About Danielle

workshop and retreat in costa rica with danielle mackinnon

Danielle MacKinnon, is an animal communicator, intuitive, Soul Level Coach®. She is the Amazon #1 bestselling author of Soul Contracts: Find Harmony and Unlock Your Brilliance (Beyond Words, 2014,) and Animal Lessons: Discovering Your Spiritual Connection with Animals (Llewellyn, 2017).

The Soul Level Method

Danielle is the creator of the Soul Level Animal Communication® method for intuitive connection with animals and Soul Level Coaching. She personally certifies students in both methods through her online Danielle MacKinnon School.


Danielle has been featured in Conversations with Maria Menounos,  Worth Magazine, The Boston Globe, Miami Herald, NH Chronicle, Sirius radio…  Best Psychic Mediums named Danielle to their top 10 list. She’s also one of the “2014 Top 100 American Astrologers and Psychics,” by psychic researcher, Paulette Cooper.

Teaching & Books

Danielle, one of the most influential animal communicators in the United States, holds annual workshops at many prestigious facilities including the Omega Institute, the Kripalu Center. Her school, the Danielle MacKinnon School , has raised awareness for animal lovers globally.  Her book, Animal Lessons has helped thousands of people transform their lives through their animals, and her Soul Contracts book has assisted thousands in changing their negative beliefs.  

Danielle lives deep in the woods in Maine with her husband (a scientist), and her dog, Tuukka (and they all miss their son who recently started college).


I don’t fit in

For as long as I can remember, I’ve felt like I didn’t belong. I could walk into a room and “feel” negativity. I could sense when someone was secretly upset, and I could even tell what animals were feeling. Unfortunately, growing up in a small Midwest town with a family that was afraid to draw attention to themselves, my environment didn’t support difference. I tried as hard as I could to blend in.

Holding it all back

Years later,  I lived a highly successful life as an MBA in corporate America. However, I wasn’t happy. It wasn’t until I visited an animal communicator that I realized success on paper was not happiness. 

A life-changing reading

After that incredible first experience with an animal communicator, I knew I wasn’t meant for the corporate world.  I started to create my own version of happiness. 

Back then, the world was even less receptive to the unseen than it is today, so leaving the MBA world wasn’t easy. My family and friends didn’t understand my decision.  I’ll never forget when my mother (who is now a big supporter!) said, “Danielle you didn’t send that newsletter to anyone but me right?”

A new plan

I didn’t intend to start my own business helping people and their animals but once I got a taste of animal communication, I knew I had to. The animals taught me what I now call Soul Level Animal Communication  and that’s actually what my Danielle MacKinnon School is based on. After that, I wanted my community to have a place to connect with like-minded others so I created  Be Open . I wanted other people that felt “alone” to realize they weren’t alone! Then, I added in my Soul Level Intuitive Coaching® too.

Today, I help others discover that their differences are actually opportunities to take advantage of. I never would have thought this all those years ago when I was crying in my bedroom, wishing that the girl across the street would play with me, but today I know that my differences are what make me special.

Read in-depth about my journey with that first animal psychic in my Animal Lessons book!