A few weeks ago I was in Sitges, Spain and met a friend of a friend, named Fares, who teaches corporate teams and CEOs how to become aware of their energy – and use it more effectively – using birds of prey. Whaaaa?? I had never heard of this before, and Fares graciously agreed to give me a demo (using my husband Ian) so that I could see it and film it for you guys!
Fares also has a stallion and gelding together on his property that he takes people to work with after they’ve worked with the hawks, eagles, buzzards and owls, so I also shot a quick explanation of what he perceives is the difference between working on your energy/communication with birds vs. horses. Grab a cup of tea, cause this is a good one!
Why are the birds chained?
Let me say right away that, YES, it does not feel good to see amazing flight creatures like this chained to weighted perches. I didn’t have time to talk in-depth with Fares about the logistics of their care or training (he only had an hour and then had to drive back to Holland). I had some ideas, having read the book, H is For Hawk, but I do know that some of his birds are rescues – like my horses, they’d be dead if they weren’t captive with him.
I’m also not quick to criticize others based on the fact that I have a whole field of wild horses that I’ve imprisoned and cut their balls off. This is one of the conundrums of too many people on the earth who are taking all the land. If you’ve read the news or been on social media at all in the last decade, you know about the rate and breadth of species extinction happening on this planet. So what’s worse – imprisonment, or death? There’s no easy answer.
So although these birds are chained, know that Fares also regularly takes them out and allows them to fly free – it’s one of the reasons he bought this property in rural Spain, so the birds can fly free and enjoy nature on a regular basis.
If the birds are allowed to fly completely free, why do they return to Fares? I found this pdf from a bird rehab in Australia that does a good job of explaining the positive reinforcement training technique.
In the video, Fares also briefly discusses that it was the birds NOT returning to him that first made him become aware of his energy, and how his energetic state affected the birds.
It’s amazing to me that even when we imprison all these beautiful creatures, they don’t stop teaching and encouraging us to grow, to develop our consciousness and to hopefully, someday, become loving, wholistic members of Mother Earth.