April 10, 2017

Lots of Monkey Love at our Vegan Spirituality Retreat
Our first Vegan Spirituality Retreat at Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary was love at first sight with the adorable monkey residents! Special thanks to the Jungle Friends staff who welcomed our group of forty guests with open arms as we explored veganism as a spiritual practice through yoga, meditation, an animal blessing, and inspiring presentation by Rae Sikora of Plant Peace Daily.
We gathered together to make new friends, release our sorrow, and celebrate our vegan values. Rae's insightful presentation warmed our hearts and motivated us to deepen and expand our activism. The animal blessing ceremony provided a supportive space to honor our beloved animal companions and to express our feelings about animal suffering. We offered a communal blessing for the monkey residents and for animals around the world.
Here's what retreat-goers had to say about our amazing day together:
"This event exceeded my expectations! I feel a sense of place and release I have never felt before. I received closure from the past and hope for the future."
"My experience of the retreat was above and beyond my imagination! Rae was incredibly insightful and inspiring."
"I feel empowered to be a better vegan and learned new ways to be compassionate towards non-vegans." 

Enjoy this Slideshow  of the Retreat. Please  Comment on our Retreat and join our Vegan Spirituality Online Gathering.

Thank You
for making our first 
Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary
Vegan Spirituality Retreat so very special!

"Thank you for joining our Vegan Spirituality Retreat at Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary. It was an honor to create sacred space together filled with compassion and love for all beings." 

~ Lisa Levinson

"A fantastic weekend of inspiration, laughs and support with wonderful humans and heart-opening monkeys.  Great community and good medicine! I love being with my "chosen family." 

 ~ Rae Sikora
"It was so great to have so many amazing, animal-loving folks here at the sanctuary. I know Puchi really enjoyed meeting everyone, as did so many of our monkey residents."

 ~ Kari Bagnall
"It was an honor to serve as Guest Chef for the Vegan Spiritual Retreat. Greeting people, coming together, and sharing great cuisine with kindred spirits."

 ~ Cherie Erwin
How to prepare vegan cuisine while dancing and singing!
How to prepare vegan cuisine while dancing and singing!
Here are a few pics to remind you of
our weekend together.
Sacred Ceremony
Judy's Monkey Prayer
Kari Introduces her Monkeys Friends
Good Transportation
Great Conversations
Super Vegan Food
Yum Yum!
Monkey Cookies!
The Primates' Prayer ~ J udy Carman
How blissful it is when our hearts awaken
To the vast and mighty oceans of Universal Love.
All life is sacred and interconnected. 
May we be messengers of Divine mercy and compassion
Wherever we go.
On this special day at Jungle Friends we pray for all the primates of the world:
The capuchins, spider monkeys, marmosets, tamarins, squirrel monkeys and all of the other monkeys and apes.
So many are suffering in zoos, circuses, and laboratories.
Others are being hunted and killed or captured.
A few still live in their homelands with their families
But are in danger from hunters and habitat loss. 
We know they are sacred, perfect, amazing beings-
Divine expressions of Love.
May we be messengers of light & liberation. May we pray with all the power we have
For all the members of the primate nations--
For their freedom from suffering at the hands of human beings.
And may we especially pray and hold the high watch for Jungle Friends-
This sacred sanctuary where rescued monkeys have found safety and freedom. 
We ask for special blessings for Kari and all the heroic people who have helped
To save these precious monkeys.
May the light and love that continually streams from their hearts and our hearts
Open the hearts of all people to the suffering of all primates everywhere.
May all find a sanctuary of their own. May all primates be safe and happy and free.
Activist Support

We want to know what you think!
Do you think we should make it a yearly event?
Would you come again or invite friends?

Some of our attendees inquired about caregiving positions at Jungle Friends. You are in luck! With all the new monkey arrivals, we are in need of several more carestaff! Apply Here!
A Day at Jungle Friends!
A Day at Jungle Friends!
For a peek inside the sanctuary, watch this Virtual Tour of Jungle Friends, If you have any questions at all, don't hesitate to contact us.
Jungle Friends is not the wild, but it is Almost Wild!
Jungle Friends is not the wild, but it is Almost Wild!

Lots of monkey love!

From all of the monkeys
and all of the humans 
at Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary
and In Defense of Animals!
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