Posts Tagged ‘Jodi Frediani’

Jodi Frediani donates photo of Soraida & Mosha

Friday, August 5th, 2011

Jodi Frediani received her first box camera at age 12 and went on to graduate from the University of California Santa Cruz with a Bachelor’s degree and Graduate Certificate in Art/Photography. Her passion is photographing whales underwater, but we’re glad elephants caught her “eye” this time.

Jodi Frediani with Mosha at FAE's Elephant Hospital in 2010.

In 2010, Jodi visited the Friends of Asian Elephants (FAE) hospital in Thailand with Director/Producer Windy Borman, where Frediani and friends taught hospital staff special bodywork to help elephants recovering from land mine injuries. Additional photographs from her portfolio can be viewed at her website.

The Eyes of Thailand” is excited to announce that Jodi has donated one (1) 11″ x 16″ archival fine art print of the photo above, with archival matting and backing, and professionally framed in either American hardwood or Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Certified wooden frame to our online Film fundraiser. Upon request, the photo may be signed by Jodi Frediani.

This is an excellent addition to any Elephant Lover’s or FAE Fan’s home or office–but there’s only one available for “The Eyes of Thailand” fundraiser, which begins the week of August 8, 2011, so mark your calendars and look for it on Monday! We’ll post the link once it goes live. [UPDATE: YOU CAN GET THE “ELE-PHOTO: SORAIDA & MOSHA” DONATION PERK NOW].

TTouch alleviates pain for elephant landmine survivors

Friday, January 7th, 2011

Photo credit: Jodi Frediani

Below is an excerpt from a longer article published in the Santa Cruz Sentinel on January 2, 2011:

Boonmee was depressed and in pain.

The 10-year-old Asian elephant was separated from her mother and her foot looked like a cauliflower. She’d stepped on a land mine near Thailand’s border in September, which blew her foot apart, and traveled for two days before arriving at the Friends of the Asian Elephant hospital in Lampang, Thailand.

By early November, the hospital’s staff worried that Boonmee was giving up, said Bonny Doon resident Jodi Frediani, 62, who visited the hospital last month. Boonmee wasn’t eating, was withdrawn and couldn’t walk easily. And, “she repeatedly, gently touched her cauliflower foot with the tip of her trunk,” Frediani said.

But then, Frediani tried using TTouch on Boonmee. The touch-based therapy is similar to gentle bodywork and can help relieve physical and emotional distress in animals.

TTouch appeared to revive the elephant’s spirit, and her previously glassy-eyed stare gave way to tears. Soon, Boonmee was offering areas to be worked on — like her enormous, large-eared head, which “she lowered so I could do some of the circular TTouches,” said Frediani, a 30-year practitioner of TTouch.

By the end of the day, Boonmee had become playful, even letting Frediani peel bananas for her.

“Boonmee had a new brightness and a twinkle in her eye,” said Windy Borman, a San Francisco-based filmmaker who traveled to Thailand with Frediani and observed the TTouch process. “The elephants definitely formed a connection with Jodi,” Borman said. “They remembered her and would come greet her.”

To read the rest of the story and view more photos by Jodi Frediani, click here.

-Windy Borman

Director/Producer, The Eyes of Thailand

Day Two: Playfulness & Healing at FAE

Monday, November 1st, 2010

Prostheses Foundation staff take a sand cast of Motala's leg for a new prosthetic.

Today the Prostheses Foundation returned to the Friends of the Asian Elephant (FAE) Elephant Hospital to remake Motala’s prosthesis.  This will be the elephant landmine survivor’s fourth prosthetic limb since August 2009 when I filmed her taking her first steps on four legs since stepping on a landmine on the Thai-Myanmar border in 1999.

Mae Ka Pae rests her healing hind foot.

While the staff began the two-day process of sand-casting, molding and welding, the T-Touch volunteers continued working on Mosha, Boonmee and Mae Ka Pae, the three other landmine survivors at FAE. Just look at the difference in Boonmee and Mosha after two days of craniosacral therapy and T-Touch!

Boonmee on November 1, 2010

John and Somchai perform T-Touch while Dr. Preecha watches.

But it wasn’t all work. FAE also has three baby elephants—Dante, Veto and Champoo (which means “pink” in Thai)—and their mothers at the hospital.

Kamnoi and Dante stroll in the sun.

Baby Dante says "Sawadee kop"

Stay tuned for pictures from the second day of prostheses building!

Elephant Size Hugs to Jodi Frediani for sharing her beautiful photos of the elephants at FAE.


Windy Borman

Director/Producer, The Eyes of Thailand