Vegan Spirituality Retreat in Florida on April 1st & 2nd

Vegan Spirituality Retreat in Florida on April 1st & 2nd

Explore veganism as a spiritual practice, build community, and cultivate compassion with In Defense of Animals at a Vegan Spirituality Retreat on April 1st and 2nd at Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary in Gainesville, Florida!


Yoga, meditation, speakers, an animal blessing, and a sanctuary tour to meet Jungle Friends' “Miracle Monkeys” will be the order of the day on Saturday. Retreat-goers will also enjoy an uplifting and empowering talk from Plant Peace Daily’s co-founder Rae Sikora, who speaks internationally about compassion for all living beings.


During our creative blessing ceremony, you can 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 spend the afternoon volunteering on a special project at the sanctuary!


Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary provides permanent high-quality sanctuary care for New World monkeys who are being "retired" from laboratory experiments, ex-pets, or monkeys confiscated by authorities. All suffer physical and psychological trauma, but many fully recover to live happy healthy lives at Jungle Friends!


Retreat: Saturday, April 1, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Optional Volunteer Day: Sunday, April 2, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Location: Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary, 13915 North State Road 121, Gainesville, FL 32653
Cost: $40 door price, $35 online registration, and $5 per child (fee is for the retreat; optional volunteer day is free; sliding scale available upon request)

Transportation & Lodging: See below.


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Saturday Program

10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Welcome, Intentions, and Introductions
10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Yoga
11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Meditation
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Vegan lunch
1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sanctuary Tour
2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Guest Speaker Rae Sikora
3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Blessing Ceremony
4:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closing Circle


Sunday Program

9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Spiritual talk with Mickey Singer at The Temple of the Universe
1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Vegan lunch
2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Volunteer project at Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary


Transportation & Lodging


Jungle Friends can pick you up at the airport or you can use Uber. The airport in Gainesville is only 15-20 minutes away from Jungle Friends. The closest hotel is the Hampton Inn downtown, about 15-20 minutes away. Jungle Friends can offer room and board for $50 a night for a bed inside a building and vegan meals or $25 for campers with tents and sleeping bags. Contact Debbie to reserve your spot today at




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