Our Wildlife Center Open House Is Tomorrow — Your Questions Answered!

Of course, I was going to remind you once more about the Wildlife Center of Virginia Open House Benefit and Yoga Class tomorrow!

Amanda, A Screech Owl, And The Peanuts Gang At Last Year’s Event

Tomorrow is our way of helping the Wildlife Center of Virginia. But, it’s also my way of thanking you … for your support and for being part of the Peaceful Hands family. Whether I see you once a week … once a year … or if you’re just dropping in for the very first time … I’m delighted to have you join us.

Here are some answers to some frequently asked questions.

Saturday, December 7, 2019

9:30 a.m. Yoga Class

11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Open House

Peaceful Hands Yoga

228 Warren Street in Orange, Virginia

Yoga? Open House? How About Both At The Same Time? Continue reading

Yoga Update & Thanksgiving Blessings Galore …

A few reminders from Peaceful Hands Yoga …

** There will be no Monday/Wednesday classes with Jackie at Peaceful Hands Yoga Thanksgiving week. Classes resume on Monday, December 2.

** Our annual Open House/Yoga Class benefit for the Wildlife Center of Virginia is Saturday, December 7!

I hope you can join us … for class or just swing by for the Open House. I know this is a busy time for everyone, but it’s a rare treat to see one of the Wildlife Center’s animals up close. And, I’ll have plenty of treats, so invite a friend, too! The Center relies on the generosity of folks like us to make their life-saving work possible. All the details are here.

** I hope you take time to unroll your mat during this week of thankfulness. Here are some of the Thanksgiving blessings that I’ve shared in our classes over the years. Perhaps one (or two) could be a perfect fit at your table as you share love and gratitude with family and friends this week:

~ This timeless and inspiring Thanksgiving blessing from the civil rights activist W.E.B. du Bois is the one I share at the end of every Thanksgiving Yoga class: Give Us Thankful Hearts

~ Albert Schweitzer’s “Rekindling Our Light” inspiration: Rekindling Our Light

~ The Buddha explains why we should all be thankful: So, Let Us All Be Thankful

~ Instruction for the Gratitude Savasana and Energy Bridge: Thanksgiving Yoga ~ A Blessing, Part 1

~ A reminder of the “powerful energizer” that the spirit of gratitude is: Thanksgiving Yoga ~ A Blessing, Part 2

~ A poem of Gratitude from Harriett Kofalk: I Give Thanks

And … my favorite cartoon … ever.

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I am thankful for our moments together … if you’ve unrolled your Yoga mat with me once, twice, or countless times over many years … I am grateful for the kindness and inspiration you give me. May you have much to be grateful for this Thanksgiving.

With Bushels Of Thanks, Jackie

Peaceful Hands Holiday Open House & Yoga Class ~ Benefiting The Wildlife Center of Virginia. Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019

On SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2019 join me for our 8th annual morning Yoga class and Holiday “Meet The Animals” Open House at Peaceful Hands Yoga in Orange, Virginia …

Benefiting
THE WILDLIFE CENTER OF VIRGINIA!

Free All-Levels Yoga Class ~ 9:30 a.m.

Peaceful Hands Yoga Studio, 228 Warren Street, Orange, Virginia

Open House follows ~ 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Not up for morning Yoga? Just come to the Open House! 

Your “cost”? 1) Make a cash/check donation to the Wildlife Center of Virginia or, 2) Bring a bag filled with helpful supplies for the Center from this “wish list”:

Paper Towels ** Tissues (no lotion) ** Glad/Hefty Trash Bags (30 gallon & yard sized) ** Ziplock Bags (gallon size) ** Mixed Nuts (unsalted, raw, no peanuts) ** Canned & Dry Dog or Cat Food (any size, any brand) ** Wild Bird Seed ** Silverware/Flatware ** Basic office supplies: 20 lb. white paper, white card stock, pens, staplers, padded mailing envelopes, dry erase markers, spiral-bound notebooks, notepads.

 Whoooo will be joining us? Some of the Wildlife Center’s special wild ambassadors, that’s who!

The Wildlife Center of Virginia depends entirely on the generosity of individuals like us to support their life-saving work. They have cared for more than 3,000 wild animals this year … and new patients come in every single day.

