attend, one of which is the Assisi International Animal Institute (based in the US)!

      You can also learn directly from Anna via Animal Spirit (in South Africa), and she may even recommend good schools or courses to attend in your area…

      Hope this helps and best of luck with your passion!


      • shalini May 15, 2017 at 11:05 am #

        Hi I am based In India. Can I learn here ? Animal Communication?

  4. Ali greer June 2, 2015 at 6:44 am #

    Anna….this is what I want to do for the rest of my life! Based in South australia…Adelaide. What is my first port of call?

  5. roberta pigg December 3, 2014 at 7:15 pm #

    Did you get help with Makala ( your dog)? This was an excellent interview. Definitely renewed my interest in this ability. Thank you

    • Michael Theys December 4, 2014 at 5:49 pm #

      Glad you enjoyed it Roberta! 🙂 Makala is a lot calmer nowadays, but I guess it also has a lot to do with aging…in East Africa we’d now have to call him a “Mzee” (Swahili word for “old man” or “elder”; generally speaking it’s actually a title of respect for older people)! 😉

  6. mitchell sotovidrio August 15, 2014 at 9:10 am #

    i’m from Mexico i’m 18 years old and i’m really moved about all this language that you can do. I believe, as you do, in the soul of living beings, i don’t really know a lot and i haven’t very information of this, but i know and i want to believe that every thing have ‘something’ that makes special and amazing. So this changed my perspective about living beings, and make me believe in a lot of things and studying about this. Thanks

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