Silent Walking Meditation with Goats
Come reconnect with nature and refresh your mind. We will meet at 11am at the barn for a quick discussion and then head out into the forest and chaparral with the goats. During the walk, which will last about 90 minutes, participants are encouraged not to take photos or speak to others. Using standard mindfulness techniques and concepts from the Japanese practice of shinrin-yoku ("forest bathing"), we will reconnect with our senses and our relationship to our surroundings. These techniques will be reviewed quickly before heading out on the hike--I will not guide the meditation. The goats are our meditation facilitators! What to bring: Refillable water bottle, layered clothing including long pants and comfy shoes, hat for protection from the sun. I recommend jeans or other pants that you won't mind sitting in the dirt wearing, since it's nice to sit down and close your eyes while the goats are eating. If you'd like, bring a picnic lunch to enjoy by the lake after the walk. What not to bring: Animals, especially dogs (we have plenty of our own). Treats for the animals. How to find us: Angeles Crest Creamery is located in the San Gabriel Mountains overlooking the Antelope Valley, a 90 minute drive from most parts of Los Angeles. We recommend taking the 14 to the 138 to Largo Vista -- this is the easiest route; your GPS may provide an alternative. The entrance to the ranch is about half a mile West of Largo Vista on Big Pines Hwy. Please do not disturb the private residences just West of Largo Vista--keep driving until you see the big red barn. There is a small white "Angeles Crest Creamery" sign next to the metal gate. Park on Big Pines Hwy and walk onto the property. Sorry, driving on the property is not allowed. Our educational events are also fundraisers for our research in regenerative agriculture, so we sell tickets. If you would like to attend but are not in a position to buy a ticket, please email us and we will do our best to accommodate you. We reserve a certain number of spots at each event for people who are unable to make the requested donation. Refunds are only granted 7+ days before the event. If you can't join us at the last minute, we appreciate your donation supporting the ranch's research and hope you can come back another time. We are a operational ranch and there are real dangers here including goats with horns, sharp stuff to step on and rocks to trip over. By purchasing this ticket you agree to defend and hold harmless Gloria Putnam and Angeles Crest Creamery in the event of any claim arising from your visit to the ranch. Can't join us this time? Schedule a private stay at the ranch. Check out our Lake Cabin (https://www.hipcamp.com/california/angeles-crest-creamery/lake-cabin-in-san-gabriels), our Airstream ( https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/12084253) and our camp sites (https://www.hipcamp.com/california/angeles-crest-creamery/angeles-crest-creamery).