Only about 30,000 lions remain on the planet today, most of them in breeding farms waiting to be killed by trophy hunters. Why should the preservation of Panthera Leo matter to us?

Deep in our ancestral memory, whether we are conscious of it or not, we all hold the image of the Lion who embodies what the earth means. The book, God is a Lion, tells of my lifelong bond with the Lion and how that bond transformed my life. Follow me on this journey and discover your ancient soul by looking into the eyes of the Lion who gave us our first experience of God.

The journey will delight you and challenge you.


Harnas Wildlife Refuge

Marieta van der Merwe & family began Harnas in 1978 with the rescue of a baby vervet monkey.



The Lions I spent my days with are the real authors of the book.

Myth and Fairy Tale

How does the power in myth and fairy tale shape our lives?


The Lion and the Goddess

Who is Sekhmet? Explore the ancient connection between the Woman and the Lion.


Bushmen and the Lion

Why does Bushman wisdom tell us not to kill the Lion? Explore the wisdom of this ancient culture.

Women's WisdomTHMB

Women’s Wisdom Art

What happens to creativity when homeless women begin to paint Lions?

Laura Ann Walton has had a lifelong bond with the Lion from the time she was a little girl growing up in Sacramento, California in the 1950’s. Raised Catholic, she became a nun at the age of 18. As a nun she taught and served in administrative roles in local Catholic high schools, and, in 1986, devoted herself to providing services for the homeless.   She went on to found Women’s Wisdom Art, an arts empowerment program for women for the past 25 years.

FrikkiLAWThe Lion, however, kept his claim on Laura Ann all during those years through dreams, stories, and events that border on the magical. This bond with the Lion eventually led to her decision to leave the Catholic nunhood and follow her own spiritual path, which, at the age of 68, led her to a wildlife refuge in Namibia entitled Harnas where she met Frikki von Solms who shares her passion for the Lion. It was there she decided to write God is a Lion and spent months in the presence of two magnificent brother lions, Zion and Trust.

book cover

Join an adventure of a lifetime by reading God is a Lion. The author’s use of sensory detail, poetic language and humor transport the reader from toad collecting in Sacramento, California in the 1950’s all the way to an African star-spangled night ringing with the roars of Lions. Proceeds from book sales go to Harnas, home of Zion and Trust.




Laura Ann can be reached at [email protected]
She is available for readings and book signings; talks; workshops.
Phone: 916.457.2736.