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About Me...

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The Quick Version...


I’m the author of nice books about connecting at deeper levels with animals, nature, self and spirit. 

I offer animal talks, tarot readings, and occasional workshops.


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The Long Version


Dawn Baumann Brunke is an author, animal communicator, tarot reader, and dream enthusiast. 

Her books about connecting with animals include:

Animal Voices

Animal Teachings

Animal Voices, Animal Guides

The Key to Spirit Animals

Shapeshifting with Our Animal Companions

Dreaming with Polar Bears

Awakening the Ancient Power of Snake 

Shadow Animals

She also created a tarot deck, The Animal Wisdom Tarot (newer versions titled Spirit Animal Tarot).


In addition, Dawn is the author of Who Lives Here?, a series of four animal and nature books for children. She has published short stories in LadyBug (for children), Leviathan (anthology), and Rosebud (literary quarterly), and has won both Grand Prize and Editor’s Choice in the Alaska Daily News/University of Anchorage creative writing contest. She has also published many book, film and music reviews, as well as nonfiction articles on a variety of subjects, and contributed to a book series regarding the healing benefits of essential oils. 


For sixteen years, Dawn was the editor of Alaska Wellness, a bi-monthly magazine focused on health and wellness for the body, mind and spirit. And for ten years she was a columnist for Timeless Spirit, a spiritually enlightening online magazine. She is listed in both Who's Who in America and Who's Who of American Women.


Dawn graduated from Lawrence University, summa cum laude, in 1981. Her B.A. is in Comparative Religions and Symbolic Anthropology. She also has a degree in Massage Therapy from the Potomac Massage Training Institute, where she taught Anatomy and Kinesiology for several years.


Dawn lives in Alaska with husband Bob and sassy dog Deshka.


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