Like this bobcat kitten … Continue reading

Yoga Update, Wildlife Center News, & Thanksgiving Blessings Galore …

A few reminders from Peaceful Hands Yoga …

** There will be no Monday/Wednesday classes with Jackie at Peaceful Hands Yoga Thanksgiving week. Classes resume on Monday, November 26.

** Our upcoming Open House/Yoga Class benefit for the Wildlife Center of Virginia is more important than ever!

On Thursday, the Wildlife Center suffered significant damage from the severe ice storm that hit the East Coast. As of Sunday morning, they are still without power (and have no back up generator).

Some of the damage: Continue reading

Wildlife Center Bear Cubs Need Your Grocery Bags …

The Wildlife Center of Virginia needs a favor from their trusty helper-outers. (That’s us!)

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The Wildlife Center has admitted 22 bears this year, 15 of which are currently being cared for at the Center. Nearly all of these growing bears will be at the Center until spring 2019. That’s a lot of bears … and a lot of meals.

Each day the bears consume fruits, veggies, dog food, and other treats. Continue reading

Peaceful Hands Holiday Open House & Yoga Class ~ Benefiting The Wildlife Center of Virginia. Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018

On SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2018 join me for our 7th annual morning Yoga class and Holiday Open House at Peaceful Hands Yoga in Orange, Virginia …

Benefiting
THE WILDLIFE CENTER OF VIRGINIA!

Free All-Levels Yoga Class ~ 9:30 a.m.

at Peaceful Hands Yoga Studio in Orange, Virginia

Open House follows ~ 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Not up for morning Yoga? Just come to the Open House … no open house experience necessary! 🙂

Your “cost”? 1) Make a cash/check donation to the Wildlife Center of Virginia or, 2) Bring a bag filled with helpful supplies for the Center from this “wish list”:

Paper Towels ** Tissues (no lotion) ** Glad/Hefty Trash Bags (30 gallon & yard sized) ** Ziplock Bags ** Safety Glasses/Goggles ** Mixed Nuts (unsalted, raw, no peanuts) ** Canned & Dry Dog or Cat Food (any size, any brand) ** Tuna Fish in cans ** Wild Bird Seed ** Basic office supplies: 20 lb. white paper, pens, padded mailing envelopes, dry erase markers.

 

Athena the barred owl at last year’s Open House.

Whoooo will be joining us? Some of the Wildlife Center’s special wild ambassadors, that’s who!

The Wildlife Center of Virginia depends entirely on the generosity of individuals like us to support their life-saving work. They have cared for more than 3,000 wild animals this year … and new patients come in every single day.

On November 15, a destructive ice storm hit Virginia. It did an enormous amount of damage to animal housing and habitat at the Wildlife Center of Virginia. Good news is that no animals or staff were injured, but there’s a lot of damage. So, our help is needed more than ever this year as they continue to care for their animals and rebuild from the storm.

I love this year-end video the Center posted last December.

 

They all need our help ~ Please be generous!

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE
11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Enjoy hot apple cider and deeee-licious sweet and savory homemade treats. (Plus, yes! Dr. Beier’s famous homemade cheesecake will be there, too!)

 Visit with The Wildlife Center’s Executive Vice President Randy Huwa, Asst. VP of Admin. Lacy Kegley, and Outreach Director Amanda Nicholson, who will be there to thank you for your support and to tell you about the wild patients your gifts help — from bear cubs to hummingbirds. 

Take A Pic with a wild critter! Maybe a raptor, maybe a possum, maybe a turtle, maybe an owl. I can’t tell you which Wildlife Center “Wild Ambassadors” will be joining us, but I can tell you that they are looking forward to seeing you!

 Bring A Friend. You don’t have to do Yoga to come by. And, please invite a friend — it’s a great way to introduce new folks to our Yoga studio and to the work of the Wildlife Center. I think of Peaceful Hands as a family and if you’re interested in helping the Wildlife Center, please join us … you’re definitely family!

Can’t Attend, But Want To Help? Make an online donation. Visit the Center at wildlifecenter.org and click the “Donate” button in the upper right corner. Click the option “make a general gift.” When you “check out” you’ll have the opportunity to include a note. Let them know that you’re supporting the “Peaceful Hands” project. If you do, you’ll receive a special little thank you surprise from me!

