Year Six and thriving!

Dharma Farm is a 10 acre property in Randolph County, just 10 miles south of Greensboro. It is home to the Dharma Farm Animal refuge, which is a microsanctuary. A microsanctuary is a privately run animal refuge. The idea is, that while large scale animal sanctuaries may be wonderful places for people to visit, individuals who have the resources may also be able to provide loving homes for rescued or adopted farm animals; these smaller scale habitats i.e. homes and gardens, or family farms, may eventually provide safe havens for many more animals than what a smaller number of large sanctuaries would ever be able to care for.  Imagine if all dogs and cats lived only in shelters; only a relative few would be able to exist. Compare that to the millions of dogs and cats that individuals are able to support. We believe that the microsanctuary movement is the future for rescued farm animals. Please say, “No!” to exploiting animals and “Yes!” to animals getting to live out their lives in peace.

Nature, Empathy, Respect & Compassion

These are qualities that sustain us.

Without them we begin to feel lost. Dharma Farm’s mission is to help nurture well-being and joy by advocating for non-coercive behavior in all relationships.

Dharma Farm is also home to Arcadia Lodge,

Vegan Event and Healing Arts Center

Arcadia Lodge offers events that help support the animal refuge:

  • Vegan cooking classes in our onsite “Loving Spoonfuls” commercial kitchen.
  • Weekly Open-House with Sunday Brunch BuffetWe
  • Fun, healthy and creative events in the large Wonderoom.
  • Retreats/workshops
  • Outdoor building skills.
  • Animal Assisted Mindfulness Practice.
  • Pop up dinners.
  • Pop up markets.
  • Facility For your vegan event/private party/wedding.
  • Park-like setting.
  • Rustic lodge ambiance.
  • An animal refuge.
  • Beautiful nature.
  • Tea parties.
  • Live music events.
  • Homeschooling/unschooling/kid’s events.

Beginning in the fall of 2018 we began hosting weekly Sunday Open House Events to visit the refuge and meet the animals; this includes an optional free Sunday Brunch Buffet with each adult ticket to visit the refuge. The buffet changes weekly and allows those who would like to sample vegan cuisine to try a wide variety of plant-based foods. This will hopefully help them to transition to eating a plant-based diet. One child may accompany each adult for no charge while additional kids age 2-12 will cost $7.50 each.  All proceeds goes towards supporting the animal refuge.  

Past events include: Building a cob pizza oven, growing mushroom logs, “Food For Thought” events, vegan chocolate making, vegan cheese making, numerous cooking demos, a three day adult summer camp with various workshops from improvisation and painting, to vegan cooking, many pop-up markets, pop-up dinners, film screenings, potlucks, parties, tea parties, guest lecturers, kombucha and Kimchee classes, various arts, crafts and musical events.  As this is the headquarters of the Triad Vegan Society, we have also hosted organizational meetings for the Triad VegFest for the last two years.

I have also developed a unique program called Animal Assisted Mindfulness

Group & individual sessions.

  • Animals can provide a soothing influence, which often helps people to relax and become more present.
  • Animals are not critical in many of the ways that people are, thus they can help to foster a sense of non-judgmental awareness.
  • Being in nature, or doing Mindfulness Training, can foster a sense of well-being as well as many other proven benefits.
  • Being in nature, and with animals, can become a motivator to practice.
  • Stress can be reduced.
  • May enhanced clarity of thought.
  • A general sense of acceptance & well-being, even in the face of sickness, may be experienced.
  • Trauma may be more easily faced in the company of an accepting animal.
  • Our refuge animals only participate if they choose to interact.
  • Benefits for adults as well as children.

https://animalassistedmindfulness.org/

Dharma Farm is a 10 acre property in Randolph County, just 10 miles south of Greensboro. It is home to the Dharma Farm Animal refuge, which is a microsanctuary. A microsanctuary is a privately run animal refuge. The idea is, that while large scale animal sanctuaries may be wonderful places for people to visit, individuals who have the resources may also be able to provide loving homes for rescued or adopted farm animals; these smaller scale habitats i.e. homes and gardens, or family farms, may eventually provide safe havens for many more animals than what a smaller number of large sanctuaries would ever be able to care for.  Imagine if all dogs and cats lived only in shelters; only a relative few would be able to exist. Compare that to the millions of dogs and cats that individuals are able to support. We believe that the microsanctuary movement is the future for rescued farm animals. Please say, “No!” to exploiting animals and “Yes!” to animals getting to live out their lives in peace.

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