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A Peek at Yoga + the Animals

On Saturday  hosted our third annual Yoga + the Animals event at Burleigh Manor Animal Sanctuary. Below are photos from this year and previous years at the sanctuary.

The gathering began with vegan treats and iced peppermint tea, followed by a one-hour yoga practice led by me on the grass under a big oak tree.

After enjoying an all-level flow, participants started the one-hour tour to meet Jack the 43-year-old donkey, Gretta the noisy goose, Mabel the pretty pink pig (my favorite), and more.

Next we headed to the pool house to enjoy a homemade vegan couscous salad, freshly-cut fruit infused with mint, hummus and pita, and vegan cupcakes.

We raised $1600 for Burleigh Manor. This helps cover the care and feeding of one pig (hello, Mabel) and three chickens for an entire year.

We raised $600 for Pigs & Pugs Project. This helps support our microgrant giving to pug rescues and pig sanctuaries.

We hope to see you next year for our fourth annual Yoga + the Animals gathering. Watch for scoop on our fall event, Pints & Pugs, at a local brewery.

Thank you for generosity and support! You make a difference. Bisous. x

7-Day VegPledge {+ Rewards}

Monday launched VegWeek and Pigs & Pugs Project is delighted to be a sponsor!

VegWeek, hosted by Compassion Over Killing, happens every April and for the past many years, we offered VegPledge perks at Tranquil Space (my former yoga studio). Here’s a sampling of our promos:

Offering this and complimentary veg starter kits felt like a good way to introduce others to the world of meat-free eating. This year, I wanted to share this VegPledge opportunity {+ rewards} with YOU!

WHAT

Take the 7-day VegPledge by Friday, April 20 5pm ET to save 25% off the TranquiliT Compassion Tee *plus* receive a thank you and veg kit from me via email.

In addition, for every VegPledge, I’ll donate $10 to Pigs & Pugs Project to support pig sanctuaries and pug rescues across the US!

HOW

Send me an email that you’ve taken the pledge and I’ll pass along the Compassion Tee 25% off code, send you a veg kit, and donate $10!

WHY

Because it’s good for you, the animals, and the environment!

RESOURCES

Below is a short 4-minute video on vegetarian meal prep for your entire day.

Here’s a smattering of recipes from Pick up Limes, Minimalist Baker, Oh She Glows, and Sprouted Kitchen.

Tune into Tranquility du Jour Podcasts #354 The Good Karma Diet and #394 Meatless.

Thanks for considering and here’s to tasty, healthy meat-free meals! Bisous. x

Pigs & Pugs Gratitude

Last Thursday, on National Pig Day, Pigs & Pugs Project hosted a film screening of The Last Pig. It was our first big event since transitioning over our programming from Tranquil Teens to Pigs & Pugs and I was a bit nervous.

We had two special VIPs joining us, Charlotte of Life with Pigs and Gene Baur of Farm Sanctuary, along with some other amazing people in the animal rights world.

I rarely practice speaking and am more of an “off the cuff with some planning” kind of gal, but went over my opening about 10 times before Tim and the pups had had enough. I think Belle even rolled her eyes at my final attempts.

While practicing the film introduction, I couldn’t get through it without crying so you’ll see in the video below I simply state its name, no context. Truthfully, the film speaks for itself and ever since I first heard about the film and interviewed the filmmaker and farmer in 2015, I’ve been deeply moved. Like I was as a child with ET and Where the Red Fern Grows and a teenager with Gorillas in the Mist.

When your heart is so connected to a cause (pig sanctuaries and pug rescues), you want to be a good representative.

I had stickers, postcards, reusable bags, and large foam boards splashed with our logo (which I believe is absolutely adorable).

I brought twinkle lights to the event and the bar manager graciously explained they didn’t have any extra outlets. #havetwinklelightswilltravel

I packed pig figurines to display on the vegan hors d’oeuvres table.

Tim designed pink VIP signs with a pig outline for the VIP seating.

It’s all about the details.  And the message.

After the event, I received an email from a participant  who wrote:

I’m super-happy I came to your event!!!  Originally, I was not sure I wanted to.  Just as people have an aversion to being around vegans, because it makes them feel uncomfortable, so too, do I typically have an aversion to seeing films that I know will tear up my insides!  That said, this is the first time I’ve ever watched a video of this nature and I know that was important for me.  Also, I was very impressed with Gene’s breadth of knowledge (i.e., farming, genetics, cooking, and legislation!!!!)  Woah!!!

My takeaways are that I want to give up eating any fish at all, I would like to be more vocal about animal-rights causes, I would like to support farmer’s markets, and I would like to be more like you and Gene (i.e., contribute to a greater good more often). 

Overall, thanks again!  Keep spreading this important message!  After all, we humans are just like pigs, if we could just get past that mental electrical fence we created… perhaps the rest of the herd might follow… 🙂

That email made the months of planning and effort with my board totally worth it. It brought a huge smile to my face. THAT is why we will host events and work to raise awareness.

Next, we’ll turn our attention to our next event, Yoga + the Animals (already half-full) and to adding more content to our website, donating more micro grants to pigs and pugs in need, and continuing the search for a tiny farmette to call home.

Thank you for helping us create a more compassionate world. May all beings everywhere be happy and free. Bisous. x