About Danielle

workshop and retreat in costa rica with danielle mackinnon

Danielle MacKinnon, is an animal communicator, intuitive, Soul Level Coach® and the 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).

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

She has been featured in Conversations with Maria Menounos,  Worth Magazine, The Boston Globe, Miami Herald, The San Francisco Chronicle, NH Chronicle, WMUR, and Worth and more.  Best Psychic Mediums named Danielle to their top 10 list and she was named one of the “Top 100 American Astrologers and Psychics,” according to world renowned psychic researcher, Paulette Cooper.

One of the most influential animal communicators in the United States, Danielle holds annual workshops at many prestigious facilities including the Omega Institute, the Kripalu Center. Her school, the Danielle MacKinnon School , has raise the awareness of animal lovers globally while her book, Animal Lessons has help thousands of people transform their lives with the help of their animals, every day. 

Danielle’s books have been translated into ten languages (and growing). She lives in Massachusetts 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, I wasn’t in an environment that supported these differences. I tried as hard as I could to blend in.

Holding it all back

Years later,  I was living a highly successful life as an MBA in corporate America. However, I wasn’t happy. It took a visit to a an animal communicator to realize there was more to life than success on paper.  My passion sparked.

A life-changing reading

After that incredible first experience with an animal communicator, I knew I wasn’t meant for the corporate world.  I walked away from the 9-5 life and opted to create my own version of “normal.” My family and friends did not understand that decision.  

Back then, the world was even less receptive to the unsee than it is today, so leaving the MBA world wasn’t easy. 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

It was never my plan to start my own business helping people and their animals but once I got going in the world of animal communication, I didn’t want to stop. 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 took things even further to give my community a place to really commune –  Be Open (after all, I wanted the other people that felt “alone” like I did to realize they aren’t alone!) and adding in my Soul Level Coaching® Certification.

Today, I love helping others discover that their differences are really opportunities – opportunities to grow and 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 finally like and play with me – but now I realize that it’s the things that are not like anyone else that make me special.

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