On Saturday we gathered at Burleigh Manor Animal Sanctuary for our second annual Yoga + the Animals event. The day began with iced mint tea and vegan treats followed by a private tour of the sanctuary. We met goats, sheep, a cow, horses, mules, pigs, turkeys, chickens, geese, and donkeys.
Next we rolled out our mats on the green grass under a huge tree and I led an all-level practice. Fellow teacher Courtney Hatten gave hands-on assists. We were enveloped with a gentle breeze and the sounds of the sanctuary (especially Greta the chatty goose).
To complete the experience, we dined on a tasty vegan cous cous salad and melon balls created by Tim Mooney and topped off with cupcakes from Sticky Fingers Bakery.
Thanks to you, we raised $1500 for the work of Burleigh Manor and $500 for Tranquil Space Foundation’s new Pigs & Pugs Project. Tranquil Space Foundation used the $500 to support Woodstock Animal Sanctuary’s recent rescue of four sick piglets and their emaciated mother. $500 will cover their medical care for two weeks. We believe all beings should be happy and free. Thank you again for helping support this event and this work!
Our first 2017 grant of $250 supported Farm Sanctuary’s 10-person team’s rescue of a half-dozen starving, terrified pigs from a small island in the San Joaquin Delta in California’s Central Valley. Several years ago a group of pigs were dropped on the island by people thinking they would be able to control the water hyacinth that was clogging the channel. And although the pigs likely cleared a few plants they are not aquatic mammals and were left there to fend for themselves. The original pigs have long since died. Those remaining are their offspring — sick, scared, and struggling. They are now safe at Farm Sanctuary.
Since our non-profit’s launch in 2006, Tranquil Space Foundation has donated nearly 30k to like-hearted organizations around the globe that support women and girls, taught our Tranquil Teens program to over 600+ girls, and hosted two annual events to spread the word.
As we tie a bow around this project, we’re excited to announce that an 8-week version of our signature offering, Tranquil Teens, will be available for download and public use on our website later this summer.
Here’s what the teens who tried our 8-week Mindfulness, Creativity and Leadership Tranquil Teens program had to say:
“I wanna say this program has helped me so much in every way and I appreciate it.”
“The creativity portion was very helpful and it helped me open up.”
“The leadership portion helped me not be afraid of being leader.”
“The mindfulness portion helped me be mindful of my mind and everything around me. The journal made me mindful of my emotions.”
After 10 years focused on Tranquil Teens, we’re shifting direction and have created the Pigs & Pugs Project. The Board meets regularly to design our new format geared to supporting pig sanctuaries and pug rescues. Watch for more information, ways to get involved, and more coming soon.
May we encourage compassion and tranquility for all! Namaste.
In 2016, Tranquil Space Foundation gave the first grant in its new focus on animal welfare with $500 awarded to The Pig Preserve in Jamestown, Tennessee. The Pig Preserve’s innovative sanctuary provides a safe and natural space for rescued pigs of all breeds.
Tranquil Space Foundation is pleased to announce its 2015 grantees:
Calvary Women’s Center – $1000
Community Bridges – $1000
Generation Hope – $1000