Show You Care at Spiritual Retreat at Florida Primate Sanctuary

Show You Care at Spiritual Retreat at Florida Primate Sanctuary

In Defense of Animals announces a one-of-a-kind retreat at Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary in Gainesville, Florida, featuring internationally renowned guest speaker Rae Sikora. This special event is open to all and will be held in beautiful natural jungle surroundings on the weekend of April 1 to April 2.

“We are so pleased to offer this unique retreat experience in Florida, where you can get away from it all and connect with animals and the environment,” said In Defense of Animals President, Dr. Marilyn Kroplick, “Don’t miss out; register now to secure your spot.”

Rae Sikora has been a spokesperson for animals, the environment, and human rights for over 30 years. She is co-founder of Plant Peace Daily and the Institute for Human Education, and her programs have been changing people's vision of what is possible for us to create change in our lives and in the world. Sikora has been recognized for her life-changing work as an official inductee in the North American Vegetarian Society's Hall of Fame.

“I am delighted to be joining with In Defense of Animals and Jungle Friends for this amazing retreat in Florida which is sure to be the experience of a lifetime,” said Sikora, “Jungle Friends is one of my favorite places to connect with animals and find inner peace. Whatever your background or belief, come along and experience this special event for yourself.”

On Saturday, we will have a sanctuary tour to meet Jungle Friends' “Miracle Monkeys,” practice yoga, meditation, and enjoy a delicious animal-friendly lunch. In the afternoon, we will enjoy an uplifting and empowering talk about compassion for all living beings from Rae Sikora. A creative blessing ceremony will follow to empathize with animals suffering around the world, celebrate animal companions, honor those who have died, and create a vision of harmony between humans and other animals.

On Sunday, you are invited to visit the Temple of the Universe for a spiritual talk with “The Untethered Soul” author Mickey Singer, and then spend the afternoon volunteering on a special project at the sanctuary.

Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary provides permanent high-quality sanctuary care for monkeys who have been freed from laboratories, kept as pets, or have been confiscated by the authorities. All have suffered physical and psychological trauma, but many fully recover to live happy healthy lives at Jungle Friends. 

Retreat Day: Saturday, April 1, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Volunteer Day (optional:) Sunday, April 2, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Location: Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary, 13915 North State Road 121, Gainesville, FL 32653

Cost to attend Retreat Day: $40 door price, $35 online registration, and $5 per child

View the program and register online now:

To whet your appetite, here's the Vegan Retreat Menu for Saturday, April 1:


Hot Crockpot Oats and Millet with Blueberries and Walnuts

Golden Milk

Fresh Fruit Skewers

Jungle Friends Cookies

Coffee, Tea, Water 


Sushi and Dipping Sauce

Summer Rolls with Peanut Sauce

Miso and Tofu Soup

Jungle Friends Cookies



Grilled Vegan Sausages on Rolls

Marinated and Roasted Vegetable Skewers

Potato Salad with Dill Dressing

Shredded Cabbage Coleslaw

Chocolate Cake


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