The Sanctuary

The LWH Sanctuary will be a state-of-the-art home for wildlife to live in peace and domestic animals in need of comfort, healing and shelter from abuse, abandonment and neglect. Species will include: horses, donkeys, cows, sheep, goats, pigs, turkeys, chickens, ducks, rabbits, as well as other animals who are in need of care. The Sanctuary will also serve as a home and work space for qualified individuals with a passion for the highest level of animal care. Volunteers and visitors will also be able to contribute to the day-to-day operations of the Sanctuary, which will also serve as a place where guests of the Retreat can spend time with the animals as part of their own therapy and growth.

Sanctuary Features

  • A fully-functioning farm, with barns, gardens, green houses and animal-friendly enclosures, and expansive outdoor areas optimized for the animals’ needs.
  • Mutual Healing. Not only will the Sanctuary be a place where humans care for animals who have been abused and neglected, but the animals themselves will provide comfort and support for visitors and guests who have experienced trauma. This interspecies exchange has been shown to be life-changing for humans as well as animals. It will be a vital part of what we offer visitors and guests.
  • The staff and residents will live by the LWH principles, educating, and inspiring guests and visitors of the Center to go back into the world eager and prepared to make a difference in their own lives and communities.

The Retreat

The Retreat will be a place of tranquility for those who need time away from stressful and traumatic environments; providing physical, mental, and emotional rest and healing. Tailored program combinations will be offered to guests, ranging from a few days to weeks or even months, depending on individual needs.

Retreat Features

  • Cafe:  A progressive cafe where the community, visitors and staff can experience vibrant, healthy, plant-based food that is delicious and nutritious. The Café will feature organically grown produce that is grown onsite and will also utilize produce that is locally grown.
  • Fitness Programs: A variety of fitness programs will be offered, ranging in duration and intensity, depending on the guest’s fitness levels and goals.
  • Seminars and Workshops: We will host regular seminars and workshops featuring top experts on a broad range of relevant topics, including: nutrition, organic gardening, fitness, food preparation classes, mental health, women’s safety and self-defense, as well as animal and environmental issues.
  • Counseling and Support Groups:  We will utilize the retreat space to facilitate progressive, professional counseling and support groups, such as AA and OA.

Sustainable Harmony

The core members of the community will be the staff and volunteers who live and work at the retreat center, as well as the animals in our care. The community will also include guests of the retreats, visitors to the  retreat center, and anyone else who participates in the center’s programs, unified by our shared vision of environmental respect and sustainability, self-care, and living with harmony.

  • Safety and Stability: The physical, mental and emotional well-being of the human and non-human members of the LWH community will remain paramount, with all our efforts focused on creating as safe, stable, inclusive, and nurturing space.
  • Sustainability: The LWH Sanctuary and Retreat Center will utilize the most eco-friendly methods and materials possible; powered by solar and other low-impact energy forms; focused on minimal waste generation; employing composting, re-purposing and recycling wherever feasible, along with grey water recycling.
  • Reducing our Carbon Footprint:  At LWH we are committed to live in harmony with all species, so we provide solely plant-based foods, containing the lowest carbon footprint, at our events and at our retreat center. We kindly ask staff and visitors to bring only plant-based food and beverages to our retreat center/sanctuary and events.
  • Self-Sufficiency:  The Sanctuary and Retreat Center will seek to create as much of its own energy as possible by utilizing alternative energy sources, such as solar power and recycling and reusing its water. Organic gardens, orchards, and greenhouses will assist the Center to grow and store much of its own organic food, hay, and vegetables, for both resident and Retreat Center use. This will help fulfill the goal of becoming self-sustaining.