As part of the Keep Calm series, UQ Union, Spill City and Karmably are excited to present:
Meditation with Baby Goats
Fancy a date that’s always cute n’ cuddly? Join us for the softest meditation. 😍🐐🧘
What to expect:
Mindful stretching to still the body
Breathing techniques to quiet the mind
Sound & Silent Mediations
Fluffy cuddles from a cute date
2 sessions available: 10.30am-12pm and 12.30pm-2pm.
I know what you’re thinking. “Wait, but why are we meditating with this much cuteness? Won’t I be even MORE distracted?
The short answer is yes. The long answer is that Breathe In & Bleat Out is a metaphor for what meditating actually feels like when you first start. Your first meditation sitting isn’t going to be perfect, and it certainly won’t be still. You’ll have thoughts, feelings, memories and dreams niggling at you, gnawing on you and clamouring for attention.
Just like our furry friends.
These cuties nibble, nuzzle, dribble and piddle, but I can promise you won’t get worked up over it. In fact, I can guarantee you’ll leave with nothing but a smile! And maybe a few selfies (Good luck trying to get a baby goat to pose!) Instead of criticising yourself for being unable to sit still in perfect, spiritual silence, you’ll learn to compassionately observe this chaos, embrace the moment and stop kicking yourself for not being so damn perfect all the time.
Why we chose baby goats:
1) Fewer allergies than cats & dogs
2) Cuddling causes warm fuzzy feelings in humans and animals! Whether from our human friends or furry ones, cuddling is proven to release oxytocin, which boosts the immune system, reduces stress and relieves pain! “Oxytocin is a natural stress reliever… it acts on our brain to diminish anxiety and induce relaxation” - Harvard Health Letter.
3) Researchers in the UK have found evidence that goats are just as clever as dogs, and build complex emotional relationships with humans!
4) Stanford PAWS program has been using animal therapy for 20 years to raise the spirits of hospitalised patients. Animal therapy has also been found to reduce cortisol in Autistic children by up to 48%, as well as relieve symptoms of PTSD and schizophrenia.
What is provided:
- Yoga Mat 6mm
- Hand towel
- Organic Cleaner
What you need (Optional):
- Eye mask
- Yoga Props
- Yoga Mat
Your friendly warning: Baby goats don't have complete control of their bladders & can get super excited without warning! The Karmably Cleaning Crew is always standing by for mishaps, but please come prepared for the worst. AKA go digging for your daggiest gym shirt and throw it over those nice, new tights when the mischief begins!
The following is taken from our partner for this event, Karmably:
Our partners for this event are My Little Farm Friends, not ABC Animals. My Little Farm Friends rescues animals from abattoirs, abandonment and also keep their own pets. Rescues cost about $30 per week to feed and nurture to adulthood each, so unfortunately it’s impossible to house and feed so many rescues without offering a mobile farm service. I understand many animal-lovers have issues with petting zoos, for good reason (some aren’t concerned with animal welfare, don’t keep the animals clean, or breed carelessly). However, we only partner with petting zoos/mobile farms who house and care for orphaned animals – and any attendees who come along to our events will see the animals love the events as much as the humans do, because they don’t have parents, they see humans as family.