Yeah, right I can hear you say - meditating with baby goats and lambs! I grew up on acreage and from experience, I can guarantee a meditation session with 'kids' of any description just doesn't quite fit the bill of 'relaxing' and/or 'soothing'.
But … that's what it's all about. Breathe In and Bleat Out is an analogy for what meditating actually feels like when you first start this relaxing technique. My first meditation sitting - if one can call it that - definitely was not perfect. Thoughts, feelings, memories and dreams tend to creep into your mind, taking hold and begging for attention. Just like the baby goats and lambs at Breathe In and Bleat Out.
These gorgeous little bundles of fur will nibble, nuzzle, dribble and even piddle on you, but according to those in the know, you will still leave this fabulous meditation session, Breathe In and Bleat Out, with a smile on your dial. Try getting a baby goat to sit still for a minute, while you take a selfie - you will need one of these ... right! Otherwise, who in the 'real' world would ever believe you!
The whole concept of doing a meditation session with so much distraction is to teach meditators to be less self-critical, and to learn the art of observing surrounding chaos, whilst embracing the moment. This sounds so much easier than what it really is - but the idea is to accept ourselves for who we are and to stop kicking ourselves for not always being spot-on perfect. I love the idea!
People have less allergies to goats than to cats and dogs
The act of cuddling creates warm and fuzzy emotions in us mere mortals as well as in animals. Cuddling has been proven to release oxytocin - sometimes called the cuddle or love hormone - and especially when people and animals snuggle up or bond socially. Oxytocin is a natural stress reliever, boosting the immune system and relieving pain.
Research done in the UK has found evidence that goats have just as much intelligence as dogs and are capable of building complex emotional relationships with humans
Cuddling definitely creates warm and fuzzy emotions
For more than twenty years, the American Stanford PAWS programme has been using animal therapy in hospitals, to raise the spirits of patients. Animal therapy has also been found to reduce cortisol in children with Autism by up to 48%, as well as relieving symptoms of PTSD and schizophrenia
Baby animals, whether they are goats, lambs or piglets have not yet learned how to control their bladders and can sometimes get super excited without any warning. The Karma Crew are always on stand-by for any mishaps that might occur, but meditators are asked to please come prepared for the worst case scenario. In other words: remember that daggy gym gear that was recently tossed? It would be a great idea to dig them out and be prepared to throw them on, once the mischief begins.
All the cuddle fur babies are supplied by Sunshine Coast Pony Parties. When these fur 'kids' are fully grown, they are NOT destined for slaughter or exploitation in the dairy or meat industry. These cute 'kids' are raised on a family farm with a happy and fulfilled lifestyle.
Important to note:
No refunds to Breathe In and Bleat Out will be given up to seven days before the event date. After this time, attendees may sell their tickets and notify the organisers of the relevant name changes. In the event of rain or thunderstorms, Karmably reserves the right to transfer tickets to a new date. If the new date/time is not suitable to ticket holders, the ticket will then either be transferred or refunded.