I hope you’ll stop by. 

Thank you, as always, for your kindness and generosity.

Email any questions to me at jackie@peacefulhands.com.  And, directions are here: Directions to Studio.

HolidayCookieiciously Yours, Jackie

5 Ways To Ensure 4th of July Awesomeness

Five things — from watermelon to bear cubs — to help ensure a safe and awesome Fourth of July …

One … It’s Hot Out — Stay Hydrated. Watermelon is 92 percent water and, as a bonus, includes nutrients, essential rehydration minerals, and electrolytes. Studies have found that watermelon is far more hydrating than just plain water. And, watermelon is yum (which you really can’t say about water). (Well, you could say that about water, but you probably wouldn’t mean it.)

So Very, Very Yum.

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“Team Bunny” Needs You!

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Garden Greens Are YUM!

It’s time to activate TEAM BUNNY for 2016!

During the last few years, “Team Bunny” – a dedicated group of the Peaceful Hands Yoga community – has been providing organic greens, clover, and dandelions to patients at the Wildlife Center of Virginia.

The Wildlife Center has come to us for help again this year.

It’s the Center’s annual spring influx of rabbits (many are tiny orphan bunnies) – they arrive at the Center every day, sometimes delivered in shoe boxes, sometimes wrapped in towels.

Last year, the Center cared for 320 cottontails. That’s a lot of bunnies … and each one needs to eat.

These patients don’t particularly like the regular “hospital fare” the Center provides. (And, really, who does like hospital food?) But, what baby bunnies and their friends DO love is snacking on dandelion greens and clover.

Would you be willing to donate a bag of dandelions and clover from your yard?

(Yes, really. I am asking for your garden weeds.)

Peaceful Hands Yoga students & massage clients have provided many, many, many pounds of natural greens to feed Wildlife Center patients. In recognition of this kindness, the Peaceful Hands’ family has been dubbed “Team Bunny.”

In addition to the rabbits, our greens also are used to feed other patients at the Center, including bear cubs and box turtles.

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One of the many Wildlife Center patients who enjoyed “Team Bunny” greens in 2015.

“Team Bunny rocks!  … Exposing them to the natural foods that they will eat in the wild is the best way to wean them from formula onto solid foods.  It also acclimates them to hiding in vegetation to protect them from predators.” ~ Dr. Kelli Knight, Assistant Director of Veterinary Services, Wildlife Center of Virginia

Join “TEAM BUNNY” by donating a bag — or 2 or 3 — of greens and help feed the bunnies!

Here’s how …

If you’re out in your yard, garden, or pasture (in untreated, pesticide- and chemical-free areas only, please) and you wander across some dandelions and/or clover, the Wildlife Center would love to have them! Fresh is better, of course, so if you’re coming to class or have a massage scheduled, pull them up in the morning sometime and bring them in with you. Or drop them off at my massage studio any time during the week.

Here’s what the Center can use:

  • Dandelions – especially the green leafy parts
  • Clover
  • Lettuce – dark green varieties
  • Kale, Collards, or other “Greens”

A little bag. A big bag. Every little bit helps.

The rabbits and others will need the bounty for many weeks to come. And, soon the goslings and ducklings will benefit from your donations as well.

And, a happy, eating rabbit is a healing rabbit (or duckling or bear cub or turtle), and that makes the job easier for the Center’s Vets and Rehabbers.

Email me with questions at jackie@peacefulhands.com.

In Yoga, the generous donation of time, service, and gifts to those in need is known as Seva.

Team Bunny is Seva in action.

Thank you for all you do to help the wildlife around us.

“Team Bunny” In Action!

Ever wonder what happens to all the clover and dandelions and greens that “Team Bunny” donates to the patients at the Wildlife Center of Virginia?

Now, you can see the greens in action — feeding bear cubs on the Wildlife Center’s Live “Critter Cam.”

critter 1See that? That’s kale and greens that were donated just yesterday by Team Bunny members.

If the bear cubs weren’t so busy tussling, I’m sure they would thank you themselves. So, on their behalf, I will … THANK YOU!

Check out the bear cubs LIVE on the Wildlife Center’s Critter Cam 2. They’re awesome to watch. Click here.

And, to learn more about “Team Bunny” and how you can help, click here.